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VSaaS Startup Pivots to Camera API Provider

Jul 24, 2014 by John Honovich

This is a fascinating case study of how a VSaaS startup recognized the flaws in that market and are using their experience to build a hosted API camera API service called Evercam. In this note, we examine what they learned provi...

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Pelco IP Camera Price Cuts

Jul 24, 2014 by Ethan Ace

Starting July 1, 2014, Pelco has made significant price cuts across their mid to high end IP camera lines. In this note, we examine the price cuts and how this impacts Pelco's competitive positioning against other large brands l...

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Access Control Markups / Profits Revealed

Jul 23, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

How much profits do integrators typically make on access control projects? Is access one of the last havens for fat paydays, or are profits being eroded by increased competition and low-cost equipment? Unique IPVM integrator sur...

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Startup: The Pepper-Spraying Camera

Jul 22, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Personal safety is a growing concern for many, but a complete solution means carrying several devices: a pepper spray can, siren, and then fumbling with a phone to call the police can all be very difficult when confronted by an a...

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Top 5 Access Control Problems

Jul 21, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Here's what integrators say are their 5 top problems with electronic access control: High cost End-user knowledge Lowball Competition Complex Doors/Hardware Low System Turnover Inside, integrators explain in-depth about...

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VMS Webinar Series - Milestone, Avigilon, NUUO, OnSSI, Network Optix

Jul 21, 2014 by John Honovich

Over the next month, each Monday at 11am EDT / 15:00 GMT, IPVM will be hosting a webinar on a different VMS (Milestone, Avigilon, NUUO, OnSSI, Network Optix), doing a live presentation and review of the software in action. Each ...

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Milestone Sues Hawk

Jul 18, 2014 by John Honovich

Last year, an inventor / troll said they were going to sue end users for violating a patent they have on video surveillance technology. Now, they have fulfilled their promise with 28 lawsuits this year. However, Milestone System...

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Surveillance Camera Imager Tutorial

Jul 17, 2014 by John Honovich

Imagers - CCD, CMOS, 1/2", 1/4", big pixels, small pixels, etc. In this tutorial, we explain the fundamental issues and drivers in surveillance camera imagers, including: Sensor vs Imager CCD vs CMOS Imager Manufacturers C...

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Conduit for Surveillance Explained

Jul 16, 2014 by Ethan Ace

Cameras frequently need conduit to protect wires and cables connecting them to the headend / recorder. However, with so many types available, it is may be difficult to determine the right one to use in each application. There ...

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What If Axis Acquired Genetec?

Jul 16, 2014 by John Honovich

The shocking acquisition of Milestone by Canon and the rapid ascent of 'solution' provider Avigilon has increased questions about the viability of independent manufacturers. The two best known and largest of these independents l...

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HD Video: IP vs Analog

Jul 11, 2014 by John Honovich

In the past, the only way to get megapixel / HD was to use IP. Now, a crop of alternatives are emerging including SDI, CVI, TVI, 960H, to name just a few. Here is a high level overview of how they compare: Inside, we break do...

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Favorite Access Control Credentials

Jul 11, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

When it comes to the most popular way to unlock a door, which access credential type holds the favored spot among integrators? The 'contenders' include: Barcodes Biometrics Contactless 125kHZ Contactless 12.56MHz Magstr...

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Maglocks - Who Uses And Hates Them

Jul 10, 2014 by Brian Rhodes

Many integrators hate maglocks. However, they are a common sight on many controlled openings. But how widely are they used? In our exclusive integrator access control survey series, we share usage statistics and, more importantl...

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Axis Q2 2014 Growth Up But

Jul 09, 2014 by John Honovich

Axis' seesaw growth continues. After Axis missed and profits sank in Q1 2014, the second quarter's overall growth numbers improved. However, the geographical breakout shows this to be an anomaly and downward revised market growth...

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OnSSI Mix and Match - Save Money on VMS?

Jul 09, 2014 by John Honovich

OnSSI is promoting what it calls 'Mix and Match' that they say will save money on VMS purchases. Generally, VMS software is offered on multiple tiers, like "Basic", "Medium", "Advanced", at increasingly higher prices. A user typ...

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