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Frankie Cordova is the founder of CCTVBLOG.COM, your source for CCTV news and video surveillance information. Frankie Cordova has been in the security industry for over 20 years. CCTVBLOG was developed to offer a channel to industry news, insight and technology.

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Integrators are not one trick ponies. By definition, they provide a wide variety of services and integrate them for customers. Normally, a security integrator will provide several services that are very typical to their field. They may integrate access control with security cameras, install IP cameras integrated with home automation or mix technologies like analog camera systems with new HD technology offerings. These services usually relate closely with the services they provide, but C.W.Telecom Ltd based out of Trinidad, has taken integration of their services to another level. Working on board the drilling rig Rowan Gorilla III, C.W. Telecom provided ICT, marine and heat treatment services at Labidco/NEC Port , La-brea Trinidad. C.W. Telecom a member of CCTVBLOG and surveillance security integrator also performs all sorts of additional services beyond the scope of a traditional integration company.

 

 

C.W.Telecom Networking

C.W. Telecom started their work inside by providing ICT support for the voice and data infrastructure and did a neat job while staying dry within the nice air conditioned room, but they didn’t stop there.

 

 

 

 

 

C.W. decided to get into their deep sea suits and get to work below the vessel. Deep, below the vessel. What looks like a scene straight out of the movie, Men of Honor is actually a C.W.Telecom employee prepping for their dive.

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C.W. Telecom preps to perform its duties well below the vessel.

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C.W. Telecom President, Sheldon Chunesingh helps his driver prep

 

Here are some of the services they performed :

1) Commercial Diving Inspection Services were provided to the following areas of the Rig: the rig eegs, spud cans and the hull of the vessel.
2) Heat Treatment Services as well as Magnetic Particle Inspection was carried out on all weldings, Manifolds, Pipes etc.
3) ICT Support for Voice and Data infrastructure  was provided from Labidco base which was all installed by C.W.Telecom Ltd.
C.W. Telecom provides surveillance security installations throughout Trinidad while also performing key services that go beyond the normal scope of security. Any company that shows off this much talent deserves a pat on the back. Well done C.W. Telecom!
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Bluetooth Access Control reader

 

The days of having to carry a key fob or access control card is slowly coming to an end. New technology is taking advantage of smartphones to replace outdated cards and traditional keypad entry. Everyone carries a smartphone and it seems like a logical progression. Bluetooth enabled readers are making their way onto the scene and offering businesses, as well as homeowners the option of entering their properties with their smartphone. The technology makes the process simple and often times the new access control readers work with existing access control systems already in place. Readers are programmed via a PC with bluetooth connectivity or via a USB dongle that is sold separately. Besides the cool factor, it makes a lot of sense. You have the option of hiding the readers from plain site and allowing access by simply passing your phone within the bluetooth range. This will help possible vandals from trying to circumvent the access control reader or simply destroying it. The technology shows promise and with the sudden surge in home automation its only a matter of time before this technology goes mainstream.

 

 

 

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HD-CVI cameras offer a unique ability to allow changes to the camera via your DVR menu. This feature is very helpful to customers and installers alike. Once the camera is installed you have the ability to enter the camera menu by simply using the PTZ controls. The PTZ controls will allow you to make adjustments to the camera without needing to be physically at the camera. There is no additional wiring needed when installing your security camera since the OSD control uses the same coax cable to transmit its commands. Here is a brief video showing you how to enter the camera menu from your DVR to make changes. In this video I am making adjustments via my Mac computer using the remote software connected to the DVR.

Simply pressing on the Iris + button gives you access to the OSD Menu of the HD-CVI camera.

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Megapixall has opened a new satellite office in Pinecrest Florida. Located right on US1 right across the street from Five Guys and Yogurtland. Serving customers from surrounding cities in Doral, Kendall, Homestead, Coral Gables and Miami Dade. Stop by and have a look at our security surveillance cameras and digital video recorders.

New satellite location

 

Hands on Demos – Customers can expect a hands on experience when visiting the new location.

Technology – HD surveillance is well displayed for customers to compare. Customers can see differences between HD-SDI, HD-CVI, 960H, Analog and IP Cameras.

Construction – The showroom will offer customers real world installation techniques and examples. Customers can compare various security cameras types and how they are installed.

Live demo – Overlooking South Dixie Hwy offers customers the advantage of seeing cameras live as life happens and they can easily compare technologies and features from each of the offered camera models.

Video Surveillance Recorders

 

Experience – HD Video recorders for all the technologies are easily displayed for customers to interact and touch.

Remote Demos – Mac, PC, Android and iPhone demos are available for customers to experience. This helps customers to fully understand the capabilities of their purchase.

 

Experienced Employees

 

Customers visiting Megapixall can expect to meet with qualified experience professionals with decades of experience. We offer free consultations and support to all those that visit. You will not find pushy sales people at Megapixall! Simply experienced individuals that will give you an honest opinion of what you need.

 

Comfort

 

  • Expect to feel at home when you visit. Buying security cameras should be painless and easy.

Layout

 

  • We encourage customers to bring photos, drawings and blueprints of their projects so we may better design their system.

 

Let us help you with your Miami Security Camera Installation

 

Megapixall.com is unique from other companies, we offer virtual assistance and DIY installation support, which we do so, free of charge to all of our customers. We evaluate your needs, requirements, as well as your location to best determine the right security solution for your  budget.

With the latest in HD technology and support from Megapixall.com, most customers select to a DIY installation and we understand why. DIY security camera installations can really save you lots of money.

Our systems allow for easy self-installation that include everything you need to out of the box. Our HD camera systems and CAP (customer assistance program) Service makes security camera setup plug and play. In the event you need need assistance, our expert technicians are available Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5pm EST to assist you during your system installation and setup.

If you ever need additional help in setting up your new security camera system, you have the option of contacting one of our  authorized Megapixall dealers in your neighborhood. Megapixall.com has partnerships with professional surveillanceinstallers and dealers throughout the Miami area.

Contact Us Today to discuss CCTV system options for your home or business!

 

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Gym Surveillance camerasGyms have a constant flow of members coming and leaving the health club. This makes them an ideal candidate for video security. Exclusive gyms and country clubs often attract thieves because of the members perceived wealth. This makes members and the property easy targets. A well installed security camera system will help keep your staff, members, and company assets safe from vandalism, theft, and possible violence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gym CCTV System Benefits

Theft and vandalism prevention – Well placed security cameras and monitoring warning signs will help prevent vandalism and theft to your property and your members’ automobiles.

Easy install – HD Digital cameras are much easier install and configure. Many of these newer HD cameras can be setup where you need them in minutes and can easily be reconfigured without professional help.

Protecting members – Surveillance cameras, especially in parking lot areas, will help to protect vehicles owned by members and staff and help to prevent break-ins.

Image Improvement – Having surveillance systems present coupled with security guards, helps to bolster your your business image and gives potential members a good impression. Current members are assured that their visit to your facility is safe and secure.

 

 

Health Club Security Camera Risks

Privacy Concerns– Protecting the privacy of your staff and members is very important. CCTV cameras should only be installed in public areas. Keep cameras out of break rooms and locker rooms.

Power Outages – Power outages and electrical surges can easily damage your surveillance system or even disrupt your video footage. Though rare, these damages do occur. We suggest you properly protect your camera investment and also have a backup security plan in the event your camera system goes down.

Weather damage – Wind, bad weather, rain and even falling branches are just some of the things that can easily damage your outdoor security cameras. We suggest you use properly sealed cameras and housings when installing cameras outdoors.

 

Surveillance Camera Configuring for Workout Facilities

When you consider security cameras for your location you must take into account that all health clubs, gyms, and country clubs will vary in size, members and surveillance needs. Here are some things to consider:

 

 

Gym Risks

 

  • Do you currently have security in place?
  • What’s your most pressing security concern?

Member Size

 

  • How many employees and members belong to your country club or gym?
  • Do you have a private parking lot or is your gym part of other buildings and businesses?

Property

 

  • Does your property have outdoor facilities like a playground, basketball courts, tennis court, soccer fields, or a swimming pool?
  • Does your property have indoor locations for cardio machines, weight room, and fitness or dance classrooms?
  • Does the property have a snack bar or restaurant?

Employees

 

  • How many employees do you currently have?
  • Do you often hire temp staff such as life guards, camp counselors?

 

Company Events

 

  • Do you often host events similar to charity events, golf tournaments, swim meets, or basketball leagues?
  • Are there summer camps where possible non-members participate or visit the facilty?

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Church CCTV CamerasAttending your church, mosques, or any location of worship or prayer is typically considered a very inviting and relaxing atmosphere. Churches go out out of their way to may make the experience as welcoming as possible.  Unfortunately, this often causes churches to ignore security, and this results in the church being susceptible to acts vandalism or of theft. A well installed church video surveillance system helps to generate a secured environment for congregations in addition to the people they serve.

 

Church Security Camera Benefits

 

Ease of Install – The latest in HD technology makes installations very easy. With IP network cameras you can simply one 1 wire for the video and power. Many cameras even offer WiFi capability, this allows you to install cameras in those areas that may not be convenient to wire.

Prevent theft and vandalism  – Outdoor cameras installed on the church property helps to deter possible vandals or thieves.

High res images – Installing new HD security cameras at your church will provide you with high quality resolution making it easier for you to monitor your church and see more clearly.

Check recordings anytime – Installing a DVR (digital video recorder or an NVR (network video recorder) on to your network allows you to broadcast the church’s security video footage securely over the internet. This gives you the ability to monitor your church’s video security  system at any time, from anywhere in the world..

Broadcast your services – Often times church members cannot attend church because of illness or they simply are elderly and cannot travel often. Using a DVR or NVR allows your congregation to attend your services remotely. You security camera system can broadcast your services to all your members over the internet and bring you church sermon to the homes of those who can’t attend.

 

Church Video Security in Risks

 

 

Theft and Vandalism – Security Cameras  installed outdoors can be susceptible to vandalism or damage. Intruders, vandals or thieves try to vandalize security cameras  to hide their identity before committing the crime.

Power Outages – Power outages or power surges can cause a disruption in your church video CCTV system and can even damage it. Take precautions to make sure you are well protected against power spikes or acts of GOD.

Weather damages – Strong wind, rain, storms, and other outdoor hazards can easily damage your surveillance system and stop it from recording. Make sure to use proper surveillance products designed for these environments.

Configuring your CCTV System at your House of Worship

 

All worship environments including, Churches, Mosques, and Synagogues will widely vary in services, size and congregation. We suggest you consider some of these factors when installing a CCTV system in your church:

  • What is the Church’s most urgent  security issues?
  • Has there been a time you  wished had have recorded an incident on video?
  • How large is your church? Do you have a single building or several buildings with offices, libraries and classrooms?
  • Have you experienced any issues with crimes such as vandalism or theft in your neighborhood?
  • Do you have heavy interaction with your surrounding neighborhood?
  • In the past have you had issues with theft or vandalism?
  • Does the church host parties, sports leagues, weddings and youth events on premise?

Church Security Video System Advice and Setup

 

  • Install security cameras at all open areas such as offices, lobbies, libraries, cafeterias and classrooms.
  • Install a fixed camera at the pulpit when transmitting your video over the internet to your remote members.
  • Cameras installed at the parking lot will help to reduce vandalism and theft parishioner automobiles during and after services and other events.
  • Consider installing cameras during special events, to help reduce and prevent theft and problems occurring.
  • Properly installed outdoor cameras will help you monitor your building’s perimeter and will help reduce vandalism and theft of church property such as landscape equipment and other outdoor features.

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The retail industry makes billions of dollars every year and not surprising, it also loses billions of dollars to shoplifters and employee theft. New HD security cameras are the perfect solution for retail locations and offers various advantages, for instance, decreased retail shrinkage, maximized retail store earnings, reduced insurance premiums, and undoubtedly a reduction in the amount of robbery occurrences. CCTV cameras additionally aid to instill a safer, more welcoming shop atmosphere for customers .

 

With the variety of alternative HD camera technologies on the market today, it’s crucial that you identify the specific surveillance requirements of your retail outlet. Are you going to require interior and exterior surveillance cameras for your retail surveillance system? What exactly are your store’s vulnerable area? Is there any badly illuminated areas of your store? Do you have an aisle or even spot which is more difficult to see as compared to some other areas of your retail store? These are generally a few of the questions to think about when looking for a brand new retail store surveillance system.

 

Retail Store Common Crimes

Department store managers are continually struggling with the danger of shoplifting as well as employee robbery. Luckily, HD surveillance camera systems will help decrease in-store robbery such as well organized retail crime and shoplifting. Shoplifters as well as workers who recognize the retail store is equipped with retail surveillance cameras are going to be much less enticed to steal or participate in unlawful activities. Retail store surveillance cameras can easily help you recognize the individual who committed the offense with vibrant, very clear images which are simple to produce.

 Retail CCTV

Shoplifting Concerns: There is a staggering $13.5 billion dollars worth of products and goods estimated to be shoplifted each and every year according to the the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention. If this is simply not a good reason to install your retail store surveillance system right now, then what is? Seasoned shoplifters can be hard to capture by loss protection officers. Setting up retail security cameras rather than recruiting costly security officers will save you huge sums of money each year and is among the more effective means of apprehending shoplifters.

Employee Crimes: In spite of thorough background investigations as well as interviews, absolutely no manager could ever be 100% guaranteed that a staff member will not steal. Observing play back recorded video on your store CCTV surveillance cameras allows you to see instances of staff theft in order to terminate that individual promptly, press charges, as well as recuperate losses .

Sweethearting Problem: A number of retail store workers will offer unwarranted merchandise discounts to their family and friends by typing in incorrect numbers or perhaps failing to scan a product. Sweethearting can often be overlooked by managers since workers have discovered discrete methods to sell reduced merchandise ( or in some instances free items ) at the store cash registers. Retail outlet surveillance cameras make sure it is possible for you to capture workers in the act so that you may react the instance it occurs.

Mob Rob Theft: Flash robs, a somewhat modern class of robbery, has become a major issue in metropolitan metropolitan areas. Operating its way into another location each day, flash rob robbery is usually carried out by a big number of teenagers or even adolescents who raid a shop to grab products, at the same time tossing and shattering merchandise, yelling or making menacing remarks, and posing serious danger to the employees as well as consumers. Retail store managers must never get involved or even attempt to use actual physical force during these normally hostile robberies, however possessing retail CCTV cameras documenting the occurrence will assist law enforcement recognize the individuals.

 

Organized Crime: There are several big underground shoplifting rings all over the USA. These members are known for simply walking very casually into department and grocery stores, knabbing high-ticket items such as detergents, diapers, and razors off the store shelves and cramming them in bags or, and simply running out of the retail store where they have a waiting getaway driver. Retail store owners and security staff often do not even notice these pro shoplifters until it’s way too late and merchandise is missing, but retail security camera systems will record and document the perpetrators progress as he came in and out of the store, providing police the visual evidence they need to identify and put a stop to these rings.

Where to Install Retail CCTV Security Cameras

 

CCTV cameras for retail

Each and every storefront is unique with regard to their overall size and product arrangement, nevertheless each one possesses and entry and exit,  a sales floor and cash registers. Install security cameras in close proximity to  high-traffic and unsecured areas within the store to help reduce retail crimes. You should also, use security cameras to ensure that employee theft and  will be documented and recorded on camera.

Exits and Entrances: Install your retail surveillance cameras direct above or perhaps in close proximity to your store’s exits and entrances to monitor the movement of consumers as well as workers. This position offers a very clear perspective of every individual entering and exiting your storefront. With high-quality HD video, you will identify and recognize faces and record them as evidence if needed.

Cash Registers: The truth is, the cash register is an exceptionally vulnerable area and needs to be supervised constantly. Unscrupulous staff will rob straight from the cash register. Managers have an ongoing set of duties, and can’t continually be there to guarantee all product sales for the day are accounted for. Retail surveillance cameras ought to be installed above the register to observe and monitor all action occurring at the register, like purchases, reimburses, and even money counting. To capture workers who you believe are sweethearting, video cameras must be mounted straight above the scanner.

Sales Floors: Definitely provide your sales floor with one or more surveillance cameras. Determined by the size of your store, you might need numerous security cameras to protect the environment. Badly lighted aisles or even spots which are hard to see need to be supervised by video cameras. Shoplifters are inclined to migrate in the direction of store areas that are lacking adequate customer support reps or have got significantly less visibility.

Warehouses: Warehouses are often targeted by thieves to steal cargo or inventory. An estimated $500 million in stolen cargo is taken from loading trucks, warehouses, and docks yearly. CCTV security cameras mounted on drop ceilings, main ceilings or beams help to oversee the inventory.

Parking Lot Security:  Whenever a retail store, or outlet has its own parking lot, give some thought to purchasing a video security system to protect this unique area. Automobile theft and break-ins are frequent at store parking lots for workers and consumers. Setting up HD video security cameras in your parking facilities can make license plate identification achievable, which happens to be enormously useful in situations where a perpetrator has fled the location in his or her automobile .

 

 

Selecting a Retail CCTV Security System

 

 

Day and night vision and high definition video footage are 2 instances of state-of-the-art camera technology which exist nowadays . In addition there are a number of various body types, enclosures, and camera features to select from. Certain solutions and cameras types are going to fit your retail business requirements much better than others.

Camera Body Styles: CCTV surveillance cameras possess noticeable distinctions in their physical appearance. Dome surveillance cameras are more beneficial for circumstances in which appearance and covertness is desired. Usually lighter in weight, smaller, and streamlined in their design and style, dome surveillance cameras might be the appropriate option to suit your needs. Dome coverings are available in clear and smoked glass or plastic, the latter option which hides the path of the lens. If you would like customers to instantly notice your surveillance cameras in your current store, then it is suggested that you choose a vandal dome, bullet , or box surveillance camera.

HD-Video: HD (High-Definition) video cameras most typically offer a display resolution of 1080p or 720P. With an aspect ratio of 7:3 or 16:9. There are many options for higher resolution camera on the market but the most commonly used are the 720p and 1080p. There are many security cameras that offer HD quality with as much as 20MP megapixel resolution. Standard analog definition video often cannot come close to offering HD video quality. You get exceptional image quality and clarity with HD video when compared with standard definition security video.

Day and Night Cameras: Day/night CCTV cameras can easily see in total darkness , as well as in considerably low-lit conditions. More expensive as compared to daytime HD cameras, this functionality is incredibly effective for after-hours surveillance whenever your retail outlet has already closed and the lighting are switched off. Moreover, day/night surveillance cameras protect the outside of your shop after dark, along with other low-lit regions for instance a car parking lot or storage warehouse.

Outdoor and Indoor Housings: For those who do business at a detached store reachable by sidewalk or are situated in an outside shopping mall, an outdoor-ready surveillance camera is strongly recommended to guard the outside of your organisation. Especially in instances in which a robber positions a hoodie or mask on his face after strolling into the store to grab or rob, obtaining a clear shot those people outside before they have got an opportunity to mask is your answer. Interior cameras are perfect for stores in enclosed shopping malls which do not possess an entry or exit to the outside.

Vandal-Proof Cameras: Vandal-Proof and Tamper proof cameras : Certain interior and exterior camera versions include vandal-proof housings for additional camera protection. These types of tamper proof surveillance cameras protect against intruders and thieves from obtaining access to the camera or lens, because they are built to endure physical abuse as well as other types of possible damage.

 

Retail CCTV Security Cameras Installation Benefits

 

 

CCTV surveillance cameras offer lots of long-term benefits for store owners. In the end, the existence of CCTV

 

Discounts for Insurance: Your retail outlet all of a sudden ends up being considerably less of a liability any time it happens to be equipped with surveillance cameras. Across the country, State Farm and Farmer’s Insurance happen to be a few of the numerous insurance coverage providers that provide reduced rates to businesses that have retail security systems installed.

Safe Workplace: As well as stopping break-ins, security cameras help develop a more secure place of work through monitoring workers and surveying the floor for every safety risk. Slip-and-fall scams, a crime that occurs frequently at work, may be documented by surveillance cameras and later observed in the instance that a member of staff attempts to sue your business for their bogus injury .

Vandalism and Theft Reduction: Petty burglars are much less likely to steal from your current storefront when they recognize they’re actually being watched by numerous video security cameras. Take additional measures by positioning surveillance cameras in high-theft locations similar to the cash register and also aisles where the illumination and visibleness is inadequate.

Remote Viewing: By changing over to network video, you’ll possess remote accessibility to your video camera system. The crucial benefit is the fact you don’t need to be at your company storefront to manage your retail surveillance system; remote accessibility enables video camera viewing and also managing from any kind of Internet-enabled Computer or even mobile phone device.

Flexibility: With HD video, you may view, record, and manage every one your cameras at once. Even if you have multiple locations or buildings. There is no need to worry about managing each system separately.

Advanced  Performance: Integrated video intelligence, sophisticated features , and enhanced image quality help to make HD video systems an intelligent choice. Analog security camera systems regrettably will not offer megapixel image resolution, significantly reducing the quality as well as detail of each and every image.

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office cctv cameras

CCTV cameras are synonymous with businesses and office environments. Even though they don’t have to deal with the same robbery and security dangers as convenience shops or gasoline stations , offices possess distinctive security risks that surveillance video cameras will help protect against .

Key Benefits of CCTV Cameras in Business Environments

Client and Employee Protection – We all know how important employees and clients are to a healthy business. A CCTV security camera installed in your reception or lobby is great way to safeguard your clients and employees, as well as their belongings.

Ease of  install – New HD security camera systems can be installed within minutes.  New plug and play systems allow you to simply install the cameras and connect them to the digital recorder – with no technician required.

Theft Prevention – There are times when offices experience theft during the regular business hours, especially those offices located in urban areas. Intruders have been known to come in during hours of lunch and steal co worker belongings right from their  from desks.  Installing a surveillance camera that monitors the lobby for activity is a perfect way to help curb this problem.

 

CCTV Reception Area Risks

Privacy Protection – Keep surveillance cameras away from cubicles, private offices, lunch rooms and conference rooms. Install cameras only in those areas such as the lobby and other public spaces.

Outages – A power surge or blackout can damage your camera or cause interruptions in recording. Although it’s rare that these damages occur, make sure you have another security system in place in case they do.

 

Office Areas and Lobby Configuration

 

No two businesses are the same and they all vary greatly in security needs and size, and there are several factors that go into the decision when selecting a surveillance system that is right for you. Consider these questions befroe selecting your security cameras:

Risk

 

  • Will security cameras help fix your current problems?

  • Do you have a security system in place now? If so, what kind?

  • Has there been security issues in the past?

Business Location

 

  • Where is your office or business located (e.g. city, suburbs, country, urban area, rural area)

  • Do you lease or share office space or do you own the building?

  • Do you have several locations or offices located in different areas?

Operation

 

  • What type of business do you conduct?

  • Do you have high traffic or many visitors (e.g. salesmen, patients, clients)?

  • How do you safeguard or protect your documents or records currently?

  • Are your personal or  confidential records or even trade secrets accessible to others?

Employees

 

  • How big is your current  staff?

  • Do you have after hour services that come into your business?

  • How is employee turnover, is it high?

  • Do you have former disgruntled employees?