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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).

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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.

Learn more here: http://www.annke.com/annke-isc-west-2017

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Top 7 questions asked when buying security camera systems

Making informed choices for purchases is always a good idea, especially when you are ready to invest in a security system. There are a lot of choices on the market and making informed decisions will help make sure you end up with the right system to suit your needs. Remember, Security Camera Systems are an investment. Asking the right questions will give you confidence that you are making a sound investment that will serve you well for years.

Security cannot be taken lightly. Your purpose for getting a security camera system – safety for your home and family. Don’t compromise on this matter, your property and loved ones are at stake.Doing a little research and knowing the basics about security camera systems is essential.

Below is a guide with important questions that you should ask yourself and your supplier before purchasing a system.

 

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12 proven ways to help avoid hacked home security cameras

Have you ever thought of your home security cameras being hacked? The sole purpose of a security camera system is to protect you, your relatives and your belongings from any kind nefarious activity and to serve as an ever watchful eye on your property day and night. It keeps a record of activities when you aren’t around and lets you check on the premises at different times.Today’s systems are so advanced in fact, that if you want to monitor your home or property in real-time, you simply need to connect it via internet and using apps and a smartphone you can keep an eye on your property from anywhere.

 

However, this convenience comes at a cost, there have been many reports of hacked home security cameras. Learn how your security system could be hacked to spy on you from this article on Forbes written by Kashmir Hill. Be sure, hackers are out there and they are trying to gain access everywhere, especially on poorly protected security systems. This is an alarming activity that we should all be concerned about.As a preventive measure, you should learn how to protect your security system from these types of cyber security attacks.

 

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Here are simple and easy ways to help protect your home security cameras from being hacked.

 

  1. Choose a brand and a retailer with a good reputation.

Before you buy a security system for your home, take this step before you make your purchase. Conduct a thorough research on which brands are most trusted and read online reviews of the hardware as well as the seller before making your buying decision. Choose the brand with its own database and cloud service.

 

  1. Never purchase used security systems.

Buying second-hand security hardware can be very dangerous. You’ll never know if a used security system has been tampered with. It may be implanted with devices that can be used for hacking to infringe your privacy or disable the system.

 

  1. Opt for wired security systems to avoid online attacks.

Wireless security systems are very convenient. But since they are connected via the internet, these systems are more vulnerable to hackers. There is less risk with wired security systems because they require physical manipulation to compromise.

 

  1. For wireless networks, activate WPA2 encryption.

WPA stands for Wi-Fi Protected Access. It’s the security standard for computing devices powered by wireless connections. WPA2 is a higher standard of security protocol, introduced after WPA. Most security cameras have WPA2 encryption as an option and it should be used. Here’s a guide on how to setup WPA2.

 

  1. Rename your system’s default username and password

Most security systems come with a default username and password set by the manufacturer. After installation, it is essential to change defaults. The default username and password of each model of the security system is often displayed on the support page of the manufacturer’s website. So if you keep the same credentials, you’re giving any hacker a big opportunity to gain access to your security system.

 

  1. Set a strong password.

Setting a strong password is the easiest way to protect it.

 

Here are some tips:

– Make passwords long. The longer the password, the stronger it is.

– Use a combination of numbers, capitalized letters and spaces. Add symbols if allowed.

– Do not use obvious information about yourself such as names, birthdays, addresses or phone numbers.

– If you already have a password in mind, you can check its strength using an online password checker.

 

  1. Don’t forget to protect your router.

Your router is where the information enters and leaves your network in an IP-based, internet connected system. It connects your cameras and local hardware to the internet. So make sure your router and Wi-Fi network is also password protected.

 

  1. Update your system’s firmware regularly.

Most security systems come with on-board firmware from the manufacturer. Every time the manufacturer spots a security weakness, it will issue a firmware update in order to fix the problem.

Normally, a notification will appear if there’s a new firmware update for your security system. Check the website of your system provider often for firmware updates. For ANNKE security cameras, you can get the latest firmware by contacting support@annke.com.

 

  1. Don’t use public connections.

You should never stream or access your home security camera system with public Wi-Fi Connections such as those in coffee shops or offices. These types of connection are not secure. Instead, use connections that are exclusive to your devices and are familiar to you.

 

  1. Check your logs from time to time.

This will confirm that you’re the only one logging into your system. You can check whether someone unfamiliar is trying to log on. If you notice any strange activity, change your password and username immediately.

 

  1. Limit devices with access.

If possible, limit access to 2 trusted devices. This includes you. In this way, you have full control of the entire security system. The less points of access, the more secure the system will be.

 

  1. Use a Firewall and approved devices.

It’s recommended that all devices that have access to your security system have a firewall. If you are using a computer as a central control device or storage, make sure its firewall is updated and working.

 

Security systems can protect a home, business and belongings if installed and used properly. But remember that security doesn’t end after installation. If you are using any kind of networked system, vulnerabilities to hackers exist. Use the hints and hacks above to make sure that your system gets safe and stays safe and you can most likely avoid hacked home security cameras.

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NVR VS DVR video surveillance systems

Today, smart consumers are taking advantage of the explosion of technologic advancements that have made DIY security systems inexpensive and easy to use. After all, everyone is concerned about safety and theft prevention for homes and properties. These days, for just a few hundred dollars, a competent security system including surveillance cameras can be purchased and installed by any do-it-yourselfer.

But cameras are just one part of the security equation. In most cases, another essential component is necessary to capture, convert and store footage from cameras. This device replaces the inefficient VCRs and televisions that traditional CCTV systems used in the past. The main function of this key piece of equipment is to create digital footage that may be viewed and stored in a variety of ways. To do so, a DVR or an NVR system is used and the difference between the two is often an area of confusion for those new to security systems.

 

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How to detect hidden cameras for self protection?

You may not realize it but surveillance cameras exist almost everywhere. They are used on traffic signals, at intersections, inside stores, and in most businesses. In fact, if you are in public you may find yourself being recorded right now. However, those hidden cameras can be hardly seen. Because technology has improved and components have miniaturized so much in recent years, it has resulted in incredibly tiny cameras that are easily hidden or concealed. Some of these so-called ‘spy cameras’ can be purchased for as little as $20 or less and can be installed virtually anywhere. A quick online browse of spy cameras is enlightening and it’s clear to see how easily you could be recorded by a hidden camera without your knowledge.

 

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ANNKE is exhibiting on the ISC West 2017

The International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC)

organized by the Reed Exhibitions and sponsored by SIA (Security Industry Association)

 

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Shenzhen Kean Digital Co., Ltd.

ISC West 2017

April  5th – 7th       ANNKE Booth Number: 31091 

Address:Sands Expo & Convention Center

201 Sands Avenue

Las Vegas, Nevada 89109-2617

For more business communication on the exhibition, please register and come to visit us at:

http://www.iscwest.com

 

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Easy home automation projects for a smarter life

While today’s tech world continues to dazzle users with the latest smartphone feature or addictive app, there are other useful innovations happening that promise to bring even more convenience to life. Right now there is a revolution underway in home automation that helps families manage busy households by transforming houses into safe and efficient smart homes.

 

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Smart home automation is the ability to monitor and control different home systems such as lighting, climate control, security and more. It is done with the help of smart home wireless devices. Once installed and set up, most home systems can be monitored and controlled conveniently via a smartphone.Luckily, this era of home automation is affordable and easy for do-it-yourselfers to install and operate. It’s efficient, easy and to be honest…fun! In fact, with a few key pieces of home automation tech, any home can become a smart home. (more…)

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