Archives: 'Video Surveillance'

Doug Bedell — November 4, 2015, 11:57 am

Drones Being Used to Monitor Railroad Trackage

For sites with lengthy perimeters, consider some form of drone flights for checking on the security of fence or boundary lines. This renewed awareness arises from a Government Security News post on how BNSF Railway is using unmanned aircraft to monitor its trackage. In the first day of operations on October 25, the ScanEagle system […]

Doug Bedell — May 11, 2015, 10:36 am

Traffic Light Cameras Being Upheld in Court

A word to wise drivers: traffic enforcement cameras are likely to be loaded against you. That is, if you try to challenge a violation ticket awarded by a camera, the judge is likely to rule against you. That’s the view expressed on AmericanCity & County’s Viewpoints blog: The Constitutions’s “substantive due process protection” does not […]

Doug Bedell — October 3, 2014, 10:21 am

Drone Provides ‘Eye’ in a Volcanic Sky

This isn’t a security post as such,  except to suggest the incredible “spying” – or, reversed,  site protection – capacity of drones. It’s a video taken by a drone flying low over an erupting volcano in Iceland last month. The drone, Wired advises,  got “close enough to melt the face of the GoPro camera that […]

Doug Bedell — July 25, 2014, 11:11 am

Tiny Surveillance ‘Helicopters’ as Soldiers’ Security Tools

Wow! The U.S. Army is developing “a pocket-sized aerial surveillance “helicopter” drone for soldiers and small units operating on unfamiliar ground.” That word (with the above photo) comes from the DefenseTech blog, and it’s fascinating. The aim is, even, to enable soldiers to look room-to-room in buildings they might be checking out. Palm-sized, the device would provide real-time […]

Doug Bedell — October 18, 2013, 7:52 am

Security Cameras That Trigger a Response

When video cameras are being considered, there’s an important difference between security and mere surveillance. A SightLogix post notes that “video security is all about actively detecting intruders as soon as they enter a secured area, while video surveillance generally means passively recording events for future use.” That’s because, the post explains, “most cameras go […]

Doug Bedell — September 18, 2013, 9:32 am

Video Cameras: Surveillance vs. Security

Sightlogix provides a series of videos explaining the difference between video cameras that provide surveillance as distinct from actually enhancing security. Cameras evidently now are capable of spotting intruders and promoting action against them in real time. Sounds futuristic? Watch the videos, press Sightlogix on the subject, and decide for yourselves.

Doug Bedell — August 15, 2013, 10:30 am

‘Video Wall’ an Impressive Security Monitoring System

The National Biosurveillance Integration Center in Washington, D.C., envisions installing a “video wall” system with six separate monitoring screens that would serve  as an example of an impressive technique for monitoring sensitive areas from one place. The six monitoring screens will have a diagonal size of at least 55 inches each. Government Security News doesn’t […]

Doug Bedell — July 29, 2013, 2:54 pm

Aerial Surveillance by ‘Puma’

This item brings back our model airplane-building days. The Federal Aviation Administration has issued its first-ever “certificate” for a small, unmanned aircraft system named Puma – which recalls the gasoline-powered planes we launched long ago.  Puma will be used “for commercial missions, such as oil spill monitoring and ocean surveys, in the North Slope region […]

Doug Bedell — June 19, 2013, 7:38 am

Infographic Helps Explain Security Cameras

Here’s an infographic from 2M CCTV, an online cctv cameras retailer, that handily explains aspects of a camera’s operation – from lenses to angle of view – important information in selecting a camera system to meet your surveillance needs. You already know that a security camera is not simply a Kodak on stilts. A few […]

Doug Bedell — June 10, 2013, 10:04 am

Thermal Cameras – Elements in Perimeter Security

Thermal cameras, effective in both night and daytime conditions, can be important elements in protecting extensive site perimeters. Here, on the SightLogix blog, is an introduction to their role. “Because smart thermal cameras ‘see’ heat rather than light,” SightLogix explains, “they are a perfect ‘human detector,’ and will ignore headlights, reflections off water, or other […]