Part night lighting

‘The Part Night Light Program’ has been introduced by Essex council whereby street lights in some areas are turned off. The council insists the program will not lead to greater crime rates, however, the change can understandably leave people feeling vulnerable, particularly the elderly. Over 70% of the 127,000 council-owned streetlights are operating part night [...]

The surprising and unintended benefits of GuardHome equipment

Over the Christmas period, a client of ours went away to America on holiday with their family. This particular client, like many of our newer clients added the optional extra of a ‘GuardHome Powerlink module’ to their alarm system. Referring back to a recent blog, the Powerlink module enables you (and us) to connect to [...]

The difference between Digital Zoom and Optical Zoom

The difference is very important… Digital Zoom is simply the camera enlarging the image at the centre of the frame. Optical Zoom is very different. It is a true zoom in the sense that the lens itself is adjusted. Digital zoom will degrade the quality of the image because the pixel resolution is reduced. Optical [...]

Modern Innovations in CCTV Technology – Comparison

  Take a look at the video GuardHome created in 2011 of a Pan, Tilt, Zoom CCTV camera. At the time the video was posted, this was one of the highest quality cameras available on the market.   Now let’s look another GuardHome video, this one was created and uploaded much more recently. The comparison [...]

Visonic Go

In the last blog we mentioned how at GuardHome, we can enable you to arm and disarm your alarm remotely. Below is a demonstration of the ‘Visonic Go’ app we can synchronise your system with to make this possible. The first thing you will notice is the warning of a smoke alarm. A notification will [...]

Crime Statistics St Albans

Previously, we looked at a crime rate comparison between Harlow and Woodford Green. The chart below is a comparison of our St Albans office in Hertfordshire compared it to our main branch in Old Harlow.┬áThe chart below illustrates crimes in a one-mile radius in the vicinity of each postcode.   The data shows an sharp [...]

Modern Innovations in CCTV Technology – Tracking

One of the most exciting emerging technologies in CCTV is being able to track movement. The PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) camera in the video is capable of this. This is a good example of how well this technology can work, however, it is not without its flaws. For example, if somebody is walking from left to right [...]

Modern Innovations in CCTV Technology – Motion Detection

  The red grid in the picture defines the surface area for motion detection. If someone were to move within the surface area, we can program the system to send you an alert. In this instance, the red grid is covering the entire picture, however, we can easily adjust it to protect the area of [...]

Modern Innovations in CCTV Technology – Line Crossing

The first feature we will introduce is the simplest. Line crossing is a basic but effective feature available in the software of the high-spec cameras we install. Nonetheless, it is important for us to test the settings of our cameras and alarms before implementation. This image shows a yellow line stretching across the drive. If [...]