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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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courtroom cctvUnfortunately, courthouses need to be tightly monitored, and security cameras play a huge role in monitoring disturbances and possible disruptions that can turn violent. Though these incidents may be rare, the threat of arguments, fights, and shootings at courthouses is very real, and unfortunately does occur. CCTV surveillance systems perform an essential role in sustaining an appropriate level of courthouse protection.

 

 

Courthouse CCTV Surveillance Benefits

 

Deterring  Violence – Visible cameras present at a courthouse can help to prevent violent acts, especially when  instigators know they are under surveillance.

Criminal Activity Monitoring – Well installed CCTV security cameras allow surveillance operators to keep a vigilant eye on live video feeds so incidents of possible criminal activity can be seen and quickly responded to.

Employee Protection – Courthouse employees have the difficult job of having to deal with the high tension within courthouses, and at times this results in suspect outbursts towards court employees. Security cameras can help to monitor these incidents, and stop them before things go too far

Visual Evidence – When a disturbance or incident does occur in or around the a courthouse, CCTV cameras can provide visual recordings of what transpired, so one may further investigate the incident.

Advanced Search  – With HD surveillance cameras, video is stored digitally on hard drives inside network video recorders, instead of older analog video cassettes. This allows you to instantly go directly to a specific incident or time without having to search for them.

Remote Monitoring – NVR systems transmit digital video over a network, this enables authorized users to monitor security video feeds remotely via the local network or over the Internet. Users can even control cameras directly such as control pan, tilt, and zoom functions for even more detailed views.

Surveillance Camera Risks in Court Buildings

 

Vandals – Security cameras have been known to be tampered with. In the event a camera is vandalised or damaged, you could lose video signal. We suggest that you take additional security measures to make up for possible loss of coverage.

 

Configuration of Courthouse and Courtroom Surveillance Cameras

 

Network IP Dome CamerasWe suggest that you use the following factors when determining the appropriate CCTV system your courthouse:

  • What physical security personnel do you have at the courthouse? Guards, Officers?

  • What current type of security system do you have in place?

  • Has there been instances of violent outbursts at the courthouse?

  • Has there been instances of criminal activity within or around the courthouse?

  • Consider your highest risk areas for possible incidents. Where are they?

  • Have courthouse employees been attacked or faced dangerous situations in the past?

 

CCTV Surveillance Installation Advice for Courthouse

 

  • Install security cameras at all exits and entrances so any visitors to court building are clearly captured on video.

  • All public areas at the courthouse should be monitored such as lobbies and hallways for possible criminal activity or possible disruptive behavior.

  • Courtrooms should security cameras installed to monitor all activity and properly collect video of all accounts within the facility.

  • Supply extensive CCTV surveillance of areas both equally inside as well as outside the courthouse

 

 

 

 

NVR POE Connections

16 IP Camera support. Simple plug and Play design.

 

IP cameras can be downright scary for consumers. The thought of having to set-up or possibly program an IP camera is just too much for some. Luckily newer NVRs (network video recorders) are hitting the market to help alleviate their concerns. These standalone NVRs are very similar to your typical home TV DVRs. They also come in an all in one box with hard drives to record your cameras. You can fully control the NVR with a remote control or mouse much the same as your TV DVR.

What makes these units different is their ability to let the cameras connect directly to the back of the NVR. Typically, with IP cameras you would normally connect the cameras to a POE switch and then connect the switch to your NVR or PC. The elimination of this step makes these systems more suitable for the DIY consumer. Simply connect one end of a network cable to the IP camera and connect the other end of the network cable to the back of the NVR. The NVR will automatically power the cameras through the same cable and automatically recognise the cameras and begin to show you live video. This makes installing  an IP camera system very easy for most.

You still will have to make some minor programming changes to be able to view your NVR system over the internet while away from home but its a far cry from having to program all the IP cameras independently to get them to work.  These systems do not skimp on features or capabilities, simply because they are easy to install. You can expect a professional grade product with all the bells and whistles any typical NVR offers. These systems work with ONVIF cameras so you may use other brands on the market and comes with free software for Mac, PC, iPhone and Android devices.

If you have been looking to install an IP camera system but have been scared to do so, I can assure you that those days are now behind you.  With support for up to 16 network IP cameras you can easily secure your home or business in no time.

 

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CCTV for CitiesTowns and cities have started to adopt surveillance cameras at a rapid pace. It’s quite common to find security cameras in downtown areas, parks and intersections. Towns depend on visitors, tourists and consumers to keep local businesses thriving, and CCTV surveillance offers  a unique security tool to ensure that consumers and towns are safe. Much like the UK which has widespread CCTV use, local government and cities in Canada and the US are starting to install CCTV cameras in public.

Municipal CCTV Benefits

Increase business – Visible CCTV cameras installed in risky and high-traffic areas help to reduce crime on the streets while encouraging consumers to safely visit restaurants and stores, increasing local revenue and business.

Reduce crimeCCTV Security cameras installed in public places help to reduce vandalism and crime while assisting local law enforcement in apprehending those criminals that are caught on camera.

City Improvement – Public CCTV surveillance cameras can help by attracting additional local business and the use of public facilities while encouraging a safe environment. CCTV cameras help to make public squares, parks, and city sidewalks safer, more secure and more hospitable for the public.

Government & Local Businesses – Many local businesses now work hand in hand with local government to help reduce crime. Many cities have begun to offer incentives for CCTV surveillance installations at local businesses

Downtown Surveillance Cameras

 

Privacy Protection – Private areas should never have security cameras aimed at them. Public CCTV cameras should not point towards private areas such as businesses, apartments, condos, studios, offices, or any other area where the owners simply do not want to be recorded.

Damages – Whenever you install cameras outdoors they run the risk of being damaged. Damage may come from various factors such as car accidents, vandalism and weather. Install vandal proof cameras with environment controlled housings that specifically designed to be installed outdoors.

 

Civic CCTV System Questions and Considerations

 

 

All locations have different security camera needs. We suggest that you consider these factors before choosing a CCTV system for your city or town:

  • What areas in your city or town would most benefit from public CCTV cameras?

  • Have public gatherings brought issues during the past year? If so, where?

  • Where would CCTV cameras be most beneficial?

 

CCTV Cameras in Urban Areas – Best Practices

 

  • Consider the cameras safety when installing, as well as the best possible placement for an overall observation and recording.

  • Consider offering an incentive to local businesses who install CCTV cameras.

subway security camerasSurveillance security cameras is a perfect surveillance solution for transportation security. Public security threats are on the rise and CCTV cameras on subways and buses help to protect travelers from possible terrorist attacks while maintaining a secure and safe transportation environment.

Public Transit Security Benefits

Vandalism Prevention – Vandalism of public transit is a common occurrence especially on buses, subways and train stations. Visible surveillance cameras helps to prevent defacing of property on buses with graffiti. Identification of these vandals helps to stop repeat offenders.

Crime and Violence Prevention – We live during a time where public transportation is unfortunately targeted by terrorists. Whether its New York or London, bomb scares have been reported at major cities worldwide. Subway stations and subways in larger cities are often prime locations for pick pocketing and muggings. A well installed  video security system helps to reduce theft and crime, and is key in  identifying suspicious behavior, violence, theft, violence and possible gang activity.

Easy – New digital enhancements in video security systems allow complex and large public transportation networks to easily be monitored  with video security cameras. Cameras from all public transportation hubs can be centrally monitored at one location no matter the technology used at individual stations, subways or trains.

 

Public Transportation Surveillance Camera Risks

 

Privacy Concerns – Passenger and employee protection is important but so is their privacy.  Security cameras should be installed in key public spaces such as on subways and buses and at the station itself. Cameras should not be installed in employee break rooms or restrooms. Drivers and operators may be monitored by security cameras if your local laws permit, we suggest you check with your local authority.C

 

megapixel ip dome cameraVandalism and Theft – Visible cameras are often the target of vandalism and theft. A vandalised camera or stolen camera will cause your subway or bus to be susceptible to crime. We suggest you take measures to ensure proper coverage of the cameras with additional cameras and added security.

 

Mass Transit Video Security Camera Configuration

All transit systems are different and have different layouts and needs. Whether its size of transit network, size of the city, population, or the type of transportation (trolley, subway,bus, train, tram…), etc. Consider the following questions when considering your security camera purchase and configuration:

  • What is your most pressing security concern?

  • Where is theft mostly experienced? Violence? Vandalism?

  • Do you operate late night hours?

  • What security systems do you currently have in place?

  • Consider the layout of your stations, how are they arranged?

    • Do passengers need tickets to enter boarding areas (through access control or turnstiles access control)

    • Do you verify the fares on board?

Transportation Surveillance Systems Setup Advice

 

  • All entrances and exits used to board or exit the subways, buses or other forms of transportation should be in the cameras view. This includes all seating and standing areas.

  • All stations should monitor and record all entrances and exits to properly record a passengers face for identification in case there is an event.

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Security NVR vs DVR

Digital video recorders and network video recorders come in various different models and types. Understanding what to look for is important and even more important is understanding what you need. Lets review the various types of CCTV security recorders to better understand what to look for.

Benefits of Surveillance Camera Video Recorders

 

Camera ChannelsNVRs (Network Video Recorders) and DVRs (Digital Video Recorders) come in various sizes. Typically you will see these systems in 4, 8, 16 and 32 channel (camera) systems. Having 16 channels will allow you to have 16 cameras on one system. This means you can record 16 cameras on one system. Most people tend to go with these recorders because of the large capacity of camera channels they can use. Even if you only need 5 cameras to start, a 16ch NVR or DVR will allow you to have growing room.

NVR POE ConnectionsNVR vs DVR – The difference between an NVR and DVR can be confusing to many. A network video recorder (NVR) records IP cameras that are transmitted via a network cable. These cameras connect to an NVR either by way of a network switch or router and in some cases directly to the recorder itself. In essence, NVRs record IP cameras. Digital video recorders (DVRs) are synonymous with recording analog or coax based cameras. Newer HD-SDI or HD-CVI cameras also transmit via coax cable and also use DVRs to record. So in short, a DVR records cameras that are connected via a coax cable. There are more technical details involved explaining the two technologies but for the purpose of this article we will keep it as simple as possible. They both record cameras and offer the same similar options but they record different transmission methods.

Ease of use – Both NVRs and DVRs offer very easy menus to navigate and program the recorders. NVRs tend to be slightly more difficult because the cameras themselves are network devices so they must be programmed with an IP address just like any other device connected to a network. This can cause a little more confusion to customers that are not network savvy. Some systems like this one offer a nonsense setup. The NVR itself recognises the cameras and sets them up for you. This makes using IP camera a lot easier. DVRs are more cut and dry. Cameras do not need to be programmed  or set up when connected to the recorder. They are a simple plug and play solution. These security recorders make setup and installation much easier for the DIY customer, as they do not need to mess with camera settings or programming. Both systems offer remote video monitoring and HD recording capability.

What you need to consider when choosing a security surveillance NVR or DVR.

 

The most important factor when considering a recorder typically is your wiring. Wiring will dictate what you need and what you can use a majority of the time. As an example, if you already have coax cables installed and connected to an older analog CCTV system it would make more sense to use a DVR that supports coax cable already. This will cut costs down, and eliminate the need for running new wiring. Newer HD surveillance camera systems transmit HD video over coax so you can simply swap out your cameras and DVR for newer technology for a fraction of the cost of a new installation. Existing wiring and pre-wired homes or businesses can narrow down your your choice right from the get go.

 

What options do I have when choosing security cameras and a surveillance recorder?

 

These are your options when considering an HD security camera system in todays market. I did not include analog CCTV cameras as they simply should not be considered for surveillance.

HD-CVI Security Cameras - HD-SDIHD-SDI cameras and recorders allow you to transmit video over coax cable just like analog cameras. Cameras are powered separately using either 12vDC or 24vAC depending on the camera. Most HD-SDI cameras have a transmission distance limitation of 400-600 feet max depending on the technology and coax cable quality.  These cameras come in various models such as bullets, domes, full size, and PTZ form factors just like any other camera technology. Camera adjustments have to be made at the camera itself and done manually. Cameras are offered in 1, 2, 3 and 5 Megapixel resolutions. This technology is great for customers that already have existing analog cameras installed using coax cables. Its a simple no fuss upgrade to HD technology.

HD-SDI Cameras - HD-CVI – The new kid on the block. HD-CVI also uses coax cable to transmit cameras just like HD-SDI. The major key differences is that HD-CVI allows you to go further with coax. You can transmit HD-CVI up to 1500 feet using coax. This bodes well for consumers that have longer wire runs in place. HD-CVI also allows you to enter the camera OSD ( on screen display menu ) from the DVR itself. This means that you can adjust the camera settings directly from the recorder without having to manually make the changes at the camera. This helps tremendously because you do not need to get up on a ladder to adjust cameras by hand. HD-CVI also allows you to use CAT5 ( networking ) wiring with baluns to transmit video. This is something you cannot do with HD-SDI. This adds more versatility to the installation. The one downside to HD-CVI is that currently the highest  resolution available is 1080p (2 Megapixel ). This really does not pose a problem to most consumers as 2 Megapixel is more than enough resolution for their needs.

HD IP Cameras -

IP CamerasNetwork IP cameras transmit video over network wiring (cat5/6) just like your typical computer or laptop. These cameras tend to offer a lot more features and come in various HD resolutions that are not matched by its competitors. There are several cameras over 20 Megapixel on the market today. IP cameras offer consumers the ability to program cameras individually and separate from the recorder. This means that you can have IP cameras that are not connected to a recorder at all. You can have an IP camera connected to a network by itself and view the camera independently without the need of a recorder. This is something the other technologies simply cannot do. IP surveillance cameras act much like a recorder themselves by providing full programing of their resolution, bandwidth usage and even email alerts. You have a vast amount of options with IP cameras that you simply will not get with other technologies. The downside is the learning curve for most consumers. Consumers that do not have network experience or will never use these advanced options will opt for a more simplified surveillance system. Another downside to IP cameras is that you cannot transmit further than 330 feet without needing a repeater or booster to further the distance of the IP camera. This can add to your cost if you have long wire runs.

 

In the end all three of these technologies offer a very similar experience and end resolution when it comes to picture quality and recording. A 2 Megapixel camera in HD-SDI, HD-CVI and IP will give you very similar results. All systems offer large capacity recorders, same menu functions, same recording capabilities and remote apps for viewing. It really boils down to what you prefer. It’s very much like choosing between an electric, diesel and or gas powered car. They all take you where you need to go they just get there using different methods.


Choosing the right Surveillance Security System

 Based on what we have discussed, here are the key things to look for when choosing the right security camera system.

  • Consider the wiring you already have in place.

  • Current wiring allows you to upgrade to newer HD camera systems for a fraction of the cost.

  • Do you need more than 1080p (2 Megapixel) resolution?

  • Determine your camera cable lengths.

  • Are you network savvy? Are you comfortable programing network devices?


Risks of choosing the wrong Security Cameras

Time wasted – Any surveillance system that takes you a long period of time to program and configure can be a waste of time. Many systems offer a plethora of features and programming options that can optimize your surveillance system, but programming your CCTV camera system incorrectly can lead to false alarms, lapse in recording and having your cameras not work.  Sometimes the simplest systems are the best. Consider what you need and what you want the system to do and then base your purchase on those needs.

Unidentifiable Video – We all see those video recordings on our local news channels that ask us to identify a perpetrator that was caught on video. The problem is that a majority of the time those criminals look like blocks of color that simply do not help in identifying them.  So what is the point of spending the money on surveillance cameras if you can’t make out who robbed you. Choosing the right security camera system is crucial. HD camera systems allow for crystal clear images that help identify those who commit crimes.

Future Proofing – New HD technology allows you to purchase camera systems that will grow with you. Analog CCTV camera have served their purpose and no longer allow you to grow or expand on their capability. Throwing money at this technology will only backfire. Invest in technology that will continue to grow and allow you to add to it in the future. Saving money now will cost you later.

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Sporting Events CCTVSporting events are synonymous with large crowds that draw criminal activity. Maintaining large crowds in check, keeping events safe and avoiding possible threats and disturbances such as terrorism, can be a large undertaking for any security staff. Security cameras offer an invaluable tool to ensure the safety of the players, fans, staff, and the facilities themselves.

The Benefits of Stadium CCTV

 

Controlling Crowds – Sporting events attract very passionate fans and emotions can get heated quickly during a sporting event. Security cameras can help monitor, concessions, hallways and stands for disturbances and fights amongst the masses.

Ease of  installation – Todays digital video surveillance cameras can be installed easily. Sporting complexes can be outfitted with IP cameras that communicate through an IP network. Since networks are easily scalable you can add cameras as you see fit no matter where you need the cameras installed.

Coming and Going – Most sporting events have very large crowds that form when entering and exiting the facility. This can cause many issues and disturbances. CCTV cameras can monitor those high traffic areas making sure that patrons have safe and smooth passage.

Player Protection – Unfortunately players are also at risk during sporting events. Flying objects, streaking fans and physical attacks are known to have occurred on the playing field. This activity can be monitored and you can quickly alert security staff directly to the scene before a situation gets out of hand.

Terrorism Prevention – With such large amounts of people sporting events are unfortunately viewed by many as potential targets for terrorism. Video Surveillance can be help to recognize any potential terrorists. The Superbowl, as an example, is known for implementing and using video analytics such as facial recognition monitor crowds for known felons.

Remote ViewingNetwork video recorders allow sporting events to view all their cameras and video streams on the local network and over the internet. Security personnel can monitor live video footage and even control cameras remotely from tablets, phones and any computer with Internet access.

Arena Security Surveillance Risks

 

Privacy Concerns – Public areas on the facility should be the only areas monitored by security cameras. Private areas such as bathrooms are considered highly off limits to video surveillance.

Damage and Vandalism  – Anytime you have cameras installed out in the open in public locations they run the risk sustaining damage from vandalism and tampering, leading to the possibility of lapses in video recording.

Configuring Video Surveillance at Sports Facilities and Fields

 

Wholesale Surveillance CamerasThe sheer volume of  people that attend a sporting event makes monitoring them a daunting task. Adding the large size of most sporting facilities themselves makes a properly installed surveillance network that much more important. We suggest you consider the following factors when preparing to install a CCTV System:

 

  • What is your facilities greatest security risk?

  • Is crowd control a problem your events?

  • What security systems do you have in place currently?

  • Are there major events that you host that typically bring in larger crowds than normal?

  • Is terrorism a valid concern at your facility?

  • Have athletes had issues with fans or crowds, such as confrontations?

  • Have you experienced employee theft in the past?

  • Do you have a parking facility on site?

  • Are your entrances and exits covered by security?

  • Do you have concession stands, bars and restaurants on the facility?

  • Is your security staff understaffed?

  • What key areas of the facility are you most concerned with?

Security Cameras at Sporting Events Setup Advice

  • Cameras should be placed where you can view and monitor all crowds.

  • Remote controlled cameras should be deployed. Cameras with remote-controlled pan, tilt, and zoom capability allow personnel to zoom in and follow suspicious individuals and hone into disturbances so they can be closely watched.

  • All exits and entrances should have cameras installed. This helps to  monitor the all individuals and crowds coming in and out of the facility.

  • Parking lot cameras help to deter crime and theft involving parked vehicles. They also keep visitors safe.

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Surveillance cameras for daycares, preschools and care centers should provide clean, crisp detail in the event that an incident occurs. HD digital cameras allow schools the ability to record and monitor the children in HD video. This high resolution helps daycare owners monitor the classrooms and playgrounds with ease and helps them determine who is present at all times.

Here is a suggestion of products that may be used for day care security.

Here are some things you should consider before installing a daycare camera system.