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Startup: Smoke Detector As a Security System

Aug 28, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Fresh off a successful fundraising campaign, Novi Security is making some bold claims: Its security system has "no contracts, no monthly fees, needs no hardwiring, and sends no false alarms", all costing a fraction of a normal pa...

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Mobotix Admits Channel Stuffing

Aug 27, 2014 by John Honovich

Channel stuffing is becoming an important industry issue. First, there with an analyst firm's alert against Avigilon and now Mobotix's admission. In this note, we examine what happened, its ongoing and potential future impact. ...

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Technician Job Notes Done Right

Aug 27, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

One of the most common complaints of senior integrators is poor job notes. Service technicians, especially junior ones, routinely screw this up, compounding problems and increasing costs. Not only are these notes important for...

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Lenel OnGuard Live Webinar

Aug 26, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

On Monday September 8th at 11am EDT, IPVM will host a webinar on Lenel OnGuard, doing a live review of the software and taking your questions throughout. This is a great chance to get an up close look at a popular system with la...

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Startup Review: Sentri

Aug 26, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

This security startup smashed through their goal in 48 hours and have raised nearly $400,000 total. Here's their pitch video: Inside, we analyze their competitive positioning and potential. Product Details Unlike typical ...

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The Bloody HD Camera Wars Are Coming

Aug 25, 2014 by John Honovich

The most important emerging trend in video surveillance today is the emergence of non-IP HD cameras. But the conflicting go-to-market strategies and the weaknesses of each participant are likely to make this a bloody fight that ...

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WiFi & Wireless Access Lock Guide

Aug 25, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

When it comes to access control, any chance to save money on parts or install labor is attractive. For many doors, running network cables and hanging multiple devices can run thousands of dollars. By contrast, Wireless/WiFi lock...

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Field of View (FoV) Tutorial

Aug 24, 2014 by John Honovich

Field of View, or FoV, is deceptively complex. At its most basic, it is simply what the camera can 'see' and is, therefore, visually self-evident. However, when analyzing images, comparing cameras or projecting quality, FoV subtl...

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Startup: Smart Security Padlock

Aug 22, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Want to eliminate using keys or combinations? Replace them with your smartphone to control access. That's what startup Noke (pronounced 'no-key') is pitching. Check out their video: The product has raised over 2.5 times its g...

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Elevator Surveillance Guide

Aug 21, 2014 by Ethan Ace

Installing surveillance in an elevator can be challenging. Small but wide areas, vandal resistance, and transmission methods all present challenges not found in other areas cameras are installed. In this note, we look at: Form...

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How to Read Blueprints For Security Projects

Aug 20, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Reading building floorplans is a fundamental skilled needed for professional security projects. Floorplans can be large, detailed and intimidating to the inexperienced. Understanding blueprints can be the difference between bi...

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Why You Should Avoid 960H Cameras

Aug 20, 2014 by John Honovich

960H promises to increase analog resolution by 34%, transforming the traditional 4:3 aspect ratio image into a widescreen 'hi def' one, like this marketing image from one manufacturer: Presumably, that is his yacht from sellin...

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HD SDI / HDcctv Tutorial

Aug 20, 2014 by John Honovich

Want megapixel but don't want IP? That's the promise of HD SDI / HDcctv. In this tutorial, we examine what it is, how it differs from IP Megapixel and the key factors impacting its use including backwards compatibility, product a...

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Hosted and Managed Access Control Statistics

Aug 19, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

'Cloud' access control - how many integrators are offering it? Why? And for those that do, are they favoring hosted or managed options. In the industry's first survey of integrator's adoption of cloud access control, IPVM revea...

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Mobotix Stock Plummeting

Aug 18, 2014 by John Honovich

Much like the company itself, Mobotix' stock has hit hard times, dropping more than 60% in the past 12 months. In this note, we examine what is happening and why. Of course, given their unceremonious firing of their CEO and s...

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