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TWIC Access Credentials Under Fire (PRO Only)
Posted on Oct 20, 2014
"One of the biggest credential formats in the US is barely hanging on. With over 3 million TWIC cards issued, it is one of the most common ID carried by federal employees and private contractors alike to enter sensitive security areas..."
Testing Arecont Omni
Posted on Oct 20, 2014
"The Arecont SurroundVideo Omni is one of the most novel new camera offerings in the past few years. Like their 180 and 360 predecessors, the Omni supports 4 imagers / cameras inside. The major advance is that the imagers can now be..."
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Axis Admits Access Control Expectations Low (PRO Only)
Posted on Oct 17, 2014
"Axis entrance into access control had been anticipated for years. Last year, Axis access control launch was the biggest news of the season. What is going on now? In this note, we examine Axis recent admission and what this means for..."
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Wireless Access Control Panels (PRO Only)
Posted on Oct 16, 2014
"One company claims they can connect access control panels wirelessly with ranges up to a mile, saving big bucks and thousands of feet of cable tying together door controllers with the main panel. In this note, we examine Prodata Key,..."
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Axis In Denial, Q3 Financial Report Bad (PRO Only)
Posted on Oct 16, 2014
"Axis Q3 2014 numbers are bad. But their outlook is still rosy. The company has struggled to maintain not only their historical growth rate, but the market average growth rate they claim. In this note, we examine their financial..."
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The RoboGuard: New Product (PRO Only)
Posted on Oct 15, 2014
"ASIS loves robots (apparently). First, the Vigilus patrol robot won an award in 2012, and now, Senstar's RoboGuard, an automated fence patrol system, has won in 2014. But the question remains: can these robots practically and cost..."
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IP Camera Passwords - Axis, Dahua, Samsung (PRO Only)
Posted on Oct 15, 2014
"IP cameras are famous / infamous for weak default passwords that can lead to major problems. See our IP Cameras Default Passwords Directory for examples. However, in the last few years that is starting to change. In this note, we look..."
The Worst HD Quality Camera Ever
Posted on Oct 15, 2014
"Samsung, what are you doing? Their new 1280H offering significantly stretches video and is one of the most bizarre offerings we have ever seen. Earlier this year, Samsung trumpeted that 1280H would "allow HD quality video to be..."
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Door Closers: Critical Security Hardware (PRO Only)
Posted on Oct 14, 2014
"It might be the most unappreciated piece of door hardware, but it is one of the most important. Door Closers have an important job: automatically shut doors when they are opened. Why are they so important? Because an open door cannot..."
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New 'Low Cost' Thermal Zoom Camera (PRO Only)
Posted on Oct 14, 2014
"Zoom thermal cameras have typically been feasible only to those with the largest budgets, requiring expensive cooled cameras with six figure price tags. Now, Sierra Olympic claims to bring this capability to the commercial market at..."
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HID's SE Readers Examined (PRO Only)
Posted on Oct 13, 2014
"The HID card readers you may have used in the past are changing. As old stocks of standards like R10 and R40 readers dwindle, new part numbers and a new series takes their place: iClass SE. In practical terms, what does this change mean,..."
Winners Losers Fall 2014
Posted on Oct 13, 2014
"We are all losers, IPVM included. The historically poor new releases for Essen / ASIS make 2014 the worst year for surveillance innovation in, at least, a decade. (See our in depth manufacturer review for tech details). And that is bad..."
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Smart IR Panoramic Camera Tested
Posted on Oct 10, 2014
"Panoramic cameras are overwhelmingly quite bad in low light. Now, manufacturers are starting to add IR to them. We tested the Hikvision panoramic IR earlier this year. Now, Vivotek has released the FE8181, which..."
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Startup: The Bublcam (PRO Only)
Posted on Oct 09, 2014
"Multi-imager fisheye cameras are not new, but a startup is releasing a camera that can see in any direction all at once. Bubl is more than a 360 fisheye camera, because it has lenses built into a sphere with images all stiched together..."
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Beware Out of Date Knowledge
Posted on Oct 09, 2014
"You know that guy. Confident, brilliant, tells you exactly how the world worked.... ten years ago. One of the biggest challenges in technology is to keep one's knowledge up to date. As technology changes, so too does what is..."
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Manufacturers Unhappy With ASIS 2014 (PRO Only)
Posted on Oct 08, 2014
"An IPVM survey of 50+ manufacturers reveals that most were not happy with the ASIS 2014 Atlanta show, with a number of them quite upset, highlighted by one notable industry veteran affirming: "The industry does not really need more than..."
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New Ethernet over Coax - Altronix eBridge Plus (PRO Only)
Posted on Oct 08, 2014
"Altronix's original eBridge line pushed down prices of Ethernet over coax offering, useful for deploying IP cameras over existing coax / analog infrastructure. Now Altronix has released the second generation of the eBridge line, simply..."
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Why is Avigilon's Stock Falling Like a Knife? (PRO Only)
Posted on Oct 08, 2014
"A week ago, a prominent Avigilon investor admitted, "Nobody wants to hold [Avigilon stock]. Everybody wants to sell it." He then recommended buying it. He evidently was right, at least partially. In the past week, Avigilon's stock has..."
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Why Avaya Has Entered VIdeo Surveillance (PRO Only)
Posted on Oct 07, 2014
"Avaya is best known as a VoIP spin off of former telecom giant Lucent, but this year they came to ASIS with a booth twice as big as Sony claiming "simpler ip video surveillance" and challenging integrators to see how fast they can set up..."
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Riser vs Plenum Cabling Explained (PRO Only)
Posted on Oct 07, 2014
"You could be spending twice as much for cable as you need. The difference between 'plenum' rated cable and 'riser' rated cable is subtle, but the cost difference is big. What is the proper use for each type, and how can you avoid costly..."
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Training Class on IPVM Camera Calculator (PRO Only)
Posted on Oct 06, 2014
"Learn how to properly visualize, design and specify cameras using the industry leading IPVM camera calculator. We will teach you key concepts, factors and technology issues in choosing cameras. This training class was a 1 hour live..."
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Testing Speco IP Intensifier
Posted on Oct 06, 2014
"Chances are you have seen Speco's promotion of its Intensifier HD IP line, with ads online and in trade mags claiming color images down to an incredible 0.0005 lx. Speco funded a vacation for security trade magazine..."
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IPVM Member Orientation October 2014
Posted on Oct 06, 2014
"We held a live call / webinar next Monday, Oct 13th, showing you how to get the most out of your IPVM membership, including: The quickest ways to get the information you need to make important decisions Advanced options / features..."
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Stop Careless Mistakes
Posted on Oct 06, 2014
"Careless mistakes are a big problem, especially among inexperienced people who naively scan, skip or assume. Whether you are reading a quote, contract, specification, review or recommendation, you need to properly interpret the words /..."
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Avigilon Tightens Channel (PRO Only)
Posted on Oct 03, 2014
"Avigilon is tightening their channel structure, according to multiple independent sources discussing this at ASIS 2014. In the note, we examine what is happening, what it means for integrators, end users, Avigilon and their..."

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