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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.


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ip bullet cameraLast year we saw a huge increase in low priced 720p IP cameras. 1MP and 1.3MP IP cameras really became the go to standard for low end IP cameras. Though 720p is no slouch in the resolution department many customers did not upgrade to higher resolution cameras because of the difference in price points between 1 and 2 megapixel cameras, especially when purchasing multiple cameras at one time. As the year has gone on we have seen a sizable shift towards 2 megapixel security cameras becoming more affordable. In many circumstances, these price points are on par with analog CCTV cameras which many did not think would occur so quickly. The difference between analog cameras and megapixel cameras is night day and the main reason for purchasing analog has mostly always been price. Simply put, they have been cheaper and less expensive to buy, technology and quality be damned.

Those days are coming to end and very quickly I might add. 1080p IP cameras are starting to hit the $100-$150 mark and this includes varifocal lenses and ICR built in! A well made CCTV analog camera with a Sony effio-P CCD, varifocal lens and tamper proof housing can set you back anywhere between $80-$170 dollars, depending on the vendor and manufacture. A 2MP camera in todays market with similar varifocal lens and ICR is now within the same price range. To most technicians and dealers this is a no brainer but to the common consumer this still does not seal the deal. The main reason is availability and ease of purchase. CCTV analog cameras still dominate the retail space and are easily available at most large retailers next to the club soda and crackers. With no real comparison to HD in that price point when they are purchasing, most tend to go with whats cheapest and not best.

With HD becoming a household word IP cameras in this space will do relatively well with consumers now that price points are on par with what they are used to seeing. Camera packages and systems offering 1080p at analog prices are already available, its just matter of time before the scale tips towards the masses of IP 1080p. As the tile states 1080P HD IP Security Cameras offer a great value for the price.




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ATM video surveillance in itself is an industry. ATM locations and surrounding areas make ATM machines susceptible to theft and criminal activity if not properly protected. Installing video surveillance, especially newer HD video security cameras can help to protect, document and ensure ATM transactions are safe.

ATM surveillance benefits

Document confrontations and hold ups  – Having security cameras present  will enhance the safety around an ATM machine, this makes it less likely that customers will be approached by potential criminals looking to steal their cards or cash.

Stop ATM skimming – ATM Skimming uses special devices to document and record customer information from their bank cards by reading magnetic stripes on the back of the bank cards. ATM security cameras can monitor and record potential skimming operations and even stop it before it starts.

Hidden camera prevention – Criminals have also turned to using small hidden cameras to try and steal ATM pin numbers. Security cameras installed at the ATM can help detect suspicious activity and monitor the ATM as the criminal tries to install the hidden camera.

Digital storage – HD based security recorders allow the user to store, document and back-up video footage digitally on hard disk drives or even servers. Long term video footage can stored for months or years and be archived while also providing advanced search capabilities.

Investigating Criminal Activity– HD surveillance cameras can provide high detail visual evidence of crimes happening at cash machines. The ability to quickly search through digital video footage for exact time and dates is a smooth and painless process. Since most ATMs are usually left unattended for long periods of time it is important to keep archived video footage which can prove invaluable when a possible incident is reported.

Risks of Security Cameras at Cash Machines


Camera Tampering – If a security camera is tampered with or vandalized by a criminal, you could have video loss and not be able to document the incident. 24-hour ATMs should take other safety precautions to help limit the possibilities of tampering and vandalism. Physical security guards and proper lighting help to keep incidents down to a minimum.

ATM surveillance camera configuration

  • When installing ATM security cameras, consider some of the following factors:

  • Does the ATM machine operate 24 hours a day?

  • Is the current ATM machine attached to a bank?

  • Do you currently have security guards that patrol or monitor the area?

  • Is the ATM machine unattended a majority of the time?

  • Consider the location and neighborhood where the ATM is installed. Is the area conducive to crime?

Setup advice for cash machine security camera


  • We suggest you install a security camera within the ATM so you may get a crystal clear image with  details of all transactions.

  • Position and install the security camera so you may monitor the surrounding area of the cash machine and get a comprehensive view of possible suspect activity.

  • We suggest you consider using a DVR or NVR that records the actual ATM transactions and syncs the transaction with live video footage. This allows archived footage to be easily sorted out during criminal investigations.

  • Consider using physical contacts or alarm triggers to send alerts to a central station or mobile phone. This will instantly notify someone when a physical break in or vandalism is occurring.

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IT Department

According to the latest reports via Thevarguy Axis claims that surveillance is managed 91% of the time by IT professionals. According to the post ( of course the report is also backed by Axis mind you ),

Axis collaborated with IT market research firm Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) on the recently released 2013 IT and Video Surveillance Market Study, which found that IT professionals increasingly are integral to North American company surveillance. The study found that the number of IT professionals working closely with video surveillance has grown tremendously in the past three years, up from 52 percent in 2011.

Having IT professionals manage IP cameras is nothing new but I would love to know where these numbers actually come from. IT departments are normally seen in mid to high end businesses which would account for a fraction of all surveillance being deployed and installed. Are these numbers based on Fortune 500 companies or a handful of IT professionals they hand picked? According to the 2013 IT Video Study these numbers are based on 150 IT professionals being polled so I guess that answers the question.





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Restaurants & bars have unique security challenges that they face daily. Employee turnover and the ever changing  changing customer base leaves restaurants and bars with high risk of theft. A well installed bar or restaurant security video system can improve security and safety for employees, customers, as well as  business owners alike.

Bar and Restaurant Security Cameras Benefits


Simple Installation – Restaurant & bar video surveillance is quick to install as well as set up. With newer HD technology bar & restaurant owners have an abundance of options to make their install go smoothly.  You have options to use existing cabling to upgrade your current systems to HD-SDI or HD-CVI or go IP HD with IP cameras with traditional networking wiring.

Theft prevention – Preventing theft is what Video surveillance is all about, and a well installed restaurant security camera can help put an end to non paying customers and possible robberies.

Violence & Fights Recorded – We have all experienced the rowdy patron thats had one too many.  Fights are common place in crowded bars, especially when watching sporting events. Bar & restaurant security cameras can prevent violence and fighting, while helping to identify the responsible parties.

Playback of Video – Newer Digital Video Security Systems broadcast video footage over the internet, this allows business owners to view  your restaurant or bar at anytime from anywhere. Having a chain restaurants is not a problem with todays technology. You have the ability to check up on several locations at once without having to be in multiple places at once. Enjoy live video or playback from a PC, mac, tablet or smartphone.

The risks of Tavern and Pub CCTV Systems

Privacy Concerns – Bar & Restaurant security cameras should only be installed in public places such as bars, dining rooms, stock rooms, and kitchen areas. Never install security cameras in bathrooms or employee break rooms.

Camera Vandalism – Anytime you install cameras in public areas they are susceptible to tampering or vandalism, specifically in bars. Having a loss of video or recording due to vandalized or damaged cameras can affect your ability to prosecute or capture a crime or theft.

Power Outages – Power outages and surges can cause severe damage to your security system or even interrupt your video recording. Even though this may rarely occur, there is still a possibility of it happening. We suggest you have other security measures in place should your bar or restaurant security camera system fail.


Bar and restaurant video surveillance system considerations


Bars & restaurants have different security needs which depend on several different factors. One surveillance system installed in a particular restaurant or bar may not work for another. Here are some things you should consider when when installing your security cameras:

  • Have you experienced any fights or acts of violence at your Bar or restaurant in the past?

  • Have you had customer theft or non paying customers leave your premise?

  • What area is most security risk?

  • What security systems have you installed in the past? Do you currently have in place?

  • Is your location or neighborhood prone to theft or crime?-

  • Are you a restaurant or bar, both?

  • Do you experience higher traffic days due to events or daily specials?

  • Consider your customer demographic.

  • Do you have high foot traffic?Are you constantly busy or do you have “traffic rushes” during lunch, dinner, happy hour, etc?

  • Have you dealt with employee theft (missing cash from register, giving out free food or drinks, stealing food)?

  • Consider your space. Do you currently lease a space from a larger building? Do you have a free-standing building with a parking lot?

    • If you currently lease or rent space from a larger building, consider what possible security systems are offered by the building itself.

  • Do your employees have full viewing access to dining areas or bar from kitchens or serving’ stations?

Restaurant Security Cameras – Setup Advice


  • Install bar and restaurant security cameras in common open areas such as dining rooms to help protect customers and prevent theft.

  • Consider that cameras in your kitchen and serving areas will help you monitor and record workplace safety. The cameras can also help keep your facilities up to code with municipal health inspectors.

  • Always install surveillance cameras near exits and entrances in order to get an high detailed images of each and every customer and visitor as they come and go.

  • Also consider installing fixed security cameras near cash registers and office safes so it may help prevent theft.