ISC West Shows Us What is in Store for the Future of Security Cameras and Mobile Technology
In Batman: The Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne shows us exactly what can happen when surveillance is taken too far. Wayne, in his desperation to catch The Joker, creates a technology that uses every cell phone in Gotham to create a citywide radar system. Wayne Enterprises CEO, Lucius Fox, rightfully condemns the technology, but compromises his ethics to help Batman catch The Joker.
While the potential for overreach due to advancing surveillance and cellular data technologies is something worth watching out for, the reality is that the vast majority of this technology is being used in the service of protecting homes and businesses. As surveillance systems become easier for homeowners and business owners to use, it is possible that more surveillance will be done by companies and individuals themselves instead of via local governments. Ultimately this is a great development for privacy advocates.
ISC West highlighted some of the exciting advances on the way for private surveillance technology
Some of the most highly-trafficked parts of International Security Conference West were exhibits featuring advances in private surveillance technology. Companies that were leveraging the internet and mobile devices to improve the user-experience for surveillance technologies were particularly popular among attendees.
With 38 different companies providing exhibits on video surveillance web technology, it is difficult to cover the vast array of developments coming down the pipeline. However, two companies stood out as iconic of the two areas in which surveillance technology is moving: : better, cheaper cameras and web integration.
Arecont Vision is exclusively focused on megapixel technology and, as the industry leader, has contributed more to the advancement of megapixel imaging for professional security applications than any other company in the security market. Megapixel cameras cross a broad spectrum of applications and venues.
Industry firsts include a 40 Megapixel camera capable of electronically zooming into an entire football field with one camera. This product equates to over 120 times more data being recorded that previous analog cameras. Located right here in California, Arecont consistently is an industry leader.
Exacq Technologies Inc., headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a leading developer of open architecture, Video Management System (VMS) solutions for security and surveillance applications. The exacqVision VMS client-server solutions are scalable from a small single camera solution to large scale corporate or campus systems with thousands of cameras. Real-time and recorded video can be viewed, managed and configured from any location on the network.
What made Exacq Technologies really stand out at ISC West w
as their web browser and cloud-based mobile applications. For a business owner, this means that he or she can check in on their business’ surveillance cameras from anywhere they have an internet connection and a mobile device.
That, coupled with their simple to upgrade program in which existing analog based camera systems can be folded into current technology using Megapixel cameras gives the end user the best of both worlds
How will mobile security affect homeowners?
You don’t have to be a business owner to benefit from the new wave of internet-based surveillance cameras. Imagine being able to check in on the babysitter from your smartphone or arm your alarm system if you forgot before leaving the house for the weekend.
Mijac Alarm customers in San Bernardino County, Los Angeles County, and Riverside County already have access to some of these new technologies. For example, the Honeywell Tuxedo Touch keypad with ZWave technology gives homeowners the peace of mind that comes with locking their door remotely using their iPhone or Android smartphone from anywhere they have an internet connection.
As long as you are steering clear of Gotham, you can rest assured that data from your Mijac Alarm cameras and smartphone app will remain secure and for your eyes only.
For more information about surveillance cameras and mobile apps offered by Mijac Alarm, or to find general information about security systems for your home or business, visit the main Mijac Alarm website by clicking here, or call us at (909)982-7612.
Written by Ian Eckstein and Steve Sopkin