Dropcam security camera captures woman’s terrifying attack during home invasion

Home invasion caught on a Dropcam security camera.

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IP Surveillance Cameras Vulnerable to Hacking

IP surveillance cameras and other devices with online remote access features are vulnerable to being hacked if not properly secured. Recently, two IP camera companies TRENDnet and Foscam where mentioned in a PBS Newshour story about online device vulnerabilities. The story mentioned that IP cameras from the two companies were hacked into and that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had cited Trendnet for inadequate security protection. One basic security tip is: AFTER SETTING UP YOUR IP CAMERA ALWAYS CHANGE THE DEFAULT PASSWORD THAT THE DEVICE IS PRE-LOADED WITH!

Home Security Camera Systems

There are a variety of options for the home owner and small business owner who want a video surveillance system. This article discusses three main types of security camera systems, high definition. standard definition, and indoor IP cameras. What type of system you choose will depend mainly on what specific purpose you need it for and what your budget allows for.

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Home Security Camera Options

Nanny Cam Video Leads to Arrest in Brutal Home Invasion

The video footage from a nanny cam used in the investigation of a brutal home invasion in Millburn, NJ has led to the arrest of a suspect.
Can you imagine where this case would be if that home hadn’t set up a nanny cam that provided that video footage?!

ABC News 7 Story on Nanny Cam Home Invasion Suspect Arrest

Nanny Cam Shows Brutal home Invasion in NJ

Police are on the hunt for a home invasion suspect caught on nanny cam. Video from a nanny cam shows a vicious attack during a home invasion in at a residence in the quiet suburb of Millburn, New Jersey. The footage is being broadcast on news stations in an attempt to identify the suspect, who repeatedly punched and kicked the female resident of the house while her 3-yr old daughter sat on the couch terrified. The video below shows the extremely violent attack and is difficult to watch. The video footage provides enough details of the suspect’s description and is proving useful to police. A $5,000 reward is being offered.

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WABC-TV: Frightening Millburn home invasion assault caught on camera
Frightening Millburn home invasion assault caught on camera

How the Dropcam System Works (VSaaS)

HowToSurveillance has released a brief video providing a simplified overview of how the Dropcam system works. Users can view live streaming video for free and also have the option to sign up for a “Dropcam DVR” subscription plan which allows subscribers to retrieve recorded video for up to 7 days ($99/yr) or up to 30 days ($299/yr). This use of remote servers to monitor, record and download video from security cameras is known in the industry as “Video Surveillance as a Service” or VSaaS:

Is Dropcam the Ideal Home Security Wireless IP Camera?

Looking for an easy to install IP video camera that will let you watch your home over the internet?

Dropcam is one of the easiest, if not the easiest IP cameras to install. The camera has built-in software that automatically begins an installation process when you plug it into your computer. Dropcam detects your wireless network (you just need to enter your network password after selecting your network from a list that appears during the installation process) and configures itself automatically. No need to struggle with IP addressing, setting up DDNS accounts and configuration issues like other IP cameras because viewing live video remotely and accessing recorded video is done through Dropcam servers. The easy installation process, efficient video compression, HD video quality (720p) and easy operation of the Dropcam make it ideal for use as a home security camera that can be accessed via the internet.

The Dropcam does require you to sign up for a user account. Live remote viewing (utilizing Dropcam servers) is free of charge and allows you to view your video from anywhere (with internet access) using your desktop PC/Mac, smartphone or tablet (which utilize the Dropcam app available for iPhone and Android devices).

Recording and downloading video from Dropcam servers is available for a service fee, which is $99/yr and allows you to retrieve recorded events that were recorded over the past 7 days.

Check out the following video showing Dropcam features and how to install the Dropcam:

Visit HowToSurveillance at: HowToSur.com

Security Camera Use Increasing in Cities

Recently PBS Newshour aired an interesting story on the increasing use of video surveillance in society and the increased push for more security cameras in big cities. In particular, the San Francisco police chief is calling for more real-time monitoring of surveillance cameras throughout the city.

Some groups have expressed concerns about the right to privacy and this raises important questions: Is there a reasonable expectation of privacy in public areas? Should police be allowed to continually monitor any public area in real time? What are the boundary lines that need to be drawn regarding the use of video surveillance by police departments? Just how effective are security cameras at preventing crime? Does the value of video surveillance evidence outweigh privacy concerns?

Video analytics (software algorithms designed to analyze objects in a scene for a while, facial recognition, biometric analysis etc.) are also increasingly being used. Video analytics software company 3VR was interviewed for this story and the capabilities and limitations video analytics were discussed. Video analytics isn’t perfect, but it is constantly being improved to allow for more in-depth analysis of security camera footage.

While security cameras in and of themselves cannot necessarily prevent a crime, the video evidence they provide can be used to solve and prosecute crimes, as well as gather information about criminal activity in an area. However, privacy concerns and the “big brother” creep factor have some people concerned. So what do you think about the increased use of video surveillance by police departments in public areas?

IPVM Panoramic Shootout Results Discussed during ISC West – April 2013

IPVM held an independent presentation at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas during the recent ISC West Conference in April 2013 ISCWest.com . Topics discussed throughout the day included, Panoramic Camera Shootout results, trends in access control, and the outlook on VMS Servers for IP security cameras (Death of VMS Servers Has Begun?).

John and Ian discuss the details of their Panoramic shootout test

John and Ian discuss the details of the Panoramic Shootout

As usual, the discussions were detailed and spirited providing detailed information on the cutting edge in the video surveillance world. One highlight of the day, was the discussion of the Panoramic Shootout Results which included performance assessments of Panoramic cameras from a wide variety of manufacturers including Axis, Panasonic, Mobotix, Vivotek, Immervision, Sentry360, Sony and others.

Detailed results of the Panoramic Shootout (as well as honest reviews of many other IP security cameras and related products) are available at the IPVM website: IPVM.com

Membership is required to review the test results and detailed information contained in the report, however, the modest membership fee is well worth the cost for those seeking to get the most out of their investment into IP security camera systems. IPVM also provides excellent training materials for professionals and facilitates outstanding forums where information is cross exchanged among professionals in the security industry. A worthy investment indeed.