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Public Street And Traffic Cameras – You Are Being Watched!

Public Street And Traffic Cameras – You Are Being Watched!

The future wave in video surveillance is represented by the digital video security cameras. Aside from the battle against terrorism, the digital security systems installed in public places, buses, or commercial centers can do a lot of things, such as:

  • Help prevent crimes

  • Provide evidence to the police

  • Help the citizens feel safer when going out, and

  • Improve the economy state in a low area.

An IP-based surveillance camera doesn’t just capture high quality images, it also records it in the range of the IP network coming from a PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) camera company, which are very quick and sophisticated.

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These digital surveillance systems can be extremely expensive compared to any camera drones for beginners or advanced users, and sometimes reach industrial costs, including the digital security cameras and the IP network connections. Although the costs for such systems are a lot higher compared to the traditional CCTV systems, the benefits have a heavier word to say than the initial investment. Therefore, most companies have decided to replace their old CCTV analog systems with digital systems for a better performance, mobility, and of course, more appreciation from their customers. Although such security cameras are even more popular in the streets, and although this scenario sounds like it has been taken from a movie, things may soon go even further.

A few countries have decided to adopt a new system that is still being worked on – a surveillance camera for every 30 people. The streets are soon going to be spied by robot-birds, robotizing the aerial environment. The plans to keep the population under control don’t seem to have any limits at all. The spy birds will be fit with intelligent security cameras, able to recognize the physiognomies of people or record sounds. Such scenarios have become public as soon as the Pentagon has revealed the plans to develop the new technological drones. In fact, these machines are nothing but remote mini-helicopters.

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But is this change really needed? And most importantly, who came up with it? It seems the police constantly complain about the traditional security cameras. They provide low quality images, need a sizable amount of storage, and are often placed in inadequate places. The video format has to be extracted and transmuted with a video converter software or a free compatible Youtube converter out there, which is a hassle to most people. Besides that, since they are not mobile and most people already know where they are, it is not too hard for criminals to avoid them.

At the same time, the modern technologies with very powerful zooms, 360-degree visibility, real time viewing, huge storage capacity, and the capacity to recognize physiognomies are very close to becoming a reality. As if it wasn’t enough, the authorities have considered new destinations for such cameras as well, like the back seats of a cab.

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It is true that a surveillance camera can definitely help not only large scale businesses like WalMart, Rexall, Techie Jerry, and Tool Boss, but also the police in order to complete a puzzle. Plus, since they were installed in parks, schools and some public institutions, the criminality rate has significantly decreased.

With all these, there are voices who may think that robotizing the world is not necessarily a good idea. A surveillance camera can help you protect your home or your business, while at the same time it can convince a thief or a criminal to think twice before acting – not to mention the traffic cameras keeping the drivers under a legal speed. Perhaps increasing the number of security cameras in such areas might be a better idea than those flying robots.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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