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How can you make your CCTV system greener?

June 8th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

Helpful tips on making your CCTV system greener

In a recent blog we explored how easy it was to find the green credentials of the major IP camera brands we supply, in an aim to see “how green your IP camera really is”. It’s clear that most manufacturers are continuously looking at ways that they can be “greener” – from the materials they use through to their transportation options, but the end-user can make a difference too.

Recognising the impact your CCTV system can have on the environment is a challenge for everyone, but it’s worth remembering the additional benefit of reducing the energy consumption of your video surveillance system is a potential saving for your organisation.

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Choosing the right camera for live streaming your next event

February 20th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

IP live streaming cameras

When it comes to choosing a camera for live streaming, there are plenty of options out there from high-end HDMI cameras to cheap USB webcams, but if you’re looking for that best-value balance between quality, versatility and price, we recommend that an IP camera is the way to go.

But which one is right for you? And what features should you be looking for?

If you’ve read our recent blog post – 5 mistakes to avoid when live streaming an event, you’ll know it’s important that the camera you choose has great image quality and supports high quality audio but there are some other features worth considering to ensure you get the best results.

We’ve picked out a few of the main attributes that you should look for when choosing a camera for live streaming your next event.

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5 mistakes to avoid when live streaming an event

February 7th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

mistakes to avoid when live streaming

So you’ve decided to stream your next live event. You already know there are plenty of benefits to live streaming, but how can you ensure you make it a real success and get the most from your setup?

Picking the right equipment for the job, using a suitable hosting service and a little preparation goes a long way to ensuring your live stream looks and sounds great for all of your audience, but if you’re not sure where to begin, this can seem a little daunting.

To help get you started, we’ve got some practical tips that will help you avoid 5 common mistakes made when streaming a live event.

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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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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 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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HOWTO add your network camera to Internet Explorer’s Compatibility View

April 22nd, 2014 by Kevin Bowyer

Recent changes to Microsoft’s browsers have made viewing and configuring IP cameras that use ActiveX more difficult. Whilst adding a camera into a video recording and management system gets around these issues in some situations (though it’s rare to do this before a camera is even installed in its final location), many prefer and some are required to use a browser to pre-configure cameras for, at the very least, checking the live view and adding IP address settings, but similarly for many other settings as and when necessary.

Let’s take a look at how to set up Internet Explorer to allow ActiveX controls again. This should work for all IP cameras of any brand. If you are logged into your camera in IE and see nothing, this will most likely work for you. [Updated below for Windows 10]

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Useful frame rate comparison tool

September 18th, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

Frame rate comparison toolTo make it easier to understand the visual differences between frame rate options, we thought we’d share this handy video frame rate comparison tool with you, and make it available as a free download.

The tool allows you to easily visualise different frame rates ranging from 1 fps to 30 fps, and how this appears as video footage, and is ideal for helping you decide which frame rate best suits your requirements.

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HOWTO use the Focus Assistant on Axis IP Cameras

April 23rd, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

Axis P1343 Focus AssistantA useful, but often overlooked feature on Axis model network cameras P1311/P1343/P1344/P1346/P1347  is the Focus Assistant. Focusing security cameras via the lens levers can be a tricky business and any installer welcomes a neat trick or device that makes this vital step of the installation process easier and more accurate.

Using this tool it is possible to focus the camera accurately without looking at the video image output from the camera, but to adjust the focus and get visual feedback from the camera itself when the view is nearing and has hit that focus sweet spot.

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HOWTO set azimuth on a Sony SNC-EP550

February 13th, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

Sony SNC-EP550 azimuth settingA useful and unique feature on Sony’s keenly priced HD PTZ dome the SNC-EP550 is its azimuth, or ‘compass point’ setting. This howto also applies to other PTZ cameras in Sony’s latest range.

Calibrating the camera’s azimuth allows you to display the camera’s compass point orientation on the on-screen display (OSD) via the camera’s ‘superimpose’ setting. This can be especially handy for anyone orienting the view against a map or a set of site drawings.

The process to set azimuth is very simple:

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