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An Upgrade to cloud based Wi-Fi cameras and take the surveillance of your home to a new level

Posted By Caio Belliliao, Spotcam, Monday, January 4, 2016

Home monitoring solutions have helped to curb crime levels by a significant amount. However, a lot still remains to be done before the battle against criminal activities can won completely. There are many home monitoring solutions that are available on the market thereby making it hard for customers to choose their preferred surveillance system easily. Today, a good number of householders and business setups are currently using Wi-Fi cameras to monitor the happenings at their premises of residence. However, the use of Wi-Fi cameras based on physical servers is common today. Based on this, it is a good idea to switch to cloud based Wi-Fi cameras. There are numerous features that make such systems worth going for. 

Live video streaming

If you want to enjoy unlimited access to the videos that are being captured by your surveillance camera, you can take advantage of cloud based Wi-Fi cameras. You can say bye to restricted access to surveillance videos. Enjoy live streaming of videos in HD. You can use any online systems to do this provided it is compatible with the camera. The system requires any internet connection that is sound enough to facilitate the live streaming of surveillance videos. This feature can enable you to monitor your home while you are out engaging in other important life activities. 

Gain access to the footage from anywhere in the world

If you want to gain access to the camera videos from anywhere in the world, you can do well to upgrade to the cloud based systems. Thanks to these systems, home monitoring has never been easier. You can enjoy unlimited access to camera footage from anywhere in the world. This feature can enable you to easily monitor the security status of your home as often as the need arises.

Cameras compatible with almost any device

In order to access camera footage, you will need to use any compatible device. With this surveillance camera, you will be free to use any device provided it has a live streaming feature. You can use devices such as smartphones, tablets, PCs and any other compatible device. Today, there are also smart watches which have a live streaming feature. Such watches can also be synchronized with the camera and used to view security footage.

Use of electric cables not appropriate

If you are using the cloud based Wi-Fi camera, you will be free to enjoy wireless connections from the camera to the audio-visual system of your choice.  You simply need to setup the Wi-Fi connections to be in a position to interface between the camera and the audio-visual system of your choice.

Highly resistant to extreme weather conditions

The Wi-Fi cloud based surveillance cameras are designed to withstand any kind of harsh weather conditions. You can still enjoy unlimited home security surveillance irrespective of the prevailing weather conditions. The cameras are designed to withstand water, strong winds and any form of precipitation.

SpotCam cloud NVR plan removes NVR server from your house, when SpotCam is on, it constantly streams encrypted live video to MySpotCam cloud server. You can connect to MySpotCam anytime anywhere to view the live video from your SpotCam.

If you purchase NVR plan, your SpotCam video will be stored in secured video database for you to review later. When server receives live video footage, motion and audio detection is also executed and keep you posted about any possible event.

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Tags:  audio and video  cloud connectors  cloud services  data storage  electronic discovery  home security  innovative technologies  surveillance cameratechnology  technology industry  Wi-Fi cameras  Wi-Fi monitoring camera 

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What to Do with Decommissioned IT Equipment

Posted By IT, Monday, June 23, 2014

You've decommissioned your company’s unwanted IT equipment. Now what? The typical solution for many companies is to recycle the excess technology, but recycling is just one of the available options for decommissioned IT equipment. As a smart IT professional, your priority is to find the most efficient and cost-effective solution for your company. In this article, we’ll look at the three best ways to handle your excess technology.

Recycling Decommissioned IT Equipment

In the best case scenario, recycling your decommissioned IT equipment brings with it several benefits. First, it is an environmentally friendly solution for your unwanted technology. Second, depending upon the services provided by the recycling company, it can be an efficient solution. Many recycling companies offer free pick-up, and will transport your equipment to their facility to be recycled. With these services, recycling can be a fast and simple option for your IT asset disposition.

However, in the worst case, a recycler can prove to be a huge liability for your company. In the hands of an unethical recycler, the data on your technology is not safe. It is not uncommon for unscrupulous recyclers to illegally export your old IT equipment, with your exposed data, to ChinaGhana, or other overseas locations. In these countries, your equipment is disassembled in unregulated conditions, irreparably damaging the health of the local people and polluting the environment. No company wants to be connected to such activity. This is why, if your company does choose to recycle your old technology, you should partner with a certified recycler to ensure that your technology is ethically and responsibly recycled.

Ultimately, choosing to recycle your end of life technology is all about convenience. It is efficient, but as we will see later, it is not the most cost-effective option.

Donating Your Decommissioned IT Equipment

Another option for your decommissioned IT equipment is to donate the technology to a local charity or nonprofit organization. However, you cannot simply hand over your old technology to your favorite nonprofit; they may not have a use for it. To donate the equipment in a helpful way requires a little forethought. First, you’ll need to find a nonprofit organization that could make good use of the technology. Second, you’ll need to make sure that the old equipment is in working condition. If you give nonfunctional IT equipment to a nonprofit organization, it will only become a financial burden for them and waste their already limited resources. To make the most of your donation, it is best to test and refurbish the equipment before donating it.

This process takes work. If your company is looking for a more efficient way to donate your excess technology, it will be best to partner with a company or organization who can facilitate this kind of donation. Ultimately, donating your decommissioned IT equipment may not be the most efficient or cost-effective solution, but the social good produced by aiding the local community outweighs these considerations.

Partnering with an IT Asset Recovery Company

The most efficient and cost-effective solution for your decommissioned IT equipment is to partner with an IT asset recovery company. Many IT asset recovery companies offer the same convenience as a recycler – they will pick-up and transport your equipment off-site, free of charge. The key difference is that IT asset recovery companies specialize in getting you the highest return for the IT equipment that still has value. These companies will purchase your excess corporate technology from you. With the funds generated by this new revenue stream, you can decrease the total cost of ownership (TCO) of your technology, creating a more cost-effective decommissioning process for your company. This combines the efficiency and simplicity of a recycling service with the cost-benefits of a new revenue stream. By utilizing the services of an IT asset recovery company, you can redeem funds from your old technology, and implement a truly efficient and cost-effective strategy.

If you have decommissioned IT equipment, we can help. Partner with us, and we'll manage your IT asset disposition every step of the way, from pickup and transportation, to certified data destruction and ethical recycling. Get started with a free IT equipment valuation.

Tags:  Green IT  IT  technology  technology industry 

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CSIA Representing Tech Industry with DOR Hearings November 4, 2010

Posted By ORG Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Colorado Department of Revenue will be holding their public hearing on HB1192 beginning at 9:30 am on Thursday, November 4, and CSIA will be there to represent all of our members' questions.

This is the first public hearing on the new tax on software use in Colorado for the new law passed March 1, 2010. We continue to be concerned about the ambiguity of the regulation,both as it relates to software companies as well as businesses who use software in Colorado, so please join us to speak on behalf of the industry. If you cannot join us, we will be there on your behalf, and we invite you to look at thedraft of the red-line changes and then please let us know if you have other suggestions or questions.  (See below for further details.)

In addition to the important work with the Department of Revenue, the last two weeks CSIA met with Republican and Democratic legislative leaders to continue the work to increase awareness about the issues of most importance to technology companies, and advocate on behalf of the industry.

We have been working with members to make sure you know what has been done, what’s next, and how you can be involved or make sure we are representing your perspectives.



CSIA opposed HB1192 because we believed it would cause administrative costs, tension between technology companies and the state of Colorado, as well as because of the ambiguity of language.  Though the bill passed (along with other new taxes as a result of the elimination of exemptions and exclusions), we at least were able to ensure the new law did not impact Saas-, ASP- or Cloud-delivered software or IT services and contract labor.  However,we also learned that the gap of understanding between important industry and legislative leaders was much larger than ever imagined.  We learned that we needed to work even harder in sharing with our important legislators,how much our industry contributes to the economic strength of our state, as well as issues of importance to technology companies across sectors.

After the disappointing passage of HB1192 and HB1193 (referred to as the Amazon tax), we accelerated the work to increase awareness with legislators by inviting all to our events, the gubernatorial candidates to individual forums, the three candidates to a forum at DEMOgala, and increased the number of briefings and meetings to serve as your advocate.

Two Key Updates/Data Points:

1. The Department of Revenue has issued its newest edition of the regulation for HB1192. Please review the draft of the red-line changes to the DOR document issued October 12, 2010. The red-line changes are based on comments we have received from CSIA members, so please review and contact Bill Mueldener, Chair of CSIA's Task Force on HB1192 DOR Regulations at with any additional recommendations, along with any further questions you have. CSIA will aggregate the questions and provide them to the DOR. Please also free to call the Department of Revenue directly at 303 238-7378.

The public hearing with the Department of Revenue for questions regarding the regulation administering HB1192 will be on Thursday, November 4 beginning at 9:30am in Room 127, 1375 Sherman St, Denver, CO 80203. CSIA will be there to ask questions on behalf of all of our members, and we invite you to join us. (Please arrive early, as the room is small. Please also contact the Department of Revenue if you wish to address questions directly.) We have organized a task force to review all potential questions surrounding HB1192, chaired by Bill Mueldener, Hein & Associates. Please contact Bill or Su Hawk at with any questions you have, or examples where you would ask the regulatory language needs clarification.

CSIA is also reviewing other options regarding the software taxation issues to ensure our members have the best information available. Please let us know if you have questions or have issues of importance you want us to represent.

2. Secondly, thank you to the members and legislators who attended our briefings, and we encourage continued conversations, and invite you to become involved if you haven’t already. If you wish to donate to legislators’ caucuses, please do, so the industry is seen as one that also understands the fundraising aspect of the legislative process.

In attendance for the Meeting on October 12:
Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp, 1st term Republican from Colorado 22nd District; serves on the Appropriations, Legislative Council and Transportation Committees. Senator Kopp is considered the likely President of the Senate should the Republicans have a majority in the Senate.

Representative Frank McNulty, 2nd term Republican from Colorado 43rd District; serves on the Education, Legislative Audit, Legislative Council and Transportation and Energy Committees. Rep. McNulty is considered the likely House Minority Leader or Speaker of the House if Republicans have a majority in the House.

Representative Carole Murray, 1st term Republican from Colorado 45th District; serves on the Education and State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committees.

Representative Amy Stephens, 2nd term Republican from Colorado 20th District; serves on the Business Affairs and Labor, and Legislative Council Committees. Representative Stephens is considered the likely Assistant Minority Leader or Majority Leader depending upon the number of Republicans and Democrats in the House.

In attendance for the meeting on October 20:
Senate President Pro Tem Betty Boyd, 3rd term Democrat from Colorado 21st District; serves as the Chair, Health & Human Services; and on the Legislative Council; and the State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committees.

Senator Mary Hodge, 1st term Democrat from Colorado 25th District; newly appointed member of the Joint Budget Committee.

Senator Evie Hudak, 1st term Democrat from Colorado 19th District; serves as the Vice Chair, Education and on the Finance and Judiciary Committees.

Representative Claire Levy, 2nd term Democrat from Colorado 13th District; serves on the Judiciary and Legal Services Committees. Rep. Levy is a candidate for Speaker of the House or Minority Leader depending upon the number of Republicans and Democrats in the House.

To donate to any of the caucuses, please make checks out to the following and mail to their respective addresses. Please note on the check that you are part of the CSIA community please, so our legislators know how you learned of their committees or perspectives.

Combined Republican House and Senate Caucus fund: the Colorado Leadership Fund - mail to P. O. Box 100512; Denver, CO 80250.

Democratic Caucus for the House: Accountability for Colorado – mail to 1128 Grant St, Denver, CO 80203.

Democratic Caucus for the Senate: 21st Century Fund – mail to 1128 Grant St, Denver, CO 80203

Finally, please contact your legislators directly to let them know what you need for your company, what your company is doing, and especially, any news of success. Locate your local legislators using CSIA’s website. Create conversations, and please let us know if you learn of key areas where we might be helpful to ensure the technology industry is as successful as possible in Colorado. Please also review our Public Policy agenda for 2011, and join us in our work.

Tags:  DOR  HB1192  software tax  technology industry 

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