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Cybersecurity in Kenya: Are we Ready?

Cyber security awareness remains low amongst the general public. This according to a report launched by Telecommunication Service Providers of Kenya, TESPOK. TESPOK’s report indicates that most working personnel are ignorant of the risks that arise from unprotected information leading to vulnerability of business networks. According to the report, Kenya’s banking institutions and government departments are said to be most affected by cyber crime that have affected service delivery. A litle while back, the Central Bank of Kenya’s website was hacked in a week that also a number of other websites hosted websites taken down by hackers

Guaranteed Security- When Sound Installation Saves Property

An average person has very little knowledge in the way CCTV works leave alone having an understanding on what to expect from an installer. Every year, majority of people fall prey to rogue installers who rip them off their hard-earned income by selling or installing CCTV systems that end up being decoys in event of an incident. It is advisable to seek advice from accredited installers whenever you intend to have your property secured with CCTV system.

Any installer who starts quoting for you the camera requirements and  installation costs before surveying your property is out to fleece you or has no clue about the profession. You need a professionally designed specification that should be discussed with you before one goes ahead to “plant” his devices in your property.

The importance of having a professionally designed specification can be seen from the fact that when the police seek to use CCTV evidence in court it is found to be inadmissible in at least 80% of cases. While it is true that almost anyone can look at a location and suggest a number of Cameras, only those who have experience in this field, through an understanding of the principles of optical science, will generally be able to recommend a Camera that will give the customer a picture with the best definition or coverage. Often it is also possible to give clients “added value” by locating Cameras, and utilising lenses which are able, not only to view the area of concern, but also give peripheral vision of other points of interest.

We once visited a major tourist hotel in Mombasa County and were shocked by the way the security cameras were installed. There was no consideration in as far as camera lenses are concerned and the distances they were intended to cover. The cameras had standard lenses and were providing facial recognition for the 3.5m of corridor nearest the cameras. If a a guest came out of their room, committed a misdemeanor and then returned to their room there was no possibility of of knowing who they were. By setting the cameras to view the opposite end of the corridor and the careful choice of lenses the cameras would have been able to provide facial recognition for half of the corridor, enabling the whole corridor to be viewed with pupils being recognized. 

Our experience as CCTV Consultants is that in the vast majority of cases “quick-money” installers are simply sticking cameras on walls and pointing them in the general direction with little or no understanding the optical science necessary to correctly design a CCTV system.

If you have fallen prey to these installers, you have no choice but to do it right since remaining with faulty installation is quite deceptive and would not help you out when an actual incident. If in doubt, you can call us to audit your system in a view to getting you assured that you have a truly functional system.

HOSPITAL VIDEO SURVEILLANCE PROJECT: READY TO TAKE UP SUCH A PROJECT?

Hospital CCTV and surveillance cameras allow you to effectively monitor large areas with minimal manpower while helping to increase security and control costs. Patients and employees can feel safer and security breaches can be held in held in check. Surveillance can help to provide visual evidence in case of incidents, help to increase productivity and to prevent false claims.
 
 
CCTV SYSTEM DESIGN AND PRACTICE
To answer this question in affirmative, you would have to have the capacity to address issues pertaining to:
- The the key uses of the Surveillance System
- The Surveillance System Design factors
- The Main Players in the Hospital Surveillance
A Trainee Designing a CCTV System in our workshop
 
One by one, the following 10 elements will inform your way forward. There is no shortcut. Before you pick up the the tender forms, fill them and forward them, ensure that you have understood these 10 aspects regarding CCTV deployment in a healthy facility:
(1) The 3 most frequently used special locations for cameras in hospitals
(2) legacy systems present and why they are important
(3) How privacy significantly impacts camera selections
(4) The uncommon approach hospitals take for monitoring
(5) The most common VMS manufacturers selected
(6) The most widely used camera manufacturers used
(7) Why integration with other systems is uncommon
(8) What is the cause of the worst hospital specs / designs
(9) The typical storage duration held
(10) Biggest Surveillance Improvement Needed With these in mind, you can move ahead and present your tender documents.
 
Using Design Applications to create CCTV design diagrams
COMPREHENSIVE CCTV INSTALLATION DESIGN & INSTALLATION TRAINING
In our CCTV courses, you will learn the design considerations and do a project on Design of a hypothetical Big CCTV Project. It is from this project that everything else is pegged. Join our next program running after every 2 weeks. 
 

Installing A CCTV System? What you need to consider

We have come to a stage in life where personal safety and security for our property is threatened by so many factors. Fortunately, there are a number security devices that we can deploy to mitigate the situation. In fact the gadgets are so many and come with different capabilities and qualities. This is were the average person gets mixed up when making a choice on what to go for. To complicate the matter,  we have a number of installers of these devices who have little knowledge about them but are quick to make quick bucks. Such installers would easily sell you a cheap system and sell you at a price of the top market system. This article is not going to address such practices as the issue has been addressed in a previous blog. The target of this blog is the installer who wants to pass to a customer quality products and service.

  • environmental and risk assessment
  • equipment to deploy
  • monitoring
  • footage recording
  • storage / archiving of the footage
  • forensics

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