At Angelcam, except for other projects, we are building a mobile app that can be used “just” for viewing live or recorded video from cameras but we would like to learn this app much more. The word “just” is not quoted by accident. There are tonnes of apps for viewing camera streams but there’s only one that can be used to connect almost any camera or alarm from any manufacturer – our app.(more…)
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.
See this IKEA time lapse – 2 years in 2 minutes: https://www.youtube.com/
Your video material has a bunch of implications and uses internally:
- Keep track of your procedures and project management
- Showcase the progress on the site with colleagues that are not involved in the project
- Document your projects for archiving purposes
- Jobsite safety
On site monitoring coupled with time lapse can help document unpredicted events or errors. Going through footage in this scenario can save resources – and help prevent repeat incidents.
Construction timelapse checklist:
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:
- Log into your My Angelcam zone.
- Click on the “Video Wall” button on the top menu bar
- Click on “Create View”
- Name your new Video Wall
- Add desired cameras to the wall
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:
The new and improved Timelapse app is back and enables you to create a time-lapse video from your IP camera.
The Timelapse app is available upon request right now, so feel free to contact us if interested and we’ll provide you with more information and price plans.
More details about how it works are here.
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 have an officially sold Hikvision device, upgrade the firmware. Most devices should have a firmware 5.5.0 available for download and this specific security issue should be fixed there. Depending on your location, feel free to use one of the following portals:
In order to do this process properly, upgrade the firmware by following the recommended manufacturer’s procedure and then reset the camera to its factory defaults. By doing this, you will make sure that there are no configuration changes left after the attack.
If the device is not Hikvision, but its OEM brand, please contact the manufacturer directly.
- 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.
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.
PS: Full press release is also available
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.
More info at http://tamarackidaho.com
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More info at http://mtashland.com
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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:
- Find a “spyNet Cloud IP Camera” app on Google Play.
- 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.
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.
- If you click on the notification, a message will be shown explaining what to do.
- You’ll also get a notification on your mobile phone like this.
- Also you can allow the streaming over mobile data connection by disabling the ‘WiFi only’ option from here.
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.
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:
- Sign in to your Angelcam account
- Go to My cameras
- Click the icon of Broadcasting app* on the selected camera
- Go to General sheet in settings
- Check the box by Low Latency Streaming & click Save settings
6. You can than see the status of the Low latency feature in Overview sheet.
*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 😉
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.
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.