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Cctvwholesalers (1308 Dealers Ave., Harahan, 736-9187; www.cctvwholesalers.com) brings homeland security down to the basic level ­ your home and business ­ with surveillance systems you can monitor from anywhere in the world for a reasonable price. If you're on a business trip in Taiwan, you can see what the babysitter in your home or your employees in the office are doing simply by looking at a computer screen or your cellphone.

The 7-year-old company has gained a reputation for reliability that has made it a favorite among businesses large and small ­ including bars, restaurants, Fortune 100 and 500 companies and retail outlets ­ docks, airports, railroads, law enforcement, correctional centers and military complexes.

'We do systems for monitoring your home and protecting your family, and we've done a lot lately in Iraq to protect fire bases,' says Cctvwholesalers owner Bryan Lagarde. A person who owns several business outlets can sit in a central location and monitor them all at the same time with both video and audio, hearing and even talking over the system if the need arises.

The systems are not just for the wealthy either, Lagarde says. For about $700, his company can outfit a home or business with a four-camera system and software that can be monitored with a personal computer or cellphone. More complex systems with customized software go into the thousands.

'We can do the entire range,' says Lagarde, who was one of Gambit Weekly's 2004 40 Under 40™ honorees. 'We have created the world's most powerful do-it-yourself system. We make the world's most powerful industrial surveillance systems as well.' And it's all done at the company's Harahan headquarters.

In June, Cctvwholesalers will introduce the world's most powerful do-it-yourself digital system.


Music for the Ears

In conjunction with Better Hearing and Speech Month during May, violinist and singer Theresa Andersson will perform a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight, May 24, at Le Chat Noir (715 St. Charles Ave.). Tickets are $75 and proceeds will go to the New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center (1636 Toledano St., 897-2606). Call the center for tickets and to schedule a hearing screening, which is free during the month of May.

click to enlarge You can monitor four different areas of your home or business on one computer screen with a surveillance system from Cctvwholesalers.
  • You can monitor four different areas of your home or business on one computer screen with a surveillance system from Cctvwholesalers.
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