* Surveillance Cameras and Security Systems in the home

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When one thinks of a surveillance system or a security camera, the most common uses are found to be Commercial or “business related”. However, homeowners today are beginning to look into security systems to protect their homes and families.Home security cameras are not as expensive as one would think they would be. Yes, there are systems you can purchase for thousands of dollars, however, there are also systems that are relatively inexpensive making them an ideal option for homeowners looking to protect their property from those who dare to trespass.

In order to determine what camera or cameras will meet your needs, you must first understand what the needs are that you are trying to fulfill with your new security camera:

  1. What are you trying to monitor?
    • Entrances – People coming in and out of your home
    • The external property surrounding your residence
  2. How many cameras do you think you will need to cover the areas in question?
  3. Knowing what you want to record, where are the cameras going to be located?
    • Are the cameras going inside your home, i.e. your living room and kitchen?
    • What about on the outside of the house? Is the camera needed by the windows or doors?
  4. Does the camera need to be weatherproof?
    • If so, then you should look for a camera with a rugged exterior housing design.
  5. Does the camera need to capture both Day and Night Images?
    • This will again, eliminate certain camera models from your search based on these needs.
  6. Do you want color, black and white or both?
  7. What resolution/how much detail are you looking for?
    • Remember the higher the resolution, the crisper the picture given to you.
  8. What type of mount are you looking for?
    • Wall or Ceiling mount? (Personal security cameras are typically wall mount)
  9. What type of lighting will you be working with?
    • Decide whether or not you have a high level of lighting, a low level or both at given times during the day. The lower the light the more sensitive the camera needs to be.
  10. What type and size of lens are you going to need?
    • Depending on the lens, Focal lengths can range from 2.5 mm-16.0 mm.
  11. What accessories do you need?

Knowing this information prior to shopping for your security system/surveillance cameras, will help expedite your process of determining what type of surveillance camera(s) you want/need.

If there is anything you have questions about, contacting a professional about your needs can help determine what type of system you in fact need in order to get the security coverage you desire.

* Daisychain, VISCA, S-Video and BNC Cables for Industrial Cameras

8pin Mini-Din Plug to 8pin Mini-Din Plug VISCA RS-232 cable for connecting multiple cameras and/or connecting RMBR300. When connected to your video camera and PC, these cables allow operation of the video camera from that PC. Supports Sony EVI-D70, Sony EVI-100, Sony BRC-300 and Sony EVI-HD1

* Daisychain/VISCA-6FT
* Daisychain/VISCA-25FT
* Daisychain/VISCA-50FT
* Daisychain/VISCA-100FT

9 pin D-Sub to Sony 8 pin Mini-Din Plug RS-232 VISCA control cable. Supports Sony EVI-D70, Sony EVI-100, Sony BRC-300 and Sony EVI-HD1


* S-Video-6FT
* S-Video-12FT
* S-Video-25FT
* S-Video-50FT
* S-Video-100FT

BNC to BNC Video Connector

* BB-6FT
* BB-12FT
* BB-25FT



**This connection diagram is merely an example, it is recommended that you contact a Professional if you have any questions or need assistance.**

* Pan Tilt Zoom Industrial Cameras for Complete Security Solutions

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Pan, tilt, and zoom (PTZ) cameras are some of the most versatile industrial cameras when looking for a camera that meets the needs of any security/surveillance application. They can pan (move right and left), tilt (move up and down), and zoom in or out. Additionally, PTZ domes can rotate 360 degrees and view an object directly below them. PTZ Cameras are also available in analog or digital formats.

Controlled remotely via a keyboard, a camera’s motion/patrol movements can also be programmed depending on the camera. Users can either manually pan, tilt, and zoom the camera into a specific area with just a push of a button or they have the capability of using preset patterns which automatically trigger the camera to move to a predetermined location. Using devices suck as panic buttons, magnetic door contacts or motion detectors are beneficial because when a certain device is triggered, the camera can immediately move to that particular location, even when the keyboard is unattended.



When looking at what PTZ camera is right for you, there are many manufacturers to consider. Sony’s most popular PTZ cameras are the EVID70, EVID100, the new high definition EVIHD1,the 3 CCD Megapixel BRC-300 and the Multi Codec 360 Network Color Camera SNC-RX550N. Sony also offers IP pan tilt zoom cameras.



Canon’s analog Pan Tilt Zoom camera the VCC50i (VC-C50i) has been the popular replacement to the VCC3 and VCC4 PTZ models. JVC offers an Indoor/Outdoor PTZ Dome Network Camera, the VN-C655U. ELMO’s PTC-400C PTZ Color Remote Video Camera and PTC-401C Indoor Day/Night PTZ camera with Audio are also popular camera models.

When looking to purchase a PTZ camera, an integrator can also look into what complete vision system packages are available that include the necessary components to make your application successful. A full p/t/z industrial camera package can include frame grabbers (Osprey, Integral and CyberOptics), visca and s-video cables(Sony RS-232, Daisy Chain and BNC), controllers (Sony RMB300), wall-mounts(WM100B, Videolarm RHW75C2N), ceiling mounts, DVRs and Videoconferencing software (depending on the application).