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Massive Sony permanent price reductions – up to 40% off

November 26th, 2014 by Jessica Brooks

Sony November price dropFrom November 2014, a number of Sony network cameras have been drastically reduced in price, with up to 40% off! The series’ included are the affordable Sony SNC-EB600B series box cameras, the SNC-EM dome cameras, the advanced SNC-VM dome series capable of 60 fps plus the high-end SNC-WR PTZ domes with 30x optical zoom. Incorporating Sony’s high performance IPELA engine processing system and image enhancement technologies, these cameras now offer an even more attractive, feature-rich CCTV solution with models suitable for a diverse range of applications. Find out more about the price drops…

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IP cameras and online security

November 21st, 2014 by Frank Crouwel

Today’s story of a Russian website showing UK companies’ and people’s personal cameras, see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30121159, shows how important it is to secure access to your cameras. Not protecting access to your cameras is like leaving the door of your house open. At some point you will get unwanted visitors. There is no need for this risk, keeping safe is easy. Just follow the basic rules:

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Exciting new IP camera releases from LILIN

November 12th, 2014 by Jessica Brooks

lilin_ipc0122This week, the latest LILIN network cameras have been released, further expanding LILIN’s cost-effective and popular IP product portfolio. The launch includes some very interesting indoor and outdoor HD and megapixel cameras with increased infra red range. But most eye-catching is LILIN’s first miniature covert camera, comprising a main unit and a separate, very small sensor module with pinhole lens, ideal for discreet monitoring at for example ATMs. What do the new models have to offer?

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The phenomenon of Viewer Creep in IP video systems

October 21st, 2014 by Frank Crouwel

Photo of Frank Crouwel, Managing Director of NW Systems GroupA well-known form of ‘Creep’ many of you will have heard of is Mission Creep linked to humanitarian interventions in war-torn countries which escalate into, initially unintended, long-lasting military campaigns.

In the world of software coding, programmers talk about Feature Creep as system features or capabilities are extended mid-way through projects. Meanwhile, project managers frequently bemoan Scope Creep, the process by which a project grows beyond its originally anticipated size or complexity.

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Axis Q35 cameras are first to feature HD 1080p and Lightfinder combined

October 13th, 2014 by Jessica Brooks

Axis Q3505-V dome network cameraNot only do the new Axis Q35 cameras offer 60 fps video capture, wide dynamic range and edge recording amongst plenty of other features, the particularly interesting thing about these recently launched cameras is that they are the first Axis network cameras to offer both HD 1080p / 2 megapixel and Lightfinder technology. In the past we have only seen HD 720p /1 megapixel cameras with Axis Lightfinder. However advances in technology are enabling even higher quality low light image capture.

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How IP video is changing the CCTV landscape

October 10th, 2014 by Jessica Brooks

Paul Smith ShopAs you are probably aware the video surveillance world is going IP. But what does ‘Going IP (Internet Protocol)’ really mean? On the face of it this change looks innocuous and some would say unnecessary. You are going from a world where video data which used to travel over coaxial cable is now travelling over CAT 5+/CAT6 Ethernet cabling, fibre, WIFI, or even 3G. It means that video can be moved, recorded, stored and managed using the same type of network infrastructure as firms use for their other computer-generated data.

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Does the Shellshock bug affect IP cameras?

September 29th, 2014 by Kevin Bowyer

You may be aware of the ‘Shellshock’ bug or ‘Bashbug’ which was recently discovered in Linux operating systems. Many of the web servers on the Internet use Linux to host websites or web applications. By the same token, most IP cameras use the same technologies as part of their on-board operating systems and therefore may pose a hacking risk to your organisation.

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Axis launch own mobile app for Axis Camera Companion

September 29th, 2014 by Jessica Brooks

Axis Camera Companion mobile appWith quick and easy access to IP video systems from mobile devices being ever more important, Axis has launched its own mobile app for Axis Camera Companion (ACC).  Mobile surveillance apps allow access to an IP video system using the internet, and provide handy remote live viewing and management of recorded video whilst away from a site. Until now, only third party mobile apps were available to access Axis cameras, but this is no longer the case…

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Sony SNC-CX600 sample footage

August 4th, 2014 by Jessica Brooks

Sony SNC-CX600Feature-packed and well-priced, the Sony SNC-CX600 wired and wireless IP camera models are an attractive CCTV solution for use in general office buildings, retail outlets, schools, restaurants and hotels. Compact in size and featuring Sony’s 6th generation IPELA ENGINE it delivers excellent quality HD 720p footage through Sony’s advanced signal processing and XDNR dynamic noise reduction technologies. Handy features include PoE, on-camera recording using a MicroSD card and an integrated white light LED that will illuminate the scene when triggered by the on-board PIR sensor. Its wide 120° degree viewing angle allows you to cover a large area with just a single camera.

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Is 3G suitable for CCTV?

July 7th, 2014 by Kevin Bowyer

CCTV cameras on poleMore and more customers are asking us to install CCTV using the 3G network for connecting cameras to their system. We’ve also seen some tender specifications coming out with this requirement. So much so that we get the feeling that many people think that any internet connection will do for transmitting video from a camera. But this is not the case, hence this post to explain the technology and the findings from our experiences out in the field.

With fixed line connections like ADSL and fibre you’re mostly spoiled for choice data-wise with excellent download and upload speeds, with a caveat that in general the further you are away from the phone exchange, the slower your connection will be. Today, these speeds range all the way up to 300Mbps+ downstream and 19Mbps+ upstream, depending on the provider and what you’re prepared to pay.

3G, on the other hand, is a mixed bag when it comes to speed, though theoretically, at the best reception levels 3G is capable of delivering 7.2Mbps download but the average is usually around 1Mbps. Upload speeds are around a maximum of 1-2Mbps. 4G promises 100Mbps download and 20Mbps+ upload, but network coverage is still not sufficient for effective use, so I won’t discuss 4G at this time.

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