Kellen Nakaye

January 7, 2021
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Closed-circuit television (CCTV), also known as video surveillance, is the use of video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific place, on a limited set of monitors. Such systems are mostly used for surveillance in areas that require additional security or ongoing monitoring. The name closed-circuit translates from the fact that all elements from the cameras to the recording devices are directly connected in order to keep the video from being broadcast over public airwaves.

The technology could only be used to observe live footage, but it quickly developed into a recording system that allowed users to both view and preserve data hence making it the ultimate security technology.

Benefits and beneficiaries

Crime prevention

Studies show that CCTV reduces crime by 24-28% in public streets. CCTV can be helpful in decreasing unruly behavior in massive gatherings and theft in supermarkets/mass merchant stores. Furthermore, CCTV has played a crucial role in tracing the movements of suspects or victims and is widely regarded by anti-terrorist officers as a fundamental tool in tracking terrorist suspects. When placed in homes, CCTV cameras are an effective deterrent to potential intruders as it increases the risk of identification through the camera footage.

Crime-solving

CCTV footage can also help to identify criminals and can be used as evidence in criminal investigations. Whether for anti-social behavior near your property or a full-on break-In, a major benefit of having CCTV at home is that offenders are more likely to be identified, caught, and brought to justice. Modern CCTV systems can be monitored through mobile phone apps which allows people to view live footage of their house from anywhere they have internet coverage.

Traffic flow monitoring

Many cities and motorway networks have extensive traffic-monitoring systems, using CCTV to detect congestion, notice accidents, and automatically read number plates of vehicles entering the road. Footage from road CCTV systems can help traffic police to notice road safety offenders.

Sporting events

Sporting events can use CCTV inside the venue for fans to see the action while they are away from their seats. The cameras send the feed to a central control center where a producer selects feeds to send to the television monitors that fans can view. CCTV monitors for viewing the event by attendees are often placed in lounges, hallways, and restrooms.

Business surveillance

Organizations can use CCTV to monitor the actions of workers. This helps to track the actions of workers, especially when they are making critical financial transactions, such as correcting or canceling a sale, withdrawing money, or altering personal information as well as employees’ reporting to work among others.

How CCTV technology works

A CCTV system consists of a camera, monitor, and a recorder. The camera picks up the images, which are then transmitted to a recording device and then a monitor. CCTV security camera systems are categorized into Analog and IP(digital) systems.

With analog surveillance systems, your standard analog camera is connected to a digital video recorder (DVR) via transmission cables. The DVR receives the video from the camera, compresses it, and then stores it on a hard drive for either live viewing or later viewing. This setup also allows you to transport the video over the internet for remote viewing. The DVR is used to compress, convert, store, and stream the video.

In an IP configuration, the camera itself does the compressing and converting of the video and it is streamed directly to someone’s computer over an internet connection.

Some types of CCTV cameras include;
  • Bullet cameras

They are the go-to solution for basic surveillance needs. Their fixed mounting makes them instantly recognizable hence sending a strong message about surveillance, making them good for deterrence.

  • Night Vision, Infrared (IR) CCTV Cameras

They are used for surveillance of areas where ambient lighting cannot always be maintained. Night Vision CCTV cameras are equipped with their own LEDs, typically in the IR spectrum, which can be used to illuminate the camera’s immediate environment.

  • Single-lens Cameras

These are fixed lens cameras that can be used for small and medium distance, budget-efficient surveillance.

  • Audio Cameras

Unlike the traditional video-only CCTV cameras, these are audio-enabled CCTV cameras, some of which have speakers and can relay your voice. These are called two-way audio CCTV cameras. They can allow security personnel to speak to an individual who is seeking permission to access the premises without face to face interaction.

  • Facial Recognition Cameras

These are equipped with the ability to match faces in a picture against a set of known faces in a database. They can be used for example in scenarios where it is necessary to recognize people that have been banned from an organization’s premises

  • Wire-free IP Cameras

These typically use Wi-Fi for data connectivity, and batteries or solar power modules as power sources. They are useful for outdoor surveillance, especially in places where running power cables is inconvenient, such as back or front yards.

I3C team deploying OSP fiber for a CCTV network

In CCTV technology, the main investment is at the network deployment stage, and thereafter you just carry out routine maintenance of CCTV cameras hence making the cost of security affordable not just for cities but also for homeowners in any given location.
With four years’ experience in the rollout of safe-city (metropolitan CCTV networks) solutions, Infinity Computers and communications company (I3C) is a regional leader in providing public safety technology.


November 23, 2020
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An efficient IT system is essential for a thriving online business. While traditionally on-premise IT infrastructure would be set up to manage data storage and back as well as other computing needs, Cloud Computing is another user-friendly and cost-effective solution businesses of all sizes are adopting today.

What is Cloud Computing?

With Cloud computing, you get on-demand access, via the internet, to computing resources such as servers (physical servers and virtual servers) and data storage, hosted at a remote data center managed by a cloud services provider (or CSP). Leading IT and Telecommunications services provider, Infinity Computers and communications Company (I3C) partners with IBM to provide cloud computing services worldwide.

The Pros of cloud computing compared to traditional on-premise IT infrastructure set up include;

  • Reduced IT costs

With Cloud Computing, the costs of purchasing, installing, configuring, and maintaining your own on-premises infrastructure is skipped since you just pay a subscription fee to get access to all of these services from a Cloud Service Provider via the internet

  • Improved time management

With Cloud, your enterprise can instantly access applications and resources unlike the case of on-premise IT infrastructure where you would have to wait for weeks or months for purchases and configuration hardware and software installations.

  • Developer support

Your in-house developers get access to community-tested code patterns through operating open sources hence helping them hone their skills to deliver expert services.

  • Easily and cost-effective scalability

With Cloud, instead of purchasing excess capacity, you increase or decrease IT resources as needed to meet changing demand.

Included among I3C’s cloud computing services through IBM are Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), storage-as-a-service, data warehousing and back up services, and hosting for mobile-enabled web sites and databases.

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January 29, 2020
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What is a domain name? Well, this is basically the name of your website. It is the address where Internet users can access your website.

Selecting the right domain name is one of the most important decisions that one makes for their business in today’s world. This is because usually, the first thing your potential clients do when searching out your product or service is to conduct a web search, and if your website is relatively easy to find and navigate, you’ll greatly increase your chances of making a sale.

 

Here are some things you should always consider when choosing your domain name.

  1. Does it match your company/business name?

Having your domain name match your business/company name is very crucial for your business because it will help potential clients find your website more easily. This easy access will allow them to know your services and also acquire your contact details much faster.

Consistency is key and will prompt you to grow a memorable and strong brand.

 

  1. Is it ‘well branded’?

A good brand name is: Unique, Clear, Short, Catchy yet meaningful.

Does yours depict all those traits?

If not, then it’s time to revisit your idea. Think about how it sounds, what it looks like when written down and how relatable it is; if there is a hidden meaning or play on words you’re going for, put your options out to your network and get feedback.

 

  1. What appears when you carry out an internet search for your products or services?

Carry out an internet search for your products or services in order to get an insight into what of kind of names get ranked highest. This will give you an idea on what keywords and terms are highly ranking for your chosen products. If you are going to compete with many outstanding domains, sure you pick something which is unique and will easily appears in search results

Tip: Make use of Google AdWords’ Ad preview and diagnostics tool to see what ranks for your brand name in various different countries using various different versions of Google.

 

  1. Is it easy to read/spell?

This is a no-brainer for building a strong brand which people remember. Not only that, but it will help people find you.

 

  1. Don’t go over the top with keywords

For example, I would choose a good, creative brand name over a keyword-heavy domain name. That’s not to say you can’t have a domain name with a keyword in it if it makes sense.

Let’s say I was building a city guide for Kampala, I might go for a domain like Kampalacityguide.com over Kampalacityguide-locationmap.com. That way I’m including a keyword in “cityguide” but I’m prioritizing a good brand name over keyword stuffing.

Also remember that Google “pursued” low-quality exact match domains (EMD) in 2012 to ensure they do not rank well in the Google search results. That should tell you what Google thinks of spamdexing domain names.

 

  1. What TLD?

TLD stands for top-level-domain. A top-level domain is the part which comes after your domain name and before your subpages.

The most common TLDs are: .com, .org, .net, country specific like .ke, .ug, …There are so many other TLDs. But with so many options, how do you know which one to go for? That depends on the nature of your company or business and one’s preferences.

But here are a few things to note for example;

  • For business owned and started in a specific country, one may use the country TLD like .ug for Uganda. One may also use a country specific TLD to identify the branch website of the company specific to a particular country.
  • For organization, one may use .org
  • .coms can be used for any kind of business from shopping sites to corporate companies and some charity organization

 

  1. Is it Unique?

Always ensure that no one else is using the same domain that you are aiming for. You might find that although the one you want to go for is available, someone else is using the same domain with a different TLD.

Ideally you want a domain name which is completely unique. You can buy your domain name from various domain name providers, but to help with tracking purposes it’s best to pick it up from the same company you choose for hosting.

Visit https://registry.co.ug to get access to .ug domains available for use.

 

  1. Are all the social handles available too?

We agree that it can be quite frustrating to dream up the perfect brand name, get hold of the domain name, and then find out someone else has taken that name on one of the social media platforms, right? Advise here is to carry an intensive search across the internet for the name you plan to use. Try tools like namevine.  Even if you don’t plan on using them right away, get hold of the profiles to prevent others from taking them. You know what they say, “Better safe than sorry”.

 

  1. Do trademark check

Cover all bases before you go steaming in with your credit card details to buy your dream domain, make sure the name is not already trademarked. You should also look at trademarking the name yourself to avoid potential copyright problems in the future. By trademarking your brand name, you can also stop competitors using that name on their AdWords campaigns.

 

SUMMARY:

Whether you own an existing business or have an idea for a startup, you need a strong online presence with the right name. With that in mind, it’s important to be creative, think outside the box, and come up with a domain name that will last a lifetime.


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