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"Future-Proofing" Access Control Guide

Jul 30, 2015 by Brian Rhodes

Its one of the most misused phrases around: "Future-proof". However, even without the crystal ball and wizards, designing access control to be "future proof" is much more pratical that the concept implies. The features we tag as...

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Manufacturers: Get Paying or Get Sued

Jul 29, 2015 by John Honovich

The new Avigilon 'patent licensing program' is starting to roll out, confirmed Avigilon's CEO on today's earnings call. This is just a month after an Avigilon employee and multiple Avigilon dealers went berserk on an IPVM discus...

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The Company Behind AHD

Jul 29, 2015 by John Honovich

They are the star of nearly every Chinese spam email now. Plus, they just picked up Samsung. We interviewed Nextchip, the company behind AHD, who claimed huge growth and volume shipments, as well as explaining what their market...

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Arecont Pulls End User Marketing Claims

Jul 28, 2015 by John Honovich

Manufacturers, you have to get explicit permission from end users and only state factually true claims about them. Arecont struggles to understand this. In their trainwreck SIA 'article', not only did they confuse bytes and pix...

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RIP Frank De Fina

Jul 27, 2015 by John Honovich

Frank De Fina has passed away. De Fina was a well known and respected industry executive, who most recently joined mega Chinese manufacturer Hikvision to lead their sales effort into the high-end of the market. Prior to that, De...

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Gun Detecting Smartcam Startup

Jul 27, 2015 by Brian Rhodes

Wild claims are nothing new for security products, but one startup is claiming its home camera can detect guns. GunDetect claims it can stop gun crime and accidents in your house cold by sensing guns it can see. The new company ...

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Arecont Accurately Predicts Its Own Fall

Jul 24, 2015 by John Honovich

You have to give credit where credit is due. Three years ago, Arecont introduced the idiotic Pixels Per Dollar metric. On the one hand, it is clearly reductionistic, ignoring image quality issues like WDR, low light performance...

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Surveillance Design Training Class

Jul 23, 2015 by John Honovich

In this webinar, we demonstrated how to better design video surveillance systems using the IPVM camera calculator. How to lay out cameras on Google Maps, determine the right coverage, right FoV and image quality were just some of...

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BICSI Dumps Security Certification

Jul 23, 2015 by Ethan Ace

Security people may love IT, but the feeling evidently is not mutual. Standards/certification group BICSI has terminated their Electronic Safety and Security credential after a few years' availability and very limited adoption. ...

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Vehicle Entrance Camera Selection Guide

Jul 21, 2015 by Ethan Ace

When it comes to vehicle surveillance, the conversation regularly turns to license plate capture. But other information, such as identifying details of the driver, vehicle make and model, etc., is often just as important. In thi...

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Samsung Goes AHD, Sets Battle with Dahua and Hikvision

Jul 20, 2015 by John Honovich

HD analog continues to grow. One of the biggest problems so far is the lack of big brand support. Though Hikvision and Dahua are now mega surveillance manufacturers, they clearly do not have the name recognition globally. To da...

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Access Control Course Fall 2015 Opened

Jul 20, 2015 by Brian Rhodes

Save $50 right now on early registration to the Fall 2015 Access Control Course. IPVM offers the most comprehensive access control course in the industry. Unlike manufacturer training that focuses only on a small part of the sys...

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You Cannot Trust the ONVIF Chairman

Jul 17, 2015 by John Honovich

A fascinating question: Can you trust salesman? Posed SourceSecurity. Unfortunately and ironically, the ONVIF chairman shows you why should not. The 'Guarantee' The ONVIF chairman was asked, "Can End Users Trust Advice Fro...

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VMS vs CMS

Jul 15, 2015 by John Honovich

VMS and CMS both refer to software that manages video surveillance recordings yet they are different. In this note, we explain the differences in: How this varies by geographic region What functionality is core to each type ...

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Avigilon Spends $39 Million on Stock Buyback

Jul 14, 2015 by John Honovich

Avigilon is investing - in their own stock. Over the past 2 months, Avigilon has spent nearly $40 million buying back their own stock. In this note, we examine: How they have 'profited' $22 million doing this Why they under...

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