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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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The RoboGuard: New Product

Oct 15, 2014 by Ethan Ace

ASIS loves robots (apparently). First, the Vigilus patrol robot won an award in 2012, and now, Senstar's RoboGuard, an automated fence patrol system, has won in 2014. But the question remains: can these robots practically and co...

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Door Closers: Critical Security Hardware

Oct 14, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

It might be the most unappreciated piece of door hardware, but it is one of the most important. Door Closers have an important job: automatically shut doors when they are opened. Why are they so important? Because an open door ca...

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New 'Low Cost' Thermal Zoom Camera

Oct 14, 2014 by Ethan Ace

Zoom thermal cameras have typically been feasible only to those with the largest budgets, requiring expensive cooled cameras with six figure price tags. Now, Sierra Olympic claims to bring this capability to the commercial market...

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HID's SE Readers Examined

Oct 13, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

The HID card readers you may have used in the past are changing. As old stocks of standards like R10 and R40 readers dwindle, new part numbers and a new series takes their place: iClass SE. In practical terms, what does this chan...

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Beware Out of Date Knowledge

Oct 09, 2014 by John Honovich

You know that guy. Confident, brilliant, tells you exactly how the world worked.... ten years ago. One of the biggest challenges in technology is to keep one's knowledge up to date. As technology changes, so too does what is 'r...

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Startup: The Bublcam

Oct 09, 2014 by John Honovich

Multi-imager fisheye cameras are not new, but a startup is releasing a camera that can see in any direction all at once. Bubl is more than a 360 fisheye camera, because it has lenses built into a sphere with images all stiched to...

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