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Tuesday Tech Tip, July 29, 2014 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 10:12

Capture, Analyze, and Use It Wisely

This is certainly the age of the cameras.  They are in everyone’s hands, hanging out in our intersections, hung in stores, and watching our street corners.  Consider how they could help your business providing video evidence to support your insurance claims, decreasing theft, discouraging detrimental acts, preventing unauthorized entry, and deterring shoplifting.   A business can even use these as an operations tool, as visual confirmation for the arrival or completion of a product or good.

Selecting the proper cameras and how to install them is our turf.  First, we help the client diagnose the type of system they will need, then the proper placement of the cameras, finally, cabling and installing for their use.  We can set up the system to record on to a custom selected device or simply broadcast to wherever our client wishes.

Here are some of the items we like to consider:

  • Camera Resolution (how crisp does the picture need to be, and from how far away)
  • Light sensitivity (how does natural light effect the image)
  • Compression format (how will storing or broadcasting be effected by file size)
  • Frame rate (how consistent does the movement between the images appears to be)
  • No WiFi – interference and hacking (security issues)
  • Wiring (proper placement of camera and the cabling to support them)
  • Storing Footage (secure device that does not affect current network storage)
  • Choosing Motion Activation (energy efficiency versus risk)
  • General Security  (layers of software security to the system, and keeping the business safe)

What you should be aware of is that filming a public place is fine, but filming someone’s private property can get you in legal trouble.  You should also consider the load of bandwidth your cameras will use, as well as how often you will check the footage.  You may need to consider an additional switch for all of the new devices.

Obviously, there is a lot to take in – but that’s what we are here for!  So reach out and let’s talk cameras!

 
Tuesday Tech Tip, July 15, 2014 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 20:34

 

Stop!  Thief!

 

When we think about identity theft, it’s usually about some unfortunate person.  The reality is it can happen to businesses too. It can happen on your business credit cards, forged payroll checks, or hijacking of sensitive information. 

Here are some steps your company should be taking to reduce the risk to your income:

  1. Limit your people. Chances are your people want the protection from the finger pointing, so by reducing the amount of access to your financials, you are protecting them. The only people that need to see the financials are people who are directly interacting with the money.
  2. Guard the checks. The checks do not need to be left out for anyone to get to and use. Make sure that you aren’t tempting people to take advantage of that precious paper that grants access to your funds.
  3. Check your credit cards, always. Carefully select the employees that should handle your company card, and make sure they are trustworthy. Keep best practices and review the purchases on each billing statement. Closely examine for any extreme purchases that you will be paying for, and could potentially destroy your credit.
  4. Encrypt your data. Just as you are taking precautions against any inside tampering, you need to make sure outsiders have complications getting to your data. Encrypt the data to keep it from prying eyes.

 
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