Time to upgrade but to what?

Time to upgrade but to what?

It was early on Tuesday morning when I arrived at the marina to meet with the new owner of this facility. The prior week the owner had called me to ask for help to assess the existing system and make recommendations for improvements.  This was the first device I inspected but the rest of the cameras, sensors, card readers and other ancillary devices weren’t in much better condition. The system was old and in disrepair.

I find most often that many end users haven’t assessed their risk so that their needs are properly realized. As a consultant experienced in working with users and security contractors alike, I start asking questions that pertain to what it is that the end user thinks the business and their facility has at risk in order to make practical recommendations. Many changes can take place in a business environment even though it doesn’t physically change.  In the case of this marina property it had changed over the years adding new inventory for sale as well as expanding its storage of inventory that was not protected.

When upgrading old technology to new you may want to ask a few extra questions.

  1. How effective has the existing security system operated for the business?
  2. If there was anything we could add or change to the system what would it be?
  3. Have there been thefts?
  4. Has the existing alarm system been prone to false alarms?
  5. How important is it that the new system work exactly like the old system?
  6. How many people will need to view and use the system?
  7. How employees are there involved with the business?
  8. Is there a need to control entries and exists to the building?
  9. Does inventory and assets need to be protected from theft, fire or other risks?
  10. Is there any known risks to the business? e.g. espionage, competitive aggressors, etc.
  11. Is lighting sufficient for night time deterrent?
  12. How are windows and doors secured?

There can much more to take into consideration depending on the size and complexities of the business. If you’d like to work with the Security Reps team then please do contact us to  set an appointment.

Did Axis misplace trust to be first with 4K?

Did Axis misplace trust to be first with 4K?

Trust is difficult to acquire among humans theaxisUntitledse days. I believe Axis as a brand has been trusted much too far. Surely Canon, Axis’ new parent company, sees through the mire of greed and technical inaccuracy over the need to be first to market.

Axis reminds me of Steve Urkel from an episode of Family Matters…”Did I do that?”  It is likely that the Axis marketing department would say, “do what?” Has Axis has intentionally misled customers to buy their product. Here is what may have happened….

Let’s say you are Axis. You wake up one morning to find everyone in the industry thinks 4K is the next greatest thing. So you get in your BMW and rush to the store to buy new 4K sensors. But which one to buy? So you call manufacturing and they have a bunch of 5MP camera housings and lenses laying around. Turns out that the 1/2.3 image 4K sensor will fit that camera shell thus a really quick solution to having the latest 4K camera on the market. But then you realize you don’t have any 4K lenses. Now what?

Ask your buddies at Axis. I believe that is exactly what they did!  Their new 4K device comes up short and oddly enough about 1440p or about 4MP short which is not even close to par @ 4K.  Take the 5MP lens off and try a real 4K lens and you just might get there!  Maybe it’s only a white lie, a half truth. Either way you are not getting what you are paying for; or are you @ $800 it may be a deal after all!

4K = 4 x 1080p

Sony 4K Network Security Surveillance Camera

Sony has over ten years of Research and Development in 4K. Sony’s 4K cameras have been used in Hollywood blockbusters, top-rated TV dramas and the biggest baseball, football and soccer championship games. They are also #1 in movie theater 4K projectors, with more than 15,000 installations. Sony is also a leader in 4K consumer products with televisions, camcorders, a movie download service and a 4K home server. It is these reasons that you’ll want to know what the newest innovation is from Sony for security surveillance.

Sony 4K Security Surveillance Camera