video surveillance

Video Surveillance Made Easy

The shift from closed-circuit television (CCTV) security systems to network video solutions is nearly complete. Network video surveillance systems offer many benefits over traditional closed-circuit systems, and Axis Communications has been there since the beginning. Axis offers every type of network surveillance equipment imaginable, and B&H carries the full line, with prices much lower than the competition. 

Go Hands-Free with uCorder IRDC150 and IRDC250 Wearable Camcorders

Want to remain hands-free while you record video footage? A few weeks ago I wrote about camcorders that you can wear. One was a helmet cam, another was a pen that records video and the third was a pair of sunglasses that capture video. Those posts generated quite a bit of reader interest in other forms of wearable camcorders, so I decided to write about some more of these increasingly popular items.

 

Spy vs. Spy with the PenCam

It is amazing to watch the evolution of surveillance gadgets that modern technology brings us. Hidden cameras are now tucked away inconspicuously in smoke detectors, motion detectors, stuffed animals, clocks, and countless other innocuous products.

Today, it’s easy for manufacturers to squeeze a great deal of functionality into a tiny package. Integrated circuits have millions of transistors packed onto tiny chips, wristwatches offer a thousand functions, and cell phones can access the Internet and capture still and video images. Of course, those tiny integrated circuits enable the manufacture of most of these devices in the first place.

When the Sharpener Isn't What It Seems

Ever since nanny-cams grabbed the spotlight, video surveillance has hardly been the monopoly of law enforcement. Cameras masquerading as common household objects can be bought by anyone. This raises the question: sure it's a hidden camera, but is the outward product functional? Can the clock with a clandestine camera tell time? As a value-oriented consumer, I want the cover story to be genuine, not a prop. It turns out the answer depends on the product.

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