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.

CCTVs in the Streets: Five Cities That Will Literally Watch Your Every Move

Despite being a controversial issue, the use of CCTVs and other surveillance camera systems is ever-increasing. The ethics of using security cameras in city centers and other public places, such as main streets, highways, alleys, and parks, is still being widely debated up until now.

This is because surveillance systems have plenty of advantages and disadvantages.

Those who are in favor of the idea of having security cameras installed are steadfast in pointing out the key advantages of having round-the-clock surveillance, which includes the main argument that it acts as a deterrent to crimes. On the other hand, those who oppose it argue that it invades their privacy.

Based on the current status quo, however, it seems that some of the most populated and biggest cities are among the ones in favor of putting up as many security cameras as possible and covering all areas for a more effective monitoring.

Public vs. Private Surveillance

Looking at it as a whole, measuring the success of CCTVS is quite difficult because their purpose is primarily for the prevention of crime. Some of the most important contributions of CCTV cameras are in retail establishments, preventing shoppers from stealing goods, as well as in offices, where false allegations are corrected or proven based on the evidence provided by security cameras.

It also has prevented countless employees from stealing office supplies and equipment or from doing illicit activities. In an Employee Theft Statistics Report, in 2012, the U.S. has experienced its fair share of theft with employees stealing over $50 billion from their companies, which is enough for company owners to worry and feel a sense of panic.

Because of the effectiveness of security systems in the aforementioned cases, the use of surveillance cameras in privately owned companies is widely accepted. However, it’s a completely different story when the issue is about its use in public areas, because there are accompanying negative effects to its use.

However the same studies that reported the effectiveness of these security systems to prevent crimes, such as theft and property damage, also found that the presence of a surveillance camera did nothing to prevent crimes of passion in public places. Another worrying fact is that while crime was deterred or reduced in an area with surveillance cameras installed, thieves and other criminals just move on to those areas without security systems. It has even been indicated that crime rates increase in places that are just a couple of blocks away from areas with plenty of monitoring systems.

Big Brother is Watching

Ever wondered about living in a city where that feeling of being watched is just a regular phenomenon? There are a growing number of cities in the world that offer that unsettling feeling. Here are some of the most “watched” cities in the world, in no particular order.

London

The United Kingdom, in general, is already known to many (particularly those who opposed to CCTVs in public places) as the “Big Brother State,” which refers to George Orwell’s novel “1984”, where everyone is under surveillance by an ominous character called Big Brother. This is why the British public is very much used to the fact that their every move is being recorded the moment they step out into the streets. Many are also bothered with the fact that the installation of CCTVs and hiring people to monitor them are quite expensive, which means the UK government has to spend a lot to accommodate such security measure.

Many citizens have deemed this practice as invasive and voyeuristic in nature. The United Kingdom started placing video surveillance systems since the 1960s, and as early as August of 1996, all major cities in the country had security cameras.

Surveillance cameras do not have to be registered in London, so there are no exact statistics. By 2011, it has been found that around 41 percent of public places in London have CCTVs installed, with an estimate of about 420,000 security cameras installed in London alone. BBC even cited the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), wherein there are almost 6 million CCTV cameras in Great Britain. Despite being the biggest survey that has been

conducted by the association, they were reported to have acknowledged the possibility that there could be millions more than what previous records has shown.

The BSIA, however, said that the idea that London has more security cameras than most countries might be incorrect, because other nations might not be keeping a full record or the number of cameras that they have.

Beijing

If ever a business trip or a vacation has landed you in China, you might as well smile and pose for the millions of cameras that surround you. Just this year, China purportedly has about a staggering 30 million surveillance cameras, which started only in 2005, and this is according to the country’s National Public Radio (NPR). According to NPR, these cameras are placed in almost every place imaginable, from public roads and highways to outside of people’s residences.

If you think Skynet is just some made-up computer system that attempts to destroy mankind in the Terminator film series, think again. China invested $16 billion on its nationwide security and surveillance program from 2009 to 2011. Guess what it’s called? Skynet. Just in 2011, there were about 13 million surveillance cameras installed. It doesn’t stop there, though. The number of installations is expected to rise by a whopping 20 percent each year, which will continue for the next five years.

This is certainly quite a transformation, since Great Britain was said to have 1.5x more surveillance cameras than China, despite having such a smaller population. At that time, China only had about 2.75 million as compared to U.K.’s 4.2 million CCTVs. Beijing, leading other major Chinese cities, now has more or less a staggering 800,000 CCTV cameras, as stated by Secretary General Wu Hequan of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

To give you a clearer idea, you can find as many as 60 surveillance cameras in a city block the size of Tiananmen Square.

Chicago

The Windy City is the third most populated city in the United States, and has always been known for its breezy weather, rich culture and stunning architecture. However, starting in 2005, Chicago became popular for something more controversial, which is their high number of security cameras. When Operation Virtual Shield was launched as part of the Homeland Security Grid, the city had 600-mile long fiber optics covering the city.

In 2011, Chicago has seen 1,700 new installations, while the Chicago Public Schools are planning to add dozens, if not hundreds, more. These security systems are composed of street cameras as well as surveillance cameras placed on train stations and other public stations. The city was also fortunate enough to access the Board of Trade and Federal Reserve’s private security networks.

Earlier this year, Forrest Claypool, president of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), made an announcement regarding the installation of new HD security cameras in their 850 rail cars. Prior to this, there are already over 3,600 cameras placed along the city’s railways, both on trains and in the stations. The CTA have spent around $26 million already on video monitoring systems to deter crimes.

With the Boston Marathon bombings further threatening city security, there are now around 22,000 cameras within Chicago, the latest addition being 500 surveillance cameras under the governance of Mayor Emanuel, according to Executive Director Gary Schenkel of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications. Prior to the Boston Marathon bombings, the use of video monitoring was regarded as useful, but has since become glorified because of the speedy capture of the suspects through the city’s monitoring systems.

Washington D.C.

As early as 2008, the Washington D.C. government has been creating a system that would connect them to thousands of government-owned cameras. This involved 24/7 monitoring of CCTVs that were run by nine of the city’s government agencies. In the first phase alone, around 4,500 security cameras placed on educational institutions, public housing, government properties, and more will send live feed to D.C.’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.

The number of CCTV cameras in the District in 2008 has increased three-fold since 2001. The city government alone has installed over 5,000 surveillance cameras in 2008, and is likely to have jumped in increasingly high numbers by this year. This surge in installations has been marked by continuous advances in security systems technology, particularly in installation and video transmission. The Metropolitan Police Department alone, as of June of 2013, has 123 CCTV cameras scattered all over the city for monitoring.

New York

The City that Never Sleeps can now sleep soundly thanks to the city’s thousands of surveillance cameras that will watch over public places, streets, and railways. The New York Police Department (NYPD), assisted by the federal budget, now has a large data system that connects 3,000 security cameras. These monitoring devices are not your ordinary tools, as they are either equipped with radiation sensors or license plate readers, as well as linked to criminal databases and terror suspect lists.

Many have attributed the burgeoning trend of security cameras to the 9/11 tragedy. Now NYC has a state-of-the-art video monitoring systems that can easily identify suspects after a crime or even catch them in the process of committing a crime. Their cameras transport live data into a command center that analyzes pertinent data.

The estimate is that there are roughly about 6,000 government-owned cameras in the Big Apple. The city government is quick to admit that they are focused on delivering more visibility and less privacy, just to amp up security measures.

CCTVs and Other Business Security Systems Do More Than Just Catch Thieves, Good Samaritans Get Caught Doing Random Acts of Kindness Too

Most businesses need security cameras to avoid any would-be perpetrators from actualizing their sinister plans. The most advanced business security systems have the capability to capture videos even in the harshest, low-light environment to ensure that even the smallest details can be seen and noticed by both business owners and surveillance personnel.

Every move, every corner, every spot you can ever think of can now be monitored 24/7 thanks to these brilliant innovations. From pan/tilt/zoom cameras to HD CCTVs, there are so many surveillance systems available for various applications that it isn’t so hard anymore to keep track of what’s happening on a business establishment on the other side of the world even when you’re thousands of miles away.

For the common individual, it is slightly alarming to think that anyone can track you and watch you get out of your house, drive to the nearest shopping center, purchase your groceries, drop by a clothing store for some quick shopping, and drive back to your house—all by using various surveillance systems and creating a video compilation of your daily routine.

Setting aside this fear among some individuals, we have to admit how much impact CCTVs and security cameras have on ensuring the safety of the employees and customers in any given commercial establishment with security cameras installed. Although countless crimes may have been prevented by these small technological wonders and have put many robbers and other criminals in their proper places, they have also captured an overwhelming number of good deeds performed by random strangers.

Without the help of these video surveillance systems, there would be no proof that these events did actually happen. More importantly, people would not be able to share it with the world and inspire others to be more kind to those around them. One of the most popular videos uploaded on YouTube that has caused quite a stir is the Coca-Cola advertisement that features the other side of humanity—kindness. With a length of a minute and 22 seconds, the video is able to feature various clips showcasing random acts of kindness and other heartwarming activities of individuals all over the globe.

It’s a montage of CCTV footage from various sources and Coca-Cola has managed to successfully turn it into a powerful inspirational video. While it is terrifying and hair-raising to see criminals in action, it is very much comforting and inspiring to see an outpour of kindness through security cameras.

Some of the most memorable scenes include a guy stealing a kiss from his significant other,  honest “pickpockets” who return whatever they find to the rightful owners, people who give or share their food to those who have none, couples kissing passionately (let’s consider this as an act of kindness to the people receiving the kisses), and those folks who help move a sofa across the street, as well as those who helped pushed a car that won’t start.

Catching People’s Immediate Response to Crimes, Accidents, and Disasters

There are even those scenes where you see crimes, accidents and disasters happening and where probably some security and surveillance team have already picked up their phones to call the authorities but have witnessed something heroic before their very eyes. There was this one part in the ad where somebody has his car on fire but does not have the equipment to put it out. Thankfully, a guy comes rushing to his help carrying a fire extinguisher, which he then uses to put it out before anyone gets hurt.

Perhaps many would agree that one of the most amazing scenes in the clip are the death defying acts of those people that fought crimes even when they were not even obliged to do. One good example is the guy who jaw-droppingly saved a life or more by pushing a motor vehicle stuck on a railroad track out of the train’s way, just in the nick of time.

Another fine testament to humanity’s selflessness, which is underrated nowadays thanks to the sensationalizing of various crimes by the media, is that part where people tried to stop crimes and accidents from happening, from jumping a robber at a convenience store to a guy risking his own life to save a poor little puppy from being run over.

What is so interesting about this particular ad is that it gives people a chance to see things that you don’t normally expect to see in video surveillance systems. Even for a paid advertisement, it manages to remind people that the world isn’t such a bad place and that there are still plenty of do-gooders out there.

Looking at the World through a Different Looking Glass

Ultimately, what the ad is trying to tell us is that we should “look at the world differently,” that yes, there are crimes happening as you read this post, but at the same time, there are also a lot of good Samaritans spreading the love to strangers and helping people they barely know.

Perhaps the most interesting realization that not a lot of people might have come to terms yet is that while some of us turn a blind eye to this spectacular phenomenon, inanimate objects such as closed-circuit televisions and security cameras are capturing these astonishing feats made by our fellow human beings. These things have such an unfettered access to our daily routines and activities that we can now use it for more than just security.

It does not only help deliver justice to those who seek it, it also can be used to inspire and motivate those people who place little trust on their fellow men and women. Although it is understandable for them to be like that because of the crimes plastered all over their TV screens almost every time they switch to news channels, it would be unfair to those who are doing the opposite to think that the world is not a safe place to live in. As long as we try our best to help those around us whenever we can, there is no stopping what we can accomplish in this world.

How a Business Surveillance System Can Help Protect Your Establishment and Save You Money at the Same Time

While there are businesses that seem to be operating fine without surveillance cameras around their establishment, they won’t be for long. For one, a commercial property without any security measures is an easy target for criminals. They are the first on robbers’ priority list, because breaking in wouldn’t be much of a threat to them. Without anything or anyone monitoring the property, the chances of being robbed, trashed, or vandalized will be at an all time high.

As a business owner, you don’t want anything to happen to your prized investment, whether it’s during peak hours or late at night when you’re about to close and call it a day. The goal is to make sure your establishment is well-monitored and protected by security cameras and other equipment that not only can prevent crime but can also help identify the perpetrators involved. With the right audio and video surveillance products, you can keep any illegal activities at bay.

Thankfully enough, there are many high quality surveillance cameras that can be purchased at affordable prices. There are also many types of to choose from, all you need is to do the right research and try to find the product that best meets your business needs and fits your budget. You can go to a nearby store or browse online inventories of surveillance systems available for purchase.

More Reasons to Get a Surveillance System for Your Commercial Property

Prevent or Catch Criminals in the Act – Most thieves, especially experienced ones, tend to stay away from businesses equipped with security cameras and alarms. That is among the first things they check when on the prowl for stores to rob because it discourages them from proceeding with the act. Imagine how much you can lose in the event of a major robbery and how much you can save all of that possible expense by having security cameras and alarms installed within the office premises. There are even times when future perpetrators change their course of action if they are aware that they are being recorded.

Makes Your Employees and Clients Feel Secure – If your business has more than one shift for your employees, then you have all the more reason to have a video surveillance system set up. This especially protects employees who end their shifts late at night. It makes them feel more valued and can help improve their overall performance and attitude towards work. In addition, clients who feel safe and well taken care of at your establishment are more likely to stay and purchase your products or services.

Monitor Staff Performance – If you’re always wondering why your staff’s performance is at an all-time low, then you can use your security camera to check whether they are doing their tasks efficiently whenever you’re not around. Make sure that they are providing clients with quality, professional service even without you being physically there. You can access the system using a desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, or a tablet.

Compliance Monitoring – There are certain companies that need to strictly follow industry guidelines to ensure that their products or services are of the highest quality. Video surveillance can help business owners ensure that their employees are following the production process, safety guidelines, and health and sanitation regulations.

Audit Trail – Business surveillance systems can also be used to audit companies, especially if one of the features include a digital video recorder. A good quality security camera properly positioned in your business’ entrances and exits can show who enters and leaves a secure or private room. This would prove to be beneficial in tracking down data trails in the event of a property breach, theft, or time-tracking discrepancies among employees.

Identification – There are certain companies that not only rely on access control systems but also on video surveillance to verify employee identification. So in the event that a person uses a security access that is not designated for him or her, there will be video evidence to turn to that will show who that person is, and when he or she accessed it.

How It Can Benefit You as a Business Owner

Gives You Peace of Mind – Nothing gives business owners more happiness than to see their investment grow and expand without experiencing major setbacks. Robbery and other security issues are one of the problems that usually plague commercial establishments but can be prevented with the right tools and equipment. With the right security cameras to monitor your business operations, thieves-to-be and people with malicious intent can change their minds if they see that they are being monitored by surveillance systems.

Frees Up Your Valuable Time – With a reliable and state-of-the-art surveillance system, you can monitor business operations as well as your staff activities online. You don’t have to be there physically to see whether your employees are doing their jobs or if your operations are going smoothly. It allows you to be in multiple locations at the same time, especially if you have more than one branch. You can be on the other side of the globe doing business transactions and meeting clients and still be able to check your staff in another location.

Save On Your Premiums – Making sure more money comes in than out is the name of the game in any business, which is why many entrepreneurs invest in security systems. You get less than what you typically pay for on insurance premiums because insurers typically grant discount premiums to businesses with equipped with audio/video surveillance cameras and monitoring systems because they have a lower chance of getting robbed than businesses without the right security systems.

As much as it is a daunting responsibility to keep your business secure and safe from harm, it is something that you can just ignore. Remember that it is always important to invest in preventing crimes and other undesirable activities from happening, rather than acting upon something that has already brought damage to your establishment, especially if it concerns your life or the life of your employees, the reputation of your business, and your valuables.

Optical Vs. Digital Vs. Full Zoom Capabilites for Surveillance/Security Cameras

Today’s cameras are constantly being pushed to the edge of their threshold.  24/7 operation for years on end is asked for without break down and minimal wear. One important piece is also asked for, incredible zoom capabilities. What a lot of people don’t know is that there are two extremely different types of zoom, each work in a completely different way and both will have different outcomes. They can, however, also be used together to achieve the highest level of zoom.

First, we look at optical zoom, optical zoom is the most common type of zoom, it uses the moving parts on a focal lens to see objects with closer detail.  Zoom lenses are mechanical assemblies of lens elements with the ability to vary its focal length (and thus angle of view), as opposed to a fixed focal length (FFL) lens. With optical zoom you are actually changing the input that is going into the camera. With optical zoom the sensor is actually seeing the image closer their fore the out put is clean and clear. Digital zoom actually decreases (narrows) the apparent angle of view of a digital photographic or video image. Digital zoom is accomplished by cropping an image down to an interpolating achieve the area with the same aspect ratio as the original, and usually also interpolating achieve the result back up to the pixel dimensions of the original. Digital zoom is engaged after the image is processed and can make the image blurred or pixelated if zoomed too close.

The third type of zoom set ups on cameras is called full zoom. Full zoom incorporates digital and optical zoom to make the most of both digital and optical zooming capabilities. Most cameras have both types of zoom to further enhance the image, zooming in very close with the optical zoom and getting even closer with the digital. Digital zoom can cause pixilation and loss of image quality whereas optical zoom is actually changing the ability of the lens its self. So the optical zoom lens makes the image look closer and then digital zoom can zoom even further into the already close image.

Chinese Surveillance Market Predicted to Skyrocket through 2012

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A “huge potential” market for surveillance cameras, recorders and other video-surveillance equipment exists in China, according to a just released report.

But China lags when it comes to the transition from analog to digital and network surveillance video, the report finds, while local manufacturers dominate in the digital video recorder (DVR) market.

The report, by Wellingborough, UK-based IMS Research, the specialist in electronics markets research and consultation, predicts that by 2012 this overall video-surveillance market will be worth over $3 billion, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.8 percent for the period 2007-2012.

Sales of non-analog network video surveillance equipment, including network cameras, video servers, network video recorders and network video surveillance software, were estimated to account for less than 10 percent of total Chinese market revenues in 2008. However, that market is forecast to gather momentum over the coming years, with a forecast CAGR of 55.6 percent (2007-2012).

IMS Research forecasts that in 2012, nearly 16 million security cameras will be sold in China, including both new deployments and replacements. The revenue from security cameras is expected to take around one third of the total $3 billion-plus equipment market, according to IMS, which notes that the “Chinese market shows a clear trend from basic box cameras to higher-end models, such as speed domes and box zoom cameras.”

After cameras, DVRs are the next largest part of the Chinese video surveillance market, with local Chinese DVR manufacturers dominating in the marketplace. According to IMS, more than 80 percent of the DVRs sold in China in 2008 were local Chinese brands.

Because of the world financial crisis and such other local factors as a devastating earthquake in southwest China, 2008 was a slow growth year for video surveillance equipment in the People’s Republic. However, because of a Chinese stimulus package, worth $586 billion, “2009 and 2010 are forecast to be very strong years for the Chinese video surveillance market,” according to an IMS analyst.

Chunovic, Louis (2006, March 16). Chinese Vid Surveillance Equipment Market Above $3 billion by 2012: report.  GSN: Government Security News.  Retrieved on March 17, 2009 from http://www.gsnmagazine.com/cms/features/news-analysis/1689.html