Why You Should Buy Cameras From a Professional

There are a lot of options today when it comes to buying cameras.  Some are very inexpensive and promise high definition pictures and easy set up, and some are extremely expensive but seemingly don’t offer any additional benefits.  How do you know what to buy?  Should you just get the cheapest cameras you can find from a “big box store”?

Cunningham Security knows camera systems.  We don’t sell you cameras that are unnecessarily expensive, and we also know what actually works.  As a company we have over 10 years of experience designing and installing camera systems and you can trust in our expertise.  With hundreds of local happy camera system customers, chances are you know someone who you can ask about our work.

There are a lot of factors to consider when one is deciding which camera system works best for your needs.  We are proud to work with people and business owners with all sorts of different needs.  We install systems of all sizes, from one camera only systems in a home to systems with hundreds of cameras and multiple servers in large facilities.  For those thinking about putting in some cameras, read on to learn what sort of factors to consider before you buy a system and why you are probably best served to put in a professional installation.

Do you Need To Record Video

Most people want the ability to review camera footage later, not just to view cameras live.  Many “do it yourself” CCTV systems that you can buy either online or from a big box store don’t record your video.  If they do, they only record a very short amount of video.  If you can’t access the portion of footage that you need, your camera system is completely useless.  Not something you want to leave to chance.

They may claim to use space efficiently with motion activated cameras.  This motion detection is extremely primitive.  Any motion will set it off.  It could be a car driving by outside a window, it could be a ceiling fan, or it could be a pet.  Cunningham cameras use sophisticated and customizable motion sensing technology.  We can set sensitivity levels, or even block out certain areas of the picture from triggering motion (for instance the top of the picture where a fan sits).

If you want continuous recording, we can set you up with enough memory to last weeks, or even months or longer depending on your needs.

Do you Need To Access Video From Off-site

Do you want the ability to log onto your cameras from anywhere, including a smart-phone?  Cunningham can help you with that.  With live viewing technology, you can bring up an overview of all your cameras, or one specific camera, in seconds.  You can zoom in and examine certain aspects of a picture, and some cameras will even let you pan and tilt.  You can access it from a computer, or from an app on a smart-phone or tablet.  Chances are you won’t be able to do this with a store bought version.

Do You Need Cameras Indoors, Outdoors, Or Both?

Many store bought solutions work indoors, but are not capable of withstanding any kind of weather.  If they are, they probably won’t last very long.  Cunningham has the expertise and quality to give you a crystal clear imagine indoors or out, along with a warranty to back it up.  If you are using motion activated cameras outdoors, you especially want a camera designed for the job because there is a lot of activity that will set them off, trees swaying, leafs falling, and birds flying for instance.  Our cameras can specifically catch human activity, or whatever sort of activity you need to capture.

Slightly Complex Layouts

If you want cameras in multiple rooms, or with a mixture of indoor and outdoor views, you may have a hard time effectively setting the system up yourself.  Our team of professional installers specializes in clean, low impact installations.  If you are going to get a camera system, you want it to look and operate smooth.  Running wires can be extremely difficult, and wireless cameras have extremely limited range.

Attractive Products- Different Solutionshoneywell camera

Our camera systems are modern, and they look like it.  Many self installed systems look gaudy and outdated.  We have solutions for everything from super-high resolution cameras with telescopic zoom, to hidden cameras.  Our products add to the aesthetic of your space, not detract from it.

Our products also aren’t “one sized fits all”.  Whether you need domed cameras, bullet cameras, high resolution pictures, or wide angle, we can design a solution that will exactly capture what you need so you never miss a thing.

What is Your Budget

While the “DIY” systems can look attractive for the price, our systems are surprisingly affordable as well.  When you factor in the much higher quality of the picture, camera device, and installation, the value in getting a system from Cunningham is easily apparent.

Call us today for a free quote.  You won’t regret investigating the difference between one of our systems and an off-the-shelf product.  We bring more value to customers because safety and security is our passion.

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Winter’s Hidden Danger

It may have been a long time coming this year, but a bone-cold winter is finally upon us.  Frosted car windows, snow-laden rooftops, iced pavement, and even frostbite are all things to worry about once again.  Amidst these concerns, however, we mustn’t forget a more subtle danger of the season.  Carbon monoxide, or CO, is an utterly invisible and scentless gas which can be potently toxic when one is exposed to concentrated amounts.

Most of our home appliances which use gas, oil, kerosene, charcoal, or wood as fuel, release some level of CO into the air.  When these devices are kept well-ventilated and maintained, they produce a relatively small amount of carbon monoxide.  However, it can be difficult to detect when mechanisms within these appliances sustain substantial wear and tear, and among the last things one wants to worry about when returning home from the grueling cold is whether or not one’s source of warmth is emitting a poisonous gas.   If improperly ventilated or faulty, the following appliances could do just that:

  • Charcoal burners
  • Cooking/kitchen ranges
  • Engines (ex. Car idling in a garage to warm up)
  • Fireplaces
  • Furnaces
  • Portable generators
  • Room heaters
  • Water heaters
  • Wood burning stoves

Higher concentration levels of carbon monoxide correspond with intensifying symptoms.  As you’ll see in the next list below, these symptoms range in severity from simple flu-like inconveniences to lethality.

0.01% or 100 ppm(parts per million) – Maximum concentration in which a person of normal health will not experience symptoms
0.02% or 200 ppm – Slight headache, tiredness, dizziness after 2 or 3 hours
0.03% or 300 ppm – Maximum exposure allowed by OSHA for any person at a given time
0.04% or 400 ppm – Life threatening after 3 hours exposure
0.08% or 800 ppm – Dizziness, nausea, convulsions within 45 minutes; death within three hours
0.016% or 1,600 ppm – Dizziness, nausea, convulsions within 20 minutes; death within 60 minutes
0.032% or 3,200 ppm – Dizziness, nausea, convulsions within 5 to 10 minutes; death within 30 minutes
0.064% or 6,400 ppm – Dizziness, nausea, convulsions within 1 to 2 minutes; death within 10 to 15 minutes.

***Table/information courtesy of TCLifeSafety Inc

Luckily, there are precautions for keeping your home safe from CO pollution besides carefully maintaining your appliances.  Cunningham Security can install CO detection devices and monitor your home, notifying you of a poisonous buildup before it becomes a threat, whether or not you’re at the premises.  Every system we design is custom tailored to each customers’ needs and concerns, whether this includes monitoring for burglary, fire, low temperature, generator failure, boiler failure, and/or CO detection.  Call our office today at 207-846-3350, and a system designer would be happy to discuss how we can bring you peace of mind.

Michael Major discusses the benefits of a home security system with Mass Realty

Advertisement has never been one of Cunningham Security’s top priorities, but despite this, growing demand for our services prompted us to purchase SOS Security Systems in Topsfield, MA.  With this strategic acquisition, we will be better able to service current and new customers in the surrounding areas.

In light of this development, our CEO, Mike Major, recently had a discussion with the folks at Mass Realty about the benefits of a home security system, the newest home security technology, and some basic options and tips for home access security.

Read the full article here: http://www.massrealty.com/articles/the-benefits-of-a-home-security-system

Service expectations

So this morning, I took my car in for an oil change. You are thinking what does this have to do with Cunningham Security. Coincidentally, everything.

From the moment I arrived, I was greeted politely and professionally. I was made to feel as it was their privilege to have me here. They treated my car with respect and more importantly, they treated me with respect. Fortunately, this was only routine service but I anticipate that I would receive the same treatment for a repair.

It is the same focus that we have at Cunningham Security. Every interaction will be professional and respectful. We are focused on making sure that we are addressing your needs in the most efficient manner.

When you call our office during business hours, you are not sent into a phone tree. We hate them too. A live person answers every call. We will ensure that you are speaking to a member of our staff who can answer your question promptly, providing you with the information that you need.

If you require service, the technician sent to your house will understand the issue and be qualified to correct the problem. He will identify and correct the issue as expediently as possible. We respect that your time is valuable. We will respect your property and pride ourselves on a clean worksite as well and meticulous work that we stand behind.

It is our focus on customer service that truly sets us apart. We value our customers. We take pride in our work to ensure that you have the benefit of a system backed by our local service.

We stake our name on it.

The Benefits of Home Automation

The benefits of home automation can include control of your lights, HVAC (heating, venting and air conditioning), appliances, security locks, garage door control to improve convenience, security and energy efficiency. Simple controls from any internet-based device places you in charge.

Once your security system is in place, you have a platform upon which to build your home automation system. Using Z-Wave, a wireless technology like WiFi, we build a mesh network in your home. But unlike WiFi, Z-Wave signals do not get lost – the devices receive and repeat with the other devices in the network, making your network stronger and more stable. Plus your Home Control program will show you the status of all devices in your network. Read more about the benefits of home automation