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Looking back at 2016, it was an interesting year in the IP camera market with a surge of interest in Hikvision cameras (despite some controversial press coverage on the Chinese brand) and the response of other brands to this rise in popularity. We saw brands such as Axis release a flurry of new products during the latter part of 2016 and our Bosch camera category also grew exponentially with new high quality units. New 4K resolution cameras continued to appear through 2016 and whilst the adoption of this resolution has been slow, we can see that advances in compression technology and hardware accelerated image processing is helping make 4K more viable while users wait for network infrastructure and available bandwidth to catch up.
We like to make it easier for the customer to find the right IP camera to suit their needs.
If you’ve found yourself wishing you could see a particular IP camera in detail, from front to back, you’ll find our new series of 30 second overview videos provide the bite-sized summary you need.
Of course, some manufacturers already create videos of their IP cameras and we regularly share the best of these but we wanted to add some elements to our videos that we know customers are interested in, but are not often covered.
Where possible, we’ve included views of:
Today, we all use customer reviews to decide whether or not to approach a company with an enquiry. Reviews have become key in everyone’s decision making. It is no different with people who use us for their CCTV requirements. So how do people rate us?
Well, our customer rating has been a ”Five Star – Excellent” for a long time. We work hard to be the best in the market, both in terms of our specialist knowledge in our field and the quality of the products we focus on, as well as the level of service we deliver.
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.
More 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.
The Blair-led Government unveiled the largest UK schools spending programme for 50 years back in 2004. This unprecedented £55bn investment programme which was called Building Schools for the Future (BSF) led to the construction of more than 70 new schools and the extension and rebuilding of many more. It also triggered a colossal investment in ICT equipment across UK state schools. Annual investment rose from £683m in 1996/7, the year before New Labour came to power, to over £5bn per annum at its peak. Spending on ICT equipment was supported by a specific annual grant which in 2007-8 alone was £113,000 per secondary school and £34,000 per primary school.
We are frequently being asked to give examples of what different pixel densities look like and we’d thought it would be useful to address this FAQ in a visual blog post. So here we go…
We are noticing increasing deployment of IP-based surveillance cameras to help UK retailers to find operational efficiencies as well as reduce shrinkage. Indeed this trend is confirmed in a key finding from an August 2012 CCTV in Retail survey of 700 UK retailers conducted by the Centre for Retail Research. The study, which was commissioned by Axis Communications, found that 58% of UK retailers plan to migrate from analogue-based CCTV to a new network video system in order to integrate network cameras with business intelligence (BI) applications. BI application integration was the most significant reason for UK retailers to move to network video, or IP Surveillance as it is sometimes called.
So what are these retail-specific BI applications? We were interested to see many of them were geared to capturing and understanding in-store customer behaviour better and flagging up areas for potential improvement.
IP camera specialists Axis Communications have released four significant new network camera models this month under the existing P13 series. The high-end Axis P1357, P1357-E, P1355 and P1355-E fixed network cameras offer a variety of advanced, useful features for both indoor and outdoor surveillance. Take a look at the newly introduced network cameras, now available for purchase.
Milestone, the open platform leader in video management and recording software for security and surveillance, has announced changes to their product range affecting medium and large installations, available from May 21st 2013.