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IP Camera Course Spring 2015 Opened

Feb 27, 2015 by John Honovich

This is the only independent IP camera course, based on in-depth product and technology testing. Lots of manufacturer training exists but none it really teaches the underlying technologies and tradeoffs of current 2015 camera te...

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Milestone Admits IPO Plan Lie

Feb 27, 2015 by John Honovich

Now wholly owned by Canon, Milestone's CEO admitted that they lied about not planning an IPO in 2014, as we reported at the time. The Claim To IPVM in 2014, Milestone said, "There are no plans for this right now" and "We contin...

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Extend and Save Up to 25%

Feb 25, 2015 by John Honovich

IPVM has added a new feature that allows members to save up to 25% by extending their membership for up to 5 years. One of the most common problems we hear is the time / complexity of processing paperwork for membership, regardl...

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Avigilon Real Time Exposure And Gain

Feb 24, 2015 by Derek Ward

Knowing how exposure and gain impact image quality, bandwidth, and camera performance can useful in installation and troubleshooting. Very few cameras readily expose this information, making it difficult or impossible to find fo...

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Axis Fixes VBR / CBR Setting

Feb 23, 2015 by Ethan Ace

Bit rate control is an important element in transmitting surveillance video. The three most common options as explained in our CBR vs VBR: Surveillance Streaming Guide are: VBR - variable bit rate CBR - constant bit rate VBR...

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Bandwidth Guide for Video Networks

Feb 23, 2015 by John Honovich

Bandwidth is the most fundamental element of computer networking for video surveillance systems. Because video surveillance can consume an immense amount of bandwidth and because variations in bandwidth load of surveillance camer...

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Vacation Rental Access Control: The 'ResortLock'

Feb 20, 2015 by Brian Rhodes

Controlling access to your vacation home or rental property is the vision of ResortLock. Through an internet based management portal, users can manage security from thousands of miles away. But does it make sense and is it price...

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Stand Out From Your Competition - Webinar

Feb 19, 2015 by John Honovich

We presented 4 key ideas for integrators to stand out from their competition, digging into each one, explaining how to implement them. Plus, we will take your questions live. Join us on today February 19th at 1pm ET. The goal is...

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Worst Access Products - 100 Integrators Sound Off

Feb 18, 2015 by Brian Rhodes

100 integrators told us which access product lines gave them the biggest problems in the last year. This is the counterpart to the Favorite Access Control Software and Favorite Access Control Credentials reports. In this note, ...

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Axis and Milestone To Remain Independent, Canon Declares

Feb 17, 2015 by John Honovich

Hoping, fearing, anticipating a 'Super Avigilon'? Will Axis and Milestone merge to become an 'end to end' solution? No, declares Canon. Inside this note, we share and examine Canon's declaration to IPVM about the future of the...

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Most Needed Improvement: Access Control Software

Feb 16, 2015 by Brian Rhodes

100 integrators answered IPVM's question: "Which aspect/element of access control system technology (ie: credentials, locks, controllers, management software, system openness, etc) most needs to improve? Why?" Software and open...

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The Exacq / Tyco Solution Is Here

Feb 16, 2015 by John Honovich

And there it is folks. Exacq is in the SOLUTION business, 20 months from independent VMS to Tyco package. In this note, we examine the 'solution', the transition and how it impacts Exacq, Exacq dealers and competitors to Tyco /...

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Default IP Camera Addresses - 14 Manufacturer Directory

Feb 13, 2015 by Derek Ward

Initializing IP cameras can be tedious and frustrating, made worse because manufacturers have no standardization, with some supporting DHCP, some using default IP addresses, and some using both. In this post, we have compiled a ...

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Practical Solutions To Piggybacking and Tailgating

Feb 12, 2015 by Brian Rhodes

Piggybacking and tailgating are two of access control's biggest threats. In this note, we share survey results from more than 100 integrators about the specific steps they have implemented to solve them. Results We asked "How d...

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Network Security for IP Video Surveillance

Feb 12, 2015 by Ethan Ace

Keeping surveillance networks secure can seem a daunting task, but there are several easy methods that can greatly cut down exploit risk, especially when used in conjunction with each other. In this note we look at several secur...

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