Global Financial Institution Expands March Networks Solution to 7,000 Branches in $3.5 Million Deal

OTTAWA, March 29 /CNW/ - March Networks® (TSX: MN), a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions, today announced that a top ten global financial institution has selected the company's Financial Solution for multiple new banking branches and planned branch upgrades in a deal worth $3.5 million. The deployment will bring the bank's total March Networks installation to more than 7,000 sites - all centrally managed with the company's powerful Enterprise Service Manager software. The systems are expected to be in place by the end of 2011.

The financial institution continues to standardize on the solution for its proven reliability, unparalleled scalability and high-quality video evidence. In addition, March Networks' management software provides advanced health monitoring and maintenance capabilities that make it easy for the bank to maintain optimum system performance across its extensive surveillance network.

Currently used by more than 400 financial institutions and credit unions worldwide, March Networks' systems work seamlessly with the company's portfolio of high-definition IP cameras, as well as multiple third-party IP or analog cameras. They also include a range of innovative fraud detection applications, such as Financial Transaction Investigation and Searchlight Skimming Detection for ATMs, which can cut investigation times and losses significantly. Additionally, video analytics such as scene verification and queue line monitoring allow banks to increase security, customer satisfaction and overall efficiency through improved operations.

"Our financial solutions combine intelligent applications with exceptional reliability and video management to improve security and increase return on investment," said Net Payne, Chief Marketing Officer, March Networks. "They remain the solution of choice for banks worldwide, who value their enterprise-class capabilities as well as our relentless focus on delivering a leading-edge financial product set, such as our new Command software, that provides an end-to-end IP migration path as customers are ready to make the transition."

About March Networks
March Networks® (TSX:MN) is a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions. For close to a decade, the company has helped some of the world's largest commercial and government organizations transition from traditional CCTV to networked video surveillance used for advanced security, loss prevention and risk mitigation. VideoSphere®, the company's enterprise-class video management portfolio, includes open-platform VMS software complemented by high-definition IP cameras, encoders, video analytics and recording platforms, as well as outstanding professional and managed services. March Networks systems are delivered through an extensive distribution and partner network and currently support over one million channels of video in more than 50 countries. For more information, please visit www.marchnetworks.com.

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Honeywell Software Development Kit Simplifies Security Integration With Building Automation

March 29, 2011
HSDK Eliminates Need to Manually Write Code and Configure Servers
Honeywell's latest software tool helps integrators tie together commercial security technology into larger building automation systems. Using graphical programming, the Honeywell Software Development Kit (HSDK) eliminates the need to manually write code when designing integrated systems that tie security technology together with building systems such as secondary fire, lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). This approach can significantly reduce the time needed to design integrated building systems from days to a matter of hours.

"Integrating building systems isn't an easy process, but that hasn't slowed the demand for them because organizations and building owners are all about improving the efficiency of their staffs and building operations," said Carlos Lopez-Reyna, product marketing manager, Honeywell Systems. "The HSDK has been designed to simplify this process and give integrators a more user-friendly tool that can help them make integration a core offering in their portfolios."

Powered by the NiagaraAX Framework from Tridium, HSDK is available to authorized Honeywell Integrated Security (HIS) integrators who specify the company's Pro-Watch security management system. Pro-Watch streamlines security by bringing together access control, intrusion and video on a common platform.

Previously, the task of integrating disparate systems required software engineers to write code in a trial-and-error approach and manually configure servers. Additionally, codes and configurations made in this matter are difficult to replicate for other customers. HSDK, by contrast, allows programs to be saved and replicated, saving integrators time by allowing them to repurpose existing code as appropriate. HSDK also ensures the integrated system will be compatible with future versions of Honeywell security technology and software releases.

Honeywell will demonstrate the HSDK at ISC West 2011 in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.honeywellintegrated.com/security.

About Honeywell International
Honeywell International is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. For more information, visit www.honeywellnow.com.
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March Networks Industry Experts Host Educational Sessions and Speak on Muni-Surveillance Panel at ISC West

OTTAWA, March 23 -- /PRNewswire/ - March Networks® (TSX: MN) industry experts invite you to join them to learn more about the latest IP video technologies and applications at the ISC West Security Conference and Exhibition, April 6-8, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The company will introduce its premiere See More Cinema at the show on April 6 and 7. Developed to spotlight new opportunities available to its Certified Solution Providers (CSPs) and end user customers, the See More Cinema features March Networks experts presenting on topics ranging from the company's award-winning Command software solution to the services and incentives available to its CSP community. Fifth Third Bank will also be on hand to detail how it is using March Networks technologies to better protect its customers, staff and assets.

Each See More Cinema session will be interactive, with senior staff available to answer questions. And as a thank you for participating, all attendees will be eligible for 10 chances to win a new iPad - with draws happening throughout the show on March Networks' Booth 23068.

March Networks See More Cinema
Wednesday, April 6 - every hour beginning at 12:00 noon PT Thursday, April 7 - every hour beginning at 10:00 am PT Venetian, Main Level Titian Room Block, Room 2202 Click here for the complete showtime schedule, or visit www.marchnetworks.com/iscwest.

March Networks' Vice President of Alliances and Corporate Development, Robert Wu, will also share his expertise on the evolving municipal surveillance landscape during the ISC West Education Series. Mr. Wu will participate in a panel discussion focused on the best uses and limitations of various wireless infrastructures, how to develop a wireless infrastructure roadmap, and real-world examples of where wireless deployment has benefited municipal video surveillance.

MS01: Muni-Surveillance Panel I: Wireless Infrastructure
Thursday, April 7 10:15 - 11:15 am Room 204 Visit www.iscwest.com/en/ISC-West/Education/ for more information.

March Networks will showcase its comprehensive IP video solutions, including its new Command video management software, high-definition IP cameras and hybrid recorders, in Booth 23068 at the ISC West International Security Conference and Exposition, April 6 to 8, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.

About March Networks
March Networks® (TSX:MN) is a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions. For close to a decade, the company has helped some of the world's largest commercial and government organizations transition from traditional CCTV to networked video surveillance used for advanced security, loss prevention and risk mitigation. VideoSphere®, the company's enterprise-class video management portfolio, includes open-platform VMS software complemented by high-definition IP cameras, encoders, video analytics and recording platforms, as well as outstanding professional and managed services. March Networks systems are delivered through an extensive distribution and partner network and currently support over one million channels of video in more than 50 countries. For more information, please visit www.marchnetworks.com.

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March Networks Lands Security Deal


March Networks has secured a deal with a top financial institution that will see the Ottawa-based company's product used in more than 7,000 sites. March Networks offers Internet protocol video solutions that the company says will "increase security, customer satisfaction and overall efficiency through improved operations." Installations are expected to be complete by the end of the year.

 

2011-03-25

Pennsylvania Casinos Rely On Video Security Cameras

You're walking through the Sands casino, perhaps a little lighter in the wallet from a bad run at the tables, when you look down and see a crisp $100 bill lying on the carpet.

If you think your luck just changed, you'd be wrong, because if you stuff that bill in your pocket, you may be arrested.

There's no finders-keepers rule in Pennsylvania's casinos.

"It's a little different in here," said Sgt. Robert Caprari, commander of the Pennsylvania State Police office at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. "If someone loses their money, we have the ability to solve it, and if you pick it up and take it, you can be charged."

Anh Huu Nguyen, 47, of Lawrence, Mass., found out the hard way.

When Nguyen picked up an envelope holding $240, dropped by a woman March 7, he committed theft by carrying it into the men's room and stuffing the money in his pocket, state police say.

Nguyen said the envelope was empty, but police didn't buy it. Friday was his 12th day in Northampton County Prison under $15,000 bail on charges of theft and receiving stolen property.

It's a scene repeated almost daily in each of Pennsylvania's 10 casinos, where most of the nearly 2,400 thefts investigated over the past three years are the kind of incidents that, outside the casinos, would be considered little more than lost money.

Most of the incidents involve someone either finding money and keeping it, playing credits someone else left on a slot machine, or cashing in a voucher someone left behind. All are illegal.

Technically, keeping money someone lost without making some effort to return it is illegal anywhere in Pennsylvania, Caprari noted. But outside the casino there's no way to enforce the law. So, if you find money on the street, it's generally yours to keep.

"If someone loses money on the street, there is no real way of proving they really lost it and no way of proving who found it," Caprari said. "But we have more than 2,000 cameras viewing every corner of this casino. We can and will investigate."

That's because huddled in a third-floor surveillance room, 24 hours a day, security officers watch 42 high-definition monitors that are fed video from all of those cameras. Each camera can zoom in to see the smallest movement in the casino, from the button a person is pushing on a slot machine, to the counter listing the money in the machine, to a gum wrapper on the floor.

If someone reports losing money or leaving money on a machine, casino police can roll back the video to not only confirm it, but see who found it. In most cases, police give the finder a chance to reimburse the person who lost the money, and that happens almost every day — sometimes several times — according to Trooper Joseph Evans of state police at Parx Casino in lower Bucks County.

Any money left in a machine and not claimed by the person who lost it, or recovered from someone who took it, eventually is turned in to the state's unclaimed property fund.

But in general, if the person who finds the loot denies taking it, or the victim insists on pressing the matter, charges are filed.

So last week when a 56-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y., man initially claimed the two $100 bills he found on the floor were his, and not from the 61-year-old Plainsboro, N.J., woman who dropped them, state police at Parx gave him a choice: Fess up or be charged. Confronted with indisputable video, he forked over the bills and was on his way.

Nguyen has said he doesn't have the money police say surveillance cameras show him picking up, so he's still in jail.

"Every square inch of a casino is monitored by cameras and recorded, making these venues the worst place in the commonwealth to try and commit a crime," said Greg Fajt, chairman of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. "Use your own money and not someone else's, or your visit may not turn out to be enjoyable or profitable."
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Bosch MIC Series 400 cameras out on surveillance patrol in Glasgow city centre

More than 30 Bosch MIC Series 400 cameras are protecting the public in Glasgow City Centre following successful trials of the equipment in other parts of the city.

Glasgow Community and Safety Services (GCSS), an organisation set up by Glasgow City Council and Strathclyde Police, was keen to provide the city's three million visitors and locals alike with a safe environment to socialise. So it created the Night Zone, a partnership initiative that is designed to help residents and visitors get home quickly and safely from a night out in the city.

With an average of 100,000 people coming into the city centre on a Friday and Saturday evening, GCSS worked together with its partners to enhance street lighting, increase CCTV coverage, provide a help point network and introduce transport marshals to answer questions from the public on how best to get home.

Brian Maguire, Managing Director at Racam, installers of the CCTV system explained: "When we were approached by GCSS for this project, we had in mind that we would use MIC Series cameras. Glasgow City Council installed some 20 MIC cameras in the parks about five years ago and it was impressed with the camera's robustness, design and image quality.

Part of the appeal was the MIC camera's compact, attractive design which allows for discreet integration into urban environments, but the ability to react to situations as they arise was also key, which is why the MIC Series 400 PA version, with twin public address speakers, was specified. MIC Series cameras have also been fitted to 19 of GCSS' vehicles to provide mobile surveillance and were part of a solution trialled during the Scottish Cup Final last year, as Walter Kean, Head of Facilities at GCSS commented: "In the first year the cameras were installed, we conducted a survey and discovered that there had been a 20% reduction in offences, particularly around taxi ranks," he said. "During the cup final we were able to deploy the vehicles to the coach drop off points, to monitor the fans' behaviour - that kind of versatility is invaluable to help drive the reaction from the police or council."

All Bosch's MIC Series 400 pan-tilt-zoom cameras are rated to any industry-leading IP68 for uncompromising performance in the most extreme surveillance environments and can be mounted upright, inverted or canted for total installation flexibility.

Walter Kean concluded: "Such is the success of the Night Zone scheme that 700 hundred crimes have been prevented, amounting to a saving of at least £500,000 a year. A number of other councils across the country have visited to see the set up for themselves and are now using it as a template for their own CCTV solutions."
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Honeywell Vindicator Technologies Achieves DIACAP Certification March 16, 2011


Department of Defense Certification Deems Core Vindicator Systems Approved to Protect Critical Government Assets

Honeywell recently announced that a core group of its Vindicator security solutions has successfully been tested for compliance with security requirements by the Department of Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP). The testing recognizes the Vindicator Command & Control (VCC) platform, V5 Intrusion Detection System (IDS), V5 Access Control System (ACS), Security Archive Workstation (SAW) and the UHS-1500 as a compliant command, control and display solution for intrusion detection and entry control systems.

The DIACAP process required Vindicator to undergo rigorous testing for its VCC, V5 IDS, V5 ACS, SAW and UHS-1500 products. The information assurance testing certifies that the latest Vindicator products and solutions can be safely installed on any network to protect mission-critical resources without exposing the organization to security risks.

"National security has always been critical, but after 9/11 it has become an even higher priority," said Franco van Heijningen, general manager for Honeywell Vindicator Technologies. "Facilities critical to the nation's security must take every safeguard possible to ensure that their people and assets are protected. A fully integrated system like Vindicator gives security personnel a complete picture of site operations from single or multiple locations any time, and we're pleased that these products have now been recognized with the DIACAP certification," he said.

Honeywell Vindicator Technologies, part of Honeywell Security Group, offers electronic security systems that protect critical assets and personnel within the government, military, commercial and industrial markets at more than 1,500 highly sensitive sites across the globe. For more information, visit www.honeywellvindicator.com.

About Honeywell International
Honeywell International is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more information, visit www.honeywellnow.com.

SOURCE: Honeywell International

Surveillance Cameras – The New Body Guard in your Home


More CCTV systems in use in midsize US communities

The use of CCTV systems has been growing among midsized communities in the United States, according to information gathered by USA Today.

The newspaper found that cities such as Lafayette in Indiana and Williamsport in Pennsylvania are looking to install more video surveillance cameras.
Such equipment is common in large cities like New York and Chicago, but the publication claimed that smaller urban areas are now looking to increase their use of surveillance as a crime-fighting tool.

USA Today said Saginaw in Michigan installed 17 CCTV cameras at a water and skate park last year and plans to add more devices in other parts of the city by the summer.

"Crime for us is trending downward, but we still have a lot more crime than we want," the city's mayor Greg Branch told the publication.

He pointed out that CCTV systems are an attractive option at a time when police forces are facing budget pressures and are unable to deploy more officers out onto the streets.
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Security Cameras Can Save Your Business


My wife and I had dreamed of owning our own business for years, since we are both health advocates we decided to open a gym. Sadly, the local trouble makers had no respect for our dream and they nearly sent our dream to an early grave. I want to relate the story of how a quality security camera system was instrumental in saving our gym in the hopes of helping other small business owners to prevent this kind of thing from happening to them.

After much planning and taking out a sizable loan, my wife and I were finally able to open our gym in southern Arizona on February 7th, of 2009. In the first few months we struggled with the usually problems that new businesses face, but by July of that year we were doing well enough to show our first profits. Things seemed to be going very well for us until one September morning when we came in to work and found graffiti all over the front of new gym. We were extremely disheartened by this and the problem continued to get worse over the next couple of months, with the police unable to figure out who was vandalising our business.

After some of customer's vehicles were broken into, the members of our gym began to come less frequently and some even cancelled their memberships. My wife and I had to figure out a way to help put a stop to this, so after much thought and research we decided to invest in an eight camera surveillance system. We managed to get the camera system installed during the first weekend of December so that most of the cameras were clearly visible and this seemed to put an end to the defacement of our property. Unfortunately, we were struck again in January of 2010 again, one of our member's car was burglarized as well as more graffiti being left on the building.

This time our new security cameras recorded the entire event and we got some very high quality video of this crime. When we showed the footage to the police, they were impressed with the quality of the video and said that they thought it would make catching the parties responsible much easier. Within two days they arrested the group of five teenagers that was causing all the problems for us. One day later they had all confessed to the deeds after being confronted with the video evidence provided by our camera system.

In the year since that happened we've been the target of vandalism twice more, both times the delinquents that committed these acts were quickly apprehended and prosecuted. After we were able to demonstrate to our clients that our gym was once again a safe environment, our membership slowly grew again and we are currently doing quite well. The message I want to get across to those reading this is to invest in a quality security camera system installed to prevent this kind thing from happening to you before your business is damaged, if at all possible.
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Security Cameras On Way To Columbus Rec Centers


COLUMBUS, Ohio --
From air conditioning to security, Columbus City Council members are planning on making some big changes to local recreation centers as proposed in its capital budget.

Tuesday, Councilmember Zach Klein, who chairs the Recreation and Parks Committee, toured the Woodward Park Recreation Center.

Woodward Park is one of two centers Klein said will have new air-conditioning units installed later this year.

That will mean neighbors will have another place to go to when extreme heat returns to Central Ohio.

Klein also said 10 other centers will be receiving new security cameras and additional outdoor lighting for security.

"We have all these great recreation centers. If they're not safe for our children, our seniors to enjoy then what's the sense in having them and spending the money on them," asked Klein. "We really want to provide a place that is inclusive to everyone from children all the way up to seniors for them to enjoy all the great activities our recreation and parks programs put on."

The city is also planning on improving playgrounds outside some recreation centers.

In March, the capital budget will go to council for vote, but not before public hearings are held.
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Homeowners want customized, high-tech Home Security Systems


Whether leaving for an extended amount of time, or just going to work for the day, today's homeowners have the ability to monitor exactly what is happening in and around their homes during their absence.

Current home security systems are a far cry from the alarm panels and keypads many are familiar with. Beyond motion sensors and intrusion alarms, they can keep track of the kids, monitor an elderly relative, even notify a homeowner when a package has been delivered to their front door.

They can tell homeowners when a medicine or liquor cabinet has been opened, someone arrives at the house or valuables have been disturbed.
Locally, Ken Samek of Hawkeye Alarm has seen major changes in the industry over the last five years.

"It's all about customization," he said. "The system needs to fit the customer's needs. We have everything from snowbirds who just want a basic package to monitor their home while they are away for the winter to large homes where we've installed complex systems that required a dozen smoke detectors and four or five keypads."

The purchase and installation of a home security system can range anywhere from $800 to $6,000, Samek said. Then homeowners will sign up with a monitoring company that will likely require an initial fee, service contract and monthly fees.

Brian Shaw, operations manager at Maximum Sight and Sound in Waterloo, said the trend is to integrate home security systems into other home systems.

"For example, you can be watching TV and someone rings the doorbell," Shaw said. "A camera can flash on the TV and show you who is at the front door."

Shaw said the demand for such systems is now four times greater than only two years ago.

"Security is the fastest-growing segment of our business," he said.
Customers are demanding more connected, customized systems, said JoAnna Sohovich, president of Honeywell Security and Communications. "Different generations have a differing expectation of privacy and differing needs for information.

"The newer generation wants information, technology and connectivity on their own terms."

Sohovich said the industry is being driven by a number of things, including emerging technology such as Smart devices and the pervasiveness of the wireless network, which have turned phones and computers into remote control panels.

Top-of-the-line systems such as Honeywell's Total Connect offer features with the ability to arm or disarm an alarm from a remote location, real-time video monitoring and automation of lights and thermostats. Such systems offer carbon monoxide, water, fire and temperature fluctuation detection with notifications via e-mail, text messaging, even video clips.
Honeywell launched Total Connect about 18 months ago and recently released Total Connect apps for Android phones.

"Consumers are becoming more and more technologically savvy, with consumer-grade expectations," Sohovich said. "Programs have to be easily available, easily downloaded and easily navigated."

Both Samek and Shaw agree the best-case scenario is to have security systems installed during the construction of a home.

"I cannot tell people enough to run every type of wire you can during construction - security, phone, computer, television," Shaw said. "But we can come in later and install or add to a system, and wireless has now improved to the point that we can do a lot more."

Samek urges homeowners to do their research and find a reputable company to do business with. "You want to find someone in the area, someone who will be there for service and support down the road," he said.

"It goes beyond the safety and security of your house and your belongings," Sohovich said. "It goes to peace of mind."

 

Surveillance - Pittsburgh 911 call center deploys Pelco Digital Sentry platform


2-9-2011 Located about 10 miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport, the new Beaver County 911 Center opened in early 2010 as one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the United States. The 18,000 square-foot, $18 million project was centered around an upgrade in technology – and Pelco was at the core of the upgrade.

The Pelco Digital Sentry platform was chosen for its flexibility in supporting cost-effective analog systems as well as more sophisticated IP and megapixel cameras. The 911 center’s own surveillance needs are met using eight Sarix IX30 3-megapixel cameras for exterior views and 25 analog cameras for interior views. Recording is provided by Digital Sentry RealVue and a DX8100 DVR system.

The compatibility allows emergency personnel to access camera systems at other sites, such as bridges, schools, colleges, malls and apartment complexes. The use of the Pelco ControlPoint viewing client makes it possible for the 911 center to view video feed from any cameras in the community on its internal cable TV system.

“The capability of plugging into other systems [off site], that’s going to be the thing of the future,” says Wes Hill, director of Beaver County emergency services. “It will be the way of the future for 911 centers, not to be monitoring, but if there’s an incident, to get information for responders.”

 

Honeywell Security - Protecting the Life Line of your Alarm System - The Phone Line


Home security systems use the home telephone line to transmit alarm signals to the central monitoring station. This is achieved by connecting a 4-conductor wire between the security panel and the main phone company's box.

It's extremely important that the connection is made the proper way to achieve what's known as line seizure. It guarantees that a dial tone is available for the security system to call out on. Without line seizure, a thief could produce a busy signal by calling the home or by taking the phone off the hook. This could prevent the company providing your home security service from receiving any signals.

The alarm technician is expected to connect the incoming telephone line to the security panel first and then feed the home phone line from the security panel. You need to make sure to see if this has been done.

Have you lately changed to phone service to VOIP?

A call to the alarm company is required to check the phone connection to the security panel. Often times, the cable company will disconnect the phone connection to the security system and attach it to their equipment. The homeowner does not realize there is a problem simply because there's no apparent change to the phone service.

One more tip to keep your home security service working: If you upgrade your Internet connection to high speed DSL, there might be a compatibility problem which can prevent your system from dialing out. To fix this problem, you may pay your alarm company a service call fee to come to your home and install a DSL filter.

Although utilizing your existing phone line is the most cost-effective way to inform the police, it does leave your home vulnerable if your phone line is cut.

Burglars use this vulnerability to aid cover up the crime. When the homeowner returns, their initial shock turns to anger when they recognize how easy the home security monitoring was defeated. The good news is that there is a solution obtainable.

Set up cellular-backup equipment to your alarm system and never be worried about a cut phone line again! Adding this equipment to a home security system converts your outdated monitoring method into a ultra secure system just like many banks and big business. As soon as installed, your burglar alarm will use your phone line as your primary means of notifying the authorities but if your phone line is cut then the company monitoring your home security system will be notified by means of the cellular network.

Who knows the burglar might get overconfident and stay in your home longer giving the police a chance to catch them. The majority of security companies will charge an additional fee for monitoring a home alarm system utilizing cell-backup on top the normal monitoring fee.

Even though the fees can get pricey, it's well worth the peace of mind you'll have knowing you and your home thoroughly protected. Check your insurance policy to find out if there's a discount given for home security monitoring.

The bottom line is the phone line is the lifeblood of your home security service, you need to test your system on a regular basis and make sure you notify the alarm company if you make any changes to your telephone service.
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Using Camera DVR in Business And Home Security


It's easy to wish you could be in four different places at one time. With so many important people and assets in our lives we often wish we could protect everyone and everything all the time. Unless you're capable of cloning yourself for maximum availability, this just isn't possible. With the right technology, however, you can do more to provide for the security of your business and loved ones. Camera DVR systems are one such way to do so.

Your Eyes and Ears When You're Away
A great way for providing security in your business or home is the use of video cameras. This technology may not seemed to have come very far to the untrained eye, but advances have made the use of video cameras and camera DVR systems a wide-spread essential component of home and business security systems worldwide. Gone are the days of having security personnel on-site, watching multiple screens and leaving you dependent on the human eye to catch an intruder or security breach. The truth of the matter is people make mistakes, and a sleepy security officer watching four different screens night after night waiting for nothing to happen is a great catalyst for erroneous security monitoring. Camera DVR systems are not only capable of monitoring your facilities or restricted areas while you're away, they can also sound alarms or alert you or the authorities when motion is detected.

Camera security systems have in the past not only required on-site security personnel to monitor the images being recorded and watch for activity, they've also had massive inefficiencies in what is required to obtain the necessary video evidence should a break in or security breach occur. Some unlucky security officer or employee would have to sift through hours and hours of uneventful footage searching for the applicable moments of video surveillance. This also resulted in a great deal of video tapes or discs used for footage with basically no worth. Now with the use of Camera DVR and software systems you can have your footage recorded to a hard drive for easy access and storage. Some systems also use motion detection software to record only when motion is detected. This eliminates worthless video footage and saves both time and money when the surveillance footage is required.

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Bosch Security Systems Gets into HD


FAIRPOINT, N.Y.—Saying the market is now ready, Bosch Security in late January made the move into HD products, introducing a new line that includes cameras, video management software, storage solutions, and monitors.

“HD and megapixel cameras have been in the consumer market on the security side for a number of years, but there’s not been widespread adoption up until now,” said Willem Ryan, product marketing manager for Bosch Video Solutions. Adoption within security has accelerated recently because of technological advances, lower costs and more need in the market, he said.

The advent of the H.264 compression standard, lower storage costs, and the availability of “powerful, commercial servers off the shelf that you can combine with a Windows operating system that have more powerful throughput,” are making HD cameras more attractive to customers, Ryan said.

“Also we’ve seen IMS, and Frost and Sullivan predict that in the next five years, the growth of IP networked video will really start to take off ... [and that] HD will be the fastest growing segment of network video products.”

He calls HD the “sweet spot of resolution, where you get the added detail people are looking for in surveillance,” without giant bandwidth consumption and high storage costs. “You don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for storage [like you do if] you go above HD resolution,” Ryan said.

Ryan noted that the HD standard is governed by the Federal Communications Commission which stipulates key items such as acceptable resolutions, frame rate and aspect ratio for HD video. "This gives customers assurance that a level of quality will be found in HD [products that meet that standard],” he said.

Ryan said Bosch has begun to see more new specs in the industry calling for HD resolution camera solutions, typically in education, gaming and corrections.

He said Bosch wanted to introduce a complete portfolio of products “to guarantee functionality and quality all the way ... from scene to screen.”

Ryan said that Bosch is known for providing good image quality in any type of light. “That can be a challenge when you go from standard definition to high definition ... we haven’t left that philosophy with HD, the image quality is good whether you’re dealing with low light, bright light or color renditioning.” Cameras come with or without a package of Bosch-manufactured analytics.


March Networks Unveils New DVR Security System


March Networks is introducing a new digital video security system aimed at small and medium-sized business.

The new system, being unveiled at a security trade show today in Miami, can record from as many as eight cameras simultaneously. It includes a removable hard drive of up to 300 Gigabytes. An average storage requirement of 8 cameras recording at 4 frames per second for a period of 90 days can be met easily with a 250 GB drive. The system can be networked and controlled and managed remotely.

A new Spanish-language software interface is being introduced at the same time. The system is aimed at the security needs of smaller companies, such as branch offices or retail outlets. A company spokesman concedes the market for smaller video security systems is highly competitive, but says March Networks still believes there is an opportunity to be seized.

 

Smile, You Could Be On Camera (video surveillance camera)

MacGregor Collegiate Institute is considering strengthening their security. At the Jan. 25 school division meeting potential security cameras for the high school were discussed.

MCI's principal, Lesley Nicol, said the request is a first for the school. "It has nothing to do with a specific instance," she said. The school has suffered occasional vandalism, but Nicol said there has been nothing major.

The cameras would simply be there for added security.

The school is used by many groups and organizations in the area, and all the doors can't be watched all the time. "It's to ensure the safety of the community," Nicol said.

Brian Gouriluk, superintend-ant for the pine creek school division, stressed the cameras would be there for student safety. He also emphasized the fact that the request is not in response to any particular incident. "We're investigating it right now as a proactive measure," he said. "We're always working to have safe schools."

The cameras would cover the school's most vulnerable spots, including doorways and parking lots. Because talks about the cameras are still in the early stages, Gouriluk could not say how much they could potentially cost.


Top 5 Home Burglary Prevention Reminders


Imagine coming home seeing your side door open and some of your stuff on the ground. You wonder what's happening and think maybe your stupid irresponsible roommate dropped something. But as you look closer the door is smashed and inside the house looks disheveled. Then the sinking feeling of "I've been burglarized" sets in. That's was me

It was the early 90's and I had bought my first home at 20 years old. It was a "3 decker" and me and a few friends lived on the first floor and I rented out the rest. It was more of a "frat house" than it was a home. We even gutted a refrigerator and had a keg on tap 24/7/365. Then one night we had a few people over, and they brought a few people we weren't familiar with

After an evening of being stupid we headed to bed. Next morning to work. After work reality set in. When I saw what happened, I immediately knew who did it. It was one of the friends of the friend that came to my flat the night before

Being the "take things in my own hands" 20 years old I was, I went to this person's house with the police and recovered my stuff. Right after that, I got a home security system

#1 Secure entrance ways: Burglars often go right through your back or front door. They first ring the bell or knock on the door to see if you're home, and if you don't answer they jiggle the doorknob. Lock your doors. Sometimes if the door is locked they will use a crowbar to force it open. Install solid core doors that can't easily be compromised. Install heavy deadbolts that go deep into the jam with 3-4 inch screws that go into the door's frame. For sliding glass doors, install an additional wooden dowel preventing the door from being opened from the outside. Make sure your home security alarm has open door sensors

#2 Windows: When a burglar encounters a locked door they may look for unlocked windows. Lock your windows As an extra layer of security install a wooden dowel on top of the window to prevent it from being opened. Install window film that prevents the glass from being broken. Install glass break sensors to compliment your home security system

#3 Lighting: Lighting on the exterior is an effective way to keep the bad guy away. The benefit of additional lighting helps your neighbors to see suspicious activity at night. Include timers on indoor light to give your home that lived in look

#4 Home Security Systems: Most people install a home alarm after the home is burglarized. Don't wait to be a victim of crime before you smarten up

#5 Security cameras: Compliment your alarm with surveillance cameras. I didn't get cameras until they were affordable. If I had got them years ago, it would have saved a lot of heartache. Today they are inexpensive and easy to install

Oh, and what happened to the guy who broke into my house? He was arrested and was in and out of jail for the next 15 years. Last time I saw him was when he was on the front page of the Boston Globe because he had cut a woman's head off


Surveillance Cameras in Calgary Useful, Report Finds


City hall - Calgary police and bylaw officers are using downtown surveillance cameras about four times a month on average -- enough that they should be kept, but not enough that there should be more of them, a new report says.

City bylaw officials will tell a council committee Wednesday that the cameras have not triggered a single privacy complaint since a two-year trial program began in March 2009.

Officers have accessed the footage 93 times for investigation or security work.

Staff have stopped trying to move around the 16 cameras to emerging crime hot spots because it's proven tough to keep up, and they've concluded the system isn't used in investigations often enough to warrant buying more electronic eyes.

The system has cost $500,000 for the new equipment, and $100,000 to operate.

 

High-Tech Security Systems: Security Enforcement at the Super Bowl


(NECN/CNN) - It's not just all fun and games at the Super Bowl. Authorities want to make sure the tens of thousands of people attending the Packers-Steelers game are safe.

Sniffing out danger, security is a critical part of this Super Bowl and an integral part of the stadium.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spent millions on security features, including vantage points for law enforcement sharpshooters.

Multiple entrances allow faster screening and faster evacuation, if needed. Surveillance cameras record virtually every inch of the venue. But more, much more, is being brought to bear. Special radiological detection teams like this will be seeking out threats like dirty bombs.

"There were ten hits at last year's Super Bowl," said Debbie Wilber with the National Nuclear Security Administration. "And all of those were determined to be medical isotopes."

When it comes to security preparing for the game looks like a lot like preparing for a war, with specialized equipment and personnel from all over the country on hand to detect and deal with a wide variety of possible threats.

On game day, airspace within a 30-mile radius of the stadium will be tightly restricted, patrolled by NORAD fighters.

"Well we probably can't put an exact figure on that because it's a little hard to define what a F-18 costs protecting the skies," said NFL Security's Milt Ahlerich. "But it is over $10 million I would say when all is said and done, and from our side alone it is five."

There is no specific credible threat to the game, officials say, but the Tucson shootings and a rash of homegrown terror events are very much on officials' minds.

Organizers are trying to strike a balance. they want security to be visible enough that it is a deterrent, but not so visible that it makes this less of a party.

 

Video Security Cameras Offer Great Security

Property owners feel safer when they have security cameras installed over their garages aimed at the driveway or street, and, possibly another one over their door entrance, or at the back door entrance of the property. Frequently times these security cameras are basic, and some just record surveillance, while others can show real time viewing. The thought of having a security camera allows the home owners to really feel at peace understanding the camera is installed.

Most of the time if an intruder sees the security camera he or she will do every thing feasible to stay clear of the camera, and expect other additional security measures such as door alarms or window alarms. In this case an intruder would initially leave the premises trying to stay away from being seen on the security camera.

Yet another reason house owners have security cameras installed could be if they travel; the security cameras video the surroundings, and if any sort of vandalism or break in does happen, the appropriate measures could be taken.

Some apartment complexes have security cameras at the entrance of the establishments for safety factors too. Every time a vehicle or person goes via the entrance the security camera oversees, and normally times the security cameras might be set to move after several minutes then move once more. At least at one point of a camera’s movement in such an region like an apartment complex, the security camera will aim for the tags of vehicles. This is typically productive for safety precautions when vehicles that do not belong within the complex are recorded or viewed on the security camera.

Security cameras are utilized in a number of distinct areas for safety purposes. Though in some instances, the cameras are out of view of the public eye. Security cameras are a great source of watching what is going on precisely and no one can lie about incidents that may well occur. Specially in heavily populated areas. Security cameras have increased in use by nearly 60% over the last decade. By retailers as well as private use.

In case a security camera is within a car park and their vehicle is stolen in most cases it might be retrieved, not forgetting they have that peace of mind of walking to their cars under surveillance and know that there’s a lower risk of being attacked or abducted by someone intending to harm them or hurt them in order to gain access to their belongings or their vehicle. There’s just too much crime to not have security cameras in most places right now.

 

Hidden Video Surveillance Cameras


Many different types of organizations rely on hidden cameras to bolster their security.

Hidden security cameras are appropriate for businesses with many employees and sensitive information or valuable items.

They are also appropriate for governmental organizations and families, among other groups.

Many businesses opt for a combination of hidden cameras and visible cameras. The visible ones serve as a deterrent to would be thieves while the hidden ones can monitor the more sophisticated thieves in the event the visible ones are disabled.

Banks, casinos and large businesses use a combination of the two types of security camera systems to achieve the maximum desired results.

When employees are stealing, the hidden camera system is the most successful at catching them in the act. Clever thieves will note the angle and ability of the visible cameras especially ones that pan back and forth around a room full of people.

Cameras that do this leave blank spots in their field, several seconds perhaps where a particular area is not being photographed. A clever thief will time his nefarious activities to coincide with those blank spots to avoid detection.

But if he doesn’t know where the camera is that’s watching him, if he can’t time out a blank spot in the coverage, then he’s more likely to get caught committing his dirty deed. That’s the purpose of the hidden camera.

The infamous “nanny-cam” has caught more than a few nasty nannies, who were ignoring the young children in their charge, or worse, abusing them. The tapes made the rounds of various news programs on TV and a new industry was born.

Now there are wireless, battery operated cameras hidden in common household items like radios, and planters that an unsuspecting nanny would never find.

As technology improves and electronic items get smaller and better, hidden security cameras will become more readily available than they are today.

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