Posts Tagged ‘surveillance’

SurveillanceShaker iPhone App

June 3rd, 2009 2 comments

Those of us in the States that are fans of Torchwood, or have seen the excellent BBC mini series The Last Enemy (staring the amazing Robert Carlyle), are very familiar with the CCTV (closed circuit television) phenomenon in the UK. I don’t want to get into the Orwellian implications of this Big Brother surveillance network. This isn’t a civil rights blog after all, and I’m not British. However, a company, presumably out of Germany, has developed an iPhone application that allows the everyday iPhone user to tap into 1000 CCTV feeds directly from, well, wherever the hell you happen to be.

It’s called SurveillanceShaker.
And this is the best part. Just shake (or double tap) your iPhone and it will switch to the next camera. According to the meager product page it will become “an addictive live soap opera when watching places around the earth in real time”.
I’m not much into soap operas, but it does seem at least intriguing to be able to see what Big Brother is also seeing.
Just search SurveillanceShaker in the iPhone app store in iTunes. It’s $0.99.

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SmartVue S8 Surveillance System lets you watch from anywhere.

April 27th, 2009 No comments

There’s been a rash of burglaries in my area.  Nothing huge, and a lot of opportunistic stuff, but enough to get me concerned.  So I started looking into video surveillance systems that were relatively easy to install and fairly foolproof.  I ran across the SmartVue S8 in my travels and decided that I need to keep this one on my short list.

The system is wireless and modular.  Each wireless recorder supports up to 20 different cameras, all connected wirelessly to the DVR.  This is professional level stuff, with cameras that can be mounted to ceilings or walls.  There are versions for outdoor use as well as versions that protect against vandalism.  Its configuration management is web-based, and there’s even an app that will allow you to watch your cameras from your iPhone.  The management software allows you to view/manage up to 1 million feeds.  1 million!  That’s a lot of dressing rooms, my friends.  It will switch automatically to a low light version for night use.  And it will automatically take a 2 megapixel snapshot when it detects motion.  No more grainy footage of the guy making off with your new flatscreen.  Now this is security.  Of course all these features do result in a premium price when compared to most personal video surveillance systems.  But isn’t your safety  worth it?