Home security cameras

Many people these days are concerned with the safety of their homes and families. This is for good reason. Many of the thefts that occur these days occur at a home or personal residence.

Home security surveillance is an incredibly popular way of trying to deter criminal activity at your home. The beauty of this kind of system is that it can be used as a deterrent and also a way to record proof of burglary or other foul play.

If you have a home security camera system set up inside your home, this is a surefire way to capture on film if anything goes awry. For instance, there are people who sometimes have access to your home while you are away. If one of these people tries to take advantage of their access, then you will have evidence on tape.

Another way to deal with this situation is to let people know that you have a security camera system set up. This way, you ensure that people won’t steal from you. Well, at least you try to ensure it. If someone wants to rob you bad enough, they probably will.

There are all kinds of home camera surveillance products on the market these days. You can install one for yourself of have a professional do it for you. Generally, it is probably better to have a pro come in and do it for you, but that will cost a lot of money.

There are quite a few surveillance systems and CCTVs that will probably be good enough for your use that you can install yourself. The cost totally depends on the quality of the product.

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Some tips for Home Video Surveillance Installation

Have you been looking into increasing your home security? If you have, then you may have been thinking about home video surveillance. One key way to protect your home, property, and family is simply by knowing exactly what is going on at all times in and around your house.

Installing surveillance cameras on the external areas of your property is one good way to not only record anything that goes on around your property, but also to prevent possible burglaries.

The reason this may help prevent thieves from attempting to rob your house is because they will see a visible camera and it will tell them that the owner of the house is prepared. Even if they try to dismantle a surveillance camera, the thief can never be sure it’s the only one.

So often, your house will get passed up for another one. This is a good thing. It is much better to deter than to have to deal with being robbed, which is obvious.

It is really important to properly plan your home video surveillance system. You can read some practical tips here .

Notice how I mentioned that you want the camera to be visible. In this way, your surveillance system will be “overt,” meaning you want everyone to know it’s there. There’s no point in keeping it hidden.

On the interior of your home, however, it’s the opposite. You may want the system in your home to be “covert,” meaning hidden. This type of system is to protect you from the people who have ready access to your home like gardeners, maids, babysitters, or friends of neighbors.

You can hint to people that surveillance cameras are in place and they will be sure to keep to themselves. No one wants to be caught on a hidden camera looking around for a hidden surveillance system.

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Nordicom has patented a unique type of wireless duress alarm system that enables medical professionals to locate patients in distress quickly and efficiently: Correctional Security

Network video recorders - How to choose a good network video recorder

A Network Video Recorder (NVR) is an IP based device that receives video streams from a network IP cameras and stores video on HDD.

NVR allows is the simultaneous recording and remote access from other PC.

Typical tasks are:
-Flexible recording and playback capability
-User-friendly GUI
-Intelligent Motion Detector
-PTZ control

There are two types of NVR: “hardware NVR” and PC based NVR (PC + NVR software)

Hardware based NVR does not have a dedicated keyboard and LCD monitor. It has only one real advantage: hardware NVR is less complex to install in comparison to a PC NVR. But many hardware NVRs have MS Windows inside.

So in many cases it is better to use a good modern PC + special NVR software

Using a link above you can find more about existing but not expensive NVR software.

Visage PC Surveillance / Realcode Development

This is actually not video surveillance but PC surveillance software.
This software captures all user activities on a PC. Similar to the surveillance camera, it takes screen snapshots at the time interval you specify.

For sure you can later watch all captured screens like a VCR. It also captures date about all applications run, all keystrokes and records all web sites visited by the user. You can set up a recording schedule to record activities only at the specified time of the day or day of the week.

Developers of Visage Surveillance is RealCode

ONSSI Prosight vs Milestone XProtect

Today I downloaded ProSight video management software from ONSSI.

From first look it looks exactly like Milestone product.
From second look it is the same.
Even supported cameras list is the same.

So actually it is just a rebranding.

iCatcher Console v3

One year ago we have made a test of iCatcher console from iCode. Now version 3.0 of i-Catcher is out.

iCode declares following changes:

Previous software was an interesting one. So we put version 3 on the top of our testing queue.

Software from Coreopsis

Recently we have received a request to test and write a review for a new software from Turkey.

Specification is short, but we are looking forward to test it with our cameras and to measure such parameters as FPS and processor load.

Specification of Coreopsis software (from coreopsis website):

– Highest Performance for Real-Time Monitoring and Recording. – MPEG-4 recording with 7 levels of compression – Local and Remote System configuration based on ASP.NET technology. – DirectX Technology for better display. – Three different recording mode (Continuous, Triggered Motion Detection and Software Motion Detection Recording ) – Hot Playing (Auto Full Screen) – Real-Time FPS* control. – FPS Functionality

More IP surveillance software to test

We have found more software for IP cameras to test:

# Software name Manufacturer
1 VisualHindsite RFC Services
2 CamUniversal Crazypixels
3 MMS Digital Video Recorder 1.0 Intertraf
4 CamSurveillance Marc Schneider
5 IRCAS Alarm 3.4.5 Ircas
6 CamLan Crazypixels

29 March 2006