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IP Camera Firmware Upgrade Directory
Posted on Aug 28, 2014
"Updating firmware can be one of the most tedious tasks involved in any IP camera system. It is not always clear what version is latest, what has changed or been fixed, and where to even download it. We've compiled the following list of..."
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Startup: Smoke Detector As a Security System (PRO Only)
Posted on Aug 28, 2014
"Fresh off a successful fundraising campaign, Novi Security is making some bold claims: Its security system has "no contracts, no monthly fees, needs no hardwiring, and sends no false alarms", all costing a fraction of a normal panel..."
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Testing Hikvision High End Camera
Posted on Aug 27, 2014
"Chinese manufacturer, including the two mega ones, Dahua and Hikvision, are best known in the West for super low cost, entry level cameras. However, how well do their 'higher end' ones one work? We bought a 3MP WDR, Integrated IR..."
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Technician Job Notes Done Right (PRO Only)
Posted on Aug 27, 2014
"One of the most common complaints of senior integrators is poor job notes. Service technicians, especially junior ones, routinely screw this up, compounding problems and increasing costs. Not only are these notes important for future..."
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Mobotix Admits Channel Stuffing (PRO Only)
Posted on Aug 27, 2014
"Channel stuffing is becoming an important industry issue. First, there with an analyst firm's alert against Avigilon and now Mobotix's admission. In this note, we examine what happened, its ongoing and potential future..."
A Major Flaw in Long Lenses and PTZs Found
Posted on Aug 26, 2014
"Theoretically, long lenses should let you capture faces and license plates very far away. For example, over 900 feet away from a 1080p camera one should get over 40ppf from a 100mm lens. But how well does this work in practice? In..."
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Startup Review: Sentri (PRO Only)
Posted on Aug 26, 2014
"This security startup smashed through their goal in 48 hours and have raised nearly $400,000 total. Here's their pitch video: Inside, we analyze their competitive positioning and potential. Product Details Unlike typical security..."
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Lenel OnGuard Live Webinar
Posted on Aug 26, 2014
"On Monday September 8th at 11am EDT, IPVM will host a webinar on Lenel OnGuard, doing a live review of the software and taking your questions throughout. This is a great chance to get an up close look at a popular system with large..."
Camera Calculator Adds Personal Scenes
Posted on Aug 25, 2014
"By popular request, now you can visualize and optimize your own applications with your own images. The IPVM Camera Calculator has added personal scenes to our 6 pre-set ones. You are going to love being able to use your own scenes when..."
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The Bloody HD Camera Wars Are Coming (PRO Only)
Posted on Aug 25, 2014
"The most important emerging trend in video surveillance today is the emergence of non-IP HD cameras. But the conflicting go-to-market strategies and the weaknesses of each participant are likely to make this a bloody fight that risks..."
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WiFi & Wireless Access Lock Guide (PRO Only)
Posted on Aug 25, 2014
"When it comes to access control, any chance to save money on parts or install labor is attractive. For many doors, running network cables and hanging multiple devices can run thousands of dollars. By contrast, Wireless/WiFi locks are..."
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Field of View (FoV) Tutorial (PRO Only)
Posted on Aug 24, 2014
"Field of View, or FoV, is deceptively complex. At its most basic, it is simply what the camera can 'see' and is, therefore, visually self-evident. However, when analyzing images, comparing cameras or projecting quality, FoV subtleties..."
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Startup: Smart Security Padlock (PRO Only)
Posted on Aug 22, 2014
"Want to eliminate using keys or combinations? Replace them with your smartphone to control access. That's what startup Noke (pronounced 'no-key') is pitching. Check out their video: The product has raised over 2.5 times its goal in..."
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Elevator Surveillance Guide (PRO Only)
Posted on Aug 21, 2014
"Installing surveillance in an elevator can be challenging. Small but wide areas, vandal resistance, and transmission methods all present challenges not found in other areas cameras are installed. In this note, we look at: Form factor:..."
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How to Read Blueprints For Security Projects (PRO Only)
Posted on Aug 20, 2014
"Reading building floorplans is a fundamental skilled needed for professional security projects. Floorplans can be large, detailed and intimidating to the inexperienced. Understanding blueprints can be the difference between bidding..."
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HD SDI / HDcctv Tutorial (PRO Only)
Posted on Aug 20, 2014
"Want megapixel but don't want IP? That's the promise of HD SDI / HDcctv. In this tutorial, we examine what it is, how it differs from IP Megapixel and the key factors impacting its use including backwards compatibility, product..."
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Why You Should Avoid 960H Cameras (PRO Only)
Posted on Aug 20, 2014
"960H promises to increase analog resolution by 34%, transforming the traditional 4:3 aspect ratio image into a widescreen 'hi def' one, like this marketing image from one manufacturer: Presumably, that is his yacht from selling so..."
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Hosted and Managed Access Control Statistics (PRO Only)
Posted on Aug 19, 2014
"'Cloud' access control - how many integrators are offering it? Why? And for those that do, are they favoring hosted or managed options. In the industry's first survey of integrator's adoption of cloud access control, IPVM reveals usage..."
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Manufacturer Salary Results 2014
Posted on Aug 19, 2014
"IPVM has determined how much sales people, engineers, developers, and tech support are earning in our 2014 Manufacturer Salary Survey. This is the companion to our Integrator Salary Survey 2014 report. Key highlights include: "Big..."
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ONVIF Tutorial 2014 (PRO Only)
Posted on Aug 18, 2014
"ONVIF is well known within the surveillance industry as an interface to connect IP cameras and VMS systems but: Is ONVIF a 'Standard'? What's the difference between ONVIF and PSIA? Why ONVIF? What does ONVIF do? What does it..."
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Favorite Biometrics 2014 (PRO Only)
Posted on Aug 18, 2014
"This IPVM integrator survey reveals the favorite biometric of professional integrators, with stats and color commentary. The contenders are: Face Finger Palmvein Retina No Biometrics Key Breakdown Almost half of responses..."
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Mobotix Stock Plummeting (PRO Only)
Posted on Aug 18, 2014
"Much like the company itself, Mobotix' stock has hit hard times, dropping more than 60% in the past 12 months. In this note, we examine what is happening and why. Of course, given their unceremonious firing of their CEO and..."
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Using the Camera Calculator to Design and Sell Surveillance
Posted on Aug 15, 2014
" We will show you how to use the IPVM Camera Calculator to significantly improve your designs and better sell the right solutions. Find out how the Calculator can provide unprecedented details and visuals to show the improvements better..."
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Testing HD Lipstick Camera
Posted on Aug 15, 2014
"Miniature IP / HD cameras are a growing trend. One of the downsides has been the addition of a 'head' or 'base' unit to do the encoding, often large or cumbersome enough to create installation challenges. We bought a new Vivotek..."
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Lockitron Tested
Posted on Aug 14, 2014
"Lockitron is one of the most hyped products in years and maybe the most well known access control product ever. Ever since their crowdsourcing campaign began, this red-hot startup has won millions in backing and all the admiration..."

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