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 Elmhurst, 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 Elmhurst, IL—at your level of need, your timetable, ...your budget!
For added off-site protection and virtually unlimited storage:
Ask Us About New Cloud-based DVR Recording Integration!
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 -Elmhurst, IL 60126
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:
Security cameras have many uses at your business. They can be used to deter crime, monitor employees and ensure safety on your premises. Cameras can also be used as a piece of a larger integrated security solution with software add-ons (i.e. facial recognition, temperature maintenance etc.) or equipment integration such as access control with visual intercom capabilities.
As technology advances and companies look to integrate different devices cameras will be able to do even more.
All of this in mind, your CCTV professional camera system is an investment in the security of your business and you want to get your money’s worth out of it.
On average, a CCTV professional camera system has a life cycle of approximately 5 years. This life cycle can be significantly shorter due to extreme weather conditions (if the cameras are outside) but new technologies are improving exposure thresholds every year.
There are many things you can do as the equipment owner to ensure that you get a long and dependable life out of your security cameras.
Here are our Top 5 Tips to Prolong the Life of Your CCTV Professional Camera System:
1. System Updates/Patches
Unless you’ve selected a cloud based solution, your cameras connect back to a physical recording device at your facility. Professional recording devices are becoming more like a PC or a server. They require regular updates/patches to help improve functionality, decrease bugs and resolve issues.
2. Don’t Forget to Dust
Don’t leave all the cleaning for a paid service. Make sure your recording equipment is dusted and well kept. Typically, the recording equipment will be mounted on a rack in an area where you keep the rest of your IT equipment (servers, routers, phone equipment and other hardware).
3. Testing Regularly for Recording Functionality
It might sound strange to be told to regularly check your footage or confirm that your cameras are working. However, when there aren’t regular incidents or needs to look at footage, it can be easy to forget you even have the cameras at all. The last thing you want is for an incident to occur and realize too late that your cameras are malfunctioning or your recorder isn’t working properly. We would suggest adding regular testing of your equipment to your maintenance schedule.
4. Keep Camera Lenses Clean
Just like regular testing, it is important that you check and clean your camera lenses regularly. You never know what might get on them. If you wear glasses or sunglasses, think about how often and easily they get dirty. Often times, you don’t notice until you put them on. Imagine looking through your CCTV Security Camera System. Would you be able to see clearly?Additionally, make sure to clean up foliage around your cameras to avoid blocked views. It is smart to clean camera lenses at least once a quarter if not more often.
5. Semi-Annual Professional Service/Checkup
There are many small things that can happen to a CCTV professional camera system that are best left for professional technicians.
- Faulty Equipment
- Port Forwarding
- Wiring Issues
- System Audits (verification of views, users, permissions, updates)
We would recommend that you have a professional technician come on site at least twice a year to perform maintenance and checkups – ideally this would be from the company that installed your equipment in the first place. At this time they can handle all of the above and possibly even more.
A quality CCTV professional camera system is an investment. However, the protection and security they will provide you with are well worth the expense. If you take proper care of your system, it will service your needs for years. Additionally, it makes sense to look into service packages your vendor offers to maintain a system before you even install it. Many companies include all of these services for a reasonable monthly fee.
Give us a call and let’s see what we can do to extend the life of your system today!
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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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Rumors were recently swirling around cellphone carrier T-Mobile. Fears were running rampant that a massive DDOS attack may be underway on the heels of a major outage.
The rumors spread like wildfire through the internet. At one point, even a US Senator got involved, retweeting a rumor that the attack was supposedly based out of China.
The company's IT staff duly sprang into action, but as they conducted their research, it quickly became apparent that something else was going on. That 'something else' turned out to be a problem with one of the company's leased fiber circuits. Apparently, the company was in the process of making some changes to the way network traffic was routed. Things began to go badly, leading to a series of cascade failures, which ultimately caused a widespread outage.
Neville Ray is T-Mobile's President of Technology. Once the company had a firm handle on what was going on, he tweeted the following information in a series of messages in an attempt to assuage concerned.
"Our engineers are working to resolve a voice and data issue that has been affecting customers around the country. We're sorry for the inconvenience and hope to have this fixed shortly."
A follow up message read:
"Teams continue to work as quickly as possible to fix the voice and messaging problems some are seeing. Data services are now available and some calls are completing. Alternate services like WhatsApp, Signal, iMessage, Facetime etc. are available. Thanks for your patience."
A few hours after that, Mr. Ray sounded the all clear, stating that the issue had been resolved and apologizing again for the inconvenience.
More complete information recently published on T-Mobile's website reads, in part as follows:
"This is something that happens on every mobile network, so we've worked with our vendors to build redundancy and resiliency to make sure that these types of circuit failures don't affect customers...
This redundancy failed us and resulted in an overload situation that was then compounded by other factors. This overload resulted in an IP traffic storm that spread from the Southeast to create significant capacity issues across the IMS (IP multimedia Subsystem) core network that supports VoLTE calls."
Despite the rapid response, many of the company's customers took to Twitter to express their frustrations. Their frustration is justified with how much more heavily so many people are leaning on technology during the pandemic. Sadly, this will almost certainly not be the last time we encounter problems like this until things begin to return to something closer to normal.