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Axis’ FA Series: The new player in multi-view surveillance?

April 20th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Monitor multiple areas discreetly using the Axis FA Series

Recently showcased at ISC West 2017 in April, the new modular FA Series by Axis could provide an answer to the IP camera market’s demand for multi-view surveillance in discreet scenarios. Consisting of separately-sold sensor modules and a main unit, this interesting series will allow you to cost-effectively monitor up to four closely situated areas – using just one camera system.

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SecuritySpy DDNS changes and upgrade offer

April 6th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

security-spy-version-4

In order to support the ever-growing number of Mac users taking advantage of SecuritySpy, its creator “Ben Software” have had to make significant changes, including moving the whole system to a new faster server. Unfortunately, this means that the free DDNS service will stop working for SecuritySpy version 2.x and 3.x users after 30th April 2017.

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Bosch DIVAR IP desktop units offer powerful recording and storage solutions

April 3rd, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Bosch DIVAR IP 3000 and 5000 units

Following the well-received arrival of Bosch’s IP camera range to Network Webcams, we’ve now added a couple of recording and storage solutions from this premium manufacturer that are suitable for any medium sized business. The Bosch DIVAR IP 3000 and 5000 units are now available – delivering high-performance recording and storage in a neat desktop sized box to complement the extensive range of Bosch IP cameras.

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Panasonic’s Elite range features 9 ‘go-to’ choices for high-performance IP CCTV

March 21st, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Panasonic highlight 9 'go-to' IP cameras in their Elite range

Panasonic has made the task of choosing a suitable IP camera from their extensive product catalogue a little easier by creating their new Elite range. It’s an interesting collection of 9 popular models, each one chosen to deliver high performance IP CCTV that you can rely on.

Panasonic’s announcement of an Elite range piqued our interest. Which models had been picked and what were the criteria? We decided to group the feature-sets and take a closer look at just what is on offer in this newly labelled assortment.

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Using image rotation to optimise coverage and bandwidth usage

March 8th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

Demonstrating how rotating the image is beneficial

When choosing a camera for video surveillance in narrow scenes such as long corridors, staircases, aisles and tunnels, the traditional landscape-oriented setup may not be the optimal choice. If you’re monitoring a narrow corridor or passageway, a sizeable portion of the scene is going to be walls either side, making a lot of your image redundant. The full area and resolution of the camera’s image sensor is not being fully utilised and this means that evidence of events occurring outside this limited area of coverage may be missed. These redundant sections either side of the image also consume bandwidth and storage that could really be put to better use.

This is where the ability to rotate the image proves to be very handy. This feature allows you to obtain a portrait-oriented video stream – effectively turning an HD camera’s 16:9 aspect ratio to a 9:16 aspect ratio. By filming in this orientation, you are ensuring that the whole sensor covers the area of interest, maximising coverage and eliminating bandwidth and storage waste.

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The Axis V59 series – made for live streaming

February 23rd, 2017 by Nathan Mount

Axis V59 live streaming camera

In recent years we have seen the continued growth in live streaming. This is not surprising when you think of the many benefits of live streaming for both marketing and interacting with your audience. While IP cameras are already currently used for streaming in sectors such as hospitality, leisure and tourism, we’re seeing more varied applications becoming more popular – for example, business events, Q&A’s, university lectures and sporting events.

There are a number of camera options available for live streaming, but there is something to be said about using a camera that is built for the job. For starters, you get a camera that has all the right features and is designed to produce the best results. That’s certainly been the thinking behind Axis’ V59 series.

The 2 models in the series (Axis V5915 and V5914) take the versatility of IP cameras and combine them with live production features that help you create high quality video without the broadcast-quality price tag.

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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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Bosch introduces new feature-packed FLEXIDOME and DINION Starlight models

February 15th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Bosch's latest Starlight dome and bullet IP cameras

Since the announcement back in September 2016 that Bosch would be expanding their FLEXIDOME and DINION ranges, we have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of these new models. Finally, the DINION Starlight 6000/7000 and FLEXIDOME Starlight 6000/7000 VR units are now available – aiming to offer high-performance security surveillance in the most demanding conditions.

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The Axis M31 series – smart and affordable IR domes

February 8th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Axis M31 domes are a smart and affordable choice for any small business

Axis has responded to strong demand for compact and cost-effective infrared (IR) domes with their new M31 series.

This versatile range consists of three indoor and three outdoor models, all of which deliver clear images round-the-clock in up to 4 megapixel resolution – even in difficult lighting conditions or near darkness.

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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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