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Anixter Security Revenue Declines (PRO Only)
Posted on Jul 30, 2014
"Last quarter, we reviewed how Anixter's security business was struggling. Now, new financial results and management disclosures show that things have gotten even worse, driven by one geographic region in particular. For Q2 2014,..."
Worst Manufacturer Support 2014
Posted on Jul 30, 2014
"With the best manufacturer support selected, we now turn to the worse. The two key issues integrators raised were: Screwing up / delaying replacements Long time / effort to speak with someone knowledgeable Inside, we look at..."
VMS Webinar Series - Avigilon, NUUO, OnSSI, Network Optix (PRO Only)
Posted on Jul 29, 2014
"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 webinar..."
How Manufacturers Compete Against Low Cost (PRO Only)
Posted on Jul 29, 2014
""I'll take whatever's cheapest" is perhaps the most hated phrase any salesman could hear. Yet high cost is the biggest complaint of many security buyers. So how do manufacturers successfully sell against low cost options? We asked a..."
Access Control: Here's Why Integrators Choose Multiple Lines (PRO Only)
Posted on Jul 28, 2014
"With so many access options in the market, how many platforms do integrators typically sell? Moreover, why do they chose the lines the sell, and why not more (or less)? We surveyed integrators across the globe, "How many different..."
Best Manufacturer Support 2014
Posted on Jul 28, 2014
"Integrators told us who the best and worst manufacturers are at providing customer support were. The companies that stood out included Arecont Vision, Avigilon, Axis, Exacq, Genetec, Hikvision, Lenel, Milestone, Pelco, Sony, S2 and..."
Testing Bioscrypt's V-Flex Fingerprint Reader (PRO Only)
Posted on Jul 25, 2014
"With fingerprint readers available for as little as $100, why would you pay more? Consider MorphoTrust's Bioscrypt V-Flex 4G, a unit that regularly costs seven or eight times more than the $100 models. Is it worth the extra cost, and if..."
VSaaS Startup Pivots to Camera API Provider (PRO Only)
Posted on Jul 24, 2014
"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 providing..."
Pelco IP Camera Price Cuts (PRO Only)
Posted on Jul 24, 2014
"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 like..."
Testing Genetec Security Center
Posted on Jul 23, 2014
"This is IPVM's first in a series of all new, in-depth test reports on video management software. We start with Genetec's Security Center. Here's a 50 second video overview: Inside this report are 40 minutes of video screencasts break..."
Access Control Markups / Profits Revealed (PRO Only)
Posted on Jul 23, 2014
"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 survey..."
Startup: The Pepper-Spraying Camera (PRO Only)
Posted on Jul 22, 2014
"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..."
Panasonic Series 6 IP Cameras Tested
Posted on Jul 21, 2014
"Can Panasonic make a comeback? One of the early entrants in IP cameras, Panasonic has been slipping, dues to faster and more aggressive competitors. Now, Panasonic has released a sixth generation plus added a 20%+ price cut. We tested..."
Top 5 Access Control Problems (PRO Only)
Posted on Jul 21, 2014
"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 what..."
Milestone Sues Hawk (PRO Only)
Posted on Jul 18, 2014
"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 Systems has..."
Surveillance Camera Imager Tutorial (PRO Only)
Posted on Jul 17, 2014
"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 Camera..."
Favorite Access Control Software 2014
Posted on Jul 16, 2014
"What are the favorite access control software platforms? Is it the elder incumbents like Honeywell, Lenel and Software House? Or can newer providers like Brivo, Genetec or S2 make a dent? Just like we did with favorite IP cameras and..."
Conduit for Surveillance Explained (PRO Only)
Posted on Jul 16, 2014
"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 are..."
What If Axis Acquired Genetec? (PRO Only)
Posted on Jul 16, 2014
"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 left are,..."
Testing Samsung vs Google/Dropcam
Posted on Jul 14, 2014
"Samsung is charging hard into IP cameras. Last year, they attacked the professional market with their WiseNet III launch. Now, they are going after the consumer / residential market with their "SmartCam" offering. Not only does Samsung..."
Favorite Access Control Credentials (PRO Only)
Posted on Jul 11, 2014
"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..."
HD Video: IP vs Analog (PRO Only)
Posted on Jul 11, 2014
"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 down each..."
Maglocks - Who Uses And Hates Them (PRO Only)
Posted on Jul 10, 2014
"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 importantly,..."
Summer 2014 IP Camera Course
Posted on Jul 10, 2014
"Registration is CLOSED. Next course will start in October. IPVM's industry leading IP camera course provides certification and enables you to master the key concepts, drivers and factors in selecting and deploying modern surveillance..."
Testing the Smallest HD Cameras
Posted on Jul 09, 2014
"Miniature HD IP cameras are a growing trend. It started with cameras that had small 'heads' but large 'base' units. Increasingly, though, the bases are shrinking. Recently, we even found one without any base at all, just a small head,..."

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