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Thursday, 9 March 2017

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Surveillance and Security Camera Buyer's Guide

Today’s security camera system equipment is smaller, less expensive, more sophisticated, and is packed full of features. This is great for you as the consumer as you have more high quality options at your fingertips than ever before! However, there are a ton of options and it can be very confusing telling the difference between two particular products if this is your first time dealing with the security industry.
You’re going to come across a lot of terms, types of products, and information that you might have never heard of before, but that’s okay! We’re here to help out with that and make this process easy for you. If you have any questions while you read this guide, give us a call at 042-35443103 www.glistensecurity.com and we’ll help however we can!

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Security Cameras

Security cameras come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and types with each kind of camera having different sets of features for different environments. Select one of the options below to learn more about each type of camera.







General Information

This section will help you understand basic camera specifications and their effect on the performance of the camera.
Analog camera resolution or picture quality is measured by the number of horizontal lines the sensor chip in the camera provides and is called "TV lines of resolution" or TVL. Naturally, the higher the TVL the better the quality of the image.
  • Standard Image Quality: 380TVL - 420TVL
  • High Image Quality: 480TVL - 520 TVL
  • Very high Image Quality: 1MP - 3MP
Infrared LEDs allow security cameras to see in dark areas by flooding the area with infrared light. This light reflects off surfaces in the area and is picked up by the camera's sensor chip which allows the camera to see as if the area was lit by visible light.

  • # of LEDs: The more LEDs, the better a camera can see in low light environments.
  • Illumination Rage: Refers to the maximum distance at which an object is visible at night.
Vandal resistance is in reference to whether or not a camera is reinforced with a hardened plastic or metal housing so that it is more ruggedly built. If a thief or burglar wants to get on your property bad enough, they will try to damage or break your cameras so they are not seen.

Indoor VS Outdoor Cameras

CCTV Cameras use electrical components that are sensitive to the elements. If water or dust gets inside of your camera, the quality of your video feeds will suffer and your camera may even stop working. Weather proof housings help keep moisture and dust where it belongs, on the outside.
If you are installing a camera outside and it is not in a weatherproof camera housing, you will definitely want to double check the camera specs to make sure that it is weather resistance rated.
There are many different levels of weather resistance that range from minimal protection all the way to airtight, waterproof enclosures and all of our outdoor cameras are fully weather resistant.

Color VS Black & White Security Cameras

Color cameras are the preferred choice for most security systems. However, black and white cameras are slightly cheaper, more sensitive to light, and can see better in darkness.
Infrared (IR) security cameras switch to black and white mode during low light conditions to improve their night vision and return to color in good light conditions.
IR cameras have gained popularity because of their flexibility and become the standard type of camera installed in systems today.

Network IP Cameras

Analog security cameras have long been the standard type of camera used in surveillance systems, but IP cameras have surged in popularity over the last five years. When IP cameras were introduced, they were prohibitively expensive and didn't produce noticeably greater quality videos than analog cameras did.
However, as the technology has become more readily available and more surveillance companies have invested in developing this technology, IP cameras have dramatically increased in quality and decreased in price which has made them more affordable than ever!
IP Camera popularity is on the rise and it is estimated that over 60% of all security camera systems sold over the next few years will be IP based. The advantages of IP cameras over analog cameras are below.



Higher Resolution and HD Video

Megapixel IP cameras can capture High Definition Video (HD Video) and provide greater detail improving identification. A 2 megapixel camera is an excellent choice for capturing license plates and can cover a 24 foot wide point of entry or exit.
When monitoring an area, a megapixel camera provides superior image quality compared to analog cameras. We illustrate this below by comparing an analog, 1.3MP, and 2MP image, the license plate in the 2MP image can be easily identified when zoomed into, but this is not the case at an analog resolution.
When you need a clear shot of what a person looks like, a megapixel camera image can provide a level of detail that can't be matched by an analog camera. The improved pixel count also allows for the use of ePTZ technology.
megapixel IP cameras


Electronic Pan/Tilt/Zoom (ePTZ)

Zoom has always been available with analog cameras, but is often slow and can only be used on live video as events occur and you can't zoom in for more details with a PTZ camera.
With megapixel IP cameras, you can zoom, pan, and tilt on live footage and your previously recorded video! The NVR software allows you to select a video clip and zoom in on any part that you want. This lets you catch all the details regardless of when the video was recorded!

Wider Camera Coverage

One of the factors that has contributed to the explosive popularity of megapixel IP cameras is their ability to provide wider coverage and more detail on a per camera basis. A single 2-megapixel IP camera can cover an area 6 times greater than an analog camera. With a 2-megapixel camera potentially taking the place of 6 Analog cameras, the installation costs can be significantly reduced.
This is especially true for fisheye IP cameras that come with a special fisheye camera lens. This type of camera records everything in a 360° view and comes in models up to 5 megapixels for high definition video resolution. One single fisheye IP camera can cover a 3,000 square foot warehouse with ease!
Analog vs. IP Cameras


Lux & Light Sensitivity

The light sensitivity of a camera is measured in Lux and this is the standard specification you will see that defines how well a camera can see in poor lighting conditions.
If a candle is one foot away from an object, it throws one foot candle of light illumination onto the object. This is about 10 "Lux" and is the unofficial definition of Lux. The luminescent value of Lux tries to relate the energy per unit area falling on a surface to what the human eye perceives.
We've compiled the table below to give you a better understanding of the concept.

Direct sunlight100,000 - 130,000 Lux
Full daylight, indirect sunlight10,000 - 20,000 Lux
Overcast day1,000 Lux
Indoor office200 - 400 Lux
Very dark day100 Lux
Twilight10 Lux
Deep twilight1 Lux
Full moon0.1 Lux
Quarter moon0.01 Lux
Moonless clear night sky0.001 Lux

Home Security Camera Systems


Home Sweet HomeOur homes are our havens; it’s where we feel safe and comfortable. If a thief or burglar
breaks into our home, they don’t just take our things, they take our peace of mind and that
can't be returned to you.
Installing a simple two or four camera home security system around your house will make thieves and burglars think twice before coming near your property. Every surveillance system sold by ApexCCTV is smartphone enabled and configurable to let you remotely view your cameras anywhere in the World with your iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone.
We have a wide range of complete home security packages that were specifically designed with everything you need to keep your home secure without breaking the bank!


Security Systems for Businesses

If you own your own business, then you know all about the tiny little details that come with running a successful company. You have to worry about your employee’s showing up on time and doing their job while they’re there, theft by customers and employees alike, inventory shrinkage, and providing a shopping experience where your customers feel safe and confident.
Keeping a solid grasp on all of these issues while managing your company can be too much for one person to handle. Adding one of our affordable and easy-to-use security camera systems to your business is the first step in the right direction. Video surveillance isn't just for the huge companies with deep pockets anymore. We have a wide selection of complete security camera packages that are plug and play straight out of the box!





License Plate Recognition (LPR) Cameras

License plate recognition cameras, also known as LPR cameras, are an advanced type of security camera that is built specifically to give you the clearest image of license plates as they enter or leave your property. These cameras come with special infrared (IR) cut filters that cancel out ambient lighting and poor weather so it gets the clearest image possible!
These cameras can do more than just capture a license plate and store it to an easy to use database. LPR cameras are used at our location to track our freight provider, employee punctuality, and we have it hooked up to an I/O card to trigger the lights at the employee entrance after hours!
Having a high definition LPR camera system will help capture time stamped, high quality video of vehicles and this evidence is extremely important in legal / criminal trials. LPR cameras are ideal for border patrol, parking garages, perimeter security, shipping hubs, government buildings, and public transportation.
Benefits to LPR Cameras
  • Razor sharp video at high speeds
  • Capture license plates day or night with ease!
  • Easy-to-use management software
  • Configurable alarms that send alerts to your phone or e-mail
  • Can be hooked up to an I/O card to trigger other devices; door locks, lights, gates, etc.

Video Analytics

Video analytics is an industry term for software features and it covers a wide variety of useful functions from missing object detection to tampering alarms. Using a digital video recorder or network video recorder with analytics is like driving a fully loaded car, you may not need all of the features, but they sure are nice to have!
The biggest benefit from using video analytics is that you don't have to sit a person in front of your security monitors all day watching video feeds in case something goes wrong. By putting in a little bit of time configuring your settings, your DVR or NVR can do all the work for you while you spend your time doing things that are more important to you!
Video Analytics Features
  • Missing Object Detection: Detects when an object goes missing and sends an alert
  • Motion Detection: Detects motion and cues the DVR to record
  • Unattended Object Detection: Detects when an object is left and sends an alert
  • People Counting: Counts the number of people or objects entering / leaving an area
  • Scene Change Detection: Detects when a camera's field of view is changed and sends an alert
  • Face Detection: Detects facial features and saves the image to a thumbnail index for quick recall
  • And many more!

Video Recorder Equipment

There are 3 basic types of video recording equipment: PC-based Digital Video Recorders (DVRs), Standalone DVRs, and network video recorders (NVRs). Each of these video recorders has their own strengths and the proper selection will help you get the most out of your system. Knowing which one is more suited for your location will not only help you save money, but help you get the absolute most out of your system!




PC-based DVRs

PC based DVRs are easier to use, more flexible, and come with software that provides live view, remote access, and other administrative features that make your DVR more than just a recorder. One thing that makes PCs stand out over standalones is that you can add more cameras to this type of digital video recorder by using a different DVR card setup. However, one thing to keep in mind is that these units usually cost more than standalone DVRs because of the high performance components.
PC DVRs are essentially a standard PC with a DVR capture card installed to convert the video feed from your security cameras into a file to be stored on the hard drive. However, some people are under the misconception that any personal computer with a DVR card will do the job, but it isn’t a simple "plug and play" situation. Many crashes, system lock-ups, and instabilities can be blamed on computers that do not have enough processing power for handling multi-camera video processing.
Our PC-based DVR systems use name brand components and are hand-built by veteran CCTV technicians in our state-of-the-art lab. After a PC is built, a second technician performs a 72 point inspection of the system to ensure that every setting is correct before it is cleared to ship.
The surveillance system you get from ApexCCTV is preconfigured and plug and play ready so the only thing you need to do is connect the cameras to your DVR! Our PC DVR parts and labor are covered by a 2 Year Warranty and free lifetime technical support!


Standalone DVRs

Standalone DVRs use Linux based operating systems that are designed to run just the DVR software. Standalone DVRs are not as feature-rich as their PC counterpart, but are a solid alternative for those less comfortable with PCs or for locations where a the use of a PC is inconvenient.
Our extensive line of standalone DVRs are versatile enough to cover most homes & small businesses with ease and come with software that provides live view, remote access, camera control and other administrative functions. However, some of the entry level models may not offer remote access.

Network Video Recorders (NVRs)

Network video recorders, or NVRs, are video recorders designed to function specifically with IP cameras. These systems feature high performance components that capable of processing video from numerous multi-megapixel cameras simultaneously.
For the most part, a NVR is very similar to a DVR except that an it does not need a pricey DVR capture card to record video. Because of that you will find that the PC based NVRs are a good deal less expensive than their DVR counterparts.
Like our DVRs, every one of our PC based network video recorders uses name brand components and are hand-built by veteran CCTV technicians in our state-of-the-art lab. After the PC is built, a second technician performs a 72 point inspection of the system to ensure that all the settings are correct before it is cleared to ship. The surveillance system you get from ApexCCTV is preconfigured and plug and play ready so the only thing you need to do is connect the cameras to the NVR! Our PC NVR parts and labor are covered by a 2 Year Warranty!

Wired VS Wireless Security Cameras

Wired security cameras are the best choice since they provide the highest video quality, no interference, and are less expensive than wireless networks. They can be installed hundreds of feet away from the security DVR system without a tiny drop in performance. Figure 1.1 shows a typical connectivity diagram.

Wireless Network Connectivity Diagram
Figure 1.1
You do not have to power the camera locally with wired security cameras since Siamese cable provides video and power in the same cable. This lets you connect your cameras to the DVR and power them remotely. We have a large inventory of wired security cameras and Siamese cable pre-cut to commonly used lengths as well as on a spool. For runs longer than 700 Ft., we recommend using CAT5e cable and video balun connectors. Using this method, the video signal can be transmitted up to about 1,300 Ft.
Wireless cameras are rather expensive and not as reliable as wired systems. Most wireless systems are Line of Sight (LOS) so if any object , be it a swaying tree or a flock of birds, passes between the transmitter and the receiver, the wireless signal will be interrupted and your video quality will be affected. Remember that wireless security cameras still require power to operate so they will have to be powered locally.


Perimeter Security

Your first line and most important of defense is around the border of your property. If you can make thieves, vandals, burglars, or invading Mongolians think twice about whether or not it's worth entering your property, you've already won. No one wants to be caught on camera doing something foolish or illegal, it's human nature.
Setting up a visible perimeter of security cameras or even setting up keycard / keypad access to your building will make sure that only the right people are allowed in. If someone is foolish enough to break in, then you've got them on camera and are ahead of the curve.
The main goal is to stop intrusion before it happens by turning away the threat.

CCTV Accessories

Accessories often go overlooked because of how much focus is placed on the cameras and recording servers used in a security system. It's understandable, cameras and recorders can be expensive. It's hard not to focus on them.
Skimping on these smaller items can degrade the quality of those higher ticket items. Maximizing the use of the categories below will help you squeeze out the best quality system possible. Make sure you get the biggest bang for your buck by sweating the small stuff.



CCTV Power Supplies

Every camera requires a power supply whether it's 12v DC, 24v AC, or Power over Ethernet (PoE). The two types of power supplies are DC and AC as PoE is mainly used on higher end IP cameras and will be discussed in a later section.
Individual power adapters are a solid, inexpensive choice for 1-2 camera projects, but if you have 3+ cameras, a multi-port power supply is recommended. We maintain a large stock of single and multi-camera power supplies at all times.
Most cameras run on 12v DC, but it is not uncommon to find cameras that are AC powered. One thing to keep in mind when you're building your system is that if you cross voltages, power a DC camera with an AC power supply or vice versa, you will overload the camera and cause it to short-circuit. This will void the warranty and leave you with a costly paperweight.

CCTV Cable Types

Most security camera video signals are transmitted using coaxial cables like RG59 and RG6. The most popular cable is Siamese cable which is a combination of RG59 coaxial for video transmission and a pair of 22-gauge wires for supplying power to the camera.
This convenient design makes it so that you only have to run one cable per camera. Coaxial cabling is excellent for runs under 600' and comes on spools of 500' and 1000'. Using RG6, you can achieve runs longer than 600', however most CCTV professionals use CAT5e and video balun connectors for long distance runs as they produce clearer and more reliable video feeds.
We also carry a wide selection of pre-cut, plug and play Siamese cables that are available from 25' up to 150'. Pre-cut cables are perfect for a casual install or a novice installer.

Video Baluns

Video baluns are a type of cable accessory that is an excellent choice for long cable runs. Regular coaxial cable (RG59 / Siamese) is great for transmitting video up to about 600' before the video quality degrades. If you want to run cable any further than that, you'll have to switch over to Cat5 cable and that's where a video balun comes into play.
A video balun has two connection ports to translate the coaxial video signal into a Cat5e signal. Your BNC coaxial cable is hooked up to the "in" connection port and the cat5 cable is connected via the RJ45 "out" port. The video is translated in-between and transmitted via Cat 5 cable which allows the signal to travel over the Ethernet cable for thousands of feet.
There are two types of video baluns, active and passive. Passive baluns are capable of transmitting video between 1-2,000 feet. Active baluns can extend that range up to about 4,000 feet, but they require 12v DC power.

BNC Connectors

There are dozens of types of BNC connectors that are dependent on the cable run, but, fundamentally, there are three main types of BNC connectors; crimp-on, twist-on, and compression. As you may have already deduced from the names, each type is determined by the method in which it is attached to the coaxial cable.
BNC connectors form a terminal and junction point for the end of your coaxial cable runs so that the cable may be hooked up to either your security camera or security DVR. If you're installing the connectors yourself you'll want to make sure that they are snugly installed so they produce the highest quality video possible. A loose BNC connector is one of the leading causes for fuzzy video feeds.
Overall, there's no difference between the connectors in terms of video quality produced, but the crimp-on and compression connectors are more reliable than the twist-ons since twist connectors are more prone to gradual loosening over time which will in turn reduce the quality of your video feeds as well. Crimp and compression connectors, when installed properly, are set rigidly in place on the end of the cable and are far less likely to degrade over time.

Motion Detection

Motion detection is often thought to be a camera function, but it is actually built into the DVR's software. The DVR software analyzes the video frame by frame as it comes in from the camera and when it detects movement in the frame, it will cue the DVR to start recording. This helps make sure that you don't end up recording an empty area all night.
When configured properly, this will dramatically increase the amount of storage on your DVR's hard drive. However, this feature can also cause a DVR to record every video feed, 24/7 if it is improperly configured. When you deal with this feature, be sure to set the sensitivity function to the appropriate level so it eliminates false triggers.
The more sophisticated DVRs allow the user to define areas where motion can be ignored, like the movement of a ceiling fan or a tree branch swaying in the breeze.

Security Monitors

Depending on the type of DVR, video from cameras can be displayed on a regular TV monitor or PC monitor. Most PC-based DVRs and recent Standalone DVRs provide both options.
We hope this guide has been helpful to you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our knowledgeable staff at 042-35443103 for expert advice.
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Detailed Lens Chart CCTV


Detailed Lens Chart CCTV Cameras
Naturally, lenses are on every security camera and have a dramatic affect on the area that the camera can monitor. Installing a security camera with the wrong type of lens can make that camera's video feed of little use.
A good rule of thumb to keep in mind when shopping for cameras is the smaller the lens' focal length, the mm spec, the wider your field of view will be.
For example, a camera with a 50mm lens will have a very narrow field of view (FOV) and be able to focus on objects far away while a 3mm lens will have a wide FOV and be more suited for short range monitoring.




Varifocal vs. Fixed Lenses

fixed lens is a lens that has a set focal length which you'll see as a 'x'mm spec. These lenses are only capable of viewing people / objects / areas a set distance away from the camera which will affect where you can install the camera.
varifocal lens is a lens that has an adjustable focal length which you will see as an 'x-y'mm spec. This allows the lens to be adjusted to view people / objects / areas at a distance of your choosing, grants you more flexibility with camera placement, and gives you more control on the focus clarity of that specific camera.
Each type of lens will aid in the capture of video regardless, but the varifocal lenses allow much more flexibility in the installation of a security camera system and allows you must more control over the quality of your video feeds.

CCTV Camera Lenses

There are many security cameras available and it would be impossible to cover them all in this guide. Security cameras produce images using CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) or CCD (Charge Couple Device) sensor chips. The size of the chip is normally 1/4", 1/3" or 1/2". As a rule of thumb, the larger the chip size, the higher the quality of the image produced and the higher the price. As technology has advanced, higher density 1/4" and 1/3" CCD chips can now produce as clear of an image as the older 1/3" & 1/2" chips.
Most cameras have the industry standard 3.6mm lens that provides roughly a 72 degree field of view. Figure 1.2 shows some popular lenses and their respective field of view:
Figure 1.2
Some cameras come with a varifocal lens so the focal length can be adjusted. Please visit our Lens Comparison Tool to learn more about lenses and field of view.



Field of View

The field of view (FOV) is the height and width of the picture size produced by a lens. FOV can be adjusted by using a different lens on your camera. There are two basic types of camera lenses: fixed focal (or monofocal) and varifocal (or zoom). FOV of a fixed focal lens cannot be adjusted. FOV of a varifocal lens can be adjusted. Varifocal lenses are usually more expensive. Figure 1.3 illustrates the FOV of various lenses.

Detailed Lens Chart
5 feet10 feet25 feet50 feet75 feet100 feet
2.8mm6.4 X 8.612.9 X 17.132.1 X 42.964.3 X 85.796.4 X 128.6128.6 X 171.4
4.0mm4.5 X 6.09.0 X 12.022.5 X 30.045.0 X 60.067.5 X 90.090.0 X 120.0
6.0mm3.0 X 4.06.0 X 8.015.0 X 20.030.0 X 40.045.0 X 60.060.0 X 80.0
8.0mm2.3 X 3.04.5 X 6.011.3 X 15.022.5 X 30.033.8 X 45.045.0 X 60.0
12.0mm1.5 X 2.03.0 X 4.07.5 X 10.015.0 X 20.022.5 X 30.030.0 X 40.0
16.0mm1.1 X 1.52.3 X 3.05.6 X 7.511.3 X 15.016.9 X 22.522.5 X 30.0
25.0mm0.7 X 1.01.4 X 1.93.6 X 4.87.2 X 9.610.8 X 14.414.4 X 19.2
50.0mm0.4 X 0.50.7 X 1.01.8 X 2.43.6 X 4.85.4 X 7.27.2 X 9.6
75.0mm0.2 X 0.30.5 X 0.61.2 X 1.62.4 X 3.23.6 X 4.84.8 X 6.4
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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

GLISTEN CCTV

CCTV Security Cameras in Lahore

About Glisten Security  


GLISTEN is a team of bright enthusiast professionals who emerged in 2009 with a dream to take Glisten among the top; in providing security system integration solutions in Pakistan. In a span of only three years, we have been able to successfully convert our dream into realism. Thus leaving our competition far behind and that is the result of our zeal for success and unmatched commitment to our customers. 

We do understand customer’s requirements very well and our team of experts is skilled enough to transform those requirements into innovative solutions. Our team is professionally trained and operational with latest techniques, tools and technologies to assist you in your business critical requirements. 


Over a period of time we have gained valuable expertise which enabled us to present integration solutions that other may not. We have the right mix of highly trained Surveillance & Network Engineers, System Analyst Marketing & Sales, Finance and Technical Staff who strengthen our position in the market.



Glisten Security is a nationally recognized company for video surveillanceSecurity Alarm and access control solutions. We are committed to you and recognize that customer service is the key to success. We offer free lifetime technical support100% price match guarantee, and maintain 100% positive feedback. We have no complaints or negative reviews.

We are a team of seasoned executives, technical sales representatives, customer service and engineering staff with expertise in security, surveillance, performance computing, and networking. We employ the latest, innovative technologies to meet your surveillance and security needs.

Unlike many other companies in the market, we are not a fly-by-night or home based drop ship business. We either manufacture our products or buy directly from other manufacturers, which means no middle man and big savings for you! Our 1,200 Sq. warehouse is packed full of video security and surveillance products. Our technical sales staff and support engineers are always available to help you.

If you have any questions about us, our products or processes, please do not hesitate to call us.
Tel:  042-35443103 
Mob: 0322-4547836 



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CCTV Security Company In Lahore

About Glisten Security  


GLISTEN is a team of bright enthusiast professionals who emerged in 2009 with a dream to take Glisten among the top; in providing security system integration solutions in Pakistan. In a span of only three years, we have been able to successfully convert our dream into realism. Thus leaving our competition far behind and that is the result of our zeal for success and unmatched commitment to our customers. 

We do understand customer’s requirements very well and our team of experts is skilled enough to transform those requirements into innovative solutions. Our team is professionally trained and operational with latest techniques, tools and technologies to assist you in your business critical requirements. 


Over a period of time we have gained valuable expertise which enabled us to present integration solutions that other may not. We have the right mix of highly trained Surveillance & Network Engineers, System Analyst Marketing & Sales, Finance and Technical Staff who strengthen our position in the market.



Glisten Security is a nationally recognized company for video surveillanceSecurity Alarm and access control solutions. We are committed to you and recognize that customer service is the key to success. We offer free lifetime technical support100% price match guarantee, and maintain 100% positive feedback. We have no complaints or negative reviews.

We are a team of seasoned executives, technical sales representatives, customer service and engineering staff with expertise in security, surveillance, performance computing, and networking. We employ the latest, innovative technologies to meet your surveillance and security needs.

Unlike many other companies in the market, we are not a fly-by-night or home based drop ship business. We either manufacture our products or buy directly from other manufacturers, which means no middle man and big savings for you! Our 1,200 Sq. warehouse is packed full of video security and surveillance products. Our technical sales staff and support engineers are always available to help you.

If you have any questions about us, our products or processes, please do not hesitate to call us.
Tel:  042-35443103 
Mob: 0322-4547836 



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Thursday, 2 March 2017

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Should I Upgrade to an IP Surveillance System?



Network video technology has improved drastically over the last decade. We have seen security cameras and video recorders enter the market with higher resolution, faster transfer rates, and easier connectivity than ever before. That being said, do you really need to upgrade your perfectly good analog surveillance system to an IP solution? The short answer is… maybe.

Analog or IP

What’s so great about IP cameras?

IP (network) cameras have several features that make them enticing for buyers. To name a few, they offer higher resolution and overall video/image quality, advanced file and storage options, remote access and viewing,  power-over-ethernet capabilities, and relatively painless integration into most networks that requires less hardware.
Improvements in wireless technology are also producing increasingly better wireless surveillance solutions, as well.

Sounds pretty awesome. What are the drawbacks?

Price is the number one drawback. There is not a huge selection of affordable IP cameras on the market. You definitely pay for the improvements, especially if you are replacing an entire, working analog system.
Also, with increased resolution comes increased storage requirements, which can add even more to the cost.
Other potential cons include network issues causing dropped frames or video artifacts, network security concerns, and potentially poor performance in low-light conditions (on some models).

IP still sounds like a winner. Why should I stick with my analog system?

If you already have an analog solution, the simple answer to this question is, “because it works.”  Why fix something that isn’t broken!
Your choice also depends heavily on whether you need the improved quality and resolution of IP cameras. If you are happy with the recorded images of analog cams, and are confident that they are doing their job, then you’re set. If not, consider upgrading.
Analog technology prices continue to go down, so you might even consider buying higher TVL analog CCTV cameras, or replacing broken analog equipment, for significantly cheaper than upgrading to a complete IP solution. Keep in mind that network cameras will also continue to go down in price, so if you can wait a while before committing to a new system, it will inevitably be cheaper when you are ready.
All in all, it clearly depends on your situation. Most homeowners and small businesses can afford to wait a few more years before upgrading to an IP solution, while some medium and large businesses may find the improved quality and connectivity actually benefits their overall security infrastructure.
The important things to look at are:
  • Is my current system doing the job?
  • Do I need the improved features, or will I in the near future?
  • Can I afford the equipment and the labor to integrate it into my network?
  • Can I hold off for a whilte until the price of IP technology comes down more?
What do you think? Have you made the switch?
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Types of Security Cameras



Choose the Right Security Camera

You work hard to keep your home and office safe and looking good, but robbery or vandalism can shatter an owner’s confidence in even the nicest-looking place. A security camera is your best bet as a property owner to protect the things you work hard for. They deter criminals before the act is committed, and record them if they still go through with it!
Learn more about the different types of cameras, below.

Not just for banks anymore…

Surveillance cameras are being used in retail stores, schools, hotels, nurseries, hospitals, private homes, and more. Isn’t it time you start protecting your home and office, too?

What makes a security camera?

Security cameras, also known as CCTV cameras, use CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor) or CCD (charge-coupled device) video chips to capture high-quality surveillance video, similar to a point and click camera. The larger the chip size, the better the image. CCD chips come in 1/4, 1/3 and 1/2 inches, with 1/3 being the most commonly used.

Which one do I choose?

Choose the camera that best suits your needs from a range of form factors and functionalities, including wireless, dome, and/or infrared. Keep in mind the location and lighting of the area where you are placing the camera for the best results. More details about the different types of security cameras is below.

Black & White

Black and white CCTV cameras offer high resolution, and are ideal for home use. They do not capture color video, but in many situations color is not required.

Infrared

Infrared cameras can switch from color to grayscale depending on lighting conditions. At night, they capture black and white footage due to the infrared, but during the day they capture color.

Weatherproof / Vandal Resistant

If you’re placing your camera outside, make sure it’s a weatherproof and/or vandal resistant version. They are made to be both compact and rugged for outdoor use, but many cameras made today are effective in just about any environment.

PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom)

Cameras that zoom, pan 360 degrees, and tilt are known as PTZ cameras. These cameras can often perform double duty, as they can cover a much larger area. Some software even allows PTZ cameras to follow moving objects, making them ideal for police departments and other government agencies.

Fisheye

If you have a large area that you want to cover with one camera, consider the fisheye option. Fisheye surveillance cameras have a wide angle 360ยบ lens that is perfect for monitoring your company’s sales floor, cash registers, etc. The software for fisheye cameras also allows you to zoom in on and zone off specific areas to watch individually, as if you had multiple cameras in one.

Dome

Dome security cameras, like the kind you see in malls or banks, are covered with a small, dark dome that allows the camera to see out, but makes it very hard for a person to see in and judge where the camera is pointing.

Box

Box cameras are your traditional camera that you see in many public places. They are typically mounted on a mounting bracket and sticking out from a wall with wires connected. These cameras are typically larger than dome and cube camera, but usually offer higher resolution, interchangeable lenses, and better construction.

Cube

Cube cameras are relatively new in the CCTV world and are thinner, front to back, than a traditional box camera, but are taller top to bottom and left to right. This allows them to have a lower profile and not stick out so far from the wall when mounted. Most cube style security cameras have options for night vision, and some are network-based, as well.

Network (IP) Cameras

If you need to share your footage across a system, want higher resolution options, and need more access to your security system, network CCTV cameras are available that allow the user to monitor the feed from anywhere with internet access. IP cameras can also use power-over-ethernet (POE), which removes the need for a power supply for every camera. These cameras are typically higher resolution, as well, allowing for an overall higher quality recording.

Wireless

Wireless cameras can also be considered IP cameras, but they do not require ethernet to connect each camera to the network. They do, however, require power. These cameras are becoming more popular and reliable as technology improves. Wireless security cameras are ideal if running cable is not cost effective or possible. We have integrated systems that transmit wireless video up to two miles.

Mini / Covert / Spy / Specialty Cameras

Looking for something a little more… discrete? Consider a hidden camera, also known as mini, or covert. These cameras come in the shape of motion detectors, fire alarms, screw heads, fire sprinkler heads, and more.
We understand that your needs are unique, and we’re committed to offering the best solution for your security. Whether your situation calls for a covert spy camera, a complex wireless system, or a trusted, everyday box camera, we’re here to help you find your best option.
Give us a call and let us know what you need: 042-35443103 www.glistensecurity.com 
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9 Ways to Make Your Home More Secure

One question that I get asked all the time is how do you, the homeowner, go about making your home more secure? One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to assume that home security stops after the installation of the alarm system. Security cameras and surveillance equipment are not just a business security measure; they can, and should, be used when securing your home as well. You’ve worked hard to have your home, so let’s take nine steps to make it more secure.

Step 1: Set up Some Common Sense Rules

The first thing you want to do is discuss home safety with every member of your family, especially if you have children. Make certain everyone keeps doors and windows locked at all times. One of the number one ways burglars get into homes is through open doors and windows. Make sure you keep your garage door closed, and garage door clickers inside the house when you aren’t using them. Do not keep spare keys in obvious places, such as fake rocks; these are sure to welcome a robbery. Make certain nobody in your household ever shares critical information such as security alarm codes or spare key hiding places with anybody.

Step 2: Be Your Own Burglar

The next thing you’ll want to do is to be the burglar yourself. Go outside and “case your joint.” I recommend that you do this both in the daytime and after dark. Make note of any areas where trespassers can easily hide, such as overgrown shrubbery or storage sheds. Also, notate any dark spots that will enable someone to slip easily into the shadows. Do you have easy access to your ground floor windows? How can a burglar get into and out of your home quickly, easily, and undetected? You need to imagine breaking into your own home yourself and then setting up some security so you aren’t successful.

Step 3: Perform Some Simple Maintenance

After you’ve cased your joint, take the list of problematic items and begin working on making your home more secure. Start with your yard, and cut back any vegetation that offers criminals hiding places and easy access to your home. Remove anything blocking your doors and windows on all sides of your home, and make certain that you have any outside structures, such as sheds or detached garages, locked securely at all times and free of debris where somebody could hide. Clean up and keep things simple and neat; this deters people from entering your yard because they are at too high of a risk to be seen from the street.

Step 4: Install Lights

Once you’ve got your yard cleaned up and tidy, and all obvious entrances to your house where everyone can see them, it’s time to put your beautiful home in the spotlight. When you were out devising your plan to break into your home, you noted the dark areas on your property at night. Get some outdoor lighting to illuminate all areas of your property so burglars get one message only: You can’t break into my house because you’ll be seen. If you’re worried about lighting up your home, and thereby, your neighborhood like Las Vegas, use motion sensor lights that will turn on only when somebody triggers them too.

Step 5: Install Security Cameras

I think one of the best things any homeowner can do is let go of the thought that you don’t need security cameras at your personal property. Every home is a potential target of crime, no matter where you live. Adding security cameras around the perimeter of your property will not only add an extra layer of protection, but will also help the police apprehend the suspect should you be the unfortunate victim of a break in. The equipment is affordable and easily installed, and there are several types of cameras to choose from.

Step 6: Wire the Cameras to an In-House Monitoring System

Your camera feed will need to go somewhere, so make certain you wire into a monitoring system inside your home. You have the option of hard-wiring or wireless networking your security camera feeds. Monitoring your home’s property from the inside adds an extra layer of security to your home security plan. Should you or a family member hear something outside, you can easily see who or what is on your property from the safety of your locked home. You don’t want to go outside to check for burglars. This could result in greater harm to you and your family.

Step 7: Start a Neighborhood Watch Program

Even if you live in the safest neighborhood in the United States, you can still band together with your neighbors and encourage everyone to keep an eye out for everyone else. You’re not the only person who’s interested in making your home more secure, so share what you’ve learned with your neighbors and encourage them to beef up their home security as well. Burglars also case neighborhoods; they don’t just randomly pick houses. If your community has an active neighborhood watch program that is well supported by your local police, chances are criminals won’t even think about driving onto your street.

Step 8: Never Leave

Okay, you can’t never ever leave your house, but you can certainly make it look like you’re there all the time. In the winter when it darkens early, invest in timers for indoor lights and appliances to give your home the “somebody’s home and watching TV” look. It’s also wise to collect your newspaper and mail daily, once delivered if possible, and never let stuff like that pile up. Otherwise, criminals will assume no one is home. If you are going on vacation, enlist a trusted neighbor to collect your papers and mail, or alert the services to put a stop on delivery until you return. It’s also wise to hire somebody trustworthy to live at your home while you’re gone. If you have pets, you will most likely need a pet sitter anyway.

Step 9: When in Doubt, Call the Authorities

If you see anything suspicious at all going on outside your home, call the authorities, do not try to resolve any matters on your own. There is never a good reason for somebody to be lurking outside your home or any of your neighbor’s houses. If somebody knocks at your door, do not answer it if you feel threatened in any way. Don’t talk to strangers and don’t open your door to strangers. Keep in mind the simple rules that you teach your children, and if somebody looks out of place, make sure you enlist the police, who are more qualified than you, to handle the situation properly.
These are just nine ways you can ensure that you are making your home more secure. Home security is never a trivial thing. Your home is your fortress, and you need to protect it with all means necessary. You might not be able to build fortress walls around your home, but you can secure it with a reliable security system, including surveillance equipment designed to meet your specific needs. Increase your peace of mind by adding additional layers of security to your home.
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