We’ve all seen leaked video footage of people in elevators. Often the images are of celebrities or athletes caught in the act, so to speak. Other times the footage is attached to a legal case and the video is being used as evidence. No doubt you’ve gotten into an elevator and spotted a camera pointed right at you. You might have wondered about the legality of security cameras in public places. While cameras are allowed – within reason – there are rules governing when and how such devices can be used.
According to FindLaw.com, “In order to avoid violating privacy laws, cameras in elevators must serve a legitimate business purpose and avoid intruding into a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy. For this reason, elevator security cameras are installed at a high vantage point and only record video. Recording audio without permission would be in violation of federal wiretapping laws.”
Elevators are out to the public so there is never any guarantee of your privacy. It’s a good idea to always remember that cameras could be on you at all times, so take appropriate caution.
At SAFECAM we stock and will help you design a system that will work on your existing or be constructed elevators. We will explain what are you options with existing wiring on the elevator and what type of camera you should use.
When it comes to TV size it’s important to consider the room size that the TV will be installed in and the average distance of the viewer from the seated position to the screen. Even though we would all like a huge 85″ TV or even larger it’s not always practical. Bigger is not always better.
Consider the room in which the TV will sit. As long as the furniture in that room is not permanently attached to the floor — and you’re willing to move it — then you have some flexibility in the size of the TV you can get.
Take for instance the picture on this post a 85″ TV in a room that measures about 15 feet in width and 22 foot in length with a viewing distance of of about 9 feet because it’s a 4K TV if this were a 1080P we would recommend the viewer to sit 12-13 feet away.
Hanging the TV on the wall, on the other hand, can add a foot or more to the viewable distance, which can be the difference between a 60-inch TV and a 72-inch model. Depending on what sort of mount you use and the thickness of the TV, your screen will still sit a few inches from the wall, but the specifics will vary from one model to the next.
Coming soon to Safecam is the new UNV black turret dome . This little camera has been part of our camera line for 2 years now in white. After a lot of waiting and asking here it is now available in black. Stop by our showroom to see this camera for those clients that only want black cameras to blend in with dark soffits. We will also be carrying the black junction box for this camera.
Take a look at this combination junction box with wall bracket for the uniview turret dome camera. It incorporates two 3/4 inch inlets for emt or flex. They can be placed on the top or the bottom by just flipping over the back portion of the box. Constructed from high grade aluminum and stainless steel mounting bolts. Don’t make the mistake of using ugly looking standard electrical boxes for your next security camera installation.
Stop by our showroom and see what bracket or junction box you will need for you next install.
It’s up and running stop by our showroom to see the amazing 22x PTZ with more than 400 feet of smart night vision Infrared. In this installation we used a 2″ Galvanized pole to extend the height of the camera from its original platform location. We used a pole mount with 4 x 2 1/4 in stainless steel straps. The base is bolted on with concrete Tapcons at 8 points for added stability during high winds. Here are the specs of this camera:
22X Optical Zoom
Fifth-generation infrared technology, more than 150m (492ft) IR distance
IR anti-reflection window to increase the infrared transmittance
Optical glass window with higher light transmittance
EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization)
I was recently driving in south Florida and noticed this sign. I felt that I had to explain to consumers that a state license is required to install security cameras and burglar alarms among other low voltage items.
Electrical an alarm work done improperly can cause severe harm to both life and property. Be sure you hire only licensed contractors. This type of work is so complex that Florida has developed stringent licensing requirements for those individuals providing these services. Florida licensed electrical and alarm contractors are educated and Tested to ensure the level of expertise and intern your safety. Most people do not know this but Florida law requires an electrical or alarm system license for:
*The installation and monitoring of all burglar and fire alarm systems.
*Limited energy systems such as low-voltage electrical wiring in home entertainment and fiber optics when wired throughout its structure. This means security cameras with wiring ran thru your attic or walls.
*Most electrical work or wiring other than simply pluging in a power cord into existing electrical outlet.
Here are some warning signs to watch out for:
Beware of contractors for purporting to be the fastest or the cheapest, because hiring them may result in poor workmanship, inferior materials or unfinished jobs. Such claims are also warning signs of unlicensed activity.
* unlicensed individuals often targeted the uninformed and inexperienced as well as the elderly.
* unlicensed individual’s frequently travel in unmarked vehicles, soliciting door-to-door, posting signs on streets with markers so to give the illusion that your going to get a great price because you might be dealing straight with the installer.
* They often give a post office box address instead of the street address.
* They demand large payments upfront ask for cash payments ,ask for a full payment before the work is completed and convince homeowners to get the necessary building permits.
To verify a contractors license call 1-850-487-1395 or go to the departments website at www.myfloridalicense.com
Don’t put the safety of your family or business in the hands of a hand written sign on the street.
Consider this you have a business and you don’t want drifters or solicitors to bother you but you also can’t make it difficult for your clients to get in. So a lot of offices decide to lock the door or add a remote buzzer to open the door when they see someone.
Buzzing someone in without asking them what they need help with just made the buzzer useless. Ok so another option is to have someone go to the door and ask how they can help but that again defeated the purpose of the buzzer because now your in a dangerous situation if the person has bad intentions and you can’t call for help if you need to.
Most of these scenarios can be avoided with the proper access control system.
All access control systems should also incorporate a video or audio intercom so that you can communicate with the person trying to gain access to the facility without having to go to the door. Also if the facility has an outdoor gate you should consider installing a video intercom at the gate along with access control so that the facility has different levels of security and restricted access before an individual makes it to the main building .
Safecam has been designing and installing access control systems for over 15 years and we would love to visit your facility for an access control evaluation and site survey . Don’t let the safety of your business or your employees be compromised because of lack of security.
Pictured above is an outdoor 700 LBS electronic magnetic outdoor lock along with a proximity card / keypad reader and an HD video intercom system with remote door release. This system enables the client to stop strangers from entering the facility property from the gate not the main door. Giving them more time to react to a possible dangerous situation.
Video surveillance is not new; it has been around for quite a while. One of the first recorded application for closed circuit television system (CCTV) was back in 1942. It was used to view the launch of V2 rockets in Germany. In the US, commercial surveillance applications began around 1947. In 1957 a number of companies such as General Precision Labs (GPL division), provided CCTV camera systems for education, medical and industrial applications.
Early CCTV equipment and TV broadcast equipment shared technology. Both camera systems supported grey-scale video (not color) and measured and defined performance using NTSC standards.
Color cameras became available in the 1950s, and there was a debate on whether or not color was better for surveillance. Black-white (or grey-scale) cameras provided better resolution and low light sensitivity, while color made it easier to identify someone by the clothes they were wearing.
Now seeing in the dark is another matter we have to go back to the Second World War Historically, many armies would not fight at night because the confusion, lack of quality on-time intelligence, and increased communication difficulty made night fighting a very dangerous and very risky proposition. Only the most highly trained soldiers with a well rehearsed plan could take to the battlefield at night with any clear chance of success.
Night vision no longer has to be seen in black & White . Introducing the UNV IPC2222ER5-DUPF40 2MP Super Starlight Illumination Fixed Bullet Network Surveillance Camera with the capability of seeing a color video image at night with little or no light. Stop by our showroom to see this cameras impressive video quality at night.
I was recently at a local business and noticed a security camera that had been surrounded with chicken wire. I must say very creative and done with great intentions. But the problem is that the other thing that they needed to protect was the wire.
Unfortunately most DIY security cameras and DIY kits from big box stores like this one are bullet type cameras. The reason why is because you can easily install them and adjust them compared to a pro grade security camera that has all the wires and mounting screws covered with tamper proof housing and case designs.
” Easy on , Easy off for criminals”
Don’t depend on chicken wire to protect your business and home have a professional security system designed and installed by the pros. Stop by our showroom and let Safecam design and install a security camera system customized for you and your home or business.
Chicken wire only keeps chickens in their coops.