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Milestone Employees Defecting to Vicon

Jul 02, 2015 by John Honovich

The hot company right now? Evidently Vicon. Vicon has been stugglling for years and in the midst of merging with another troubled company, IQinVision. However, last year, Vicon nabbed Milestone's CSMO. Now he is building an ex-...

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Pros and Cons - Automating Firmware Updates

Jul 01, 2015 by Ethan Ace

Firmware and software updates are one of the most tedious tasks in surveillance, so why not make them easier? While other devices, like PCs, phones, and other consumer electronics have featured automatic updates for years, few ma...

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Samsung Techwin Now Hanwha, Overseas To 'Remain Intact'

Jun 30, 2015 by John Honovich

Officially, Samsung Techwin is no more. As the Korea Times reported: "Samsung Techwin officially became part of Hanwha Group, Korea's 10th largest family-controlled conglomerate, Monday, changing its name to Hanwha Techwin." H...

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Camera Edge Storage / Recording Tutorial

Jun 29, 2015 by John Honovich

~70% of IP cameras allow storing video onboard, at the 'edge', typically through the use of SD cards. The big question is whether and when it makes sense to use edge storage / recording inside the IP camera. In this tutorial, w...

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PennyAlerts is Pretty Interesting

Jun 25, 2015 by John Honovich

We have criticized Intransa / Viakoo pretty harshly. And they deserved it. Quietly going out of business, dropping all warranties, the Intransa leaders then starting Viakoo, launching a false marketing campaign and pricing their...

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IPVM Camera Tools Training Video Released

Jun 25, 2015 by John Honovich

In this video below, you will learn: How to select the right resolution and angles for your cameras. How to demonstrate to customers why this is right How to find the right models for your specific needs How to save mone...

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The $3 Billion Camera Chip Manufacturer - Ambarella

Jun 23, 2015 by John Honovich

A key supplier to Avigilon, Bosch, Dropcam, Hikvision and many other notable video surveillance manufacturers is in the news - first for its sky rocketing stock price and now becaue of the fierce debate on its valuation. In this...

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The Engineers of Tomorrow Are Men, The Women Remain Props

Jun 23, 2015 by John Honovich

Celebrated annually at IFSEC, it is called 'Engineers of Tomorrow' a competition for troubleshooting alarm systems. Young guys win each year and get to pose with the 'CSLDualCom ladies'. Here are the pictures. First from the of...

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ASIS CEO To Exit

Jun 22, 2015 by John Honovich

Amid declining exhibitor attendance and membership troubles, the richest man in security management is leaving. Michael Stack, ASIS CEO, famous for $600,000+ annual compensation, is retiring at the end of 2015. ASIS confirmed to...

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The Bizarre Dahua North American Tour

Jun 18, 2015 by Brian Rhodes

Dahua is worth $7 billion USD, more than twice what Canon paid for Axis. And Dahua generated more than $1 billion USD in revenue in 2014 and nearly $200 million in profits. The only video surveillance manufacturer with greater r...

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Exacq vs Avigilon

Jun 17, 2015 by John Honovich

A member requested: "I need to find some IPVM info on Exacq vs. Avigilon. I don't have time to read 500 articles. Is there a short cut comparison as to which product integrator prefer and why. HELP??" He's literally right. We h...

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Milestone 'CARES' About End Users

Jun 16, 2015 by Ethan Ace

Milestone has announced CARE which they tout cryptically as "Service Offerings for Continuous Return on Investment." If you are familiar with Software Upgrade Plan (SUP), their previous program, this is SUP with more tiers. In ...

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Why PSIM Will NEVER Be Popular

Jun 15, 2015 by John Honovich

How do you like this vehicle? Big, ugly, hard to drive, terrible gas mileage, death trap - there's lots of negatives. Now, what if you were this family? Now, a passenger van starts sounding like a lot of sense. I guess yo...

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Milestone's 2014 Financials Revealed

Jun 15, 2015 by John Honovich

Before becoming a Canon subsidiary, Milestone made a big deal of releasing their annual financials. Now, Milestone has stopped this. However, IPVM has found Milestone's 2014 financials. Inside, we examine and explain critical d...

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CDW: We Love You Axis But Here is Samsung for 50% Less

Jun 12, 2015 by John Honovich

Axis steering end users to CDW has been a hot topic on IPVM recently. Unfortunately, that admiration is not exactly mutual. Our new Online Surveillance Sales Trends 2015 report uncovered a fascinating dynamic that underscores A...

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