In today’s world crime has increased in many areas causing problems with damaged or stolen property and valuables. The most common solution to this is to integrate an advanced security system into your home or business to help with preventing problems and to help with identifying criminals better. When installing your security camera system it is important to test your system properly to ensure that it will be working at full capacity. This can be done with a tester such as the SecuriTEST™ PRO CCTV and Security Tester from Ideal Industries. Here are just some of the benefits of what the SecuriTEST™ PRO CCTV and Security Tester can do for your security camera setup.
The Benefits Of A Security Tester
One of the first benefits of the SecuriTEST™ PRO CCTV and Security Tester is that it is compact in size. This security tester is handheld and is designed to provide a neck strap which helps to keep it with you at all times when installing your security setup.
Another advantage of this CCTV security tester is that it comes compatible with 20+ PTX protocols. What this means is that this security tester is capable of working and testing any system being installed for added versatility and money saving.
One of the main benefits of using this security tester is that it provides a versatile testing range. This CCTV security tester features 6 functions which mean you won’t need any other tester when out in the field. These 6 ranges include:
· UTP Cable Testing: This feature allows for the tester to display very detailed information about the status and the functionality of your cabling. This helps to check for faults and can promote a safe cable installation.
· CCTV PTZ Controller: The controller part of this security tester allows for you to easily control a variety of dome cameras which feature pan and tilt functions. Because of this feature it gives any installer the opportunity to test the pan, tilt, and zoom functions when installation is complete.
· PTZ Protocol Analyzer: This feature provides an even analysis of your PTZ command and easily displays clearly the protocol code on its viewing monitor for you to see at any time during the installation process.
· CCTV field monitor: Another benefit includes the CCTV monitor feature. This feature helps to set the direction and focus of the camera while finding video signal line loss. This helps to make sure your camera is focused clearly and is there is no interruption in the video signal.
· Video Signal Generator: The video signal generator provides a full colour testing pattern which is designed to test any equipment piece. This makes sure that any of the cameras images are clear and precise with their nominated colour rating.
· Digital Multimeter: The digital multimeter feature is designed to incorporate the testing of Ohmmeter, Amp meter, Voltmeter, and Continuity. The modular testing leads help to facilitate the different types of leads for easy user replacement and makes it ideal for a large variety of security setups.
When it comes to security cameras it can be hard to work out which one is best for your application and needs. There are generally many different choices to choose from and can be confusing for many people. Here are some generally insight into the different features of security cameras and what they are designed to do for your application when installed.
The Features And Operation Of Security Cameras
Night Vision: Night vision is pretty much what the words say, vision, or viewing, of a night in dark areas. Night vision cameras are generally used in night time only surveillance recordings or are used with day and night cameras which offer 24 hour running capacity. Night vision allows the camera to see in the dark and enables for it to record and capture objects or trespassers in the dead of night clearly.
Backlight Compensation: If you see a surveillance camera which features backlight compensation, it can be beneficial for many reasons. Backlight compensation allows for dark background objects that normally can’t be made out by normal security cameras to be brought forward into the foreground and highlighted to view exactly what the image portrays. This feature is great for helping to identify thieves and trespassers and can help lead to making an arrest.
Resolution: Resolution is what makes your image clear or blurry. Resolution is generally measured by how many image lines are close together to form an image. In general rule the standard resolution for a security camera is around 300-400 lines. Resolution ratings higher than this including 500-600 lines will provide a much clearer and detailed image when recorded.
IP Rating: The IP rating is generally used to tell whether the security camera will be used for outdoor or indoor use. IP ratings will tell you whether the camera can handle tampering and whether it can handle rain or weather conditions. Although there are many IP rating options, the most common waterproof rating you may see on security cameras of IP44 ratings. The higher the rating the more resistance the camera will have against changing weather conditions and vandalism.
Theft is always a concern when it comes to businesses. It can cost you hundreds to thousands of dollars when something is stolen and is always concerning especially if you don’t have any way to identify and capture the thieves. This is where security cameras come in handy for businesses, but how do you know what security camera to purchase for your business to ensure that it works to your advantage? Here are some tips when choosing a security camera for your business.
What To Consider When Choosing A Security Camera
24 Hour Surveillance: Once of the first things that can be considered is the use of a 24 hour security camera. 24 hour cameras are beneficial for many reasons but the main reason is they provide recording throughout the day, then switch to black and white recording during the night depending on the type of camera used. This can be beneficial for night time robberies and can help to capture criminals if a theft occurs.
Indoor or Outdoor: Choosing a security camera will also greatly depend on whether you will be using it for indoor or outdoor use. It is important to ensure that your security camera is rated for weather proof properties when using it in exposed outdoor locations. IP ratings of 44 and higher tend to ensure weather protection although it is always best to check the box or the specifications to make sure.
Resolution: Resolution is also another important factor when it comes to choosing a security camera. The resolution is usually rated in TV lines and the more TV lines the resolution has the clearer the image will be. Standard resolution is generally around 300-400TV lines although if you want to make sure you capture your criminals, a camera that features between 500-600TV lines will be better as it contains more image lines which are closer together to make a clearer image.
Vandal Resistant: In some attempts on businesses and shops the security camera may be damaged or targeted by the criminals. To ensure that your camera is fully working at all times during the assault and robbery, the use of a vandal proof camera may be beneficial. Vandal proof cameras can provide protection against tools right up to sledge hammers depending on the rating. The first number in the IP rating generally helps to tell you whether it will be able to withstand vandalism. The higher the number the more resistant it will be.
So if you want to protect your business and all its contents, then why not take some of these tips into consideration when looking to purchase a security camera for your business.
Filed under: Lighting, Security and Surveillance, Uncategorized
Security is important no matter where you live and keeping your family safe it also just as important. There are many different ways to keep your family safe and these can include security cameras, security alarms, or the use of motion activated security lights. Motion activated security lights hold a lot of benefits for many home and business owners and can provide an asset to anyone who may looking for that little extra security each and every day. Here are some simple tips to consider when looking to purchase motion activated security lights for your home.
What You Need To Consider When Buying Motion Activated Security Lights
Tip #1 – Waterproof: The first thing to consider is to make sure the security light is suitable for outdoor conditions in direct weather changes if you are placing it in areas that are exposed. Security lighting that is going to be exposed to the elements will need to have an IP rating of 44 and up. This rating is designed to tell you whether the light is waterproof and weatherproof. Lights that are to be installed undercover, under awnings and away from water and other elements can have a lower IP rating although it is important that the light stays away from wetness at all times.
Tip #2 – Detection Range: The next things to consider are the detection range needed. The detection range allows the sensor light to activate and highlight an area when movement is detected within its sensing range. Depending on the light the detection range can be anywhere between 20ft to 50ft or more. Security lighting such as the Motion Activated Security Lighting offers a detection range of 53ft which makes it perfect for driveways and other long distance applications.
Tip #3 – How Many You Need: Another thing to consider is the amount of security lighting devices you will need. This can easily be determined by the size of the house and the area that you wish to have covered. These lights can be placed on each corner of the house, near the garage, or near the front steps or along a driveway. The more security lights positioned around the home the more illumination is created causing increased visibility of trespassers.
So if you are looking to purchase security lighting for your home or business, why not take some of these tips into consideration when you want to install the right security light for your needs.
Filed under: Security and Surveillance, Server Racks and Enclosures
Do you run a business that sells iPads? Do you need an iPad wall enclosure to help it from becoming damaged when on display in front of your customers? Well with this FSR iPAD wall enclosure you can now protect your Ipad in commercial and multiple user applications. This is perfect when used in public environments. With over 30 years of experience in manufacturing products for video, audio, and machine vision industries you can see why this wall enclosure is such great quality.
Add Product Safety To Your Business With An iPad Wall Enclosure
This iPad wall enclosure has outstanding features which are beneficial for many commercial or multiple use applications. It features a great design! The best part of all is that your iPad is secured at all times!
Aluminum Enclosure: The aluminum enclosure can help stop people from stealing or tampering with your display iPad no matter where it is setup in your store.
Full Cut-out Points: The full cut-out points give perfect access to the screen, camera, application button and even speakers. Your display iPad will definitely give customers the ultimate iPad experience without sacrificing quality.
Invisible Hardware: With no hardware on the face of the unit you can still keep that professional and streamline look within your store.
USA Made: Yes that’s right this enclosure is home grown! It gives you peace of mind knowing it is highly constructed with high quality materials.
Color options: That’s right it comes available in 2 colors including aluminum and black! Your choice of color to best suit your store!
- Protects your ipad from becoming stolen or damaged when placed on display in commercial applications
- Provide protection from multiple use
Where you can use the product:
- Automation controls and trade show displays
- Medical kiosks
- POS systems
- Any electronics businesses
- Retail centres
- Commercial businesses that sell iPads
Filed under: Cables and Wires, Security and Surveillance
While sometimes things come up that are just plain unavoidable (or unforeseeable, for that matter), I’m a huge fan of putting a little extra thought into things now in the interest of making life easier later. Sometimes this means that I find myself sitting between a pile of yet-to-be installed organizers and heaps of stuff that I’m eventually going to have to stow away in them (with the intent of making it easier to find/store things in the future), and sometimes it means taking the time to write out lists so that I can make the most out of one shopping trip/errand run and not have to kick myself later. We all have our tricks, but now there’s a much more interesting way to future-proof: opting for an all-in-one cable.
Multi-Component Access Cable from CCT® combines all the wiring needed for 4 much-used security components inside a single cable jacket. While this is probably far more than you need on the home security front, it’s perfect for businesses and other organizations that are adding security measures to their facilities, whether all at once in a complete system, or little by little, as needed or afforded in their budgets. This four-in-one cable includes wiring for a power lock, card reader, door contact, and rex/spare component, and gives you ther benefit of time, and fewer cable pulls, if it’s better for you to add access control components one at a time.
If you were to cut into a piece of CCT Multi-Component Access Control Cable, you’d find four separately-jacketed inner cables, color-coded for easy identification. The cables are also available in your choice of plenum and riser-rated styles, so no matter where you need to run cable, you’re completely covered for indoor use.
So we’ve got the future-proof cable taken care of… now what was it that I need at the store again?
Filed under: Lighting, Security and Surveillance, Traffic Control and Safety, Workplace Safety
Under normal circumstances, the dark doesn’t bother me, but put a big chunk of darkness between all-by-my-lonesome me and my car in a semi-sketchy neighborhood, and then you’ve got something else altogether. A few years back, I spent 4th of July on the beach with friends in a city that has an incredibly swank little downtown district, which happens to back right up to the Atlantic. Unfortunately, said swank entertainment district had been carved out of some surrounding unsavory neighborhoods, which still had a reputation to be home to some… ummm… “interesting characters” during the after-hours time slot.
When I had arrived, parking was almost non-existent, and as a last resort, many visitors were leaving their cars on the street in the very outer reaches of safety. Everything looked okay in the bright sun, but that night, when the fireworks had ended and the crowds thinned, it was a long, dark and somewhat nerve-wracking walk back, alone, through some extremely dark, shadowy, and slightly-too-quiet side streets.
I’d have given anything to have a few more of these babies around.
Morris Small Wall Pack Lighting Units are designed to provide an extra measure of weatherproof, tamper-resistant safety lighting in both outdoor and semi-outdoor settings like parking garages, walkways, entry ways, loading docks, building perimeters, and anywhere else that danger can potentially strike in the dark. They not only help make the bad guys a little more visible, but also make it easier for pedestrians to see, and avoid, hazards or obstacles that may be in their paths.
Small Wall Pack Lights are available with High Pressure Sodium or Metal Halide lamps, and are UL 924 listed, so they’re safe for use even in damp or wet environments. They include knockouts that allow for optional installation over conduit, and can even be customized with photo sensors, so that they automatically turn on when it gets dark enough for you to need the extra light.
Filed under: Home Safety, Security and Surveillance
So, you just got a dome-style security camera. How were you thinking of mounting that thing? As far as I know, there are two choices: get out your hole saw and install a brand new camera mount from scratch, or you can use Arlington’s Cam-Kit™ to adapt an existing fixture box into a custom hanging bracket. No offense to the hole saws out there, but if I already have a perfectly good fixture box installed into a wall, ceiling, or eave, I’m not going to haul out a tool that requires me to wear safety glasses and a mask to avoid Death by Drywall Particulate. Nooooooooooo thank you.
If you haven’t already figured it out, that means that I’m extremely pro Cam-Kit™. Made by Arlington Industries, otherwise known as the Retrofit Geniuses, this adapter set has everything you need to transform an old, unused fixture box into a mount that’s perfect for any dome security camera up to 5 inches in size. Available in round or octagonal versions to suit either shape fixture box, the Cam-Kit™ consists of a crossbar that mounts onto the box itself, as well as a camera base that attaches to your security camera.
Installation is incredibly easy: once you attach each part of the kit to its respective component (as I just mentioned), you just twist the camera base onto the crossbar, tighten the set screw so that nothing budges, and you’re good to go. If you’re wondering how this can possibly work for such a wide range of cameras, it’s easy: you drill your own mounting holes, exactly where you need them.
In letting you take this step of the operation into your own hands, Arlington isn’t being lazy on their end – they’re actually doing you a favor. Ever tried to to force a “universal fit” accessory to conform to the item you purchased it for? No fun. You’re way better off zipping your power drill through the mount yourself. All of the holes will line up, and remember, you already avoided hole saw work, so what’s the big deal about a few seconds with a power drill? Nada.