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Talking CCTV – Communicate With Surveillance Monitored Sites From Anywhere With Internet Access

Talking CCTV – Communicate With Surveillance Monitored Sites From Anywhere With Internet Access

Imagine if you could tell a vandal to stop what he was doing when he was in the middle of vandalizing your property…or imagine if you could tell a thief to drop your possessions without actually being in the same room with them. Well, with Talking CCTV technology, you no longer have to imagine such things—you can actually do it. Talking CCTV technology was first put to use in 2003, in Wiltshire, UK, and was intended to stop subjects from littering or to order vandals to disperse. 21 areas throughout the UK immediately followed Wiltshire’s lead, with mayors promising to implement Talking CCTV technology to clean up the streets. While the technology was designed to clean up the streets and enhance residents’ safety, it has been met with a mix of criticism and approval.   Talking CCTV Enhances an Already Comprehensive System Unfortunately, CCTV alone is not enough to wholly deter crime. Despite a property being covered in cameras, and despite warnings that all actions will be monitored, some people continue to wreak havoc with no regards to the consequences. Once upon a time, this was due to the lack of response and grainy images offered by older systems. At best, CCTV was a reactive technology that proved to be ineffective in a number of areas. Today’s systems, however, are much more advanced, and they provide clear shots of perpetrators that can later be used to identify and, if necessary, convict. Many systems are hooked up so that any footage goes directly to a local police station, allowing local law enforcement offers to react to crimes much faster than...
Danbury Joins the Ranks of Cities That Have Implemented Public Surveillance

Danbury Joins the Ranks of Cities That Have Implemented Public Surveillance

In an age when video surveillance technology is commonplace in every household, bank, police station and public space throughout America – and in a time when terrorist attacks are so commonplace citizens fear for their lives whenever they attend a big event – it makes sense to line the streets with video cameras, doesn’t it? At least, that’s what many city officials and law enforcement agencies believe, as do many U.S. citizens. As of this year, several municipalities have already implemented a system in which video surveillance footage from local businesses and residents goes directly to police station monitors. Others have implemented a system in which thousands of public cameras are installed out in the open and monitored by police officers in one centralized location. No matter what the setup looks like though, residents are left wondering: how much surveillance is too much surveillance?   Should Surveillance Cameras Be Put Up in Public? The truth is that people are worried. They are worried about their children when they go to school. They are worried about what might happen to them when they walk into a movie theater. They are worried that when they board their plane, a terrorist might attack. There is an ever-pervasive fear in our society which is relatively new, and which arose when school shootings became more common and terrorist attacks something that could happen to you. As a result, leaders across the nation have been wondering what they can do to prevent future acts of terrorism. For many, the answer is surveillance. But while many people are on board with public security cameras, just as...
Danbury Schools Spend Millions of Dollars on Increased Security After Sandy Hook

Danbury Schools Spend Millions of Dollars on Increased Security After Sandy Hook

Columbine started it all, but it wasn’t until December 14, 2012—the date of the deadliest mass shooting in our nation’s history—that school shootings became a dreadfully common occurrence. On that ill-fated day, 20-year old Adam Lanza shot his mother in her home in Newtown, Connecticut, and then proceeded to Sandy Hook Elementary school to kill an additional 20 children and six staff members. More than 200 school shooting incidents have followed, with 94 gun-related deaths and 156 gun-related injuries. It is safe to say that these increasingly common episodes have left parents, teachers and lawmakers alike worried for the safety of the nation’s children and ready to do whatever it takes to protect them. Connecticut is one of first of many states to take decisive action.   In New Fairfield, employees are required to wear access cards to enter the building, while parents and other visitors are required to register with the front office to gain entry. In Brookfield, entrance doors at all four schools have been fortified with $100,000 of bulletproof glass. Double buzzers adorn the doors for added security. New Milford schools linked their surveillance system with the town’s police department. And Danbury has unarmed security officers watching over and protecting the students at all 13 elementary schools in the area.   From high-tech surveillance systems to bulletproof equipment, the State of Connecticut is willing to spend millions of dollars protecting its children, as every state should. And residents can agree that the money is money well spent so long as it goes towards two things: delaying intruders and increasing response times from emergency teams. Much of...
5 Ways to Address Crime and Violence in Retail

5 Ways to Address Crime and Violence in Retail

Over the past few years, there has been an alarming increase in the number of violent crimes occurring in large retail store networks, with very recognizable names such as Costco, Walmart, and Target being among them. The rising number of crimes occurring has put a lot of pressure on Corporate Security Directors (CSD) to think of new ways to prevent shoplifting, robberies, carpark accidents, and other incidents that harm stores’ reputation as a safe place to shop. Thankfully, there are a lot of tactics and hardware that CSDs can employ in keeping retail shops safe. Here are five that are worth checking out:   Adopt High Quality Video Feeds   One problem with CCTV cameras is that sometimes the videos are very poor in quality, making identification of criminals (or even just outright recognition of whether there’s an incident happing) difficult. With the rise of 4K video, this is no longer a problem. A 4K video offers roughly 4 times the resolution of a 1080P video stream, which means more detail can be captured and allowing security personnel to better identify perpetrators or incidents as they occur.   The one challenge to 4K video is that it needs a lot of storage space. Therefore, before security systems can have such high quality video, they also need to upgrade their infrastructure to better accommodate the increased requirements for storage and processing.   Remote Monitoring   Many surveillance cameras these days are now capable of remote monitoring over the Internet, so security personnel don’t always have to be stationed in front of the monitor room just to watch over the feeds....