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Bill Gates Applies for Anti-Camera Technology Patent

Apr 24, 2014 by Ben Wood

Cameras are going up everywhere, so it was only a matter of time until people would anticipate a market for anti-camera technology. There’s already hundreds of forums online dedicated to spotting cameras, beating them or ju...

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Wireless Access Control Card Reader

Apr 24, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Most card readers are hardwired to a controller, but not this unit. It claims to be as easy to install as a sticker. Even better: they say it works with almost every credential type out there. So what are the downsides? Are wirel...

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Body Cameras, Poorly Implemented, Failed

Apr 23, 2014 by Carlton Purvis

A 2013 study found that body cameras led to a massive reduction in use of force incidents and officer complaints. However, a new Justice Department report shows that the benefits of using body cameras are not reaped when they are...

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Advanced Marketing That Avigilon and Dropcam Does But Axis Misses

Apr 22, 2014 by John Honovich

This is the technique that two of the fastest growing companies in surveillance use but most incumbents miss. It offers incredible low cost plus high quality targeting that no other historical option has ever provided. Indeed, ...

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VQiPS - Video Quality in Public Safety

Apr 22, 2014 by Carlton Purvis

The Video Quality in Public Safety (VQiPS) working group is run by the US government and is comprised of "public safety practitioners, Federal partners, manufacturers, and representatives of standards making bodies," that meets a...

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IR Camera Housing - Raytec Lighthouse

Apr 21, 2014 by John Honovich

A key limitation of integrated IR cameras is distance covered. Even long range integrated IR cameras are typically not more than 50 meters. Now, Raytec is releasing the Lighthouse, what they describe as a "fully integrated ligh...

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Japanese Stores Facial Recognition Sharing

Apr 21, 2014 by Carlton Purvis

A controversy is brewing in Japan after a newspaper was tipped off about a practice stores use to combat shoplifting. A network of stores uses facial recognition technology to tag customers as shoplifters and relay that informati...

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How a University Created Its Surveillance Policy

Apr 18, 2014 by Carlton Purvis

Some are bad, some are good, some are nonexistent, but what considerations go into crafting a surveillance policy? We talked to University Police Chief Peter Carey about how they developed their surveillance policy and why they m...

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Video Surveillance At Archaeology Sites Might Surprise You

Apr 17, 2014 by Carlton Purvis

What is the camera of choice for securing archaeological sites? We talked to archaeologist Chris Merritt about what cameras he found most successful based on his research on the topic.Utah, where Merritt works as at the state Dep...

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Samsung Launching 1280H Analog, Claims HD Quality

Apr 17, 2014 by Ethan Ace

Is analog innovation heating up? 960H was the big analog jump over the last few years, offering 34% increase in 'resolution.' Now, Samsung is launching 1280H, a nearly 100% increase in 'resolution' over traditional analog. Inde...

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Securing Access Control Systems

Apr 17, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Securing access control components is critical to ensuring that a facility is truly secure. Otherwise, the entire system can be circumvented or shut down by an adversary. In most cases, if done correctly, adding layers of securi...

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$3,000 Per Classroom School Camera System

Apr 16, 2014 by Carlton Purvis

Cameras in schools are nearly everywhere but inside classrooms? Far less common. A school district in Michigan paid $3,000 per classroom for a Panasonic based system to provide live-views during emergencies, that could be used i...

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German Anti-Surveillance Campaign Coming to US

Apr 15, 2014 by Carlton Purvis

The German Pirate Party recently created an anti surveillance campaign that focuses on the security (or lack of) that cameras provide people. The PP is now working on English version of the flyers to reach more of Europe and poss...

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The $12 Billion Video Surveillance Manufacturer

Apr 15, 2014 by John Honovich

What video surveillance manufacturer is worth a staggering $12 billion USD? How about Avigilon? Avigilon is growing very fast and, impressively, has broken a billion dollar valuation, but is still worth only 1/10th of this behem...

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Requiring Video Surveillance At Gas Stations

Apr 14, 2014 by Carlton Purvis

A crowd mobbed and beat a man into a coma after the man accidently ran over a 10 year old boy near a gas station in Detroit. Because of poor image quality and coverage, the police could not identify most of the suspects involved....

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