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Mobotix Wedge Panoramic Camrea

Dec 19, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Mobotix was one of the first manufacturers with panoramic cameras. Since then, everyone has gone 360, and panoramic cameras have become commonplace. Now, Mobotix has a new wedge style panoramic camera that is being offered at a...

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Assa Acquires $40 Million Chinese Manufacturer

Dec 17, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

In this note, we examine the impact of Assa'a purchase of a $40 million Chinese access control manufacturer. Assa Acquires Digi Electronic Lock Lock giant Assa Abloy announced it is buying a chinese hotel lock system manufact...

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Comprehensive Surveillance Cabling Guide

Dec 17, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Surveillance cabling seems mundane, yet is a critical topic. A system with the best equipment can still be a failure if the network connecting it is shoddy or not properly installed, while carefully designed and installed cable c...

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Hikvision Hires Ex Sony GM

Dec 16, 2014 by John Honovich

7 months after being ousted from Sony, Mark Collett has gotten a leadership position with the biggest surveillance manufacturer in the world. Inside, we examine the role, the potential fit, and the risks of the move. Backgrou...

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Axis Large Imager HD Camera (Q1635)

Dec 16, 2014 by Ethan Ace

Many surveillance professionals love large imagers. Axis is feeding into that with its latest release, the Q1635, a 1/2" imager camera that includes the high end features of the Q1615 (see IPVM Q1615 test results) but claims bet...

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Milestone Super Low Cost HD Solution

Dec 15, 2014 by John Honovich

Recent IPVM testing has shown and verified a super low cost HD solution using Milestone that has never been marketed. In this note, we break it down, explain how it works and what the cost savings are. Solution - Analog HD + ...

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Weak: Vicon / IQinVision Financials Out

Dec 12, 2014 by John Honovich

Combined Vicon / IQinVision financials are out for the first time since their combination closed. And the numbers are weak, both top line and on margins. Revenue Down [Background: Vicon's quarterly financial announcement] V...

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Using Automatic Door Operators with Access

Dec 12, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Opening and closing doors might sound simple, but it takes a high-tech piece of door hardware to pull it off. Integrating automatic door operators with access control can be tricky if the basic fundamentals of these devices are n...

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VMS Labor Standards

Dec 11, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

We continue our industry first installation labor standards result with a look at Video Management System setup, adding to the camera installation and cabling installation entries. These standards help integrators improve the ac...

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Samsung Techwin Workers Protest + Stock Plunges

Dec 10, 2014 by John Honovich

The Samsung sell-off is off to a shaky start. While the US division frantically tries to convince everyone that things are fantastic, worker actions, Hanwha management signals and stock price movements show it is not. Worker ...

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Brivo Launches 'Hardware as a Service'

Dec 10, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Brivo was one of the first and still few 'hosted access' providers that uses cloud-based servers instead of dedicated head-ends. Now they are introducing "HaaS", or 'Hardware as a Service' where even the physical door controller...

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Average Pricing Calculator Released

Dec 09, 2014 by John Honovich

How much should you expect to pay for a 1080p dome or a 3MP outdoor bullet or a camera from Axis? Figuring out average pricing historically has been tedious and time consuming, forcing you to find, aggregate and tabulate pricing...

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Fluidmesh Ponte Claims 'Wireless Links In No Time"

Dec 08, 2014 by Ethan Ace

"Wireless links in no time" claims Fluidmesh with their new FM Ponte point-to-point, with pre-configuration and technical support their big differentiators. But are these claims enough to divert integrators from favorite lines su...

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Tracking Integrated IR Camera Max Range

Dec 05, 2014 by John Honovich

Integrated IR has become a very popular option for cameras, with more than 30% of cameras IPVM track now having that. Some manufacturers specify IR range as low as 5 meters, others as high as 150 meters, so there is a large vari...

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This Spec Wizard Makes a Mockery Out of RFPs

Dec 05, 2014 by John Honovich

Terrible RFPs are commonplace. If only there was a way to make it easy to generate terrible RFPs. Well, Honeywell, Vicon and Aiphone are working hard to make that happen. In this note, we look at the process and the problems i...

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