Flexible, Expandable IP/Hybrid Camera & Recording Systems for Offices & Businesses
You can buy security cameras anywhere. But to have a truly functional, robust surveillance/recording/monitoring security camera system for your office in Chicago, IL, you need system design, installation, programming, and integration with your data network from someone who truly understands both. Don't get sucked into contracting services from a "camera installer" for whom IT networks are just a sideline or vice versa.
For decades, Andromeda has served the IT/Security needs of small-to-medium sized organizations like yours in the greater Chicagoland IL/Indy area. We have cultivated expertise in both the data network "brains" as well as the camera/access control/alarm/communication "arms and legs" of office systems and have years of experience integrating these together for a diverse cross-section of businesses, municipalities, and other associations/organizations.
lives to serve organizations like yours near Chicago, IL—at your level of need, your timetable, ...your budget!
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Your timing for creating or expanding a current security camera surveillance system could not be better. There is no longer a need for an expensive, dedicated system to monitor your premises. We also provide great options for expanding an older security camera system with better/newer analog and digital technology without scrapping what you might already have! By leveraging your existing IT network for your security camera system(s), Andromeda can save you time, money, and lots of headaches with efficient integrated systems that can do more than you probably imagined: real-time alerts, automated responses, and more.
Security Camera/Surveillance/Recording Systems -Chicago, IL
We are a certified Panasonic Network Camera Installer. We utilize the
latest in IP Video Camera technology, which allows the cameras, DVR recording
and viewing all to be performed on your existing computer data network. This
allows you to use your existing investment in your data wiring and data
systems and extend that network into the security camera/webcam arena.
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Panasonic Cameras and Recording Software
- Panasonic manufactures over 20 different types of network video
cameras. The following are some of the features that are available:
- Power-Over-Ethernet (PoE)
- Digital and Optical Zoom
- Very High Resolution
- Low Light, Night Viewing
- Motion and Thermal Activation
- Full Pan, Tilt, and Zoom with Scanning Presets
- 2-Way Audio with Microphone and Speaker
The ability to record and later playback is an important and necessary
part of any video security system. There are many options available;
from on-camera memory sticks to a full-blown, searchable recording
system capable of storing months worth of video from all your cameras.
The viewing software is very user-friendly and easy to use.
Andromeda Technology Solutions will work to understand all your needs
and provide a solution that exactly fits those needs, and allows for
future growth if necessary. Our attention to detail will ensure you
receive a system that you will be 100% happy with.
There are many types of applications where it pays to see there, when
you cannot be there. Here are just a few types of oranizations that have
benefited from our security camera systems:
- Parking Lots
- Daycare / Nursery School
- Construction Sites
- Car Dealerships
- Retail Stores
- Restaurant / Franchise
- Self Storage
- Hotel / Motel
- Multi-unit Residential
Flexible / Programmable / Expandable Surveillance Systems
You can start with just a few cameras and expand the system as you
grow. It is very easy to add security cameras to the system, without throwing
away any of your initial investment.
There are options to synchronize recordings with your POS receipts, so
you can exactly match the video recording with an individual receipt
The wide variety of camera types and camera options make the system
extremely flexible to fit almost any application.
We can also setup remote access for you to view live video or search
through recorded video, from any remote location with Internet access.
You can keep tabs on your business without having to be there.
Integration: Get The Most From Your Security Systems
does Integrated Security work?
is Integrated Security better?
• Discontinue ...more
• Selective lock ...more
• Manual Pan/Tilt/Zoom signals to designated cameras
• Overrides of any current Access Control statuses
• Set/reset Alarm status
I.S. Programmable Responses:
• Alert Central Station
• Email/text alert to owner/designated responders
• Pop appropriate camera feed(s) to all responders
• Release of appropriate cameras to manual control
Integrated Security works by allowing you to program a multitude of responses—both in the Cloud and as control back to external hardware—based on any number of triggers from external hardware regardless of origin/type (cameras, access sensors, alarm fault sensors, motion, smoke, temperature,...). This allows the entire system to more accurately assess the detailed nature of a security event and respond in the most precise/appropriate manner, virtually eliminating undue responses to false alarms.
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AndroPedia Tech Library
As part of our service, it is important to keep our client-partners well informed on Security Camera system developments, news, and best practices. Here is just a sampling of typical items from our AndroPediaSM library archive:
When it comes to professional security cameras there are two main categories: IP Cameras and Digital/Analog Cameras.
Without diving too deep into the differences/similarities, the main difference between these two types of systems resides in how they transmit data or footage.
- Professional IP Cameras use your network
- Analog or Digital Cameras use coax cable (there are wireless exceptions)
Which system you choose is largely based upon your desired outcomes, budget and the vendor you work with.
Traditionally, IP camera solutions came in many times higher in price than other analog solutions so for many business owners and professionals, analog was the way to go.
Analog systems are professional, dependable and a great option for most circumstances but as time has gone on, IP options have come a long way and are now getting much more attention across the integrated security market for many reasons.
If you are considering adding a new camera system or if it is time to upgrade/update your existing system, IP Camera Solutions might be something to consider.
Here are 5 key reasons you should consider Professional IP Cameras for your business:
1. Integration Capabilities
Moving any of your technology onto your network is going to open up possibilities for integration. Professional IP cameras can easily integrate with different viewing software, video analytic programs, cloud backup solutions and more.
You’ll want to make sure that the solution you choose is compatible with the software you want to implement. Look for open source solutions that are designed with integration in mind.
2. Enhanced Security
It sounds kind of redundant to discuss a more secure security solution but IP Camera Systems do offer some more robust security capabilities. An IP based camera system transmits information across your network which means that you can add security measures like encryption to make sure that nobody taps in to your camera feeds. Although not a regular issue, analog cameras pass their feed over physical coax cables and a criminal or wrongdoer with the right equipment can tap into your feed and view your recordings. There are also no physical tapes available to steal with an IP camera solution.
While professional IP cameras and their footage can be encrypted, these cameras are an active item on your network and bring some new security concerns to your environment as well. Be sure to work with a technology professional who knows how to properly configure your firewall and other hardware to make sure you aren’t leaving any opportunities open for cyber criminals to do damage.
IP Camera Systems have great scalability options built in. While both Analog and IP camera solutions have storage and capacity constraints, IP recorders are easily scaled. In terms of storage, an IP solution can store footage (data) on a server, computer, backup hard drive and many other options. It is also important to note that IP solutions can easily be connected to cloud applications for both footage backups and unlimited space.
That means that even if something were to happen to the physical hardware, you have the option to secure your footage in the cloud where it can be safely and securely held until you need it.
4. Higher Resolution Options
Professional IP Cameras and Analog Cameras both have high resolutions options but IP camera solutions can offer cameras with up to 20x higher resolution.
Additionally, with enhanced viewing software and integrated applications, IP footage can be further improved, edited and modified for different purposes.
5. Remote Access & Support
When it comes to remote support or access, having technology connected to your network makes things much easier and portable. You can easily check footage with remote viewing software on your smartphone, tablet or PC.
With your cameras on the network it is also easier for your service company to get in and troubleshoot common errors remotely. This saves you from paying for a technician to visit your site.
These systems also benefit from regular software updates and patches which can easily be downloaded and installed by remote support.
There are many other benefits to professional IP cameras and getting your security systems integrated into your network. As mentioned, you open up cloud options, enhanced security, scalability and more. These cameras are also easier to install and manage on average.
The biggest drawback to IP cameras historically resided in their up front costs but over the last five years manufacturers have worked hard to create products with more competitive pricing.
It should absolutely be mentioned that most of these capabilities or functions are available for digital cameras and analog camera systems. It might just take a little more work from your technology partner to get things set up for you.
That is why you absolutely must make sure that you work with a security vendor that can assess your business and your needs before pushing you into a specific security solution.
Andromeda offers service, consulting and installation of both Professional IP Cameras and Digital Cameras.
If you are considering a new camera system, upgrading your current system or adding to it – please give us a call at (815) 836-0030 or send us an email at Contact@WeNetwork.com.
Like many other technologies on your network, an IP camera system opens the door for some enhanced remote support and service options.
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If you’ve made the decision to install CCTV Specialty Cameras at your office or facility, chances are, you’ve got some specific reason in mind.
For some, that reason may just be that you want to make sure that your offices are as secure as possible. For other individuals, camera installation comes as a direct response to an incident on site.
We believe the most important question when it comes to security will always be ‘why’. Until you answer that question, it is very difficult to gain a true understanding of the full scope of work. On top of that, we want to make sure that the basic motivation for any installation is exceeded.
Sometimes that ‘why’ is going to mean that a business needs something beyond a basic camera installation. Sometimes the ‘why’ points towards more advanced integrated security options or training.
And other times, the ‘why’ simply means that a customer needs a speciality camera or program setup to get the job done.
With that in mind, we’d like to introduce you to three CCTV Specialty Cameras and their uses.
Three CCTV Specialty Cameras
Traditional PTZ Camera
A PTZ Camera simply stands for Pan Tilt Zoom Camera. This means that the CCTV specialty camera can pan, tilt and zoom around in its assigned field of view. These cameras cannot see EVERYTHING but they are very useful in situations where you have a lot of ground to cover but desire the ability to zoom in on specific fields of view from time to time.
These cameras can also be programmed to constantly move across a designed view path to deter criminals or wrong doers.
Example: Often we install these cameras to look over parking lots or busy staging areas for businesses. By installing a traditional PTZ camera in a parking lot, you can zoom in on suspicious activity or trespassers at any time. It is important to mention though that the PTZ camera can only capture the field it is currently monitoring. This means that if the camera is panned over to the left of its field of view, the right side of the field of view may not be recorded. To avoid blind spots, Andromeda recommends to place fixed CCTV specialty cameras that will cover the whole desired view at all times. That way, no matter where the PTZ camera is pointed, you never miss a thing.
PTZ Cameras With Tracking
A PTZ Camera with tracking has the same functionality as your traditional PTZ camera. It is able to pan tilt and zoom to capture the frames you desire. The neat thing about these cameras though is that they are able to utilize new technology to automate image tracking. This means that with proper programing, your camera is able to spot abnormal activity in its frame, zoom in and even alert assigned contacts (either you or even the authorities).
The first thing we should mention when it comes to ‘tracking’ cameras is that these come in a variety of optional setups. Some tracking cameras have pre-configured software that gives them the ability to ‘track’ for movement or pattern disruption, other cameras will simply need additional programming to enable this function.
Example: Continuing the example from before, if you install a PTZ camera with tracking in a parking lot, the camera can be programmed to monitor movement outside of business hours. Or, you could have the camera monitoring for movement during the day. You could even have the camera track and zoom in on every person approaching the building during the day to alert security or reception of visitors etc.
Options are really open to your needs and desired outcome (within reason of course!)
License Plate Cameras
License plate cameras are probably the most common request Andromeda sales engineers receive. And that makes sense. If you are looking to monitor who comes in and who leaves your facility, what better way to do that than with an image of their license plate right?
But, these CCTV specialty cameras do come with a pretty hefty price tag. This is because the high quality images required to capture a license plate AND make sure that the characters on the plate are legible cannot be attained by just any camera.
These CCTV specialty cameras may also require special programming for license plate recognition if required.
Example: A busy warehouse or fulfillment center has trucks coming and going all hours of the day and night. For security purposes the facility manager wants to alert the staging area and the office to who is on their way for pickup of goods. So – a license plate camera is installed at the gated entrance of the facility. The camera captures an image of the license plate for security to review and validate. Once the truck is cleared by security, the driver may enter and have goods loaded. This allows for a more secure facility and even increases productivity because the staging area is able to be organized in anticipation of trucks already on site.
These three examples are only a few when it comes to specialty cameras. There are also options with enhanced night vision, 360 degree field of view, ultra HD image capture, extreme weather proofing and more.
Every camera installation is different and has its own set of needs. Once you really nail down the needs, it is easier for your technology and security partner to provide a solution that will not only meet them but will exceed them as we’ve outlined above.
If you believe that you have a specific need or a unique request, feel free to reach out to us and let’s see what our engineers can come up with.
We love a challenge!
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If your business website incorporates an e-Commerce platform that allows you to sell directly to your customers, be aware. According to the latest research by the security firm RiskIQ, there are currently more than half a dozen large, well-organized hacking groups targeting businesses just like yours.
These groups are all using the same basic family of malicious code, collectively referred to as Magecart.� Their preferred targets are websites that use the Magento e-commerce platform. Although historically, they haven't been bashful about targeting other e-commerce platforms as well.
The gist of how they do their damage amounts to digital skimming.� This type of attack is conducted by first penetrating your site's security features. This allows the hackers to inject malicious code onto your site that monitors any transactions that take place when your customers make a purchase from you. In the process, they are "skimming" their payment details and sending them off to a server under the control of the hackers, where they can make use of the payment data for their own purposes.
Given the nature of the attack, there's no outward sign that your customers' payment information has been compromised.� They'll only find out later, when transactions they have not authorized begin appearing on their payment card statements.
In tandem with the research conducted by RiskIQ, Malwarebytes security researcher Jerome Segura has uncovered a new twist on the basic Magecart skimming tactic. This new tactic sees attackers injecting e-commerce sites with code that causes it to pop up a malicious iFrame at the time of payment. Then, the user simply hands over their payment data, not suspecting that it's not a normal part of the e-commerce platform.
In whatever way it is accomplished, the researchers following the development and maturation of Magecart attacks all agree on one thing. �Once the data has been collected, it is sent to a server somewhere in Russia.� Beyond that, the trail becomes too tangled to follow.
Stay alert, and make sure your IT folks are on guard against the threat.� Your customers will thank you for it.