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It is no longer news that spy cameras are out there watching us in whatever thing we do out there, this is why most people; especially professionals and celebrities seldom expose themselves to the public. Although there are selected places where cameras cannot be installed by law, but you have to be surveillance conscious these days to avoid having a hidden camera filming you unnecessarily while doing some crazy stuff for fun.

So if you’re having a feeling that most times you are been spied on, or you just want to be careful to note what places hidden cameras are placed so that you won’t find yourself been watched by millions without you knowing, and consequently maybe you want to be security conscious of avoiding been spied on, it will be interesting to bring to your notice that most common places to look for these covert cameras are discreetly hiding in plain sight. Here are some of the places you can find them:

Roof Tops of Parking Lots

According to statistics, about 2-3 in 10 property crimes occurred in parking lots or garages. It is not rare to find spy cameras installed on rooftops or light fittings of parking lots, because most business owners often use them to secure their outdoor environs and to capture license plate recognition, and helps to track stolen vehicles, and much more. The types of cameras you will find in such places are normally IP Cameras, and since they are sometimes bigger in shape, they can be installed in light fittings around the parking lot.

Subway Traffic Lights / Public Transport Vehicles

It will interest you to note that more than 70% of public transport organizations are using Internet protocol cameras (IP cameras) as a medium for beefing up security and safety today, and statistics have shown that it’s a positive technology for public transport operations. So, when you get into public places like subways where you can get a public vehicle like onboard buses, trains and so forth, look carefully, you will often find POE Pinhole spy cameras installed on traffic lights, subway waiting areas, and inside the transport vehicles especially concealed in the roof. It will be unusual to panic about the reason for such surveillance, because it’s for everyone’s safety should in case any dangerous event happens during a trip

In A Smoke Detector

You will find smoke detectors in almost every public places people interact, like museums, casinos, parks, but be mindful that most smoke detectors are not functioning, even if they are, they usually built to have hollow shells to look similar like the real smoke detectors and having a covert camera installed in them. However, the only way you can really observe it’s a disguised smoke detector is when there is a darned flashing or beeping when the battery is low. If you are curious about looking out for spy cams, you can look out for a smoke detector that doesn’t match the others installed in a specific area.

In A Hook

The objects in which these cameras are disguised into looks like a door handle in shape. They are often installed in public toilets, and dressing rooms, and they are the number one on the list to look out for. Although it can be rare to see hidden cameras been installed in public toilets and restrooms, but if you find them in anywhere so that you can hang up your clothes and stuffs like that, be careful, because they might have covert cameras installed in them. A suspicious hook is the one that has a tiny hole on them that looks like a screw, these wireless cameras can be recorded remotely, and the wireless remote control normally works through walls.

In-Ceiling Recessed Areas

Cameras can be found in recessed areas of public buildings along either the corridor, entrance porch, waiting areas, office space and so on. Don’t get it twisted; these are no dome cameras or look-alike smoke detectors, rather they are pinhole cameras fixed in ceiling areas that accommodate lighting fixtures, these cameras are strategically installed that you may never detect them. They can be found in most places that security is paramount to anything else.

 

In Automated Teller Machines

 Anywhere you go finding yourself paying for a service on a machine that receives payment, you are probably been spied on without noticing. Most ATMs have hidden cameras installed on them to detect any fraudulent activity that took place.

Mar 12, 2019 4:44:12 AM By Naveed Malik Comments Hidden Spy Camera

   The benefit of using hidden cameras in workplaces is widely extensive, so also the advantage of using indoor and outdoor spy cameras for business operations has tripled its shortcomings ever experienced. It will be unwise to start a business in our modern world today without the thought of a careful plan for installing covert or spy cameras within and outside of an office space.

The system works, and there are so many positive reviews from those who have used and integrated them on their business system, little wonder we are here to passionately communicate its commercial benefits and positive experienced observed while using them. Here are some few helpful reimbursements on hidden cameras over the years:

 

Reduce the State Of Criminal Activity

Criminal activity is a global epidemic and remains a problem to be dealt with. The number of theft records per country statistics is overwhelming, reaching over 300 million cases.

No doubt, the introduction of hidden cameras has played a big role in cutting down this alarming rate of criminal activity recorded, but it is interesting to know that out of these estimated criminal offenses committed, about 0.5% is related to theft carried out by employees of organizations. That is why business owners are keen to have all security options from CCTV Cameras to wireless cameras available on their disposal because it has been very effective in reducing shady business behind closed doors as every business activity is been closely monitored.

 

Improve Overall Business Operations

Business operations have improved over the years, why not? When transactions can easily be monitored, staffs and managers can be monitored when dodging out on their responsibilities.

In some places around the world, the use of audio cams in the form of nanny cam is used in the institution of learning, to rate the performance of teachers and instructors. With footage recorded daily on your employees, you can even track who and what is wasting resources, you can track mistakes and make corrections on them.

Another area where the uses of hidden cameras have played a big role is in the case of mystery shopping; yes, you may not make a mistake or commit a fraud as an employee, but the pattern and behavior used in attending to customers can be practically recorded via body worn spy cameras installed smartly on the body of these mystery shoppers.

 

 Helps in Increasing Productivity and Profits

This is somehow related to the topic discussed earlier, but the difference here is that; as a business owner or C.E.O, or even a manager, less time will be spent on monitoring staffs directly, and instead useful things that will yield productivity will be focused on. These can be seen as a time leveraging phenomenon for business owners. Because of this strategy of video surveillance, less workforce on security staffing will be needed since restricted areas in your office complex can be monitored from the comfort of your home.

Furthermore, it will be an understatement to be talking about commercial benefits of hidden cameras as we have already seen the government of China accepting and integrating a technology in to the helmets of company staffs which is normally worn when they are on duty, so that respective managers can note when their workers are stressed, happy, angry or sad, and adjust the workflow accordingly. Wonderful isn’t it.?

 

Curb Sexual Harassment Issues in the Workplace

Sexual harassment amongst employees in a workplace environment is always a disturbing problem and it sometimes spoils the image of any company or business. However, with the help of surveillance-hidden cameras installed in the workplace, such behavior will not be found wanting in any staff since they know their actions are being recorded.

Thinking this may not be a serious matter?; of course it is, cases have been seen about sexual harassment in companies that as a result of its effect, the company was shut down and owners fined a huge amount of money by the federal law. So, therefore, sexual harassment can adversely affect your company’s financial status, morale, and even productivity, but thanks to hidden cameras available today, there are minimum cases of such trends happening.

 

 Reduce Incidents of Workplace Violence

Hidden cameras have helped security agents a lot of information required in carrying out an investigation when crimes are committed or when there is a violent outrage leading to lots of lives. In a case of planned events, hidden cameras can expose hidden agendas of employees and even customers. Hidden cameras also help in solving disagreements or arguments on a particular subject of concern seen on video footage.

Other commercial benefits include, maintaining Property Values of a company by preventing deterioration of business property, this is no wonder why the price of properties that have covert cameras installed on them are more expensive. It may also interest you to know that business or companies that use surveillance system as part of their security strategy do normally have discounts on their insurance scheme.

Mar 8, 2019 2:49:13 AM By Naveed Malik Comments Hidden Spy Camera

 Installing dash cam, nanny cam and hidden cameras for security reasons can be very decisive, so it is important to know the basics, specs, and fun-facts about some of these spy cameras and the purposes meant to achieve before installing them for your office space or building. When it comes to security cameras, there are four types, namely; fixed indoor cameras, Dome cameras, PTC Cameras, and bullet cameras.

Fixed indoor cameras are stationary cameras that comes in variety and different styles; very popular over the years. Dome cameras are the ones you can easily find in the ceiling areas, department stores or public places, while PTC cameras made especially for zooming purposes. Bullet cameras are the ones used for indoor and outdoor purposes; they are a little bit larger than the other options.

Now, the camera types we just mentioned can be breakdown into two Categories, and they both have the Pros and Cons, they are namely

  • Wireless Cameras
  • Wired Cameras

Wireless Cameras

This type of camera is very popular over the years and they are used for general surveillance on monitors just to see what is going on. There are two types; Traditional wireless cameras and the Wire-free cameras. Now, this may seem a little bit somewhat complicated but it will soon make sense when you continue to read through.

The traditional wireless camera also known as IP cameras has a power cord that has to be plugged into the wall of buildings in order to power the camera. Now, this is true for indoor and outdoor wireless cameras but it can be frustrating when installing for outdoor cameras considering that you may have to drill a hole in order to get the wire inside the house or office complex. The wire-free cameras are operated with the use of the battery and are connected through a Wi-Fi, so they have no wires; this means they can be placed just about anywhere you want. Most of these wire-free cameras like the ArloHD Camera and Stick-up Cam are weather resistant so they can also be placed outside. Keep in mind for some of these wire-free cameras for example; the Arlo HD Camera does have a base station that needs to be wired, so even if these cameras are wireless, you do have to wire them to a router.

Wired Cameras

In addition, when it comes to wired cameras; there are two types, namely;

  • Analog Cameras
  • POE (Power Over Ethernet) Cameras

Before we explain the differences between these two, let us differentiate between DVR and NVR

DVR (Digital Video Recording): This is a box that you need to connect your analog end to your camera with, and this will allow you to manage and record from those cameras, while NVR (Network Video Recorder) works for POE Cameras and IP Cameras. The NVR works like the DVR, but it has an extra feature; one thing is that some of them have POE ports in them, so if you have POE Camera, you can just plug it directly to your NVR to record your video and manage the cameras. In addition, you have the ability to connect your IP Camera that you have on your networks to that NVR as well. Even though they are not directly connected to the Wi-Fi, it can still manage them. Another thing to keep in mind is that NVR supports way higher camera resolutions than DVR.

Now, the Analog security cameras use a technology called BNC (Bayonet Neill–Concelman); an older version of video cable technology that is majorly used for older surveillance and video equipment but it is also capable of supporting 4HD Cameras. This means if you have a new analog camera, you can use BNC to support HD resolutions. However, analog cameras are going to require you to have a DVR; which you will need to connect to so that you can see a video and manage the cameras. Analog cameras do come with a long cable, because you do have to wire them around your building, and the cables used are going to have BNC connected to both ends and power cord for you to be able to power your camera.

The POE camera is going to use a single Ethernet cable for power and video, so it’s a single cable solution. Note that for you to be able to use POE Cameras; you need to have a switch that supports POE. Also be aware that most consumer network switches don’t normally support POE, so you may have to go and buy a switch that has POE Port on it, but instead of doing that; its recommended that you buy an NVR which has POE points on, the reason is that; it will help organize your network traffic. So rather than clogging up your network with a video data, you can just go to your NVR and use it to manage your cameras and recordings.

Therefore, we can say POE Cameras definitely provide the best image quality of all camera types, because of its Ethernet usage that supports high bandwidth. This means if you need a real high- resolution camera, you can buy a POE camera, which will also allow you to do things like zooming to get a license plate without losing image quality. Speaking of image quality, we need to talk about resolutions because that can also be complicated as well with these cameras.

Depending on which camera you buy, its either measured in pixels or TVL (TV Lines) – older terminology. For example; if you see a camera that says 90TVL, that is roughly close to 10APD resolution. Another measure you see is megapixels; you may see some cameras with 2-3 megapixels. 2.1 megapixels is roughly close to 10APD and any camera beyond 2 megapixels is usually going to be POE Cameras since Ethernet supports extra bandwidth.

Now let’s talk about the Pros and Cons of using these categorized two types of cameras

Advantage And Disadvantage of Wi-Fi / Traditional Wireless Cameras

Since Wi-Fi cameras or Traditional wireless cameras are one of the most common cameras you will see out there, its usually going to have better image quality than most wire-free cameras. With a lot of Wi-Fi and IP Cameras out there, do keep in mind that the difficulty can range from easy to moderate depending on which one you get especially if you are going to keep it outside. In addition, if you want to buy a lot of wireless cameras, you need to be careful because you can bug-down your Wi-Fi and cripple your network, so you definitely want to be careful with that. The simplest of all these camera options is definitely going to be the wire-free cameras, because they are easy to install and set-up. It is also recommended if you are renting an office space or building and you can’t run wires, so it can be easily moved around since they are battery operated. Another thing about wire-free cameras is that most of them actually have reasonable price monthly storage options if you want to store up videos on the cloud. They also come with Smartphone apps that work through the install and have a lot of different features which makes it simple for an average user.

Now the disadvantage of these wire-free cameras is that they are battery operated, in that when you put in high traffic and its getting a lot of motion, it will draw your battery really quickly. Furthermore, the image quality isn’t that good because the videos are so highly compressed; this is done to conserve battery life and to make files smaller in order for them to get stored up in a cloud. If you have one of these cameras in a high traffic area, you may find yourself replacing the batteries every time, which can be stressful. Now, one exception to these is the stick-up cam, because if you put them outside, they do have an option solid panel so that you don’t have to worry about changing them.

Advantage And Disadvantage of Analog Cameras / Wired Cameras

Analog security cameras are the least expensive if you want to use multiple cameras. Note that running cables throughout your whole building is not that difficult and its installation also. However, DVR takes more patience, but installing the camera itself is not that difficult. You need to pay attention to the resolution of your camera you are getting because there are some kits out there that are not HD and have some false names claiming that the cameras are clear and they are not. This gave way for POE.

POE Cameras are definitely the favorite; they have the best image quality and they are reliable. They have the ability to have a higher resolution like 5 megapixels and only uses a single cable. This is a great option for business people or for someone who just wants high video quality.

The shortcoming of using POE cameras is that; they are difficult to install, and they may require you to make your own Ethernet cables throughout your house as well. That is something to consider. Another important thing is that; they are much more expensive compared to the analog cameras and even some wireless cameras.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Feb 9, 2019 5:11:33 AM By Naveed Malik Comments Hidden Spy Camera

As you probably already know, there are spy cameras that are autonomous. They are wireless and run on rechargeable battery. You can take them wherever you want.

Getting a spy camera is very easy today. Just see the many results on the search engines when you hit "spy camera". But how to deal with this mass of different products? Let's see now, how to choose a better autonomous spy camera. 

A hidden spy camera

An autonomous spy camera is primarily hidden in a gadget or unusual objects. It may look like a USB key, a lighter, sunglasses, a pen, a watch, a shirt button, a key ring, a cap, a clock, etc. These are hidden mini-cameras, used in high espionage. 

The wireless spy camera makes it possible to film without being detected thanks to its small size. 

Wireless spy cameras are used to monitor, spy and deter as it allows producing a complete result: a color video with audio. Depending on the model of mini wireless spy camera used, viewing of recordings is done either on your TV or on your PC. 

Indeed, a spy camera recorder plays the role of a video surveillance system. This type of system is usually composed of various elements: - Wireless spy camera - an alarm that triggers in case of a problem - any monitor or screen that allows you to view the images filmed live or even after - a recorder that stores and records the data. There are many models in online store: sports camera, DVR recorder pack, wifi hidden camera...

If you want to protect your home or business against possible burglaries, these devices are the most recommended. Burglars will ignore where the camera really is to make it disappear. You can also use it for all kinds of surveillance projects.   

Why film discreetly? 

The first question you need to ask yourself is: why do I need a spy camera? In general, you want to film in a discreet way that is without the others seeing the camera. 

We recall that the law forbids filming a person without notifying him. Looking to surprise a flight at home? Do you want to watch the nanny when you're away from home? Or do you have doubts about your husband or wife? It's a spy camera you need. 

Very easy to install, these little gadgets will quickly become essential to ensure your safety. But which one to choose?   

Spy cameras tested 

The number 1 advantage is the purchase of spy cameras tested at length, wide and across. We need to find companies that test these small cameras to get useful data for you. 

You need a product that works 100%. This is why, unlike other unscrupulous sites, you have to find a site that takes into account your satisfaction before selling you a camera. 

In addition, once your spy camera is purchased, this company offers you a complete tutorial that explains how your device works. 

Spy cameras connected in wifi

Installing a spy camera at home is ideal to monitor discreetly. But it's even better to be able to view live images on your phone instead of waiting to extract the videos to a PC.

Connected by wifi, spy cameras are accessible remotely, wherever you are! Thanks to an application to install on your phone or tablet, you will have access to your images from anywhere. 

The autonomous spy camera for more efficiency

Would you like to use spy cameras that do not allow you to be mobile or whose rechargeable battery life is very low?

Probably not. 

For a mobile and discreet surveillance, you must, therefore, buy a spy camera autonomous and mostly hidden. It has an internal storage capacity of large capacity according to your choice and you can carry it on you for long hours for espionage.

Dec 5, 2018 5:22:59 AM By Naveed Malik Comments Hidden Spy Camera

The security of your business is not something to be taken lightly. First of all, since it concerns the protection of your assets, ie your financial investments, but also because it affects the safety of your employees.

Your level of protection also playing on the amount of your insurance contribution

 Optimizing the security of a building for professional use is often one of the top priorities of a company moving to its new premises. The challenge is not just to protect the burglars' offices or workshops.

The issues of flow management and different user access privileges, that is to say, employees and visitors are a real challenge for companies hosting daily individuals and categories of staff. If enterprise surveillance cameras instinctively appear as an effective solution, it is far from the only one.

 Various access control and alarm devices are also very useful for securing a building. Above all, these different devices are not mutually exclusive but benefit from being brought together in a real security system. What are the technical characteristics and advantages of hidden cameras in security devices and systems in companies?

Business use

Companies place hidden cameras in order to obtain evidence during flights. This helps identify unscrupulous behavior or even casual thieves. Housekeeping and cleaning company working at night, colleagues digging into confidential files, fraudulent intrusion...

For small and medium businesses that want to protect their premises, there are several levels of security.

The first, the alarm. This device makes it possible to trigger a high power signal as soon as an intrusion attempt is detected (shock and movement detector).     

The sensors are placed on the premises but also outside, if you need it. You can choose to protect your company 24/7 by delegating the management of alerts to a third party. The alarm is directly connected to a Central Station. Reaction times are short and depending on your subscription formula a call to the police or intervention of vigilantes can be done within minutes of the call.

 In this kind of device, there is no continuous video recording but rather screenshots with each suspicious motion detection. The recognition of an individual will be done by you or by a security agent and the alert will be definitively triggered if necessary.

Other security systems managed by you or a third party use the principle of video surveillance by a camera arranged inside and outside the building. They operate by analog, wireless or IP. The data is then managed either remotely by a security company or at home, in situ, if you have acquired the full version of the monitor/recorder solution and user data storage capacity (servers).

MOTION DETECTION

The benefits of integrated motion detection in most cameras are indeed unavoidable. The first is the direct processing of video motion detection in the camera itself, so the workload for all recording devices in the system is greatly reduced.

From this alert, monitoring is facilitated. Automated motion detection for each video stream can receive an independent adjustment. The viewing screen only displays what is predefined. Any other intrusion can be zoomed manually.

Limits of use

The hidden camera is part of the freedom of communication. In principle, this procedure is not legal and many journalists use it in the exercise of their profession, as much as other professionals (police, security agencies, etc.). Its use is often necessary in cases where it is difficult or impossible to obtain the information by any other means.

To limit its use to the necessities of public information and to avoid the risk of slippage, justice has laid a specific framework:

The hidden camera should be used in circumstances where the information could not be obtained differently;

The process must be revealed to the public so that the people filmed do not feel watched after the recording of the scenes.

If people are filmed or recorded without their knowledge and without their prior consent, they should not be identifiable during the broadcast of the recording.

Television channels must necessarily guarantee the anonymity of the people and places filmed.

The different solutions to secure your business premises

 In addition to corporate surveillance cameras used in video surveillance or remote surveillance, there are various access control solutions and several types of alarms.

Access controls

Access control devices are the most essential, most basic security tools. Basically, a simple key is in itself an access control device, but quickly becomes unsuitable when the number of doors to open and the number of employees becomes unmanageable.

Different systems allow greater flexibility, depending on the incoming identification technology:

- The code keyboard,

- The audio and / or video doorphone,

- The badge reader,

- The biometric reader,

- The electronic cylinder.

It should be noted that complex systems can combine all or part of these identification technologies, in order to further secure certain accesses.

Their installation is extremely simple in most cases: just think of doing some electrical work and pass cables in the walls to install readers and doorkeepers.

The scalability of these systems is one of its first benefits, as well as its flexibility. It will indeed be possible to use systems or combinations of access control more or less advanced depending on the degree of protection to be granted to this or that access.

In addition, these devices are particularly simple to decline for a large number of users and to change if necessary: only a few minutes are enough to disable a badge, create a new one, or change a code.

Finally, the fact that no legal obligation governs this device - except in the case where it requires the registration of biometric data - is another advantage in its favor.

What threat does video surveillance pose?

The most unpleasant and obvious consequences of video surveillance failures are the potential identification of individuals during registration. In other words, a cybercriminal can identify you and then use those images against you for you to sing or burglar. Not to mention the invasion of privacy.

 Of course, video recording is not enough to share a lot of information about a victim; however normal people voluntarily publish a lot of personal information on the Internet. Perhaps the most publicized incident of this kind was the revelation of X-movie actresses.

Users on a forum had found social media profiles of X-movie actresses and had contacted them with the help of facial recognition services such as FindFace, to then harass them.

The number of CCTV cameras is constantly increasing, as is the quality of their image. For example, most companies entrances are equipped with motion activated hidden cameras that provide good picture quality even in the dark. Ever wondered how many surveillance cameras you see on your way home to the local supermarket? Have you ever thought about potential threats and means of protection?

The different solutions to secure your business premises

In addition to corporate surveillance cameras used in video surveillance or remote surveillance, there are various access Surveillance cameras for business video surveillance.

For a company, a surveillance camera is another security device ... from the moment it is integrated into a real video surveillance system.

The cameras themselves may be wired or wireless, analog or digital, intended for outdoor or indoor use and allow daytime, nighttime or both. These cameras operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

They are connected to a "central" and a registration system. The communicating models transmit an alert to the user, even if he is deported, by an automatic call of his telephone, an e-mail or an SMS.

Alarms and detectors are often usefully added to the system.

The business benefits of surveillance cameras in such a configuration are that they represent a complete security system, which detects intrusions, collects evidence and gives warning.

Related services

Finally, one of the most important criteria is undoubtedly the dimension of services associated with the security system. Indeed, despite technological progress, despite the decline in equipment prices, we must remember that security is primarily a service.

If the priority of the user is to feel perfectly calm, because he will know that the system has been well installed, well controlled, and well used in normal times as in the time of the problem, it is, of course, possible to take a provider for each task.

 But it is also possible to use a single company, as part of a contract for remote monitoring. The best thing is to request a quotation in CCTV to compare offers from different providers.

Nov 25, 2018 12:28:42 AM By Naveed Malik Comments Hidden Spy Camera

When we want to equip with CCTV cameras, it is necessary to ask the right questions to accurately assess its needs. For the choice of a spy camera, it is the same. Here are some points to consider when choosing your spy camera:

 Fixed or mobile

 Spy CCTV cameras take different forms and adopt different technologies depending on their use. For fixed video surveillance, in a clock or alarm clock, for example, it is easier to build a product with better characteristics than for a mobile product.

A camera built into a clock or alarm clock will easily be equipped with a more powerful lens or a larger storage space, than a camera-pen.

The size of the camera receptacle greatly affects its quality and price.

 The record

 It is important to be able to store the images recorded by the CCTV camera. For this, several technologies are available.

 - Built-in camera storage: Internal storage allows you to record filmed images. In general, a mini-USB or micro-USB jack is hidden somewhere on the object to transfer the videos to a computer. The available size for this type of storage is quite limited: 2 GB / 4 GB / 8 GB

 - SD Card: An SD card slot is located on the device, allowing you to insert storage cards with up to 128GB of storage space.

 - Recorders: As a storage mode for conventional CCTV cameras, the recorder can store several To (1 TB = 1000 GB) of data on hard disks. The transmission of the video signal from the camera to the recorder is via a 3G transceiver.

 Here are 4 innovative features of a spy camera.

 There are many ranges of Spy CCTV cameras, each with different features and options. It is important to target your needs and choose the right product.

 

  1. Micro integrated

Know that before buying your spy camera, you must pay attention to various features. Check if it is equipped with a built-in microphone because the sound is very useful when you shoot. There are many models that already have this option. 

  1. Autonomy

Some items do not need to be plugged in when recording videos. Indeed, some wireless technology is recharged before use. Therefore, when you buy think to consult the information about the autonomy of the accessory in which will be integrated your mini-camera: glasses, watch, pens, etc. If you want to record for long periods, opt for tools with long battery life. 

  1. Nocturne

 Depending on the model, spy cameras may or may not have the capability of night vision. Some products are capable of filming at night without a light, thus promoting total discretion. 

If you want to shoot in the dark or at night, these models ship infrared LEDs. They give a clear picture even in the middle of the night. 

  1. Motion detection

The option of motion detection is also very popular. It allows you to record without touching the gadget. It also saves battery and thus optimizes the autonomy of the device.

Thanks to this option, the recordings will be triggered automatically at the slightest movement; the camera remains off as long as there is no movement.

There are obviously many other options depending exclusively on the type of media hosting the camera.

Nov 23, 2018 12:43:05 AM By Naveed Malik Comments Hidden Spy Camera

Security cameras are a great way to protect your property, but they can also violate your privacy if someone uses them against you without your permission. Since the invention of camera technology, there has been a huge level of advancement in this sector.

Though cameras started out as huge equipment’ just like the first generation of computers, they have so far continued to grow immensely in the past few years. The technology behind them keeps allowing for expansion, thereby letting the physical shape of cameras to keep getting smaller to allow concealing in any way possible.

With the innovation regarding the space they cover, one can easily disguise cameras and a plus side to this is that they get cheaper by the day. Literally, anyone can afford them now. But because they're cheap, most eCommerce stores have them on sale and anyone can easily make a purchase online and spy on every other existence around them.

Regarding the legal issues concerning hidden cameras, you most likely have heard all the scary stories, and so has all the Spycam manufacturers. With the scary stories come ideas to continue being creative in producing some of the most cleverly designed (and tiny) camera/DVR systems that can be disguised as anything.

And worse, you can be an unfortunate couple that gets to find out about hidden cameras being planted in hotel rooms and vacation rentals without a renter's knowledge. Or an employee who doesn't know he/she is being watched for more than 10 hours of work time each day.

With these stipulated concerns, let's look at the legal issues surrounding installing hidden cameras in a workplace or residential environment.

Dangers Of Installing A Hidden Camera

A British couple got the shock of their lives when they discovered a hidden spy camera in an Airbnb apartment they rented while on vacation in Toronto. Dougie Hamilton, 34, said that he found the camera concealed in a digital alarm clock that suspiciously faced the apartment's living room and open bedroom areas and this camera in question "can see everything."

Spy cameras have this feature where they can easily capture moments of motions happening in an entire apartment just being situated at a view of the whole house. As the Daily Record reports, the couple had only been in the rental for around 20 minutes when they spotted the creepy clock. Just like every other suspicious individual at first, Dougie shrugged off his suspicions but his instincts proved him right.

According to the report from the incident, they said "They didn't know if the owner had been watching them the whole time.” You can also be an innocent-minded individual but the clock facing where your bed was could be for something more sinister like a sex ring."

Generally speaking, it's totally legal to record surveillance video in the United States with a hidden camera in your home without the consent of the person you're recording. But before you place a hidden camera in your home, endeavor to research the laws within your state. This act will only help you to add an extra measure of security before embarking on this act.

When there’s no consent, that’s where employers run into risks. Technology is supposed to help employees be more productive at their jobs, thus increasing their competence. But employers can still provide that independence by giving employees the ability to turn the monitoring on and off in a protected space in the office, which helps deter feelings of invaded privacy.

Oct 10, 2018 8:03:15 AM By Naveed Malik Comments Hidden Spy Camera

As more monitoring devices including phones or video recorders, wristbands, microchips, and wireless sensors that measure employees’ brain waves are developed, perceptions toward monitoring devices keep changing by the day. Depending on what type of monitoring is being done, the complexity associated with security cameras and footages are to be handled with extreme care.

More complex devices with elaborate capabilities enter the market every day and help to improve matters revolving around employee attitudes, specifically around perceptions of fairness in the workplace. It would be naive to believe that companies don’t invest in security cameras for workplace environments and it is solely the job of the employees to strictly deal with whatever comes out of these monitoring process.

Employee Comfort Levels Toward Monitoring

Most employees find it unacceptable that they are being monitored during personal, non-work-related activities. Which is why contextual factors are important for how employees will likely react to monitoring, mostly with highly complex jobs requiring a lot of creativity and autonomy.

When someone has a flexible job, they expect the organization is going to give them the discretion to carry out their work. Some of these people will see monitoring as hindering their ability to do their job. They perceive less autonomy in their day-to-day operations.

But for those with low-complexity jobs, like cashiering, monitoring has the opposite effect on them because they are more likely to feel as though it helps them perform better. Monitoring only exhumes problems with employees when they feel it gets in the way of them doing their jobs. 

The most invasive of these monitoring devices are the ones employers install underneath employees’ desks that sense body heat to help tell how long employees are away from their desks. Although not all surveillance is equal, and not all people respond similarly to it.

At most, all employers should try to keep a healthy balance between taking advantage of new chip technology while respecting the boundaries of their employees.

5 Strategies For Installing Cameras In A Work Environment 

While it is also established that no company or business will curb their use of monitoring devices that they think will improve business operations, it is better to follow the steps below to successfully mount a camera in your business environment.

  • Pick the Best Hidden Spot:
    Ensure to place the camera opposite the direct line of sight. Watch out for the spot where the majority of the behavior you're monitoring is likely to occur when you are almost set up.

  • Watch for Sound Quality:
    If the sound is a priority for your monitoring, you need to position your camera out of anything noisy so not to drown the speaker's voice.

  • External Power Supply:
    Most modern hidden cameras are battery operated, but if necessary, ensure to place the camera close to its power supply. This implies that the plug and wires of the camera need to be hidden as well.

  • Network Your Camera:
    Connecting your camera to a secure wireless network if possible will help you easily access the broadcast video anywhere.

  • Shield the Camera's Eye:
    Don’t let the eye of the camera to be drawn to possible attention depending on the location you are monitoring. Make sure to protect the camera (hidden and outdoor surveillance cameras) from harsh weather conditions to avoid damage.

These variables make the difference in really critical and possible hysteria situation for employees and installing cameras or monitoring devices in a workplace environment wrongly can destroy the total sanctity of business operations and possibly cause business downtimes.

Oct 8, 2018 7:07:01 AM By Naveed Malik Comments Hidden Spy Camera

Hidden cameras are a variety of spy cameras that are modeled and used for home-based monitoring. It is totally fine to want an extra security measure in your home and vying for a hidden camera to give you the necessary ease. Should you also be fighting to reduce conflict around your home or keep a tab on your teenagers from a distance, these technically advanced products will put you on a part to a certain level of peace and help you eliminate uncertainty.

Hidden Cameras To Stay Away From

Power Packed Boxes:

Hidden cameras got their name primarily from their purpose. Buying a hardwired hidden camera totally defies the purpose of the camera. To say but the least, you will be burdened with the task of hiding the camera box as well as the power pack of the camera. There are numerous options in the market today that’ll easily aid your intentions to leave the camera hidden by offering you battery packed cameras. They can totally work on their own without being connected directly to a power supply.

Motion Detectors:

Hidden cameras have an option to help you combat dealing with record and storage backlash. This is why there are cameras that are motion sensitive and some offer you long distance motion detecting features. Buying a spy camera that just records all day long, not checking to detect if there’s movement or not is becoming an outdated move. Asides from having to play a video footage back and forth to the point where there’s an activity you also have to invest more in storage spaces for these footages too.

 Network Access:

Why buy a camera that won’t offer you the feature of live streaming? Though these cameras require a 4G network to fully offer this feature. If you find yourself in an environment where it is possible to be in the same room as where you are monitoring through the help of a 4G camera, it's a plausible option to go for it. It also allows you to stay in touch with your children and also be on alert with corresponding activities, should you not be in the same location as them.

Wireless Cameras:

Though they come prepped to serve their hidden purpose in the semblance of household objects, they’re still leaving the market in numbers. The memory storage feature is the fall back for these cameras. They don’t have the option to aid its users in receiving the videos from the camera. That is to say, a different recording device to document the video is still necessary. Should there be an incident within the time of exhausted memory, the user loses out on viable information.

 Remote Access:

If you are to monitor an environment from a remote location, it is better to stay away from buying a camera that doesn’t give you IP and internet streaming access. Easily opt in for a camera that is compatible with Wi-Fi networks and wireless routers to help you stay in touch by easily accessing the resulting video footage through the IP address of the camera.

Plus side is they come built as light bulbs, chargers, stationery, clocks, etc. and regardless of their size they always bring a better solution than regular cameras that will have people being on the edge whenever they are around your home.

With hidden cameras, you have the power to know the exact intentions of your guest arriving for a 2-day party, or your service providers when they show up without you being around your home. You can have these cameras at your disposal for a period of time or however long you want them actively rolling as long as they put you at ease with the security of your home.

Oct 6, 2018 6:56:49 AM By Naveed Malik Comments Hidden Spy Camera

From experience with security cameras, nanny cams, body-worn cameras, CCTV implementations, and spy cameras. There is still a need to follow up on guides to aid installing hidden cameras in your business environment. Before diving into the type of CCTV to use in your business area, let us look at the factors surrounding the choice of cameras to go for. 

Factors For Purchase Of Covert Surveillance

The special attention being placed on covert surveillance cameras for businesses and large area monitoring is for the sole purpose of ensuring the smooth running of business operations.

For large scale businesses like malls, being able to catch a shoplifter or criminal within your business area can help with the success of your business. With this in mind, you should know that not all cameras come with the necessary features to serve large-scale businesses. If you are looking at purchasing a covert surveillance camera ensure to check out the following characteristics to help your business cut down on any unnecessary operations downtime.

For the perfect covert surveillance, you have to check for

  1. Camera Resolution:
    The ideal least size of the pixel lens to opt in for is a 720 x 480 lines of resolution. The effect of this is usually affected by the size of the camera. If size is of great importance to you, it’s better to have a knowledge of the resulting effect it might have on the resolution of the camera. Of note, the smaller the camera, the lower the resolution and lux level of the camera and the higher the price. This could be a total waste of investment when the resolution gives you poor images that you can’t make anything out of.
  2. Lux Level:
    The ability of the lens of a spy camera to capture images clearly even in low light situations is the resulting effect of the lux level. The lower the lux level the more perfect the resulting footage from the camera will be. If your business area or a part of it is going to experience low light situations, then you want to make sure you install the needed lux level camera in that spot.
  3. Power Consumption:
    The power consumption of your covert surveillance will determine the kind of power supply option you deploy to your business environment. This goes to say that, you should be totally mindful of the camera you are about to purchase for the cause of smooth business operations. Will your covert surveillance make you opt in for direct electric adapters, or battery packed power supply or even a solar energy option?
  4. Size:
    Size of the camera most of the times comes last when checking for what surveillance camera you want to implement for your business. The size totally affects the resolution and lux level of the camera. You would not want to install a camera that will give you poor image or video footage that you can’t make out a face from.

The benefits of covert surveillance to businesses today have drastically made many retail companies put a stop with hiring employees to conduct loss prevention duties. This has since its first use, promoted and smoothened business operations. It reduces the cost associated with hiring the necessary manpower to keep an eye in every area of a business environment.

It serves the primary purpose of ensuring that your customers don’t walk out the door with unpaid items and to also keep your employees in check. With covert surveillance footage, you can put a stop to activities such as employee theft.

But what happens when an incident occurs and your insurance company is of the opinion that you had a hand in the resulting loss of properties and goods. Well, your surveillance footage can step in to save the day and reduce the unnecessary time lap between receiving a claim to help you go back to business.

Oct 2, 2018 1:51:02 AM By Naveed Malik Comments Hidden Spy Camera
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