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Tyco Kantech Access Control Company Profile

Nov 24, 2015 by Brian Rhodes

In this first entry in a new series profiling access control companies, we profile Kantech, one of Tyco's platforms. This will lead to an upcoming access control vendor comparison report. We examine Kantech's overall strengths, ...

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Camera AoV / Focal Length Comparison

Nov 24, 2015 by John Honovich

Use the IPVM Camera Calculator to better understand the tradeoffs between different Angle of Views (AoV) / focal lengths. The video below shows you how to do it: The two gifs below show you examples of different AoVs. First, ...

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Axis, Avigilon and Hikvision Markups Revealed

Nov 23, 2015 by John Honovich

100+ integrators told IPVM their top camera lines and their average markups. This note breaks down and contrasts the markups across Axis, Avigilon and Hikvision, revealing interesting trends and differences in profitability and c...

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Avigilon CEO Solution for Terror Attacks

Nov 20, 2015 by John Honovich

Ripped from the headlines, spurred on by the France terror attacks, Avigilon's CEO has a solution. Inside this note we look at his aggressive analytics plan, analyzing its potential to solve attacks. Solution Avigilon's CEO ex...

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VMS Market Getting Tougher

Nov 19, 2015 by John Honovich

A new member asked us: "What are your thoughts on the future of VMS now that the new camera makers seem to be bundling it with their cameras (Tyco/exacq, DW/network optix, panasonic/VI etc.) or waging price war against each othe...

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Axis Cybersecurity Hardening Guide Examined

Nov 19, 2015 by Ethan Ace

In most IT areas, 'hardening' guides are commonplace, providing best practices for improving the cybersecurity of network products (e.g., see this Cisco hardening guide). However, cybersecurity is generally an after thought in t...

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Hikvision Launches Direct End User Sales

Nov 18, 2015 by John Honovich

Hikvision won't stop until they dominate the entire market. Turning on their manufacturer OEMs by OEMing to ADI and Tri-Ed earlier this year, Hikvision now turns on their integrator partners. Inside this note, we examine their ...

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How a Security Camera is Made

Nov 18, 2015 by Ethan Ace

While in China, we toured factories, seeing how cameras were made. In the 15 minute video inside, we show step by step how a camera is made / assembled to help you understand what it takes to build a camera. The camera chosen i...

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2016 Top Security Expansion Targets Disclosed

Nov 17, 2015 by John Honovich

100+ integrators told IPVM what products, technologies and manufacturers are their top expansion targets for 2016. There's been a lot of hype for H.265, for 4K, for the cloud, for IoT, etc. Would these be the top choices or woul...

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Startup Launches Home Intrusion Detection and Tracking System (Xandem)

Nov 17, 2015 by Brian Rhodes

No contract, no installer. And not only does Xandem Home claim to detect intruders, it will track and map where they are right now and where they have been. Is this the next big step forward in DIY home intrusion detection that...

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OnSSI Rebuts Milestone 'False Claims'

Nov 16, 2015 by John Honovich

The war rages. Milestone's 'free' takeover of OnSSI accounts is, unsurprisingly, causing OnSSI to push back. And the former #1 Milestone partner is pulling no punches, charging Milestone with making false claims. In this note, ...

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Ingram Micro is Back to Defend IP!

Nov 13, 2015 by John Honovich

With $40+ billion annual sales, Ingram Micro is a mega distributor. But they have never been anything in physical security. Their last major push a few years ago ended in disaster. Now, they are back and are ready to ride the m...

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The Biggest Surprises in the Video Surveillance Industry 2015

Nov 13, 2015 by John Honovich

100+ integrators told us what the biggest surprise in the video surveillance industry in 2015 was for them. Inside, we share dozens of comments and reveal the 3 key themes. 3 Themes The big 3 themes were: Low cost / Hikvi...

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Avigilon ~$18 Million Stock Buy Back Again

Nov 12, 2015 by John Honovich

Earlier this year, with the stock trading in the ~$18 range, Avigilon bought $39 Million of their own stock. Now, the stock is down under $12. But Avigilon's confidence in itself has not waned, with their recent purchase of anot...

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Cable Strapping IP Camera Networks

Nov 12, 2015 by Brian Rhodes

Many say using zipties is asking for problems. And BICSI prohibits them. But many video surveillance integrators use them regularly. What should you do? In this note, we contrast and explain the tradeoffs between: Zipties (of...

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