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Camera Mounting Guide 2014

Oct 30, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Choosing the right spot to mount a camera is about more than Field of View. While some discount this as a trivial detail for installers to worry about, it can have a huge impact on cost and long term maintenance. In this note, we...

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Russian Startup Aims to Conquer VSaaS

Oct 30, 2014 by John Honovich

VSaaS has been a bust so far. Startup after startup has quietly fallen by the wayside. Even Axis has not been able to solve it. Only one startup to date has truly succeeded, Dropcam, fueled by Silicon Valley marketing / million...

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Allegion Releases Engage, Assa Aperio Competitor

Oct 29, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Wireless locks are one of the fastest growing segments of access control. The biggest player in this market today is Assa Abbloy with their Aperio platform. Now, one of Assa's top competitors, Allegion (the Ingersoll Rand Spin ...

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Classroom Closer Lock Illegal

Oct 28, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Keeping classrooms locked against intruders is one the most urgent security priorities today. With terrible active shooting events in schools in the mind of many administrators, a teacher has developed 'The Sleeve', a bracket tha...

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H.265 IP Camera Chip Announced

Oct 28, 2014 by John Honovich

Surveillance professionals have been talking about, and wanting H.265 for approaching 2 years. To date, though, only one manufacturer offers an H.265 IP camera and it is proprietary / closed. Now, one of the biggest IP camera ch...

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More Secure Doors: Multipoint Locking

Oct 27, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Doors are notoriously weak at stopping entry. A closed and locked door might deter entry for a typical wandering person, but breaking in is still easy, essentially taking a prybar and a few seconds. In the firefighter training v...

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Startup: The Smartest House Light Ever?

Oct 24, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

$100,000+, 2 days. A startup has a hot home security camera that doesn't look like one. In fact, it looks like a light fixture. Because, well, it does that too. However, this camera/light combo also sends alerts when prowlers...

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The Coolest New Access Control Product In Years is from Tyco

Oct 22, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Cool. Access control. Tyco. 3 things that you or I may have never contemplated together. In this note, we examine Tyco's new access control reader, explain its advances, key benefits and limitations. Tyco Emerald works like ...

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The Billion Dollar Chinese Manufacturer Who Bought March Just Bought Swann

Oct 21, 2014 by John Honovich

3 years ago, a Chinese / US surveillance manufacturer, Infinova, raised $300 million cash in a billion dollar plus IPO. Later that year, they bought March Networks. Now, Infinova is dipping into its war chest to buy one of the b...

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Big Money Coming Into Access (ACRE)

Oct 21, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

A company with deep pockets is consolidating the access market, and has already showed they have the capital to pull off big buys. The recent announcement that Vanderbilt is buying parts of Siemens Security Products is just one ...

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TWIC Access Credentials Under Fire

Oct 20, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

One of the biggest credential formats in the US is barely hanging on. With over 3 million TWIC cards issued, it is one of the most common ID carried by federal employees and private contractors alike to enter sensitive security a...

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Axis Admits Access Control Expectations Low

Oct 17, 2014 by John Honovich

Axis entrance into access control had been anticipated for years. Last year, Axis access control launch was the biggest news of the season. What is going on now? In this note, we examine Axis recent admission and what this mean...

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Axis In Denial, Q3 Financial Report Bad

Oct 16, 2014 by John Honovich

Axis Q3 2014 numbers are bad. But their outlook is still rosy. The company has struggled to maintain not only their historical growth rate, but the market average growth rate they claim. In this note, we examine their financia...

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Wireless Access Control Panels

Oct 16, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

One company claims they can connect access control panels wirelessly with ranges up to a mile, saving big bucks and thousands of feet of cable tying together door controllers with the main panel. In this note, we examine Prodata...

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IP Camera Passwords - Axis, Dahua, Samsung

Oct 15, 2014 by Ethan Ace

IP cameras are famous / infamous for weak default passwords that can lead to major problems. See our IP Cameras Default Passwords Directory for examples. However, in the last few years that is starting to change. In this note, ...

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