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Need Home Security ? Try CCTV Monitoring System

If you’ve given any thought to home security you’ve probably considered a closed circuit television monitoring system (better known as CCTV.)

What you’ll have with your CCTV system is at least one surveillance camera, a variety of lenses (pan, zoom and infrared for night vision) to focus on particular areas of your grounds and home, and a VCR (video cassette recorder) that will make a permanent record of what the camera is seeing.

If you should decide you want to provide CCTV security in your home you’ll need to do at least one slow walk around your home, making notes as you go, about where you need surveillance, and what areas are the most vulnerable, and in need of protection. While you certainly want to focus on your house – the place where your family’s safety is the primary concern – don’t neglect to include garage, breezeway, in-law quarters, front and back yard, driveway, alleyway, or any outside fence or gate entrance.

You may want more than one camera in your home. This could be important if your home is large, for instance, and you’re regularly in one section of the home while a babysitter watches your children, or a housekeeper performs his or her duties. With the prevalence of home offices this may be especially important, if you’re in your office all day with the door shut. Having a separate camera watching that home office may also reduce your insurance bill as well.

Once you’ve determined what areas on which you need to focus you’ll have to measure the areas. The range of area needing monitoring is important to the size of camera or cameras you purchase.

While you can choose five sizes of camera – ranging in size from one quarter to two thirds of an inch, the wisest choices are to go no larger than one half an inch. With a camera one half inch or smaller you’ll have a more extensive choice of lenses that will work with it.

There are four different versions of CCTV camera lenses from which you can choose. They are fixed aperture, manual or auto iris and zoom. An auto iris lens is ideal for outside viewing, as it adjusts itself to accommodate changes in lighting. In places where the amount of lighting stays fairly stagnant a manual iris will do. This type of lens requires that you actually make the lighting adjustments by hand. Zoom lenses, just as with any camera, allow you to bring a viewed situation closer to your eye for improved visibility. Some zoom lenses offer a motorized option.

Once you know the number of cameras you’re going to need you’ll know whether you’re going to have to have more than one monitor or whether you can make do with a switcher (one monitor, alternating location views) or a multi-plexer (several locations showing in boxes on one monitor at the same time).

Decide how long you are going to need to record prior to being able to remove and replace the VCR film. If the time you’re going to be absent from the home, i.e., unable to remove and replace the VCR tape, is going to exceed 4-6 hours (depending on the VCR) you may not be able to use your household VCR. You may need to upgrade to a commercial quality recorder.

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August 4, 2010 Posted by | Computers & Technology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why are we still pushing Semantic Web ?

SuccessesThis was the question a panelist asked at the W3C Advisory Committee meeting that I attending at the beginning of December 2004. In other words, the panelist and others discussing this question were wondering, why is it taking so long for the industry to get it (its importance)? Or that, by now, we would have expected it to have seen much wider adoption, a clear indication that the Semantic Web is here for good, transforming the Web into its next logical incarnation.

The essence of my comment at that time was that the rate of progress is quite robust and pervasive, and there are prominent signs that the Semantic Web is not just a fad, that this time, semantics as applied to information (which predates the Semantic Web as defined today) is indeed likely to affect many businesses in not-too-distant a future, and even common Web user in intermediate future. Here is an extended perspective on the adoption of the Semantic Web, which also incorporates a nice dinner discussion that some of the Semantic Web technology/product vendors (who are members of the W3C) had with the W3C Semantic Web team members (Eric Miller and others).

Research

Although funding from NSF, DARPA and the premier funding agencies have now waned, DAML program gave excellent and timely start to the Semantic Web research in the US. The funding initiative moved to Europe with Framework V, and is firmly entrenched with Framework VI. The number of new conferences, conference attendance, sessions related to the Semantic Web in older and more established conferences, number of published papers and new scientific journals devoted to the Semantic Web (such as Web Semantics, Semantic Web & Information Systems, and Applied Ontology) all point to broad and increasingly entrenched interest in this new area.

Standards

One of the nicest things that have happened to our area is timely standards activity. Note the emphasis on “timely”, as it is helpful to have basic standards before the area matures and before industry interest peaks, reducing the chances of clashes between the entrenched interests. Not having activities being taken to competing standards bodies, as is the case in Web Services area, helps too.

Technology and Products

One of the most exciting things to have happened in our area is the number of technologies commercialized from academic research (Taalee’s MediaAnywhere A/V Semantic Search and Semagix’s Freedom from University of Georgia’s SCORE technology, Network Inference’s relationship with University of Manchester, Ontoprise’s relationship with Karlsruhe, to name a few). Now, at least twenty vendors claim to use or support Semantic Web technologies, and the list is growing quite rapidly. And perhaps most importantly, scientific and business communities are building targeted (i.e., with clear purpose) and large ontologies at an impressive pace.

Industry Recognition

The informative panel at the W3C 10th anniversary celebrations (http://www.w3.org/2004/09/W3C10-Program.html) on the “Web of Meaning” illustrated how the thought leaders and industry executives buy into the vision of the Semantic Web. Panelists Tim O’Reilly (O’Reilly Media, talk) and Bill Ruh (Cisco Systems, talk) presented a fairly encouraging perspective on how Semantic (Web) technologies are needed for key applications, such as Regulatory Compliance, B2B Exchange, Workflow and BPM, and Business Intelligence. What is interesting is that some of these are “selling aspirin” rather than “selling vitamins”, something that does better in low to moderate economic growth environments.

I would add several other fields of rapid adoption, including life sciences (see the W3c workshop in Semantic Web for Life Sciences), bioinformatics, healthcare, content management, national intelligence and homeland security. Just look at the number of large ontologies that cover the broad range of schema size, descriptionbases (instances) and expressiveness of representation, developed by community or a small number of domain experts, that are now being put to practical use. Some illustrious examples are NCI Cancer Ontology with over 17,000 concepts, or GlycO ontology for complex Carbohydrates with 767 Classes that is up to 11 levels deep and utilizes all expressive power of OWL, or ontologies with over 10 million instances developed for enterprise semantic applications using Semagix Freedom. Researchers interested in finding ontoloiges to play with can consider TAP or SWETO that are based on real-world facts, or get their hands on software to generate synthetically generated ontologies.

At the industry events, such as those organized by TopQuadrant and MITRE, or the user group initiated events, such as those for the US Department of Defense or the Life Science Community, 100 to 300+ people have shown up, which indicated fairly high level of industry and user group interest.

Industry Deployment and Early Successes

Since some very early deployment examples that were discussed at the WWW2004 Developer’s day, there are now increasing number of examples of deployments both in Enterprises (e.g., see my KMWorld talk) or for more ‘common’ web users. It is this topic what garnered the main attention during our dinner discussions (mentioned above). One exciting observation that came up is the stealth inclusion of the Semantic Web technologies in applications. Eric Miller gave the example of Creative Common’s use of RDF (also see Shelly Parker’s earlier article). This is an example of simpler SW applications involving embedding license metadata and validating it so millions of content items would in essence be using at least limited Semantic Web technology for enforcing licenses! Another example is that of semantic annotation of syndicated contents and Web Services (e.g., the WSDL-S semantic proposal (early draft, currently being revised in an academic-industry partnership) and corresponding tools (e.g., MWSAF and ASSAM) for annotation of Web Services). Such applications can quickly lead to a wide spread and pervasive use of RDF in a fairly short time. What is interesting is that some of the applications are not being deployed by early adoptors; instead the SW technologies have been part of the pain killer types of main-stream IT applications and solutions (such as Anti-Money Laundering, compliance and risk management)! Enecdotal successes are starting to come. For example, a compliance related semantic application(implemented with a semantic technology platform from Semagix) is live at one of the largest banks in the world in the line of business. And I have heard of companies such as Amazon inserting ontologies in their main stream applications, so we can expect to see large scale consumer centric applications exploiting essential components of Semantic Web in the near future.

Final thoughts

One perspective that some in the community, particularly Tim Berners-Lee-TBL, seem to promote it that Semantic Web is “not interesting in the smaller scale”. As more and more things connected by a “semantic way” it becomes more and more important. This makes sense from the perspective of global scale Web and non-enterprise applications. But from an industry perspective, I believe Semantic Web is equally interesting at the intra- and inter-Enterprise scales, and for Enterprise applications. This view is the same as the adoption and importance of Web technologies in Intranets. If at all, given the ability to constrain or limit the domain, deeper domain semantics can be put to use, agreements to build ontologies can be reached faster, industry specific metadata standards can be readily used, and facts and knowledge to populate ontologies can be obtained more easily. Today’s enterprises have millions of documents, and access to massive amounts of high-quality or targeted syndicated contents and data (e.g., through Lexis-Nexis, ChoicePoint, NewsML and RSS News Feeds, and so on). The ontologies developed to support targeted enterprise scale Semantic Applications are currently exploiting ontologies with millions to tens of millions entity and relationship instances. And yes, the promise of scaling these Enterprise and industry scale islands by interconnecting them (and achieve what TBL called network effect) exists anyways.

June 12, 2010 Posted by | Internet & Business Online | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Internet Networking

The golden key to building your network marketing team is developing relationships. This is vital to building and increasing the trust factor between you and your potential team members. Networking and relationships go hand in hand, even online.

So then, the question that lingers is “How do I increase interaction to develop those relationships?” It’s a two step process: educate yourself, then educate others.
As a network marketer, you are constantly developing new skills, gaining more knowledge, and educating yourself through courses, e-books, webinars, etc.

The Internet is also very easy and convenient to use. This is unlike ways of promoting network marketing businesses offline, which is cumbersome because advertising is sometimes very expensive. Individual advertising is too expensive unlike the case of bigger organisations which makes large profits. Therefore, online option would be your best choice as you obtain results of your business in a very easier way.

Another paramount advantage of Internet network marketing opportunities is that there is no need to travel all around; you just do everything at home so long as there is a computer within your hands. You can set aside some little time everyday to do promotions and still realise positive results to your business in the long run.

Also, with the use of Internet you can meet and target a particular group of people within your market. This will avoid much competition on your way and thereby enabling you to strategize and offer a solution to any issue arising from these groups.

A network marketing list can easily be built online. Begin by promoting valuable content and educating someone others in your niche. As traffic arrives at your site, it is important to have a capture page with an opt-in form to gather your visitor’s information when it is left. Finally, use an e-mail service to build a relationship with your list.

Building a network marketing team can be very prosperous for you. Focus on educating yourself, then educating others. This intern produces interactions to help build relationships. Lastly, interview and qualify prospects to see if they can be a contributing member to your team with proper training.
Building a network marketing team can be a challenging task. The challenge is building a team that is committed for the long term. It is foolish to believe you will retain 100% of your team. For whatever reason, you will more than likely have team members that move on. As Jim Rohn puts it, “That’s just the way it is.” However, there are some key points that can assist in retaining a high percentage of team members.

May 16, 2010 Posted by | Business, Networking | , , | Leave a comment