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CCTV Surveillance Facts?

March 5th, 2009

CCTV Surveillance Camera

CCTV camera statistics are often quoted to illustrate how we are all watched by 300 cameras a day, and how many millions of security cameras there are in the UK.

We’ve commented on these ‘facts’ previously and pointed out that they never seem to increase since we first quoted them over five years ago, and wonderment at how these numbers of installed surveillance cameras were ever established?

There was an interesting piece in The Guardian yesterday by Paul Lewis, with many links to research and the original documents that first cited (in some cases made-up) these claims.

David Aaronovitch has been snooping on statistics. His mission: to get to the bottom of the dubious claim, often quoted as fact, that the average Briton is caught on 300 CCTV cameras a day.

The statistic is fiction. Or at least was written as such when it first appeared in 1999 in the book The Maximum Surveillance Society. The author, Sheffield University’s Professor Clive Norris stated clearly in the book that the “contrived account” of a day in the life of a man called Thomas Reams was “a fictional construction” designed to mirror the reality of routine surveillance. That important detail appears to have been lost when the estimate was referenced in a landmark study for the Office of the Information Commissioner.

The original detective work of chasing these stats was carried out by David Aaronovitch in an article in The Times:

The mystery stat was sitting on one of our Times blogs and read “the average Brit is caught on security cameras some 300 times a day” and, God knows why, I just decided to chase the number down and find out where it came from. The colleague responsible for the blog referred me to a couple of news stories, and to a document issued by the office of an important and newsworthy quango.

CCTV Jobs

February 25th, 2009

CCTV EngineerCCTV job queries seem very popular at the moment, presumably due to the current economic climate?

We’ve added a list of specialist recruitment companies to a new CCTV Jobs thread in our CCTV Forum.

The recruitment companies listed there all specialise in security job vacancies.

Many of them offer career guidance tips too.

Good Luck to any job hunters out there …

Sanyo VCC-HD4000P added to webshop

January 20th, 2009

Sanyo VCC-HD4000P Megapixel Camera

We mentioned Sanyo’s new HD4000 high definition camera back before Christmas.

It’s a four megapixel camera supplied with built-in 4MP lens and 4 million pixel progressive scan CMOS sensor to deliver sharp clear images.

It’s built-in 10X optical zoom lens makes the Sanyo HD4000 an ideal solution for banking and retail CCTV applications where there may be a requirement for close-up detail of any incidents.

The VCC-HD4000P also offers dual streaming H.264 and JPEG, enabling simultaneous high definition recording and live monitoring across a network.

An HDMI ouput allows the full quality of the camera’s images to be realised on an HD monitor, whilst there is also a BNC connector enabling viewing on a traditional CCTV monitor.

This camera also has the facility for on-board video recording to an SD card via its built-in SD slot, or local connection (via USB) to an external HDD (Hard Disc Drive).

Other features include:

  • Motion detection
  • Privacy masking
  • Automatic email transmission upon alarm
  • Power Over Ethernet (POE) support
  • 10 X optical zoom
  • 16 X digital zoom
  • A combined 160 X zoom capability

Click the link to learn more about the Sanyo VCC-HD4000P IP CCTV Camera

“Seeing is believing” – Google Android phone as wireless worn camera!

January 16th, 2009

Google Android phone hat!

This one’s just for fun, and it could only appear on a Friday.

I guess we’ve all experienced the frustrations of providing remote Tech Support to an end-user who really doesn’t know what they’re doing and can’t explain what they’re seeing. Well, this may be the ideal solution if:

  • you can get you Mum, Aunt or Boss(?) to wear it!?
  • and you can afford the mobile phone charges for video streaming.

Click the image for more info.

You need to look around Dan’s site for some other great innovations …

Have a good weekend …

Found via – Crunch Gear

Home CCTV on your TV

January 15th, 2009

As our home networks extend to connect more and more devices utilising our broadband internet routers, gigabit switches, media centres, wireless networks, multiple family PCs etc. it is becoming ever simpler to share any data on the network.

We don’t normally comment much on developments in televisions here, but just in case it has passed you by, we think it is worth mentioning the advanced connectivity options available from sets such as Sony’s latest Bravia range.

Sony HDTV with ethernet

This HD TV comes with ethernet connectivity and is ready to connect to the internet:

Sony’s new XBR9 and Z-series models feature an Ethernet connection, allowing the sets to directly access Sony BRAVIA Internet Video content using an existing broadband connection. The service offers one of the largest selections of free and premium movies, TV shows, sports, music and more from an array of partners like Amazon Video on Demand, YouTube®, Yahoo!®, Slacker(sm), and others.

Read more details over at engadget.

The XBR9 and Z-series models are also Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA®) compliant, enabling easy access to digital photos, music and video stores on a PC or other DLNA server using the XMB® interface and the TV’s remote control.

This capability should enable you to connect to a PC or Network Attached Storage (NAS) on your network and access stored network CCTV video.

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