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Boost your home, office security with network cameras

Easy to install and convenient to use, the CP Plus network camera line offers a great option for home and office security.

With increasing incidents of theft and vandalism near where we live in Lapu-Lapu City, our family decided to install a security camera. We studied options for video surveillance including standard CCTV packages and decided that our best option was to use an IP camera system.

Unlike the old analog CCTV camera, IP or internet protocol cameras are digital video surveillance systems that connect to your home network and the internet. The digital capability allows you to remotely control the camera, store video footage, listen to and talk to people within audio range, and even set triggers such as movements to capture photos and video clips.

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CONTROL. You can control and configure your ezykam cameras on your computer by accessing it using its IP address (example 102.168.1.17). To find out your camera’s IP address, you can use an app like Fing. Notice the REC notification to indicate that the camera is recording video. This was triggered by the motion detection system when the trisikad passed by.

We checked on a few options and decided on the Ezykam line of CP Plus. I had attended a company demo some months back and was familiar with the line.

Ezykam EP10, HC10

We got the Ezykam models EP10 and HC10 from CP Plus distributor RC Goldline. The EP10 retails for P3,490 (now on sale for P1,888) while the HC10 sells for P2,490 (now on sale for P888). The 2 units have basically the same functionalities except for a key difference: the EP10 allows 360-degree pan and tilt while the HC10 is fixed.

Installation and setup of the devices were easy. You just need to follow the manual on which parts to attach to which, download the app, and then go through the process of connecting to the devices. To connect, you just need to scan a QR code at the bottom or behind the unit. Not being a handyman, it took me longer to install the camera to the ceiling outside the house than to set the system up. You can then control or configure your ezykam camera through your desktop by entering its IP address (such as 192.168.1.4). To find out the IP address of your camera, you can use an app like Fing to scan your network.

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CP PLUS EZYCAM EP10. This has pan and tilt capability.

Ezykam app for iOS, Android

The ezykam app for iOS and Android also makes it easy to monitor not just one camera but several others on your phone. That way, you can actually surround your house or office with different ezykam units and have a comprehensive video surveillance system that costs less than what CCTV systems used to sell for.

The ezykam cameras have a motion detection system with sensitivity settings that you can define. You can then set it to send you an email whenever it detects movement and provide app notifications. At the same time, it will also take photo snapshots and videos and save it to a microSD card for later retrieval via app download. You can also set it to send these files to a NAS or network attached storage via FTP if you have a home computer network.

CP Plus ezycam HC10
CP PLUS EZYCAM HC10.

You can also set the ezykam cameras to record videos on certain days and hours. The system will just overwrite the data on your microSD if it needs the space.

The exykam also has excellent night vision capability of about 10 meters. The video and photos it takes at night are clear and people’s features are easily discernible.

Video monitoring

You can also define several preset views with ezykam for devices like the EP10 that supports pan and tilt. That way, you can let the camera pan to a certain view just by entering its preset number. You can even set it to do vertical and horizontal patrols.

We’ve used the cameras for several weeks now and are very happy with its performance. We’re now assured that if anything untoward happens within our immediate vicinity, we’ll be able to capture it on video. It also allows us to remotely check our home whenever we’re out for work or even traveling. The most important feature, however, is that all these capabilities and control are available on the phone.

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MONITORING, CONTROL ON YOUR PHONE. You can monitor and control your network of CP Plus ezykam cameras on the phone via its iOS and Android apps. This makes home or office security mobile and convenient.
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Cebu News Digest: April 13, 2015: For P10M-P15M, Lapu to install CCTV cameras near bridges, sites soon; Mandaue residents trade trash for food

Due to the surge of foreign and local tourists in recent years, the Lapu-Lapu City Government is planning to install surveillance cameras in at least 18 areas within the year in time for the APEC Summit in Cebu.

In Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City, at least 100 individuals recently received grocery items from the Mandaue City Government in exchange for giving their recyclable trash.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Cebu is recommending that locals and tourists include in their summer itinerary a visit to the tomb and museum of Archbishop Teofilo Camomot.

To prevent incidents of heat stroke, the Cebu City Council requested two agencies to put up water and blood pressure stations in public bus and jeepney terminals in the city.

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Here are the top stories for today, April 13, 2015:

CCTV cameras seen to boost investor confidence

The Lapu-Lapu City Government is now studying proposals of different closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera suppliers that will help them install surveillance cameras in different areas in the city, including the Mactan Liberty Shrine and the junctions next to the first Mactan-Mandaue Bridge and the Marcelo Fernan Bridge.

According to the officials, these CCTV cameras that will be set up in crucial areas like the airport road and the public market will help boost investor confidence in the city.

The cameras, which as estimated to cost P10 million to P15 million, is targeted to be in place by the second or third quarter of the year.

Mandaue launches exchange project to reduce waste

During a launching of a garbage exchange center in Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City, at least 100 residents traded 20 sacks of recyclable trash for grocery items.

The exchange center is part of the City’s effort to reduce the volume of garbage collected in the city by 10 percent. The City collects 460 tons of garbage every day.

“This is one effective way of getting the cooperation of every individual in solving the problem of indiscriminate throwing of garbage.” –Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes

Mandaue City allocated an initial P500,000 for the groceries. It is implementing the project in partnership with Sulong Mandauehanong Kabus Inc. and a local recycling company.

Barangay Subangdaku was chosen as a pilot area for the project, which will later be rolled out in the 26 other barangays.

Archbishop Camomot
The Archdiocese of Cebu spearheads pilgrimage tours to Archbishop Camomot’s tomb and shrine in Carcar City, Cebu as part of moves for his beatification.

Archbishop Camomot’s tomb, museum open to visitors on Thursdays

To spread information about the life of Archbishop Teofilo Camomot who may yet become the next Filipino saint, the Archdiocese of Cebu has ordered all of its vicariates to organize regular pilgrimage tours to Camomot’s tomb.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma said the “Duaw Camomot” will be part of the Archdiocese’s support for the cause for Camomot’s beatification, now pending before the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome.

The Vicariate of the Most Holy Rosary will organize the tour in the home of the Daughters of St. Therese in Barangay Valladolid, Carcar City starting on Thursday this week

Council asks for water, blood pressure stations

The Cebu City Council has requested the Metropolitan Cebu Water District to provide free potable water stations in public bus and jeepney terminals and the Department of Health and City Health Department to set up blood pressure stations in all terminals in the city.

“One of the risk factors for the development of heat stroke includes inadequate water intake especially in hot environment and the precautions to take to prevent heat stroke is to drink extra fluids and to be conscious on the rise of the body’s blood pressure.” –Cebu City Councilor Alvin Dizon (in a resolution)

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