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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 May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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