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PTZ Camera Basics: What It Is, Why We Love It and What We’d Change

PTZ Camera Basics: What It Is, Why We Love It and What We’d Change

PTZ, or pan-tilt-zoom cameras, are devices that do exactly as their name implies: pan, tilt and zoom. Though these cameras are a bit more expensive than others, they can do the work of several fixed ones. For this reason, many home and business owners use these types of cameras when building their security systems. Instead of relying on multiple devices to catch some action, they can rely on one and set it to move in the direction of motion whenever motion is detected. If you’re in the market for new security cameras for your home or business and want to know more about PTZ—including the benefits and pitfalls of the technology—this post was made for you. Why We Love PTZ It Comes With Built-In Motion Tracking One of the best features of PTZ cameras is their motion tracking feature. Intruders who want into your property bad enough may figure out where your cameras are placed and try to avoid each one’s line of vision. With fixed cameras, they would be successful, but with PTZs, they may be highly disappointed. If there is motion within a certain distance of each camera, the lens wills swivel towards it and zoom in for more accurate viewing purposes. If theft or vandalism does occur, you can be sure that the perpetrator will be clearly visible in the footage. It Provides for a Larger Field of View These devices can cover a 360 degree area, which is nearly four times the amount of coverage that a fixed device can achieve. You can either preprogram your devices to focus on certain areas at certain times...
Overcoming the Security Challenges Posed by College Campuses

Overcoming the Security Challenges Posed by College Campuses

College campuses may be a place of learning, but they’re also a place of crime and danger, especially at night. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2014, there were 27,000 criminal incidents against persons and property on campus at public and private 2-year and 4-year postsecondary institutions that were reported to police and security agencies. Unfortunately, crime and assault rates haven’t changed much since then, and that may be in large part due to the fact that college campuses are tough to secure. With multiple buildings, and even more floors within those buildings, providing video surveillance for a college campus is comparable to providing surveillance for a small city. Because of this, security camera installation teams have struggled to provide the configuration that campuses need to ensure the ongoing safety of students, staff and each school’s property. Fortunately, every problem has a solution—even the tough ones. When you work with a surveillance company like Mammoth Security, you get experience, quality and unlimited help. Our team understands what it takes to secure large areas, and we are no stranger to securing small towns. If you’re looking to equip your college campus with cameras and other surveillance technology so that you can keep students, faculty and property safe, let our team guide you towards the best way to outfit your school. Factors to Consider When Outfitting a College With a Complete Security System Every school is different, and each comes with its own unique set of problems and challenges. To help you better determine what type of equipment you need and where, we’ve put together this list of...
Multi-Sensor Cameras: The PTZ Camera Killer

Multi-Sensor Cameras: The PTZ Camera Killer

When it comes to maximizing the coverage of your surveillance system, Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) cameras were once ideal. They reduced the number of cameras required by allowing you to adjust the field of view as needed to cover your home, business or event space. However, this design has limitations. The most critical issue facing PTZ cameras is that while you can move the camera, you still have massive blind spots until the camera is moved. Not to mention compensating for movement while the camera pans or tilts. Even with advanced detection features, multiple angles of coverage and video processing improvements, there’s still the chance you might miss an important incident or event. Multi-sensor cameras change all of this By incorporating four separate sensors in a single housing, you have all of the benefits of a PTZ camera with none of the response time issues or need for adjustment. Simply set each of the four sensors to suit your exact needs, angles and coverage zones. A camera is only as valuable as the video it captures. With multi-sensor cameras, you’re essentially getting to value of four cameras in a single device! There’s no worries about missing an event as all four sensors are in continuous use. Many will also interface with popular video software as single panoramic or composite shot—meaning less licensing fees and easier monitoring. Instead of scouring multiple shots for events, you’re presented with a single field of view. Need to zoom in to see finer detail? The sensor for the field of view you need will take over allowing all of the clarity and ease-of-use of a PTZ...