Security Cameras Viewed Over Internet

You can't be in two places at one time. But most of us wish we could. One man's coming close with new technology that helps keep his business safer.  Savannah auto retailer Mark Grainger is responsible for millions of dollars in inventory at locations on opposite sides of town. While working at his Chatham Parkway location, he can check in on his other store as well, thanks to the internet.

"The cameras that we have here enable me to be in two places at once," he said, referring to nine stand-looking security cameras at his Victory Drive location; but instead of displaying on a television at the site and being stored on tape, Grainger can look at live and archived images online from across town.

"There is no video tape, it's all stored digitally on a hard drive," explained Mike Cates of Remote Technology, the company that installed the system. "I believe this unit has a 320 gig hard drive. Gives him about 30 days of storage."

And it's not just for big businesses. "We have for instance Lamas Cleaners in Hinesville," said Cates. "The guy lives on Wilmington Island, but he monitors his cleaning service in Hinesville via a product just like this, over the internet."

The system is really about crime deterrence, especially long after the staff has gone for the day. There's an off-site security center that also uses the internet to monitor these cameras any time day or night. And if they're not watching at the moment, they will be as soon as you break an infrared security perimeter that surrounds the lot at night.

When you do, a recording, in Grainger's voice, comes over loudspeakers. "Thank you for visiting Grainger Subaru. We're sorry we're closed, but feel free to look around. For your protection and safety, please be advised that our lot is monitored by surveillance cameras."

Though this system is a costlier to employ than more traditional surveillance, Grainger says its security and convenience are worth it. "The only thing I can tell you is if they want to come on my lot and steal a car off my lot, just smile," he said. "Cause we're taking your picture."

Even though this system uses the internet, it's not public. But users with the right software and password can access it from just about anywhere, so even if Grainger's out of town, he can check up on his business. To learn more about this and related systems, visit Remote Technology's site.

Reported by: Charles Gray,