Reading license plates with your cameras

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So on this picture you get a nice view of the front of the store and the cars and even when you zoom in you may not be able to read a plate so this article will help you understand some of the factors you will need in order to view license plates with your cameras.

Contact Larry Love at Peak Alarm for more information or if any corrections need to be made to this blog. (801) 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com http://www.peakalarm.com

So you want to read plate numbers from cars with your camera system. There are several factors that will determine if you can do this with your current system:

DISTANCE TO THE CAR – Using a lens calculator we can determine how wide a view you will need and the lens
LIGHTING – IR LED system on your cameras (check the rating- often it will say 30 feet but will only work at about 20′)
ANGLE OF CAMERA(S) and how high the camera is mounted – If the camera is mounted high on the building and the cars drive into the driveway on an angle or in a dip this could cause issues
MP RESOLUTION OF YOUR CAMERAS (2MP, 4MP or 4K cameras are all great cameras, understand that the higher the MP the more storage they use)
LENS ON THE CAMERA – most cameras are fixed at 2.8 or 3.6mm and some are verifocal 2.7-12mm and other more expensive cameras have higher mm adjustment capability.
HOW FAST IS THE CAR GOING
There are other factors but for this article I will keep it simple

IMPORTANT INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW:

EXAMPLE

I have a customer that wants to see plate numbers 120 feet from his building at the driveway entrances. Lighting and the proper choice of camera is essential.

Using a 2MP High Definition camera you will need a 28mm lens on your camera at 120 feet and your camera view will be 22 feet across and 12 feet high and you will get 85 pixels per square foot.
If you don’t have the right IR and lighting then it may be difficult at night to see plates. Using a 4MP camera would require a 13mm lens to see 44 feet across to view a plate. Keep in mind that you are not guaranteed to see plate numbers even when you use the right lens and do the calculations properly since most cameras are not license plate cameras. We can install actual license plate cameras that are made for this purpose and then you have a much better chance of seeing plate numbers. In the above situation it would be much better to move the cameras closer to the cars and move the camera down on a pole looking directly at the plates rather than mounting the cameras on a building at 13 feet in the air.

You will need a minimum of 60 pixels per square foot to view a plate number and it would be much better at 100.

Purpose Min. Required px/ft
Detect activity 8
Observe behavior 16
Recognize person 30
Identify person 60
Read license plate 60
Identify USD 150
Read 10pt text 1200

Most cameras from big box stores now are fixed lens cameras at 2.8 or 3.6mm giving you a very wide view. Using them in residential application is ok but looking 120 feet away would give you a view of 80 feet across and 60 feet high so you would not be able to see a plate number.

My cameras at my home are 500 TVL and 700 TVL or 700,000 lines and the newer 2.1MP cameras are 3 times the resolution so your chance to see plate numbers is better with a 2MP or 4MP camera but there are other factors.

With the understanding of the different factors please know that a $30 or $50 dollar camera is not going to cut it. Hikvision has a great camera that starts at $850 and the Q Series AXIS camera starts at $1,850 for the camera, you would then need to purchase the NVR that has the ability to log plate numbers. We have less expensive cameras that very well could see plate numbers that are much closer to the home or business and it also depends on how fast the cars are going as to which cameras you decide on.

Understand that you can purchase cameras just for reading plate numbers and the NVR recorders have the ability to log those plate numbers and you can actually buy a list of plate numbers that your system can compare the data to in order to determine if a stolen car is in your area or lot or if they are behind on their car payments. Some tow companies use these programs to repossess cars.

This may seem complicated and sometimes it can be but just call me (Larry Love) and I will walk you through it. If you want to see plate numbers that are say 50 feet away in your parking lot you can do so for much less money using a high definition camera (2MP) with a 6mm lens that will give you a view of 40 feet wide and 30 feet high. Often I recomend verifocal cameras that are 2.7 to 12mm allowing the tech to adjust to your needs. So if you need to look at a parking lot that is 100 feet wide then you would need 3 cameras to do it well depending on what you are looking at. If you want to recognize a face you need 60 pixels per foot which is the same as a plate number. You could go from a 2MP to a 4MP and widen the view a bit and use less cameras but it also depends on the angles. A nice verifocal camera costs about $400 and that is a 2MP and nice 4MP camera costs about $600. Then you need to add the cost of the wire, installation, recorder, monitor, UPS and network connection to have a complete system but remember you get what you pay for. Call an expert when you want it done right. (801) 428 1384 Larry Love – cell is 801 898 6003

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1. Make sure your security system cannot be defeated by someone cutting the phoneline outside the house or business. You can switch to a cellular or radio communicator to make this more secure.

1A. Make sure that you use an encrypted system such as DMP or Qolsys so hackers cannot defeat your system from out front of your home.

2. Make sure you clean your smoke detectors every 6 months or year so they will last longer

3. Make sure you test your system often to make sure nothing has been tampered with. Often someone within your organization will attempt to disable doors or other items.

4. Update your call list with current phone numbers and names and new passwords.

Call Larry Love at (801) 428 1384 or email Larry at Larry@peakalarm.com and set up a personal consultation with Larry at your site.

Comparing Alarm Companies in Utah

deciding on an alarm company

deciding on an alarm company

I will list come criteria below and then some of the Alarm companies here in Utah for comparison. I have listed the DOPL web site below and you can look up current licensing information on that web site to verify a company’s current status. If there are any errors on this blog please email Larry@Peakalarm.com and I will correct those errors. This is not a complete list of companies. Low price is not the best criteria when looking for a solid professional alarm company.

AAA Security 1/12/13/14
Alarm Control 1/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13
ADT (Protection One and ADT are now one company) 1/5/6/7/8/13/14
Alpha Security 1/6/
Anchor Alarm 1/12/13
AMP Alarm 1/10/F score on Better Business Bureau
COMCAST BROADBAND SECURITY, LLC DBA as XFINITY HOME 1/12/
DELTA FIRE SYSTEMS aka 3D Fire Protection 1/6/7/8/12/13/14
Elite Home Security LLC 1/6/10
Gray Security 1/2/6/7/
Peak Alarm 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/12/13/14 Only 3 complaints listed in the last 3 years (All three BBB complaints have dropped off as of 12/11/17 so they have 0)
Platinum Security Solutions 1/6/12/13
SIMPLEXGRINNELL -Multiple offices 1/5/6/7/8/
STONE SECURITY 1/6/12/13 Zero Complaints in the last 3 years
TRI-CITY ALARM 1/6/12/13 Only one complaint in the last 3 years
TYCO INTEGRATED SECURITY LLC (TYCO merged with Johnson Controls) 1/5/6/7/8/10 C- on BBB Score
UTAH CONTROLS 1/6/7/8/12/13 Zero Complaints in the last 3 years

1.Licensed and Insured
2.Local UL listed Central Station
3.Local UL2050 listed Central Station for high Security
4.Full Guard and Patrol Division
5.Several Offices to serve you
6.Factory Trained and Certified
7.Fire Alarm Certified for commerical systems including inspections and installations
8.NICET technicians on staff
9.Under 1000 complaints on the BBB web site Better Business Bureau web site in the last 3 years
10.Under 100 complaints on the Better Business Bureau in the last 3 years
11.Under 10 complaints on the Better Business Bureau in the last 3 years
12. Under 5 complaints on the Better Business Bureau in the last 3 years
13. A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau
14. BBB Accredited

Some of the listed companies concentrate on residential home security systems and other companies do more commercial security. Some of the companies do Fire Alarm and some don’t so trying to compare is difficult. Trying to find a company that meets all of your requirements is possible and some people like to buy or support local companies which is another factor to consider.

When you have updated information please contact Larry Love at Larry@peakalarm.com and he can update your company information on this post. If there is incorrect information please make us aware of this as well. On the below web site you can look up Burglar Alarm companies or Contract Security Companies (Guard/Patrol) and you will find many companies that have had their licenses expire, some have been revoked and just in the list of Contract Security Companies 20 of those licenses have been denied. Do your research before you buy or invest with an Alarm company or Security Company.

This is not a complete list of companies so you can see the complete licensed list on the site below.

Verify a Utah DOPL Alarm company license

3-Mountain Communications RENEWAL DENIED
5 Diamond Home Protection LLC REVOKED
Absolute Alarm LLC DENIED
ADSCO Administrative hold
Advance Protection Services DENIED
Advanced Security Systems Administrative hold
AES Systems, Inc. DENIED
Affiliated Central Inc. DENIED
Alarm Services Inc. Administrative Hold
Alert Center Inc. Administrative Hold
Alert Electronic Alarm Company Administrative Hold
Alert Technologies Administrative Hold
All West/Utah Inc. Administrative Hold
Allied Security Administrative Hold
American Alarm Systems Administrative Hold
Ampition Home LLC – REVOKED
Anser-fone, Inc. RENEWAL DENIED
Any Hour Inc DENIED
Apartment Protection Sys Inc DENIED
Automated Security LLC DENIED
AXIOM Sales LLC REVOKED
AVI Security Renewal DENIED

As you can see from this small sample of just the A letters that many of the licenses get denied or revoked. I did not list the expired licenses which just on the first 4 pages were 16 of the approximate 44 companies which is 36%. There are several reasons that a company could be put on administrative hold and you would need to check with DOPL to verify individual companies. Also the citations that DOPL gives out our public record and can be viewed on their web site. DOPL is The Division of Occupational Licensing. To get a State of Utah license companies have to show that they have current insurance, training and they need to have a qualifying agent that works for them. You can look on the same web site to see a list of items you would need to apply as a burglar alarm company or company agent. There are tests that need to be passed and an application process that does take some time. Trying to wade through the hundreds of companies is a chore.

Very few of the above companies have the entire list of services. Some of the National Companies such as TYCO and ADT do have most of the services but their central stations are out of state but they are UL listed, licensed, factory trained and they do have insurance.

Many web site say TOP 10 companies or the best 5 or top 5 companies but what you need to understand is to be on those lists you simply need to pay to get on those lists. You don’t have a have a good BBB Better Business Bureau report or even be licensed. That is why I suggest you looking at a few other criteria other than a top ten list to decide which company to use.

In the above list there is a company that has been in business since 1969,is licensed, insured, factory trained, BBB accredited with an A+ rating,has a UL listed Local Central Station to monitor your security and fire accounts, has the UL2050 listings from UL for high security, has a full Guard and Patrol Division and offices in Idaho and Utah to serve you. Peak Alarm is a clear choice when you need to decide on a security company to do your commercial or residential installations. Call Larry Love 801 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com for more information or with corrections to this article.

Alarm companies in Utah

Quality food is not cheap nor are the systems we install.

Quality food is not cheap nor are the systems we install.

Call Larry Love (801) 428 1384 Peak Alarm email Larry@peakalarm.com Sales,Installation,service,cameras, security, fire alarm, access control, Guards, Patrol, AV, Nurse Call, Intercom, Area of Refuge and more. CAD department, NICET Qualified Techs, Licensed and Insured.

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Existing Systems, upgrading, repair or new alarm systems.

Peak Alarm has been in business for 47 years, we have offices in Salt Lake, Boise, Idaho Falls and Saint George to service you. Peak Alarm has a full Guard and Patrol Service as well as an AV department.

Fire Alarm Intrusion Security Access cameras Utah Idaho

Quality food is not cheap nor are the systems we install.

Quality food is not cheap nor are the systems we install.

Contact Larry Love at Peak Alarm

(801) 428 1384 Larry@PeakAlarm.com Access Control, Fire Alarm, Security, Cameras, Intercom and AV systems

Peak Alarm installs Mircom, Hochiki, DMP, DSX, Silent Knight, Firelite, 2GIG and other quality systems.

Larry Love has been in the industry for over 20 years and has stayed current with his certifications with Cameras, Fire Alarms and Security systems. Don’t settle for low bid and have buyers remorse later on. Hire a company that is licensed, insured and that has the experience to do the job right the first time. Recently a company told a customer that cameras could not be installed in her home, last week we arrived on site and install the cameras that they told her could not be installed and we did it buy running wires in the attic and she is very pleased. We strive to do our best to please our customers.

Peaklink security panel is easy to use

You don't have to be a magician to use this panel

You don’t have to be a magician to use this panel

The Peaklink Security Panel by Peak Alarm is easy to use

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When you have the app on your phone just open the app and click ARM or DISARM it is that simple. When you don’t have the app then touch SECURITY and follow the prompts to ARM (It will ask for your code) If you need to leave a window open because the carpet is drying just follow the prompts to bypass and you can still arm your system.

Call Larry Love at (801) 428 1384 or on his cell at (801) 898 6003 for a free security consultation here on the Wasatch front. Peak Alarm is a local Utah company that has 5 offices in Utah and Idaho and has been in business for over 46 years.

UL listed Central Station also listed for UL2050 high security installations
46 years in business
A+ rating with better business bureau
Peak AV department ranked 18th in the Nation
Full Service Security Guard and Patrol Division
CAD department for design work
NICET technicians
Utah Certified techs for Fire Inspections and Installations
Peak Alarm rated #61 in the nation by SDM magazine
All employees licensed and insured

Peak Alarm can DESIGN your system, INSTALL your system, RESPOND to alarm, SERVICE your system, INSPECT your system so indeed Peak Alarm is a FULL SERVICE COMPANY

Security, Intrusion, Fire Alarm, Access Control DSX,Intercom,cameras, AXIS, Hochiki Fire Alarm, Silent Knight Fire Alarm, Firelite, DMP, Bosch,Alarms, Best Fire Alarm, Full Service

Peak Alarm takes all complaints seriously and strives to use those complaints to make positive changes here at Peak Alarm. I have met personally with the President and the CEO of the company and they assure me they are willing to listen and make needed changes as issues arise.

Peak Alarm ranked number sixty one in the US

Call Peak for all your security needs. Ask for Larry Love x384

Call Peak for all your security needs. Ask for Larry Love x384

Since 1991 and every year since, SDM magazine conducts a survey all alarm companies in the US. The SDM 100 Report ranks US companies that earn their revenues from the sale, installation, service and monitoring of electronic security systems. Primarily, the report measures dollars gained by alarm companies in order to determine the size of the market served by the 100 largest security providers in the US. The SDM 100 Report ranks alarm companies by their recurring monthly revenue (RMR). Last year, Peak Alarm ranked 62nd largest in the US by SDM.

I am pleased to share that SDM ranked Peak Alarm the 61st largest in their 2015 Report.

Many thanks for your focus, efforts and contributions in connection with the achievement of a very honorable position in the SDM 100 Report.

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(801) 428 1384 larry@peakalarm.com

Peak Alarm in Utah and Salt Lake City

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Why does the monitoring cost vary so much between customers?

It is similar to when you purchase a car. If you have a larger down payment or if you pay for the equipment up front the monthly payments can be less.

If you don’t put any money down or pay for installation or equipment and get what they call a free system then you have a larger monthly payment.

Security equipment is not free so you either pay now or later.

Here at Peak Alarm we can structure a monthly payment based on your needs, equipment cost and if you want to add a monthly extended repair agreement we can do that as well. Here is a sample of a typical monthly payment breakout.

$99 dollars down with payments for 36 months:

$29 dollars a month for monthly monitoring
$7 dollars a month for repair agreement ($1 per device)
$10 dollars a month for cellular communications *
$5 dollars a month for elite control (arm disarm with phone)

$61 per month for this example

*Many companies charge more than $10 dollars per month for cellular. The reason that radio or cellular is more secure is that many burglars cut your phone lines before they break in and if you don’t have radio or cellular then the alarms will not communicate to the Dispatch center.

We have accounts that only pay $29 per month over an analog phone line but they don’t have smart phone arm and disarm. You can also control lights, cameras, temperature and even water shut off valves from your smart phone through your security system.

Many of the analog lines are being changed to digital and most of the security systems don’t work well with VOIP or digital lines.

Why is it smart to have Peak Alarm monitor your security system?

Peak is a local, licensed, insured company that has been in business for over 45 years and our UL listed Central Station (Dispatch) is local and so when you tell the dispatcher where you are they are familiar with your area when many national companies may not know where redwood road is at all other than on their GPS system.

This is the view of our office cameras here at PEAK

This is the view of our office cameras here at PEAK

DMP installed by top security companies in Utah

To compare apples to apples both systems need to have the same warranty and features.

To compare apples to apples both systems need to have the same warranty and features.

DMP is UL listed for Fire Alarm, upto 16 doors of access control and high end security.

Recently a customer in a large building purchased a security system from our competitor and then the customer wanted to arm and disarm different areas of the building. (Partitions) and the panel they purchased could not do that.

They also need to add over 100 codes and the panel they purchased would only allow up to 32 codes

DMP will allow up to 10,000 codes and up to 32 areas or partitions and you can install 16 supervised keypads.

Some of our competitors are being sued in several states, it is prudent to also check when a company installs your Security System if the technicians are licensed by DOPL (White and Blue License) and by law they need to carry it on their person. Many security companies hire young people to knock on doors and they are not even licensed. The DOPL license insures that the security salesman has been through a FBI background check. Often companies that have a lower overhead also skip important things such as insurance, taxes and benefits for their employees. Peak Alarm offers health insurance and also pays all federal and state taxes according to the law.

The highly trained sales team can help you design a security or fire alarm system for your home or business.

Call Larry Love at 801 428 1384 for more information about DMP and high end security. Peak Alarm is not always the low bidder although we get the job done right.

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Use your Security System to it’s full potential with Partitions

Arm and disarm your gun room on your security system. Your kid's codes won't work to disarm this room

Arm and disarm your gun room on your security system. Your kid’s codes won’t work to disarm this room

h1>DID YOU KNOW THAT YOUR SECURITY SYSTEM CAN BE 3 or 4 SYSTEMS?

Many systems have the ability to partition into separate systems, this means you could have a keypad on your office and a keypad on your shop area so the workers could disarm and come into the shop but their codes would not work on the office.

Another practical use for such a feature would be the ability to arm a gun room and your children’s codes would not work on that room so you could have dispatch call you if that room went into alarm during the day when you were at work. The gun room could always be armed and the rest of the house would be disarmed when you were there.

We do this same thing with grocery stores so the main store alarm and the RX alarm are on the same panel but the codes for the store do not work on the Pharmacy and on these panels the Fire Alarm System is also a separate partition. The Bosch D9412GV4 is UL listed for Fire Alarm, Access Control and Security (Intrusion) and you can put several keypads on this panel and divide it into several areas as well.

When you buy a home system you should have the Security company do a needs assessment so you can understand how a security system can benefit you in many areas of your life. You can put sensors in your computer room so the humidity, temperature, air flow can all be monitored.

You can check what time your kids got home from school, you can see if your employees got to work late to open the store or if they left late or early when the armed the system up. You can limit times people can enter the building, store or home with the card access system. Get informed so you can use your system to it full potential. The GV4 panels can also allow you to view, arm and connect to them using your IPHONE.

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Larry@PeakAlarm.com 801 428 1384