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Church Puts IP CCTV to Holy Different Use

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

A conversation in the local Co-Op between the vicar and a local resident led to IP cameras supplied by use-IP being used for a very different application than security.

As some elderly parishioners of St Peter and St Paul Church in Deddington began to find it difficult to attend the Sunday Service, the idea of a live audio stream was proposed. However, long pauses in the service (during communion, for example) revealed that both audio and video would be ideal. The brains behind the scheme, local resident David Rogers, used the church’s existing telephone line to establish a broadband connection, to which he connected a PC and IP cameras sourced from use-IP. He began with the Axis M1011 but found that the Axis M1054 was much more effective in producing the desired picture quality when viewed in full-screen. Recently, Mr Rogers has installed a second Axis M1054 facing the font at the rear of the Church to enable a second view, which is particularly useful during baptisms. A third IP camera (the Axis M1011-W) is used by the bell ringers of the church to alert them to the arrival of the bride during wedding services.

 

Using an application controlling Adobe Flash Live Media Encoder, the stream automatically switches on each morning and an operator can remotely adjust the volume to suit each service, whether it is solemn vows or a full choir and organ.

 

The project looks set to extend further into the UK, with interest from Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, St John’s in Carterton and Buckingham Parish Church. The use of IP cameras in churches has also been noted on a more worldwide scale, following a visit from the Curate of Deddington (armed with nothing more than a laptop, an Axis M1011 and some cables) to Sweden to stream the consecration of Bishop Elect Jan-Olof Johannson from Uppsala Cathedral.

 

St Peter & St Paul

Back in Deddington, the success of the project is undeniable. Services are streamed frequently in the local nursing home and hospital, much to the delight of loyal church-goers, with one broadcast reaching an audience of 160. The technology has even enabled new Godparents from as far as Kuala Lumpur and New Zealand to take their vows and actively partake in baptism services from thousands of miles away.

 

The possibilities seem endless. Future projects planned in the Parish include a communal reading of the St James’ Bible in honour of its 400th anniversary conducted over Skype and a ‘Christianity in 15 Objects’ series planned for 2011-12.

 

This may be a far cry from the ‘normal’ applications of IP CCTV Cameras but the work in Deddington goes a long way to prove how dynamic the products at use-IP can be.

 

For more information, please visit www.deddingtonchurch.org and watch a service yourself!

Axis IP Cameras – 15 Years of Development

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Axis IP cameras have been leading the market for the past 15 years!

I can remember the Axis 2100 well.

Great to see that even after 15 years Axis aren’t slowing down at all, with recently announced new models that will have their competitors working hard to keep up! More on those new models to follow in the coming days and weeks, checkout the video below for a brief overview of their product history.

Visit our webshop for the full range of Axis IP Cameras.

Who buys IP CCTV?

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

IP CCTV has been around for a number of years now and it’s interesting to just pause and consider who is committing to it as their chosen surveillance technology.

It’s interesting to note that more and more of the big system users, with the resources to carry out in-depth trials, and the experience of previous technologies are now rolling-out IP CCTV solutions at their sites. IKEA, John Lewis, casinos, shopping centres and ports all feature amongst this set of big customers that have switched to IP CCTV.

In the world of smaller surveillance systems, there are two clear categories of customers that select IP CCTV:

CCTV Upgraders

People who already have traditional analogue CCTV systems and want something better. They’ve had incidents, they’ve reviewed recordings, they would like to be able to ‘see more’ next time there’s an incident …

The Tech Savvy

People who ‘get it’ – they have their finger on the pulse of technology, they check lots of websites, they consider and compare different manufacturers, they read the specifications on the datasheets, they understand megapixels, bandwidth, gigabytes and lux levels, they call and discuss their application …

Who doesn’t buy IP CCTV?

Basically, the price conscious consumer. They know (or have been told) that they must have CCTV. They look for the cheapest solution to tick that box, they don’t consider the image quality, they don’t read specifications. They don’t profess to understand analogue or ‘digital’ CCTV. They may have been told (by a friend, or the first installer that they spoke to) that they need a DVR. They are often keen to get the job done, and they just buy cheap.

Of course, these people become the ‘CCTV upgraders’ of the future … because once they have committed to the co-ax cabling and BNC connectors of traditional CCTV they’re not going to be able to do a lot to improve their system by simply changing components, and in due course they are quite likely to upgrade to IP CCTV …

Gigabytes & Terabytes (and even Petabytes)

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Gigabytes is a term that we have all become familiar with, as the Hard Disc Drives (HDDs) in most Personal Computers (PCs) are now typically sized in the Gigabyte range.

A reasonably modern PC is likely to be supplied with a 250 or 500GB hard drive. A disc of such capacity is likely to be more than adequate for most standard PC usage.

Back in the days when Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) were a new technology the first units were typically supplied with a 40GB hard disc, that being the largest single drive capacity available at the time.

As with all things technological HDD sizes have developed greatly, and it is now quite simple to purchase a single HDD with a capacity of 1.5 Terabytes!

What’s a Terabyte? One Terabyte is equivalent to one thousand Gigabytes.

Therefore 1.5 TB = 1,500GB!

That’s a heck of a lot of storage capacity on a single drive.

Why do we need all of this capacity for IP CCTV recording solutions? If you are familiar with taking and manipulating digital still photographs you’ll be aware that a single high quality image file may be 1MB (MegaByte) in size. Bear in mind that with a network camera CCTV solution we will effectively be capturing many such images every second, from every camera, and you’ll begin to understand that we can very soon accumulate GigaBytes of storage.

The amount of storage available directly dictates how much video we can store. We can regulate this by either adjusting the file size of the images (using some form of video compression) or by adjusting the number of images per secnd that we capture (the frame rate or fps – frames per second).

The really big IP CCTV camera solutions (see our IP CCTV Facts page) are now using PetaBytes of storage.

  • 1 GigaByte = 1,000 MegaBytes (106)
  • 1 TeraByte = 1,000 GigaBytes (109)
  • 1 PetaByte (1015) = 1,000 TeraBytes (1012)
  • 1PB = 1,000,000,000,000,000 Bytes – that’s a lot of image storage!!!!