Category Archive for: ‘News’

  • Roman Arches

    Keystone Products

    A video surveillance system is more than a sum of its parts just as a Roman archway is more than a set of voussoirs and a keystone. While the keystone supports the surrounding stones (called “voussoirs”) and helps distribute the weight of the remainder of the arch the thrust of the voussoirs pushes outward and downward to bear heavy loads.

    While we have chosen a few “keystone products” such as Avigilon’s JPEG2000 cameras and video management software (VMS), they cannot work without the support of the “voussouir products” from Proxim for wireless connectivity or Netgear for network interfaces or N-able’s remote monitoring services or Dell’s server technology. All of these products are required for the whole system to work.

    If you’re looking for someone to help design a video surveillance system for your organization, look for someone who has experience with all aspects of a video surveillance system. AllThingsIT has been working with computer networks and video surveillance systems for over 20 years. We’ve used other vendors products and we’ve learned from our mistakes. Now you can benefit from that knowledge. All you have to do is get the conversation started by emailing us or calling 317-755-0200.

  • The Moon

    Shooting for the Moon

    This image of the moon was taken with an Avigilon video camera using JPEG2000 technology. This type of image would be hard to render with even the best digital cameras, so imagine how easily it can read license plates, identify faces, and be used as evidence in court.

    Are you still using MPEG4 camera technology to capture interlaced frames that require a forensic video expert to decode? Why not use the same technology big movie studios and large hospitals use to capture and store images as video using Avigilon cameras and their VMS (video management software).

    We are one of the only places in Indiana to get Avigilon cameras, equipment, and software and our central location in Indianapolis allows us to serve a wide area and a variety of organizations from small towns to car delearships to manufacturing facilities to shipping warehouses. We have the experience that makes the difference.

    So whether you’re shooting for the moon or just want to get education about how video surveillance cameras work, how to compare video surveillance companies, or how to create a performance-based work statement, we can help you learn more by calling 317-755-0200 or emailing us for more information about Avigilon products.

  • Traffic Logix SafePace Radar Speed Signs

    Radar speed signs are a low-cost, low-maintenance traffic-calming solution that ensures children can walk and bike to school safely. And when combined with video surveillance and data collection technologies, they can be a powerful tool for behavior modification.

    In the vicinity of schools where radar speed signs were installed, drivers slowed an average of 14%. -Case Study, Garden Grove, CA

    Traffic Logix SafePace radar speed signs are an affordable solution to slow vehicle traffic in your community or in front of your schools. They are lightweight, portable, and ideal for private communities, shopping centers, industrial areas, corporate campuses, residential neighborhoods, construction zones, or in front of schools.

    Radar speed signs have been shown to reduce driver speed by an average of 10%. Whether you want to simply alert drivers of their speed or notify them about an event, construction zone, or dangerous road conditions, SafePace radar signs can help you do that because the 600 series has a customizeable text display.

    Speed display boards (radar speed signs) effectively reduce vehicle speed, changing behavior for the long term. –Journal of the Transportation Research Board

    Traffic Logix sign dollies can be fitted with a special video surveillance camera and together with an optional data collection engine, your organization can collect traffic statistics including vehicle speed, vehicle count, and license plate information. The units can run off of battery or solar power and can be mounted to a pole, cart, or a ball mount on a trailer hitch.

    If you are interested in implementing a radar speed sign in your community or for your organization, please contact us or call 317-755-0200 for more information. We are located in Indianapolis, but serve all of Indiana and surrounding areas.

  • Crowne Plaza Hotel And Conference Center Indianapolis

    IACP Mid-Winter Conference & Trade Show 2013

    The IACP Mid-Winter Conference and Trade Show is happening this January 23-25, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Downtown, Indianapolis and we are going to be there. The event is presented by the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police and the keynote presentation is on “Leadership and Cultural Changes that Impact your Agency” by The Pacific Institute. 

    Police chiefs from around Indiana will be visiting nearly 100 booths featuring quality law enforcement products and services such as video surveillance equipment from Safe Small Towns. There will also be an awards program to acknowledge the best in Indiana law enforcement, as well as the new PELA (Police Executive Leadership Academy) graduates and ILEAC (Indiana Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission) accredited agencies.

    The conference begins on Wednesday, January 23 with breakfast, an awards program and PELA graduation, a Government Relations Report and Workshop, and a trade show where we will be present with our Safe Small Towns booth. Look for our display showing an actual picture of a school parking lot taken with a high-definition, digital  video surveillance camera. We will be happy to talk to you about how we have helped police departments across the state of Indiana keep their towns safe using video surveillance camera systems.

    About the IACP (Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police)

    The Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police is an organization that promotes professionalism, training, and networking for the law enforcement executive to enhance public awareness of law enforcement and public safety issues. One of their goals is to provide education and the Pacific Institute is teaching on cultural changes.

    About the Pacific Institute

    The Pacific Institute is an international corporation specializing in performance improvement and professional growth, change management and leadership development. They believe individuals have a virtually unlimited capacity for growth, change, and creativity. 

    IACP Mid-Winter Conference & Trade Show

    The IACP Mid-Winter Conference and Trade Show is January 23-25, 2013 at Crowne Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Downtown Indianapolis at History Union Station, 123 West Louisiana Street, Indianapolis, IN. Register online [PDF].

  • Public Video Surveillance

    Transparency in Public Video Surveillance

    Why shouldn’t public cameras have public access?

    We believe that the video surveillance process should be as transparent to the citizens being surveilled as possible. Imagine walking into your local police station and seeing a bank of monitors displaying images from local video surveillance systems. While the citizen would not be able to pan, zoom, or export the video, they would be able to see what is being reviewed and remove the fear and anxiety that such a system might invoke. 

    If a retail shop owner saw that his business was being over-exposed they could request an opaque ‘panel’ be digitally added to block the view into their store. This could similarly be done for personal residences or any place where a citizen’s fourth amendment right to unreasonable searches is compromised.

    Additionally, the rules for – how long video is stored, who has access to it, and at what levels each person has access to – could all be well documented and published as part of the public transparency process of civic surveillance.

    There are reasons for being discrete in some instances such as in special investigative instances or for business owners who might not want to make public intellectual property or trade secrets, but for small towns and police departments monitoring public spaces, there is no reason not to let the public both view and understand the civic video surveillance system.

    In Guidelines for Public Video Surveillance, A Guide to Protecting Communities and Preserving Civil Liberties, The Constitution Project’s Liberty and Security Initiative has formulated guidelines to assist local and state officials charged with authorizing, designing, and managing public video surveillance systems. One procedure they recommend is to, “conduct a civil liberties impact assessment and overall cost-benefit analysis through a public deliberative process that includes community input.” We agree that the public should be a part of the public surveillance system and steps should be taken to involve the public in order to add more transparency, trust, and ownership in the public of the service their community is trying to provide.

  • Civic Surveillance

    Civic Surveillance

    Considering, evaluating, and purchasing a civic surveillance system based on the technical specifications of cameras, lenses, networking, and other criteria is equal to tasting a cake based on the recipe. The method we use begins with the end in mind and focuses on what you’re using the video surveillance system for and what problems you’re trying to solve. View our solutions or contact us for more information: 317-755-0200.

  • Sst Town 600

    Safe Small Towns

    Video surveillance systems offer small municipalities an ideal way to monitor critical civic structures and infrastructure for incidents of vandalism, evidence of unauthorized access and other threats to valuable assets. At Safe Small Towns, we specialize in understanding and serving the needs of cities and towns to protect their assets without over-investment. Our turnkey solutions remove the need to coordinate multiple consultants and wrestle with complicated quotations for technology installations that demand customized infrastructure. All our systems use field-tested, reliable, high-quality off-the-shelf technology proven to excel in situations like yours.

  • Sst Monitors 600

    The Basics – Part 1

    When you implement a surveillance system on your business property, you’re looking for the ultimate eyewitness: a tireless, reliable watcher who takes note of everything that happens and takes action on significant occurrences. You want a clear view of areas with high traffic, especially those with public access. Likewise, you want to keep track of valuable or vulnerable assets. If you’ve seen the video quality produced by many surveillance cameras, you know that not all systems are created equal – or equally useful. How do you evaluate and select the right system for your needs?