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When it comes to installing CCTV system at a residential property, the most frequently asked question by many homeowners are whether they are allowed to install video surveillance system to monitor their helpers. Generally there is no issue in doing so, but before rushing into it, there are some factors to consider. This article shares a few pointers to note before making a decision to install CCTV system at your home.
Install out of Necessity Most homeowners would only look into surveillance if their helpers are engaged to take care of infants, toddlers or elderlies whom are incapable or unable to verbalise how they have been treated. Other cases such as suspicion of your helper stealing, spiking of food or doing other dodgy activities are also few factors that make homeowners choose to install CCTV System.
In today’s context, security and surveillance can be considered indispensable. CCTV systems provide the convenience and ease of monitoring the security of your property when you’re not physically around. Despite the advantages, it is not unusual that your CCTV systems may experience minor faults at times and it would be useful for you to be equipped with simple troubleshooting skills so you may diagnose the issue before engaging the professionals.
Our team has come up with a 3-step checklist to help you diagnose the fault of your system. Most CCTV Systems consist of three main components, 1) Camera, 2) Recorder, 3) Software. This article will equip you with the basic skills to diagnose the health of your system.
Businesses are always looking for cost effective ways to secure their offices electronically. In this article, we will be sharing on both the pros and cons of standalone access control system and how it applies to your requirements.
Pros of Standalone Reader
Savings on Installation Costs
Standalone access controller reader is, as the name implies, a standalone device. This means that all components are within the device at the door and not distributed across the premises. The results in a reduction of costs otherwise associated to cabling, conduit and increased installation or labour costs. This is ideal for businesses with lower budget allocation for security purposes. These cost savings are usually the number one reason why standalone systems are chosen over fully networked access control systems.
The topic around installation of CCTV Systems in office premises has always been a hot topic of debate in many organisations. Some feel that having a CCTV system in place provides assurance that they are being well protected, while on the flip side, others feel that their privacy is being compromised.
In this article, we share some potential benefits your organisation could gain from having a CCTV system at your workplace.
1. Curb Workplace Harassment and Misconduct
Harassment at the office has always been one of the key concerns for many employers. With CCTV systems in place, employees’ sense of security would be heightened knowing that they are being more protected with live surveillance features.
CCTV recordings can serve as a form of evidence when incidents occur. This could be vital to clear any misunderstanding and prevent any employee from being maligned.
These days, off-the-shelf Wireless IP cameras are easily available in the market. Consumers often find themselves in a dilemma of choosing to install a full-fledged CCTV system or an off-the-shelf solution.
In this article we will list out a few factors that you can consider before making your purchase.
CCTV surveillance cameras are commonplace in most urban developments. Nonetheless, it is necessary to be aware of the rules and regulations on installation of CCTV Cameras in most HDB and private condominiums. An application is commonly required by the MCST and town councils pertaining to installation of cameras at common areas. You can always write in to them for approval.
Do bear in mind of the need to juggle your requirements of having a camera installed outside your house against the privacy of your neighbours. Having the camera installed at the right location and angle should solve most of the issue.
Adding your device on the mobile app allows you remote access to all operations such as live view, playback and device management of your CCTV video recording.
Here are the simple steps you can easily follow to add device for your Hikvision CCTV recorder on the mobile application iVMS-4500.
To enter Device Management interface, click the icon at the top left corner and select Devices.
Tip #1. Change All Default Passwords to ‘Strong’ Passwords
Change all default passwords for all users on all devices that can be accessed remotely from the Internet. Default usernames and passwords for most devices are very well known by unauthorised users looking to access security systems online and the default usernames and passwords are details that an unauthorised user will try first. Most people are unaware that there are actual large default username and password reference databases online, making the unauthorised user’s job even easier.
Make sure you use a powerful password that is difficult to figure out. It is recommended to use a password that is at least 6 characters or longer with a combination of lower-case and upper-case letters, as well as numbers and special characters. Also, make sure you change the password frequently.
Surprising to some, research has shown that 34% of burglars tried entering homes using front doors. It is undoubtedly important to place a surveillance camera at the entrance of your front door to secure against and deter burglars. It is recommended to place the camera at a higher position to prevent any mischief or tampering of the camera. Alternatively, you may opt for vandal proof cameras that are not easily damaged.
While 34% of burglars enter homes using front doors, 23% of burglars use the back door to make a quiet entry into the house. It would be essential to install cameras at the back door and not forgetting, the side doors of your house. Again, the camera should be strategically located and be out of reach of hands. It should also have the required protection around it to prevent damage and breakage. It would also be ideal to have cameras with night vision features.
No Loss of Keys
Having an Access Control System eliminates the need for company keys. Besides the risk of loss of keys, in the event that an employee leaves the company and fails to return the company key, you avoid being at the expense of making new keys or even changing the locks to secure against unauthorised access. With an Access Control System, you can simply remove the employee’s access rights from the system.