The Advantages of a CCTV System

This article provides tips on choosing the best CCTV system for your property and how to compare various products against each other. It also includes some information on CCTV in general and the benefits of using such technology.

CCTV can be found almost everywhere in the developed world. It is highly beneficial in deterring and detecting crime taking place, including, but not limited to, shoplifting, burglary, assault and vandalism. It is used to protect the public from harm, and also privately to safeguard a company’s property and assets.

In particular, retail stores use CCTV to watch over their shop floors to act as a deterrent to shoplifters. If a crime is still committed, security can often pre-determine this by watching a shopper’s behaviour and therefore enabling you to be prepared to catch them as soon as they leave the store after taking an item. The footage can be used as evidence to prove the act has taken place, and to convict the criminal by using facial recognition in the case of HD CCTV. High definition cameras are highly beneficial and have many advantages over older, analogue versions that are gradually dropping out of popularity.  HD cameras have higher resolutions and can work better in low light situations. They are also able to connect to a wi-fi system, which has an array of other benefits.

Avigilon is a top quality brand of high definition surveillance solutions and their products can be viewed online. They stock a wide range of HD cameras with many useful features. Access Control Manager is a piece of software that comes with the devices to allow you to view the footage via a computer and internet connection. It is very easy to use and allows you to play back any videos as and when is required. You can access this at any time, from any location, providing excellent flexibility. The brand’s customer support is another great feature to make use of.

There are many other security brands that can be researched, so look into this and compare products in order to find the right one for you. With various features and price tags, the options are vast, so there is something to suit any type of business or private property. The internet is a brilliant resource for doing such research, although you may wish to speak to a professional and obtain several quotes in order to make an informed purchase decision. This should come free of charge and under no obligation to buy.

CCTV can be used alongside various other devices such as alarms and key pads to create a comprehensive security system and protect your property, assets and people from harm. Installation is often provided by the CCTV company itself and is worth making use of in order to ensure the system is set up properly. They can show you how to use it, although some companies even offer management at an extra cost. It all depends on your budget and what you are looking for.

As the Apple Watch goes, so does the smartwatch market


Apple Watch with Milanese Loop




The smartwatch market’s fate rides on the Apple Watch. If it fails, it could have as devastating an impact on smartwatch sales as Google Glass has had on smartglasses.

That’s according to a report research firm IHS released on Thursday. ”Apple’s smartwatch competitors need the Apple Watch to succeed,” said Ian Fogg, senior director of Mobile & Telecoms at IHS, in a statement.

Conversely, if the Apple Watch is a hit with customers, its widespread adoption will help all smartwatch makers, including those running Google’s Android Wear, in part because the Apple Watch may be too expensive for a segment of buyers.

Prices for the smartwatch start at $349 and the device must be paired with a modern iPhone, a potentially expensive outlay. Smartwatches that run Android, by comparison, are sold at a variety of price points, which may appeal to the about 2 billion Android smartphone owners, and to Apple customers who want a more affordable smartwatch.

IHS predicts the Apple Watch will be successful, calling for 19 million units to ship this year, representing a 56 percent share of the smartwatch market. In comparison,720,000 Android Wear devices shipped in 2014, according to research firm Canalys.

However, IHS doesn’t expect Apple to maintain its stronghold on the smartwatch market.

By 2020, Apple’s market share will decrease to 38 percent as more smartwatch makers enhance their devices and court Android users, a market that Apple doesn’t address, IHS said. Adding iPhone support to Android Wear, an option Google isreportedly pursuing, would help spur even more sales of Android smartwatches, the research firm said.

Overall, smartwatch shipments will hit 101 million units by 2020, up from 3.6 million units in 2014, the report said. The Apple Watch and the Android Wear smartwatches will benefit from their respective app ecosystems, while smartwatch vendors that use other OSes will over time struggle to attract the attention of app developers and their sales will consequently suffer, according to IHS

Developer coaxes Amazon Echo's Alexa into talking with Nest and Wink


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Ever since Amazon announced the release of an SDK (software development kit)for its Echo interactive speaker early last month, we’ve been salivating at the prospect of using Alexa (Echo’s built-in virtual assistant) as a smart-home factotum. It appears some of the developers with access to the SDK are thinking along the same lines.

One such developer is Holland, Massachusetts-based web engineer Jeffrey Bachand, who has come forward with a video of him using Echo to control his Nest Learning Thermostat and Wink smart-home hub. In the 71-second YouTube video, first reported on by Engadget, Bachand can be heard bombarding Alexa with a barrage of commands: “open Wink”, “turn the living room [lights] off”, “open Nest”, “turn it [the temperature] down”, and so on. On each occasion, Alexa does exactly as told.

The SDK, as it turns out, came with a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) that has now lapsed, so we can look forward seeing more developers tease their apps. Needless to say, however, Echo owners would like nothing more than to be able to actuallyuse third-party apps like Bachand’s.

In the meantime, smart-home owners can use their Echo to control Wemo switches and Philips Hue smart bulbs. Amazon’s cloud-enabled cylinder boasts a number of useful standalone features as well, including the ability to rattle off news and weather updates, answer questions, control music playback and more.

Why this matters : Although Amazon has never said so explicitly, it’s clear that Echo is a key part of the company’s smart-home strategy. Just to give you an idea of the importance the company attaches to it, the Boston Business Journal says the the e-tailing giant “has an entire floor in its Kendall Square office [in Cambridge, Mass.] dedicated to teams working on the Echo” and it’s still looking to recruit more people. To this end, the company has scheduled a hiring event on May 14, 2015 for roles that run the “gamut of distributed systems, speech/voice recognition, and big data.

Xiaomi Launches 55-Inch 4K Mi TV 2, Mi Smart Scale, Mi Smart Power Strip


Apart from the new Xiaomi Redmi 2A smartphone, and the Mi Note (Pink Edition), Xiaomi had more up its sleeves on the occasion of its fifth anniversary. The company launched three other products – the Mi Smart Scale, Mi Smart Power Strip, and Mi TV 2 55-inch model.The Mi Smart Scale connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to Android and iOS smartphones, and with the Mi Fit app lets up to 16 users track their body mass index and weight – ideal for the whole family, Xiaomi says. The firm adds the scale is accurate down to 50 grams in the range of 5kg to 150kg. It is priced at CNY 99 (roughly Rs. 1,000).

mi_smart_scale.jpgNext up, is the Mi Smart Power Strip – it features three surge-protected USB ports and three power sockets Tech Updates, besides a 2.1A quick charging terminal. It features maximum 10A overload protection, and a childproof internal shutter mechanism. More detailed specifications, such as voltage and plug types, were not provided. It is priced at CNY 49 (roughly Rs. 500).

mi_smart_power_strip.jpgFinally, the new 55-inch model in the firm’s Mi TV 2 lineup – following up on the 49-inch 4K UHD and 40-inch full-HD televisions, the latest Mi TV 2 sports a 4K UHD (3840×2160 pixel) RGB LCD display from Samsung, and a new aluminium sub-woofer and 8-speaker soundbar alongside Dolby MS12 surround sound. It has been priced at CNY 4,999 (roughly Rs. 50,000).

Xiaomi says the 55-inch Mi TV 2 bears a 15.2mm-thick frame and a 6mm-thick bezel, making it slimmer than the 49-inch 4K UHD counterpart in its lineup. It is powered by the MStar 6A928 SoC with four Cortex-A17 CPU cores clocked at 1.4GHz, and a Mali-760 MP4 GPU, coupled with 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 8GB of built-in storage. Wireless connectivity options include dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, and a 2×2 MIMO antenna.

The 55-inch Mi TV 2’s OS version has not yet been announced, nor availability. The latest 40-inch Mi TV 2 runs MIUI based on Android 4.4 KitKat.