This might be a little different kind of "help" than one would normally find on this forum.
Long story short, I started this thread - (I'm the founder of BOCS), and we are looking to expand into the Security/Surveillance market but need some advice and help from folks, well, that have a lot of expensive stuff they want to protect.
I'm looking for 5 people who already have a home surveillance (Security cameras/DVR, remtoe viewing or whatever) system in place.
My plan is to offer 5 of our systems free so those folks can install it and then give me feedback on how it works with your security system. Free means no money exchanged, but make no mistake, I'll end up asking a lot of questions and probably get each person to write something up on their experience.
What is our system? BOCS
is actually made for home A/V - plug in your Tivo, DVR, DVD player, or whatever, and have access and control home-wide. 3 independent inputs/channels, wireless remotes etc. So the idea here is to focus on a surveillance/DVR system as and input to BOCS so you can hit one button and have full access to all your cameras from any TV in your home... The system is normally about $250 for a setup, so this is a good opportunity. And you get to keep the system when we are finished.
What people used to do was put a modulator and a little filter and combine that with their cable TV system, but since most cable has gone all-digital, it takes a lot more work to integrate - frankly, we figured that out and can co-exist with most cable systems... So this is something unique for the home-security market. (we think)
I'll be posting this on Cocoontech HomeTheaterShack as well so will probably choose a couple folks from each group -
If you are interested, you can respond here and
drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
What I'll need to know:
- What kind of surveillance system do you have - brand, features
- How many cameras
- Do you have remote access (web, phone etc?)
- What kind of TV service do you have - cable, sat, ant?
- Are you also set up for monitoring? (front door, kids trampoline etc or only security)
(Yeah, this seems like a good application for the SD boxes I have in stock before HD - overkill for security)
And, one more thing, I did a whitepaper on home security (features, functions, how to choose one etc) as well as a review of a cheap DVR system I found on Newegg (just to get things primed) - if anyone might like to have a copy or review it (gently) I'd love the input. I'll be posting it somewhere for general consumption soon. You can get a copy now HERE
Thanks in advance