Surveillance Equipment Is Not Always What’s Seen In Movies

This will be a brief article, but the main point of it is to get across the fact that the surveillance equipment and spy gadgets you see in the movies are not necessarily realistic examples of what’s available in the marketplace. In fact to be blunt, NO we do not have a camera the size of a pin that can see two miles away with perfect clarity while being powered by a battery and using wireless transmission for a month on end, all at a price of under $100. Now to be fair I am exaggerating the example here a bit, but most surveillance dealers will recognize the type of questions we get in this example. So to help set the record straight we will go over one main example of the difference between real life as compared to the movies and why they’re not yet a possibility.

Image Enhancement (The Movies)

A lot of times in the movies you’ll see some computer analyst take an old surveillance video and enhance it to perfect clarity and resolution. For example they will take an old analog video with a 640 x 480 standard resolution and the subject of the video will be 300 yards away. They will then take that video and “enhance” it so that the subjects front and center on the screen and the resolution is now a crystal clear HD image. This is probably the biggest misrepresentation of what can be done with your surveillance video of them all.

In reality when a video is recorded, it is set to a certain number of pixels (small dots) that comprise the image. To zoom in on the subject you would have to start stretching and blowing the pixels up to make the subject appear closer to the screen and more prominent. Now while this is possible, as you start to stretch the pixels you begin to lose the clarity and resolution of the image. It’s like trying to take a newspaper picture (that’s somehow elastic for the purpose of this example) and trying to stretch it out to cover a billboard. You may get it to work, but it’s going to look like crap in the end.

Image Enhancement (Real Life)

To play devil’s advocate for myself I will state that with advanced video editing programs there is a minimal amount of enhancement that can be done with pixel filling programs and the like, but it’s still nowhere near the examples they like to show in movies and TV shows.

Now in real life if you want to have a good quality video that captures your subject clearly and features them prominently in the foreground, then there’s some planning that’s required because you can’t rely on trying to enhance the image later on.

First and foremost the best quality video available (currently) for surveillance is either IP or HD-SDI camera systems with HD resolutions. These systems aren’t cheap by any means, so you should expect to pay a premium for movie like HD resolution; however in comparison to a few years ago they have become surprisingly affordable.

One other important thing to note is that movies have great lighting and image composition, so even with a great HD resolution from an HD-SDI or IP camera, it most likely will still not be as good looking as what you see in the movies.

Next you will need to plan out the areas you want your cameras to view and then get cameras that have appropriate lenses and viewing angles to cover them; sometimes this may require cross coverage from multiple cameras to get exactly what you need. In fact it’s a good idea to have a professional surveillance installer help you through this if you’re unsure of what to do.

Finally the last step will be to acquire a DVR or NVR with enough storage to record the number of days, weeks, or months you want to be covered and stored before being overwritten. This may require a bit of testing depending on the number of cameras you have and the type of recording you’re doing (motion or constant).

Ultimately there is a lot more involvement and innovation that will be required before the movies (as they stand now) are accurate representations of what the surveillance industry has to offer, but it’s not beyond the realm of possibility. In fact James Bond style spy gadgets such as wristwatch cameras, pen cameras, and others are now actual products that can be bought and used by the general public. Heck even satellites now have the capability to zoom in on someone’s house and look in their windows if they wanted to (although this is not a general consumer product by any means).

Three Reasons to Use a Tablet at Your Next Convention

The common use of the tablet is transforming the way businesses interact with consumers. Many merchants are now using tablets at conventions and trade shows to draw in potential customers. Here are three reasons this can help your business.

1. Affordable
You’ll spend half the price for a tablet kiosk. A traditional kiosk costs between $2,000-$4,000, while the tablet version is about $800-$1,000. It’s the same deal if you use the tablet as your point-of-sale system; they cost about half as much as a cash register.

Tablets are also cheaper to install. With a traditional kiosk you have to pay for a truck to drop off the kiosk plus a technician to install it. With a tablet you can do the work yourself.

2. Versatile
If you can imagine it, chances are the iPad can do it. There are a variety of kiosk apps to help your business. Use the iPad to snap a photo of guests and instantly print it on a name badge as they check in. Use a survey app to gather instant feedback from consumers. Loop a video or photos to show off your product. Or turn your tablet into a marquee.

The most popular way businesses use tablets is to accept payments. There are companies that provide a mobile payment app and card reader that plugs into the headphone jack. Customers can then make self-purchases without waiting in line at a register desk.

A tablet’s mobility and size gives you the freedom to place them anywhere: on a counter, attached to a wall, or freestanding. Decide how you want to display the tablet. If you’ll be manning a booth or a registration desk, then you’ll probably want an enclosure that sits on the table. If you want consumers to be able to walk up to the tablet and make a purchase whenever they want, then a tall floor stand is best. Once you’ve decided how you want to use the tablet, it will be easier to find an enclosure to meet your needs.

3. Interactive
People are hands on. So the more you can engage their senses, the better. Consumers will sometimes play around on a tablet just because they can. When they see something as sleek as a tablet kiosk their curiosity will peak and they’ll want to take a look. Consumers want to do more than just look, they want to be involved. It’s easier to engage consumers when you give them a hands-on tool to use.

Study Information Systems Degree

Information Technology is the backbone of modern businesses. Because IT is highly demanded today, many young students are pursuing information systems degree at various universities. This is a technical degree program that is likely to stay marketable for a very long time. A holder of this valuable degree can choose to either find a job or start a small IT company. Computer IS (Information Systems) courses prepare students for complex IT environments. They are taught how to design, build, implement and direct sophisticated computer systems. In addition they learn hardware and software, data resources, Information Systems management and telecommunications among other areas.

Online College – Who is ready to earn an IS degree?

Similar to other undergraduate programs, one must be a good fit for this technical course. In short a good candidate must:

Generally love to work with technology
Be analytical, inventive and confident
Have great interpersonal skills
Be interested in both computers and businesses
Be willing to solve complex problems and challenges
Be willing to explore various areas of IT ahead of the teacher.

As briefly stated above an IS student should have an interest in business and understand it well. It is for this reason that many offline and online colleges offer globally accepted integrated business curriculum’s. These curriculum’s allow learners to gain valuable and practical skills and expertise in areas such as marketing, administration, finance, accounting and personnel management among other functions.

Online college classes – What is The Mode of Study?

To study flexibly, people currently take internet classes. These classes are organized and offered by big universities and colleges in various countries. Now one can study at a prestigious university without having to travel abroad. There are many online college classes that are suitable for employed and unemployed persons. The most essential thing is to ensure that one joins an accredited internet school. Note that IS degree programs can differ in connection with areas of specialization and graduation requirements. Some renowned institutions will only allow a student to graduate if they have completed eight full-time semesters and one hundred and twenty-four credit hours.

Common areas of specialization include database management, web game programming, information systems security, computer forensics, business management and system analysis and integration among others. It is important to inquire more about these options from the online school you intend to join. Needless to say, one is expected to pay school fees as if they are enrolling for a degree course at an offline institution. The only difference is that online-based classes are cheaper and convenient.

Online College Classes

There are many IT jobs that can only be performed by an Information Systems specialist. These jobs pay handsomely depending on a person’s level of experience and skills. A graduate can be employed in the field of network engineering, IS management, database administration, software development, systems analysis and design, web development, business analysis, IT maintenance and support and network administration. Some people decide to become entrepreneurs as their degree already equips them with business management skills.