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High Tech Security Systems to be Installed on Busy Transit Systems in Boston

High Tech Security Systems to be Installed on Busy Transit Systems in Boston

According to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, 2015 saw a 7% increase in crime on city buses and railways. These crimes include theft, larceny, homicide, rape and assault, aggravated assault, robbery, auto theft and burglary. The only crime that decreased in occurrence was arson. The people of MA are tax paying citizens, and as such, deserve safer passage on their journeys. Whether they are commuters trying to get to and from work safely or they are infrequent city transportation users who just want a relaxing night out, they deserve adequate protection from criminals.   Massachusetts’ Proposed Solution In answer to the spike in crime on city subways and buses, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has begun to install security camera systems on each of its 225 buses, one step of many in its attempt to overhaul the lackadaisical surveillance system. The system includes monitors on which the passengers can view live footage of what is being recorded. Camera installation is funded by a $6.9 million grant, which was awarded in 2010, from the Department of Homeland Security.   The cameras and monitors on this new system will allow passengers to see what is going on in the driver’s cab by streaming live footage to monitors placed within the passenger compartment of buses and subway cars. The footage will also stream directly to monitors at the department’s dispatch center. If necessary, the footage can be recorded and stored for later use as an aid in criminal prosecution.   At least 225 of the city’s buses will be completely furnished with this new and improved surveillance system by the end of... read more
How to Choose the Best CCTV Surveillance Cameras for Your Small Business

How to Choose the Best CCTV Surveillance Cameras for Your Small Business

As a small business owner, you put your heart and soul into bringing your business to life, not to mention the countless hours and huge capital you invested into making your entrepreneurship dreams a reality. The last thing you need is to have somebody bring those dreams to a grinding halt by stealing from you or vandalizing your property. Mammoth Surveillance in Greenwich is dedicated to protecting your business from potential criminal activity by supplying your buildings with CCTV surveillance systems tailored to meet your needs.   Best Security Cameras for Your Small Business by Brand At Mammoth Surveillance, our camera installation teams can equip your business with any type of cameras and digital video recorders that you want, and from any provider. Below, we have listed just a few of our favorite camera suppliers for small businesses:   ADT When you shop with ADT, you have the option between three different camera types: wireless, indoor color and dome cameras. You can also choose from a variety of video duplicators and digital video recorders. Duplicators allow you to observe the same video footage from separate monitors. Additionally, ADT’s technology allows you to access your footage from anywhere you have an internet connection, including from inside the building, a laptop or desktop outside of the building, or from an Android or iOS device. Finally, ADT offers to alert you if they detect motion outside of normal business hours, negating the need for you to hire full time security personnel.   Protection 1 Protection 1’s equipment is designed with the small business owner in mind. They offer a wide range of... read more
Danbury Joins the Ranks of Cities That Have Implemented Public Surveillance

Danbury Joins the Ranks of Cities That Have Implemented Public Surveillance

In an age when video surveillance technology is commonplace in every household, bank, police station and public space throughout America – and in a time when terrorist attacks are so commonplace citizens fear for their lives whenever they attend a big event – it makes sense to line the streets with video cameras, doesn’t it? At least, that’s what many city officials and law enforcement agencies believe, as do many U.S. citizens. As of this year, several municipalities have already implemented a system in which video surveillance footage from local businesses and residents goes directly to police station monitors. Others have implemented a system in which thousands of public cameras are installed out in the open and monitored by police officers in one centralized location. No matter what the setup looks like though, residents are left wondering: how much surveillance is too much surveillance?

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The Basics of Audio Recorded With CCTV Security Cameras

The Basics of Audio Recorded With CCTV Security Cameras

When an employee spots a camera in the workplace, or even when a shopper spots a camera in a retail store, the first thing they want to know is if it can record sound. In short, the answer is yes, CCTV camera systems are designed to record audio in conjunction with images. However, whether or not an employer or a retail location is allowed to record audio is another matter entirely. Additionally, the type of cameras doing the recording – whether IP or Analog – dictates how the audio is captured. This post gives a brief overview of how audio is captured by CCTV security cameras, as well as a run down of the basic privacy rights that employers and retail locations alike must abide by when using surveillance systems to monitor employees.   Security Cameras in the Workplace Many employers will have security cameras installed to prevent theft and to ensure that employees are making good use of their paid-for time. This is perfectly acceptable so long as the employer informs employees that they are being recorded. However, there are some instances in which it is illegal for employers to record their workers. For instance, union workers may never be monitored by a camera system. States laws vary on where and how employees can be recorded, but all agree that private settings, such as restrooms, the break room and other areas where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy, are off limits. And Federal law dictates that the recording of oral communication in the workplace is strictly prohibited.   How Employers Can Use Video Surveillance Lawfully First and foremost,... read more
Bank Robberies Happen More Often Than You Think… Is Your Money Safe?

Bank Robberies Happen More Often Than You Think… Is Your Money Safe?

There are several action movies each year whose main premise is bank robbery, and in each movie, the first thing the bad guys do is take out the security cameras. While movies almost always stray from real life, it’s safe to say that not that long ago, security surveillance systems were underwhelming in their capabilities compared to today’s technology, and that if someone could get past a bank’s security guards, it wouldn’t be difficult to take out the security system and ensure that no one ever saw their face. Today, however, that is not the case.

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Danbury Schools Spend Millions of Dollars on Increased Security After Sandy Hook

Danbury Schools Spend Millions of Dollars on Increased Security After Sandy Hook

Danbury Schools Spend Nearly $1,100,000 on Security Upgrades

Danbury is a fairly large school district, with 17 schools in total. Though upgrades were costly—totaling more than $450,000—the upgrades were well worth it and a significant improvement on the district’s existing safety measures. Some upgrades implemented by the district include tighter door locks, additional security cameras, panic buttons throughout the classrooms and tougher-to-access external entrances.

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Stamford Takes Additional Measures to Boost Security in Public Parks

Stamford Takes Additional Measures to Boost Security in Public Parks

Crime rates in city parks have soared in recent decades, and range in seriousness from theft to assault to murder. Most people seek out the sanctuary of public parks to exercise, spend time with their families, be one with nature and simply relax. However, with crime rates on a seemingly endless incline, more and more people are shying away from the beauty of nature and opting to socialize in coffee shops, at friends’ homes and in other safe, indoor spaces. While this is great for the economy, it is not so great for consumer peace of mind or well-being. People need nature and fresh air, and in a world where sky rises and condominiums are being built left and right, public parks are some of the last spaces where people can get back to their roots and enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer.   Stamford city officials have realized the negative impact that soaring crime rates is having on the emotional and physical health of Stamford residents, not to mention their peace of mind. Because of this, they are taking additional measures to ensure the safety of park visitors and city residents alike. One of those measures is installing Blue Light Emergency Phones and Cameras throughout public parks.   Emergency Phones and Additional Cameras Aim to Keep Residents Safe Last April, Stamford’s Public Safety Camera Review Committee voted to install Blue Light Emergency Phones and Cameras throughout Hatch Field Park and seven other public parks, including Lione, Cummings, Mill River, Scalzi, Veterans and Cove Island parks. This was a huge step for the residents of the community,... read more
Request For Proposal (RFP): Your Mistakes And How To Fix Them

Request For Proposal (RFP): Your Mistakes And How To Fix Them

Many are familiar with the Request for Proposal or RFP. This involves a client that publicly seeks for a solution and makes everyone know their request. It includes the creation of a document that enumerates what they are trying to obtain, the management of the response, and the determination of the best solution. Individuals who work in a government agency or a technical product are familiar with RFP. In addition to that, other industries and products also utilize RFP. Major purchases must adhere to a set of checks and balances. Thus, it is required to have an RFP process. However, there are cases when the whole process defeats its purpose as being meticulous might result to missing the main goal.   Creating an RFP has its own set of obstacles. The question is if a group can conquer these problems and obtain the best solution for a specific situation. Here are the problems.   Proposal Versus Quote RFP, as the name implies, means proposal. It asks on what can an institution or individual help to solve a problem. One of the main challenges of an RFP is that they are utilized to purchase something instead of asking for solutions. It is a common mistake for companies to use an RFP when they already know what to buy and just need a quote. It is a senseless practice to use an RFP when what you really need is a Request for Quote (RFQ). An RFP’s purpose is to verbalize one’s needs and to obtain proposals from the target market on how one can solve it the best way. It is... read more