Understanding IP Camera Specifications, What's Important

IP Camera manufacturers provide product specification sheets that help you select the right camera for your IP security and surveillance system. But, which specifications are important?  IP camera specifications include such things as resolution, minimum light sensitivity, lens, WDR, signal to noise, etc.  This article reviews all the important specifications  [read more …]

How to Connect Audio to Networks and IP Cameras

Did you ever want to yell at someone you see on your video surveillance display? Maybe you want to tell them to get away from your parking lot or to yell at an intruder that the police are coming. Perhaps you would like to talk to someone at your door? Then you could let the [read more …

Security Provided by Access Control Technology

What Can You Do to Improve Security?

With all the gun-related tragedies at schools and other facilities, what can we do to increase our security? Securing your facility, school, sporting events, or concerts have become more complicated.

IP camera systems used to be enough to monitor the facility, but today we want to do much more [Read more …

How Walk-Through Metal Detectors Work

Anyone who has traveled by airplane has probably gone through a walk-through metal detector. These security devices have also been used in schools, sporting events, government offices, and concerts.

They are part of a total security system that includes cameras, door access control, and emergency paging systems. Metal detectors are effective and safe. [Read more …

How Technology Can Help in Active Shooter Situations

This article was updated on 2/18/2018

We have seen more and more incidences on school campuses that involve active shooters.  In the wake of this violence many colleges, universities, and elementary schools are searching for ways to respond to this threat.   There has been a lot of discussion about how to react.

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Security Technology Review for 2017

In 2017 there were a number of technology advancements. Faster processors provided higher performance IP cameras that enhanced the security provided by IP camera systems. Other technology introduced included, long-range PTZ cameras, new biometric door access control readers, and more advanced network attached paging and intercom systems. Over last year, technology for IP [Read more …

How to Protect IP Camera System from Cyber Attack

Protecting Your IP Camera from Hacking IP camera systems are supposed to protect us. That is their purpose. However, do we need to protect the camera system? It turns out that in this brave new world of cyber threats, even our cameras are vulnerable. There are some things you can do to protect your [Read more …

Biometric Door Control Misconceptions

Do You Believe Facial Recognition Readers Store Your Picture? There are many misconceptions about science and technology. One of the misconceptions is that biometric IP door readers store a picture of your fingerprint or face. Another one is that the Earth is a flat disc that rests on top of four elephants, on top of

Low-Light Sensitivity of IP Cameras

For many applications, one of the more important characteristics of an IP camera system is how well it performs in low light situations. 

This article reviews the IP camera specification for minimum light level and the factors that affect the low light performance.

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Long Range Camera Systems – Custom Vs. Off-the-Shelf

Review of Long-Range Day-Night IP Camera Systems

Do you want to detect objects many miles away? While custom-made cameras are best for very long-range applications, the latest off-the-shelf cameras provide some of the same capability for less money. These long-range PTZ cameras are very cost-effective, and allow you to detect a person over 4-miles away. [Read more …