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How to add new security cameras to existing system?

Are you planning to expand your business or add to your home? Are the number of cameras in your video surveillance system at home enough to completely cover all the areas in your house? Whether you are a business owner or a homeowner who wants to improve the coverage of your video surveillance system, you can install additional cameras to your system to expand the areas that it can cover and improve the security of the area you want to be secured. Adding cameras to your video surveillance system is one way to upgrade security for more peace of mind.

But before purchasing and installing additional cameras, there are things that you should ask to make sure that the cameras will operate properly when added to your existing system. Before presenting the frequently asked questions regarding adding new cameras, let us first discuss several considerations when integrating a video surveillance capability to your security system.



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7 Reasons To Consider Security Cameras For Your Business 

When you establish a business, one of your main priorities is how to make it profitable. To do that, you must spend the majority of your time marketing and attracting customers to increase sales. However, the increasing cases of crimes like theft and burglary, as well as other challenges like monitoring the performance of your employees and safeguarding your business against false legal claims by customers and suppliers can adversely affect your profitability and safety of your business venture.

To help in resolving the above challenges, we encourage you to install commercial security cameras for business in strategic areas of your stores, production sites, and offices. There are many available types of surveillance cameras on the market today that suit the needs of both small and large businesses. The growing number of businesses that install surveillance systems to monitor their operations is a testament to their effectiveness. Let’s discuss some other facts about security cameras for business to better learn about them.



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Smart Security Light : Guardian of Front Door & Garden

Across the board, IP technology (Internet Protocol) has transformed the home and business security sector. This wireless tech makes installation easy for DIY capable homeowners and professionals alike, lowering setup costs and making dependable home security affordable and easy for anyone. Now that the industry has matured, an almost unlimited number of high quality products are being offered to satisfy any home or business security need.

Security experts agree that one of the most important areas to protect is entryways. Forced entry often occurs at front or back doors and having a simple way to check and secure these areas is essential. Not only that, but online shopping and home delivery has resulted in a new wave of thefts of parcels from front porch areas and mailboxes when homes are unattended.

However, adding valuable home security components to a home must consider more than simple safety. Choosing products that complement the style and beauty of a home is also important. Luckily, the industry has arrived at the intersection of décor and practicality. A large selection of stylish security devices are available to both complement the look of a home while at the same time, add reliable security and convenience. All homeowners should consider including a smart security light as part of their home security program.



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The Complete Home Safety Checklist 

Keeping your home safe is one responsibility that you as homeowners should never take for granted. Avoiding being burglarized and preventing major accidents like fires should always be a priority. Burglaries are costly and heartbreaking and fires are a major blow to your family and finances because it can destroy everything you have worked for in minutes. To help you keep your home safe from theft, fire and other risks, here is a complete home safety checklist for your reference.


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DIY Home Security Project:Why not start one?

The unprecedented growth of wireless technology worldwide has resulted in the popularity of do-it-yourself (DIY) home security systems. A lot of homeowners, as well as apartment dwellers, can successfully build and operate their own DIY systems. As a homeowner, you may be interested in building your own to protect your family and belongings. To help you decide, here are some important points to consider regarding DIY home security systems.


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Advantages of DIY Home Security Systems


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How to pick a best open source surveillance software?

Advancements in Internet technology enable the remote viewing or monitoring of security cameras set up in a home, office, building or any site. The feeds from security cameras can be remotely accessed by their owner and viewed on a smartphone. This is made possible by the concept of Internet Protocol (IP) networked cameras.

The development of IP security cameras and the introduction of streaming technology have allowed the possibility of remote viewing of security camera footage in real time. Remote viewing allows owners or operators to constantly monitor the system from any location with internet or cellphone service. This important benefit increases security, system control and provides valuable peace of mind to home and business owners.


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Ultimate Buyer’s Guide for Business Security Cameras

Managing a business to ensure its success is no easy task. Protecting it against threats such as theft, burglary, and malicious mischief requires a lot of attention that could distract a manager or business owner’s focus. The installation of business security cameras is a proven and efficient method to improve the safety of a business enterprise against said risks and allow management and staff to concentrate on more important business.

The growing number of businesses equipped with security cameras around the world is proof of their effectiveness as a deterrent against would-be criminals. Choosing the right system for one’s business however, requires time and careful analysis and evaluation to ensure that it satisfies the security needs of an enterprise.

Below is a buyer’s guide for people who are serious about business security cameras. The guide includes various questions that prospective buyers should ask before deciding what system to buy, and presents a list of some of the leading brands in the market today.


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How to protect your outdoor security cameras from lightning

Outdoor security cameras or closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems are increasingly being used as security tools to guard businesses, homes and other properties. Their effectiveness as a deterrent to crimes such as burglary, theft and vandalism has long been proven. But outdoor cameras are susceptible to such disturbances as lightning strikes and power surges that could cause major damage to the camera and other system components and compromise a home’s security.

There are, however, various strategies to decrease the possibility of major damage to the components of CCTV systems from such threats as lightning strikes and power surges. But before presenting them, let us first discuss some questions that should be asked before installing a CCTV system, as well as the basic components of the system.



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How to think like a burglar to protect your home

With the increasing incidence of robberies and burglaries nowadays, homeowners should seek ways to improve the security of their homes. According to law enforcement agencies, homeowners should think like burglars to effectively devise strategies to safeguard their homes against theft or burglary.

But what are the things that criminals consider when planning a burglary or theft? In his book “Burglars on the Job” University of Missouri-St. Louis Criminology Professor Richard T. Wright cited several things that criminals or thieves look for when scouting or ‘casing’ a target.



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An introduction to wireless PLC security system

The use of a wireless power line communication (PLC) security camera system is one of the most effective ways of protecting one’s property from thieves or burglars. There are several advantages to using the system compared to other camera surveillance systems on the market today. But what is a PLC camera system and why should consumers or property owners choose it over others as a surveillance tool?

First, what is PLC? PLC is a type of communication technique that employs electrical wiring to simultaneously transmit or transport both data and alternating current (AC) electric power transmission or electric power distribution. PLC is also called power-line carrier, power-line digital subscriber line (PDSL), mains communication, power-line telecommunications, and power-line networking (PLN).


There are four basic types of PLC based on functions:


1. Narrowband PLC in-house application is a type of PLC that is used at lower frequencies of 3 to 500 kiloHertz (kHz), lower data rates of up to 100s of kilobytes per second (kbps), but with a longer range of up to several kilometers.

2. Narrowband PLC outdoor use is employed chiefly for such applications as automatic meter reading as well as remote surveillance and control.

3. Broadband in-house mains power wiring can be utilized for the high-speed transmission of data for home networking.

4. Broadband over Power line can be used for outdoor applications, particularly for broadband internet access.


Components of a Wireless PLC Security Camera System


1. The digital camera is the device that is installed to monitor an area using the wireless PLC security camera system. The camera connects to a PLC connection in order to function effectively.

2. A Wi-Fi system is used by the digital camera to communicate with the network video recorder (NVR) or remote devices like a smartphone and transmits the images that it captures. The camera can connect to the Internet using a wireless local area network (WLAN) and a wireless access point.

3. The network video recorder (NVR) is used to record the images sent by the camera in digital format. The images can be recorded using a mass storage device like a disc drive, a universal serial bus (USB) drive and a secure digital (SD) memory card. The captured images can also be stored in the cloud, an online drop box or a server.


Features to Consider when Selecting a Camera


There are several camera features that should be considered by a buyer when purchasing a wireless PLC security camera system. Among the recommended features are:

Field of view

A camera’s field of view determines the area that can be covered by the system. The camera’s field of view can be determined by the length of its focal lens in millimeters (mm). Most cameras have a field of view of at least 90 degrees. A 90-degree field of view means that a camera can view 45 degrees to its left and 45 degrees to its right.

Camera resolution

A camera’s resolution determines the clearness or clarity of the images or videos that it captures. The majority of wireless security cameras in the market today can capture images in full high definition (HD) resolution. Buyers however, should take note that more bandwidth is needed for their wireless network when they use cameras with higher resolutions. More storage space in their NVRs is also needed.

Night vision capability

It is very important for security or surveillance cameras to have night vision capability because the majority of burglary or theft cases occur at night. Buyers should make sure that the night vision range of the camera can cover the entire area of the site to be monitored.

Motion activation capability

This camera feature is very important because it allows the security camera system to save electricity and storage space. With this feature, the camera only begins recording or is only activated when it detects motion in its area of coverage.

Push notifications

This camera feature is vital because it allows the property owner or system controller to have real-time access to the area being monitored. With this feature, the camera will be able to notify the controller by smartphone when it detects motion.

Remote access and control through the use of an application (app)

Owners of the system can use software such as the Anyscene app to be able to use their smartphones for viewing the system’s recordings from their phones or streaming the footages taken. Some cameras however, include a built-in app that allows video streaming in real-time. The app can also be used to set motion notifications and recording times.


Reasons for Choosing a Wireless PLC Security Camera System


There are several advantages of using a wireless PLC security camera system as a surveillance tool. Among the advantages/benefits are:

Cluster-free installation
When installing the system, the owner can use the existing power lines in the areas to be monitored. Dedicated video cables or power cords between the cameras and the NVR are no longer needed.

Real plug and play operation
The system does not require additional cabling because it can communicate through the electrical grid.

Wide coverage area
The system can cover a distance of up to 1,000 meters. Normal coverage of the majority of other systems is 700 meters.

High connectivity
With the combination of WiFi and PLC technology, the system effectively resolves the communication issue between different nodes, thus, delivering better images or videos.

High-definition surveillance videos
By using the recommended 1,080-pixel (p) NVR and 1,080p Internet Protocol (IP) cameras, the system is expected to produce clear or high-definition images or videos.


For users with wide outdoor areas that require surveillance or installations that are more complex due to site limitations, choosing a wireless PLC security camera system provides powerful solutions for installation, monitoring and networking. To learn more about how PLC systems are improving security, visit Annke at Visit ANNKE at ISC West 2017 Booth Number 31091.

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