Catch one incident on a video camera system and the original cost of the system becomes worth every penny. Video surveillance has become the norm. Evening news broadcasts routinely show crimes, vehicle accidents and policing actions as they happened.
Video surveillance is not confined only to public situations. Abus has recently developed a video surveillance system which can be used in a residential setting to remotely view the movements of children, see who is at the front door or who is arriving in the driveway. Similar uses for the Abus video surveillance system might be in a business office or at a convenience food store. The basic Abus model TVAC16000 includes a 7” touchscreen monitor, a docking station and one wireless camera. Additional cameras can be ordered and up to four cameras can be integrated into the Abus surveillance system.
Communication between the camera and touchscreen monitor are wireless. The camera has a wireless range of 492 feet. Built-in LEDs allow an infrared night vision range of 26 feet. The camera can be used indoors or outdoors as needed. A tiltable camera mount is also furnished. Both video and audio information is recorded by the camera. Motion detection is an added camera capability. Both the camera and monitor require 5 VDC power from furnished power supplies. Internal batteries in the console can supply power for approximately 1.5 hours in case of a power failure.
During initial startup of the Abus video surveillance system, the camera(s) must be ‘paired’ to the monitor. Simple-to-use icons displayed on the monitor screen make pairing an easy job. Icons are marked 1-4. Each camera used in the system must be paired by pressing an individually numbered icon.
A free App for either Android or iOS allows users to remotely access the video surveillance system. This App is free in the App Store under the name “TVAC16000.”
Instructions included with the Abus Video Surveillance set show how to determine the computer network IP address, security code and other information. Once network settings have been completed, a furnished cable connects the Abus monitor to the network router. The final step is camera installation. Before final installation, each camera must be tested to make sure that it is in the available wireless transmission range.
The monitor screen contains three icon buttons. Button choices include ‘Live View’ ,’Event List’ and ‘Settings.’
LIVE VIEW: The Live View console screen provides choices for viewing an individual camera display: either a split screen showing views from all connected cameras or a sequenced display showing individual views from each camera for 5 seconds.
EVENT LIST: Recorded events are automatically saved and sorted according to the date. Prior events are recorded in both audio and video form. Prior events can be deleted from memory. Events are saved to an SD card (not included). Amount of events which can be saved are dependent on the memory size of the SD card.
SETTINGS: Items on the Settings screen include camera setup, recorder setup, network setup, alarm setup, system setup and a FAQ assistance section. Additional logos in each setup section simplify the setup procedures. Alarm tones sound if you have saved a timer setting or as a reminder at a certain time.