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Cable Labor Estimate Standard - Ceiling Runs

Nov 25, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Running cabling is routinely one of the biggest costs on a new project, and being able to estimate basic costs is an important first step for end users and installers alike. In the second entry from our IPVM Install Labor Estima...

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Learn How To Choose The Right Camera

Nov 24, 2014 by John Honovich

There's more than 40 criteria that impact choosing the right camera. In this special live webinar Thursday Dec 4th at 11am ET / 16:00 UTC, IPVM will teach how to do so and find the right cameras for you live. We will explain ho...

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Startup - Smart Door Barricade

Nov 19, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Barricade your door. And control it via your phone. Smartlocks are increasingly commonplace, but this startup is taking a different approach. Rather than replacing your existing lock, this company has developed a barricade that...

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Live from ISC East 2014

Nov 19, 2014 by IPVM Team

The most important security show in the world... According to New Yorkers. This is our ISC East 2014 live review. Items covered: Tri-Ed Major Presence ADT Major Presence Avigilon Camera Advice Axis Giveaway Analog HD ...

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Genetec Hybrid Cloud Examined

Nov 19, 2014 by John Honovich

Mass market VSaaS is a tough play, as shown in Genetec's Canadian Chinese buffet win. Now, Genetec's newest cloud release, a Hybrid Cloud Archiving Service, shifts the focus up market to enterprise users. In this note, we exami...

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Camera Lens Finder Released

Nov 18, 2014 by John Honovich

Need a camera with a 100° AoV or greater? Want a camera with a built in 20mm lens? Looking for a camera that supports at least 3-10mm varifocal? Often, professionals need to find cameras with particular lens lengths / Angl...

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Axis Corner Mount Camera Examined

Nov 18, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Few options exist for corner mount cameras. Despite this, they are a popular choice for jails, elevators and other confined areas. Axis has now announced its own HD corner mount cameras. In this note, we examine the key claime...

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ADT Sued, Claimed 'Easily Hacked'

Nov 17, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

A lawsuit has been filed against ADT. The class action complaint claims ADT's wireless systems are 'easily hacked', that ADT knows this and yet engages in 'deceptive and misleading marketing statements.' In this note, we examin...

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Focal Lens Length Tutorial

Nov 17, 2014 by John Honovich

3mm, 6mm, 2.8 - 9mm, 5 - 50mm, etc. Camera specifications often list lens lengths but what do they mean? These metrics are important in determining the correct camera coverage and Field of View (FoV). In this tutorial, we look ...

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Camera Labor Estimate: Low Tile / Grid Ceiling

Nov 13, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

IPVM is launching the first surveillance labor estimate standard. This is the first entry in that series. Here, we report on a common scenario "Mounting a Camera in a Low Tile/Grid Ceiling." The actual survey question asked is:...

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Billion Dollar Hardware Manufacturer Acquires Canadian EAC Company

Nov 12, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Electronic access line Keyscan has been bought by mechanical lock conglomerate Kaba, in a move it hopes opens up new distribution and dealer channels in North America. We examine what the deal means for both companies and the ma...

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Claimed: All Surveillance Manufacturers Are Proprietary

Nov 12, 2014 by John Honovich

Are all surveillance manufacturers proprietary? Is proprietary a good thing? Mobotix's magazine, MxInstaller, makes that case. In this note, we examine what makes surveillance manufacturers proprietary and what factors differe...

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Calculating 180 and 360 Camera Coverage

Nov 11, 2014 by John Honovich

The key challenge in designing and using 180 and 360 cameras is to determine how far can they deliver meaningful details. Their upside is that they can see 'everywhere' or, at least, an incredibly wide area. But the downside is ...

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WDR Manufacturer Cheat Sheet and Camera Tracking

Nov 11, 2014 by Ethan Ace

Manufacturers are regularly cryptic about what WDR support they actually provide. They invent marketing buzzwords. They self assign dB rating that cannot meaningfully be compared across manufacturers. In IPVM's testing, the key...

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Access Interoperability: Going Nowhere

Nov 11, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

The dream was simple: access control interoperability. You know; the ability to change management software on a whim, or mix together different brands of controllers, yet have everything work together. It is an idea could fundame...

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