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How to configure the new Axis C1410 mini network speaker for social distancing messaging

July 12th, 2020 by Kevin Bowyer

Axis C1410 mini network speaker - front view offsetThe Axis C1410 network mini speaker is an affordable, highly versatile little PoE-powered amplified speaker with built-in PIR for audio announcements programmed and on-demand, safety warnings, background music and much more. It opens up a lot of possibilities for practical applications, its most pertinent one at present is its use for automated social distancing and hygiene messaging at entrances of shops, workplaces and in leisure parks. Spoken social distancing reminders are more effective than just signage with people responding better to gentle reminders played at the right moments. It is an effective tool in your wider measures of minimising the risk of coronavirus spread.

Here is how to set up the Axis C1410 IP speaker to automatically play an audio clip when visitors or staff arrive at your place. We also provide a number of scenario-specific audio files for you to download and use for free.
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How can IP camera technology help businesses manage in a much-changed world?

May 20th, 2020 by Frank Crouwel

Abstract technology imageBusinesses are looking for solutions to adapt to the new requirements of social distancing, improved hygiene and screening people for COVID-19 symptoms. Health and Safety protocols and standard operating procedures (SOP) are being reviewed and rewritten in response to the new rules. The increased use of digital technologies is playing a critical role to businesses running their operations in new ways, home working and video conferencing being the obvious examples. We also see increased interest for IP camera technology as a key tool for adapting to the new situation.

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Securing your small business IP camera network

June 26th, 2018 by Network Webcams

Small business with padlockIf you’re looking to protect your small business by installing IP cameras, take a look at the steps below for ways to make your installation more secure.

This blog covers the system set up aspect of your camera network security.

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5 reasons to choose a modular IP camera system

April 10th, 2018 by Network Webcams

Modular IP camera system featuring an Axis F-series main unit and 4 sensorsA modular IP camera is comprised of a camera body (often referred to as the main unit) and one or more sensor units which each consist of a lens and image sensor, and are connected to the main unit via a cable.

The main unit typically houses the processor, any edge storage such as an SD card, plus power and network connections. The maximum resolution and angle of view for each sensor unit is determined by the combination of lens and image sensor, as it would be for a regular IP camera. Sensor units can be purchased separately from the main unit and come in a wide variety of lens and feature combinations, allowing you to put together the hardware specification that best suits your needs.

The modular approach is incredibly flexible, allowing you to easily build a standalone CCTV system, deploy cameras discreetly into tight spaces or monitor several closely situated areas in a very cost-effective way. A handful of manufacturers offer modular IP camera ranges, but the most popular by far are from Axis and Mobotix.

Here are 5 great reasons to choose a modular IP camera system.

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Why consider the Samsung Wisenet QNO-6070R for a small business CCTV solution?

March 13th, 2018 by Network Webcams

CCTV systems of up to 16 IP cameras are becoming increasingly sought after by small businesses to help boost protection of their premises, staff, stock and other assets. In addition to this, the implementation of these small surveillance systems can also give businesses more of an insight into customer activity, whilst providing visual evidence against potential fraudulent slips, trips and falls claims. However, when it comes to selecting an IP camera from the wide choice available that can offer all of these benefits – you are often left with more questions than answers.

To give you some clarity, we thought we would highlight a model that we feel is up to the task – introducing the Samsung Wisenet QNO-6070R.

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The Axis M31 series – smart and affordable IR domes

February 8th, 2017 by Network Webcams

Axis M31 domes are a smart and affordable choice for any small businessAxis 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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Milestone Essential v Express

November 24th, 2016 by Network Webcams

Milestone XProtect Essential and ExpressOn October 10th this year, Milestone replaced XProtect Go with XProtect Essential as their free Video Management Software (VMS) option for entry-level users.

Ahead of this change, we posed the question “What’s the real cost of making Milestone Essential free?” in a blog post that highlighted the known limitations of the newly positioned product. It was clear even back then that it would actually make more sense for many users to use Milestone Express rather than Essential but, the real difference in cost was still unknown.

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What’s the real cost of making Milestone Essential free?

September 15th, 2016 by Network Webcams

Milestone XProtect Essential and ExpressMilestone has worked hard to nurture XProtect into a mature and comprehensive Video Management Software (VMS) suite and this year they’ve been pruning their offering to promote further growth. We’ve seen the phasing out of Milestone Enterprise and now a further trim has been announced.

Starting October 10th 2016 – Milestone XProtect Go, the free VMS product will be discontinued and Milestone Essential will take its place as Milestone’s free VMS. When this happens, Milestone Express will take up its position as the entry-level product in the “paid-for” software suite.

These changes make sense in many ways and bring distinct benefits for many entry-level users, but unsurprisingly, there will be some limitations in the newly positioned Milestone Essential. It’s these limitations that need careful consideration and based on what we’ve learned so far, it appears that for many users, it may actually make more sense to use Milestone Express.

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How to create an app-based CCTV system with no PC

August 11th, 2016 by Network Webcams

App-based CCTV ideal for small businesses and home usersIf you’re a small business or home user, you’re probably seeking a simple CCTV solution. For example, by using a free app on your phone or tablet to access live video and recordings. Making it easy to safeguard your business or home with no complicated set-up or configuration.

Until recently, it’s not been that easy. Typically, a PC was required during the installation of the IP camera.

Now it’s possible to do using just a mobile app. Although we probably wouldn’t use the phrase “Plug and play”, the solution is certainly very straight forward.

Both Axis and Hikvision support this app-based approach. We’ll outline how to get up and running, weigh up each brand’s offering and consider the limitations.

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Build your own surveillance system with the Axis F series

April 27th, 2016 by Network Webcams

The Axis F series offers a very flexible way of creating a high performance IP CCTV system – complete with video management software and remote access – all without the need for a dedicated PC, server or Network Video Recorder (NVR).Axis F series hardware and Axis Camera Companion

An F series camera consists of separate HD sensor / lens units which connect to a main unit (the body of the camera) via a cable. Axis refer to this design as a ‘divided concept’ and a choice of 7 lenses offers users the flexibility to build a surveillance system to meet their exact needs.

Since the series was launched in 2014, we’ve seen the Axis F series used for a wide variety of indoor, outdoor and mobile surveillance applications. The ultra compact design and options for discreet installation make these cameras particularly popular with small office-based businesses, independent retailers and restaurants.

We’re going to show you how you can put together your own system in 3 easy steps.

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