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20th March, 2020 by Frank Crouwel

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I’d like to inform you that we have adapted our operation in the light of the coronavirus to ensure we’ll be able to continue to serve you in a resilient manner during this period of national crisis. The security and protection of your business, people and assets is key to us and we’re here to assist if you need us.

All our normally office-based people are now working from home and are fully operational through our modern ICT infrastructure. Our phone system is also operating as normal but please note calls may not be answered as quickly as usual due to the call routing taking a little longer.

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CCTV camera lens guide

30th January, 2020 by Network Webcams

Stylised CCTV camera lensIf you’re new to security cameras you may think all lenses all the same… but they’re not. This is why choosing the right one is an important consideration, as this impacts your security footage.

There are actually a wide variety of lenses which produce different scenes, known as field of view. CCTV camera lenses are designed to address specific surveillance needs.

Before we delve into your different choices, let’s go back to basics on field of view…

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Making sense of the Axis camera naming convention

24th January, 2020 by Network Webcams

Axis network camera product name cloudAs the manufacturer of the first network camera, Axis have had a long time to get their naming convention right.

With a wide product range, they’ve adapted their naming for different sets of devices. For example, covert cameras numbering has a different meaning to their full-sized cousins.

Let’s dive into what those letters and numbers mean…

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What’s the difference between varifocal and fixed lens CCTV?

8th January, 2020 by Network Webcams

Fixed and varifocal IP camerasOne of the most frequent questions we get asked is the reason some cameras are priced differently to others. There’s often a variety of reasons, but one of the main culprits is the lens.

In short, fixed lens cameras give a specific field of view, while the viewing angle of a varifocal is set during installation. The moving parts and lens adjustment required for varifocals increases the price of a camera.

Though, of course, there’s a little more to it than that.

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Retail CCTV system – a guide on what to consider

9th December, 2019 by Amy Watkins

CCTV camera in various retail situationsRetailers face increasing pressure from within and without, making loss prevention a key driver for profitability. One way of doing this is installing a CCTV security solution.

When you’re thinking about a retail CCTV system you have various factors to consider driven by different needs.

This blog takes you through key considerations like view, visibility and non-security applications. After that, this article gives you some suggested systems to consider.

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Hanwha Technwin gold channel partner

13th November, 2019 by Network Webcams

MD Frank Crouwel receiving the Gold Partners AwardNW Security Group is pleased to announce its partnership with Hanwha Techwin Europe, as Gold Channel Partner.

Formally branded as Samsung Techwin, Hanwha Techwin have been focussing on video surveillance for over 25 years, committed to delivering security solutions that are tailored around varying customer’s needs.

NW Security Group are very familiar with the Techwin brand, having offered Wisenet surveillance products to their customers since 2017.

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The lowdown on Milestone’s XProtect 2019 R3 release

31st October, 2019 by Network Webcams

Milestone 2019 R3 updateAs part of a regular update programme, Milestone has released XProtect R3 2019, which contains a number of new features. There’s also a major security update to the Smart Client. This impacts the order this update should be run in your system.

This blog looks at the main features of R3 and what you can do to take advantage of them.

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Guide to the Wisenet product naming convention

23rd October, 2019 by Network Webcams

Wisenet product names word cloudThe Wisenet range (also known as Samsung Wisenet) has a wide variety of products which share a similar naming convention. They typically start with three letters, a dash, then four numbers and sometimes a letter or two afterwards.

Wisenet are an increasingly popular choice for customer of all budgets. So, now it felt like the right time to delve into what lies behind their product naming convention.

First thing to note is that there are different meanings for IP camera product numbers and other products. First the cameras…

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Lightfinder 2.0 – what is it and what difference does it make?

18th September, 2019 by Network Webcams

Lightfinder 2.0In May this year Axis launched some new cameras which contained Lightfinder 2.0. This was slipped in quietly as a feature, but nevertheless intrigued us. What exactly is it?

Lightfinder technology is geared around providing full colour HD video, even in near darkness. The claims are that Lightfinder 2.0 provides:

  • More realistic colours
  • Clearer visibility of dark areas
  • More details captured
  • Sharper images
  • Less motion blur

As most cameras now have some way of providing usable night images how impressive is Lightfinder 2.0 in this context?

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Axis new chipset – a game changer?

12th September, 2019 by Network Webcams

A computer chip over a CCTV cameraEvery 2 years or so, Axis releases a new chip into their cameras, the latest one is ARTPEC-7. While that isn’t newsworthy by itself, what it enables the cameras to do is.

ARTPEC-7 promises better imaging, more powerful compression, enhanced security features and on edge analytics. It sounds very impressive, but what’s really going into the chip and will it make a difference in real deployments?

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