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 LaGrange, 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 LaGrange, 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 -LaGrange, IL 60525
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:
Whether you have a camera system already or you’re looking into installing some professional security cameras at your offices, there are some common areas that you’ll want to consider.
Additionally, you’ll want to consider the different purposes/reasons for your cameras. Things like:
- Loss Prevention
- Monitor Traffic
- Quality Assurance
An Integrated Security Company like Andromeda can help you set your system up with these purposes in mind. There are also opportunities to integrate your professional security cameras with other technologies at your business like your phone system or access control solution. Make sure to discuss this with your security vendor or give us a call.
Without further ado – here are the top 5 areas you’ll want to think about for the CCTV Camera System at your office.
1. Parking Lot
Parking lots see a lot of activity every day. Your employees come and go, clients, vendors and more. With all of this traffic the risk of an accident increases and you’ll want to think about whether that risk impacts your business.
By monitoring your parking lot you will have recordings and evidence for things related to deliveries, car accidents, slips & falls, visitors and also any suspicious activity during off hours. This will help you avoid false claims, deter criminal activity and more.
2. Major Entrances / Exits
Monitoring traffic in and out of your buildings is one of the first items most business owners and property managers discuss when looking for a camera system. You want to know who comes and goes at your offices.
By monitoring entrances and exits to the building, you’ll deter wrong doers from bad behaviors or criminal behaviors
It is important to consider entrances and exits within your building as well for this type of surveillance. Do you need to record activity in a server closet? An area with confidential records? What about different zones at your facility? These are all things to consider.
3. Storage Areas
Depending on your business and services, you may have a storage area where you keep supplies, ingredients, parts or more. It is important to address what security solutions you need to make sure that things are organized and secure at the same time.
Setting up a security camera to monitor activity in a storage area can help with loss prevention but it will also protect you in the event of an accident.
4. Break Room
The break room is often an afterthought for professional security cameras but this is a space many businesses are beginning to consider as a part of their security vulnerabilities. Break rooms are an area where employees hang out. This means that there is opportunity for disagreements and disputes. Setting up a camera creates record in case this occurs.
Also, break rooms are places where accidents are likely to happen. Spilled drinks, food etc. can increase the chances of slips and falls. Setting up a camera in this space helps you protect the business and the employees from risks like these. Plus . . . with cameras, employees really think twice about grabbing drinks, snacks and food that aren’t theirs.
5. Staging Areas
Depending on your business, you may also have an area where product is staged for shipment, delivery or installation. If that is the case you will certainly want to have a camera monitoring activity here. Setting up a camera solution in this spot will deter employees, drivers, vendors and all other visitors from suspicious activity.
Beyond criminal or suspicious activity, monitoring a staging area allows you to collect important data.
A delivery driver says they never picked up a shipment – you’ve got footage.
An employee believes they forgot to include an item or items – you’ve got footage
You need to know the exact time a shipment left your facility and the paperwork on it went missing – you’ve got footage
There are other areas and things you’ll want to consider for your CCTV camera system but if you are just getting started, these five spaces are a great first step.
It should be said as well that installing professional security cameras will not prevent accidents, crime or other bad things from taking place. Security cameras capture evidence for you and serve as a deterrent for bad behavior. Most criminals will think twice if they know they are on candid camera after all.
Cameras also serve to protect BOTH your business AND your employees.
When it comes to putting together a strong security solution for your business, you’ll also want to consider things like access control (keyless entry), burglar alarms, integrated solutions and more. When you tie these systems together you can do some truly amazing things – just ask our team!
If you have any questions or comments you’d like to share please reach our team at (815) 836–0030 or send us an email at Contact@WeNetwork.com.
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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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Hackers will take any and every opportunity presented to them, even if it means hacking smart light bulbs. Recently, security researchers at Check Point discovered a bug in the Philips Hue smart bulb that makes it vulnerable.
The bug is being tracked as CVE-2020-6007 and scores an impressive 7.9 out of 10, making it the most serious security flaw in a light bulb we've ever seen.
It sounds funny. After all, who would want to hack a light bulb? But it's actually got serious implications. After all, the light bulb is just the beginning. Once hackers are 'in' the bulb, it gives them a beach head on the network that the bulb is attached to, and from there, they can jump to any other device they can see.
Fortunately, Philips has already published a fix for this, in the form of firmware version 1935144040. If you own one or more Philips Hue bulbs, you'll want to check the firmware version. If yours has not already been updated, take the time to do so.
This underscores the one glaring weakness of the Internet of Things. Very few of the smart products we're connecting to our networks have any security at all. The few devices that do boast some kind of security often have flaws like the one discovered here, which are severe enough to be considered crippling.
The net effect is to make any network that incorporates smart devices much less secure. After all, your network is only as secure as the weakest device on it, and smart devices have notoriously bad security.
That's changing, but it's changing at an incredibly slow rate. If you've got smart devices on your network, consider isolating them and minimizing the amount of contact they have with other devices on your network. That way, at least you can mitigate the impact until security improves.