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Axis Bad Financial Results Again

Jan 30, 2015 by John Honovich

Bad results last quarter spurred a debate about Axis performance. Now, Axis has turned in an equally bad Q4 2014 results. In this note, we look at: America's weakness and inventory drop Asia's weakness Avigilon and analyti...

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Lockitron Admits Failure

Jan 29, 2015 by Brian Rhodes

They were Silicon Valley's chosen one. The company who was going to disrupt access control, backed by the biggest incubator and cheered on by the tech press. However, as IPVM test results showed, the product had massive problem...

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Exacq Fires Rep Firms

Jan 28, 2015 by John Honovich

The Tyco-fication of Exacq is gaining stream. Exacq has fired multiple manufacturer representative firms. In addition, Tyco has implemented a number of cross-selling / favoritism tactics for American Dynamic cameras. In this no...

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NTP / Network Time Guide For Video Surveillance

Jan 27, 2015 by Ethan Ace

Inaccurate time can lead to missing or inadmissible video, yet this topic is often overlooked, with cameras and servers left defaulted, synchronized to different sources or not at all. However, setting up a proper time server in ...

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Vidsys CEO Out

Jan 27, 2015 by John Honovich

Three years ago, Vidsys, one of the last independent PSIMs, named a prestigious CEO. Now he is out. In this note, we look at the move and the future for Vidsys. Michael P. Jackson In 2012, Vidsys named Michael P. Jackson as...

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New Long Range Wireless Access Solution (Allegion)

Jan 26, 2015 by Brian Rhodes

Delivering access control to parking lot gates or elevators usually means spending tens of thousands on special cables or trenching. However, Allegion is claiming it's new kit can do everything for a fraction of the historical pr...

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3VR Stays Alive With $8 Million Financing

Jan 23, 2015 by John Honovich

Now 13 years old, 3VR is the last of a generation of the hyped video analytic startups to find an exit. And with a new $8 million financing, 3VR has gained a little more runway. In this note, we examine the financing, 3VR's gro...

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Camera Size Search Engine

Jan 22, 2015 by John Honovich

Small cameras are highly desirable. And manufacturers want to deliver them - minidomes, microdomes, nanodomes, etc. But figuring out which cameras are really the smallest compared to all the other cameras on the market has been...

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Network Cable Testing Guide

Jan 22, 2015 by Ethan Ace

Proper cable installation is key to trouble-free surveillance systems. However, testing is often an afterthought, with problems only discovered when cameras have problems, resulting in increased troubleshooting, or even worse, r...

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Avigilon Acquires 96 MORE Patents

Jan 21, 2015 by John Honovich

Spending $80 million on patents last month was evidently just the start. Now, Avigilon has acquired 96 more patents from 4 different companies. In this note, we examine this high risk / high reward strategy and how it can impac...

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Siemens OEMs Milestone

Jan 21, 2015 by John Honovich

Milestone has picked up one of the biggest companies in the world as an OEM. In this note, we examine how Siemens is using Milestone's VMS, how this compares to other Milestone OEMs, what this means for the two companies and how...

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Foolproof Strike Installation Guide

Jan 20, 2015 by Brian Rhodes

Follow this guide and you will install a strike correctly everytime. As we detail in this post, installing electric strikes successfully is mostly good preparation, but when done right provides years of trouble-free use. We use o...

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BICSI For IP Video Surveillance Guide

Jan 19, 2015 by Ethan Ace

Spend enough time around networks and eventually someone will mention BICSI, the oft-referenced but only vaguely known standards body prevalent in the IT world. The question is: how do BICSI and their guidelines practically affec...

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IP Network Hardware for Surveillance Guide

Jan 15, 2015 by Brian Rhodes

Video surveillance systems depend on running over IP networking equipment. In this guide, we explain the key pieces of equipment and features, explaining where and why they are typically used. The topics covered include: Fast...

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Selecting Access Control Readers

Jan 14, 2015 by Brian Rhodes

Given the variety of types available, specifying access control readers can be a daunting process. However, focusing on a few key elements will help you arrive at the right product no matter which system you are using. These incl...

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