Get notified anytime your camera goes offline (now available for every camera)

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The fact is that security cameras don’t operate continuously and this is something nearly impossible to prevent. Reasons vary from the camera restarting, lost internet connection, or no power, to the camera being damaged. But what you can do is increase your awareness about it. If anything goes wrong with your camera you should be notified immediately so you or your dealer can react in time.

That’s the reason why we’ve introduced Camera status feature.

  • We check your camera status every few minutes (5-15 minutes intervals)
  • The feature works for all cameras connected to Angelcam having Cloud Recording or Broadcasting app installed.
  • We notify you via email anytime your camera gets offline for more than 20 minutes. Once the camera is back in online status, a confirmation email will notify you again.

This feature is free of charge.

Sounds good? Please follow these steps to enable your Camera status notifications:

  • Sign in to my.angelcam.com
  • Click on a specific camera on the My cameras page
  • Click on “Disabled” next to Email notifications for camera status updates in Camera settings
  • Tick the box “Enable Camera status email notifications”
  • Fill in your email address and a second email (if you want to have eg. a security service, an installer or a dealer in copy)
  • Finish the settings by clicking on “Save settings” button

 

Tweak it:

  • Set up forwarding of emails from Angelcam to your phone number if you need to be notified on your phone. Try Zapier or Clickatell.

Please note:  
This is a beta version and we’d love to hear feedback from you. If you miss any particular function, please let us know. At this moment we’re planning SMS notifications, snooze mode, repeated reminders and failure reports. But we can add even more based on your feedback.

 

 

 

 

10 reasons for cloud backup – part II.

Do you want to know more about advantages of connecting a security camera to the cloud? Let’s continue.
(Missed the part one? Read it here.)

6. THE LOWEST TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP (TCO) 

When comparing the cost of any two options (cloud vs. NVRs), one must look at all the costs involved, even the ones that are not so apparent. Below we’ve listed all possible costs you should be aware of:

  • Hardware – The cost of the NVR
  • Maintenance – The cost for upgrades, expedited service, license renewals, training, and security audits and inspections
  • Installation – You’ll have to consider the cost of installation, wiring, power, configuration, and training
  • IT department’s time/cost to implement installation – This includes product evaluations, vendor selection, setting up network security configurations, collecting and drafting documentation, and finding rack space, power, and a network. This all combined with the loss of working hours, which could be better spent on critical tasks.
  • Scaling the business – The cost related to the operational inefficiencies and ongoing labor associated with having different systems, often found in organizations experiencing quick growth or those which have multiple branches or offices (see “Scaling and Flexibility” below).
  • Capital Cost for redundant / protected storage RAID Storage option on NVR or external storage arrays
  • Cost due to electricity consumption – The power consumption of an NVR will vary greatly and a lot depends on the number of HDDs installed. A typical 16 channel NVR will consume anywhere from 30 to 250 watts (per what?). At $0.10 per kWh, this equates to an annual cost of anywhere from $26.00 to $219.00.
  • Risk / Cost associated with theft floods and fire – What is the cost of time spent trying to recover your lost video(s)? Will this missing footage cause a loss in revenue? Will this hurt your company’s goodwill or brand?
  • Physically protecting the NVR – This may include the acquisition of a secure location, door locks, card access to storage room, lock box, etc.
  • Productivity cost associated with NVR downtime – Lost productivity associated with NVR failures, updates, license renewals and general maintenance. There may also need to be overtime paid to employees that manage these interruptions.
  • Annual NVR software upgrades – IT Department’s time for doing security due diligence, coordinating activities, upgrading software, and implementing security procedures, patches and documentation. This also includes the maintenance fees paid to the security integrator.
  • Replacement – You may need to eventually replace your NVRs when they fail or become obsolete. This includes the time needed to re-evaluate business needs, make a proper product selection, acquire RFPs, and the costs of the new NVRs themselves.
  • Acquiring capital – Cost associated with obtaining capital, including interest on a loan or leasing fees.
  • Saving video clips – Cost associated with safely securing selected video clips and sharing them, including the time needed to save & download, establish security protocols to maintain the chain of evidence, and for protected storage.

When all that is considered, using a cloud service, such as Angelcam, brings down the overall TCO.

 

7. SIMPLE PREDICTABLE BUDGET 

Sometimes it is difficult to make a TCO calculation (see above), and with evolving technology and ever-changing business needs and regulations, many simply want to lower the risk of their video surveillance investment and have a more predictable and scalable solution.

Angelcam Cloud recording is subscription based and therefore, eliminates much of the cost associated with servers, installation, maintenance and software licenses. It also does away with the cost of IT personnel constantly maintaining server security, software updates, license renewals, infrastructure, and data protection. Cloud-based recording eliminates all of these costs and therefore allows for simpler budgeting.

In addition, cloud-based recording offers the most scalable storage solution possible. With Angelcam, there is no constraint on the amount of data coming from a camera. As long as you have adequate upload speeds, you can send the highest quality streams for recording and no longer need to worry if you will exceed your storage capacity.

 

8. SCALABLE & FLEXIBLE SOLUTION FOR YOUR GROWING BUSINESS 

Growing businesses, especially those that expand to different locations, need to consider the lifetime cost of scaling. For example, if you were to purchase an NVR one year and then the following year add the same surveillance at other locations, those new cameras may not be compatible with the new locations. On the other hand, if you were to purchase different camera brands for multiple locations, those new cameras may not be compatible with each other or your previous ones.

Even if the brand you choose can accommodate these new locations, consider that NVRs are constantly being updated and discontinued. So the cost of scaling will likely include the cost associated with managing different hardware, ongoing network security, software licenses, training, and installations.

In contrast, recording to the cloud with Angelcam not only eliminates all of these costs, but also provides operational efficiencies, a single interface for all users, and, best of all, a future-proof solution that will forever evolve and improve without wasting your organization’s time.

 

9. HIGHLY SECURE

It is understandable why some people are concerned with the security of videos in the cloud, but cloud companies are aware of the dangers of the internet, and they invest heavily to insure data is not compromised and that their users are protected from viruses and malware. Angelcam utilizes Amazon’s S3 cloud, so our customers receive the security benefits of this leading cloud provider.

When one considers all aspects of cloud security they may discover that cloud recording is the safer and more cost-effective solution.

 

10. FALSE ALARM REDUCTION WITH VIDEO VERIFICATION 

Did you know that 99% of alarms are false alarms? Video Verification is a feature that aims to reduce the number of false reports, by verifying the existence of an emergency before alerting the authorities. This is accomplished by sending a video to the user and central monitoring station when an alarm is triggered. This ultimately results is a much faster response time and avoids fines associated with false alarms, which exist in some municipalities.

Traditional video verification solutions are proprietary and only work with certain cameras. Additionally, there are indirect expenses related to the integration of these alarms to the central monitoring stations. The result is generally an expensive solution, which many times does not match the needs of the user.

Launching soon in the US, Angelcam’s Video verification product will feature all the benefits of our cloud architecture, including working with most cameras and not requiring expensive integration with CMS software. This will help pave the way for a more cost-effective and flexible video verification solution.

When you consider just these 10 reasons, it’s easy to see why more and more businesses and individuals are connecting to the cloud every day and taking advantage of all the benefits that come with that. If you have any further questions, about cloud solutions or the compatibility of your camera with the cloud, please contact our support team at any time, as they’ll be happy to help you.

 

Mike Farnan
Vice President of Sales at Angelcam

Mike is an experienced industry expert, who has spent years in the Security Camera division of Philips and Bosch, where he was responsible for Product Management, Sales, and Partner Relations. He also co-founded App-Tech Corporation, a security integration company, where he spent the past 10 years before joining Angelcam. Mike is always excited to “talk shop”, so if you ever wish to discuss industry challenges or your company’s cloud future, feel free to get in touch.

 

 

10 reasons for cloud backup

Ever wondered why there is such a fuss about the cloud these days? How someone can possibly trust in something that’s intangible and send a stream from their IP camera there? Well, you might be surprised, but there is actually “something” about it. Read our expert Mike’s comparison of cloud and DVR/NVRs that are commonly used, mainly because of habit.

The advantages of the cloud in a nutshell:

1. Opens up new features and functionality for your camera, which are easily customizable and scalable 
2. Keeps your video footage safe and secure, thanks to services such as Amazon’s S3 cloud
3. It will never become obsolete, as new features can be continually added over time
In addition, there is no need to pay for extra electricity, or additional maintenance and support. Put simply, it’s a cost-effective, highly efficient service that opens up a wealth of options for you and your surveillance needs.


1. Protection against hard drive failures


NVRDVR/NVR‘s record video on hard drives
that will eventually fail and many times these failures are discovered right when you need the video.
DVRs/NVRs can provide an extra level of protection by utilizing redundant storage space but this adds significant cost. In addition, these systems require more rack space, generate more noise, heat and consume more electricity.

 

2. Long retention time


DVRs and NVRs have limited storage capacity.
Inevitably, as more cameras are added and higher resolution cameras employed, the overall retention time of the NVR is reduced. In other cases, you might simply want one, two or more years of storage from just a few cameras to protect yourself against fraudulent claims, product recalls or for any number of other reasons.
With cloud recording, you have the most flexible and scalable storage solution. Simply select the retention time needed for each camera and know that it is safely stored in the cloud.

 

3. Protection against fire & theft

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The most obvious reason for cloud recording is to ensure that video evidence won’t be lost or stolen. However DVRs/NVRs can easily be stolen, fires and floods can destroy them.

 

 

 

 

4. Compliance


Some industries are regulating security
. The cannabis industry is one example. Each state that has legalized marijuana has included specifications for security and ensures compliance with state inspections. Since the loss of video evidence is not tolerated in this industry, many states have direct or indirect requirements for off-site backup storage.
With cloud recording, the video is stored in real-time at an offsite location. Therefore if there is a theft, fire or flood, the video is safe.

 

 

5. Easy access & sharing

Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 15.32.29People today are always on the move and for them to remain productive and responsive, they need easy and immediate access to their video – no matter where they are. Once an important piece of video is discovered, it will then need to be shared with others. Traditional NVR systems can do all of this, but they require a connection back to the NVR system.
To make sure these remote connections are secure, your IT department or security vendor needs time and diligence to do things properly. This may include firewall, router and NVR configurations along with software installations, PC configurations, and training. In addition, each connection back to the NVR will consume bandwidth and rob performance from the NVR, so if you have multiple remote connections you may experience a slow and unresponsive system.

In contrast, with cloud-based storage systems, the video resides in a cloud, so many users can simultaneously access the live or recorded video stream without any performance degradation.

For instance, if you have a camera with build in Angelcam ready firmware, it’s safely connected to Angelcam cloud by using an encrypted channel. So it’s only you who can remotely view and store a video from it. The magic is in no port forwarding, no exposure a stream of your camera to the public internet. Angelcam stores videos in Amazon S3, the industry’s most-trusted service. Everything happens through HTTPS to protecting your data and privacy.

In addition, sharing video clips couldn’t be easier. Once a video clip is saved, all one needs to do is enter the email addresses of the individuals that you want to share the video with. These users will get a link (no downloads necessary) and be able to play the video from any device with any internet connection.

 

Wondering what other five reasons might be? The hint is that they are related to cost and business issues. Read about them here.

And don’t forget to visit our website www.angelcam.com to see how we can help connect your camera to the cloud.

 

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Mike Farnan
Vice President of Sales at Angelcam

Mike is an experienced industry expert, who has spent years in the Security Camera division of Philips and Bosch, where he was responsible for Product Management, Sales, and Partner Relations. He also co-founded App-Tech Corporation, a security integration company, where he spent the past 10 years before joining Angelcam. Mike is always excited to “talk shop”, so if you ever wish to discuss industry challenges or your company’s cloud future, feel free to get in touch.

 

 

 

We’ve let the genie out of the bottle

The genie’s out of the bottle and ready to fully support you as the new replacement for the Client Zone. His name is My Angelcam and he’s here to grant 3 incredible wishes:

 

  • Make managing your cameras flawless on mobile devices and easier overall → We’ve redesigned navigation to make all settings only a few clicks away. Additionally, the website is now 100% responsive, which will make checking your cameras remotely on your mobile phone or tablet a breeze.
  • Enhance your video stream for free →  A low-latency streaming feature is now available for every camera, which means the delay between reality and your video is now only 2 seconds!
  • A unified design for all apps →  The Broadcasting app now features the unified Angelcam design, making orientation within familiar and more efficient.

 

All this and more awaits you in the new My Angelcam. Give it a try today!

 

 

Dahua partners with Angelcam to provide easy and secure connection of security cameras to the cloud

Happy belated Valentine’s Day!

We’re sorry, but our recently announced relationship with Dahua still has us in a very celebratory mood 😉 

The world-leading manufacturer of video surveillance products just officially announced the integration of Angelcam with select camera models. The first available are the Eco-savvy 2.0 Network and Wi-Fi models, with others soon to follow.

The Power of the Angelcam Added Value

With the inclusion of Angelcam into a camera’s firmware, the process of connecting to the cloud is made much simpler, more secure, and more impactful. This impact comes from the rich catalog of apps that allow for cloud storage, public broadcasting, the ability to view multiple cameras remotely on a variety of devices, camera health checks, and more. On top of that, cameras are enabled to integrate with other apps and devices using an API.

Many camera owners, dealers, and integrators want to take advantage of cloud-based apps but find connecting their cameras a difficult and insecure process,” explains Peter Ocasek, CEO of Angelcam. “That’s why this partnership, through the creation of ‘Angelcam-ready’ firmware, is so special as we have saved Dahua’s customers time and made their cameras more secure, robust, and easier to use.”

If you are considering purchasing a new camera, definitely have a look at the full range of “Angelcam Ready Cameras” advantages. If you already have a security camera from Dahua, Hikvision or AV TECH, check the firmware availability for your camera model. All other camera brands and models can be connected easily and securely using an AngelBox.

Lastly, we would just like to thank everyone who helped us with this partnership and look forward to what’s coming next!

Have a great day.

Ivana

PS: Full press release is also available

 

One small step for man, one giant leap for Angelcam

We are simply over the moon to unveil the latest Angelcam upgrade, My Angelcam – a new and improved replacement for the Client Zone.

Besides the name, what’s changed? The navigation is new and more intuitive, the interface got a fresh and clean redesign, the Broadcasting app is brand new, and now everything is 100% responsive on mobile devices. To see a preview of the changes, have a look at the pictures below.

To give the new My Angelcam a try, go to my.angelcam.com and sign in as usual.

(Please note, if you sign in at www.angelcam.com, you will still see the old version of the Client Zone. The new My Angelcam will be accessible on www.angelcam.com in two weeks.)

It’s currently in an open beta and during this period we’d appreciate any and all of your comments, suggestions and bug reports, as they will go a long way to helping us make the final version even better. To send us your feedback, simply use the chat box on our website or send us an email.

Thank you in advance for giving the new My Angelcam a try!

Your Angelcam team

 

New (left) vs. Current (right) in the pictures

Angelmenu:

  • Different order
  • New, renamed or deleted items

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Connect camera page:

  • Arranged differently
  • Added option Through DIY Angelbox

 

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Broadcasting:

  • New design
  • New nomenclature

 

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Choose plan Broadcasting

Check the snow conditions in ski resorts before you set off to the mountains

Whether you’re still waiting for the first snow of the year or it has already arrived, now’s the best time to plan your winter holiday. Before you put on your skis or pull out your snowboard from the garage, don’t forget to check the amount of snow on web camera in the ski resorts. A quick glance at their cameras can tell you whether new snow has fallen or if snow cannons are busy waiting for colder weather.

Get some inspiration from these public webcams connected by Angelcam.

 

Tamarck resort in Idaho, USA

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More info at http://tamarackidaho.com

 

Ski Gyimes in Romania, EU

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More info at http://www.skigyimes.ro/en/ski-index.html

 

 

Mt. Ashland in Oregon, USA

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More info at http://mtashland.com

 

Nub’s Nob in Harbor Springs, Michigan, USA

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More info at https://www.nubsnob.com/livecam/

 

 

 

Did you know you can use your smartphone as a wireless security camera?

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Yes, it’s true! And now you can even connect it to Angelcam without any network configuration. spyNet Camera works with WiFi or by using mobile data connectivity. It can stream any available camera and it’s free. And it’s not the only advantage. You can turn your Android device into a security camera that protects your house, hotel or AirBnB room. Or anything else that needs to be temporarily secured. You just use your phone that has a battery and wi-fi (no wires required) and there you go – your security system comes alive! Anytime you move your camera to a different network (new wi-fi or even cellular) and connect it to Angelcam, it’s connected securely to our cloud.

All you need is a smartphone with Android 5.0 (and up) and a wireless connection.

If you want to give it a try, please follow these steps:

  • Install it and make sure it has the required permissions.
  • Open the app.
  • Enable Angelcam ready.
  • Find a MAC address of your device. A simple guide is here
  • Follow this link and fill in the MAC address of your device.
  • Scan the QR code, name the camera and add it to your account.

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Here’s a little help with screenshots for Android 6.0 how to configure the app.

  • After enabling the adapter, you’ll receive a notification asking to register and showing the MAC you use.

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  • If you click on the notification, a message will be shown explaining what to do.

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  • You’ll also get a notification on your mobile phone like this.

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  • Also you can allow the streaming over mobile data connection by disabling the ‘WiFi only’ option from here.
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Note: If you want to use the same device on a different account, please contact our support. The pairing record needs to be removed first.

 

 

 

What’s the delay between reality and your camera stream? Only 2 seconds now!

Nobody likes to wait. Nobody wants to install yet another plug-in to the computer. Everybody loves when their camera broadcasting runs smoothly. That’s exactly why we’ve brought another feature to our cloud platform – LOW LATENCY STREAMING.

CHECK OUT IT’S ADVANTAGES:

  • Minimum delay between reality and camera stream – only 2 seconds! (Otherwise it can be  5, 10 or even 20 seconds).
  • Faster loading of the camera stream.
  • Runs directly in your browser, you don’t have to install Flash Player or plug-ins
  • Lower CPU load.

So far, the feature is available for Google Chrome & Microsoft Edge. The only little disadvantage is no support of sound, as the stream is muted when Low latency is on.

 

HERE IS HOW TO ENABLE IT:

  1. Sign in to your Angelcam account
  2. Go to My cameras
  3. Click the icon of Broadcasting app* on the selected camera
  4. Go to General sheet in settings
  5. Check the box by Low Latency Streaming & click Save settings

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6. You can than see the status of the Low latency feature in Overview sheet.

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*The feature works not only in Broadcasting app, but influences your camera settings in general, so you can benefit from it in Cloud Recording App too.

Ready to give it a try? Let us know how is it going, right 😉

Move forward through your recordings up to 8x faster

Our new feature you’ve been asking for is here – Fast forward! It is still in BETA test (experimental function), but we believe we can fine tune it with your help and make it perfect soon.

Fast forward can move forward through your recordings to find a specific moment up to 8x faster. From now on, you don’t have to lose your precious time watching recordings in real-time speed. You can choose to watch a video 2x, 4x or 8x faster with the help of new controls that show up below the timeline.

 

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Please note that Fast forward mode:

  • is available only on some browsers:
    • Chrome for Desktop 34+, 
    • Firefox for Desktop 42+
    • MS IE11+ for Windows 8.1
    • MS Edge
  • can be turned on by the switch in Fast forward box (and controls will pop up when clicking on the timeline),
  • is not compatible with all cameras,
  • works only with recordings, not live view,
  • right now is available within free plan for limited time.

And:

  • if Fast forward mode is turned on, it can affect video playback (if this happens, turn the mode off),
  • we can disable Fast forward mode anytime due technical maintenance.

Give it a try, we’ll be happy if it saves your time. If you’ll find a moment, give us your feedback. Happy Fast forwarding!