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Angelcam has developed a fully cloud-based platform that not only provides a turnkey streaming solution for true live video feeds, but also creates a platform to apply proprietary and third-party apps that transform a simple video feed into a dramatically enriched source of analytics, insights, and functionality.

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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

Angelmenu

 

 

Connect camera page:

  • Arranged differently
  • Added option Through DIY Angelbox

 

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Broadcasting:

  • New design
  • New nomenclature

 

Broadcasting

 

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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UPDATE 7 Jun 2017 – the application has been renamed to  Cam’ON – Cloud IP Camera.

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!

 

 

 

Where do angels meet in London? At the security exhibition IFSEC!

Last week London held Europe’s largest security exhibition, IFSEC International, and of course we couldn’t miss this exciting event!

IFSEC is a great exhibition where you can meet everyone from the world of security systems, such as manufacturers, distributors, installers, integrators, consultants and end users. You can see hundreds of latest technology innovations for the protection of your property and people.
What surprised us this year was the general theme of the exhibition, that is, openness and collaboration. Manufacturers seem to realize success is not tied to just hardware, but rather the overall solution, interoperability and the ease of installation.  It also seems everyone senses change coming to the industry. Cameras are getting cheaper and smarter (you could see a camera that can recognize people, follow them and even talk to them), DIY products are entering the market and cloud solutions are changing business models.  For all of these reasons, manufacturers need to cooperate and embrace openness.  

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Let’s take a peek at what caught our attention:

  • Higher resolution cameras (eg. new Avigilon 7K Pro camera that cover larger areas with less cameras, very handy for parking lots for instance), lower priced cameras, more h.265 codecs.
  • More integrations and many cloud solutions built around camera hardware.
  • Axis zipstream compression (together with h.265 camera are about to reduce bandwidth needs).
  • The AXIS Design Tool continues to evolve, showing that manufacturers are differentiating themselves by catering to the needs of the integrators.  
  • Smart doors. Assa Abbloy made us believe the future of unlocking doors is not using keys (no more lost or forgotten keys at home, hurray!)
  • It was interesting to see the Home Automation House, a new smart home built on the  exhibition floor and packed full of interesting smart products (lights, baby monitors, security systems, home audio etc.)
  • Jon Carter, UK Head of Business Development for the Connected Home at Deutsche Telekom said at IFSEC: “There is not an industry player that can even start to replicate the same level of innovation as Amazon. It can capture more and more data as connected products feed back to the core data warehouse through Echo to better understand the customer’s needs and offer products which are relevant to them (if interested in topic, see http://www.ifsecglobal.com/amazon-steal-your-business/?cid=homepage_1st)

 

We’ve met many interesting people and saw things that convinced us that security systems are one great field to work in. See you next year, London.

IFSEC 2016

 

 

Cameras that love Angelcam

Check out the list of compatible cameras at “Connect a camera”. If you can’t find yours in the list, your camera may still be compatible. Just read this article to find out!

Most IP cameras support H.264 encoding and RTSP (Real Time Streaming Protocol) – the standard,most compatible and reliable service for streaming. You will need a device that has these features to use our Cloud recording app.
We also support MJPEG mode but only for our Live Streaming app (we may include further support for MJPEG cameras in the future).

Check your camera specifications for compatibility (in its manual or on the web). If you find RTSP among the specs, H.264 is usually supported as well. But double check! In this screenshot from the manual of an Axis camera, you can find the H.264 under video specifications.

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RTSP can be found under Network or sometimes Protocols.

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Be aware, some un-branded or cheaper devices will mention RTSP support, but may be missing or very unstable. Use our list below to assist you.

Recommended cameras

We listed some of our favourite brands here:

axis

Axis

Most cameras have required protocols as well as a service called AVHS allowing you to connect using “one click” technology. No router configuration is required and with Axis, although the price may be higher, you always get a quality product with good support, great image quality and configuration options.

foscam

Foscam

Another well known brand which offers good image quality for a good price. The configuration is not very detailed, but it gets the job done for most users. Look for camera models marked 9xxx, the older ones don’t support h264 encoding.

dahua

Dahua

As currently the world’s biggest IP camera manufacturer, Dahua offers a wide range of devices for various applications at a great value for money with the price of basic models starting under $99.

However, Dahua devices are often unofficially distributed, meaning there’s no firmware upgrade option, or various glitches may occur in the settings.

tp-link

TP-link

A good choice for a home user.

ipcc

IPCC

One of the few low-cost brands which actually works: A nice user interface with all the basic settings. Great value for money – price can be as low as $40, international shipping included.

vivotek

Vivotek

A well known manufacturer, good quality and acceptable price. Good support.

sony

Sony

Great image quality, some neat features. Higher price.

hikvision

Hikvision

Another big manufacturer, it is similar to Dahua with all pros and cons.

 

Other brands: Samsung, Geovision, AirLive, Bosch, Panasonic, Pelco

There are many other brands, and generic devices which function perfectly with Angelcam.

Not recommended cameras

Xiaomi Small Ants (Also known as YiCam, MiCam): this brand commonly has issues with it’s RTSP streaming and is usually not stable or working on our Cloud recording app. This device also comes with various firmware versions, some of which don’t even support RTSP. You can run into many more similar Dropcam/Nest clones with the same problem.

NEST cam (Dropcam): Restricted access for mainly their own services. Incompatible with Angelcam.

TP-Link NC200: Although this device does not work on angelcam, newer versions, such as the NC220 are working without issues.

D-Link DCS-931L, 932L, DCS 5020L: no RTSP support, unstable MJPEG stream. Some other D-Link models have stability issues as well

Cantonk: The camera restarts when we try to initiate a new connection

Escam: Cameras keep restarting

Cameras that require an extra step in the setup process

AEvision & Vstarcam & Anran: Are not currently detected by Angelcam due to specific authentication requirements. RTSP address should be set manually.