Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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Monday, January 03, 2011

iCameraViewer App Supports Axis Cameras

Axis CommunicationsA video surveillance camera app for the iPhone now supports Axis IP cameras as well as network video servers according to CCTV Camera Pros. The latest version of the app, known as the iCamViewer, gives users the ability to view up to eight security cameras remotely over the internet from an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. The only downside is that the app does not currently support PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) controls, but they are rumored to become available in the future.

The iCamViewer also allows users to view CCTV cameras on their iPhone via video servers. You can also mix and match viewing cameras from different manufacturers. In addition to Axis, the app also has support for viewing Zavio and Vivotek IP cameras.

According to Mike Haldas, Managing Partner for CCTV Camera Pros, "CCTV Camera Pros' research and development team continues to innovate and allow us to offer great products for video surveillance, like the free iCameraViewer iPhone app. We are extremely excited about the integration with Axis cameras being that Axis is the largest manufacturer of IP security cameras in the world. Our goal is to have the best free video surveillance iPhone app in the world. The feedback that we get from users is helping us do just that. We will continue to improve the iCameraViewer and add additional support for more manufacturers and models."

There are a lot of different Axis cameras that are compatible with the app as well as a lot of Axis video servers including: 207MW, M1031-W, M1054, 210, P1311, P1346, 211, 211M, 221, 221 Night, Q1755, 209MFD, 216FD, 216MFD, 225FD, M3014, P3301, P3344 and Q7401. This is a limited number of cameras but any Axis camera should work.

Source: Security Camera Search
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Monday, December 20, 2010

Naked Man Caught on Cemetery Security Cameras

CemeterySecurity cameras are designed to record anything and everything they see. You can set them to turn on at a certain time, turn on when light levels get to a certain point or even set them to turn on whenever movement is detected by their sensors. Whatever the cause, you can tailor your security cameras to work just the way you want them to.

In the past, security cameras have caught a lot of interesting things. Just watch World's Dumbest Criminals and you will see exactly what I am talking about. Security cameras have caught a lot of people doing a lot of "interesting" things, but a recent report from a Picayune, Mississippi cemetery may just give us one of the strangest stories yet.

Last week a man was caught in a Mississippi church cemetery trying to photograph spirit orbs, as he described it. While going into a cemetery in the middle of the night is definitely creepy, nothing really seems out of place about this story, yet. When the man was arrested by police officers, they found him snapping pictures completely naked.

Robert Hurst, the bare-it-all ghost hunter, told The Picayune Item newspaper that the reason for going au naturale in the final resting place of the dead was because he believes that skin is the best canvas to show off the orbs of energy generated by spirits.

According to Hurst, he only intended to remove his shirt. However, when the moonlight hit him just right and the spirit orbs started to swoon over him, he thought it would be fine to just strip down to his birthday suit, a move he now reveals as being "stupid".

But just how was he caught? Was a late night grounds keeper patrolling that area at the time? Was a ghost "offended" at the sight of the 47-year-old naked body? Did an innocent bystander look out his window at the wrong time? Well, the answer is a simple security camera.

Authorities had set up motion-activated security cameras in the cemetery in order to catch vandals. Hurst is not being accused of vandalism, according to Pearl River County Deputy Chief Shane Tucker. The camera simply caught an unexpected picture of the "real" Robert Hurst.

Hurst currently faces a misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure and posted a $500 bond after turning himself in last Friday. Hurst reported to The Picayune Item that he has had his fill of orb pictures and cemeteries, enough to lay his hobby to rest.

According to Hurst, "No, I don't think I'll be going into a cemetery, even clothed."
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Military's Mind's Eye Project & Its Potential Impact on Video Surveillance & Beyond

In March of this year, DARPA announced plans to undergo research into the idea of a “smart camera”, where upon endowing a system with such a smart camera, the system would have a greater understanding of its surrounding world, thereby making the system all the more intelligent.

This project is being called Mind’s Eye, and its purview has been stated as the pursuit of ‘visual intelligence’. Various visual systems thus far designed have proven to be fairly good at object recognition but have yet to demonstrate recognition of action, nor have any systems been so designed as of yet. This move intuitively makes sense. After all, the world in which we live is not merely an aggregate of objects but is actually the interplay between those objects, which ultimately gives rise to context; something that computer scientists and philosophers alike consider epistemologically invaluable when it comes to understanding as humans regard it.

Action recognition is arguably the key for unlocking a whole new wave of intelligence development in humanly designed machines. If a system can be given the capacity for recognizing and tagging certain actions that fall within the view of its visual lens, then this seems tantamount to its being able to attribute reasons for a given action’s occurrence; and reason, of course, has been an enterprise that so far only humans (maybe animals to a lesser degree?) have been fortunate enough to enjoy. With the ability to reason about perceived motions, a system would be capable of constructing narratives on what is being perceived rather than simply treating it as a collection of static objects, and with the ability to infer based on context, the number of possible applications of such a system are as indefinite as they are troubling.

Nevertheless, the military’s purported first use of the Mind’s Eye project, if it succeeds, is to beef up aerial surveillance drones. If the product turns out to be reliable, it is likely to change the video surveillance paradigm in general, making that camera at the nearest 7-11 gas station much more intelligent. The implications of such a development would of course reach much further than mere security, and if machines prove capable of the slightest degree of contextual reasoning, the result would call for a philosophical restructuring of what we consider intelligence to be, and what the human place in the world is.

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Monday, December 06, 2010

3 Reasons a Wireless Security Camera System is Better

I'm sure it isn't a great surprise to anyone that wireless security cameras are far preferred over wired ones. In a world where nearly every single piece of technology created has a wireless version, it only makes sense that security cameras would follow suit. But why, you may ask, is wireless so much better than wired and why would it make any difference to me?

Well, the answer to that is simple. There are a lot of different advantages to going with a wireless security camera system over a wired one, but here we are going to focus on three main reasons. If you take into account what these three reasons have to say, you may find yourself demanding not only wireless security cameras but also a completely wireless life.

Reason #1: Presentation
Wireless security cameras provide much more aesthetic value than wired security cameras. What I'm saying is that you do not have to worry about wire length, wrapping wires around your home or business or making sure you have an easy access route for your wires to feed through. When you go wireless, you do not have to compromise on the effectiveness of your system. A wireless security camera system allows you to enjoy all the features of a wired system without all the hassles.

Reason #2: Accommodation
One problem many security camera installation companies deal with is accessibility. Installers can have the perfect setup for any business, but if the business or house doesn't have the right style to accommodate a security camera system, then there is nothing you or the installers can do. However, if you go with a wireless system, you do not have to worry about accommodating for wire length. Wireless cameras can be installed easily and can even be moved on a whim if you desire, something a wired system can't do.

Reason #3: Portability
One of the biggest benefits of a wireless security camera system is that it is highly portable. You can use it as a temporary security measure or as a seasonal device if you have need for it in some months but not in others. Keep a wireless security camera focused on your pool in the summer to keep unwanted guests out and then take it down in the winter. Wireless security camera systems are also good for places like construction sites where you may need to monitor stock or equipment on a temporary basis.

It is easy to see all the benefits a wireless security camera system has over a wired one. A wireless security camera system offers many things a wired system cannot, including better presentation, accommodation and portability. In a world where everybody wants things to be faster and easier, it doesn't get much better than wireless. Whether it be your headphones, laptop, video game controller or security camera system, nothing beats the convenience of going wireless.
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Monday, November 22, 2010

Basler AG Sees Record Sales Increase for Security Cameras

The one thing every company wants to see on their quarterly outcome is gain. An increase in sales and revenue is the icing on the cake for every company, and there was one company that achieved more than they expected when the final tallies for their third quarter earnings came in, Basler AG.

According to preliminary figures, sales and pre-tax earnings were significantly higher than levels of previous years. These numbers were also beyond the expectations of the management board of Basler AG. Group sales for the first three quarters of 2010 for Basler AG were at somewhere around $51.5 million.

This exceeded the previous year's earnings of around $32.5 million by about 58%. Total earnings before taxes (EBT) for Basler AG came in at around $5 million which was nearly $16 million up from the previous year's results.

But what, you may ask, is driving the sales growth of Basler AG? Well, that is simple, the digital camera segment of the company. Camera sales increased for Basler AG in the first three quarters by 85% to $40.4 million. Incoming orders were around $45.6 million compared to $25.4 million last year.

Assuming continued market development, Basler AG will continue to increase their gains for the fiscal year 2010. Basler AG expects group sales to increase to a level somewhere between $62 million and $65 million at an EBT of no less than $5.5 million.
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Monday, November 08, 2010

Security Gadgets Worth a Look

Security GadgetsPersonal security, whether it be for your home or business or whatever, is one of the fastest growing concerns in today's world. It is sad to say that over the past few years, the rate of burglary and robbery has increased. With information like this, it is definitely a good idea to invest in a personal security system. When most people think of security systems, they typically think of security cameras. However, there are a lot of other different security devices out there that are worth looking into if you want a personal security system.

Digital Video Security System
Digital Video Security Systems are comprehensive surveillance kits. With one of these devices you will be able to keep an "all seeing" eye on whatever you desire. A typical system like this will get you between four and six cameras which can be installed indoors or outdoors. High end systems can come with motion sensors as well as mobile feeds which allows you to stream your footage over the internet in real time.

Smart Scan Keyless Lock
A Smart Scan Keyless Lock is like something straight out of a Mission: Impossible movie. The device uses a sub-dermal scanner to identify a person's fingerprint before entrance is granted. This even comes in handy for people who constantly lose or misplace their keys. These devices can retain fingerprint memory even on a low battery and some of them are even bump and drill resistant.

Keyless Locking Mailbox
What many people don't know is that one of the biggest areas of theft is mail theft. People will swipe your mail in hopes of getting any information they can to help them steal your identity. If this is a big worry for you, then a keyless locking mailbox is perfect you. A keyhole is replaced by a numeric keypad that is touchscreen. Punch in your four digit access code and the box opens up with ease.

Back-Up Power Supply
The first thing many burglars do when they attempt to break in is cut the power supply to your home. No power means no cameras, no alarms and no phones. However, if you have a back-up power supply, then you have nothing to worry about. There is a good variety of back-up power supplies that can give you 24 hours of power or only a few hours of power, it is completely up to you.

The first step in having a security system is knowing what is good to have around. You cannot go wrong with any of these devices, and all of them could be the difference in preventing you from being a victim of inadequate personal security.