Sunday, August 16, 2015

iPhone and iPad Security Camera Apps

iPhone and iPad Security Camera Apps
As a well-known eSecurity Professional in India I got many appreciation call/mail for my Blog writing. Thanks to all of you for read and understand my wrong English writing on my blog. Recently I visit Bhubaneswar (Located in India, Capital of Orissa) and face some question, customer ask you people highlight our NVR/ DVR is support Remote viewing on iPhone & iPad, but we are not enjoy the benefits of mobile security camera monitoring. Our System Integrator / Installer technical person come and say something that we are not understands. So you’ve come to the right place. Many IP camera and NVR manufacturers have unveiled top-of-the-line mobile monitoring apps compatible with the iPhone and iPad. A list of manufacturer iPhone security camera apps and iPad security camera apps is provided below, each with a detailed description of noteworthy features.

iPhone & IPad Security Camera App Name: OpticaMobile & OpticaMobile HD
Optica, a leading manufacturer of high-definition IP cameras, offers OpticaMobile and OpticaMobile HD mobile apps designed for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. OpticaMobile delivers a wide spectrum of features to improve the viewing experience for all Optica IP cameras, including quad-view mode, live video streams, bookmarking, audio, snapshots, dual stream support, and PTZ control of Optica’s P218Z speed dome. It’s an easy and convenient way to tap into your Optica IP camera system while on the go. OpticaMobile HD is built for use on the iPad, while OpticaMobile is compatible with iPhone and Android devices.

iPhone & IPad Security Camera App Name: XProtect Mobile
Milestone is one of the leading providers of video management software. Always on the forefront of IP video technology, Milestone offers an iPhone security camera app designed for use with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPad. To use the iPhone and iPad app, you must first have Milestone’s free XProtect Mobile Server installed and configured, which you can download from the Milestone website. Once installed on your iPhone, you can view live video from several cameras simultaneously; play back recorded images; control PTZ cameras; connect to cameras from more than one site; and send images to others via MMS and email. It’s by far one of the best mobile monitoring apps out there.

iPhone & IPad Security Camera App Name: Smartvue 9
An all-star player in the NVR market, Smartvue offers a complimentary iPhone and iPad monitoring app compatible with a wide range of IP camera brands and styles such as Axis, Sony, Optica, Vivotek, and Panasonic. This innovative app allows you to view numerous cameras at once, slide through live images, connect to different cameras, change display options, see off-site camera monitors, view recorded video, and search archived footage. It’s easy to use, has an intuitive design, and operates through simple touch screen functions such as scrolling and pinch-to-zoom.

iPhone & IPad Security Camera App Name: Vivotek iViewer
The iViewer iPhone security camera app created by Vivotek is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and iPad devices. With the iViewer app installed on your iPhone or iPad, you can view your live camera feed anytime, anywhere. You’re not limited to just one camera either; the iViewer supports hundreds of live camera feeds from innumerable server connections. The app gives you complete control of your live video, including PTZ camera control, a snapshot command to capture specific video frames, real-time switching of cameras to change displays as needed, and saving your display settings. The app also features remote playback so you can browse through recorded images for peace of mind. Additionally, you can search recorded video via a date and time, and playback recorded video in time intervals of 1, 2, 5, and 10 minutes.

iPhone & IPad Security Camera App Name: VMobile
NVR manufacturer QNAP offers a free mobile monitoring app called VMobile that works with most versions of the iPhone as well as the iPad. Using the VMobile app, you can view your IP cameras and playback recorded video from the VioStor NVR series. Unique to the VMobile app is its ability to connect with hundreds of network cameras of varied brands. You’ll have access to breakthrough mobile monitoring features like PTZ control, notification of events and snapshots, adjustable viewing modes, and recorded video playback.

iPhone & IPad Security Camera App Name: MobileFocus
Everfocus is one of the world’s most trusted manufacturers of CCTV camera systems and DVRs. The MobileFocus app supports multi-touch control for zooming in on images, quick access to preset positions, sequence mode, image snapshots of real-time video, PTZ control, full screen displays, live audio, and device management, among many other convenient features. The app currently works with all Paragon Series DVRs and HD Series DVRs.

Backup and Archiving

Backup and Archiving

Backup and archiving are always mentioned together, as both of these technologies support primary data storage. However, the commonalities end over here and cannot be carried forward. But in enterprise IT world it is often observed that archive is analogous to backup.
Simply put, backup and archive are not the same and here’s why explained in simple terms-

Data Backup

Data backup is intended to recover individual lost or corrupt files, or individually corrupt operating system instances. The backed up data has both active and inactive information which encompasses all of your production data. This backup set is useful for purposes of recovery in case of the original copy of data is lost or becomes inaccessible due to reasons. It is always critical that a backup is a copy of production data and the actual data still resides on the production storage systems.
Backups are historically being optimized for large scale recoveries. They are written in large blocks to dedicated hardware like tape libraries or deduplicated disk backup appliances.
On a typical note, these backups are scheduled, often every 24 hours, sometimes more frequently, even hourly with some continuous data protection solutions. The data driven by a backup is stored on a tape or a disk solution or off site like a cloud platform. Restoration from backup can be a complex and lengthy process depending on the volume of data to be restored.

Data archiving

Data archiving on the other hand, is data meant for long term retention, typically for compliance purposes in regulated industries such as finance and legal sectors. These are actually designed with very different access profiles. These systems typically store individual data objects such as files, databases or email messages and usually also capture metadata associated with each item.  The result is that an archive can provide immediate granular access to stored information and so accessing an individual file or email is typically very easy in an archive system.
Generally, archiving solutions which retain and index all copies and versions of a document, file, or email, making them easily are expected to be rapidly retrievable by end users rather than IT admins.

So, please do not treat your backups as archives or vice versa as same, as they serve for different purposes.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Installation of Camera In Harsh Environment

In this article, our aim to provide you some basic information about same standard which determine the outdoor working reliability. Outdoor Security cameras must be able to continue working properly. To achieve this, the security cameras must can effectively withstand in harsh conditions - such as rain, dust, wind, sand, salt, extreme hot and cold temperature etc. Many factors determine the camera whether they are suitable for specific outdoor critical environments.

To let user know whether certain products are suitable for certain conditions, some international organizations set standards that can indicate how effectively product can work in environment prone to water, dust, explosion and impact. Ingress protection is the most widely used one standard.

IP stands for ingress protection which is a standard (IEC-529) that specify how caable equipment can withstand the ingress, or entry, of dust or water. An IP is usually consisted of two numerals, the first digital indicates the level of protection that the enclosure provides against access to hazardous parts (e.g. electrical conductors, moving parts) and the ingress of solid foreign objects, the second digital indicates the protection of the equipment inside the enclosure against harmful ingress of water. For harsh environment, the security camera should be rated IP66 to IP68 as opposed to IP32 to IP54 for indoor environment.

IK or impact protection, is the standard that specify degrees of protection provided by enclosures for electrical equipment against external mechanical impacts in accordance with IEC 62262:2002 and IEC 60068-2-75:1997. IK rating system ranges from IK00, or no protection, to IK10, or protection against 20 joules impact, equivalent to impact of 5kg mass dropped from 400 mm above impacted surface. Typically, vandal-proof security cameras utilizes high impact polycarbonate plastic dome. Tamper-resistant screws make the unit resistant to vandalism.

The majority of all surge-induced damage is caused by surges and spikes travelling along unprotected video, data, and power lines. These surges originally come from a wide variety of sources, including lightning strikes and static charge buildup. Surge protection can provide protection for both IP video surveillance and analog video surveillance systems which include front-end cameras, data lines, power lines, back-end storage DVR, NVR, as well as PoE switches. When security cameras are installed outdoor, extra surge protection is essential, surge protection is a smart investment in preventing not only equipment loss, but the potential loss of critical information.

Users also need to consider the temperature factor if the camera is installed in extreme hot or low temperature degrees environment, the security cameras should be able to withstand these conditions. While typical security camera ought to have a working temperature range from -10 to 60 degrees Celsius, critical environment products should be able to work in a range between -40 and 70 degrees Celsius. Some IP cameras has built-in heater and fan to maintain the camera's inner temperature therefore allows camera to work in an extreme high/low environments.

Many other new technologies which has been implemented into security camera to enable them work in places that subject to danger or extreme weather conditions. Pelco by Scheider Electric released a series of products that have capability to withstand water and dust ingress, fog, high and low temperatures, winds of up to 57 meters per second, explosions, and corrosion by salt and different types of chemicals.

Many different technologies have been utilized to make those features possible. For example, some products feature the pressurized integrated optics cartridge (IOC) technology, which is able to protect the equipment from moisture and airborne contaminants and packages an auto-focus camera, lens, heater, and sensors in a small, self-contained, and sealed unit. Another cutting-edge technology is Dry nitrogen pressurized to 10 pounds per square inch gauge (PSIG), which protects the environment inside the cartridge, whereby sensors strategically placed in the cartridge send an alert message if changes in pressure, humidity, or temperature are beyond factory-set threshold points.

Some security cameras also feature heater, window defroster, sun shroud, and thermal insulation blanket to enable operation in temperature conditions ranging from as low as -46 degrees Celsius to over 49. In case the power failure during an ice store, the entire camera can deice itself and become operational in just two hours after power restore at a temperature as as -25 degrees Celsius.