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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 GB.

How do I choose a camera for my surveillance application?
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 monitor?
" 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, or color?
" Is there sufficient light at the area to be monitored?
" Do you need to "see" in total darkness?
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 setting.
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 monitored?
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 security system?
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 through doors.

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 punching").

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 applications.

What is the difference between "biometric identification" and "biometric verification"?
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 biometrics?
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.

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