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Y-cam’s top 10 tips on Home Security

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

It’s quickly approached that time of the year when the clocks go forward and the dark nights have set in, so there is no better time to ensure that your home is safe. We know that home surveillance is one of the best ways to protect your property, belongings and most importantly, your family. However, there are a few other simple measures that can be implemented to prevent the possibility of a break in and ensure that your home is safe and secure.

Here’s our top  10 tips on home security:

  1. It seems a simple tip but make sure all your doors, windows, garden gate/side entrance etc. are locked at all times. Every locked door, gate or window is reducing entry points and opportunities for thieves.
  2. Your house should appear occupied at all times; try using timers to switch lights and radios on and off when you’re not at home.
  3. If the entrances to your home are dark, installing PIR sensor lighting will help as most thieves will not want to be seen trying to get in a door and will not risk trying.
  4. For extra protection to your locked doors, install 1-inch throw deadbolt locks and to improve safety for glass patio doors place a metal bar or pipe along the middle bottom track of the door slide which will stop the door being able to be forced open.
  5. Simple exterior changes can make all the difference, by trimming hedges and removing high fences you can improve natural surveillance and reduce the opportunities for the burglar to hide from view.
  6. Keep valuables out of sight, hide purses and handbags and do not leave cash lying around. If criminals cannot see anything worth stealing they most likely will not take the risk.
  7. Make sure you have your postcode and house number marked on your property with UV marker pens, this allows your items to be easily identified and burglars are worried when your property can link them to the scene of a crime.
  8. Visible burglar alarm notices are a great deterrent, so adding a sign to your garden and security surveillance warning signs on windows work perfectly. If the criminal feels there is a chance to be caught, they are more likely to move on.
  9. Neighbourhood Watch and other ‘watch’ schemes are excellent ways for communities to fight burglary; by sharing experiences and tips you can strengthen your fight against house-hold crimes.
  10. Last but not least, with the installment of an IP surveillance camera you are adding a further deterrent. Plus, in the event of a break in, your camera will be able to help identify the criminal and possibly support their capture and prosecution.

These may seem pretty simple and purely common sense but, by implementing these, you are making your home safer and much less desirable for criminals.


Y-cam & Synology Surveillance Station 6 – Now fully compatible

Friday, October 12th, 2012

A few weeks back we posted the exciting news that our good friends over at Synology had released the Beta of their new DSM 4.1, including the updated Surveillance Station 6. It’s now our turn to announce some great news, our entire IP camera range, including the brand new Bullet HD 1080, is now 100% compatible.

Since Synology released their Beta we have been working extremely hard to iron out any of the small niggles and bugs we found when our cameras and the new surveillance station 6 were working together. We are now thrilled to announce that our entire range is fully compatible and all Y-cam customers can enjoy the full benefits of Y-cam and Synology working together.

And what a lot of benefits there are:

The new Surveillance Station 6 has a completely overhauled UI, which we feel makes it even easier to navigate. The program appears much more intelligent with great tracking features and analytics including their Tally Counter, Virtual Fence, & No-Idle Zone.

Tally Counter
When an object crosses a predefined boundary, a single digit will be added to the linear count

Virtual Fence
An alert will be sent to you whenever an object crosses a predefined border

No-Idle Zone
Any object that stays in the no-idle zone for over a set period of time will trigger an immediate alert

Synology Surveillance Station review

Video published by DalDigital

To find out more about Synology’s Surveillance Station 6 visit www.synology.com, or to find out more about Y-cam and Synology working together, read more here on the blog, www.y-cam.com/blog/synology.

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Finalist of the Computing Security Awards

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

This week we received some amazing news: Y-cam have been shortlisted as a finalist in the Computing Security Awards for 2012, a public nominated and voted for security awards which highlight the best security organisations over the past year.

Now in its third year, the Computing Security Awards have added a number of new categories for the first time, including the “Physical Security Solution of the Year” award. Y-cam is a finalist within this category, which was designed to recognise those devices which protect organisations from human intrusion e.g. eye recognition machines, door entry systems and surveillance cameras.

We were thrilled to be nominated by the readers of Computing Security Magazine and would also like to ask to please join the thousands of IT Computing Security readers and vote for your favourite companies online (Y-cam is choice 5 in the Physical Security Solution ;) ).

The voting page is now live and you can view this from the link, http://www.computingsecurityawards.co.uk/, look on the left hand column and click ‘vote now’.

VOTING CLOSES 5PM on 29TH OCTOBER

Thank you to everyone that votes for Y-cam & keep your fingers crossed for us.

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What is your biggest worry when leaving your home unattended?

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

What is your biggest concern when you leave your home to go on holiday? Burglars and protecting your belongings? Watching over pets and their care? Or perhaps any unscheduled deliveries left sitting on your door step?

A recent survey conducted by independent research company TNS Omnibus looking at UK home owners’ biggest fears when leaving their home unattended showed that these worries do feature. However, 63% of participants’ biggest fears were in fact keeping an eye on neighbours while they were away from their home.

The public’s second biggest fear, unsurprisingly, was the safety of their home and belongings and sadly this fear is continuing to rise as 61% said they were more concerned this year than they were 12 months ago.

Facts and Fears:

  • 63% were worried about their neighbours
  • 60% were concerned about the safety of their property and belongings
  • 14% wanted to watch ver their pets
  • 11% were worried regarding trades men
  • 8% were concerned about landlords

Can you relate to these fears and want to find a solution to combat them? What if you could know as soon as someone stepped on to your property or entered your home in real time? Notified with an image so you could identify and inform the authorities if action is required? See in the dark and have access to this info from the palm of your hand?  You probably would jump at the chance but, like many of the participants, do you fear that a robust home security solution like this would be way too expensive?

With Y-cam you can have all of this with a one off payment of £165. Our cameras are developed especially for home applications and offer professional features at a fraction of the cost so you can DIY install the system and leave your home with peace of mind that you are alerted should anything untoward happen.

Y-cam IP cameras start at £120 and offer a variety of features ideal for home users. For more information on Y-cam IP cameras, please visit our product page www.y-cam.com/product-range.

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Y-cam Bullet HD 1080 – Firmware update

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Earlier this month we released our latest external, high definition IP camera, the Y-cam Bullet HD 1080. This camera has gone down a storm and we are thrilled with the feedback we have been receiving from you guys on your experience with the camera – huge thanks for this.

From your feedback we have been able to discover a few minor bugs that some customers were experiencing including a few issues with the email system and connecting to hidden SSIDs; we set about resolving these as soon as possible.

So here we are. Available now from our download page; the Bullet HD 1080 firmware 1.2436. Within this firmware, these bugs have been fixed, and to sweeten the deal we have added in some great new features, the update includes:

Features Added:

  • Ability to choose stream from Live View on camera UI
  • Ability to add 0-3 seconds pre-buffer to motion video recording (motion triggered video recording will start 3 seconds before motion) OSD
  • For easier sensitivity and threshold adjustment, user can now see a small “M” on the OSD when alarm is triggered
  • Ability to record video from secondary stream through UI
  • Denoise function added to improve night vision image quality under certain conditions
  • Ability to choose “None” for suffix of recorded file

Bux Fixes:

  • E-mail time stamp
  • E-mail test sending e-mail to receiver instead of sender e-mail address
  • Issues with connecting to hidden SSIDs.

To download this firmware update now, visit our download section on the website, www.y-cam.com/download.

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