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Bypassing Cameras – Tech Talk #17 by Jim Flick

Bypassing Cameras – Tech Talk #17 by Jim Flick

If you ever want to arm your system with a camera turned off here is how to do it:

  1. With the system disarmed, press and hold the #2 key (labeled Bypass) until it says Badge Or Code then enter your 4-digit code and press OK or present your prox tag to the reader.
  2. The keypad will read 03:Cam 1 Not Bypassed.
  3. Use the arrow keys to locate the camera you want to bypass and then press OK to bypass that camera.
  4. If you want another camera bypassed press the arrow keys to locate the next camera.
  5. When done, press the ESC/NO key.
  6. At this point selected devices will be bypassed on the next arming.
  7. If the system is not armed in the next 24 hours the devices will return to Not Bypassed automatically.
  8. After arming, the keypad will read Arming Bypass Away.
  9. At the next disarm the bypass will automatically return to Not Bypassed.

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Watch Out for Sabotage – Tech Talk #16 by Jim Flick

Watch Out for Sabotage – Tech Talk #16 by Jim Flick

A word of common-sense advice:

Someone could take a paper bag and slip it over a camera without triggering the camera tamper accelerometer, blinding the PIR and rendering that camera useless for detecting an intruder. Same goes for a carefully placed sheet of plywood or drywall that blocks the camera’s view or even an accidental placement of materials that does the same thing. Many construction site thefts are done with the help and/or knowledge of an employee or subcontractor who works at the site.

Make it a routine to look at every camera before arming your site to ensure someone hasn’t intentionally or accidentally sabotaged or blocked the Videofied cameras for an after-hours break-ins. This habit could save you from losses which would have otherwise been undetected by the cameras.

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Camera Tamper Activations – Tech Talk #15 by Jim Flick

Camera Tamper Activations – Tech Talk #15 by Jim Flick

Built into each Videofied camera is an accelerometer which monitors the position of the camera, similar to what we have in our smartphones. If a camera were to be moved by an intruder or strong winds or struck by a falling tree branch enough to cause it to alter its position, the tamper feature will be triggered, a signal will be sent to the central station and if the site is armed when this happens we will dispatch the police – on the assumption the camera is being moved to defeat the security of your site. If this were to happen with the site disarmed, we would call the contact list to inform you so you can put eyes on the camera to rule out someone moving a camera, possibly planning a break-in that night.

To avoid a false tamper signal, mount your cameras as solid as possible. Attach the knuckle mount hardware to the camera and base mount snugly so they don’t unscrew and be sure the base is secured well to the mounting surface to reduce any movement.

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Opening the Keypad – Tech Talk #14 by Jim Flick

Opening the Keypad – Tech Talk #14 by Jim Flick

It can be a puzzle figuring out how to open the alpha keypad for the first time when replacing the batteries. It is a bit delicate being made with thin plastic materials too.

The first thing to notice is the lock and unlock icons located on the left and right sides along with the index lines that line up with the icons. Next, there is a rectangular lock release hole located on the bottom edge to insert a small slot screw driver to release the locking tab. Pry toward you to unlock the tab and while holding that pressure, slide the front faceplate of the keypad up until the side index marker lines up with the unlock icons on both sides. The front face can now be separated from the back plate of the keypad to expose the batteries. The red tamper LED will be illuminated with the keypad open.

When assembling, line up the unlock icons with the index line on both sides first, then slide the front face down until the index lines are even with the lock icon. With the keypad closed, the red tamper LED should go out.

I recommend you not screw mount the keypad to the wall, instead use two strips of Velcro only on each side of the keypad so it can easily be taken outside when range testing camera locations. Do not place Velcro on the center of the backplate! It will permanently damage the tamper switch when pulled off the wall due to the outward flexing of the backplate.  

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Video Clips While on Test – Tech Talk #13 by Jim Flick

Video Clips While on Test – Tech Talk #13 by Jim Flick

Video clip emails are not stopped when your account is placed on test. So, if the Videofied system is armed and a camera is triggered you will still receive the video clip email. If you have ever placed your account on test and then armed it to test your site, you may have noticed missing video clips from cameras that were triggered. Is something wrong with the system? Not at all.

With the account on test and therefore unmanned the central station software can only download and email the first video that comes in, and it does this automatically. Videos from other cameras that were also triggered are held, waiting for a dispatcher’s input to download the clip. With no dispatcher actively accessing the account, those video clips will not be downloaded or emailed out and after about 4 minutes of inactivity the Videofied system disconnects from the central station server. A subsequent camera trigger will repeat the above sequence and again only one video clip will be downloaded and emailed out.

To be clear, this only happens when the account is on test. When the account is off test and “normal”, a dispatcher is alerted to the account and downloads each video that comes in. All downloaded videos are automatically emailed out by the automated email system.

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