nightvisionYour surveillance system is only as strong as the camera that powers it. If you plan on recording video surveillance in anything but sunlight, it’s important to consider your camera’s ability to work in a variety of lighting conditions. Will the camera work in low light? Will it work in the dark? These are all important factors to consider when purchasing a surveillance system.

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early_show_logo_jun08Today, with all the new advances in technology, anyone can be a spy, or can be spied on, all without anyone even noticing. There are tiny cameras and microphones that can be worn on your body, that even if someone knew that you were recording them, they wouldn’t have a clue of what you’re using to do it. CBS News Correspondent Daniel Sieberg of “The Early Show” tested this body worn spy technology, covertly hiding a camcorder watch, tie, and DVR pen on himself and daring the anchor to locate the devices.

Sieberg also described how people can protect themselves when they’re not at home. Some of these options include covert hidden cameras that can double as home surveillance systems. Among those are the Tissue Box Wireless Camera and Clock Camera Hidden Camera. These two devices look like standard fixtures on a night table or bedroom but are actually wireless. And you don’t have to go back to the original camera to gather the footage. There are options available that let you view all footage online from any computer with Internet for added peace of mind no matter where you are in the world.

Aside from the cameras that can do the spying, are the camera finders to help you locate the hidden cameras that could be watching you. For example, the Hidden Camera Detector automatically finds any cameras that are around you, and even catches the signal that the camera might be sending out. Lastly, Sieberg mentioned GPS tracking to unleash you inner security agent. As an ongoing series to monitor the spies that could be spying on your, CBS offers Early Show viewers the ultimate in both surveillance counter surveillance options.

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blu-dot-chairBlu Dot, a Minneapolis based design firm will carry out a new and never before tried way of marketing. The design firm that specializes in high end chairs, will be placing their chairs throughout Manhattan, one by one, with no promotional or sales material attached with them. The firm expects that people will take these chairs and adopt them into their homes or lack thereof.  What these people don’t know is that they’re being watched.

The chairs will be equipped with GPS tracking devices that will update their location in real-time on the company’s website, and may also be projected on the wall of the Soho Store (whose one year anniversary inspired this event). And if this wasn’t enough, each chair will have it’s own Twitter feed and report the new location every time it is moved.

“Where does great design end up in New York? What sort of a person invites these chairs into their homes?… It’s all an experiment, but in our experience consumers appreciate brands that come up with new ways of interacting.” says Michael Hart, co-founder of Mono, a Minneapolis advertising firm that developed the project with Blu Dot.

A few months from now, the video crew will use the GPS tracking devices in the chairs to track them down, in hopes to get an interview with the people who took them, no matter who it is: homeowners or the homeless. They will ask why they took them and how they are using them and hopefully learn some ways to make them better.

(Via FastCompany)


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hotel_rooms_sxc-iboffIn the wake of the recent Erin Andrews case, hotels everywhere are beginning to revamp their security policies. Until now, requests for adjacent rooms have been handled inconsistently throughout the hotel industry. If you ask for a room next to another guest, some hotels will call the other guest for consent, but many will simply go ahead and book it without confirming with the other party.

“This is a wake up call for the hotel industry,” said Peter Greenberg, author of Hotel Secrets from the Travel Detective and CBS travel editor.

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6a00d8341cd7ed53ef0112796af2a928a4-800wiAfter countless FBI searches, deals with the mob, and 19 years, $300 million dollars worth of art have still not been recovered.

In 1990 the largest art heist in history was performed resulting in 13 masterpieces of art, from painters like Rembrandt and Manet, missing from the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston. Running in circles like chickens without heads, officials were plagued by false leads, empty promises, chases across the globe from China to antique shops in Boston, and failing spirits. 19 years later they have made no arrests and are no closer to retrieving the stolen pieces.

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When sports radio personalities Scott Kaplan and Billy Ray Smith from XX1090 San Diego heard about the ESPN Anchor Erin Andrews video scandal, they immediately called upon Todd Morris, CEO & Security Expert of BrickHouse Security to sound off about the controversy.

erin-andrews-photo1“When celebrities show up in a hotel or dressing room or even at a hair salon there is always the risk that someone has been there before and planted a camera and might catch them in something.”

Erin Andrews had to find this out the hard way when an embarrassing peephole video of her surfaced on the Internet.

“Even catching a B list celebrity doing something embarrassing could generate a photo or video worth over $100,000 from one of the tabloids. For these paparazzi, they’re looking for their lottery ticket. They’re looking to generate some controversial content…controversy from a B level celebrity could turn them into an A level sensation.

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usa-today-logoUSA Today writes about the surge in sales of GPS Tracking devices, spy gear, and attempts to catch a cheating spouse that surge around Valentine’s Day. Such devices include hidden cameras, semen detection kits to detect evidence of sexual activity and devices to monitor e-mail. Read the article here.

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