Video Surveillance: The Smart Choice for Small Business

shutterstock_554551897The Internet of Things (IOT) has opened up a whole world of DIY options for residential security camera applications. But to maintain the safety of employees, inventory, and other assets it’s imperative to install a professional CCTV or video surveillance security system for your small business to immediately alert authorities in the case of employee theft or other criminal activity. They also provide visual evidence of fraudulent slips or falls.

Video surveillance constantly monitors defined, important areas within your office, retail store or warehouse. Discrete or open-viewed HD cameras and a DVR (digital video recorder), NVR (network video recorder), HVR (hybrid video recorder – a combination of the analog DVR and digital NRV recorder), micro SD card or cloud storage to monitor and archive recorded footage are the primary components of a CCTV system. Other features can include motion detectors, sensors, email alerts, infrared night vision, panic buttons, mobile app support, facial and voice recognition, remote monitoring, and more.

Wired vs. Wireless

A professionally wired system offers more reliable and stable transmission vs. a wireless system that relies on a WiFi connection. A wireless system still has to be connected to a power supply whether it’s battery or solar powered.

The Importance of Cameras

There are many cameras types of cameras that comprise a system based on their intended use: dome, PTZ, bullet, day/night, thermal (FLIR), IP camera or wireless IP camera.

HD cameras recognize important details. But the more pixels in the image captured by your security camera, the clearer the image will be. However, that extra information will also take up more memory space.

The type of lens is important for field of view. Cameras with adjustable lens give you more coverage and are flexible. A fixed lens will give you a more precise view. A rugged weatherproof camera for Pittsburgh’s harsh winter weather is important for outdoor spaces, of course.

Security is not just a daylight pursuit. That’s why infrared night vision cameras with LED lights surrounding the lens to capture more light are an important part of your security solution.

Choice Is Key

Video surveillance systems are designed to last a lifetime. But lifespan is impacted by design, the extent of security measures implemented, quality, the area of installation (indoor or outdoor) and capacity.
Do your research. Although the internet is a great source of information to show you’ve done your homework, a site survey by a reputable firm is an important first step. If this company will also be you installer, choose a company with a long history and responsive customer and maintenance/repair services.
Acquiring a video surveillance system doesn’t have to be difficult. Turn to TN Security, serving the greater Pittsburgh area. We can give you the best information, so that you can make an informed decision for your business.

Contact us today for a site survey.

Professional vs. DIY Security Systems

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The options in home security systems are mind-boggling. What’s a homeowner to do? How do you find the perfect system?

Professional home security companies usually tie you into a multiyear contract for monthly monitoring fees. But they also provide hardware, alleviating the stress of selecting off-the-shelf devices. The ADTs of the world also offer 24/7 emergency response for invaluable peace of mind. But their business model is being disrupted by the DIY market of motion sensors, indoor and outdoor cameras, locks, glass break detectors, door and window sensors, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

If you’ve decided against the professional route, DIY could be the way to go. Know that you become the installer and the 24/7 monitor. There are DIY companies that offer bundled kits and even professional monitoring.

Security cameras are your eyes on the ground and at key access points. Again, there are loads of options and features – whether it’s a kit, standalone camera, or camera-assisted doorbell. The other category is smart door locks that can be Bluetooth enabled or offer Z-Wave connectivity.

Here’s a great choice: select a company that can integrate the best solutions into a whole-house smart security system with professional monitoring.  Consider Pittsburgh’s TN Security. We are also experts in whole house automation and can integrate your security system with your lighting, entertainment, thermostats, air, alarms, shades and more into a single hub.

Remember DIY is great…but it’s never as easy as it looks. Are you a geek, electrician and home remodeler all rolled into one? Do you want to fish wires and patch holes? DIY systems rely on open protocols and Wi-Fi connectivity that can sometimes be unreliable, creating connection issues, which may be beyond your tech skillset.

Learn more about smart security and whole home automation to protect your most valuable asset, your family.

Contact TN Security now for a free at-home assessment.

Create an Unforgettable Experience for Family and Friends with Outdoor AV

shutterstock_389852074 (2) (1)Yay! The warmer weather is finally here, and everyone is now interested in outdoor living and entertaining. TN Security is a few steps ahead of you. We’re ready to move our AV experience outdoors for you.  TN Security has a solid reputation for installing indoor-focused audio and video residential solutions. We also know all the latest and greatest outdoor AV options, including discreet audio solutions, landscape-friendly speakers and outdoor TVs.

T.N. Security can give you some great outdoor HDTV options. Outdoor TVs have a heftier price tag but for a good reason. Do you want a high-end permanent solution or portable? Remember: interior TVs can’t tolerate heat, cold, bugs and humidity. Whether you’re watching the Kentucky Derby in May or World Series in October, you want to be assured that all those expensive electronics are protected from the elements. On the brightest of days, you’ll want to binge watch without affecting the picture quality. As an alternative to HDTV, we can also help select and install the best big screens and projectors for that night at the “drive-in.”

We can link your outdoor audio to your home AV system so you have easy access to your streaming services and media library without having to take them outside.TN Security also offers some cool universal remotes to use outdoors, some of which float in the pool to control lighting, sound and more.

Regarding outdoor audio, whether wired or wireless, T.N. Security will calculate the optimal number of speakers for your outdoor space parameters. Bluetooth speakers that link to your iPhone or iPod are a plus. There are also many speakers that look like garden rocks or statues, or match your décor.  

Don’t hesitate…your summer is waiting! Make an appointment with T.N. Security for a FREE outdoor AV assessment. Call (412) 967-0467 or contact us now.

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Upgrade Your TV Audio

shutterstock_711075157Flat-panel HDTV’s cool, slim profile is too thin for great speakers. Here are some ways to upgrade your TV audio, short of wearing Bluetooth headphones. Do you go with the convenience and affordability of a sound bar or quality and expense of a dedicated multispeaker system? Soundbars simply plug in and reroute your sound from the TV via a single plug-in cable. They can also stream music from your phone or voice assistant, like Alexa or Google Assistant.

But if you’re looking for the immersive experience of surround sound, you may want to plug into a speaker system with separate speakers wired into each room. If you’re longing to hear theater-quality sound, add an AV receiver to coordinate multiple speakers.

Lastly, create a plan for a sound solution prior to bringing your new TV home. If you want your TV wall mounted, you may want to consider having both sound and TV professionally installed. Decide how much you want to spend, and where you want your new devices installed.

Contact TN Security. We’ll do a free audio consultation not only your new TV installation, but your entire house. Ask about our wall-mounted installation specials.

Audio and TV in the News:
4K TV is coming to your phone, ringing in the new era of free broadcast TV. For the past two years broadcasters have been working on ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcast standard. The format supports 4K, 3D, UHD, and high-quality audio, which will hopefully help 4K supersede HDTV. Like traditional broadcast TV, ATSC 3.0, also called Immersive Audio, works over the air, but it also works in tandem with internet connections (including mobile connections, like 5G) to create a broadcast/broadband hybrid stream. Stay tuned!

The Best Surveillance Cameras for Home and Office

Whether it’s a hardwired CCTV or IP-based camera security system, there are lots of cost and convenience options, including mobile camera security apps that interface for real-time views anywhere in the world. These cameras can be also part of your smart home automation strategy, which uses IoT technology to control appliances, lighting, heating, TVs, and more, and allows them to communicate with each other through a smartphone or a laptop.home-security-camera-app

A CCTV or closed-circuit television surveillance system is the OG of the security world. Its video feed is transmitted to an internal monitoring screen or is recorded on a DVR. If the DVR is connected to the internet, remote viewing of video footage may also be available.
IP or internet protocol cameras are wired or wireless digital video cameras that transmit the video feed via a computer network. IP systems offer better picture quality and the ability to add more cameras to the system. IP cameras can also be used in conjunction with CCTV systems to cover blind spots or used as hidden cameras.
TN Security can make expert recommendations during a free in-home consultation. We help you determine how many cameras, locations, styles, installation points and more. Attached to these systems can be smoke, fire and carbon monoxide detectors, keypads, video displays, and motion or sensor detectors.
We can also integrate audio and TV for a complete smart home solution. Plus, we offer our no-contract month-to-month monitoring program overseen by a Five Diamond Certified and FDNY-approved monitoring center. Wow! There’s a lot to consider when you want to keep you family and business safe. Schedule your free in-home consultation now.

 

High-Quality Sound for Your Home

Безымянный-222-07A fixture of American living rooms in the 1950s was the record player with a mono or one-channel sound system. Stereo was marketed in the 1960s as the latest technological advancement, bringing sophisticated two-channel sound to the masses. Stereo sound became common in entertainment systems such as broadcast radio, TV, recorded music, and cinema.  The rise of home theater products in the late 1980s brought multi-channel audio or surround-sound systems into popularity. With the advent of affordable large screen TVs at the turn of this century, consumers wanted an equally stunning 3D audio experience to match their vividly beautiful picture.

Team Nutz understands the importance you place on a realistic audio. Whether you’re watching your favorite cooking channel, streaming a movie or playing a video game, you want to complement that experience with great sound.  Do you want a traditional 5.1 system with three front speakers, subwoofer, and two side speakers for a beautiful surround sound, or a 7.1 system with two more speakers? There are so many head-spinning options based on the size of your room and TV.

That’s where Team Nutz comes in. We help you not only choose the right home theater or sound bar system paired with your home assistant, we also install it.

Call us today at 412-967-0467 about sound systems that will dramatically improve your viewing pleasure. Inquire about our whole house audio, too!

Give the Gift of Sound

TN-Security-blog-12-2018A big screen TV makes a great holiday gift. But the flat sound that comes out of your new flat panel screen compromises the viewing experience. Upgrade your audio and pump up the volume a sound bar. They require minimal space and deliver big, room-filling sound. Choose it with built-in Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and expand it with wireless rear speakers. The Sonos Beam is a great option when your space is at a premium, and you want advanced features. It’s expandable to create a full home theater system. The Beam also allows you to control your TV with an Alexa-enabled device for remote-free control of music, games, streaming services, and more. TN Security carries Sonos and other leading brands of audio products. We can help you choose the best component home theater system for your room. Our tech team can also mount your TV and sync it with a speaker system and personal assistant to make your family’s holiday season extra bright.

Contact TN Security now for an installation appointment.

Predicting the Best 4K TV Deals for Black Friday 2018

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Spending Lab released their list of 4K TV Black Friday deals predictions for 2018.

  • Up to $100 off Samsung 4K TVs – expect discounts in the range of $50 to $100 on premium Samsung 4K TVs, particularly 40-inch screens
  • Up to $150 off Toshiba 4K TVs with Fire TV – Amazon typically discounts their products during Black Friday. Several Toshiba 4K models ship with Fire TV, an Amazon streaming product, so expect bigger discounts on these bundles
  • Up to $150 off TCL 4K TVs – TCL usually offer some of the lowest priced 4K screens on Black Friday and we expect this year to be no different

Regardless of Black Friday deals, installing your 4K TV just in time for the holiday TV lineup can be a hassle. First you have to find the right type of mounting bracket. How do you really feel about drilling into masonry surfaces? Then what about lifting and mounting an expensive piece of electronics. To ensure a premium and a complete access viewing experience, you also need to install streaming devices and speaker options like soundbars and smart speakers. Whew! Lessen your holiday stress and contact TN Security today. TN Security is your one-stop home automation solution. Our highly trained (and patient and strong) technicians are ready to install any type of television. We will connect, mount and setup your new prized possession with the care and skill that you should expect.

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BUY 2 ROOMS AND GET THE 3RD ROOM HALF OFF. Contact us now.

Upgrading to High Def TV & Surround Sound Puts a Different Kind of Crisp into Fall

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Take a break from raking leaves, and from enjoying apple crisp and other fall treats by upgrading your home entertainment experience to include HDTV or UHD and surround sound. Whether you’re watching your favorite teams or your favorite shows, the surround sound experience, including life-like images from one of the latest TVs, can make the cider, popcorn and caramel apples taste better.

The natural tendency is to get the biggest TV you can afford. Depending upon the size of your room, you may want to reconsider. To determine whether a TV is right for your space, use this simple formula:

Multiply the TV’s diagonal width (in inches) by 0.10 to get the ideal viewing distance.

For example, if you have a 52-inch TV, you would need to be sitting at least 5.2 ft. away. It’s an important consideration if you have a small living room, family room or den.

Because modern TVs aren’t as bulky as older ones, your replacement unit can be larger than the one you’re retiring.

As for audio, the thin flat panel that comes with most TVs gives you basic sound, so you may want to enhance sound quality by adding external speakers. We carry all the top brands, including Fluance, Klipsch, Onkyo and Yamaha.

With so many choices, cut through the confusion and come to us for expert advice, and the best systems and equipment.

Improve Your Viewing Experience with Surround Sound and TN Security

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Imagine our delight when my husband brought home a new razor-thin 70-inch 4K UHD TV for our family room. Never before had we seen such clarity. It creates uniform blacks and the best color volumes, offers great viewing angles and is perfect for our gamer kids. Unfortunately, it’s so thin that the speakers are tiny and located at the back of the TV. Needless to say, we didn’t get great audio quality. I was forced to turn on closed captions to keep up with the fast-paced dialogue on my favorite show. Plus, football season was fast approaching. Yikes! Our disappointment made us take action. We decided to look into surround sound options. We turned to TN Security.  The techs at TN did a free sound system assessment. They gave us many options and price points, and educated us about TV audio. They even shared tips on integrating Alexa. We decided to go with a Bose Acoustimass 10 Series V system, which is designed for larger rooms, like ours. It delivers rich, beautiful sound and a great viewing experience. We were super-pleased with TN Security and their installation team.

Contact TN Security, now, for a free sound system assessment.