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 Hoffman Estates, 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 Hoffman Estates, IL—at your level of need, your timetable, ...your budget!
For added off-site protection and virtually unlimited storage:
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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 -Hoffman-Estates, IL 60179
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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Professional Camera Systems– Which Security Camera’s Right For You?
So you’re interested in professional camera systems for your business . . .
There are many different variables to consider:
- Locations – Inside, outside?
- Purpose – Are these cameras in place to deter theft? Monitor a parking lot? Watch a production line?
- Lighting – Do you need them to capture footage at night? Are there any lights around that might impact image quality or maybe a complete lack of a light source?
- Accessibility – Do the cameras need to be out of reach? If they are outside, is there space to attach them to the building?
These are just a few things to consider and there are many more.
That being said, one major factor can impact all of these and is one of the first things you should consider.
Analog or IP Professional Camera Systems?
That may sound like another language but for the most part, the difference boils down to how a video signal is delivered.
Basically, Analog cameras turn video footage into a format that is received by your recording device (DVR) and displayed on a monitor or television. IP security cameras send their footage over cable or wireless and the footage is decoded by a network device. Essentially, IP security cameras run on a network and the system is more like an extension of your IT infrastructure while Analog professional camera systems are a separate type of technology.
This may sound confusing but at the end of the day both systems can get the job done.
As always, our goal is to take the complication out of technology and provide our customers with a solution that simply works.
That being said, here are some simple pros and cons for both systems that should help you figure out which is right for you.
Analog Professional Camera Systems
- Budget Friendly – an analog system is often the less expensive option.
- Variety & Custom Design Options – Analog systems tend to be easier to customize. With a large variety of camera styles and functions, these systems answer your unique needs and if you believe that your job requires some specific or unusual surveillance components, analog may be your best option.
- Dependable Technology – analog systems have been around a very long time and as such, have many software and hardware compatibilities. If you want a camera system that can integrate well with other technologies, it is important to look into compatibility before choosing anything.
- Security risks – these days we have to consider cyber security and while the probability of this happening remains low, the analog signals cannot be encrypted which means that someone else could get their hands on our signal.
- Certain features missing – While most anything you are looking to do are possible on analog systems, there are limitations. Digital zoom is one example. For images that you will need to zoom a lot and maintain clear images, analog may not be your best option.
Image quality limits – One of the most well-known drawbacks of digital systems is that the image quality is not always as clear as the IP alternative. If a crystal clear image is something you are after, it is best to consider all variables, desired zoom, PTZ requirements, face recognition, lighting etc.
IP Professional Camera Systems
- Less signal interference/higher security – As this is a different type of signal run on a network, there is less likelihood for signal interference. Also, these systems are able to encrypt and further secure data. This means higher security and less risk of intrusion into your security system.
- More remote access possibilities – it should be stated that today’s analog systems have remote access capabilities and software but IP systems have a large array of options for remote viewing. PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet, all are places you can review your footage.
- Wireless options – because these systems can use your existing infrastructure, they don’t always need heavy wiring and can often take advantage of wireless technology. This gives you more flexibility for system design at times.
- Higher costs – IP cameras can run a large range of prices. It isn’t abnormal to pay a thousand or even several thousand dollars for a single camera depending on the specifications. On top of this, if your network doesn’t have proper setup, you may need to invest to get things up to speed.
- Bandwidth requirements – as with anything on your network, you are adding demand to your bandwidth. With this in mind it is important to make sure that you don’t need to increase your service. Will adding the security system to your network slow things down in the office? Make sure to discuss this with your vendor and your service provider.
With the different options on the market for security cameras, it is important that you consider your unique needs and compare them before purchasing any professional camera systems. Don’t allow a vendor to push you any one way without exploring the different technologies and how they fit your business.
A vendor who can supply both IP and Analog systems is a great place to start.
Andromeda has professional teams and representatives available to help you discuss your project and provide you with plans for the system that fits your needs; IP, Analog or even a mixture of both.
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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.