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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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Access Control New Products Spring 2014

Apr 14, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

With surveillance dissapointing, access control dominanted the top awards at ISC West. Of course, a bulletproof bookshelf might be fatally flawed and a cloud based visitor / vendor management system is incredibly niche, a number ...

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Company Settles Charges Of Using CCTV To Look at Women's Breasts

Apr 11, 2014 by Carlton Purvis

A company was ordered to pay a female employee $11,000 after an investigation found that the owner regularly used the surveillance system to stream footage of the employee's breasts to his computer. What’s shocking is not t...

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Mapping IPVM Members from 100+ Countries

Apr 11, 2014 by John Honovich

This map shows the locations of IPVM PRO members throughout the world. The map is based on member logins to the IPVM site. Global Impact One of the great things about the Internet is how it enables global impact. Of course, ...

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Access Control Course - Spring 2014

Apr 11, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Registration is now closed. Our next IPVM access control course will meet live online, starting on April 15th for 12 times over 6 weeks (Tuesday and Thursday from 11am - 12pm ET) teaching access control - regulations, doors, l...

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Best in Show 2014: SV3 Examined

Apr 10, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

ISC West 2014's top new product prize went to relative unknown Building Intelligence's SV3 Entry Management platform. A software offering, SV3 lacks the straightforward appeal of a video camera, door lock, or (apparently) a bulle...

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American Camera OEM / Online Retailer Interviewed

Apr 10, 2014 by Carlton Purvis

A little-known company produced a marketing video comparing its cameras to Chinese giants Dahua and Hikvision, becoming a topic of conversation. Here is the video: So who is Empire Security, and where did they come from? We in...

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Home Security Deal: iControl Acquires Piper

Apr 09, 2014 by John Honovich

Almost every month, a new security / surveillance company launches a crowdsourcing campaign. In 2013, one notable startup was Black Sumac's Piper, that raised $300,000 on IndieGoGo for an all-in-one HD fisheye camera, alarm siren...

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