Remote Digital Input / Output Sensor Controls using iCamViewer Mobile App

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  How it Works Some Zavio IP cameras have digital input and digital output ports (DIDO). On this page, you can find all of the Zavio camera models with DIDO. Zavio cameras also have an SDK / API in which developers can integrate 3rd party applications. One of the API methods provided by Zavio allows you to turn the digital output port of the camera on and off. So, we used this method to create three new controls in the our iCamViewer app: On, Off, and Pulse (on, then off). You can see the digital out controls in the app ...

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Android CCTV Camera App Live View

Android CCTV Camera App

The images in this photo gallery show the live remote camera viewing capability of the Android Mobile CMS app for iDVR. This Android app allows users to connect to one of more iDVR surveillance DVRs and view live streaming video from the CCTV cameras that are connected. The app supports single, four camera, eight camera, and sixteen camera viewing modes. When viewing in single camera mode, users can swipe the screen left and right to view the other cameras. The Pro version of the Mobile CMS app allows users to create virtual devices which ...

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CCTV Push Notification Messages to Android DVR Viewer App

CCTV Push Notification Android DVR Viewer App

The Mobile CMS DVR viewer app for Android now supports push notifications based on motion detection from CCTV cameras and other triggered alarms. Business owners and homeowners using iDVR-E and iDVR-RT16 surveillance DVRs can now get push notifications in real time sent directly to their Android phone or tablet device. Here is how it works. Users can access a configuration screen in the app to choose the types of alarms and events that they want to receive push notifications for. The times frame and days that the alerts are applicable ...

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Push Notification Alert from IP Camera to Google Glass

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My first Google Glass app is almost ready for public beta testing. I am integrating Zavio IP cameras with the Google Mirror API so that alarms will trigger a push notification alerts to Google Glass that include a snapshot image of the event that caused the alarm (captured by the IP camera). There is more than one way to implement this and more than one type of action that can be used to trigger the alarm. For this first test, it will work as follows. I wrote an application using the Google Mirror API that can grab a snapshot from the ...

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Wireless Camera System Alternative: Power Line Ethernet Adapters

Wireless Camera System Alternative Power Line Adapters

CCTV Camera Pros has been testing the use of power line Ethernet adapters as an alternative solution to wireless IP camera systems. For those that have never head of them before, power-line adapters allow standard electrical power outlets and cable to be used to connect devices to a network. The diagram in the picture below illustrates the setup. "In many cases we have found power line adapters to be more reliable than WIFI when connecting IP cameras to a network and they are certainly easier to setup. When it comes to indoor to outdoor ...

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Adjusting a Varifocal CCTV Camera Lens Video through Google Glass

Adjust CCTV camera lens Google Glass

Here is a quick video that Mike made to demonstrate how to adjust a varifocal CCTV camera lens. The video is filmed with dual screen. One video is captured through Google Glass while Mike is making the adustments to a HD-BX7-5 HD-SDI CCTV camera. This particular camera has a 5-50mm varifocal lens. The other video screen is recorded from the HD-SDI camera that is being adjusted. Please let us know if you have any question about video surveillance. We would also love to know what you think about CCTV Camera Pros using Google Glass for product ...

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View Comparison of CCTV Camera Lens Sizes

CCTV Camera Lens Comparison

CCTV Camera Pros created this image gallery for customers to compare the angle of view (zoom level) of different CCTV lens sizes. We used four different varifocal lenses attached to the same PRO-680DN box security camera to capture all images. The camera was positioned at the same location for all images captured, which was 20 feet away from the Mike Meyers and Marilyn Monroe stand up cut-outs. A 3 inch sticky note was attached to the wall between Mike Meyers and Marilyn Monroe with text written on it. You can see an arrow that we added to ...

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Can a CCTV camera zoom in close enough to see details on money?

CCTV Camera Zoom Money

Here is the question A customer contacted CCTV Camera Pros sales team today and asked if it was possible to place a camera on a ceiling 10 feet above a cash register at a point of sale counter and be able to see clearly enough to identify the type of bill that was being passed to the sales clerk. These were the images that we captured while testing to put this question to the test. How the Surveillance Images Were Captured We used our PRO-680DN-100 box style CCTV camera with 5-100mm varifocal lens to put this ...

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Viewtron HD-SDI CCTV DVR Viewer App for iPad

HD-SDI CCTV DVR Viewer iPad App

Here is an image gallery that shows the high definition video surveillance quality of the Viewtron DVR viewer app for iPad. At CCTV Camera Pros, we have a Viewtron VT-HD404 DVR connected to 4 HD-SDI CCTV cameras and 4 traditional CCTV cameras. If you are not familiar with HD-SDI cameras, they use the same RG59 or RG6 coaxial cable as traditional CCTV cameras but they are able to support full 1080p resolution. They also require an HD-SDI compatible DVR to work. Some Viewtron DVR models are hybrid which means ...

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BPRO-OL952 Bullet CCTV Camera Video Demo and Image Gallery

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CCTV Camera Pros recently performed a video test using the latest generation DPRO-OL952 bullet CCTV camera. Some noteworthy improvements to this model are the smaller size, just 2.25 inches long and .75 inch circumference, the higher resolution at 700 TVL, and greater low light performance. Mike captured surveillance video clips in normal office lighting conditions as well as low light conditions. The camera performed extremely well in our testing. Please check out the below video and image gallery to see the results. If you have any ...

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What is the Best IP Camera to use as a Baby Monitor Cam?

Best IP Camera for Baby Monitor Cam

As the co-founder of CCTV Camera Pros, I have been asked the following question quite often over the past 7 years: what is the best IP camera to use as a baby monitor cam? As a recent father of twin girls, I have been given the opportunity to ask this question myself based on my personal wants and needs. For me and my wife, we wanted our baby cam to accomplish the following. Monitor our baby girls entire playroom, so it needed to have a wide angle lens Capture live video in high definition Capture live audio Display live video feed on ...

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Surveillance System, IP Camera, Burglar Alarm, and iPhone App Integration

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CCTV Camera Pros research and development team has recently been working on testing and documenting how to integrate burglar alarm devices with video surveillance systems using network IP cameras, CCTV DVRs, and mobile apps. You can find another post about digital IO tests here. Today, I finished building a pretty useful alarm IO test panel so that our sales and support team can easily run integrating testing of burglar alarm and surveillance system devices. Right now the test panel is setup to be connect an IP camera or surveillance DVR to ...

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Cloud Surveillance Video Recording Backup for Zavio IP Cameras

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Some Zavio IP cameras now support the ability to backup recorded surveillance video footage to the cloud using Google Drive. Here is how it works. These Zavio cameras all have internal SD card slots and can be configured to record video to an SD card continuously, on a schedule, or triggered by an event. The cameras on that page are also all compatible with SAT Viewer. SAT Viewer is a simple cloud based IP camera application that enables users to view their cameras from any web browser. SAT Viewer is accessed through a web browser and works ...

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Zavio IP Security Cameras Support Push Video Notification to Mobile App

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Some Zavio IP cameras now support the ability to send push video notifications to the iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile app. Users can choose to have a photo snapshot captured instead of video if they choose. Users can also configure how the alerts are triggered. One of the most popular ways is to send a push notification when the camera detects motion. This page contains the cameras that support push notification. This is how it works with Zavio cameras. Users configure one or more "events" in the camera settings. The event is setup to ...

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Network IP Camera Digital IO Alarm Input / Output Setup

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I have been wanting to work on a project for sometime now that involves using the digital IO ports (alarm input / output) of a network IP camera. Ditial IO is also referred to as burglar alarm in / alarm out and is one of the most underutilized and coolest functions that some IP cameras offer. This article documents the project that I completed this week using a Zavio F3110 IP camera, a simple push button momentary switch (panic button), and a very low voltage LED (2.6 volt, 28mA). The goal of the project was to trigger an alarm input on ...

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CCTV Camera Pros Offers 6 Months No Payment No Interest Financing

CCTV Camera Pros now offers 6 months no payments and no interest equipment financing through BillMeLater from Paypal. Homeowners and business owners can use BillMeLater on purchases over $99 including CCTV and network IP security cameras, complete surveillance systems, and individual system components / accessories. Customers that want to take advantage of this program to finance a video surveillance system for their home or business can shop at and select "Checkout with Paypal" during the checkout process. Customers ...

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What is smart IR for security cameras?

CCTV cameras with smart IR

A common question that CCTV Camera Pros sales engineers are asked is "What is smart IR"? Smart IR is a technology built into some security cameras that adjusts the intensity of the camera's infrared LEDs to compensate for the distance of an object so that the infrared does not overexpose the object. Smart IR technology was invented to solve the problem of infrared LEDs whiting out images, such as people's faces, when they are too close to the IR LEDs of a night vision camera. For example, this can easily happen if a customer purchases an ...

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HD-SDI High Definition CCTV vs Traditional CCTV Cameras

HD-SDI vs Analog CCTV Camera

HD-SDI CCTV cameras, also known as HD security cameras, are quickly gaining popularity as a high definition video surveillance solution. Until a few years ago, the only available option for high definition surveillance systems was to use network IP cameras which are typically more expensive and almost always more difficult to setup. With the advent of HD-SDI technology for security cameras, users can now capture 1080p resolution video using the same RG59 or RG6 coaxial cable that is used by traditional CCTV cameras. This new SDI platform ...

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CCTV Camera Pros Mobile App for iPhone, iPad, Android Update


CCTV Camera Pros has launched a major update their video surveillance mobile app for Android and iOS devices. A complete redesign for the iPhone and Android versions of the app, as well as support in an HD optimized iPad version is now available to download in the Apple and Google play app stores. Mike Haldas, co-founder and managing partner of CCTV Camera Pros, says "Version 2.0 of our mobile apps is designed around providing more value to the users of the app. We added five installer tools in the app that can assist security installers and ...

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Surveillance System that Supports Unlimited Remote Viewers from Android & iPhone Mobile App

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I recently wrote an article on the misconceptions many people have with the idea of having a surveillance DVR that supports an unlimited number of remote viewing users. As a follow up to that article, I wanted to talk about an option that is available when using a Geovision PC based DVR that allows the number of supported remote viewers to be expanded by adding an additional server to the network. The research described in this article came about as a result of CCTV Camera Pros having a customer with a day care center that wanted to be able ...

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