Today we’re presenting you another one of our success stories – a use case we delivered to one of our customers. There’s so much you can do with Angelcam. We hope you’ll be inspired to pursue your tech endeavors!
With 25 years of market presence, Garland Food is one of the largest suppliers of fresh products throughout Southern and Northeastern United States. Headquartered in Miami, FL, with another distribution center in Orlando, FL, they’re one of the the major suppliers of garlic and other natural and organic products for regional retail chains and food service companies in Florida and other regions of the country.
2. The challenge
Garlands IT and Finance departments were seeking an effective way to monitor food production activities in an effort to enhance quality control, reduce liability, and better protect equipment, while allowing all executives to quickly get the pulse of facility operations at any time, from anywhere in the world.
In addition, they were looking for a solution that would hopefully not include the burden of having to replace their entire camera system, build their own mobile app, or use a consumer-based app that wasn’t enterprise-grade.
Many solutions on the market would have forced them to implement a new camera system, costing them tens of thousands of dollars upfront, with another few thousands per year in licensing costs for a cloud-based solution.
3. The solution
In the end, their Director of IT selected Angelcam as their platform solution due to the simplicity of our plug-and-play Angelbox and the ability to easily create custom video walls with shared user access.
This would allow them to avoid capital expenditures related to the installation of new equipment, leveraging their existing security camera infrastructure, avoiding vendor lock-in for an IP camera system, and having a solution available for their executive team in a matter of days, not weeks or months.
Angelcam products used:
Angelbox deployed, connecting their IP cameras to the Angelcam cloud with an encrypted stream
Cloud Recording Application with 30-day retention of stored video in the clou
Video Wall Access, with Enterprise user management and sharing, provided givingeach executive their own custom video wall, with the ability to add access to select employees and vendors.
Angelcam iOS and Android apps
4. The results
With the Angelbox, installation and connection of all their facility’s cameras took no more than 4 hours. The Angelbox is currently streaming high-quality video from their cameras to the cloud application and executives are logging in regularly to check video walls.
5. The future
As a food manufacturing company with a reputation for sourcing and delivering high-quality ingredients, precision and consistency across the production chain is key. Angelcam’s camera system helps them enforce quality control, while allowing for the supervision of their equipment and material investments. As Angelcam continues to offer further support for sensor integration, Garland Foods will be a prime candidate for adding sensors that can be overlayed with the camera stream.
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With over 3 million home burglaries every year in the US alone, homeowners are driven to find a viable, preventative home security solution. With modern technology, they can look beyond the old, passive solutions and discover an opportunity to enhance their security, installing a system that is truly proactive and reactive. A means of not only more effectively preventing break-ins, but also enabling fast, reliable emergency assistance, gaining deeper knowledge of all triggered events at their home, providing better ease-of-use for family and friends, and much more.
Security starts with your front door
While these smart security solutions provide a multitude of advanced features and functionality, making for a powerful, user-friendly security system, they also present homeowners with a difficult, time-consuming process of identifying where to start. That’s where we come in! We want to help get you familiar with some of these cutting-edge options by outlining some practical ways you can upgrade your home security, along with some recommended products and services.
It All Starts at your Front Door
As the main entryway into your home, the front door is an ideal place to begin when assessing your security needs and there are few other places in your home that present as many choices. One of the best all-around solutions though is a smart intercom, which goes way beyond what a standard intercom provides and introduces a host of integrated features from video recording to external light control to remote, keyless access.
One of the most well-known, all-in-one intercoms comes from 2N Intercoms, which offer devices that have an integrated camera (for video recording & presence detection), relays (for controlling lights & locks), and app functionality. While not the cheapest option (i.e. 2N IP BASE model is currently $850), the ability to monitor and control various functions at the front of your home, is a perfect combination of strength and convenience.
Another option, similar to smart intercoms, are video doorbells, like those from the company, Ring. Their line of Ring Video Doorbells have similar functionality to smart intercoms, including video, audio, and motion tracking, but lack the ability to remotely unlock the door. Their models range from the basic, battery-powered model ($99) to the fully-featured PoE (Power over Ethernet) model ($499).
Take your Access to the Next Level
While on the topic of front doors, many savvy homeowners are moving beyond the deadbolt and integrating smart locks that not only work in unison with both smart intercoms and doorbells, but are truly smart, working just as well without those devices.
Allowing for controlled access to your home, these locks work via remote access, many times via a mobile device. One such example comes from Nuki, which provides keyless access, activity logs, the ability to give access to individual users, and more.
Best of all, installation is simple and can be done without professional help.
Windows that Keep you Informed
Picture this, someone is trying to break into your window but is thwarted by either a lock, a neighbor, or some other factor. While it’s great that burglar couldn’t get into your home, wouldn’t you have liked to know they were trying to break in when it was happening? Shock sensors give you that peace of mind, giving you or third-party agents the ability to react when movement or a potential break-in is detected.
There are quite a lot of Wireless motion/shock sensors on the market and some of them require a device called a HUB/Base Unit that connects the sensors in your home to the internet and transmits their signals via. Other, more modern models don’t require a HUB and work connected directly to Sigfox, NB-IOT, LORA or other modern networks.
With high-resolution image quality, wireless connectivity, and more, today’s modern security cameras open up a new world of utility, giving you more clarity and oversight than ever before. But with those advancements comes a trade-off – how do you choose which one is best for your specific needs?
When selecting a new camera, the most important aspects to consider are the resolution, the sensor, and, to a lesser extent, the additional built-in features. One thing many people mistakenly believe is that the more megapixels the better. While this may be the case for those selfies on your iPhone, this isn’t necessarily the case for that new camera on your garage.
What’s important to consider is not just the image quality, but the type and size of the image sensor. Every camera has some kind of sensor, these days the industry-standard is a CMOS sensor, but older models may have a CCD sensor. With that, the bigger the sensor is, the more light that can be used for each and every pixel, delivering much better light sensitivity during low-light conditions, which is vital for outdoor cameras.
For instance, a 4K camera has 4 times more pixels than a Full HD model, which means that 4x as much light will be required for each pixel. With an inadequate sensor, you will experience a low-light scenario, producing undesirable results like lots of image noise or the blurring of moving objects, both of which would destroy forensic details meaning you wouldn’t be able to identify individuals on the video.
Beyond image quality and sensors, you should consider some of the extra built-in capabilities such as embedded video analytics called, Video Motion Detection, which can detect if there is a movement in the area of interest.
With all of that said, Axis cameras are a great all-around option, combining good image quality and sensors, with one of the best Video Motion Detection embedded (for free) with the possibility to upgrade to their Axis Guard Suite analytics (additional $50) which offers better detection results. Axis cameras vary from $200 to even $800 and more depending on requested features. A good, all-around camera for monitoring your yard, with integrated infrared-lights (night-vision), is the AXIS M3105-LVE ($300).
If you need more help selecting, installing, or connecting your security camera(s), our security professionals are more than happy to help. Consulting with them is free and getting started is easy.
Remote Monitoring is your Reliable Security Partner
Imagine you have your smart security system designed and installed perfectly. You have the right combination of sensors and cameras, smart devices at your front door, and controlled entry into your home. Now what do you do if something is triggered and you can’t or are unable to react? What if a camera becomes blocked or there’s a false alarm?
In these cases, you need a virtual partner in operating and administering your security system and that’s where services such as Remote Monitoring comes in. With Angelcam’s Video Verification service, your entire system is connected to the cloud and accessed by a team of security professionals who can verify alerts, perform camera health checks, and notify you and the authorities, when necessary, of expected (e.g. parcel deliveries) and unexpected activity (e.g. break-in attempts).
If you have any questions on anything mentioned above feel free to comment in the section below.
Today we’re presenting you one of our success stories – a special use case we delivered to one of our customers. There’s so much you can do with Angelcam. We hope you’ll be inspired to pursue your tech endeavors!
1. The company
Founded by amateur golfers and veterans of the tech industry, TboxTour is a Virginia-based startup that is looking to enhance and simplify the process of sharing your love of golf with your friends. Livestream your best shots, have open competitions with your golfing buddies, or even save clips of your top shots for later viewing.
2. The Challenge
When building a consumer application, designing a top-of-the-line UX and getting the MVP completed and to market as soon as possible is vital. With that, when dealing with video it’s equally important to be able to quickly process video content and present it in a way that is highly-relevant and of the highest quality, driving user engagement and growth.
This was what TboxTour was looking to achieve, and doing so involved tackling a number of challenges:
Connect video clips and streams to their respective cloud-based application while preserving the highest quality video from Axis IP cameras
Ensure adequate quality of video from IP cameras in outdoor environments and/or with unreliable internet connections
Avoiding vendor lock-in for IP cameras
Embed live streams and video recordings into mobile application
Provide end users the capability of scaling to any audience size, on demand, without the need to build their own video streaming CDN delivery network
Produce a cost-effective, market-ready MVP, complete with APIs, within 90 days
Partner with a service provider that could scale with their business model
3. The solution
Confronted with the daunting challenge of rapidly developing and deploying an MVP application and associated APIs that effectively captured, processed, and displayed high-quality video content from an outdoor environment, TboxTour connected with leading camera and video consulting firm, RadiusVision. Together, they selected Angelcam as their platform of choice due to the simplicity of it’s plug-and-play, DIY device, the AngelBox, which could be deployed along with their custom hardware, on site. In addition, Angelcam’s Broadcast and Video Clip APIs ensured they would be able to get their MVP to market, for rapid testing, on time.
Angelcam products used:
AngelBox deployed and linked to on-site Linux-based OS devices, connecting the IP cameras to the Angelcam cloud with an encrypted stream
Cloud Recording Application with 7-days retention of stored video in the cloud
Cloud Recording API used to embed a video player that plays recorded footage into the mobile application
Video clip API was utilized for fast, custom retrieval of clips of interest
Broadcasting API was employed to embed live streams of video footage into the mobile application
Angelcam services included:
Our US Sales and Support team, along with our Engineering team, provided solution support from the outset and app development throughout the pilot project. The team often met twice, if not three times, per week to discuss the various technical challenges and how Angelcam could assist.
4. The results
TboxTour has successfully implemented their solution at multiple golf facilities throughout the country, with the AngelBox system continually streaming high-quality video from Axis cameras to their cloud application.
As they continue to meet each successive project milestone, the team is now into the latter part of the MVP phase of finalizing development and performing user testing of the mobile application. The testing will help bring any further technological and product needs to the forefront, while the success of their video stream implementations allows them to forge relationships with select launch partners before moving onto the launch phase.
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There are a number of ways keeping track of progress and investing in video production can benefit your business. Here are our top 3 use cases for timelapse video, an essential when it comes to the construction industry.
Endless marketing opportunities
The work speaks for itself. In this case, indeed, a video speaks for itself. A time lapse video tells the story as construction unveils. There’s something catchy and addictive about time lapse and no matter the audience, it’s one of the most engaging formats.
A few ways how to utilize a time lapse video in your marketing mix:
– your website
– social media
– trade shows
– client presentation
– TV ads
Extra tip: Sell an edited copy of the construction video as an extra product to your client.
The rules for Oregon cannabis dispensaries come from Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s Division 25, and is published here under Recreational Marijuana. Full disclaimer: this is not legal advice, and these rules will continue to evolve. This is only an interpretation of the rules as published on oregon.gov/olcc as of March 15 2018.
The 4 primary sets of rules that pertain exclusively to security camera system are in sections:
§845-025-1430: Video Surveillance Equipment
§845-025-1440: Required Camera Coverage and Camera Placement
§845-025-1450: Video Recording Requirements for Licensed Facilities
§845-025-1460: Location and Maintenance of Surveillance Equipment
There are 3 additional sections that touch upon your security camera system:
§845-025-2840: Retailer Premises states that a retailer must post in a prominent place signs that read “Security Camera in Use”
§845-025-1175: Changing, Altering, or Modifying Licensed Premises 6(c) states that Any physical change that would require the installation of additional video surveillance cameras or a change in the security system
§845-025-1410 Security Requirements 4(b) Keep all video recordings and archived required records not stored electronically in a locked storage area. Current records may be kept in a locked cupboard or desk outside the locked storage area during hours when the licensed business is open
Below is a summary of each rule section and some advice from Angelcam:
845-025-1430: Video Surveillance Equipment describes the equipment you must have on premises. It says you must have:
Cameras that can fulfill the requirements in §1450 (we’ll write more on that later)
DVR’s or NVR’s
A video monitor on site capable of viewing recorded videos.
A printer on-site capable of producing still photos
The ability to produce still photos from any camera image
A failure notification system in case of interruption of the system.
Battery backup to support 1 hour of recording time if power goes out.
Except for mounted cameras, all surveillance equipment (NVR,DVR, Angelbox, etc) must be stored in a locked secure area that is accessible only to licensee, personnel or Commission employees/contractors.
A few notes on this rule and how Angelcam can help:
We recommend using IP cameras and an NVR instead of Analog/DVR systems. One benefit is that the cameras can be connected to the cloud on stand-alone basis if needed.
The last rule applies to the surveillance room that will need to be monitored by another security camera, and that camera’s footage will need to be backed up to the cloud. The idea here is that the OLCC will be able to know if the surveillance equipment or footage is tampered with, since a camera is monitoring the equipment area and that footage is recorded to the cloud in real-time. This is a common starting point for dispensaries to begin using a cloud video system with a mobile app like Angelcam.
To enhance the granularity of the failure notification system, Angelcam’s system can provide you with an email notification if any specific camera is offline for more than 10 minutes.
845-025-1440: Required Camera Coverage and Camera Placement talks about the areas the cameras need to surveil:
All points of ingress and egress, including within 15 feet inside and out
Consumer sales area
“Limited access” areas
From the OLCC, “Limited access area” means a building, room, or other contiguous area on a licensed premises where a marijuana item is produced, processed, stored, weighed, packaged, labeled, or sold.
845-025-1450: Video Recording Requirements for Licensed Facilities talks more about what needs to be recorded including the resolution and quality of video:
Record footage in any area with marijuana, plants, concentrates, extracts, etc. including areas of ingress/egress.
For “Limited Access” and “Consumer sales” areas, use 1280p footage at 10 frames per second.
In other areas that are not “Limited access”, 1280p with 5 frames per second works, unless coverage overlaps any limited access areas (including entrances). Then cameras must record at 10 fps;
Cameras must be able to record in all lighting conditions.
Keep surveillance recordings on-premises for a minimum of:
90 days (if license granted after Aug 31 2016)
30 days (if license granted before Aug 31 2016)
Back up the video surveillance recordings off-site and in real time for the surveillance room or surveillance area. Keep off-site backup recordings described in of this rule for a minimum of 30 days.
This is the rule that requires real-time backup of video stored off-site, and one of the most common reasons a cloud-based video service like Angelcam is used. The rule can be confusing since it states both “surveillance room or surveillance area”.
It’s worth understanding the intention of this rule. OLCC representatives have stated the intention is to provide a mechanism to verify coverage in the event of a breach, stated or known, by requiring licensees to have a security system to provide evidence if what happened was a theft. Dispensary owners, the OLCC and law enforcement will be able to prevent breaches much more quickly and effectively with live streams of the security videos backed up to the cloud in real-time, since they cannot be tampered with.
In terms of the definition, practically speaking, each facility is different and more or less vulnerable to breach – this is where inspectors come in. Typically inspectors will only require 30-day cloud storage for surveillance of this area, but we have seen cases where dispensary owners have said they required 90-day off-site storage.
Currently, the only explicit 90-day storage requirement in the rule guide is for the video kept on-premises in your DVR/NVR.
Angelcam provides 30-day and 90-day cloud recording packages to allow owners to meet these requirements, and will preserve whatever footage and resolution comes from the camera.
845-025-1460: Location and Maintenance of Surveillance Equipment describes the room where the surveillance equipment is stored.
It states that off-site storage must be secure and the recordings must be kept in a format approved by the Commission that can be easily accessed for viewing and easily reproduced. Angelcam’s cloud-based video recording service makes it easy for dispensary owners to create, download or share mp4 video clips with authorities upon request. With our player-sharing feature, dispensary owners and operators can give their 3rd party security teams remote access and viewing.
If you urgently need someone else to have a look at a live stream from your camera(s), but you are not at your computer, or if you just like using a mobile app everywhere you go, we believe you’ll appreciate the latest mobile app update. In addition to the existing live stream view, we’ve added the ability to share the live stream with people you need. But not only that, you can also allow other people to look into your past recordings (according to your current plan of Cloud Recording app and if you have a camera connected to any IFTTT compatible device, motion events will be also marked in the video clips).
Advantages of the Angelcam mobile app:
Share the live view with your guests *
Share live stream & recordings with your guests *
Share recordings from the camera with events marked on the recordings *
View all your cameras on one screen (in a different previews)
View all cameras that your friends have shared with you
View events on your timeline
Quickly scroll through past recordings
* New feature
Download the mobile app on iTunes or Google Play (for iOS 10 or Android 4.4 and newer), it’s FREE for all Angelcam users.
Once you try it, be sure to let us know what you think about the app by leaving us a comment on the app store page.
THEFT, VANDALISM, HEALTH and SAFETY NEGLECT plague the construction industry. Utilize Cloud based security solutions with Angelcam to monitor and report activity on your site.
Studies from the Chartered Institute of Building* show that theft in the UK construction industry effect 42.7% of participants on a monthly basis. Vandalism shows similar results with 42.8% on a monthly basis. 90% of participants are aware of ongoing health and safety neglect precipitating in a staggering 60% occurence rate per month.
As in all industries practices change and evolve over time. Main contractors look at security through an antiquated lens. On site security guards, local CCTV systems, and barriers all have one thing in common. They are susceptible to tampering and outside influence. More importantly, they are widely accepted as unreliable. Due to these factors security budgets are consistently mitigated precipitating the crime figures above resulting in a perpetual cycle of loss and damaged property. Why not approach the problem with a 21st century solution?
Our clients have evolved and in doing so solved their security issues while saving on expenses. With Angelcam’s services our clients have utilized the cloud to supplement their existing security system, drastically diminish false alarms, reliably identifying intruders, and preventing loss or tampering of footage.
Angelcam can give you the oversight and peace of mind you need while managing your construction sites. Report, retain, and mitigate criminal activity through remote video monitoring. View your site at any time with our user-friendly web app or Android / IOS mobile app. Create clips and download them from the cloud when you like.
Source: Crime in the construction industry – CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) survey 2016
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Tired of flicking from one camera to another, trying to keep an active eye on all of your feeds at a given time? With our brand new Video Wall feature, you no longer have to.
Easily create an overview that displays your camera feeds on one screen, customizing it according to your specific needs. Best of all, not only can you watch up to 10 cameras on one Video Wall, but you can create an unlimited amount of Video Walls and conveniently switch between them.
Use this great new feature to create your own video monitoring station or just quickly and easily check if all your cameras are online.
To get started creating your first video wall, follow these simple steps:
Not only have construction companies requested it as a means to record site progress for themselves or clients, but event agencies and conference organizers appreciate creating these time-lapse videos to show the various evolutions of their events.
A bit of inspiration, how you can use your timelapse video:
We have noticed an increasing number of Hikvision cameras being hacked over the last few weeks. If you’re using a Hikvision camera, please pay attention to this post and check if your camera is safe.
The main reason why we are informing end users about this particular security issue is due to how easy it is to gain access into affected devices. It is called a “Hollywood hack”, one press of a button and they’re in. The ease of use combined with the fact that it is a widely known and discussed issue means that it poses a real threat to many users.
Was I hacked?
In most cases, your camera settings will get changed for no apparent reason or the camera will be reset to its factory defaults. A hacked camera might even appear to work completely fine, so we recommend securing your camera anyway.
Please note that this is a tech article, if you’re not familiar with some of the processes below, please try using our AngelBox for additional security or contact your local dealer/camera manufacturer.
Which devices are vulnerable and how are they being attacked?
Certain Hikvision firmware versions have a static password hard-coded into the firmware. This means that no matter how complex the password, every camera can be directly accessed. Most cameras will end up being reset to their factory defaults, in certain cases, the attacker might use the gained access to take over the camera for their own purposes or try to access your network.
For the camera to be vulnerable, its HTTP port (usually port 80, where you access the configuration page of your camera) has to be publicly available. This means that you either have to have it forwarded on your router for remote access or you need to have UPnP enabled in the camera and in the router, as well.
Cameras NOT affected: cameras which are used in closed local networks only, cameras which are only streaming to public through RTSP port or cameras connected to Angelcam through AngelBox.
Both official Hikvision devices and OEM brands selling Hikvision hardware are affected. The brands include, for example, some models from Annke, Digital Watchdog, Hunt, Lorex, Swann, TrendNet and so on.
What to do to secure your cameras?
First, please be warned that you’re performing all these actions at your own risk. We are not responsible for any damage or failures resulting from following the recommendations.
If you’re not familiar with the following, we recommend contacting your local distributor and asking them for an assistance.
To make this matter even more complicated, there are two version of Hikvision devices.
-Devices sold officially through authorized security dealers
-Grey imports usually sold on Amazon, Ebay or Alibaba
The grey imports tend to be translated Chinese versions. Upgrading firmware in such cameras results in “bricking” them (effectively destroying their software completely). These cameras have a “CH” in their serial number. If you have such cameras, you can try any following recommendations except for a firmware upgrade. To upgrade your firmware, please contact your dealer/seller or try following one of many online guides at your own risk.
If you have a HTTP port remotely accessible and you don’t need it, close the port.
In addition to point 1, disable UPnP in your camera network settings and disable UPnP in your router settings as well. It will prevent local devices from opening ports on the router automatically. This feature is usually disabled by default, so just make sure it stays that way.
If you either can’t change anything mentioned above or if you simply want to improve the general level of security when using Angelcam, try using our AngelBox – a device with end to end video encryption which makes it effectively impossible for the camera to be hacked.
As an additional option, we recommend setting up a VLAN for your security system and disabling the devices from this VLAN to access the rest of your local network. Even if the cameras get hacked, the hacker won’t be able to gain access to the rest of your network.