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Hikvision H.264+ Tested

Feb 10, 2016 by Ethan Ace

Is 'regular' H.264 soon to be a thing of the past? Last year, Axis started the 'smart' H.264 trend with their Zipstream release. Later last year, Hikvision announced their own offering, named H.264+. IPVM finds 'smart codecs' t...

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US Capital Paying for Homes and Business to Get Security Cameras

Feb 09, 2016 by John Honovich

Since 9/11, US cities have spent hundreds of millions collectively on city-wide video surveillance system. Now, the US Capital, has an interesting and quite uncommon idea that essentially pays for local homes and business to get ...

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Brivo Access Control Company Profile

Feb 09, 2016 by Brian Rhodes

This is our 9th in a series of access control company profiles. In this entry, we cover Brivo. Profile Brivo is a US based access company offering hosted systems, where users subscribe to a monthly cloud service to manage their...

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Axis Is In Denial About HD Analog

Feb 08, 2016 by John Honovich

For more than a decade, Axis' #1 argument against analog has been no HD. This, of course, is no longer the case. Unfortunately, Axis remains in denial and trying to deceive about the reality of today's market. Axis Analog vs...

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Surveillance Commissioning / Install Checklist

Feb 08, 2016 by Ethan Ace

This 60+ point checklist helps end users, integrators and consultants verify that installation is complete. It covers the following sections: Camera Physical Setup Camera View Setup Camera Network / Security settings Came...

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Favorite Camera Manufacturers 2016

Feb 08, 2016 by John Honovich

The market has changed significantly since 2014, where our previous Favorite Camera Manufacturer report was led by traditional brands. Now, with the Chinese surge, will the favorite camera rankings be shaken? 150 integrators tol...

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Mega Chinese Electronics Manufactuer Xiaomi Yi Camera Tested

Feb 05, 2016 by John Scanlan

Xiaomi's revenue is 4 to 5 times larger than Hikvision's. Only in business for 5 years, Xiaomi has rocketed to be one of the world's most formidable electronics and smartphone manufacturers, with an astounding $45 billion valuati...

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Trade Mag Admits 84% Prefer Online Over Print

Feb 05, 2016 by John Honovich

Some say the industry is so old and conservative that print is still important. Well, even a print trade magazine is now admitting this is no longer true. Online Dominates Print Security Systems News declares, "SSN readers loo...

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Hikvision Video Analytics Tested

Feb 04, 2016 by Ethan Ace

We tested Hikvision's video analytics on six Hikvision models, ranging from entry level to high end Hikvision cameras, in this outdoor test scene: We tested against Avigilon's advanced analytics and Axis' Video Motion Detectio...

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Last Chance - IP Networking Course

Feb 04, 2016 by Brian Rhodes

Our most popular course starts next week (February 9th), with all new training of network security (the top growing concern for video surveillance networks) plus improved coverage of network installation. The reason for its popu...

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Add Your Preferred Camera Manufacturer to the Calculator

Feb 03, 2016 by John Honovich

One of the most popular features of our Camera Calculator is choosing specific models. Indeed, members select models for 80%+ of their calculations. And selecting the model helps significantly, as the map then shows what AoV the ...

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Axis vs Avigilon vs FLIR vs Hikvision vs Samsung Camera Pricing

Feb 03, 2016 by Ethan Ace

The 'race to the bottom' is a big issue, with average prices dropping sharply over the past few years. But who is racing the hardest? And how do manufacturers compare? To find out, we compared cameras from Avigilon, Axis, FLIR, ...

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Network Security for IP Video Surveillance Guide 2016

Feb 03, 2016 by Ethan Ace

Keeping surveillance networks secure can be a daunting task, but there are several methods that can greatly reduce risk, especially when used in conjunction with each other. In this guide, we look at several security techniques,...

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Resolution Usage Statistics 2016

Feb 02, 2016 by John Honovich

In the past few years, 4MP, 6MP, 4k (8.3MP) and 12MP cameras have become increasingly commonplace. By contrast, our 2014 resolution usage statistics showed that the most common resolution used then was only 1MP / 720p. How much ...

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Avigilon H4 HD Cameras Released

Feb 01, 2016 by John Honovich

Avigilon has announced a new generation of cameras, the H4. In this note, based on speaking with Avigilon, we examine what is new, what has changed and how this impacts Avigilon's competitive positioning. Existing Avigilon Fi...

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