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Video surveillance has been a popular security tool for years. Security cameras are an everyday occurrence, and chances are, you're used to watching yourself walk into a store on a security monitor. Banks and retail stores have come to depend on the protection provided by video surveillance. However, these analog CCTV systems are expensive, requiring complicated installations and constant upkeep, making this type of security unrealistic for smaller businesses with limited budgets.
Fortunately, advances in digital technology have made video surveillance more flexible and easy to use than ever. Security systems using IP (Internet Protocol) cameras are easy to install and maintain, and are infinitely customizable, allowing you to create the security system that conforms exactly to your needs.
IP cameras and recording is widely predicted to be the way of the future, and cameras are becoming widely available – in packages or bundled together with software and support, or on their own. With most IP camera systems, all you need to do is choose where you want the cameras and plug them in – it’s that easy! The most difficult part of setting up a video surveillance system is finding the right cameras for you. Digital video surveillance cameras come in so many varieties that choosing the right one for you may seem daunting. What makes one camera different from another? What kind of cameras work best for retail stores? For homes? Hospitals? How do you figure out exactly what you need?
The CASCO team is here to help. Our goal is to provide you with clear, informative information about video surveillance. We have years of security and surveillance experience and have put it to work for you. Check with us to see what kind of video surveillance your company or group needs. We’re dedicated to not only helping you find the best security solution for your needs, but also helping you learn more about video security.
The National Association of Convenience Stores has reported that gas retailers in US lost $234 million in fuel thefts in 2004, more than double the amount in 2003. The annual loss averaged $2,141 per store. This amount is expected to double again in 2005 due to increasing fuel prices.
Requiring customers to prepay before pumping would prevent fuel theft, but many retailers oppose this option because it discourages drivers from entering the store to purchase more profitable items.
Some retailers may not feel a need for surveillance due to low theft rates in their area, but as more stores begin to install these systems or require prepayment, thieves will travel into areas that they see as easy targets.
Catching drive-away thieves is difficult. In most stores just obtaining a license plate number can prove difficult especially when attendants are distracted by other customers. Even if an attendant is able to record a license plate number, proof of who the driver of the vehicle was is required in order to prosecute. In most cases that go to court there is little success in prosecuting without a photo of the driver.
Another benefit is that most insurance providers will offer substantial discounts on premiums for stores with surveillance systems.
Analog systems require more pieces working together to get all the desired functions of a digital system. Cameras, quads or switchers, multiplexers, time-lapse VCR’s, motion detectors and remote video monitoring devices all work together to create a full surveillance system. This type of package requires more space than its digital counterpart. Analog systems also don’t archive video footage as effectively as a digital video system. The videotapes used with an analog system wear through uses and don't reproduce from one tape to another in a zero-loss format. While quads and switchers make recording multiple cameras possible, cameras are recorded one at a time in timed segments. Digital systems, like the PC Witness, can record all cameras simultaneously.
CASCO provides AXIS full range of network video solutions for a broad spectrum of industry segments and applications, as well as specific solutions for specific situations.
For example, for CCTV users faced with the technology shift from their existing analog systems to network video, we offer solutions for migrating and for expanding seamlessly. We make deployment easy in all types of environments: indoor, outdoor, wired, wireless, and in rough, tough conditions.
CASCO offers advanced digital security solution with a recording and display rate ranging from 30 frames per second (fps) to 480 fps across 4, 8, 16 or 32 channels. Depending on customer requirements, CASCO products and solutions can be configured to leverage either MPEG4 compression rate, to maximize efficiency and use of the system. Our products and solutions are a multifaceted product that is scaleable and integrates with many other industry standard products. Adjustable MPEG4 compression ensures that video images are stored using minimum disk capacity and allows recovery of all images from compression with minimum loss of quality.
- 24-hour monitoring and recording of unmanned area
- Simultaneous monitoring a number of sites
- Cost effective method for monitoring large scale sites
- Real time video recording and transmission
- Effective event handling and professional visual alarm verification
Video Surveillance Solutions by industry
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The question of public security is an important one for governments at all levels around the world. Video solutions are among the latest technologies that government institutions are investing in to protect citizens. The crisis of terrorist attack alarms people about safety in public areas. Crowd and traffic control, accident prevention, instant situation handling and accurate visual alarm verification become hot topics in the society. Unmanned sites, such as power plant and water pipe require 24 hours real time monitoring to prevent damage or attack. The solutions provided by CASCO enable 7 days a week, 24 hours a day standalone and remote operation with real time monitoring and recording. Its professional event handling and visual alarm verification quickly response to wide range of events with accuracy
Network video is one of the most useful tools in the fight against crime. As well as helping to detect more serious threats, cameras placed in public areas deter criminals from mugging, theft and vandalism.
In emergency situations it is quite common for police and fighters to be granted access to video from the cameras within a given facility. This enables them to pinpoint exactly where the emergency is occurring and work out who most needs their assistance. Network video thus greatly improves their chances of handling a crisis effectively.
Cameras placed at the entrance and exit to a public building record who comes in and out 24 hours per day. This footage can be used to deter criminals and as evidence if a crime occurs. It can also provide statistical evidence regarding how many people use public amenities such as museums, libraries and job centers.
Cameras outside public buildings prevent vandalism and increase security for the people living and working inside the buildings as they arrive and leave. Similarly, open areas such as town squares can be surveyed for the security of pedestrians.
An excellent place to observe who is entering a public building, cameras viewing a reception area can help prevent crime.
What if you could use your existing CCTV equipment and network infrastructure to create a modern, state-of-the-art surveillance system that could...
- Monitor activities at any number of branch offices from a central location?
- Visually verify alarms to your security staff?
- Enable bank staff to install and maintain without receiving special training?
CASCO provides you with cost-effective network video solutions that are easy to use and offer all the functionality and reliability needed to protect staff and assets, verify the bank's transactions and prevent time being wasted on attending to false alarms.
The products allow you to use your existing network infrastructure to deploy cameras, making for short implementation time and low start up costs. Once up and running, the administration of a network video system is both simpler and less labor intensive than traditional CCTV since images are stored on computer hard discs, and employees do not have to change and take care of videotapes.
Solutions installed in local bank branches can transmit images to a central location for remote viewing using the LAN or Internet, which is extremely convenient for any organization with geographically dispersed local branches. And if your business is expanding, rest assured that an Axis system scales easily; it can consist of any number of cameras and can be expanded simply by adding one camera at a time.
The reliability of network video reduces the risk that thieves will get away with their crimes, and this includes internal crimes such as employee fraud. High image quality leads to easy identification of people and a clear view of transactions at ATM machines, deposit boxes and at the cashier in the branch office.
Knowing that all incidents will be observed is both a deterrent to would-be criminals and gives bank personnel peace of mind so they can get on with their jobs, whilst also leaving customers free to go about their business.
Cameras with motion detection can be used to send images by e-mail or MMS to security personnel or the police if a break-in should occur. This eliminates the time and effort wasted in responding to false alarms and enables decisions to be based on accurate, up-to-the minute information. And in addition to improving safety, you can use video images to evaluate peak hours of activity at each bank branch leading to better use of tellers through optimum scheduling.
Monitoring of traffic on highways to help commuters plan their journey to work is one especially popular application. Video images broadcast over the Internet provide real-time traffic information and can reduce congestion. Emergency services can use the images to handle accidents more efficiently.
Passengers on public transport can be protected from crime at bus stops and train stations by security surveillance cameras, as well as on the bus or train itself.
However, due to the fear of terrorist attacks, the airport has become the key place for employing network video solutions. Network video can be used in the airport environment to prevent theft, drug trafficking, illegal immigration and much more.
Areas of the airport where network cameras can be used:
Cameras placed at the entrances and exits to an airport terminal record who comes in and out 24 hours per day. This deters criminals and the footage can be used as evidence if a crime occurs.
Reinforcing the work of on-the-spot security staff, cameras at customs areas enable remote monitoring for e.g. illegal immigration and smuggling.
Cameras employed here ensure the safety of people using the car parks, and ensure their cars are not subject to theft or vandalism during the owners' absence.
Airplanes in their hangers can be monitored remotely to ensure that they are not tampered with between flights.
At a busy airport, air plane catering requires split-second timing. Network cameras can be used by caterers to see when the plane is ready to discharge its last flight's meal service and receive its next one.
Network video can be employed throughout the airport's baggage system. At the customer interface, it can be used to prevent crime, while behind the scenes, cameras can help airport staff check that the system operates smoothly.
Network cameras can improve efficiency and customer service by broadcasting up-to-the-minute images of incoming airplanes in the departure lounge, showing, for example, when a plane is ready to board.
Network video is currently being used for monitoring manufacturing lines, industrial and pharmaceutical processes, automation, warehouse and stock control systems to name just a few examples of industrial applications.
Efficiency at a production plant can be greatly enhanced through the use of "virtual eyes."
Examples of where cameras can be used in an industrial setting:
At, for example, a rock crushing plant or chemical processing plant where there are health hazards for employees, remote monitoring of production processes provide the ideal solution. A network video system feeding images to the control room gives a plant worker the opportunity to check for machine malfunctions without the slightest risk of inhaling dust or toxic fumes.
Cameras observing an automated production line or factory robots can be programmed to send e-mail alerts if something unusual occurs. That way, the plant's staff is relieved of the monotonous and time-consuming process of watching out for machine malfunctions.
If a malfunction does occur and there are no service engineers in the area, network video can be used to set up a virtual meeting and get technical support at a distance.
The accumulated costs of petty theft of raw materials entering and manufactured goods leaving a plant can add up to a huge problem over time. Network cameras work as a crime deterrent here, as well as offering an easy way to check the efficiency of the loading/unloading methods being used.
Making sure a storage system works well--that goods can be accessed and are efficiently managed--can significantly affect the bottom line at a manufacturing plant. The fact that storage is often handled at remote sites, usually due to the lower cost, makes this another good place to install network video.
What if you could have a modern, state-of-the-art surveillance system which...
- Helped reduce willful damage to school property, thereby cutting the school's refurbishment costs and delivering a measurable return on investment?
- Could ensure the safety of staff and pupils during schools hours?
- Require no additional cabling?
With an Axis network video solution all this is possible.
Our digital surveillance systems have the advantage of being highly cost effective: installation costs are low since the need for dedicated cables is vastly reduced and the system can be run on existing computers. Our slim network-run equipment makes for low maintenance costs and images are stored on computer hard disks, which is a neat, cost effective storage solution. What's more, since Axis network products make use of modern digital technology, you are sure to get plenty of use out of the investments you make today. Which means that, no matter whether you are choosing a surveillance system for a junior school, a high school or an institute of higher education, you'll find an Axis solution that fits the bill.
Students and teachers hampered by the threat of harassment or violence will be comforted by the presence of reliable network cameras in the school's public spaces. This includes external areas such as walkways between buildings as well as internal ones such restaurants and school corridors.
Outside school hours, the same surveillance system can be used to remotely monitor school property and deter vandalism. A sophisticated, built-in motion detection system can generate an alarm, which automatically transmits images to your security operators giving them accurate, up-to-the-minute information upon which to base their decisions.
Another interesting area of application for this technology is remote learning. An Axis network video solution can be used to make attending lectures "at a distance" a viable option for students who are unable to attend lectures in person.
Video Management Software For Network Cameras & Video Servers
CASCO offers IP-Surveillance software that complement the company's network cameras and video servers.
The IP-Surveillance software provides video monitoring, recording and event management functions. Users can record video continuously, on schedule, on alarm and/or on motion detection. The software has multiple search functions for recorded events. Remote viewing and playback are also possible with the use of a Web browser
With the Video management software installed on the Windows PC, you can monitor your cameras, and at the same time, record high quality, digital video either continuously or on schedule, alarm and/or motion detection. It recordings in both Motion-JPEG and MPEG-4. MPEG-4 recordings require less bandwidth and storage space.
Video management software offers easy ways to search for recorded events. The multi-view playback feature enables a user to view simultaneous recordings from different cameras to get a comprehensive picture of an event.
- View and record live video
- Event driven recording triggered by motion or external I/O
- High quality recordings in MPEG-4 and Motion JPEG
- PTZ and dome camera control using mouse or joystick
- Easy to upgrade
- Multiple recording modes: continuous, scheduled, on alarm and/or motion detection