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The benefits of live streaming your next event

January 26th, 2017 by Network Webcams

benefits of live streamingYour next event is all set up and ready to go. The guest speakers have their time slots and your attendees have settled into their seats. There’s no reason why it shouldn’t be a great success and all the people invited will find it rewarding and informative. But, have you ever thought that maybe you could get even more out of your events?

Could you be reaching a wider audience? Is the marketing potential maximised? Are you getting best value from your venue? These are all things that live streaming your next event could help improve.

This medium has become increasingly more popular in recent years and is already being utilised by a wide range of organisations including companies promoting their services, universities streaming educational seminars and start-ups conducting Q&A sessions.

There’s no reason why you can’t do the same and in this blog we pick out some of the big benefits to live streaming your next event.

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IP Video and Access Control Systems integration business case is clear, but why has it not yet taken off?

March 18th, 2014 by Frank Crouwel

Photo of Frank Crouwel, Managing Director of NW Systems GroupThe physical access control market is already a substantial one. IHS (formerly IMS Research) valued it at $3 billion globally in 2012 and projected its CAGR of 7% over the next five years (source: IHS report 2013). There is no doubt that the business case for Access Control System (ACS) integration with IP video strengthens when you consider the backdrop of the rise of what is commonly referred to as the ‘intelligent’ or ‘smart’ building (see for example the SmartBuilding Conference 2014).

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Wider deployment of IP Video in UK manufacturing

November 29th, 2013 by Frank Crouwel

ip-video-manufacturingUK Manufacturing is slowly moving its process control systems from a range of proprietary transmission protocols to IP-based systems transmitting data across Ethernet infrastructures. This move opens up the potential for IP Video to be added to the mix of process and safety monitoring and control equipment on UK production lines.

Ethernet becoming ubiquitous on the factory floor

When you investigate the world of manufacturing today what hits you straight away is the range and sophistication of equipment used to monitor and control modern production lines.  Often at the heart of any industrial automation system is the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), connected with an array of automation and safety components such as Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs), drives, servos, inverters, sensors, cameras, safety controllers and many more control devices.

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Product Focus: Mobotix S14

December 11th, 2012 by James Drinkwater

Mobotix S14D IP camera with FlexMount

In the IP video market there has been a recent influx of 360° hemispheric cameras from manufacturers like Axis, Panasonic and Vivotek. When ceiling-mounted, these cameras can capture an entire room at once and feature integrated distortion correction software to eliminate the distortion associated with extreme wide-angle lenses.

Mobotix, who released the first 360° IP camera back in 2008, have upped their game with the release of the S14 range. Read on for more and a demonstration video…

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Latest Axis IP cameras offer a unique approach to surveillance

March 30th, 2012 by Emily

Security camera placement can often make face detection difficult when reviewing footage due to obstructions such as hats and hoods; leaving many business owners struggling to identify intruders and vandals after incidents. Axis have attempted to solve this issue with their latest offerings; the Axis P8513 and the Axis P8514.

These unique cameras are designed to be mounted at eye level, allowing close up images of facial features to be captured without obstruction for easy recognition, with footage available in either SVGA or HD720p resolution for sharp footage. With three colour schemes in place to mimic heating pipes or electrical conduit, the cameras blend in with surroundings for a true covert solution.

These cameras are quick to install, coming with a pre-mounted network cable, thereby reducing the need for wires, and as they support Power over Ethernet, no separate power supply is required. Additionally, Axis’ pixel counter system provides data on the resolution of objects such as faces in view, letting installers verify that requirements for identification are being met.

This intelligent approach to IP surveillance offers an ideal security measure where facial features need to be captured for identification but where a conventional camera might be not be ideal such as service stations, small business receptions, shops and public transport terminals.

H.264 not just for IP camera security

March 26th, 2012 by Jessica Brooks

The H.264 codec has revolutionised professional security recording. But it has also made possible a raft of additional uses perhaps not originally intended in the specification.

The H.264 codec is now embedded in most new IP cameras on the market, and in particular makes the monitoring and recording of HD video over the network possible with its highly efficient compression, significantly reducing bandwidth use and storage.

H.264 (also known as MPEG-4 part 10) has been around for a while in the general entertainment and online video sectors, only in the last couple of years appearing en-mass in network video products. It is now the most widely used codec for the compression and distribution of HD video both in security and elsewhere. It’s the video format that YouTube use.

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An Overview of True Day/Night, Infrared IP Cameras and Infrared Lighting

February 21st, 2011 by Kevin Bowyer

One of the most common reasons for installing a security camera system is to monitor your premises day and night. In most scenarios, this means an infrared (IR) camera that copes well with poorly lit scenes.

Almost every IP camera has some way of producing images in low or no light.

Low light image optimisation technologies utilise a variety of techniques to improve image quality. These technologies improve footage in poor lighting conditions, but do not offer a true day/night solution. As a result, your mileage may vary with these systems. In addition, these technologies often require a trade-off with other quality factors such as noise, motion blur, or processing speed.

If you want round-the-clock monitoring that’s not going to let you down, you need a camera with infrared light capability.

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Network Cameras and Caring for the Vulnerable

November 16th, 2010 by Kevin Bowyer

A few weeks ago, you might have read this story about James Merrett, a 37-year old tetraplegic man dependent on a ventilator for life support. Concerned about the level of care he was receiving from nursing staff at his home in Wiltshire, he had an IP camera and recording software set up to monitor the activities of the agency nurses looking after him.

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Man with name tattoed on neck nabbed by CCTV

October 7th, 2008 by Kevin Bowyer

We love CCTV. No, we really do. It catches criminals, and that’s a good thing.

Stupid is as stupid does and in this case, CCTV images capture a thief’s identity easily as his name a date of birth is tattooed on his neck!

This chap leaves Police in no doubt who committed the crime.

We really do love CCTV.

Y-cam MultiLive Multi-Camera Viewing Software Now Available and FREE!

January 9th, 2008 by Greg

Y-cam MultiLive Product ImageWe are happy to announce that the people at Y-cam have just launched a free software application which allows you to view live images from up to nine Y-cams simultaneously!

Free Software Download

Y-cam MultiLive is a security monitoring application which you can download for free directly from us here at Network Webcams. The application will allow you to monitor multiple Y-cams with audio using the White or Black models, all from the comfort of one screen.

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