July 31, 2012
A new generation of small drones and robots are about to reshape the world of high-tech surveillance.
They include drones that look like the seeds of a maple tree and others that can fly in formation like a flock of birds. Soon swarms of drones will hit the skies and take to the oceans…
They could provide remote surveillance for complex systems like oil rigs and power plants. Or they could help farmers track crop yields and insects in their fields. But no matter how you slice it this is cutting-edge stuff…
Take the case of the newest entry from Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT). Its latest spy drone is called the Samarai. The firm compares it to maple tree seeds that millions of kids over the years have turned into toy helicopters.
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March 28, 2012
A recent report by IMS Research states that the cloud-based video surveillance market could exceed $1 billion in 2012. However, the report states that despite its developments pricing is a major hindrance.
ControlByNet announced today its new white label package for integrators providing them ControlByNet’s hosted video solution starting at $10 per camera per month. The new pricing offers integrators the ability to immediately offer a cloud-based or hosted video surveillance option to small businesses and opportunity to greatly increase recurring revenue.
“Our new white label offering allows integrators to ease into cloud-based security and focus on the core of their business and not on infrastructure. With our hosted solution, i-flashback REMOTE, we worry about the uptime, servers, bandwidth and upgrades,” said Ryan Strange, CEO of ControlByNet. “In addition, the price per camera per month for basic recording is usually in the $25 – $35 range, so our new pricing provides a great opportunity for resellers and integrators to gain significant recurring revenue.” Read the rest of this entry »
December 7, 2011
From one woman shopper using pepper spray on at least 10 shoppers to a “waffle riot” in Arkansas, this year’s Black Friday is best be described as madness. But shoppers aren’t the only ones out during the holidays. The holiday shopping season turns shopping centers and malls into feeding grounds for criminals.
According to a recent Washington Post article, “Retail crime increases about 30 percent this time of year as people crowd malls and retail centers for holiday shopping, according to some police departments across the region.” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/crime-scene/post/retail-crime-police-activity-jumps-during-holidays/2011/12/01/gIQABbNbHO_blog.html
Lucky for retail outlets and police departments, there are surveillance cameras everywhere and retail outlets are becoming very tech-savvy. No longer are they relying on DVRs which can become a victim of crimes themselves as thieves destroy or steal them. Today’s retail outlets are turning to solutions like ControlByNet’s i-flahsback REMOTE to securely monitor their stores from anywhere on any Internet connected device.
Retail Info System News recently posted “The 12 Ways of Christmas Surveillance” (http://risnews.edgl.com/retail-trends/The-12-Ways-of-Christmas-Surveillance76963) providing insight to retailers on how network based IP surveillance can provide both data and alerts to help fight crime, as well as improve sales and operations.
ControlByNet customers including a Tires Plus franchisee has experienced the benefits of IP-based video surveillance first-hand. The client had someone break in and steal some tires and computers. Unfortunately for the owner, the robber also picked up the DVR and walked out with the evidence. That was the last straw for this owner, who is now using i-flashback REMOTE for multiple shops. No data onsite for theft, and there have been more than a few who have been caught in criminal activity. What’s best for this owner is he can login and see all locations just as he was there, and each manager can also log into his/her respective location.
August 4, 2011
In today’s Internet-enabled world, businesses need to utilize the public network infrastructure for their video surveillance needs. Many organizations assume cloud-based technology consists of data stored on someone else’s servers sitting in a data center. However the cloud is not a box sitting in a rack, it is a network communications backbone that enables technology to work in new ways.
In the past, video surveillance focused on digital video recorders sitting onsite in a closet or underneath a monitor. While digital cameras are certainly in the mix now, analog cameras are still popular with an older generation of cctv installers. The learning gap tends to scare many installers from making the jump to more advanced solutions.
However, there are many new experts in the video surveillance field that utilize technology to provide much more complete and effective solutions. A recent study by Lusax, a research group at Lund University in Sweden, found that the installation of a mid-sized IP video surveillance system costs less than installing a corresponding analog system. These solutions don’t stop at a box in the closet but expand to multiple options for the business.
The importance of thoughtful planning of a video surveillance system cannot be overlooked. Decisions today will still be impacting the solution for years to come. Consider not only the initial needs of the solution but also where the system will be in 5 years.
ControlByNet’s white paper: Leveraging the Cloud for Video Surveillance Solutions: From the Small Business to the Enterprise Organization outlines multiple IP security scenarios and how they may benefit an organization. The full white paper can be downloaded at http://www.controlbynet.com/Leveraging%20the%20Cloud%20for%20Video%20Surveillance%20Solutions.pdf