....IP (Internet Protocol) and similar cameras. These have many uses, ranging from sales training to crime prevention.
Why IP Cameras?
These devices provide you with a visible way to conduct surveillance. People will know they are on camera. Walk into any bank lobby, and you can see the cameras. There is a reason for this, and it's called "deterrence."
So why do we sell them? Mindconnection got into the electronic translator business and the scanning pen business in the late 1990s. Customers have asked about other electronic gear. A supplier had this amazing line of spygear and surveillance devices. These were too good to pass up. That's why we offer these products for security, surveillance, and safety enhancement in your home, office, or other facility.
IP cameras have many uses, including:
Documenting. Keep a record of who comes and goes.
Deterrence. The cameras send a strong message to would-be robbers, pilferers, and vandals.
Safety. Use in production facilities to document safety incidents as they happen. The cameras also give employees an easy way to register a safety complaint.
Access control. A visitor can look right into the camera for positive identification.
Equipment monitoring. Test technicians can mount a camera on an instrument readout or other item of interest, and see it from a remote location.
Remember that you're buying something that takes photographs (still or moving). You've seen those bad movies where everyone's blurry and those bad photographs where the top of Aunt Suzie's head is chopped off. You want good images, instead. To get those, you need to plan things out a bit.
Any time you take pictures,you need to consider framing. Try to position the device and point the lens so you get the intended target in the frame. This isn't always easy to do, and it may take some trial runs to get it right. If you are going to be monitoring the same area all the time, you can tape a paper target or big X on a wall to line up the lens.
Keep in mind that outdoor recordings are subject to sounds such as traffic and wind noise. If you can choose the location, choose an indoor one. And make sure it's fairly quiet.
If you use this kind of device inappropriately, you could run afoul of privacy protection laws and/or face a civil suit. But don't let this concern discourage you from properly using the device. For one thing, the camera is visible. That fact alone can render a "breach of privacy" suit frivolous, depending upon the circumstances.
Many people try to claim privacy violation as a defense for whatever misdeed they were caught doing. The most common situation is the employee claiming privacy as a defense for getting caught doing something wrong. Courts have consistently upheld the right of employers to monitor employees. That just makes sense. The employees are there by choice and being paid to work. The employer does not normally have the right, however, to put video surveillance in places such as bathrooms. If you feel you need to do such a thing, consult an attorney first. And make sure that attorney specializes in privacy law.
You generally do not have the right to monitor another person on that person's property. In a public place, you may legally be able to do that but it's a gray area. With IP cameras, you are typically mounting and cabling a camera so this concern is usually moot.