Summer Sun Increases Heat and Crime Wave

May 25, 2016

School’s out, pools are open and temperatures are rising. But temperatures aren’t the only thing increasing, according to the Department of Justice, crime is 10.5% more common in the summer than the winter. The Urban Institute also adds that the most targeted places “are those located in public spaces, or [areas] that are open to public view. Properties where no one has direct responsibility for the area, or those that seem less well guarded.” With people looking to enjoy the sun or beat summer boredom, clubhouses, pools, tennis courts, playgrounds and parking lots are all in need of better surveillance.

Here are the Top 5 Amenity Area Problems

  1. Common Area Vandalism
  2. After Hours Swimming
  3. Neighbors Filling Up Trash Bins
  4. Chairs Thrown Into Pool
  5. Nightly Visitors in the Parking Lot

Those are just the more common problems. ControlByNet’s cameras have captured some interesing vandals, thieves and loiters in the act.

ControlByNet Cloud Surveillance Footage of Community Pool

Actual ControlByNet footage

Here are the Top 5 Amenity Problems Caught on CBN Cameras

  1. Spray Painted Bathrooms
    (Luckily video was IN THE CLOUD because the vandals looked for video to destroy but couldn’t find it!)
  2. Concrete Bags in Pool
  3. Destroyed Vending Machines
  4. Midnight Pool Party
  5. Drivers Running Gates

Security System News: North American video surveillance market poised for rapid expansion

July 16, 2014

ControlByNet continues to see growth with its i-flashback CLOUD solution. The following article on Security System News by Leif Kothe projects rapid growth in the video surveillance market.

With the technology becoming ever more sophisticated, video surveillance systems are on the verge of becoming an indispensible component of security systems worldwide. In the coming years, the growth of the North American market is expected to reflect that reality.

Worth $4.56 billion in 2013, the market is projected to reach $15.81 billion by 2020, according to a market report from BIS Research titled, “Video Surveillance System (camera, storage, monitor, software & services) market size: Global analysis & forecast—2014 to 2020.”

“The ongoing market trend suggests that in the coming years there will be a massive proliferation of IP cameras in the market, thanks to the high image quality and low power consumption in such cameras,” Ravi Baid, technology practice head at BIS Research, told Security Systems News.

Baid noted that high revenues in recent times are in part attributable to recent terror attacks, such as the Boston Marathon bombing, which showcased the efficacy of sophisticated video surveillance systems. Recent high-profile attacks and crimes have demonstrated that many security systems were, according to Baid, “lacking the ‘intelligence’ required to monitor and control anti-social activities.”

To read more

Residential Security Growth to Outpace Commercial

July 15, 2013

CEPro By Jason Knott, July 12, 2013

The residential sector accounted for 40.7 percent of the $2.7 billion global intruder alarm market in 2012, according to IMS Research.  The study “The World Maker for Intruder Alarms – 2013 Edition” forecasts this to be one of the fastest-growing verticals with a five-year compound annual growth rate of 5.3 percent from 2012 to 2017. “The increase in new entrants attempting to penetrate the North American and European markets for home security is evidence of how successful this trend is becoming,” says Adi Pavlovic, analyst for access control, fire and security at IHS “Home-management integration is gaining the most popularity in North America, which will increase the penetration rate of intruder alarm products into the residential sector. Europe also may not be too far behind, as energy-management features are making their way into more homes every year. Deployment in Asia, however, is expected to be the slowest due to its large multifamily-apartment culture and the absence of professional monitoring services.” While the trend to integration is becoming popular in single-family homes, its progress in the commercial sector continues to be slow.

Super Bowl Ads: Surveillance Plays Part in Coca Cola Feel Good Ad

February 4, 2013

Feel good ads were the definite winners of the Super Bowl commercials.  My personal favorite was the baby Clydesdale commercial, but another heartfelt ad was the one Coca Cola presented that included surveillance cameras.  See excerpts from the SDM article by Sabrina Gasulla to see how video surveillance can also highlight the positive sides of life.

Surveillance Gets Prime-Time Spotlight

By Sabrina Gasulla February 4, 2013

Coca-Cola’s “Let’s Look at the World a Little Differently” ad spot was ranked fourth by ADBOWL® voters after last night’s Super Bowl XLVII. If you missed it, the 30-second ad is made up of surveillance camera clips from around the world that caught a good deed in progress.

Best of all, this mass exposure of surveillance clips that are discernible on a large, HD screen does a lot to show those still using outdated CCTV technology what they’re missing.

Aside from the free publicity, the ad is comforting — showing that even something designed to see bad things can’t help but see the good as well.  The world isn’t always a scary place; but for those times when it is, I’m glad to know someone’s got an eye on us.

To read the entire SDM article

Analog vs HD Surveillance Cameras – Infographic

September 13, 2012

Explore this infographic charting the rise of CCTV and of the use of HD surveillance systems