Category: About Technology

How the CMOS Video Sensor Works in IP Cameras

Semiconductor Image Sensors in IP Camera Systems

IP Camera Sensor
IP Camera Sensor

The wonder of eyes. If eyes are the windows to your soul, then IP cameras with their lens and CMOS sensors are the window to computer vision. Like our eyes, the sensors in cameras convert light to electrical signals that the computer can use. 

This article describes how the CMOS sensor in IP camera systems converts the visual world into digital signals.

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Explosion-Proof IP Camera Systems

Reducing Hazardous Situations by Using the Proper Camera Enclosures

Explosion-Proof IP Camera Systems
Explosion-Proof IP Camera Systems

An oil rig can be a scary place. On January 22 of 2018, fear turned into reality when an oil rig in eastern Oklahoma exploded. It left many dead and injured. The accident was the result of an uncontrolled release of gas that caught fire.

It is essential to take every precaution to prevent accidents. Flammable contaminants in the air can cause explosions. Gas and dust are the usual culprits. If the concentrations are high enough, it just takes one spark to cause a catastrophic explosion.

This article reviews the certifications and standards that define what type of explosion-proof camera system should be used.

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IP Camera Systems for all Occasions

IP Cameras for Many Applications

IP Camera Systems
IP Camera Systems for Everywhere

These days, IP camera systems can be used in many different applications and environments. It’s not just to determine who robbed the bank. IP camera systems are more than just recording the video. They include sophisticated intelligence that can notify us of real-time alarm conditions.

Applications for IP cameras include theft deterrence, automated license plate recognition, watching wildlife, viewing the army tank that’s two miles away, or watching the inside of a blast furnace.

This article describes the specialized capabilities of today’s IP camera systems

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Door Access and Other Security Systems After the Disruption

Turbulent Times Caused Changes to Access Control, IP Camera Systems, and Intercoms

Security Systems after the Disruption
Security Systems after the Disruption

The Pandemic caused significant disruptions.  Our economy and ordinary lives were affected. We had to rethink everything from where we worked to how we stayed safe. These disruptions led to changes in our social and commercial lives. Access control, IP camera systems, intercoms, and paging systems were used to mitigate the disruption. This article describes how the Pandemic caused an upheaval in access control and other technologies that will stay with us into the future.

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How to Select the Right IP Camera System

Using the Right IP Cameras Ensure an Effective IP Camera System

Do you think all IP cameras are the same? If you do, it’s likely you won’t be happy with your IP camera system.

There are many different cameras with different lenses, resolutions, light sensitivity, and other characteristics. These features are so important when you want to ensure that you can see everything you want to.

Yes, it takes some work to select the right IP camera for the area, but it will make the difference between security and uncertainty.

This article describes the process you can use to choose your camera and video recording software.

Selecting the Right IP Camera
Selecting the Right IP Camera
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How to Choose the Best Access Control System

Selection Guide for Door Access Control

It’s easy to think that all door access control systems are the same, but they’re not. They all have different features and capabilities. How do you choose the right door access control system for you?

This article reviews how to select the right access control system.

We discuss the features, security requirements, the type of hardware required, the installation, credentials, and management software. And we compare the cost of ownership for several access control systems.

Access Control Selection
Access Control Selection

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Scalable Door Access Control

Access Control One Door at a Time

Scalable Access Control
Scalable Access Control

One of the nice things about technology is that devices generally do more things and become easier to use as time goes by.  This has certainly been true with access control systems. The first door access control systems required a skilled technician to install the system. There was quite a lot of complex wiring from each door reader to the main controller box. The new IP Reader-Controllers connect to the network and are intelligent. One of the most significant advantages is the ability to install one door at a time.

This article reviews the incremental capability of these new IP access control systems.

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Camera, Sound, Action on the Network

Digital Audio and Your Security System

Integrating IP Video and Audio
Integrating IP Video and Audio

Just like old-time movies had no sound, the first surveillance cameras were just video.  Adding sound to the movies provided that additional feeling of reality to their entertainment.  Adding sound to security systems increased our safety.  The sound provided better clues about what we were seeing. For example, if we saw two people together, we would react differently if we heard laughing or yelling. 

Audio technology provides a flexible enhancement to security. From speakers attached to cameras to paging systems and apartment intercoms, this article reviews the integration of audio into a security system.

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IP Camera System Site Survey

How to Install Your IP Camera System for Best Surveillance Coverage

Surveillance IP Camera
Surveillance IP Camera

You only need one blind spot to miss the critical video of someone taking your merchandise, a person falling, someone stealing a car or the wrong person in the computer room. Therefore, selecting the right IP cameras and their location is an essential part of providing a secure and safe environment.

This article helps you understand how to get the best coverage for your IP camera system. It describes how to develop your site survey, select the correct cameras, resolution, lens, and location.

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Access Control Locks FAQ – Fail-Secure or Fail-Safe

Door Access Control and How to Configure the Electric Lock

Access Control Locks
Access Control Locks

Configuring the electric lock is an essential part of your access control system installation. The electric lock can be configured for Fail-safe or Fail-secure. What is better? The answer is not that simple. Here are some of the frequently asked questions that we received. The answers will help you decide how to configure your door access control system.

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