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  • 5 Reasons to Buy Surveillance Hard Disk Drives


    There are numerous storage drives available for various purposes in the market. Consequently, users find it difficult to choose which to opt. It is the engineering of the drive of the makes all the difference when making a decision. In surveillance, the normal hard drives are preferred. Surveillance HDD is especially designed for CCTVs. While it looks similar to other drives, it is a superior choice with optimizations and features that are developed especially for surveillance. Further, it can easily be connected like other HDDs in the DVR of any surveillance setup. Advantages of Surveillance Drives 1. They are desig

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  • Backup Your CCTV Camera Footage (Part II)


    After understanding the various kinds of backup in our previous article (Part I),it is important to know the various ways available to you for backing up your data. There are many alternatives to backup your CCTV camera footage, the most popular of which are discussed below. 1. Online Backup. An online backup is also known as cloud backup. This service allows us to store our data at an offsite location. The data is uploaded using the internet to a remote computer system with a host. Dropbox, Google Drive, and Amazon Web Services are some of the examples of popular online backup service providers. Usually, you have the

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  • Backup Your CCTV Camera Footage (Part I)


      In a world of technology, data is the most valuable resource. One of such meta datas is your CCTV security surveillance recordings. You can protect this data with backup. There are three basic types of backups; full, incremental and differential. Full backup A full backup is a full copy of the entire data set. Full backups provide the best protection; however, due to its time consuming nature and large storage requirement, most organizations use this type of backup on a periodic basis. This leaves the organization susceptible to data loss between two backups. Incremental backup Incremental backups were intro

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  • Importance of Ingress Protection (IP) Rating in CCTV Cameras


    We’ve all seen IP66 or IP 68 in the product manuals of our CCTV cameras, laptops and even mobile phones. But what does this mean? In today’s post, we’ll shed light on the subject of IP ratings. IP stands for Ingress Protection. This is a standard security rating affixed to electronic gadgets to define the levels of sealing effectiveness of electrical enclosures against intrusion from foreign bodies (tools, dirt etc) and moisture. It is important to enhance the durability of any electronic gadget especially to protect it from dust and water. Manufacturers create enclosures with higher IP ratings so that

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  • Are CCTV Cameras Effective?


      A very valid question that comes to mind when installing CCTV Cameras is ‘Are CCTV Cameras Effective?’ With a plethora of views out there, we’ll look at the effect of CCTV cameras in relation to crime to help us answer this question; supported by Gill and Sprigs scientific research on the same. Caught in action: By increasing the likelihood of criminals of being caught on camera, there is a general deterrent with a fear of punishment. This stops or reduces the criminal activity. Evidence: With the possibility of being captured on CCTV, comes the hard evidence needed to pro

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  • How to configure an IP camera on a network.


    When setting up a high definition IP camera system, you will require the following equipment:  IP Cameras Network Video Recorder (NVR) CAT5e or CAT6 Network Cabling Computer Monitor or TV Network Switch 1. Discovering IP Cameras The first step is to discover the IP address of your IP camera using the IP camera manufacturer's discovery/finder tool. Alternatively, you can also use the tools built into CMS/VMS systems. However, the manufacturer's own tool is the best option. 2. Pinging IP Cameras Once you discover the IP address of your camera (e.g. 19

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  • Importance of CCTV Cameras in Hotels


      CCTV cameras and surveillance systems have gained popularity and importance in the hotel industry that runs on continuously, 24x7. CCTV surveillance goes a long way in ensuring a safe and secure atmosphere for the hotel guests and staff. In the recent years, there has been an increase in the number of hotels adopting technology to improve their efficiency and a better experience for guests. This ensures guests and their belongings are always are protected. Hoteliers prefer HD CCTV camera since they provide superior image and video quality. Benefits of CCTV Cameras in Hotels Hotel CCTV cameras reduce and h

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  • Analog Cameras and DVRs vs. IP Cameras and NVRs


      Over the years, surveillance systems have evolved from the Analog cameras to IP cameras, and from DVRs to NVRs. They may cost slightly more with a higher initial cost, but IP cameras and NVRs are far superior to their older and outdated counterparts. Think about this. If you go out to buy a computer system today, would you rather invest in an old cathode ray monitor desktop computer system or opt for a slightly costly laptop. There’s your answer. Here are a few reasons why it’s time for you to switch from analog cameras and DVRs to IP cameras and NVRs. 1. Outdated technology – Analog cameras ha

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  • Remote Access CCTV Cameras


      Remote access is the ability to access one’s computer, mobile, CCTV surveillance from a remote location. This provides the advantage of having access to distant gadgets from anywhere in the world. It can be set up with a LAN, WAN or even VPN so that resources and computer systems can be accessed and controlled remotely. You get the freedom to access security surveillance systems set up around your offices and homes even while you enjoy vacation in an overseas resort. All you need to do is ensure the CCTV surveillance system you purchase supports remote access. Both the local CCTV surveillance systems and the

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  • Advantages of Cloud Storage


      In a digital age, physical storage of surveillance footage is fast becoming a concept of the past. Nowadays, more and more people are looking to move forward with the technology advancement in a bid to stay competitive in a fast evolving world. We continuously hear about buildings catching fire and floods damaging equipment beyond recovery, but with cloud storage, you need not worry about any of these issues. Below, we’ll discuss some of the benefits of opting cloud storage for your CCTV surveillance. 1. Security Cloud storage is usually more secure than local or in-house storage, especially if you are a

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