As a company that deals mainly with large security systems, we rarely have to deal with clients that don't see the benefit of spending good money on good cameras for key operational areas. However we do have smaller customers who may think that a $1000 camera & DVR setup is all they need, it is to them that we say, watch the following two videos, to see the benefits in getting this right the first time.
It is a fact that CCTV cannot help solve all crimes and infact is only useful in a small percentage of crimes, but if your system is not as good as it could be, then it may as well not be there at all.
The following video is produced by the FBI, and is a really good guide on how to setup a system for the best results, from backlighting to record rates and much more.
Although IP video changes the goal posts with this sort of thing, it is actually still VERY relevant. IP Video actually compresses the video before it is transmitted accross a network, and due to this, it is essential to setup the camera correctly for maximum efficiency.
In our opinion, NOTHING beats a good analogue system, setup correctly, maintained correctly and using high quality systems throughout. but in this day and age, clients require something more flexible, and a IP video solution is great as it can offer flexible recording solutions while offering quicker setup (when utilising a complete package - as camera setup can be done from the DVR's) and easier setup through PoE.
A site plan is always the best place to start, then progress from there. The best system for a client really depends on several things, namely:
- The type of business - you wouldn't put the same system in an office as in a factory;
- The expectations of the client - whats the most likely usage situation, burgulary, hold-up, business hours, after hours;
- The budget of the client - no use trying to sell them a system that is double what they can afford;
- The flexibility required - network viewers, interfacing to access control or alarm systems, etc
Many of our clients have only realised that their camera systems are not working properly when they have needed to get footage from it after an event. At this point, it is too late to do anything. either check the system regularly yourself, or pay for a maintenance contract, and have someone do it for you.
Have you ever wondered how all those CDs & DVDs are made ?
this discovery channel video shows you exactly how its done (its a bit old now, but i'm sure the process is still similar).
When working with Joomla templates such as ja_purity creating or editing templates or editing module locations, there are a few things that come in handy.
- Using firefox with firebug is a great way to test and fix little problems
- Knowing where the template positions are is an easy click away. The link to know is index.php?tp=1 this will show all the position names and locations within the template.
PC Beacon flashes the screen and speaks "Attention Required" from the speakers of the computer (using text-to-speech processor). It was made for use on customers sites where you are remotely controlling a computer, and either require the users attention again, or need someone to find the appropriate PC quickly and easily.
This is achieved, through changing (toggling) the background colour of a full-screen window (with no borders) from green to red. The colour change rate is easily changeable (set for once per second as standard).
As normal, this application is written in AutoIt Scripting Language, and has the source code included as a resource of the application.
Minor modifications would be needed to allow setting of all variables from an INI, as the whole script is contained within one function (to allow easy importing into existing projects)
Application is licensed under GPL 3 or later.
SCPrompt is a versatile Remote Support Application by SecureTech. SCPrompt allows a person to create a customised Remote Support Tool for their company.
The Roll Your Own (RYO) download, allows you to create your own EXE to send to clients (or upload to your website) which when executed, creates a "reverse" VNC connection (Server tries to connect to listening Viewer).
For those that just want to test it before going through the hassle of learning it, try the "Ready To Roll" version, which allows manual entry of address and port details for easy connection.
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