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About Us

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About Hero Security & Surveillance

Hero Security is about building the best surveillance solutions for our customers. If you are looking for expertise in DVR, security cameras, IP cameras, access control, and many other surveillance and security technologies, Hero is the answer.

Hero Security & Surveillance is a California corporation serving Southern and Central areas of the state.

Brian Levy
About CEO Brian Levy

Brian designs and creates large scale security, sensor, and surveillance systems which protects millions of dollars worth of inventory and equipment on a daily basis.

Brian has 20 years in the technology industry and sees each project as an opportunity to solve real world problems with mission critical engineering. Brian’s focus is on industrial and commercial security and he scours the industry for the best of breed solutions that fit each project. Whatever the application, Brian brings a strong passion to his work and believes that security is only valuable if it meets the standards of prosecutable evidence and the needs of the customer. No matter the technical challenge, Brian can create an industrial plan of action to which meets or exceeds the clients's security requirements.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much should a video surveillance system cost?
Customers can be surprised when they hear the actual answer. A quality system — quality being the core word — should usually run around $700 to $1000 per camera, including installation and a digital video recorder.

This means that a four camera system, on the low side the price should be around $2800, and on the high-end of the scale around $4000. That range from $2800-$4000 represents the variable differences between the level of surveillance cameras you wish to use. Some surveillance cameras have night vision, vari-focal lenses, on-board computers, and other added features which can add to the price of the system.

A four channel digital video recorder or DVR should cost around $800 if we separate it out from the system price, and an eight channel digital video recorder should cost around $1600. These DVRs are actually dedicated surveillance computers which record the activity on your security cameras. The camera footage is only as good as its recording so when you are buying a system, make sure the digital video recorder computer is of comparable quality.

How can I determine the quality of a DVR?
Essentially you can identify the DVRs pedigree by finding out how long it has been on the market. if a DVR has been around for more than a year and half, you are buying an old closeout system. Trust me here, you do not want to buy old technology. Do not be afraid to google the system before you buy and do some research about it.

Can you install a wireless system for me instead of running cables?
High quality video is made up of several components, but to make things simple we are going to talk about picture resolution. When we talk about a decent camera which will produce a usable video picture we want to make sure we have enough pixels or dots to make up the image. Imagine if your TV did not have enough dots to make up the picture everything would look blocky. Blocky TV would just not be fun to watch, so engineers have figured out how to make TV sets with thousands of pixels so images look smooth and defined.

The same concept can be applied to video surveillance cameras. If the camera does not have enough pixels when generating a picture, the output on your screen will look blurry or blocky. We call this resolution. The more pixels a camera has, the better the image is going to look and the higher resolution we attribute to the camera.

Most wireless cameras are unfortunately low resolution -- they typically are manufactured around the 380 pixel mark. These cameras might work for non-critical applications, but for real world business applications I typically use cameras with over 500 pixels in resolution. The difference between a 380 pixel camera and a 550 pixel camera is immense and will make the difference between catching the bad guys or wishing you had.

You see, when sending signal via the airwaves, a high resolution image requires a lot more information than a low resolution image. It just gets too expensive for manufacturers to produce high quality images via wireless for the a consumer level product. There are some specialty wireless cameras out there on the market, but if they are worth their salt, they tend to be pretty expensive.