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Training Class on IPVM Camera Calculator

Oct 01, 2014 by Marty Major

Learn how to properly visualize, design and specify cameras using the industry leading IPVM camera calculator. We will teach you key concepts, factors and technology issues in choosing cameras. This training class will be a 1 h...

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ASIS 2014 - 17 Manufacturer Tech Review

Sep 30, 2014 by IPVM Team

This long post recaps key findings from IPVM team members meeting with manufacturers at ASIS 2014 including Hikvision, EMC, Pelco, Digital Watchdog, Panasonic, Samsung, Mobotix, IQinVision, Tyco, Theia and Seagate. This adds to ...

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HID 'Twist and Go' Access Control

Sep 30, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Credential giant HID Global is making it easier to use cell phones as credentials. Instead of pushing buttons to turn on an app, users need only to raise and tilt their phones in a concept HID calls 'Twist & Go'. We examine ...

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Vicon CEO Losing Strategy

Sep 30, 2014 by John Honovich

They got the Milestone exec to be their CEO, but his strategy is shaping up to be no better than the failing ones of the previous Vicon / IQinVision regimes. In this note, we examine the strategy and its weaknesses. Strategy ...

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Startup: Thermal Radar

Sep 30, 2014 by John Honovich

Two years ago, we covered a thermal panoramic system that covered huge areas, but came with a huge pricetag of ~$250,000. Now a startup named Thermal Radar claims to be the 'World's First Affordable 360° thermal camera' and ...

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Debunking Assa Abloy President's Next Big Thing

Sep 29, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

The President of one of the biggest names in access control has proclaimed the next big thing: energy reduction for electrified hardware. Assa's leader placed access control as the next frontier for saving money on power, citing...

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Axis Launches NVRs

Sep 29, 2014 by John Honovich

The PC is dead? Not in the surveillance word, where boxes are the big new innovation thing. Axis has joined the fray with their S10 series of NVRs. In this note, we review features, pricing and competitive positioning. Over...

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Axis Launches Multi-Imager Panoramic

Sep 29, 2014 by John Honovich

Axis has launched its first multi-imager panoramic, entering in to a promising market with limited suppliers, most notably Arecont. However, Axis has taken a unique approach to this camera. In this note, we examine the features...

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LIVE From ASIS 2014 Show Floor Review

Sep 29, 2014 by IPVM Team

What Happened to the New Products? Nothing major at all. Disappointing. Lots of new recorder boxes, for some reason. Axis is now in the box business (OEMing Dell), joining Milestone's DVR. Also, Avigilon looks to be OEMing Dyna...

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The Most Audacious New Release at ASIS 2014

Sep 25, 2014 by John Honovich

Did you lose your child here? Or here? Now, many might say you were a terrible parent but not NICE Systems. NICE's new Suspect Search aims to solve this. In this note, we break down how it works and what the problems with ...

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Axis Releases Card Reader

Sep 25, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Last year, Axis put the security market on notice by releasing the A1001 access controller (see IPVM test results of it). Their follow up this year is an access control reader. Game changer or copycat? In this note, we examine...

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Video Insight Gives Away Access Control Free

Sep 24, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Genetec has offered unified access and video for years and Milestone added its own integrated access last year, but Video Insight aims to top them by giving access control software away for free. In this update, we look into the...

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Genetec's New 'Unified' Appliance

Sep 24, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Genetec has announced a 'unified security appliance', touting the ability to deploy video and access. But what is so interesting or different compared to their historic 'unified' / integrated video and access software. In this ...

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Avigilon Analytic Cameras Released

Sep 23, 2014 by John Honovich

Just weeks after discontinuing VideoIQ's products, Avigilon has released their own analytic embedded cameras. In this note, we answer: How do the new Avigilon cameras compare to VideoIQ's? How does this impact Avigilon's com...

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Scallop Multi-Imager Camera Improvements

Sep 23, 2014 by John Honovich

Earlier in 2014, after years adrift, multi-imager panoramic camera specialist Scallop rebooted. Now, the company is moving forward with product improvements, price drops and new offerings. In this note, we break down each of the...

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