Security

  • Mobiles, apps, digital this and digital that - We live in a world where technology moves fast, and constantly upgrading our devices is part of our routine. With IP CCTV offering amazing resolution and cool features such as facial recognition, video analytics capabilities and more, it's easy to miss how good analogue CCTV systems are.

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  • IP CCTV: What you need to know

    If you’re determined to get the latest in technology to future proof your investment in a security system, then IP CCTV is what you’re looking for. The term IP CCTV is a buzzword these days, but what’s all the buzz about?

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    If you are a first time CCTV buyer, here are 4 reasons why pre-configured kits are the best choice for you:

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    Over the past decade we have seen CCTV becoming more accessible and easier to install. This has led to an increase in the use of cameras in the UK by both the general public and business owners. This has greatly helped to protect the people of the UK and their property, however there are a few legal pitfalls that some users may not know exist when capturing footage in both public and private property. This blog will highlight some of the main factors that need to be considered to have a legal CCTV system securing your property.

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  • Why you should change your default CCTV password

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    Recently it has been widely reported about websites which have been openly streaming video from surveillance systems across the globe, the largest being a website called Insecam which featured over 73,000 live streams from networked CCTV systems whose owners had failed to change their default DVR & NVR passwords. There have been reports criticizing Continue reading

  • A soon to be published public survey, by the UK government’s surveillance camera commissioner in conjunction with the British Standards Institution, investigates how the government can work to raise the standards of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) users in the UK. It is estimated that we had 5.9 million CCTV surveillance cameras being used both privately and publicly in the UK in 2015, and it is said that an individual is likely to be captured on average 30 times a day by CCTV. The massive growth in the number of cameras being used has once again re-lit the ever present argument as to the necessity of millions of cameras in the UK. So as suppliers of CCTV equipment it raises two questions: "Does CCTV actually prevent crime?" and "Why has CCTV use risen?".

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  • Having the ability to view your surveillance system from different parts of the world, or even whilst at your local pub is great, but what if someone else is watching your property too?

    Is your DVR Secure?

    With technology moving forward it has become ever easier to make sure your home or business is safe, but what if other people could view your footage?  We have previously mentioned a website (Insecam.org) which featured over 73,000 live streams from networked CCTV systems and cameras available for public viewing. The reason being, users have forgotten to change their default passwords. This website was shut down for a period of time but it is back and it is a great reminder to all CCTV owners the need to change your password!

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  • AHD (Analogue High Definition) CCTV is the new standard format or CCTV surveillance equipment which was released in 2015 which typically uses coaxial cable with BNC connections. As you may know traditional analogue CCTV equipment worked on TV Lines (TVL) to determine the capture and output resolution up to a maximum resolution of WD1/960H (960x576 pixels).

    However the newer AHD format allows much greater resolutions, at the time of writing this article, up to full HD at 1920x1080 pixels or 2.4MP. A 720p AHD camera is roughly equivalent to a 1000TVL analogue camera. The upper limits of AHD have yet to be fully revealed, but for now up to 1080p is a significant improvement over the original analogue format.

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  • A question we often get asked in this business is why most surveillance cameras don’t come with audio recording built it. Whilst we do have some specialist cameras with audio and also microphone attachments, there are a lot cameras and DVRs don’t come with audio monitoring. There is a practical reason behind this and that is to bring manufacturing costs down, but there is also an ethical and legal reason too which you should be aware of before setting up audio monitoring on your CCTV system for personal or business application.

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  • Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) or Electrosensitivity (ES) has been gain more and more traction in recent years, and more recently I’ve been seeing talk about IP and CCTV surveillance equipment potentially affecting. The symptoms of EHS have generally been reported to include skin sensitivity, skin blemishing, light sensitivity, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, joint pain, and high blood pressure.

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