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Worker Bee Wednesday

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Worker Bee Wednesday

Worker Bee Wednesday

Phoenix Surveillance Employee Spotlight

The Employee Spotlight for this week goes to Lyndon Petersen. Lyndon has been with Phoenix Surveillance for a little over a year now. Lyndon is a man of many roles, but his main position is as a technician. His favorite part about working with Phoenix Surveillance is the people he gets to work with as well as expanding his knowledge in the limitless technological field. Lyndon says that Phoenix Surveillance has impacted his life positively by teaching him determination, modesty, and confidence.

Lyndon's personal mantra is a piece of advice rapper Dr. Dre gave to his apprentice, Eminem. Dr. Dre told Eminem, "You gotta work hard to get it. And you gotta work twice as hard to maintain it." These wise words have emphatically influenced Lyndon's work ethic for the better.

Lyndon says that something people might not know about him is that he can be an extremely empathetic individual. He is also enthusiastic about athletics. He played CLUB Baseball. He's played in about 13 different states as well as assisted in three 1st place championships.

When asked with what three words he would use to describe himself, he chose: Honest, loyal, and diverse. Lyndon is a thoughtful employee who doesn't mind lending a hand to coworkers or clients. He exudes confidence and is an energetic personality in the workplace.

Thank you, Lyndon, for all of your hard work and the positive energy you bring to Phoenix Surveillance!

Tech Tuesday: The Everyday Technology we Never Realized Changed our Lives

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Tech Tuesday:

The Everyday Technology we Never Realized Changed our Lives

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Technology is a category with almost no limitation. From your shoe lace to your smart phone, from your toothbrush to your high-tech security system - (wink, wink) - technology has proven to serve endless functions. However, there are some products of technology we use daily, but will often be taken for granted. Here are a few small tech gadgets with big duties:

Credit Card Chips-

Okay, this one we definitely curse its existence rather than applaud it. We all dread that five extra seconds we have to spare inserting our card chips and waiting for that obnoxious beep to alarm so we know the machine read our card. Remember the days when we could swipe those plastic bad-boys and run? Well, don't get too nostalgic because back in the "no chip" days, credit card fraud was prevalent. Counterfeit transactions and fraudulent activity has decreased by approximately 18% since the chips were implemented. So what do you prefer: an easy swipe or no credit card fraud?


Light Switches-

Light switches were rendered useless after the invention of the infamous "Clap-on, clap-off" light. Just kidding, who actually uses The Clapper... and why? The light switch was invented in 1884 by John Henry Holmes or J.H. Holmes for short (no relation to H.H. Holmes). Before the light switch made it to the homes of the public or even most businesses there were pendant lights with a turnkey. Doesn't that just sound ancient?



No, I'm not talking about the lasers that shoot out of the eyes of Superman (or Scott Summers' eyes if you're a Marvel fan). The laser scanners I'm talking about are the barcode readers. You know, the thing the cashier does at a grocery store so you can buy stuff? Yeah, you may think that the barcode scanner isn't anything worth talking about, I mean they don't necessarily melt anything, but it really left its mark on history. In June of 1974, the first scanner made by the National Cash Register Co was installed at Marsh's Supermarket in Troy, Ohio. The first product to ever be scanned at a check-out counter was a ten pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum. It made such a huge impact on modern life that the pack of gum is on display at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.



Ah, yes. The fashion statement that doubles as protective eye wear. Sunglasses have allegedly been in development dating back to prehistoric times. It wasn't until the 1920's that sunglasses became a widespread phenomena typically among movie stars. By 1937, the eye wear trend had hit the streets and the public became obsessed with the fancy shades. Protection is a key word when describing the function of sunglasses. They shield the delicate eyes from ultraviolet radiation. UV rays can cause severe damage to the eyes like cataracts, blindness, and even some forms of eye cancer. So next time you neglect your sunglasses because they don't go with your outfit, you might want to change your outfit.



Okay, there's no debate on this one. Coffee is amazing and being able to make it yourself in the convenience of your own home is absolutely brilliant. France figured the everyday need for coffee in the late 18th century. Eventually an eccentric American scientist living in France named Count Rumford came up with the French Drip Pot and it was all uphill from there. Collectively, Americans consume 146 billion cups of coffee per year. The U.S. is the leading consumer of coffee in the world. On a more fiscal note, The United States imports more than $4 billion dollars’ worth of coffee each year. Maybe we should cut down on our coffee a little bit. You know, just enough to help the economy? Yeah, right.


Camera Phone-

Before I dive in to this, let me take a selfie. POSE...AIM...SNAP...ew, filter. Apparently there's this huge Sharp or Samsung debate--who produced the first camera phone-- but the real question is, if this was circa 2000, why did I waist so much time manually uploading my pictures to MySpace with a digital camera? There was a race in the early 2000's to create the best phone camera. They used high quality technology and spent more time on the camera than other aspects of the phone. The rise of the smart phone disrupted this race by presenting a phone with a small camera in a slimmer, more attractive device. The race was over and manufacturers focused on the other phone accessories. Thanks iPhone, now we have to use filters.



The porcelain throne existed for millenniums. Maybe not in porcelain, but our ancestors were definitely on the right track. They knew you needed a hole and a chute to drain the excretions. Isn't it odd to think that only the affluent classes were privileged enough to use toilets and the average citizen had to squat over a pot in a trench right next to a bunch of other people? At least that's a little more civilized than what the Danish did. They defecated in open fields and used it as fertilizer. All of this unsanitary hoopla ended with the development of the flush toilet. It was designed in 1596 by John Harington. Everybody take a moment to thank John.


These technological advances seem small compared to the Artificial Intelligence and drones being developed today, but last time I checked I use all seven of these items in a day more than I use a robot... at least for now. It's the small things.

Shopping Malls and the Need for Security Cameras Scottsdale

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Shopping Malls and the Need for Security Cameras



Commercial shopping centers, especially in Scottsdale, are well-known to attract more customers than other commercial businesses specifically because of the retail abundance and convenience. Not only do they host multiple retail stores in one location, but they also contain restaurants, movie theatres, and salons. Shopping malls are a center that attracts the one-stop shopper.
With so many stores and customers attending to their shopping all day long, money and merchandise is in constant circulation at the mall. This gives shoplifters multiple opportunities to rob. The busy activity of the mall marks it as a susceptible location for theft, which is why security cameras should be installed to deter thieves or any criminal activity from taking place in the establishment.

Research on shoplifting at malls expresses that once someone has stolen from a store and successfully got away with it, they will hit that same store again and again. This will ultimately add to the store's expenses and sometimes the shoplifters are hard to identify by an employee. There is no profile for a shoplifter. Often, shoplifters buy and steal merchandise in the same visit, deflecting employees from suspecting them for theft. Shoplifters can steal anywhere from $2 to $200 per incident. Most of shoplifters have turned robbing into a skill and have almost become professionals at warding off attention. They are often repeat offenders and have honed in on their skill of theft by becoming familiar with stores and employees. In fact, research shows that some shoplifters call the act addicting. Scientifically, a chemical is released in the brain when people shoplift due to the increase in adrenaline and shoplifters react impulsively.

Scottsdale is a city in Arizona where their malls take the big financial hits due to theft. People have been reported to have stolen expensive Rolex watches, merchandise from high-end retail stores like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, wallets from other customers, and even luxury cars from the parking lot in the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall alone.
Malls in Scottsdale and just in general need to take extra precautionary measures and install surveillance systems everywhere to protect their merchandise and their other customers from theft. Employees can't keep an eye on every customer. Employers need the watchful eye of a security camera to be a reliable witness to any criminal conduct they don't catch.

Here, at Phoenix Security and Technology, we have a number of tools and resources that can be installed in regards to the safety of your company. Click on the link below or call us at (602) 248-8477 to receive a free security camera quote!


SARRC Tech Camp in Tempe

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SARRC Tech Camp in Tempe

SARRC Tech Camp in Tempe

The SARRC, or Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center is hosting a tech camp for young adults, ages 16 -26 in Tempe, Arizona. The week-long event is also sponsored by University of Advancing Technology, New Way Academy.

SARRC is offering the tech camp as a simulated college experience. Campers get to experience university life from the week of July 23 - 29. They get to live in the dorms, take classes, and complete group projects. Participants also get to enjoy the games available and learn more about campus life. They will be enrolled in classes and encouraged to branch out and make friends. By the end of the week, the students will present a project showcasing their involvement and knowledge acquired over the week. It is located at the University of Advancing Technology, 2625 W. Baseline Rd., Tempe 85283.

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Fun Facts Friday: The Security Camera

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Fun Facts Friday:

The Security Camera

Fun Facts


1. The first instance of security cameras took place in Peenemunde, Germany. German engineer Walter Burch created the CCTV camera at Test Stand VII to watch the launch of a the German V2 Rocket in 1942.



2. Surveillance cameras were not used publicly until 1962 when cameras were installed in Olean, New York to monitor and discourage crime.



3. The first industry to adopt the use of security cameras to prevent theft was the banking industry.

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4. However, today we are using about 25 million cameras, world-wide.



5. Singapore Airport contains over 3000 security cameras alone.



6. The UK has 4 million CCTV cameras or 20% of the world's total security cameras. The UK has the maximum number of CCTV cameras in proportion to their population. There is one camera for every 14 people.



7. The London Tube Network alone is secured by as many as 11,000 cameras.



8. CCTV surveillance cameras are used in industrial areas like chemical plants or nuclear power plants where humans have little to no access to due the severe chemical conditions.



9. Apparently, the average citizen is caught on camera about 300 times in one day.



10. It is estimated that 67% of burglaries can be prevented with the use of CCTV cameras.



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