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Surveillance Cameras and Their Various Security Applications

The following article is a guest post.

In George Orwell’s cult science fiction classic “1984,” an omniscient yet unseen presence monitored every citizen’s move. The concept even spawned the reality TV phenomenon “Big Brother” named after the character.

Today, in the 21st century, technological advancements such as the Internet, mobile phones and computers have definitely made “Big Brother” a reality, but in a less sinister way.

Surveillance is used for the common good of the majority, to protect against untoward or lawless incidents.

Eye in the sky

Highly sophisticated surveillance and security cameras have become the embodiment of “eyes and ears” that can monitor a particular place or location twenty-four-seven, and under any physical or environmental conditions.

The best surveillance equipment are those that offer high-quality video and audio output, and a wide range of motion capabilities and functionalities, thanks to high-tech components like mini motors, including micro brushless motors and stepper motors.

Surveillance and security systems have steadily evolved in the past years into a multi-billion dollar industry, thanks to growing applications in both traditional and new markets.

Here are just some of them:

1. Home surveillance and security.

CCTV (closed circuit television) cameras used to be a luxury found only in large residential estates, but not anymore.

Thanks to the Internet and mobile phone technology, coupled with more affordable hardware and equipment, surveillance systems are now enjoying extensive use for domestic purposes.

There are even apps these days that allow homeowners to view their homes remotely through mobile phone, and control the camera’s functionalities such as recording, zooming, or panning.

It is a wise decision for homeowners to invest in home surveillance systems not only to protect financial or material possessions, but also to deter crime or help solve untoward incidents through the help of video and audio evidence.

Surveillance cameras can be installed not only in single-detached homes but also in condominium units and even mobile homes such as campers and boats.

Surveillance cameras are also becoming a more viable alternative to the traditional baby monitors, nanny cams, or even pet cams. Some equipment even come with features that allow interaction and communication between the observer and the subject.

2. Police surveillance.

Police operations and law enforcement work are another traditional area of application for surveillance cameras.

With the advent of more compact and precise equipment such as dashboard and mobile cameras, their use is becoming more widespread and prevalent.

Police surveillance video is helpful not only in catching perpetrators or lawbreakers, but also in ensuring the welfare and protection of law enforcement personnel.

In court cases or disputes, video evidence is vital in establishing the context of engagement between law enforcers and subjects.

3. Homeland security, military, and border protection.

On a wider scale, surveillance is implemented for the welfare and interest of the community, society, or nation at large. The information gathered is also mostly for intelligence operations apart from mere law enforcement or prevention of crimes.

Given the wider scope and area of coverage for surveillance, camera and recording equipment for military use are more sophisticated and accurate.

Expectedly, they are also more expensive because of their specialized functions and features. Access to these data and information are also restricted by the government or proper authorities.

Technology has definitely grown by leaps and bounds, and the use of surveillance cameras has evolved from basic security purposes to being an alternative mode of communication and information gathering.

Equipment manufacturers as well as security service providers are thus constantly challenged as well to come up with innovations to meet the demands of today’s users and customers, whether domestic, commercial or government.

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 2

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.


Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.