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The Republican Convention has amassed a large collection of surveillance cameras. Aware Digital which was awarded the multi-million dollar contract to install roughly 90 high-def cameras around the downtown area and includes a wireless network to connect the cameras. 63 of the cameras have pan/tilt/zoom capabilities with 20x optical zoom. 31 fixed cameras have been added, mostly to watch the Tampa Police Department and its parking garage.

According to the city’s RFP, the project includes:

55 Axis Q6035 cameras with Firetide IVS-100 enclosures painted to match surroundings and connected to home base with Firetide Hotport 7010 mesh nodes

21 Axis M3114-VE

10 Axis M1114-E

1 Axis 212 PTZ-V

[button link="http://rncctv.com/map-of-cameras/" variation="blue" size="large"]View the Camera Map[/button]

 

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Surveillance cameras captured a 60 year old lady straight up slashing a man for his cell at a Detroit gas station. You best watch out with them old ladies folks. Watch your back.

Security cameras capture violent stabbing in Detroit | ksdk.com.

Security camera at London (Heathrow) Airport. ...

Security camera at London (Heathrow) Airport. Taken by Adrian Pingstone in August 2004 and released to the public domain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

This article has brought on a very good question. Should the public be allowed to watch cameras that are publicly installed for our safety? Colleges, streets and public neighborhoods are getting more and more surveillance cameras installed for police observance and since many of these cameras are considered public systems should we have the right to view them? Good debate.

 

 

 

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Check out this amazing high res. camera

For example, operating at an altitude of 15,000 ft., MIST cover a strip several kilometers long in less than a second, processing hundreds of images at a rate of 80 megapixel per second, with 15 cm resolution. On a single mission the drone can cover an area thousands square kilometer large, producing detailed images for photogrammetric and stereo imagery from vertical or oblique angles, generating an image bank for persistent surveillance mission.

 

Blog site console-cowboys.blogspot.com has recently posted a nice article on how he was able to view hundreds of Trendnet IP cameras with a few minor tweaks to the URL. Apparently,Trendnet has left a backdoor on its IP cameras that cannot be disabled or closed by the end user through the camera settings. In short by simply adding /anony/mjpg.cgi to a WAN IP address of a Trendnet IP Camera gives you streaming video bypassing login credentials.

This is some scary stuff and hopefully Trendnet acts on this quickly and closes this loophole. In the meantime I would power down any Trendnet IP camera you may have streaming.

 

Read full article here

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I recently came across a situation where a leading brand manufacturer discontinued some of their IP cameras and no longer supported them. The NVR made by the same manufacturer did not support the new IP camera models even with an upgraded firmware and they were basically told they would have to replace the system with updated cameras and NVR. The integrator was obviously upset and no longer wanted to continue using the brand. This got me think further about the fragmentation within the IP camera technology and the possibility of future problems that may exist. These concerns cover both IP cameras and NVRs.

Within the world of analog even if a manufacturer discontinues a camera model or even a line of cameras the installer can use virtually any other brand of analog camera to replace the cameras and continue operation but with IP it’s not so simple. The NVR must support the cameras you would like to use and things are not so cut and dry. No matter the changes that occur within the analog camera in regards to the CCD, DSP or format. The systems are all interchangeable. This leads to long term support and usability.

My concern is the long term support of IP camera firmware and the 3rd party software which also support them. As IP cameras change formats, compressions and chipsets how are older models treated? Do they discontinue support for these models? Do software houses drop older IP camera models or continue to just add to the database? 

Do manufacturers that offer proprietary software and cameras continue to support models years in? I would like to know what experiences you guys have had with long term installations and the support for these systems after a couple of years in. 

Since there is no real standard the possibility for fragmentation is a huge concern especially over the long haul. ONVIF and PSIA, have both manufacturers and integrators suffering from indecision when the two groups promote their respective specifications. Though real time sales are on the rise with the technology becoming very popular will these issues become a huge problem in future? 

This is not a case of one technology being better than the other, it’s a simple observation wrapped in questions. 

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