Frequently Asked Questions
I have existing cameras in my home and
currently view them through modulated TV
channels. Is it possible to remotely view
the cameras from my computer at home and
at work or when I'm on a trip?
There are multiple ways for viewing
your existing camera images via your home
computer or from your work/travel location.
We recommend, however, using a standalone
network (IP) Digital Video Recorder (DVR)
for remote viewing. By connecting the existing
camera's video signals to the DVR and then
looping them out to the existing modulators,
you'll be able to view the cameras from
any TV at home or from any home or work
PC. Our DVR's have the ability to video
record (up to 16 channels), motion detect,
audio record (1 channel) and trigger external
devices (alarm panels/dialer). Check out
our line of DVR's including the Maccvie4000
(4 channel), Macv 8000 (8 channel) or Macv1600
(16 channel). They come standard with a
160 GB hard drive and expandable to 320
How do I choose a camera for my surveillance
Choosing a camera is based on several
factors. Imagine that you are the camera,
and answer these questions:
" What are you trying to observe or
" How far away is the area to be observed?
" Do you need a variable focus lens,
or is a fixed lens sufficient?
" Where is the best location for observation?
" Is this an indoor or outdoor installation?
" Is protection against vandalism required
for the camera?
" Can the camera be visible, or does
it need to be discrete?
" Can you run power and coaxial cable
or Cat5e to the camera location or it should
be a wireless camera?
" Do you wish to see in black and white,
" Is there sufficient light at the
area to be monitored?
" Do you need to "see" in
Answering these basic questions will narrow
down the camera selection.
What is Home Automation and how is
it defined today?
it is difficult to give exact definition
of home and office automation, since possibilities
are limited by constraints of customers.
When we speak of home automation we mean
the control and distribution of high quality
audio and video throughout the home, the
control of lights, heating & air conditioning,
the co-ordination of the security and any
other home function that makes a homeowner's
life simpler. In mainstream scenario it's
an integration of latest technologies to
give convenience, luxury and simplifying
the working methods of daily task. It provides
the house or an office ability to think
and doing these tasks itself.
What is Lighting Control?
Lighting Controls provide the means
to turn lights on and off or dim them from
a convenient location or many locations
throughout the house. You can set up different
moods or scenes so that one button press
on the touch screen or universal remote
control can transform a rooms lighting from
a standard night time setting to a romantic
All types of lights can be controlled including
low voltage, standard line voltage and even
fluorescent lights. Lights can also be controlled
from your car or the telephone. Dimming
lights also saves energy by decreasing the
voltage at the light. This dimming effect
also increases bulb life dramatically. In
addition, home lighting automation is no
longer exclusively a luxury item, but has
become more of a lifestyle item due to declining
costs and complexity
Will a wireless camera transmit through
walls or other solid objects?
Yes, the transmitter can send its signal
through most solid objects.
How much do home security systems cost?
The costs can vary by quite a bit. The
cost for the home security systems depend
on the sophistication of the system that
you choose as well as the level of monitoring.
Can I have my existing security system
Yes you can. Many people move into a
home that already has a security system
in place and they would like to take advantage
of that fact without having to get a whole
new system. The existing system can be updated
according to your needs and can be converted
into the latest security system equipped
with all new technologies.
Is a Home Security System Necessary?
The biggest and most obvious reason
for having a home security system is that
it can help make your place of abode more
safe for you as well as your family. Research
shows that around 90% of burglars have stated
that they would try avoid a house that is
protected by a home security system. Keep
in mind that no security system available
that is entirely burglar proof. However,
having a monitored home security system
can give you better odds and make your house
a 300% decrease in the chance that it will
be invaded or burglarized.
What if the power is cut to my house?
Most home security systems include a
battery backup. These batteries should be
checked on a regular basis. As long as the
battery backup is functioning properly,
your home security system will continue
to provide protection and alarm functionality
for several hours after the power is cut.
If I am a renter, can I still get a
You don't need to go without home security
just because you rent. Another option is
to simply buy a wireless home security system
and get it installed.
What happens when the alarm goes off?
With a typical home security monitoring
setup, when the alarm goes off, a signal
is sent to the Central Monitoring Station.
Then the monitoring technicians will call
your house in order to verify that there
is an actual emergency. If appropriate verification
is not received, emergency personnel are
then dispatched to your home. If your system
comes with a panic button and the panic
button has been activated, emergency personnel
will be dispatched first and then contacts
will be attempted secondly.
Can't a burglar just break a window
to get in?
In general, yes. However, most burglars
don't want to deal with the noise that is
caused by breaking glass. They also don't
want to risk being injured by the shards.
We also provide home security systems with
glass breaking detectors. Generally systems
come with motion detectors so that it doesn't
really matter how the burglar got into the
house. As soon as the burglar will get into
house it will detect his motion and inform
you of intrusion. Burglars usually enter
What is "biometrics"?
Biometrics is the practice of automatically
identifying people by one or more physical
characteristics. The use of biometrics in
time and attendance systems makes it much
more difficult for one employee to mark
attendance on behalf of another (i.e. "buddy
What are the different kinds of biometrics?
Hand geometry, fingerprint, voice, signature,
face geometry and iris or retinal scans
are all in use today. Each different type
has its advantages and disadvantages, making
each suitable for different types of applications.
We at Maccvie automation are dealing in
Fingerprint and hand geometry are the most
commonly used types for time and attendance
What is the difference between "biometric
identification" and "biometric
Biometric identification compares a
biometric "signature" to all the
records stored in a database to determine
if there is a match.
Biometric verification compares a newly-scanned
biometric characteristic to a measurement
previously collected from that same person
to verify that individual's identity.
For instance, when an employee is hired,
that employee's fingerprint will be enrolled
into the company's biometric time and attendance
system. When that employee attempts to get
in the next day, his newly-scanned fingerprint
will be compared to the fingerprint scan
collected when he was enrolled into the
system. If there is a match, the employee's
punch will be recorded.
Because of this one-to-one comparison,
biometric verification systems are generally
much faster than biometric identification
systems. Most commercial applications of
biometrics for time and attendance or access
control use biometric verification.
How does fingerprint biometrics work?
When an employee is first enrolled in
a fingerprint-based biometric time and attendance
system, the software records a template
of the employee's fingerprint and associates
that template with the employee's ID number.
This template measures the relationship
between various points in the fingerprint.
Each time the employee attempts to clock
in or out, the time and attendance software
verifies that the newly scanned fingerprint
matches the template originally stored for
that ID number. If there is a match, the
punch is recorded.
Occasionally, employees will have privacy
concerns about having their fingerprint
scanned. The fingerprint templates used
for biometric verification such as with
ATRx Secure PunchIn or timeQplus Biometric
are stored in encrypted format and cannot
be used to re-create anyone's fingerprint.
Additionally, because biometric verification
uses relatively few points of comparison,
the templates used in commercial time and
attendance systems generally cannot be used
for biometric identification.
What are the advantages of fingerprint
Fingerprint biometric readers are generally
lower cost and are often used for punching
attendance with time of coming in and out.
Reports for the data stored in Biometric
system can also be generated with in few
minutes, which may take days if dome manually.
They represent an easy and affordable way
for businesses to get started using biometric-enabled
time and attendance systems.
Depending on the system, fingerprint-based
biometric systems can have a false-acceptance
rate that is lower than other technologies.