We know that you are all excited about Christmas and with less than a week to go we have been working extremely hard to make sure everything is in order, including ensuring that you all know how to reach us over Christmas.
Our main office will be closed from Friday 23rd December to Tuesday 3rd January; however, to support you all as much as possible, please be advised that our technical support will be manned as follows:
We will attempt to answer all questions as quickly as possible but please accept our apologies if you experience any delays.
If you are wishing to place an order via our online shop, our last shipping day before Christmas will be Thursday 22nd December, any orders placed after this date will be delivered after Tuesday 3rd January.
In the meantime, Y-cam would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!
We are thrilled to see that our EyeBall IP Camera is still receiving fantastic reviews even a couple of months after its launch. Our latest comes from none other than expert advice providers PC Advisor, who seemed impressed with our unique camera.
One of the first things Andrew Harrison, PC Advisor reviewer, highlights is the uniqueness of our IP camera, “The Y-cam EyeBall drifts from the norm, as it is a fixed IP camera in the domed body of a PTZ-style housing” picking up on the simple “finger-movable dome” and its easy setup.
Impressed by the EyeBall’s “unusually wide-angle, allowing an excellent field of view” and the camera’s two-way intercom communications and tidy build quality. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome, especially after offering a fantastic overall verdict.
Andrew writes “The Y-cam EyeBall is an easy-to-use security camera solution, with very wide field of view and some useful added features such as local memory-card recording and power-over-ethernet connectivity. We found the handy free iPhone app really improves its usefulness.”
Experts have predicted that this is to be the hardest Christmas season for retailers yet, and therefore it is crucial for retailers to be prepared for this predicted onslaught of seasonal crime.
Research conducted by Centre for Retail Research saw that the high street should expect to see an additional £61 million in losses this year compared to last year. Of the total £1 billion predicted loss the majority (£656 million) will be due to shop lifting.
The director of Centre for Retail Research explains “It shouldn’t come as a surprise to the industry that shoplifting, employee theft and supply chain fraud are likely to increase during the festive period – after all, retailers are less rigorous in their controls at this time of the year. However, the implications should not be underestimated. Christmas crime has increased by 6.2% since the 2010 research, which is symptomatic of the tough times we are facing as a nation. The double pressures of a weak economy combined with the most expensive time of the year will inevitably lead to an increase in loss so unfortunately it is likely that it will worsen further before it gets any better.”
Against the background of these shocking figures it is clear that retailers need to take action and protect themselves this festive season. To see how a Y-cam solution can help keep you in control please check out www.y-cam.com/retail.
Over the last couple of weeks we have seen a growing interest in wireless Wi-Fi N, especially with the launch of our Bullet HD camera. But what does this mean? How does it work? Does it affect Y-cam installations? All great questions and as we venture into the realm of Wireless N we thought now would be the perfect time to explore this growing technology.
What is wireless N?
Wireless N is an existing development that utilises advanced technology to increase the wireless network range and operating speed, as well as solidifying your connections reliability up to 600Mbps. This means that it is possible to run even more Y-cam cameras simultaneously and at an increased distance from the hub router without having to worry about interference or network drop-outs, meaning you are always connected and secure.
Wireless N (802.11n) operates on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, so now the network can work up to five times faster with a much superior signal strength, proving up to twice the distance than the traditional 802.11g.
How does this affect me?
This affects Y-cam customers in two ways: 1) The introduction of Wireless N into homes means these advancements are there to be utilised more frequently. 2) The addition of wireless N to Y-cam cameras means that you can now take advantage of this advanced technology. Customers who are able to utilise this feature will experience a optimised operation, perfect for any installation, especially within a demanding network.
To learn more about Wireless N please visit the WiFi alliance at www.wi-fi.org, what these guys do not know about WiFi doesn’t exist.
History has always seen an increase in crime over the winter months and with this year’s crime spree predicted to see burglaries increase by 26% it is not surprising that many are taking action to protect themselves and their belongings, but how can you too stay ahead of the Christmas crime?
It’s not a mystery why crime rises in the winter, after the clocks go back we experience darker evenings, colder weather which drives people off the streets and seasonal duties sees houses frequently empty; all huge incentives for criminal and as the majority of burglaries are opportunistic, criminals have simply hit the streets looking for an unprotected home to take advantage of. Visual alarms and security cameras are a great method of deterring those criminals looking for a quick and easy ride. However, should these criminals decide to try their luck anyway, wouldn’t it be better to be prepared?
If you have this need to know what’s happening at your pad at all time, how about a simple system that can notify you without any crazy costs or extreme installations? A Y-cam IP camera can be set up within minutes and won’t let you down with its immediate alert system, it works via your home Wi-Fi network and is super simple to set up. So with little effort and no costly set-ups you can have peace of mind within minutes.
However it’s certainly not just homes people should be concerned about; vehicle crime has taken a sharp climb as scrap metal and oil become ever more valuable, included in the growing attractiveness of a well-stocked garden shed or empty out building and there is potential for criminals all around.
However it is not all about doom and gloom, simple steps can ensure you never need to worry, therefore, if you’re concerned about your security during winter, take action as there are methods of protection out there. In addition to your IP camera, please see our top 10 prevention tips and visit www.ourwatch.org.uk to see their tips and advice on being safe this winter too.
Stay one step ahead of crime this Christmas.