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Milestone ‘move hardware’ bug fix available

August 31st, 2018 by Network Webcams

Blue closed padlocks with one red open padlockA new patch has been released by Milestone to fix a bug which occurs when the ‘move hardware’ functionality is used. The bug deletes all footage from a moved camera without generating an error, ignoring retention and evidence locks.

This effects XProtect Express+, Professional+, Expert and Corporate from version 2016 (10.0a) to 2018 R2 (12.2a). The fix for this bug is built into the next release, R3 (12.3a).


Best seller IP camera contenders for 2017

January 25th, 2017 by Network Webcams

List of the Best seller IP camera contenders for 2017With a continually growing catalogue of IP cameras to choose from, it can be tricky trying to decide which camera is the best fit for your requirements. As always, our aim is to make it easier for the customer to find the right camera and we recently brought you a blog that looked back and highlighted our best selling cameras for 2016. This time, we’re narrowing the field by looking ahead and listing models that we feel have all the right attributes to make them a popular choice in 2017.

We’ve selected a variety of camera types in a broad price range, so whether you need simple monitoring for your retail store or you have more demanding surveillance requirements at a large industrial site, there’s something here of interest.


Best selling IP camera highlights for 2016

January 12th, 2017 by Network Webcams

List of the Best selling IP cameras for 2016Looking 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.


IP camera overview videos

January 26th, 2016 by Network Webcams

IP camera overview videosWe 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:

  • dome cameras without dome covers to reveal lens and pan/tilt mechanisms in detail
  • outdoor housing lids removed to show cable routing and the accessibility of connections
  • lens adjustment rings, I/O connections and back plates in close-up
  • articulated brackets and stands being moved through their full angles of adjustment


Customers say we are excellent!

August 20th, 2015 by Network Webcams

word cloud with customer testimonialsToday, 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.


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.


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.


How will UK schools and colleges take advantage of their early lead in IP video adoption over the next few years?

October 23rd, 2013 by Frank Crouwel

New school buildingThe 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.


Useful examples of pixel density in network cameras

October 22nd, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

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…


UK retailers gather vital business intelligence (BI) using network video

September 11th, 2013 by Frank Crouwel

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.