Our Golden Rule

You’re about to learn a big secret! Obviously we can’t guarantee it’ll solve all your problems, however it will at least solve your security camera problems.

This is the Orange Security Golden Rule

If there’s one thing to take away from the entire Orange Security website, it is this.

This golden rule has been used for the past decade to successfully plan security camera systems that result in great quality footage and ultimately a massive rate of convictions. This golden rule is the one main thing that will differentiate your security camera system from your neighbors and when they require footage they will come to you!

The results this golden rule produce are so great and make such a difference, it shouldn’t really be given away for free!

Every year, countless numbers of people spend a truck load of dollars, literally a truck load, on security camera equipment but don’t follow this one golden rule. A lot of those dollars are wasted and don’t allow the system owner to maximize the potential of their security system.

What is this one rule that makes all the difference?

The Orange Security Golden Rule: Don’t be a waster – do not waste your pixels.

Responses to this advice in the past have included “I have literally millions of pixels, what’s the problem if I waste a few?”, “There is no such thing as wasted pixels!” and other similar replies. If you don’t want to get great footage from your security camera system and don’t want the Cops to find your perpetrator in the event of a crime, then don’t bother reading any further.

So, how do you stop wasting pixels? The answer is to concentrate the pixels you have on the important areas of an image – in short to make every one of your pixels work hard for you.

They say a picture paints a thousand words. Let’s do that!

Even if you purchase Orange Security equipment and are recording in the high definition 1080p HD as recommended, you still have a limited number of pixels to work with – approximately 2 million. I know this sounds like a large number but the camera on the latest iPhone (7 at time of writing) has 12 million pixels, it starts to become more clear that 2 million actually isn’t very many.

If these pixels are spread over a large area, many will be wasted. Take this picture below – it’s from a security camera and shot in 1080p (click to view the full size image).

Orange Security Golden Rule Sample Image

It looks like a lovely quality image! Unfortunately though, it’s likely to be totally useless! Take another look at the photo with colored overlays (click to view the full size image):

Orange Security Golden Rule - Areas of Interest of the Image

  • The red area covering the sky is totally wasted (unless you’re worried about aliens). WASTED!
  • The yellow area covering the hedge is totally wasted (there’s no way someone can come through that hedge). WASTED!
  • The blue area covering the wall of the house is totally wasted (we’re agreed that no-one can come through a solid concrete block wall either). WASTED!
  • That leaves the green area – the useful pixels – the pixels that are not wasted. In fact less than 20% of the pixels in this image are not wasted – where the intruder is going to be is only covered by less than 400,000 of your 2 million pixels. WHAT A WASTE!

Now, in comparison, take a look at the following image (click to view the full size image):

Orange Security Golden Rule - Really Useful Shot

You will see that now the screen is filled only with the important areas – the bottle neck that everyone has to go through. You will identify anyone who comes through or jumps over that gate now.

Some of our competitors will suggest you throw more pixels at the problem and have an even higher number of pixels. 3MP, 5MP, 4K etc. There are several reasons why this is not the answer.

1. Cameras that can see at the higher resolutions are more expensive
2. The recording equipment to record at the higher resolutions are more expensive
3. When you have more pixels, you need more hard drive space. This becomes more expensive
4. It doesn’t actually solve the problem – you still don’t have enough pixels
5. You still waste pixels

Note: You also have to look out for the really nasty guys who tell you that you should be fitting 5MP cameras (or higher) – that is cameras that can see 5 million pixels (and of course charge you a premium to do so), but then recommend you record at 1080p (i.e. 2 million pixels). That’s like being limited to using less than half the throttle on your car – perfectly fine for the majority of the time, but when it really matters to pull out at an intersection, you just don’t have the acceleration you need.

The common thought is that if you double the number of pixels then you will double the distance you can identify a person. WRONG!
A photograph is made up of pixels in 2 directions – horizontal and vertical. In the case of 1080p, this is 1920 across and 1080 down to make just over 2 million pixels (1920 x 1080 = 2,073,600).

If you have 4 million pixels, these have to be shared out across both directions so you don’t get double the distance you get an additional 1.4 times the distance (square root of 2).

What does that mean? It means that if you were to purchase a security camera with a 3.6mm lens with 2 million pixels (at 1080p) you could identify a person at approximately 20 feet, with 4 million pixels that would be about 28 feet – not a great difference.

If you follow the Orange Security Golden Rule and don’t waste pixels, you can achieve a much better result than this for a fraction of the additional cost of a multi-megapixel solution.

The Solution

What can the solution to the Orange Security Golden Rule be? Well, it’s simple (really it is!). In fact, it’s so simple it’s only 4 words long – zoom your camera in!

The solution is simple – the more pixels you concentrate on the area of interest, the more likely you are to identify the perpetrator.

Now, just to confuse matters further – there are 2 types of zoom and it is essential that you get the correct type.

  1. The useless zoom
  2. The useful zoom

The first type is called Digital Zoom. All this does is magnify the image shown to you on the screen. I’m sure you’ve seen this with photos you’ve taken where it is blown up too big and starts to look a bit blurry like this:

Original Image Useless Zoom - Digital Zoom
Original Image Useless Zoom – Digital Zoom

The second type is called Optical Zoom. What this does is zoom the image before it gets to the camera so much more useful information is actually recorded.

Original Image Useful Zoom - Optical Zoom
Original Image Useful Zoom – Optical Zoom

By optically zooming the camera in you concentrate all the pixels available on the areas of most importance.

Final Thought: That’s not to say there isn’t a place for general overview cameras set at a wide angle and often these can provide useful additional information, however the same principle still applies – DON’T BE A WASTER!

This isn’t designed to baffle you – feel free to get in touch if you need further help!

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