A fearsome Crocodile, possibly hiding in suburban Bristol- image by Sunil Soundarapandian via Flickr
Don’t be alarmed dear readers, but the Bristol Crocodile may still be on the on the loose, stalking its prey around Bedminster. At his juncture- for the benefit of those not keeping up to date with the story here in Bristol’s local news- an explanation may be necessary. Yesterday afternoon a passing police officer was approached by a concerned bus driver, and was alerted to the presence of the rogue reptilian. Luckily, the exchange was detailed by Chief constable Nick Gargan on Twitter-
Alas, since then it has been free to terrorise residents and pets alike. Thankfully however, the only contact with the animal since then has been via its (inevitable) novelty twitter account. Whilst we wait to see if it the incident was captured by CCTV cameras, we are left to reflect on how this fits into the UK’s proud history of unusual animal sightings… Continue reading
One of our customers, Phil, was installing a bird box camera kit for a friend and had a few ingenious ideas of his own to improve the set up. Here’s a few of the things he did which you can use in your home when setting up a bird box camera in your garden.
First, when installing the camera – which is just 4cm wide – Phil made an aluminum bracket so it could be directed downwards on the box giving a better view of the nest and the bird coming and going.
I have recently adopted a lovely terrier from a dog’s home. He has a relaxed temperament and is already house trained, so should be OK to leave at home when I am away at my part time job. I would however like some to be able to keep an eye on him whilst I am at the office, just so I can check that he hasn’t made a mess on the carpet, or burrowed his way into the kitchen! Is monitoring a dog while at work possible to do this with a CCTV or an IP camera? The only computer I have is my laptop, which I have to take with me to work, will this pose a problem?
Internet enabled IP cameras can help with monitoring a dog while at work- image via
Over the past few weeks we have already talked about the benefits of using a wireless CCTV camera system to help monitor your animals during foaling or lambing season, allowing you to keep a close eye on your animals without having to stay in the barn around the clock. But there are many CCTV kits on the market, with a large array of options- just what specific features should you look for when investing in a wireless Foaling camera kit?
Wireless CCTV systems can seem complex, but are quite simple when you break down the components
We’ve already delved into the use of CCTV for home owners in Part 1 of the series.This second part of the series will take a look at where you stand using CCTV for commercial purposes, such as to monitor your shop. CCTV for commercial purposes is much more complicated than home use, we’ve provided links to additional information which you should read in addition to this article to ensure you fully understand the implications of using CCTV for your business.
Michaela Strachen, Chris Packham and Martin Hughes-Games present this years Winterwatch, taking a look at some of the best winter wildlife that the UK has to offer. Based in the stunning and wildlife rich Cairgorn Mountains in the Scottish Highlands they find an array of wildlife from roosting golden eagles to hares hunkering down in the snow to keep warm.
It may seem dark and cold outside, but Spring is definitely on its way (or so we are told…), and for farmers this will always be tied in with the stress and reward of birthing season. As we have already touched on, there are a vast number of things to remember during the season. One of the most important points however, is to make sure you monitor your animals during Foaling or Lambing. Birthing animals should really be checked as often as possible, but obviously on a busy farm this has practical limitations. Because of this there are a host of devices on the market to help farmers anticipate the big event. But how do these systems work, and what are the benefits of each one? This is a quick rundown of some of the options out there- there’s really no reason why you should limit yourself to one of these methods, as they can all complement each other to give you a fuller picture.
There are many ways to monitor your animals during foaling season- image by Smerikal via Flickr
This first blog of the series looks at CCTV and the law when it comes to home use of CCTV. For example, using CCTV to guard the outside or inside of your home, your possessions and your family. The law regarding CCTV varies depending on how you plan to use it. Home use of CCTV is quite different to commercial use of CCTV which will be discussed in the next blog. If you are a business looking to use CCTV then you must comply with The Data Protection Act.
These days, with the near ubiquity of built in webcams in devices such as laptops and tablets, customers sometimes ask whether it’s possible to use webcams for home security? If you already have a camera built into your computer, is there really a need to invest in a separate security system to keep watch over your room or office? After all, the features of a webcam seem very similar to how IP security cameras work. The answer is that it is indeed possible to piece together a basic monitoring system using a webcam and software. However, whilst they seem similar on the surface, webcams and IP cameras have some very important differences that can have a big impact on potential uses.
It is possible to set up a basic home CCTV system with a webcam- image by Mike burns via Flickr
Kids and big kids alike who see themselves as the next James Bond or Austin Powers (yeah baby!) will need a few things to get themselves started. You’re no spy without a few essentials up your sleeve, in your pocket or hidden in your glasses. Check these out…