The New 4k IP Cameras – A Writeup of Axis and Hikvision’s Webinar

January 7th, 2016

Axis P1428-E - From use-IP's range of 4k IP cameras
Hikvision and Axis recently gave a webinar in conjunction with Security System News on the topic of 4k IP cameras, the challenges that the new technology brings, as well as the vast number of benefits we can expect to see within the next couple of years as it increasingly moves towards becoming the industry standard. Below is a short writeup of their discussion by us at use-IP, where we’ll go over their points and provide a general introduction to 4k technology for the average user. Be sure to check out the webinar yourself here if you’re interested, ‘From the Living Room to the Control Room: 4k Ultra HD Surveillance‘, as it makes for a very interesting listen for anyone excited about where the technology will be taking us over the next few years.

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Your First Home Security System – Part 3: NVRs and Storage Solutions

December 22nd, 2015

Hikvision DS-7716NI-I4-16P 16 Channel Network Video Recorder

In this third part of our multi-part series on setting up your first home security system, we’ll be looking at network video recorders (NVRs) and the different storage options available to you as a first-time buyer. We’ll cover NVR hardware and how to balance footage quality with storage space and network bandwidth.

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Your First Home Security System – Part 2: IP Camera Features In-Depth

December 15th, 2015

Hikvision DS-2CD2142FWD-I 4mm 4MP WDR Fixed Dome Network Camera

In this second part of our multi-part series on setting up your first home security system, we’ll be building on the basics we covered last week and go more in-depth on the different IP camera features we should be considering when purchasing our system, and the options that are available. We’ll cover camera resolution, frame-rate, and infrared.

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The Western Digital Purple NV Hard Drives

December 10th, 2015

Western Digital have in recent months expanded their Purple range of hard drives, designed for use within IP camera security systems. The new NV series comes in both the 4TB WD4NPURX model and 6TB WD6NPURX model, and they greatly increase the load-capacity of the previous Purple series drives by allowing support for up to 64 simultaneous HD-cameras recording via NVR. This is a big step-up from the previous maximum of 32 HD-cameras, and so makes them perfect for use within large security systems.

Western Digital Purple NV, 6TB WD6NPURX

Unlike a traditional hard drive, the Western Digital Purple series is designed specifically with surveillance storage in mind. This means that they are designed to hold up under 24/7 usage, high temperature variances, and the continuous read/write operations that come with long-term video storage. The result is that they have a far longer lifespan than a conventional hard drive when used in this capacity, and a far lower rate of data-loss over time, meaning they’re excellent for ensuring that your footage is stored securely and fully.

On top of all this, they are also calibrated to ensure low power consumption, noise, and vibration, further extending their lifespan and making them a very safe purchase for both large and small security camera systems.

The full data sheet for the Western Digital Purple NV is available at the use-IP website, as well as the full WD Purple series currently available for purchase.

Your First Home Security System – Part 1: IP Camera Types

December 8th, 2015

Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I

Concerned about crime in your area? Does your home contain valuables that you’re unhappy leaving unattended? Simply looking for a little additional peace of mind that your property and family are secure? Then installing your first home security system may be the right move. In the first part of this multi-part series, we’ll be looking at the different IP camera types available, and wade through some of the most common designs and their features in order to identify some of the key things you need to consider when deciding what set-up is right for you home.

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