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High Resolution Vs. High Definition: Which Is Better For You?

When it comes to purchasing security cameras, different specifications and types may confuse you. For example, it may be hard to distinguish the differences between High Definition security cameras and High Resolution security cameras.

Both offer enhanced picture, yet the prices may vary distinctly. What more do you get for a higher price? Is it better to stay within budget or pay more? That depends upon your requirements.

What will you use the camera for? Do you need to positively identify persons or are you simply monitoring a common area? The answer to these questions will help you decide which is best for you.

First, let us determine the basic differences between high resolution and high definition security cameras. High resolution security cameras are analog cameras with improved picture quality. High definition security cameras are IP security cameras with excellent resolution. When it comes to comparing video quality, we must discuss megapixels and resolutions.

You may know a bit about megapixels. Just think about the resolution of your mobile phone’s camera, or, if you still own one, your digital camera. For some, the megapixel count may have been a deciding factor on which product to choose. One megapixel is equivalent to one million pixels. The quality of a 1 megapixel security camera is equivalent to a 1350TVL security camera. HD cameras boast 1-2 megapixels or more, while high resolution cameras can range from 540TVL and up. With that said, there can be a noticeable difference between the two.

Despite this rift, both types of cameras are extremely useful in different settings. High definition security cameras are better for areas where identification is necessary. Because of the increased resolution, zooming in on pictures does not compromise its quality, allowing for better identification of persons and things. High resolution security cameras are better for simply monitoring common areas. For example, in the workplace or an office, positive identification of persons is usually not needed, as the same employees frequent the office and are known by their employers.

Depending on your situation, high resolution security cameras can be a cost effective alternative when it comes to security solutions. Feel free to browse our selection of high resolutions cameras, high definition cameras, and more online at If you have any questions, you may contact us at 1-888-203-6294. You can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.

Disney Drones Coming Soon?

Drones have been in the news as of late for many reasons. These unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) seem to be the next big thing when it comes to delivery, whether it be packages to your doorstep, emergency supplies to remote areas, or simply bottles to a table. However, their commercial use has caused quite a stir.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations and privacy issues seem to be the major roadblocks for commercial drone use. However, Disney recently made a surprising move by applying for three patents, which would utilize drones for their entertainment shows. The applications are as follows: Aerial Display System with Floating Pixels, Aerial Display System with Floating Projection Screens, and Aerial Display System with Marionettes Articulated and Supported by Airborne Devices.

What exactly do these patent applications mean? And what role will the drones play in all of this? For now we are left wondering, but we can make likely predictions of what to expect.

According to Disney, “floating pixels” combine picture and element. These, in conjunction with drones carrying projection screen equipment could potentially create a beautiful 3D show conducted in the sky. The special effects that the drones could possibly execute are vast. Drones could act as a marionette for large scale character shows, produce animated 3D images, and more.

Aside from enhancing shows, drones are excellent eyes in the sky. When incidents occur or a child goes missing, drones can provide aerial views for better insight to the situation. Access to this may increase security and decrease problems.

While monitoring from above, drones could possibly capture candid moments between family and friends. These will add to the memories created by photos with characters or semi-candid shots from different rides. People may fancy this idea, but others may argue an invasion of privacy. Moving forward with this idea would warrant much discussion and debate to please the masses.

Drones can also help with parking. Having to pay high rates for parking alone can stress drivers out, let alone navigating through the numerous parking areas trying to find a decent spot. With the aerial view of drones, empty spaces can be spotted and filled more efficiently, cutting down on parking time and possibly reducing stress.

Drones can also play music for guests or better Wi-Fi connection by toting routers. By supplying these amenities, guests may enjoy their overall park experience more. The possibilities are seemingly endless when it comes to the use of drones and our advancing technology.

Can you find any flaws or issues that may arise if these applications and FAA regulations permit the use of drones? Do you think Disney’s implementation of drones will prove successful? Share your thoughts with us on our social networks – Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter.

Can We Prevent Drowsy Or Distracted Driving With Facial Recognition?

Facial recognition has come a long way. What once was portrayed as fictional, futuristic technology seen in television and movies has come to life and has been helpful in identifying suspects and solving crimes. As technology continues to advance, the application of facial recognition and related technology broadens. But did you ever imagine that facial recognition could help to make the roads safer? GM seems to be in the works of implementing facial recognition cameras into their cars.

You might wonder how a car could benefit from facial recognition technology. The answer is quite simple. A camera with facial recognition could watch your movements and distinguish dangerous behaviors. For example, maybe you’re falling asleep or texting while driving. The camera would detect this and alert you. These cameras could potentially help to decrease accidents and increase road safety.

It seems GM is attempting to bring this technology to their cars. They have declined to comment, however, there’s speculation that a collaboration with Seeing Machines, a company specializing in intelligent sensing technology, will hit the market in the future. It’s still unclear which cars will come equipped with these devices nor has a release date been set.

While GM may be the first to actually implement it, a few other companies have flirted with the idea. Ford presented Project Mobii, which is more focused on tailoring driver-car interaction based on eye and hand movements. Volvo’s Driver State Estimation system uses infrared to identify and track the eye movements of drivers. Both systems would aim to enhance the driver experience while providing a safe way to navigate your car’s features.

Sounds ideal right? While the intentions are good, privacy and security concerns arise. Most newer cars “are connected to the cloud through built-in or tethered cellular phone-based telematics.” Many are weary of the Cloud and previous issues with car tapping have occurred.

Despite potential security flaws, what are your thoughts on implementing these features in our cars? While it was only time that these technologies were pushed to the forefront, do you believe these will be advantageous or pose more of a distraction? We would love to hear from you – connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest. offers a great selection of security cameras, CCTV system packages, NVRs, DVRs and more. Choose us for your security camera system needs. Visit us online or give us a call at 1-888-203-6294. We are happy to help you find the perfect system for you.

Should Our Officers Don Body-Worn Cameras?

The recent controversy surrounding police officers in Ferguson, MO, is hard to ignore. The fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown made headlines. There are different sides to the story. Witness accounts claim Brown was trying to surrender, arms in the air when he was fatally shot. Police state that as the officer was trying to exit the vehicle, Brown pushed in back in and there was a struggle over the officer’s weapon. Tension between officers and the black community has only worsened since this incident.

The obvious clashing of viewpoints has caused quite an uproar. With protests spanning from violent to peaceful, the media coverage has provided an opportunity to make each sides’ voice heard.

Because it is unclear what exactly happened that night, the push for officers to wear body worn cameras when in uniform has been strong. Many feel that this may decrease incidences of excessive force as well as attacks on officers. As previously discussed in our blog, body worn cameras for police officers have been tested in pilot programs, however, reports of effectiveness have varied.

Here in California, City of Hawthorne Mayor Chris Brown is pushing for the use of these cameras.  In a letter released on August 15, 2014, the mayor wrote, “I am simply not willing to gamble with a single life, or the wrongful accusation of upstanding officers.” While these body worn cameras can possibly produce helpful evidence while deterring misbehavior from officers and the public alike, the costs run fairly high. Each camera can run up to $800-$1000 per officer. This expense is a large part of why most police departments have refrained from adopting the program.

As with use of any type of security camera, privacy concerns arise. A possible solution to this would leave it up to the officer’s discretion to turn the cameras on and off. However, human error can cause suspicions. Missing footage because an officer forgot to turn on the camera could spark much controversy depending on the case. Also, taking time to turn the cameras on and off can distract officers and compromise safety for both themselves and the public.

With recent events and what we know about body worn cameras, do you think employing them on our officers would help decrease violence and crimes? Or do you think these cameras be a waste of funds? We would love to hear your thoughts on the topic. You can connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

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