Tips for Protecting Outdoor Security Cameras

You may know that your surveillance camera is at the risk of damage by rain or other weather conditions and you may need to fix it because of the possibility of the next storm that comes your way. There are several options that will help you to protect your security system, giving you added peace of mind as well as saving you money.

Protect Your Camera with Proper Installation

Perhaps the best protection for your security cameras is to ensure that they are all properly installed. This involves installing them, whenever possible, in areas that provide the best protection and angle of view. The best options are to mount cameras high, under the overhang from a roof or below design features of a building. If there is no built-in protection, search for alternative ways to protect your camera. This can be done with a shield, makeshift awning or plastic as a last resort during an immediate threat.

Use Security Mounts Designed to  Withstand Bad Weather Conditions

Many cameras that are designed for outdoor use come with specialized heavy-duty security mounts.  These surveillance cameras security mounts are designed to help protect against theft, damage and vandalism. Though a solid security mount will not protect against rain damage overtime, it will protect your camera from the heavy winds that usually accompany the rain.

Use Cameras Designed for Outdoor Use

Indoor cameras include no protection against wind, rain, or even heat. Upgrading to a camera particularly rated for outdoor use will give the best protection and higher resistance against the elements. These cameras are easy to find as they should have an “IP” rating with them. IP ratings vary depending on the number following it, and these numbers specify what it will protect your equipment from. If you don’t know what these numbers mean, a quick google search usually gives you the answer you are looking for.

Waterproof VS. Weatherproof

Manufacturers usually use these two terms interchangeably, however, a weatherproof camera is not automatically waterproof. Search for a camera that is IP66 or IP65 rated, these can withstand very heavy downpours while keeping the camera and interior of the camera housing completely dry, if properly installed and maintained.

Texecom and Ajax Security Systems: What is a security System?

When you decide to secure your apartment, house or office, you will face an option: to use a professional security system or trust a more affordable, non-certified alarm system. Without submerging into the nuances, it seems that the differences are insignificant and any security equipment will be able to deal with the task successfully.

But the desire to save leads to a lot of problems. The detectors are prone to false alarms or failure to respond to real threats. They may stop functioning unexpectedly and the system will not warn you of the malfunction. Radio communication range is barely enough to cover the premises and the connection is regularly interrupted. The app fails to work correctly. Your facility is left completely unprotected from attack by intruders. Now, after realizing the importance of security systems, let’s see what the  features of these security systems are, along with what the differences are between an alarm system and a security system.

  1. The security system must use several channels to communicate with the world

The security system can use different communication channels for the transmission of alarms to the user and the security company: GSM, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi. If a security system has several communication channels, one of them is used as the key channel while the others represent backup ones. Such systems are reliable since, a simultaneous failure of several channels is less likely to occur. In the event of a natural failure, the system will continue to function normally. The more communication channels the system uses, the higher the chance of informing the user and the security organization of the threat in a timely manner.

The channels must be of various types. If several GSM-modules are installed in the control panel and no other communication channels are used, then in reality you only have one channel. If GSM frequencies are jammed, the system will be cut off from the outside world.

It also matters how long it takes to switch between communication channels. With cheap alarm systems, the process can take dozens of minutes. Meanwhile, an apartment robbery rarely lasts more than 5-10 minutes.

  1. The security system must use a cloud server

As a rule, the cloud server shows a link between the control panel and the security system management application. It lets the user control all aspects of the equipment functioning via the Internet even if the user is located a thousand miles away from the facility. Additionally, the server sends informative push notifications about system events and alarms.

In professional systems, cloud servers also survey the connection with the security equipment and its functionality by polling the control panel. The higher the polling frequency is, the faster the server will observe the presence of a problem and will warn the users and the security company of the situation.

  1. The security devices must use reliable forms of technology for communicating with the control panel

In wireless security systems, the exchange of information between the control panel and the detectors evolves via the radio channel. The communication should be highly reliable as even short-term disruptions are undesirable (they lead to an increase in the time period required for  communicating to an alarm) while the loss of communication is completely unacceptable (control panel, and consequently the users and the security company will not be aware of the alarm).


Texecom Security  Systems vs Ajax Security Systems

With Texecom Connect, security installers  can propose to the customers a secure system with the additional benefits of automation, smart management and flexible control, all from the established and familiar Premier Elite range of control panels.

The Texecom Connect concept is very simple. At its heart is a professional quality graded intruder alarm system that uses the proven Premier Elite range of control panels. Along with the intruder alarm system, security installers can propose a more immersive experience for the customer, letting them take control of the system, along with other peripherals such as video, lighting, heating, power management and smart control of household appliances.

For end users, Texecom Connect fully transforms the end user experience. The Texecom Connect App makes an environment where end users actively want to interact with their home, enjoy the new possibilities that are open to them, and delivers the piece of mind that comes with knowledge and control. Texecom Connect uses technology to make people’s lives easier, not more complex. Texecom Connect introduces a various options for connectivity to transform the  users experience. 

enabling intruder alarm systems to deliver customer value every day.  On the hand, Ajax Security Systems are uniquely developed by Ukrainian engineers and they operate under the patented Jeweller communication technology. They are mostly Wireless, and the only unit that should be connected to the power grid and the Internet is the  central intelligence, the main Hub. Besides, the Hub has 2 options to connect  to a network: the GSM-slot for a sim-card and the LAN-cable. All of the rest  operate via the batteries and  sends a signal through it’s own communication channel over the air. The other benefits of Ajax systems is the distance. Thanks to Jeweler technology, the Ajax devices and sensors can be mounted as far as 2 km maximum away from the hub. Despite this distance, the  sensors data will still be transmitted to the control panel instantly and smoothly, and from there it comes to your phone or a security console,  depending on its settings. Ajax Systems give other advantages such as an easy setup, great lifetime length and various channels to choose from. The Hub supports 2 simultaneous information transfer options – the wired LAN and a GSM network. Thus, burglar alarms can be installed even in the premises with no Internet or a bad connection environment.

Beside, Inseparable Communication, Security Console Pairing and Regular Updates makes Ajax one of the best security systems.

How the Door Reader, credential and access control software work

Door access control has become a very essential part of our security structure. The door readers control the electric lock and choose who enters the building.

The access control readers use credentials which can be cards that fit in your wallet, or thick lanyard cards with holes that can be worn around your neck, or keyfobs that apply to your keyring. The latest door readers can also use your smartphone to open the door. The most secure credentials are your biometric attribute. Your face or fingerprint delivers accurate identification of you rather than the credential you carry. This article shows how door access control systems work.


The Door Reader for Door Access

The RFID door readers use credentials that have embedded circuits and an antenna. The reader broadcasts a signal that is received by the credential antenna. The broadcasted electrical signal from the door reader contains enough power to energize the circuit in the credential. When the electric circuit in the credential receives the power it sends back a signal to the access control reader that contains its identification (ID) number.

Card reader concept: How the Card Reader Works

The latest door readers are smart devices that connect to the network and are powered by using Power over Ethernet (PoE). They connect directly to the network and maintain the identification codes for all the people assigned to the system. They can work even if the organization’s network is down and the central management software is unavailable. They can operate by themselves as long as backup power is provided to the network switch that connects and powers (using PoE) all the readers.

The door reader transfers the ID number it receives to the controller portion of the door access control system. The controller compares the ID number to the list in its memory. If the ID is admissible it will unlock the door.

The door reader controls the electric lock on the door. The new readers provide the power to control the lock. They also have sensors to detect if the door is opened and Request to Exit connections to open the door using a button.


Door Reader Credentials for Door Access Control Systems

The credentials come with a unique internal number that identifies the card credential. You can select the type of RFID credential you would like.  For instance, you can have a thin card, thick card or a keyfob as your chosen format. Every credential has a unique number. There are also credentials that use different data formats and frequency between the credential and the door reader. There are Wiegand 26-bit, HID that use 125 KHz frequency, and Smart-cards that use 13.56 MHz frequency.


Hand card door reader

As there are many different formats, It is best to order your credentials from the same vendor as the door reader and to order additional credentials from the same vendor.

This will ensure that you receive the next batch of numbered credentials with unique numbers. The packages of door credentials are determined and sold based on their starting and ending ID number.


Smartphone Bluetooth Credential

The latest readers can also read a unique number delivered by your smartphone. In this respect, an app running on your phone connects to the reader using a Bluetooth connection. Most Bluetooth enabled door readers will need you to enable the app when you are near the door reader.


Biometric Readers and Credentials for Door Access

These special biometric readers are designed to read biometric information rather than a card that you carry. There are fingerprint readers, facial readers, finger vein readers, and other readers that read a characteristic of the person instead of a card that they carry. This is a much more  secure form of access control, but costs more per door.


Door Access Control Management

Modern door access systems use door access management software that runs on your Windows PC or in a cloud server. The door control management system can be controlled by means of your PC or an app on your smartphone. The registration data is held in a database in the computer and this information is broadcast over the network to all the readers on the network.


Door Access Control Management Software

The software keeps the database of all the registered users. It lets new added, deleted or edited. The software associates a person to an assigned credential. Each person is given a credential, and the ID number of the card (credential) is either entered manually or automatically by scanning the credential. Many systems let a picture of the user so that it is easy to confirm the right person has the credential. This is helpful when the system is integrated with an IP camera system. The access control management systems let you to finalize the time and day a person can enter, as well as the door they can use.


the software also lets you assign personal to manage access, and add new people to the list. In some cases, you can add additional information like the department the person is in, and other data that  may be helpful. To boost operating the system, some management systems include maps of the premises that can help you monitor alarm situations. You can also establish alerts such as doors being opened for too long, or even if an unauthorized person tries to open a door.


Access Control Systems

How does a door access control system work?

In the fields of physical security and information security, access control (AC) is the selective restriction of access to a place or other resource while access management describes the process. The act of accessing may mean consuming, entering, or using. Permission to access a resource is called authorization.

Locks and login credentials are two analogous mechanisms of access control.

The Key elements of the system are The Tag, The Reader, The Controller and The Lock.


The Tag Each user has a Tag which will be authorized on certain doors at specific times by the system administrator.

The Reader – Is on the controlled side of the door (both sides if control is in and out). The Tag is presented in the proximity of the reader and, if authorised at that time on that door, the door lock will be opened.

The Controller – This is the core of the system, it stores all the authorisation information, which it receives from a PC. When it receives a Tag ID from a reader, it  releases the door lock if that Tag is authorised at that door.

The Lock This can be any electro-mechanical locking device, fail safe or fail secure.

The access control system is an electronic system which utilizes electronic keys (the tags) to open door locks. The tag, which can be carried by the user on their key ring, is presented in the Proximity of a reader, located adjacent to a door and communicates with that reader utilizing encoded radio waves.

There is no need for any contact between the Tag and the Reader. Anytime a tag is recognized by the reader, if it is authorized on that door, a signal is transmitted to release an electrically to release the lock.Each tag has a unique number stored on an electronic chip encased in plastic. There is no power source (battery) within the tag.

The reader is essentially an antenna which is hard wired to a control unit.

The reader on the door is powered, via the control unit. It produces radio waves via its antenna.

The tag also has an antenna which gains the radio waves from the reader. When the tag is within approximately 75mm of the transmitter, the power contained within the transmitted radio waves is significant to induce a small current in the chip contained in the tag. This current powers and operates the chip which is “programmed” to send an encrypted unique ID number back to the reader.


The reader sends this unique number back to the controller, which holds a digital decoder, memory and an IC (integrated circuit). The IC controls the operation and “decides” what to do with any information that the reader sends to it.


Via the decoder the unique identification number is extracted from the signal that the tag sent.

The controller compares the ID number against stored tag numbers that the administrator has already loaded to the unit. If the number received has been stored in the unit, and has been authorised to have access to that door at that time, the IC is programmed to send an electrical signal to unlock the lock. The duration of this signal is programmed by the administrator.

The signal sent by the control unit operates the electrical door lock which releases a physical stop on a door lock allowing it to be opened by the tag owner.

Instead of using a Tag, biometric information can be used, this is sent from the biometric reader to the controller in the same way as the Tag ID. This can be fingerprint, hand print, iris recognition or face recognition.


Access control system components

  • Components of an access control system include:
  • An access control panel (also known as a controller)
  • An access-controlled entry, such as a door, turnstile, parking gate, elevator, or other physical barrier
  • A reader installed near the entry 
  • Locking hardware, such as electric door strikes and electromagnetic locks
  • A magnetic door switch for monitoring door position

Request-to-exit (RTE) devices for allowing egress. When a RTE button is pushed, or the motion detector discovers motion at the door, the door alarm is temporarily ignored while the door is opened. Exiting a door without having to electrically unlock the door is called mechanical free egress. This is an important safety feature. In cases where the lock must be electrically unlocked on exit, the request-to-exit device also unlocks the door


3 Keys to Efficient Access Control

  • Access control systems should work comprehensively.

The term “access control” implies management of entries and exits. The best access control systems, consequently, let the most comprehensive management of entries and exits.

The foundation to this is physical control: access control should allow admins to determine who can enter and exit a space, and who can’t.


Further, part of controlling access includes understanding how access is happening – are certain areas or times busier than others? Are certain users accessing areas more frequently? Are entries or exits happening at suspicious times?

Efficient access control systems should generate the data behind access. That way, administrators can not only physically dictate who can enter and exit – they can also detect how entries and exits are happening, allowing them to recognize any suspicious activity and maintain security.

  • Access control systems should work easily.

Comprehensive access control is important. It assists effective security. But if access control systems are difficult to manage, administrators will struggle to use them correctly, and building security will suffer.

That’s why access control systems should work easily. 

  • Access control systems should work with other systems.

Conclusively, access control systems should also be easy to integrate. The most effective systems work well with other systems. For instance, an access control solution that easily integrates with a video surveillance solution can help admins to view entries and exits in real-time and with customizable alerts tied in, can speed up reactions to any security issues that may happen. This is something ProLux also offer.

An access control system that integrates with an alarm system could go a long way in stopping theft.

An access control system integrated with HVAC systems could help to increase efficiency in energy usage by ensuring that buildings aren’t unnecessarily climate-controlled when there’s nobody in them.

If access control systems can integrate with other systems, the possibilities of usefulness are nearly limitless.


Pin Pad/keypad door entry systems, can they be hacked?

Smart and easy-access locks are boosting in popularity, totally transforming home and office security. There are a number of new electronic and keyless door locks available for a property, but as they are still new systems, people stay uncertain over whether they are more secure than their traditional counterparts.

Do key entry door systems make your property secure?

Digital or smart locks are marmite-level divisive in the security community. Some love them, some hate them, and both sides are pretty much right. Good-quality, professionally-fitted keyless entry door locks are safe, but will they make your property safer than the locks you already have? High quality locks are essential to securing your property, and anything inside it, but whether a smart lock is right for you, is dependent on the property and your user needs.

There  are a wide range of door entry systems that will make your property safe and secure. It’s important to remember that the main flaw in a properties security system isn’t the lock, but the user. Most burglars are opportunists, and will usually enter your home through an unlocked door or by forcing open an entry point, this could be your door or your window. In spite of the fact that good quality locks can be a critical security measure, this is only the case if you actually use good quality locks. 

Can Keypad Locks Be Hacked?

Are you tired of lugging around your keys? What about worrying about losing your keys? Currently, keypad locks give a magnificent solution to all of those inconveniences.

Keypad locks will deliver keyless entry to your home. “That sounds great,” you might say, meanwhile, one question remains, how safe are they?

Can keypad locks be hacked? Keypad locks can be hacked if the wireless network they are working over has not been set up and secured correctly. Keypad locks that do not use any wireless signals cannot be hacked but are generally not a lot safer than standard locks as an experienced locksmith can pick them.

How to Prevent Your Keypad Lock from Being Hacked

Everything may be hackable to a certain extent. Much like how any lock is pickable if the thief has the experience, the right tools, and, most notably, enough time.

Nevertheless, there are some things that we can do to increase the security and decrease the odds of a keypad lock being hacked.

Setup a Separate LAN Network

Make a separate wireless network that will be used only for your smart home security devices. That way, you will decrease the collateral damage.

Regularly Change Your Passcode

Do not forget to update the passcode of your keypad lock repeatedly. That way, you can reduce the wear and tear to only a few of the numbered keys. 

Use Difficult to Guess Passwords

Always use a long, random password. The password should not follow any particular patterns or have any words. The best passwords are longer ones (more than six characters) with varying combinations of digits, lowercase and uppercase letters, and symbols.

Secure Your Wireless Network

Often homeowners do not recognize how vulnerable to hackers their wireless networks are.

Start by changing the SSID broadcasting and default SSID of your wireless network and make sure the wireless network is encrypted by a hard to hack network encryption like the WPA2-PSK.

Keep the App Firmware up to Date

If your keypad is net-connected and you can also use an app to control it, make sure it is kept up to date every time. Smart home security devices and the subsequent apps are not perfect.

Setup a Second Layer of Security

It is recommended never to rely simply on one layer of security. Make sure you have a second layer of security. This will involve security cameras, door and window sensors, and motion sensors.

How to know if a smart entry system is for you

Although keyless door entry systems are easy to operate, if you are forgetful, or don’t like these sorts of modern technologies, smart locks may not be for you; while a smart key doesn’t need to fit the lock, a smart lock still needs to fit the user. These security systems are highly beneficial to apartment blocks; debate rages within the security community around whether audio or video entry systems make for the best entry systems for flats, over a conventional lock and key. 

Keyless door locks are also useful for workspaces and large properties, where workers may be based a long walk away from the front door. For instance, door entry systems with facial recognition let you control who enters the building without the inconvenience of walking to the front door.

Here are the pros and cons to consider before you choose to go with a keyless entry door lock for your home or business:

Advantages of using keyless door entry systems

  • They’re keyless. This is, certainly an obvious one but keys can be easily lost, which is both a nuisance to the holder and a potential security issue as well.
  • Keyless door locks provide easy access for authorized personnel. If anyone without a passcode requires access to your property immediately, they can contact you to receive the code.
  • You will know exactly who has and who hasn’t entered your property.
  • They can be easier for people with certain disabilities who may struggle with keys
  • They can be aesthetically pleasing, with a pick of different styles and colors to suit your property. Keyless locks could also make the property more attractive to potential buyers when or if you look to sell.

Disadvantages of using keyless door entry systems

If the lock gets used commonly and is left uncleaned or without being dusted. The PIN may be easier to guess as the buttons used will be obvious.

If the digital door locks are powered by electricity, it could stop working as a result of a power failure. In this respect, it’s best to find digital door entry systems with backup batteries.

It’s only safe if only trusted people know the PIN. Make sure you change it from the default code when you install the door entry system. And make sure only people you want to give access to your property know what the PIN is.

If you, or any of your team, are especially forgetful, having to remember a PIN could lead to some degree of inconvenience.

One thing is for certain, they must be fitted by someone who knows what they’re doing. There is no reason why you shouldn’t get a keyless entry door lock for your property, nevertheless you should make sure it is fitted by a professional.

What is 960H Technology?

960H is a resolution used in analog CCTV equipment. 960H presents the number of horizontal pixels in a video signal transmitted from a camera or received by a DVR (Digital Video Recorder). The resolution of 960H depends on whether the equipment is PAL or NTSC based: 960H shows 960 x 576 (PAL) or 960 x 480 (NTSC) pixels. 960H shows an increase in pixels of some 30% over standard D1 resolution, which is 720 x 576 pixels (PAL), or 720 x 480 pixels (NTSC). The increased resolution over D1 comes as a result of a longer horizontal scan. The difference is that whilst D1 has a 4:3 aspect ratio 960H has a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. The extra pixels are used to form the expanded area to the sides of the D1 image. The pixel density of 960H is identical to standard D1 resolution so it does not give any improvement in image quality, solely a wider aspect ratio.

Alternative analog video transport technologies getting higher resolutions than 960H include HD-TVI, HDCVI, and AHD.


What are the advantages of 960H?

  • Higher Resolution Recording: Security cameras and DVR’s ability of recording at this resolution deliver superior images that are 34% larger than D1 and more than 500% larger than CIF.
  • Better Image Quality: Recording larger images delivers a greater amount of image detail. Images are sharper and it is easier to identify objects that are close together.
  • True to Life: 960H makes a wide-screen picture that does not require to be stretched to fit wide-screen TV’s and monitors.
  • Easy to Upgrade: 960H systems use the same BNC video cabling as lower resolution systems. If you formerly have a security camera system, upgrading to 960H will save you time and money compared with IP camera systems that need rewiring.


What is the difference between 960H and Lorex’s HD security camera systems?

960H uses the same technology and cabling as traditional security camera systems. It commonly uses superior camera image sensors to make bigger, more detailed images, and more powerful DVR’s to record those images. Lorex’s HD security camera systems (for instance, the LHD100 Series) use HD-SDI technology to transmit digital, un-compressed high definition video over high-grade coaxial cabling like RG59. HD-SDI systems use digital signals to transmit video. This means that they are not compatible with standard definition security cameras, DVR’s, or non-coaxial cabling.


How 960H DVRs Compare to Traditional D1-Capable DVRs

Let’s consider you have an analog security camera with a 960H CCD image sensor that provides 700 TV lines of resolution connected to a DVR that records at D1 video resolution. The DVR will only be able to obviously distinguish up to 540 TV lines of resolution. This results in video that’s lower in resolution and less clear.

If you have 960H analog camera connected to a 960H DVR, the DVR will recognize the full 700 TV lines of resolution. Combined, the 960H camera and DVR will provide a sharper, more detailed image.

Note: Since 960H images are larger than D1 images and higher in resolution, recording at 960H will need more hard drive storage space than recording at D1.


How 960H Technology Works

In order to provide and record true 960H video, you will require a 960H security DVR and a 960H- capable video security camera. A 960H DVR will provide 960H high-resolution video for recording and live-viewing, as long as the analog security camera connected to it is 960H-capable, and able to provide at least 650 TV lines of resolution.

Why Choose 960H?

960H technology produces a cost-effective analog solution for acquiring higher-resolution video that is sharp, detailed and well-suited for capturing facial identification, license plate recognition and the capability to zoom in on details.

Is 960h better than 720p?

should I go for 720p or 960H CCTV camera?  We know why this question arise. Because the price for these two types of CCTV cameras are very similar. In this article, we intend to suggest you some useful information about these two types of resolution format.

When choosing a security camera for your analog video surveillance system, resolution is the key consideration.  720p is high definition resolution that supports 1280x720p resolution, P means progressive scan, all HD-over-coaxial cameras deploy progressive scan CMOS image sensors to bring HD images.  720p contains approximate 0.9216 megapixel total effective pixels.

960H is the resolution of 960×480 (NTSC) / 960×576 (PAL), 960H includes approximate 0.55296 megapixel effective pixels.  960H resolution format essentially derives from Sony, back to 2009, Sony unveiled Effio image signal processor to work with CCD image sensors. Before the emerging of new analog high definition technology, almost analog cameras are based on Sony Effio ISP.  960H CCTV analog cameras use interlaced scan technology to capture image.

Clearly, a 720p picture includes much pixels than 960H resolution. In addition, due to use progressive scan imaging technology can essentially decrease motion blur effect, 720p CCTV camera is better suitable for video surveillance that including motion scenes.

Although, CCD image sensor has better light sensitivity feature. This can help camera to capture images in low light condition, specially when the security camera doesn’t have artificial lighting (Infrared illumination, white light illumination). 

In 2014, in order to keep the market share of Effio chipsets, Sony released Effio-A and Effio-V ISPs which can bring over 700TVL (750TVL, 800TVL) resolution images. In addition to over 700TVL resolution image quality, these two image signal processors support many user-friendly features including automatic theme detection, Automatic Defog function.

One more thing, a 960H analog camera may cost higher than a 720p AHD analog camera, the reason is AHD solution has been generally accepted and used in today’s analog video surveillance application, meanwhile few people choose to use 960H analog cameras are based on Sony Effio. The cost for both CCD image sensor and Sony Effio ISPs is becoming much higher than AHD/CVI analog cameras.  AHD/CVI/TVI cameras can use many types of CMOS image sensors from different manufacturers.

Video Surveillance Systems for HOA Gated Community Security

known as HOAs, Homeowners associations can take advantage of HOA video surveillance systems in a number of ways. HOA security camera systems can produce comprehensive peace of mind for gated homeowners association communities and increase their total security. These gated communities have remained popular in the United States because they are designed with security and safety in mind. Homeowners association communities are commonly surrounded by a wall and have a gated front entrance and, in some cases, a rear gated entrance as well.

Some of these communities also employ private security guards to oversee these entrances and patrol the community and its boundaries. Although walls, gates, and security guards are all able to produce a certain level of security, they each have limitations that can leave an HOA community vulnerable to certain threats. This is where HOA security camera systems can assist these communities.

Several measures are contained when a homeowners association chooses to invest in video surveillance systems for HOA neighborhoods. These involve remote monitoring, video management recording devices, and the security surveillance cameras themselves. Now more than ever, modern security surveillance cameras are easier to use, produce higher resolution video feeds, increased availability, and are significantly affordable. Continue reading to learn more about video surveillance systems in HOA communities and how neighborhood surveillance can benefit these communities like never before.


Next Generation Neighborhood Surveillance

Formerly, security and surveillance cameras were often unaffordable, difficult to implement, and were unable to produce clear, detailed video feeds. Fortunately, with new innovations and technology, the previous limitations are no longer an issue. State-of-the-art video surveillance systems for HOA neighborhoods now have advanced features that can be easily found and purchased at reasonable prices. Some of the best choices and prices available are suggested by trusted online security camera suppliers.

Modern HOA video surveillance systems are designed with features such as remote availability, scene change notifications, motion detection, tripwire settings, thermal imaging, and more. These features are no longer minimized to security surveillance cameras used by major corporations, governments, and the military but are alternatively available to homeowner associations of varying sizes. Residents of HOA communities expect their association to produce comprehensive security which should include HOA security cameras.

The presence of HOA security cameras assures residents that their association makes the safety and security of the community a top priority. Residents can rely on these security surveillance systems to insure their property and loved ones are safe from an uncertain world. Unfortunately, neighborhood instances of crime have been constantly on the rise in major American cities.

HOA boards and gated communities must meet the threat of crime with innovative and comprehensive security solutions. The center of any gated community’s security plan is the HOA security cameras implemented in the neighborhood. These video surveillance systems for HOA communities are a powerful and proactive security solution that can increase the existing safety and security of a gated neighborhood.


Innovative Security Camera Features and Capabilities

Modern HOA video surveillance systems are designed with a number of capabilities that increase their effectiveness far more than security cameras of the past. Unlike security solutions of the past, HOA security camera systems are able to produce a proactive layer of security for the entire gated community. One popular new application of these security surveillance cameras comes the form of perimeter security.

Perimeter security is a popular and cost-effective security tool among security experts that has achieved popularity with homeowners association all over the United States. This popularity is because perimeter security is relatively easy to establish while being surprisingly affordable. HOA security cameras are able to detect motion in vulnerable areas of a gated neighborhood’s perimeter. Formerly, perimeter security, especially for a gated homeowners association communities, was difficult to establish.

Another popular feature with video surveillance systems for HOA neighborhoods is remote video monitoring services made possible through remote accessibility. The increasing interconnectivity of devices has raised into the security surveillance camera industry. Remote accessibility lets users the ability to the view live video feeds of security surveillance camera from any network connected device. A remote video observing service capitalizes on this feature.

These services produce homeowners association with twenty-four-hour monitoring of video feeds by highly experienced security specialists. Services like these have become significantly popular for their astounding effectiveness in conjunction with HOA video surveillance systems for these communities. Remote accessibility lets any user with login credentials to view detailed video feeds using laptops, desktops, smartphones, tablets, and other network-connected devices.

Another innovative feature of modern HOA security cameras is their ability to be integrated with other security and surveillance products, including video doorbells. Video doorbell cameras and video intercoms have become a popular security product with homeowners associations for their convenience and ease-of-use. These two security products let residents to see the entrance of their home and can be programmed to alert them when someone approaches the door.

Video doorbell cameras and video intercoms give residents and HOA communities an extra layer of security that is convenient and useable. Maybe the most useful quality of these products is their ability to alert a resident of suspicious activity, which can then be shared with the whole community. This creates a powerful deterrent against crime, which HOA neighborhoods can take advantage while providing an advanced way of answering the front door.


Advanced Surveillance Technology

HOA video surveillance systems like neighborhood IP network security cameras provide levels of detail that are unprecedented. In the past analog CCTV security cameras could only produce blurry and often undetailed video feeds, which could be difficult to use. Another disadvantage to these older models was their requirement to stay physically connected to a power source and the rest of the system.

In contrast, the video surveillance systems in HOA neighborhoods of today are able to connect wirelessly over long distances and can produce clear, high-resolution video feeds.

HD-CVI vs HD-TVI vs HD-AHD: What is the Best HD Security Camera Type?

HD-CCTV (High Definition-Closed Circuit Television) is CCTV’s response to the IP cameras high definition image quality. This technology can transfer uncompressed high-definition video over point-to-point coaxial cables. The biggest advantage we saw at the advent of HD-CCTV was the fact that newer HD-CCTV cameras did not require cabling upgrades. The original coaxial cables from the CCTV era had enough unused data spectrums that they could be used for the new HD-CCTV cameras. This made it easy to install brand new cameras while not requiring to overhaul your entire cabling system. 


What is HD-AHD?

AHD CCTV is an analog high definition closed-circuit television video surveillance standard that benefits from existing coax cable to transmit 720p and 1080p video resolutions HD video from security cameras to DVRs. AHD is able to transmit up to 1080p video resolution (1920 x 1080) in an uncompressed format over the same standard coaxial cable that is used for standard CCTV cameras.

This uncompressed video format is able to transmit over longer distances than either HD-SDI or Network IP cameras and without the latency and bandwidth issues that are so regular with IP Cameras.

In addition, AHD is able to transmit video, audio and control (OSD or PTZ) over a single coaxial cable instead of requiring separate cables for each transmission. Also, it is the cost effectiveness.


What is HD-TVI?

TVI lets customers who already have run BNC cable, the capacity to upgrade to an HD solution without changing any wiring. One of the best things about TVI is that you can upgrade cameras consistently. TVI recorders (TVI DVRS) are Backward Compatible with Analog Cameras – if you plug an analog camera into a TVI recorder it will identify that it is receiving analog rather than TVI’s digital signal and record in analog; if you plug a TVI Camera in it will recognize the digital signal and record in HD. As the video is compressed, TVI is perfect for upgrading to HD if you have already run BNC cable, but will not replace IP cameras as the dominant cameras of the future.

TVI recorders can gain signal from TVI cameras or Analog cameras. TVI is a transitional technology to help people with already existing cable get higher resolutions. All new installations should use IP cameras and NVRs as IP can already do 5x the resolution as TVI and IP cameras are considerably easier to install.

Contrasted with IP cameras, TVI cameras require Power Adapters (Wall Plugs) or Power Supplies (Power Distribution Boxes). Power distribution boxes are highly suggested, as power adapters don’t have any surge protection. TVI cameras use Siamese Cable and BNC Connectors.


What is HD-CVI?

HD-CVI (Composite Video Interface) was advanced by Dahua in 2012 and began to saw wide-release in 2014. This technology was a progress for CCTV cameras as it brought HD images and allowed for high-definition analog images to travel well over four hundred and even five hundred meters of cable. 


What are the differences HD-CVI vs HD-TVI vs HD-AHD?

So what are the main differences between these technologies?  For customer the most important thing is the split in how these technologies encode videos or, to be more specific, in their DVRs. While IP cameras can encode from the camera itself, as IP cameras are primarily tiny computers, HD-CCTV’s send their data to DVRs for encoding. The problem is that each technology must use its own DVR. You cannot cross an HD-CVI camera with an HD-TVI DVR, for instance. This is important as it means the consumer will be sticking with the technology they purchase first.

(Note: Initially, even old CCTV cameras did not work with newer DVR’s, but some new DVRs have amended this. For instance, HD-CVI’s Tribrid DVR, which supports analog, HD analog, and IP channels. Having such a DVR lets one to slowly upgrade their camera system instead of being forced to do a whole system replacement just because of a bottleneck at the DVR. Nevertheless, no new DVR has yet to let these three HD-CCTV technologies to communicate with one another. If you buy an HD-DVR for HD-CVI technology, then you best stick with HD-CVI cameras or otherwise you will need to buy a new HD-DVR!)

Another large difference is just who is manufacturing these technologies. HD-CVI products are both advanced and manufactured by Dahua. Based out of China, Dahua surprisingly does very little marketing, although their HD-CVI technology can at times be found masked by behind other names like HD-AVS or HD-MPX.

Contrastingly, HD-TVI was developed by Techpoint, but Techpoint is a chipset manufacturer. HD-TVI products are instead sold through other manufacturers, most primarily Hikvision which, as mentioned, is the largest camera manufacturer in the world, and LTS Security, which stands as the largest reseller. HD-TVI was also made to be open source, so there are a lot of smaller manufacturers moving HD-TVI products around the market. HD-AHD is the most notorious for being distributed by no name brands, which means its price point is also considerably lower than its two competitors. Nevertheless, as mentioned before, HD-AHD was also recently picked up by Hanwha Samsung which makes it much more formidable on the market today and especially going forward.

While these cameras have little technical differences, you are possibly to see quality issues depending on who you are buying them from. A no-name cheapo brand is definitely going to be more interested in cutting costs to ship out a low-cost product. You don’t just magically cut manufacturing costs, quality is going to be taking a hit somewhere. If you are a customer, you just need to keep in mind that you get what you pay for. If you’re seeing giant gaps in pricing between similar products then you also need to be looking at who is manufacturing the product.


4 in 1 video output (switchable TVI/AHD/CVI/CVBS)

4 in 1 video output (switchable TVI/AHD/CVI/CVBS)



Finally, these technologies are not that different from one another. You can actually drive it down to the overly detailed technical levels, if you want, and debate about the differences between PO3100K+DH9801 and OV9712+NVP2431H sensors, but it’s just not that important to the average camera consumer. What most needs to be understood are these two factors:

– DVR’s cannot communicate across technologies.

– Manufacturer reputation is crucial to buying a reliable product.

Guide for choosing the top brands of CCTV camera to secure your place!


Crimes have been increasing day by day very fast. Surveillance plays a key role to avoid and stop such criminal activities all around us. Keep an eye on the things you value most by installing CCTV cameras come in several modes like recording only, recording with sound effects, hidden CCTV cameras, and wireless cameras and so on. Top CCTV systems and cameras are set to arrest criminals. It leads to feeling safe, stable and secure in people’s life.

What many individuals don’t know, however, is that there is a range of different best brands of CCTV camera which fit various circumstances and that selecting the proper camera for the right demanding is essential.

If you are going to buy a top CCTV system then there are so many factors that you should keep in the mind. The most important factor is which company gives you the best service.  Here, we run through these brands of cameras and what makes them more suitable.

 There are so many companies available in the market of CCTV but very few companies available who can provide a quality service to their customers so before making any decision you have to make sure that they can give you a quality service after the sale.


Why CCTV is important for home or business ? 

Leaving home can be stressful if you’re worried about what might happen when you’re not there. Opportunely, a home security camera system can help tackle that issue by allowing you to track your property and pets. Furthermore, research shows that many burglars will bypass a house if they see a security camera. And if someone does break in, having security camera footage can assist expedite insurance claims and even help the police catch the perpetrator.

But as all electronic equipment, security cameras can be confusing and intimidating if you don’t understand how they work and what features to search. People in the market for a security camera may be wondering: What are the best security cameras? Do you need features like person detection, which can distinguish people from animals, and two-way talk, which lets you to talk to the person on camera? Where should security cameras be mounted? And what about reports of people hacking into them?

The effectiveness of CCTV cameras is quickly improving. We’ve seen tremendous improves in video resolution, infrared night vision capabilities, Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity, activity notifications, and remote mobile access in even just the last few years. Whether you want to increase your security capabilities or reduce theft and shrinkage in your business, you’ll need to buy the right security cameras – and that also means choosing the best CCTV camera brand.

If you’re just getting started with surveillance cameras or want to upgrade your existing surveillance system, looking for the ideal security camera brand online can be a bit confusing, especially with so many brands to choose from. Here is list of best camera brand around the world that will help you to choose the best camera brand for your premises, so let’s come to the point the Top CCTV Brand in world.



Top brands of CCTV camera uses in the UK


1. Hikvision Technology

Hikvision is an established security camera manufacturer. Their products feature top-of-the-line camera lenses with NVR and high-definition features. Catering to a global market, they’re among the best CCTV camera brands available.
They are a comprehensive security company, with products and services that contain video intercom systems and cybersecurity. Their target market ranges from homeowners to large corporations looking for a comprehensive security solution.
Their CCTV systems feature up-to-date surveillance technology and are often top choices for homeowners. You can choose from a wide range of camera types with Hikvision systems.
As a number 1 CCTV Brand, Hikvision uses its cutting edge fabricating offices to structure and make imaginative CCTV and video observation items. The organization’s finished item suite incorporates Smart IP cameras, HD simple cameras, speed vaults, NVRs, DVRs, video the board programming, get to control and alert frameworks, encoders, decoders, and different components of advanced security frameworks and CCTV innovation for any security need. Hikvision items serve a various arrangement of vertical markets that incorporates retail, banking and fund, transportation, training, business, government, and private applications.


2. Dahua Technology

Dahua Technology Co., Ltd. is a supplier of video security items and administrations, with the world’s second biggest piece of the pie, as per a 2015 IMS report.
Dahua Technology has around 13,000 representatives everywhere throughout the world. Dahua arrangements, items, and administrations are utilized in more than 180 nations and areas. It has 35 backups all-inclusive covering Asia, the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Oceania, Africa, and so on


3. BOSCH Security System

Bosch Security Systems is an inventive, worldwide, one-stop-look for great security and correspondence items. Offering an unmatched decision and a coordinated methodology, our organization offers a total scope of particular best in class items and frameworks for standard or altered applications and tasks. Bosch Security Systems gives frameworks and segments to a huge swath of uses.


4. AXIS communication

Axis Communications was established in 1984 by Martin Gren, Mikael Karlsson and Keith Bloodworth in Lund, Sweden. The organization created and sold convention converters and printer interfaces for the association of PC printers in IBM centralized server and scaled down PC conditions. Before the finish of the 1980s, Axis Communications had opened its first U.S. deals office in Boston, Massachusetts and in the mid-1990s began moving its concentrate away from IBM centralized computers towards systems administration and the TCP/IP convention.


5. Tiandy Technologies

Tiandy Technologies CO., LTD is one of top 10 leading CCTV manufacturer in China and a global supplier of advanced video surveillance solutions. Founded in 1994, Tiandy Tech is committed to providing customers with expert technical advice and support in addition to products that are developed and tested for professional applications.
With strong and highly-capable R&D team as the core of our company, Tiandy Technologies is the first company in the industry to put forward the “starlight” concept in 2015, which applied into IPC to take sharp and colorful image in static scene of 0.002 Lux. Then Tiandy Technologies improved the “Super Starlight” cameras with exclusive TVP algorithm to capture image in the static scene of 0.0004 Lux in 2017 and then in the dynamic scene of 0.0004 Lux in 2018 and completely launch the Star device line that consists IPC, PTZ and Panoramic series. Now, with user-friendly self-developed GUI, “Easy7” VMS and “EasyLive” mobile APP, they offer cost-efficient products and project-based products including 2MP to 16MP camera, 4X to 44X PTZ camera and 5ch to 320ch NVR, supporting milestone and patriot.


6. Uniview Technologies

Uniview Technologies Co., Ltd. is the pioneer and leader of IP video surveillance. Heritages profound IT technologies, they founded independently in December, 2011. they are the second largest player in the high-end video surveillance segment in China and the third largest in the overall video surveillance market in China as measured by 2014 revenue. As well, they insist on open cooperation, focusing on high quality and improving innovative ability. Uniview Focuses on customer’s needs, provide satisfactory products and services through continuously improvement. Protect customer’s investment, and create the biggest value for customers.


7. Sony

Sony is a significant top 10 CCTV camera marks on the planet, with the best CCTV camera types in the CCTV camera advertise. This organization with the best 10 surveillance cameras frameworks was established in 1946 by Masaru Ibuka and Akio Maruta. Sony is an anothe brand of top cctv camera brands in world. Sony CCTV cameras are considered in the main 10 surveillance cameras on the planet. Sony company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.


8. Prolux

PROLUX are known for providing innovative products and exceptional quality, they are quickly becoming one of the most sought after CCTV Products in the UK, with cameras available in both 2 Megapixel and 5 Megapixel as well as Turret and Bullet Styles. Also gives CCTV Kits, DVR, full color technology innovation, Starlight, and numerous different sorts of hardware that you should be protected.


9. TVT

TVT CCTV Company is a 13-year-old Chinese CCTV gear maker is prepared to obtain one of the greatest development markets. In a year ago TVT CCTV Company has changed its market procedure, they make three national wholesalers for selling items on the planet. Very trusty brand in the list of top cctv camera brands in world.



CP PLUS is a main worldwide producer of cutting edge security and reconnaissance arrangements with nearness in more than 60 nations over the globe. … Solid R&D, wide assortment of items and arrangements, and client situated way to deal with item advancement are prime drivers of progress for CP PLUS. Mostly used top cctv brand in india from this list of top cctv brands in world.



The global CCTV camera marketing is estimated to increase compound annual growth by 13% to 2022 in order to reach marketing worth more than $25 billion until 2022. The demand for first-rate CCTV cameras is expected to increase further at a high rate due to the rising urban growth, change in lifestyle and need for security monitoring by the governments and public bodies.