Posts Tagged ‘analog cameras’

kids in classroomWith all the recent media attention on classroom security, many administrators are taking a hard look at what can be done quickly and economically to provide a more secure environment. Being in the telephone system and security business for many years, we have some cost effective solutions tailored primarily to the day care and elementary school segments but can be integrated into most any business application. These are our recommendations to prevent unwanted access to your premises and to react when there is potential for a crisis situation.

  1. Secure the doors. Installing a simple door phone and door lock would require all visitors to identify themselves prior to your allowing them access into your building or suite. The door phones and door lock relays can be independent of the telephone system but some can be integrated with the telephone system. This would allow the visitor to ring certain designated telephones on the system by simply pressing the call button on the door phone. A door lock release button can be programmed on the phone allowing your employees to “buzz them in” simply by pressing that key on their telephone. By adding an inexpensive analog video camera, your employees can get visual recognition of your visitor prior to allowing access. Most analog cameras can be viewed from a dedicated monitor or any computer on your network. 
  2. Provide 2 way communications to all classrooms. This can be accomplished by installing an inexpensive single line digital phone in every classroom. The speaker in the telephone can act as a de facto internal paging system. Besides having the ability to call any classroom individually, every phone has the capability to call all phones to relay an emergency situation. A dedicated key on the phone can be used to access your local E911 center.

Most installations can be done in one day with no disruption to your telephone service. Contact us at or call us at 815-282-5151 for more information.

Select Telecom and Technologies is proud to announce its partnership with Toshiba to market its line of video surveillance equipment. We here at Select Telecom are not new to the industry. We have successful installations with cameras from Pelco, Arecont and Speco as well as Network Video Recorders from Exacq and Aver. Why is the addition of Toshiba noteworthy? The reasons are numerous. Take a look.

  1. Brand Recognition and Superior Corporate Stability. Being in business for 137 years and having $75 Billion in annual revenue have their advantages.
  2. Full Range of Solutions for a Variety of Applications. Toshiba markets IP and analog cameras, DVR’s, software, servers and accessories.
  3. Complete End to End Recording Solutions. The most comprehensive line-up in the industry features forward migration with IP cameras and backward compatibility with analog cameras. 
  4. Total Cost of Ownership Will Not Increase Every Year. There are no upgrade, maintenance or yearly license fees plus unlimited remote users at no charge.
  5. Excellent Service and Support. Advance warranty replacements on defective equipment; no questions asked.
  6. Interoperability. Toshiba cameras work on almost any Network Video Recorder (NVR). Toshiba NVR’s support over 100 brands of IP cameras.
  7. Customized Monitoring Software. MySurvellix provides critical alerts when cameras, hard drives or recorders need attention. We can even tie in with your POS, Point of Sale software.

So if your application requires simple analog cameras or HD 1080p cameras requiring crystal clear resolution, Toshiba and Select Telecom have the solution. Contact us a or call us at 815-282-5151. We’ll be happy to do an on-site survey to discuss your options.

Ever notice that when you watch the footage of a convenience store robbery on the evening news the pictures are always so muddy? There are two reasons for that. The first is that it was recorded by an analog camera sometimes referred to a CCTV, closed circuit television. The other reason is that the camera was probably installed in the 1990’s so the technology is ancient; at least by today’s standards.

Now with Hybrid DVR Technology we have the best of both worlds; the ability to use either analog or IP cameras on the same DVR. Analog cameras are inexpensive and perfect for close range video. IP cameras with their high pixilation are best suited for longer distances which require zooming. IP camera can be equipped with IR sensors for night vision and can be installed wirelessly where connection to a Cat5e cable is difficult. Need a panoramic view? No worries!

With DVR’s being commonplace, the pricing has dropped and storage capacity has increased significantly. You can have a cost effective DVR with anywhere from 20-30 days of video storage with the ability to save videos off-site indefinitely. Storage capacity is tied to the size of the hard drive and how many frames per second you wish to record. If only movement is recorded and you adjust sensitivity you will save disk space. Audio can also be recorded in conjunction with the video. The DVR has separate inputs for microphones which can be either stand alone or built in to the surveillance camera.

Placement of the cameras should be wherever you would like to monitor activity. It could be over a cash register, in the shop or outside covering access points to your building.

Viewing can be done from a monitor attached to the DVR or any device with internet access. Playback is simple. The software can be programmed to show movement only. A scan of after hours activity takes a few minutes. Images from the DVR can be exported as .jpg files for archiving.

If you’re considering video and audio surveillance give us a call at 815-282-5151. If you want to upgrade your current system, your cameras will most likely migrate. Free software is available to your smartphone allowing you to view your facility from anywhere. You really will be seeing your world from the palm of your hand.