The Tatung TLM-43IPC may just be the perfect Test Monitor?

Whether you own a large business with multiple locations and a huge IT infrastructure or a small mom and pop business, or for an obscure use even an electrician that works specifically with security monitoring and cameras the bottom line with security is that it just needs to work and the only way to maintain that consistency is to test your systems and cameras so that they work up to their best possible capabilities and you aren’t the one caught off guard with something preventable like tampered or faulty equipment.

When it comes to camera testing or even Ethernet network testing especially for the IP variety cameras, the Tatung TLM-43IPC is the only remote monitoring solution you will ever need. Here are just a few samples of the endless features this powerhouse from Tatung provides.

  • Crystal clear 4.3” durable LCD touch screen monitor with a high resolution of 800 x 480 pixels
  • Long lasting 7.4 Volt lithium polymer battery with 5 hours of continuous operating time
  • Easily detects and connects to IP Cameras and addresses as well as built in Wi-Fi and Ethernet slot for cable testing, additionally it can test PoE power voltage, PING and IP address searching
  • Also supports ONVIF, Analog and functions as a controller for PTZ Cameras
  • Recording and storage are easily stored on reusable SD card
  • Tap into camera feed and instantly see video playback and screenshots that can be magnified up to 4x for close up looks of recordings
  • Supports over 80 different customized IP Camera brand protocols
  • Perfect “all in one” solution test monitor

On top of all this the TLM-43IPC test monitors are small and compact making them easy to transport without taking up too much space, the whole unit measures in at approx. 8” Height, 5” Wide and 2” Thick and still comes in weighing under 2 lbs. at a feather light 1.86. It also features built in kickstand for comfortable remote viewing and comes with an accessory bag included for the monitor and any and all accessories you need for any situation or emergency that should arise. One of the biggest keys to surveillance and having good security is the ability to respond in a timely manner and with this remote test monitor you can make 100% sure all your cameras are not only properly connected but recording and working well without any hiccups or issues that could cause a lapse in security or expose a vulnerability in your system you may not have noticed otherwise. In the end it provides peace of mind to know that the system you rely on to keep your items and business safe are working properly and doing what they are supposed to do and this test monitor provides that peace of mind in spades.

Tatung has already received well deserved high praise for the TLM-43IPC by many publications and companies working within the IT and Security markets and its only a matter of time before word gets out and this secret becomes well known. If you have a security system you need to have a reliable tool like this to keep it functioning well and up to date and most importantly to avoid security missteps or malfunctions you are doing yourself a disservice by not at least checking this amazing product out.

Customer’s Guide to their Product Warrant Rights

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With all of the new technological gadgets and hardware surrounding us, it’s easy to find yourself continually purchasing the latest and greatest item that’s supposed to make your life easier. But what if it doesn’t? What if it doesn’t work, or doesn’t last? The foggy recollection of the instruction brochure said something about a warranty, but how do I get a replacement item?

Most consumer products have a warranty. There are actually two major types of warranty: an express warranty is a written or verbal statement guaranteeing the quality of the item you purchased. An implied warranty is not written or spoken, but it is still a type of warranty (more on this a little later – I guarantee).

Regardless of which type of warranty your item has, the first step in replacing your product is to take it back to the seller (store), and ask for a replacement item or a refund. Most stores have a time limit on their willingness to honor this request. If you are outside the store’s time frame, you can then contact the manufacturer.

The manufacturer’s stated warranty should be either inside the package or on the product packaging (oftentimes you can find it on the manufacturer’s website as well). Contact the manufacturer, and politely state the problem with the item, and what form of recourse you would like (usually your choices are a replacement item or a refund). Be prepared to send pictures or even video of your item’s issue, and keep the item and all of its packaging until the issue is resolved.

If the manufacturer refuses to replace the item or refund your money within the warranty period, contact the Better Business Bureau, or look to see if any of your local media outlets have a consumer rights reporter who is interested in covering your story.

If this method doesn’t work, you may have grounds for a lawsuit, depending on which state you’re in. As long as you file your suit within the specified length of time from your original purchase, you can tell the manufacturer to meet you in small claims court. Typically, the company will then refund your purchase rather than sending someone to litigate the issue.

Now about that implied warranty we mentioned earlier: most products carry with it the implication that it is suited to its stated purpose. For example, if you purchase a set of drums in a shop catering to professional musicians, your drumset has an implied warranty covering its use for professional music-making, and you have recourse if the drum set does not function in this arena. However, even if you’re in a professional punk band, you will not be granted warranty coverage on the drum set if you destroyed it as part of your act -that’s not legally considered “music making”. In most states, an implied warranty is honored within four years of your purchase date (but some states differ, so check your state’s specific laws).

So make sure you keep a record of the date of purchase for your large-ticket items, and keep the printed warranty whenever you get one, just in case you need to contact the manufacturer for a replacement or a refund.

10 Things to Consider when Getting an Infrared Night Vision CCTV System

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CCTV systems are at their most useful after dark, when criminals are most active and sometimes our employees are not. When infrared night vision first appeared on the market, it was a major boost to security surveillance systems everywhere.

Infrared night vision is a fantastic development in terms of safety and security, but infrared night vision systems are not without their drawbacks. Here are a few things to be aware of when it comes to infrared night vision:

1) Cost. Infrared night vision systems are expensive compared to their less-sophisticated counterparts, although owners typically report a high level of satisfaction with their investment for weeks, months and even years after their purchases. You will get what you have paid for.

2) Size. Infrared night vision systems tend to be much bulkier than other choices, which mean you should plan for a larger space for your system if you are planning to upgrade. You will also need room for technicians to access the system as needed.

3) Climate. Infrared night vision systems tend to work better in cooler climates tha

n warm climates. They still function, just not as well (your co-worker at the Alaska bureau will spot a bear in the snow faster than you will spot a camel in the sand at the Mohave desert branch).

4) Range. Infrared night vision has a range of typically 150-200 meters. It is perfect for surveiling your immediate surroundings, but not your entire ranch (you’ll need more cameras for that).

5) Depth perception. Infrared night vision systems can distort depth perception for some individuals, particularly those who have compromised vision under regular circumstances. This is typically only an issue for those wearing personal infrared night vision units.

6) Atmosphere. Infrared night vision systems are less effective in fog and haze due to their limited range. This issue resolves once the atmosphere immediately around the system clarifies.

7) Heat range. Since infrared night vision systems use thermal energy to detect objects, objects that don’t emit heat won’t focus as well. For security measures, you will see people and animals well, but you won’t see inanimate objects clearly (however, object recently touched will glow until the transmitted body heat transfers).

8) Light sources. Infrared night vision systems are easily obscured by electric light sources, such as streetlights, vehicle headlights and flashlights, which is something to consider if you are in a well-lit area at night.

9) Identification. Infrared night vision systems will not enable you to positively identify a person. You will be able to discern the presence of a person and often his general physical characteristics, but you will not typically be able to identify the individual solely from infrared night vision footage.

10) Durability. Infrared night vision devices of every type are fragile -they are not impact resistant. This means your equipment has to be handled with care at all times, and possibly insured in case of loss due to accident or disaster. Portable units will include protective cases, so be sure to get in the habit of storing your infrared night vision items properly when not in use.

CCTVs and How it Keeps Campuses Safe: Real Life Examples

We like to picture college campuses as bucolic, peaceful places immune from urban crime. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Closed-circuit TV (CCTV) is a boon for campuses struggling with budgetary issues that still want to maintain the highest level of student and staff safety. CCTV, unlike campus police officers, needs no salary, benefits or training programs. After the initial installation expense, you have an objective, continual source of monitoring.

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CCTV already has a proud track record in not only deterring crime, but helping campus officials investigate and adjudicate campus incidents. These incidents range from misdemeanors all the way to aggravated felonies. Here’s just a sample:

  1. A Seton Hall University student was held up at gunpoint just a few steps away from the front door of his apartment in 2010, and the entire crime was caught on video. The video helped police quickly identify the suspect and arrest him. Campus police say that replaying the video via media outlets helped make students more aware of their surroundings.

  2. A University of Oregon instructor physically attacked students who were holding a peaceful demonstration on campus in 2013. Police charged the instructor with two counts of theft and he was summarily dismissed from his position with the university, based on the video footage, which also included sound.

  3. At Ohio State University, police determined with CCTV footage that a man previously barred from campus was living in some rarely-used classrooms within one of its engineering department buildings. The CCTV footage showed the man accessing the rooms at non-instructional hours. Campus police immediately detained the man and used the CCTV footage to obtain a protective order against the man.

  4. In 2013, a UCLA student was grabbed by a would-be assailant before dawn as she walked across campus. The student escaped his hold and fled. CCTV caught the entire incident, and the footage allowed campus police to alert students throughout campus to call police if they spotted anyone matching his appearance.

  5. Colorado College posts on its website still photos taken from their high-resolution, color CCTV system of thieves stealing property. Anyone who offers information leading to the arrests of pictured suspects is rewarded. This program allows students to see not only alleged thieves, but which parts of campus are especially vulnerable to property theft.

  6. At the University of Texas at San Antonio, vehicle theft and vandalism is down by a third since campus police upgraded the campus CCTV monitoring the parking lots. The system is wireless, so even the most remote parking lots have full-time surveillance.

  7. Eastern New Mexico University upgraded its CCTV system in 2014 to a high-definition color system, and saw crime drop in monitored areas 25% within the first three months of operation. Campus officials credit this drop to the “amazing” picture quality of the video system, which makes suspects much easier to identify.

  8. In 2014, Marquette University expanded its CCTV monitoring from campus to the streets bordering campus with cooperation from small business owners in the area. Some business owners state that they have seen dramatic decreases in criminal activity in and around their businesses.

Security Questions on Yahoo Answers: Some we Love, some we scratch our heads and wonder.

One of the best (and sometimes worst) places to look for legitimate answers on the internet would be answers sites like ask jeeves or the infamous yahoo answers.

Having been around for years now, it’s managed to build up authorities in different subjects such as arts and humanities, computers and  internet, politics, society, etc.

As with most websites, you’ll have your fair share of silly gooses who post questions that are just so silly they elicit equally silly answers. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the questioned posted under the security section of the site and have a laugh at some of the silly questions, while we also marvel at some of the smarter questions/answers posted on the site:

Question: What are the advantages and disadvantages of CCTV?

Best Answer Screencap:

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Question: If CCTV is there for our safety and security then why are there so many unsolved crimes?

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Silly Question: I recently got caught trying to steal 2 packets of sweets. As I was leaving, the shopkeeper stopped me, I handed back what I had taken, she told me she had seen me doing it before and she had caught it on camera. The she asked for name and year (cos I was in my school uniform). I gave a false name but real year and left. Is there anyway that past CCTV evidence could be used even if it happened a couple of days ago? What could my possible punishments be?

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Question: In my last employment monitoring evening CCTV we had the ability to correct street offenders by loudspeaker and had written guidelines like “Excuse me, micturating in public is an offence. The nearest urinal is on Moss Street next to the Library” On his shift, my colleague who I can’t name, it’s unpronounceable anyway, said he used to call out to groups of girls coming out of the Rat and Parrot and say “Hi girls” which is not on the card. He claims that some girls mooned at his camera and he says “Nice one” in reply. My point is that you lose authority messing about like this and people will just ignore you in the end and ruin the experiment which was all it was and they haven’t extended it because of my colleague.

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Question: Do you wish all criminals were this stupid. CCTV camera captures the moment when two fugitives in New Zealand crash into a power pole while trying to run away.

Best answer hands down:

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Buying CCTV Cameras: An Overview

Webcams and digital video recorders have driven down the price of closed-circuit T.V. cameras (CCTV), which is great news for homeowners and business owners alike. Not only have prices come down, but CCTV systems have become more accessible through a wider variety of retailers. But which system is right for you?

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First, determine your needs. The number of cameras you would like will greatly impact your selection, because more cameras mean more cost.

Also, what level of detail are you trying to capture? If you want to monitor general traffic through an area, you won’t need especially high-resolution cameras.

Will your cameras be inside or outside? Outdoor cameras must be hardier and adjust to the bright outdoors and dark nights, while indoor cameras probably won’t have as many environmental hazards. Color should be used with indoor cameras where the lighting levels will be fairly constant.

Also, think about the existing technical setup of your home or business. Wireless cameras are a relatively inexpensive way to monitor your premises, as long as you are onsite as well. If you would like to monitor your home or business while you’re away, consider IP or network cameras, which you add to your network the same way you would another computer or printer.

Another important factor to consider is the camera’s resolution. The higher the resolution, the more detail you will get in your screen. Most customers want the highest resolution they can afford in order to have the sharpest images possible. Keep in mind that your monitor screen will have to be compatible with your camera’s resolution as well.

The final factor to consider is whether you want to record your surveillance to a digital video recorder, or DVR. This is like a hard drive for only your cameras. DVRs are especially good for record-keeping and random auditing of employees. They may not be so useful if you just want to see who is ringing your doorbell while you’re in another room.

When you’ve decided what type of system you need, you are then ready to shop. Here are a few options to consider:

Specialty retailers of security products: Far and away the best choice, for several reasons. The employees are extremely knowledgeable about their products (you will often meet employees who also work as security consultants and police officers). Security specialists also carry the widest selection of reputable brands. Their knowledge and experience makes them experts at knowing what to reasonably pay for the system you’re looking for. They will get to know you, and if you decide to expand or change your CCTV system, they can consult with you for free.

Brick-and-mortar big-box stores: typically, these stores carry pre-packaged systems with everything you will need in the box. You can purchase your system with no wait. Employees will typically not be knowledgeable. Returns will be smooth if you keep your receipt and the store’s packaging.

Large online retailers: these stores will have greater selection and customer reviews you can read. You can compare costs easily, but you will need to wait for it to be shipped. USA Security Systems is an option you can consider as we have a large and extensive collection of security and surveillance systems. We can even ship your items on the same day you purchase!

Online auction sites: a gamble. While typically prices are lowest, the wait is the longest and risk to the customer is the highest. Make sure your only purchase from reputable sellers and use guaranteed forms of payment like Paypal. Make sure the seller accepts returns, too.

USA Security Systems offers security and surveillance systems to businesses in need of heightened security and monitoring for their workplace. Call us today to inquire!