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3 Reasons You Should Be Using Hikvision Turbo HD

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016


3 Reasons You Should be Using Hikvision Turbo HD

Hikvision Turbo HD is a new range of HD-TVI CCTV cameras that is perfect for both first-time buyers and those upgrading an existing coax system. Available at a lower price-point than other CCTV cameras, very easy to set up, and with a host of features that can rival those found in IP cameras, Turbo HD is a real game-changer in the world of security. Read on to see why you should consider Turbo HD when building your next CCTV solution!

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CCTV Surveillance Facts?

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

CCTV Surveillance Camera

CCTV camera statistics are often quoted to illustrate how we are all watched by 300 cameras a day, and how many millions of security cameras there are in the UK.

We’ve commented on these ‘facts’ previously and pointed out that they never seem to increase since we first quoted them over five years ago, and wonderment at how these numbers of installed surveillance cameras were ever established?

There was an interesting piece in The Guardian yesterday by Paul Lewis, with many links to research and the original documents that first cited (in some cases made-up) these claims.

David Aaronovitch has been snooping on statistics. His mission: to get to the bottom of the dubious claim, often quoted as fact, that the average Briton is caught on 300 CCTV cameras a day.

The statistic is fiction. Or at least was written as such when it first appeared in 1999 in the book The Maximum Surveillance Society. The author, Sheffield University’s Professor Clive Norris stated clearly in the book that the “contrived account” of a day in the life of a man called Thomas Reams was “a fictional construction” designed to mirror the reality of routine surveillance. That important detail appears to have been lost when the estimate was referenced in a landmark study for the Office of the Information Commissioner.

The original detective work of chasing these stats was carried out by David Aaronovitch in an article in The Times:

The mystery stat was sitting on one of our Times blogs and read “the average Brit is caught on security cameras some 300 times a day” and, God knows why, I just decided to chase the number down and find out where it came from. The colleague responsible for the blog referred me to a couple of news stories, and to a document issued by the office of an important and newsworthy quango.

Sanyo HD 4000 Four Megapixel Full HD CCTV Camera promo site

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Sanyo VCC-HD4000 4 Megapixels Full HD Network CameraSanyo have launched a new 4MP HD CCTV camera – their model VCC-HD4000.

They’ve built a rockin’ promo website to launch this new IP CCTV camera (switch your speakers on!).

It’s got a great specification, including:

  • 4 megapixel camera
  • built-in 10X optical zoom lens with auto-focus
  • 16X digital zoom in addition to the optical zoom
  • Day/Night capability with IR cut-filter
  • Dual stream H.264 and JPEG
  • POE (Power Over Ethernet) ready
  • SD memory card slot for video storage at the camera
  • USB port for direct attached USB HDD
  • HDMI port

Sanyo VCC-HD 4000 IP CCTV Camera now available to buy online from our webshop.

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Lux Light Level Chart

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Lux light levels chartLux levels are quoted by all IP camera manufacturers to indicate the low light level capabilities of their cameras.

The problem is that the lux scale means nothing to most of us, and we are often asked to give an indication of just what is meant by 1.0 lux or 0.01 lux.

Somehow, us saying “quite dark” or “very dark” never seemed very satisfactory!

We checked with Wikipedia:

The lux (symbol: lx) is the SI unit of illuminance and luminous emittance. It is used in photometry as a measure of the apparent intensity of light hitting or passing through a surface. It is analogous to the radiometric unit watts per square meter, but with the power at each wavelength weighted according to the luminosity function, a standardized model of human brightness perception. In English, “lux” is used in both singular and plural.

That’s that cleared up then! 😉

We don’t really think that the information on the Wikipedia page is quite what our CCTV camera enquirers are looking for, so we’ve created our own lookup lux chart with indicative pictograms to give you a visual representation of relative lux light levels.

Click the link to view the chart as a pdf – Lux Light Level Chart.

We hope that’s helpful?

You might also be interested in our article on IRE and Lux Levels.

If there’s any other CCTV terminology that we can de-mystify for you then please feel free to get in touch and let us know. You can use the comments below or visit our IP CCTV Forum.

Axis 207 proves ideal for retail CCTV

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Axis 207 and Axis 207MW network cameras are to be deployed in 750 SPAR stores in Austria, according to the latest press release from Axis Communications:

SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels-AG is Austria’s largest retail chain with total sales of SEK 93 billion (2007). Between 10 and 15 cameras of Axis 207 and Axis 207MW (megapixel wireless) models are being installed in each of the 750 SPAR stores. Axis cameras will be integrated in SPAR’s existing infrastructure and will provide several advanced features through their digital technology.

The solution makes it possible for SPAR to conveniently bring together all components in one system that in addition, may be remotely monitored from different locations. Updates can be performed centrally in all the 750 stores and it is possible to keep statistics on the number of customers and purchasing behavior. This means that SPAR can plan store layout and product exposure.

We are proud that one of Europe’s largest grocery chains has chosen Axis network video products. The retail trade accounts for about a quarter of all the security installations carried out on the market and is an important customer segment for us. The installation is a valuable reference in the work of generating interest for installations of network video products.