Retail Security: Best Video Security System for Your Shop

The Holidays can be a wonderfully peaceful time where you come together with friends and family to celebrate the closing of another wonderful year and look forward to the coming year ahead in great anticipation. But all is not well if you have a business or want to secure a small retail space because this time of year can also be seen as ripe with opportunity for scammers and criminals as well, and that’s where we can come in to provide you with complete answers and quality solutions to just about any retail security problem and how to address it depending on size, space, indoor, outdoor, etc. so you can be secure knowing you have the best protection to keep your retail store or small business secure for the holidays. We also cover some things you may or may not have thought to cover when it comes to security cameras and monitoring of your retail space or small business.

Protect Your Retail Store Within

To begin we need to address the many hidden things we need to keep an eye on for securing a retail space or small business and the first although not fun to talk about can happen a lot more than people realize especially in retail stores with a high employee turnover rate. Employee theft can be something that goes under the radar if you are a trusting individual but the fact is employee theft costs U.S. businesses $50 Billion per Year on average so you have to be aware of threats both inside and out and one of the ways to cover that is to get a security camera system to watch things when you the owner or manager can’t be there or have other things to do. It will also cover you in the case of customer theft if nothing else than to have video evidence of the theft and criminal to lead police investigators in the right direction and cover insurance for loss of revenue. Robberies continue to be a growing expense for retailers, costing an average of $8,180.17 in 2016, up from $2,465, so you want a camera and monitor that is easy to use but has the technology to set and forget and give you the peace of mind you can only get when all your bases are covered.

The selection of retail security cameras that will fit your need will depend wildly on your preferences, the space you are working with, the features and functions you need, etc. but for today we are going to look at a camera that is an all around powerhouse and is perfect for securing spaces both small and big while giving you a clear picture and vandal resistant housing. Did I mention it’s also a network camera so it streams signal over wireless or IP signal if desired for your retail security application. The camera that does all this is the Canon/Axis VB-M641V Vandal Resistant Indoor Fixed Dome Network Camera. The features listed below give you a complete picture of what it can do but lets just say that this camera for the price doesn’t get any more high tech with it’s removable IR cut filter for dark or low light environments, 2.4x optical zoom lens and 350° Pan and Rotation and 1280 x 720 HD Video.

Canon-VB-M641V Retail Security Camera
Canon/Axis VB-M641V Retail Security Features:

  • IK10 Vandal Resistant Enclosure
  • Canon’s Unique Remote Adjustment Function for Easy Post-Installation changes to the Camera’s Pan/Tilt/Rotation Angles and Zoom
  • Canon 2.4x Optical Zoom Lens with 111.5° Angle of View
  • 1.3 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor with Exceptional Low-Light Performance
  • Advanced DIGIC DV III Image Processor to help Maximize Image Quality
  • Haze Compensation, Smart Shade Control and Auto Gain Control Limit
  • Area-Specific Data Size Reduction (ADSR) to Maintain Video Quality in Important Areas While Reducing Bandwidth Usage
  • Scheduled Custom Video Settings
  • On-Board Video Analytics and Versatile Functions
  • Powerful DIGIC NET II Processor allows for Simultaneous Streaming of M-JPEG and H.264 in Multiple Resolutions
  • Multiple Networking Configuration, Security and Encryption Functions
  • Audio and I/O Support
  • Built-in SD Card Slot
  • Multiple Power Options: 24 VAC, 12 VDC, PoE
  • ONVIF 2.4.2 / Profile S / Profile G Conformant

Now that you have all the info on the ideal camera you should take a look at the ideal Monitor to be able to tap into and see all the action that your new camera or cameras (in the case of large scale retail security) is capturing and if you want to take it a step further you should look into some type of Video Recorder (NVR or DVR) to save footage and enable play back and editing of recordings. The monitor will have to be compatible with a wide variety of cameras similar to the Tatung TME19WA Wide LED Security Monitor, this monitor will give you the best look at the view from your cameras with a Widescreen LED display sporting a 1366 x 768 resolution and being compatible with a multitude of camera inputs and outputs and weighing a feather light 6 lbs. but still has a strong case and mount, features listed below for this do it all monitor.Tatung TME19WA Retail Security Monitor
Tatung TME19WA Retail Security Features:

  • 1366 x 768
  • 3D Comb Filters
  • 3D Noise Reduction
  • VGA, HDMI and BNC

Protect Your Retail Store From Outside

In some cases you need to cover not only the inside but the outside and depending again on the size of the area and the surroundings, you may need multiple cameras or just one. Whatever the case we have made a separate selection for the outdoor camera to pair with the above indoor options and monitor. This camera is similar to the indoor with the differences being its suited for an outdoor climate with temperature controlled housing and will have built in IR for night time conditions but the same brand was chosen to keep continuity among the article and make the selection easy. This is one of the best outdoor cameras we carry but it’s by no means the only and if you are interested you can check out our full line of outdoor cameras at this link.

The Canon/Axis VB-S800VE is, however, a heck of a choice for an outdoor camera packing a lot of technology for it’s affordable price. For one its vandal resistant with an IK10 Impact Rating and IP66 rated for water and dust and if that wasn’t enough has a moisture release systems to help prevent excess moisture from steaming things up and distorting video. The cameras practically clean and manage themselves freeing you up for far more important tasks like following your passion and building your dream business, features listed below if you are still not convinced.Canon/Axis VB-S800VE Retail Security Camera

Canon/Axis VB-S800VE Retail Security Features: 

  • 2.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor Helps to Provide Video with Outstanding Detail
  • Sleek Low-profile Design Allows Camera to be Discreet and Aesthetically Pleasing
  • IP66 Rated Water and Dust Resistant Enclosure
  • IK10 Rated Impact and Vandal Resistant Enclosure
  • Advanced DIGIC DV III Image Processor Helps Maximize Image Quality and Color Accuracy
  • Image Optimization Tools including Haze Compensation, Smart Shade Control, Auto Gain Control Limit and White Balance Adjustment
  • Moisture Release System to Help Prevent Video Distortion Due To Excess Moisture
  • Built-in Microphone for Audio Recording at Installation Site
  • Motion Adaptive Noise Reduction To Increase Video Clarity in Low-Light Conditions and Reduce Bandwidth Consumption
  • Area-Specific Data Size Reduction (ADSR) to Maintain Video Quality in Important Areas While Reducing Bandwidth Usage
  • Privacy Mask for Placing a Digital Mask over Highly Sensitive Areas
  • On-Board Video Analytics Allow Event-Triggered Recording for Enhanced Monitoring
  • ONVIF Profile S Conformant for Enhanced VMS Connectivity
  • Web-Based Camera Viewer with Mobile Device Support
  • PoE Power Source Compatible
  • Low Power Consumption Maximum Approximately 3.9W Over PoE
  • How Much Security Do You Need?

This section is a bit of a bonus section but is very important in that it will give you an idea of what you need for the relative size of your retail location for which we can give an estimated guess on the amount of supplies you will need for any given size or space of your application. For ease of use it will be broken down into 3 ranges of square footage with the range of 500-2,499 being the smallest range of coverage, 2,500-5,999 being the medium to large range and 6,000-10,000+ being the largest. Remember these are rough guesses and depending on the shape and surrounding coverage of trees and foliage outdoors the placement and ranges can be tricky but for the sake of this example we will assume size is the only factor. See below for ranges and suggestions.

  • 500-2,499 – Ranges of this size would be recommended to have at least 2 cameras on the smaller size with up to at least 3 for the higher end of 2,499
  • 2,500-5,999 – In this middle range you would want at least 4 cameras on the lower end and up to between 6 and 8 for the higher end of the square footage range
  • 6,000-10,000 – On the larger operations it can be difficult to estimate but based on size alone it would be smart to have a minimum range of 10 to 15 cameras maybe more.

Depending on outside factors discussed above including surrounding objects and sight lines but these cameras have the technology to cover all bases and bring the best technology available for the price so you have a sound security system and peace of mind that you and/or your business are secure and protected. No matter what you are looking for, when it comes to retail security and audio video equipment we have everything you need, just contact us out today at www.usasecuritysystems.com or give us a call at 888-875-6091 and we will be able to help you design your own system for your specific needs.

A Guide to Wireless Security Systems for Businesses

These days businesses spend a lot on security, specifically video surveillance, but for a lot of mid-to-small size businesses this isn’t an option due to financial constraints. Knowing this info we looked into some minimal options to go into making a wireless security setup, this wireless package is presented using only one camera so it would probably fit best as small business security solution but can obviously be scaled up for a bigger operation/business. The camera, DVR and Monitor presented all have wireless capabilities and are designed to work well with each other and deliver HD images and video as well as store and view them in real time and cameras work well in low light or night time conditions with it’s IR capabilities making this a perfectly versatile outdoor or indoor security camera solution.

Benefits Of Wireless Security Systems

 

If you are wondering what the upside is to having a wireless security system there are a few things that will set them apart so depending on your need you will have to plan accordingly. The first most obvious thing is that the system doesn’t need any wiring or cabling to connect to one another and transmits data wirelessly over an internet protocol or IP address using your own home or business internet/network connection. This can save both time and money if you have large distances to cover or multiple cameras or even just want to have a simple system that is clutter and cable free and less to maintain overall. We have trained staff that can help you with this decision if need be, but in the case you want a wireless system or are curious about some of the products we have put together a wireless package that is a great all around fit below.

Three’s Company: Products Needed for a Wireless System

 

Wireless Security Camera:

Ganz ZN-MB243M H.264 Outdoor IP Bullet Mini Camera
Price: $289.00

For camera selection we have many to chose from at USA Security for your wireless security plans but for this article we have chosen one with a good price point as well as the technology to be adaptable and compatible with most or all wireless security setups. The Ganz ZN-MB243M is an outdoor bullet camera that is outfitted with IR (infrared) capable of seeing distances of up to 23’ in low light or darkness and IP66 rated for all weather conditions. It doesn’t have to be confined to the outdoors though, it can be placed just about anywhere you need it with its small size and mounted easily with included mounting bracket and sunshield for if your application is outdoor use.  

ZN-MB243M Features:

  • 1080p HD Resolution
  • 4.3mm Lens
  • True Day/Night
  • Privacy Masking
  • PoE Power supply (802.3af Class 2)
  • Motion Triggered Alarm
  • ONVIF Profile S Compliant
  • Dual Streaming Video
  • Service Monitor Output
  • DPC (Defective Pixel Correction)
  • IP66 rated for all weather conditions
  • 18 IR LEDs provide over 26′ illumination
  • Sunshield and mounting bracket included
  • Plug and Play with PixelMaster Embedded NVR with no configuration required*

*If looking for further budget options, the built in recorder provides minimal storage for those with small business or who do not need to store recordings or manage multiple cameras at once, but for those needing additional recorders/storage see product below*

 

Wireless Security Recorder:

Ganz NR8H-3TB Surveillance Video Recorder
Price: $1,576.00

 

Once you have a camera you will be storing relevant and relatively new footage and will possibly need access to it in the future in the event something unusual or bad happens and to hold all that footage as well as camera monitoring and remote viewing capabilities to name a few, you will need to get a Recorder. The Ganz NR8H-3TH Video Recorder is the perfect companion/sidekick to any quality security camera and this one is perfect for our wireless setup with its efficient video compression for space saving, plug and play abilities with no configuration or built in monitoring real time or fan failures and temperature fluctuations just to name a few things. It has 3TB with 5 built in hard drive slots for extra memory and can support between 8-10 cameras or video channels.

NR8H-3TB Features:

  • HD 1080p recording – up to 240 fps
  • 3TB HDD
  • Built-in PoE switching Hub
  • Efficient H.264 compression
  • Automatic router port forwarding
  • Remote F/W upgrade
  • Full HD GUI
  • Monitoring for fan failure and temperature
  • HDD failure notification (S.M.A.R.T)
  • Remote viewer: PC & web based remote agent, smartphone applications
  • Plug and play PixelPro IP cameras with no configuration required

 

Wireless Security Monitor:

ViewZ VZ-215iPM 22” HD LED IP Security Monitor
Price: $741.00

Now that we have a good base security package with our versatile camera and DVR we need a monitor to view all the action whether it be in real time or going back through previous recordings and the ViewZ VZ-215iPM HD LED IP Security Monitor fits in perfectly as a trio. This model of security monitor is 21.5” Widescreen Flat Panel LED Commercial-Grade Monitor with available Ethernet, USB, Micro SD and HDMI ports capable of remote viewing up to 9 cameras at once. It is capable of wall mount and or stand alone on a surface and with its HD resolution and Quad core CPU it should be able to keep up with the demands any camera puts on it.

VZ-215iPM Features:

  • 21.5″ Flat Panel Widescreen LED “A” Commercial-Grade Monitor
  • One 10/100 Ethernet Port and 2 USB Ports
  • Ideal for Remote Viewing 1 – 9 Cameras
  • Sequential Viewing Mode & 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 6 / 9 Channel Viewing Modes Available (via built-in ViewZ App)
  • Over 10000 IP Camera Models Supported including ViewZ IP-PVM series
  • One Micro SD and One Micro USB Port
  • Full HD 1920×1080 Resolution / 16:9 Ratio
  • Auto Power / Source Recovery
  • VESA 100×100 Wall Mount Support
  • DC 12V, 3.3A(AC100 ~ 240V[50/60Hz])

Whether you need a one or all of these amazing options or even something else we have many cameras, recorders, monitors, lenses, cables, accessories and anything else camera or security related you can think of. It all comes down to the size and layout space you need to oversee and how much you have in mind to spend to accomplish making your business secure. Come check us out today at www.usasecuritysystems.com or give us a call at 888-875-6091 and we will be able to help you design your own system for your specific needs.

Best All Around Controller For All Your Security Camera Needs

The AVP JKC-1500 VISCA controller is among the best Joystick-Keyboard Controllers on the market today and on par or surpassing Sony own camera controller model. The AVP JKC-1500 VISCA Joystick-Keyboard Controller is specifically well-suited for the Sony EVI, SRG, and FCB camera series models. With it’s easy to grip and use joystick, and utilizing the custom keys on the controller, multiple camera tasks can be accomplished effortlessly. The controller is perfect for video conferencing, meeting rooms, classrooms, television broadcasting, and house of worship or general surveillance/security for small or large businesses.

AVP’s JKC-1500 camera controller brings numerous excellent features. There are 26 preset camera options in this spectacular controller, and you can easily control up to 7 cameras using the “on screen” display menu of applicable cameras options for in screen switching. The customization options are endless with this controller and the advanced technology allows you to also add cameras as you go to fit your budget. All purchases come bundled with power adapter and RS232 cables and the controller is equipped with an LCD backlit display screen built-in.

USA Security Systems is a stocking distributor that carries a wide range of products, including the multi functional JKC-1500 controller featured today. Free UPS Ground is offered to customers who spend $500 or more, so visit us today at www.usasecuritysystems.com or give us a call at 888-875-6091 with questions about this and all our amazing security and A/V products.

3 Best Security Camera Systems for Small Businesses

Security is a quality most of us value very dearly, its what gives us peace of mind and lets us know that ourselves and the things we hold dear are kept safe or being watched over by someone who cares. It’s a word with a black and white straightforward definition of “the quality or state of being secure” or “freedom from danger” as defined by the dictionary. When it comes to small business these things are paramount for keeping the business going and hopefully growing and why we decided to bring you this guide to some of the best security bundles for small business with a price range from small budget looking to start out with something simple or we are growing and want the best no matter the cost. If you are the owner of a retail store for instance you should know that not only do small business as a whole lose 25 to 30 thousand a minute to shoplifting but also almost 70 percent of business fall victim to theft from their own employees so you never know where the crime can come from unless all bases are covered and watched with a good security camera.

No matter the size though we know security is important at all levels to maintain all that you have built and grown through your hard work and blood and sweat and we used our vast security knowledge to help make a tough decision a little easier on yourself and your business so you can focus on what matters. After all, we know from FBI crime stats that business without some type of alarm or security are 4.5X more likely to be burglarized.

So onto the 3 best list, beginning with our bargain option and its accessory.

Budget Friendly Security Camera Option:

Infinite Pixels MB419F4 Camera with MOSD1 OSD Controller
Price Range: $120.00 – $150.00

 

Armed with a 2.43MP Sony CMOS Image Sensor and high def. 1080P Output, it is no thicker than a quarter and barely more heavy than a pen. This camera is perfect for a small business looking to get a quality security camera and remote without breaking the bank. It has an effective resolution of 1984 x 1225 and a 3.6 Mega Lens to get a clear picture of anything within a small space or building. The optional controller is also affordable and small and easy to use compared to some of the more expensive options on the market and is an easy to operate using one with a small joystick and easy to remember controls. The complete list of features is listed below.

MB419F4 Features:

  • 43MP Sony CMOS Sensor
  • TVI/AHD/CVI/Analog Selectable by Built in OSD
  • f=3.6mm Mega Lens (Lens options available)
  • 1080P Video Output
  • Color : 0.5Lux, B/W : 0.05Lux
  • Sens-up :Color 0.05Lux, B/W : 0.005Lux

 

Mid-Range Budget Security Camera Option:

Watec WAT-933IP Camera with WAT-AD901-1212P5 12V DC Power Supply
Price Range: $980.00 – $1,100.00

 

As we step up to the next budget range we want to have a camera that can provide the HD picture and high def. output and still come in a small discreet package, on top of that you may also want to have something with wireless or IP connectivity and we have all that in a mid range budget with the Watec WAT-933IP Full HD IP Camera. This camera provides super low light extreme clarity HD that can be dropped anywhere to replace or provide a camera option with a simple network connection and power source. It is at its best in dark and low light environments and even better clarity with lights on and has an onboard microphone and onboard recording storage making it one of the most convenient options as well as not too bad on the budget. Full Features listed below, check out the website for more details.

WAT-933IP Features:

  • IP-H.264
  • Low Light 0.00009 LUX
  • FULL HD 1920 X 1080p
  • OnVif compliant
  • Duel Streaming
  • Onboard Recording and Internal MIC w/External MIC Options

 

Max Budget Security Camera Option:

Axis Q6128-E 4K PTZ Camera with Axis T8129-E Outdoor PoE Extender
Price Range: $2,900.00 – $3,300.00

 

 

 

 

 

This is a camera that would be good for any size business, here we have the final camera package is the granddaddy of them all it comes with a astounding 700° pan radius making it a one size fits all camera for any area and can cover ground that would normally take multiple cameras, if that’s not enough the 4K resolution video, 3.9-46.8 mm lens, auto removable IR (infrared) cut filter for low light and dark imaging, as well as auto dry feature after a storm and repaint-able metal camera casing are among the many things that make this the diamond standard for business surveillance or security. On top of this, we have an addable Outdoor PoE extender for covering vast distances if you have a small business but a large lot or area to cover. It expands the Ethernet and PoE connections beyond the 100m or 328 ft. limit making long term connections with no loss or degradation of signal with no additional power supplies needed and has a waterproof, rugged outdoor enclosure in case it needs to be placed outdoors. This camera and Extender set can do it all and make it look easy whether you are monitoring outdoors or indoors it always comes through with high definition imaging night or day, rain or shine and dries off its own internal moisture to keep fog away. If you are a growing business and have the money to spend then this is the best of the best. Full features listed below.

Q6128-E Features:

  • 4K resolution
  • Axis’ Sharpdome technology
  • Axis’ Speed Dry function
  • Pan performance up to 700°/s
  • Repaintable

Whether you need a budget friendly option or the big budget option all of these cameras are amazingly capable and will give you what you pay for and then some. They are all HD cameras with 1080 resolution or higher and all are fairly small and discreet as well as easy to setup and operate. It all comes down to the size and layout space you need to oversee and how much you have in mind to spend to accomplish making your business secure. Be it one of these or many of the other selections we have you can be sure that we carry everything you need at www.usasecuritysystems.com and will be able to help you design your own system if needed by calling us at 888-875-6091 and speaking to a sales person directly so that we can cater to your specific needs.

Quarter Sized lens delivers crystal clear HD viewing for any application

This tiny but super powerful camera would make a diamond blush with all the crystal clear high def. power inside this camera. Shining through in a tiny case not much bigger than the size of a quarter with dimensions at 30 (H) x 30 (V) and 27 (W) mm (with 3.6mm lens attached!) it delivers full HD Image Transmission in crystal clear 1080P over 300 meters of connections (with expandable cabling optional add on as well). This amazing camera series also features the industry standard 1/3” 2.43MP Sony CMOS Image Sensor, the Infinite Pixels MS430F Series camera is great for applications that have small space but need a camera versatile enough to capture about any setting or application. The MS430F Series is also equipped with interchangeable lens fitting options to suit it for whatever you need it to capture whether near or far. Listed below are the lens options to show the range of this amazing camera.

Lens Options:

  • 2.45mm : MS430F245
  • 2.8mm : MS430F3
  • 3.6mm : MS430F4
  • 6.0mm : MS430F6
  • 8.0mm : MS430F8
  • 12mm : MS430F12
  • 2.8 – 12mm : MS430V1
  • 3.7mm Flat Pinhole : MS430P1
  • 3.7mm Supercone Pinhole : MS430P2

On top of these expansive lens options, it also comes equipped with amazing picture quality with stunningly clear 1080p video output (1944 x 1092 effective pixels) and built in operating system with selectable Analog/TVI/AHD or CVI format signal.

The MS430F Series is a great swiss army knife style camera with the optional lenses and the tiny size make it so you can watch over your business or valuables without people knowing what is watching and from where. These are a great pick up at a great price for your business, contact us today to find out even more in depth info on this and other great security cameras at usasecuritysystems.com

Top 5 Reasons the dPict Nexeon HDI Interface Board is worth it’s weight in gold

When you are setting up a camera for high detail work especially things involving microscopy, robotics, automation inspection, military, and aviation or medical procedures/applications then you will need one of the best frame grabbers in the camera industry. The dPict Nexeon HDI Interface Board is the one board that can cover all the bases even if you are using it for something that doesn’t need as much precision and detail like security or surveillance this can be both a time saver and improvement of your overall setup, here are the just 5 of the many reasons why you need this in your camera control setup.

 

1. DVI and HDMI input support for your security systems

When it comes to connections it helps to make things easy when you have all the hookups you need to implement the system you want and in today’s day and age that makes HDMI a must but its also very adaptable with DVI or Digital Visual Interface hookups for a direct connection to computer or server or controller.

2. PCI Express 2.0 4x Interface Connection for quick video transfer

The high speed connection only helps speed things up when you need it and time is important as it allows you to connect and transfer data at some of the highest speeds possible going as high as 1GB/sec. on data transfers.

3. Simultaneous real-time transfer of video to system memory

Being able to transfer video or image data is the core reason to get a frame grabber and being able to do it simultaneously and in real time is another level of game changer that makes this one of the best options on the market.

4. Real-time image processing

While we are on the topic of image and video processing and transfer capabilities, I would be remiss not to mention that the dPict Nexeon HDI Interface Board is also a pro at image processing and hardware codecs that enable the recording or clipping and processing of an image in real time as the video is being captured. That way you can process it in the moment rather than potentially forgetting later.

5. Supports multiple compression standards

Whether it’s H.264, MPEG4 or MJPEG they are enabled for playback with a real-time hardware CODEC to transfer either compressed or uncompressed video or image data to memory simultaneously while recording or playing back video.

Whatever your reason for needing a frame grabber if you are someone who has an attention for the smallest details or its required in your application then the dPict Nexeon HDI Framegrabber is the perfect fit for your business or needs. We also have other frame grabbers if you prefer another brand or need another type for a different application on our frame grabbers page. Whatever it is you need we have got you covered, contact us today to find out even more in-depth info on this and other great camera and security related products at usasecuritysystems.com or give us a call at 888-875-6091.