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Monday! IPVM Member Orientation September 2014 on Sep 22, 2014
"We are holding a live call / webinar this Monday showing you how to get the most out of your IPVM..."
3D Camera Design Training Class on Sep 16, 2014
"Below is an 87 minute recorded training class video that shows you how to do 3D camera designs, i..."
Live From ASIS 2014 Call on Sep 15, 2014
"On Monday September 29th at 8pm ET, after the first day of ASIS exhibits, IPVM will host a live w..."
Startup: Video Door Lock on Sep 12, 2014
"Smart Locks are hot today, garnering lots of money and mainstream interest. One startup, Goji, i..."
Welcome Marty Major to IPVM on Sep 08, 2014
"I am happy to announce that Marty Major has joined IPVM full time to lead IPVM's training courses..."
Startup: Blink Sells A Million of New Security Camera Tech on Sep 05, 2014
"A semiconductor company has launched its own security camera offering, selling over $1 million fr..."
Creating 'As-Built' Drawings on Sep 04, 2014
"Closeout documentation can be invaluable for future expansions or maintenance work, and 'as-built..."
Elerts Push Into Video Surveillance on Sep 03, 2014
"Elerts, a mobile alerting startup, is pushing into video surveillance, led by integrations with b..."
The New Generation of Security Startups on Sep 02, 2014
"New entrants to the security market are few and far between. However, there is one area tha..."
The Company Behind HD-TVI on Sep 02, 2014
"Analog HD is drawing a lot of attention. First there was Dahua and HDCVI. Now, many are talking ..."
Startup: Smoke Detector As a Security System on Aug 28, 2014
"Fresh off a successful fundraising campaign, Novi Security is making some bold claims: Its securi..."
Technician Job Notes Done Right on Aug 27, 2014
"One of the most common complaints of senior integrators is poor job notes. Service technicians, ..."
The Bloody HD Camera Wars Are Coming on Aug 25, 2014
"The most important emerging trend in video surveillance today is the emergence of non-IP HD camer..."
Startup: Smart Security Padlock on Aug 22, 2014
"Want to eliminate using keys or combinations? Replace them with your smartphone to control access..."
Elevator Surveillance Guide on Aug 21, 2014
"Installing surveillance in an elevator can be challenging. Small but wide areas, vandal resistanc..."
How to Read Blueprints For Security Projects on Aug 20, 2014
"Reading building floorplans is a fundamental skilled needed for professional security projects. ..."
Manufacturer Salary Results 2014 on Aug 19, 2014
"IPVM has determined how much sales people, engineers, developers, and tech support are earning in..."
Using the Camera Calculator to Design and Sell Surveillance on Aug 15, 2014
" We will show you how to use the IPVM Camera Calculator to significantly improve your designs an..."
Integrator Salary Survey 2014 on Aug 13, 2014
"IPVM has determined how much sales people, senior technicians, and entry level technicians are ea..."
Camera Calculator Released on Aug 04, 2014
"The new IPVM Camera Calculator is a game changer that enables you to truly see and understand wha..."
Wireless Lock Use Growing, Stats Show on Aug 04, 2014
"With more access companies supporting or producing wireless locks than ever before, are they disr..."
ADI's Price Match Guarantee Compared on Aug 01, 2014
"Few policies are more powerful than "price matching." If a buyer sees a good deal elsewhere, the..."
Worst Manufacturer Support 2014 on Jul 30, 2014
"With the best manufacturer support selected, we now turn to the worse. The two key issues inte..."
How Manufacturers Compete Against Low Cost on Jul 29, 2014
""I'll take whatever's cheapest" is perhaps the most hated phrase any salesman could hear. Yet hi..."
Best Manufacturer Support 2014 on Jul 28, 2014
"Integrators told us who the best and worst manufacturers are at providing customer support were. ..."
Startup: The Pepper-Spraying Camera on Jul 22, 2014
"Personal safety is a growing concern for many, but a complete solution means carrying several dev..."
Surveillance Camera Imager Tutorial on Jul 17, 2014
"Imagers - CCD, CMOS, 1/2", 1/4", big pixels, small pixels, etc. In this tutorial, we explain the..."
Conduit for Surveillance Explained on Jul 16, 2014
"Cameras frequently need conduit to protect wires and cables connecting them to the headend / reco..."
HD Analog vs IP Tutorial on Jul 11, 2014
"In the past, the only way to get megapixel / HD was to use IP. Now, a crop of alternatives are em..."
Startup - Surveillance / Photocamera Combo: Butterfleye on Jul 01, 2014
"This startup, Butterfleye, is offering a cross between a cloud security camera and a personal pho..."
Testing GPS Tag (Tile) on Jun 26, 2014
"$20 for a device that will find the locations of lost or stolen objects. That's the potential of ..."
PayPal Now Supported, Amazon Next on Jun 26, 2014
"IPVM now supports paying for memberships with PayPal. This is available for new members signing u..."
Testing 4K Monitors for Surveillance on Jun 19, 2014
"4K televisions and monitors are becoming increasingly available and affordable.  We tested ..."
Hot Startup for Fire / Intrusion Integration on Jun 17, 2014
"A startup claims to have orders pouring in for a novel solution to integrate firm alarm monitorin..."
Launching Custom News Alerts on Jun 13, 2014
"Industry insiders, you are going to love this new IPVM feature. You might use Google Alerts. The..."
Testing Q-See Analog HD Kit on Jun 09, 2014
"This kit is so inexpensive we could almost not believe it. 8 HD IR cameras plus an DVR..."
HD Surveillance Manufacturer Acquired on Jun 05, 2014
"One company has quietly doubled revenue in the last few years. The other company is a specialist ..."
Falling Down: The 2014 Mid-Year Guide on Jun 02, 2014
"Falling down - the theme of the 2014 video surveillance industry. This is the toughest stretch fo..."
Industry News Roundup May 2014 on May 23, 2014
"Monitoring over 100 surveillance sites, the IPVM Spider picks up 300+ pieces of news each month. ..."
Low Voltage Codes and Video Surveillance on May 22, 2014
"Even 'low voltage' electrical work can be dangerous. Because of that, there are specific rules th..."
Free Top IPVM Resources on May 16, 2014
"Here are 12 of the top IPVM resources, available for free. Members, if you want to share / i..."
How Well Do Integrators Know Their Stuff? on May 07, 2014
"Integrators, how well do you know your stuff? We are expanding our industry leading quiz program..."
IP Camera Buyer's Guide 2014 on Apr 28, 2014
" The 2014 IPVM IP Camera Buyer's Guide provides recommendations on the right types of cameras to..."
Searching IPVM on Apr 26, 2014
"With over 3,000 articles and 2,000 discussion, we strongly recommend you use IPVM's site search. ..."
City Chooses Dummy Cameras to Secure Government Building on Apr 25, 2014
"After a Massachusetts city’s government complex added one dozen cameras, the local newspape..."
Bill Gates Applies for Anti-Camera Technology Patent on Apr 24, 2014
"Cameras are going up everywhere, so it was only a matter of time until people would anticipate a ..."
VQiPS - Video Quality in Public Safety on Apr 22, 2014
"The Video Quality in Public Safety (VQiPS) working group is run by the US government and is compr..."
Advanced Marketing That Avigilon and Dropcam Does But Axis Misses on Apr 22, 2014
"This is the technique that two of the fastest growing companies in surveillance use but most incu..."
7 Key Surveillance Trends for 2014 on Apr 21, 2014
" Here are the 7 key trends we see for the video surveillance market emerging in 2014: Low cos..."
How a University Created Its Surveillance Policy on Apr 18, 2014
"Some are bad, some are good, some are nonexistent, but what considerations go into crafting a sur..."
German Anti-Surveillance Campaign Coming to US on Apr 15, 2014
"The German Pirate Party recently created an anti surveillance campaign that focuses on the securi..."
Requiring Video Surveillance At Gas Stations on Apr 14, 2014
"A crowd mobbed and beat a man into a coma after the man accidently ran over a 10 year old boy nea..."
Quiz Your Co-Workers on Apr 14, 2014
"A major new offering, now IPVM members can take a series of 7 quizzes, plus they can assign ..."
Company Settles Charges Of Using CCTV To Look at Women's Breasts on Apr 11, 2014
"A company was ordered to pay a female employee $11,000 after an investigation found that the owne..."
Mapping IPVM Members from 100+ Countries on Apr 11, 2014
"This map shows the locations of IPVM PRO members throughout the world. The map is based on mem..."
American Camera OEM / Online Retailer Interviewed on Apr 10, 2014
"A little-known company produced a marketing video comparing its cameras to Chinese giants Dahua a..."
Biggest Misconception Security Managers Have About CCTV on Apr 09, 2014
"Cameras for surveillance are a waste most of the time, according to security consultant John Stra..."
Using Cameras To Control Virus Outbreaks on Apr 08, 2014
"More than 600 people got sick on a massive cruise ship outbreak in January 2014. While that might..."
Worst and Best - ISC West 2014 on Apr 07, 2014
"Full coverage of ISC West exhibits and 52 new products. Video Coverage of The Show For the firs..."
Product / Tech Roundup ISC West 2014 on Apr 04, 2014
"This note focuses on products only, no marketing or gimmicks and is a recap of information gather..."
20 Manufacturer ISC West 2014 Booth Videos on Apr 04, 2014
"Inside, we have 20 videos covering 20 ISC West manufacturer booths plus a 13 minute tour of the b..."
The Ethics of Hospital Surveillance Cameras on Apr 04, 2014
"We recently examined a case where a hospital came under fire for placing a hidden camera in a pat..."
Student Dies, Surveillance Ignored Until Too Late on Apr 03, 2014
"The body of an autistic student washed up on a river near Queens, NY after the boy escaped his sc..."
How Upskirt Surveillance Videos Can Be Legal on Apr 01, 2014
"After a man was caught taking upskirt videos of women on a Boston metro route the state supreme c..."
Super Simple New Mass-Notification on Apr 01, 2014
"Getting the word out in an emergency is critical. For large facilities like schools or hospitals,..."
52 New Products Directory ISC West 2014 on Mar 30, 2014
"This is the worst crop of new announcements in years, with minimal advances. Here is a list of a..."
Is It Legal to Ban Google Glass? on Mar 28, 2014
"No longer are facility based surveillance cameras alone watching you. Now you must contend with..."
Becoming a Security Consultant on Mar 27, 2014
"Want to become a security consultant? We spoke with the President of the International Associati..."
End User Robbed, Seeks ADT Inside Leak on Mar 25, 2014
"New documents obtained by IPVM in the ongoing ADT/Tyco vs. Eli Lilly case, the biggest pharmaceut..."
Ranking 95 Surveillance Manufacturers Interest on Mar 24, 2014
"IPVM has ranked interest levels in 95 surveillance manufacturers from most to least. These are th..."
Little Brother is Watching Too on Mar 20, 2014
"The concept of Little Brother is a play off George Orwell’s Big Brother in the book 1984, t..."
Startup: Key That Unlocks Nothing on Mar 20, 2014
"It's called a Quickey, but it unlocks no doors. Think that's crazy? Wait until you discover how p..."
Camera Destruction Campaign Failing on Mar 19, 2014
"An anarchist campaign in Germany to destroy surveillance cameras spread through Europe and to the..."
2014 Surveillance Test Results Guide Released on Mar 19, 2014
"Inside, get the 50 page IPVM 2014 Surveillance Test Results Guide. In the past year, IPVM has sp..."
Amazon Teams Up for International Law Enforcement Video Repository on Mar 18, 2014
"A joint effort by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Amazon and SendUs, LEEDIR (Large E..."
IPVM Site Improvements Directory on Mar 15, 2014
"IPVM continuously develops new features and improvements. This document will serve as a directory..."
New Orleans Police New Surveillance Initiative on Mar 14, 2014
"New Orleans is known for Mardi Gras, Bourbon Street and big band music, but it’s also known..."
'Industry Experts' = Marketing Scam on Mar 13, 2014
"Industry experts? It's a marketing scam. Trade mags, SIA and manufacturers all love to tout thei..."
Referrals - Your Get 10%, They Save 10% on Mar 13, 2014
"We added a referral feature that benefits you and your friends. It's pretty simple, members shar..."
Startup: Face Recognition Intercom on Mar 13, 2014
"This is one of the most ambitious security / surveillance startups we have seen in years. Face s..."
Surveillance Operator Simulator Reviewed on Mar 12, 2014
"Can you train a surveillance operator to detect suspicious behavior without them even looking at ..."
Justin Bieber and Why Jail Bathroom Surveillance Cameras Are Legal on Mar 11, 2014
"Justin Bieber urinating in a jail cell recently became international news, evidently for its ente..."
Announcing News Monitoring Service on Mar 11, 2014
"Now get weekly alerts on 110+ security companies, including new information from their websites a..."
Are You Better at Access Control than ADI? on Mar 07, 2014
"There are many methods of controlling access, but not all are worth recommending. When it comes t..."
US State Spending on Video Surveillance on Mar 07, 2014
"Since 9/11, billions of dollars have flowed from the federal government to states in the form of ..."
Shark Tank Featured Startup: Doorbot on Mar 05, 2014
"This company is worth $7 million already and was featured on US TV show Shark Tank. Doorbot has ..."
3,000 Public Surveillance Cameras - 1 Website on Mar 04, 2014
"A new website accesses more than 3,000 surveillance cameras over the Internet. The feeds availabl..."
New Mini HD Camera Competitor to Axis and Avigilon on Mar 03, 2014
"Axis and Avigilon has new competition in the mini HD camera market. KT&C has released two mo..."
Big Box Retailer Resists IP Cameras on Feb 27, 2014
"There is a major big box retailer that still only uses analog cameras and, at some of their store..."
Former FBI Analyst on Retrieving Surveillance Video on Feb 26, 2014
""When a robbery would happen police used to be able to show up, hit eject on the VCR, break the w..."
Startup Review - Piper on Feb 26, 2014
"An HD fisheye camera, alarm siren, temperature / humidity sensor and a Z-wave hub, all for less t..."
Is There Ever Enough Resolution? on Feb 20, 2014
"The megapixel 'race' is over. Or it is not. Not only is this an ongoing debate among manufacture..."
Security Manufacturer Sues US State Over LPR Restrictions on Feb 18, 2014
"LPR is the most successful video analytic in security, so successful that it is increasingly beco..."
Google Plans Crowdsourced Video Alerts on Feb 17, 2014
"Google wants to leverage its massive load of video uploads to determine if crimes, terrorist even..."
Ring of Fire Camera Housing Examined on Feb 13, 2014
"With much of the world seemingly frozen over, icy cameras are a concern. If they are covered by i..."
Security Panic Button As An App - Guardly on Feb 13, 2014
"Guardly, a security startup, has raised $1.45 million. The startup first arrived on the scene in ..."
Legal Considerations to Preserving Video Surveillance Evidence on Feb 11, 2014
"Missing surveillance video, even if you did not 'mean' to do it, can lead to sanctions and penalt..."
Driving Device Can Save Integrators Thousands? on Feb 10, 2014
"You might have great employees in your security company, but they could be better drivers. A new ..."
Dirty Jobs: Inside Sewer Video Surveillance on Feb 04, 2014
"Analyzing images through sewage and murky water, cameras that regularly break with each repair co..."
The First Automatic Security System Against Violent Crimes? on Jan 31, 2014
"That is a startup's bold claim. Not only do they aim to be the first automatic security system ag..."
Security Integrator Competitive Survey 2014 on Jan 30, 2014
"Security integrators report that business has become more competitive in the last 3 years, driven..."
Axis App Aims to Disrupt Timelapse Recording on Jan 16, 2014
"Capturing timelapse images seems like a simple thing, but why is it so expensive? Especially usef..."
Free Surveillance Quote Reviews on Jan 16, 2014
"Are you buying a surveillance system and need help determining which quote to choose? Do you want..."
How Integrators Differentiate Against Their Competitors on Jan 15, 2014
"We asked over 100 integrators how they differentiate against their competitors, with the followin..."
Device to IP Control Anything on Jan 13, 2014
"A common challenge integrators face is controlling non-networked equipment. Once systems 'go IP',..."
Trend: 4K Monitors for Surveillance on Jan 10, 2014
"4K is one of the next growth areas for IP cameras. Indeed, with major new announcements at CES 20..."
New Member Webinar Recorded on Jan 09, 2014
"If you were unable to join us live, the video recording of this webinar can be watched below: ..."
Product vs Labor Sales on Jan 07, 2014
"On average, IPVM survey results reveal that 50% to 75% of the price of a surveillance project goe..."
IP Camera Course Winter 2014 Registration Closed on Jan 01, 2014
"IPVM's IP camera course enabled you to master the key concepts, drivers and factors in selecting ..."
ADI Proves It Knows Nothing About Surveillance on Dec 27, 2013
"ADI has a terrible reputation. Box pushers, Order takers, etc. Indeed, a riot almost broke out w..."
New Google Service Can Make You Money on Dec 27, 2013
"Want to work from your couch, advising people on security and surveillance, and get paid doing it..."
3 Key Surveillance Product Shifts For 2014 on Dec 24, 2013
"Three surveillance product shifts are changing the market and what you should expect from quality..."
Don't Let the Door Hit You On the Way Out on Dec 21, 2013
"Idiotic manufacturers. Even Christmas is no time for them to rest. A college end user asked for ..."
Camera App Integrates PTZs and Perimeter Detection on Dec 11, 2013
"One of the biggest risks when deploying PTZs is having them pointed in the wrong direction when b..."
'Severe Deficiencies' for Major City System on Dec 11, 2013
"A "hodgepodge of basic query services and secretarial work” containing “severe defici..."
2014 Video Surveillance Guide on Dec 09, 2013
"The 270 page, 2014 Video Surveillance Industry Guide, covering the key events and the future of t..."
Rejecting PSIM, Big City to DIY on Dec 04, 2013
"Lots of ends users get duped by fancy PSIM presentations. But one big city is rejecting the hype,..."
Sexual Assault at School, Faulty Cameras Cited on Nov 27, 2013
"After a female student was carried to an empty room and sexually assaulted, a local TV station re..."
Active Shooter - When Lockdown Fails on Nov 26, 2013
"The common response to a shooter at a school or in a workplace is the "lockdown." Staff are instr..."
Get 20% Bonus, Gift IPVM Membership on Nov 26, 2013
"Many members have asked us for ways to get an IPVM membership for a colleague or friend. One of t..."
Secured Cities - Should You Go? on Nov 25, 2013
"Cities are huge users of surveillance, with controversial systems of hundreds and thousands of ca..."
Big City PSIM Claims Reviewed on Nov 21, 2013
"The U.S. has one of the highest crime rates in the world. Within the U.S., Baltimore is one of th..."
Stopping Drug Deals With Video Surveillance on Nov 20, 2013
"The Chicago Police Department cites video surveillance as one of its main reasons for success aga..."
What DHS Wants From The Security Industry on Nov 19, 2013
"The US Department of Homeland Security is always looking for and constantly being pitched new tec..."
An Inside Look at Hospital Security on Nov 18, 2013
"Security in hospitals is critical and they spend lots of money on security systems and services (..."
How Government Certified Video Surveillance Can Reduce Insurance Premiums on Nov 15, 2013
"If you can convince the Department of Homeland Security that your technology or plan can save liv..."
Here's How Real Security Systems Should Be Designed on Nov 13, 2013
"One of the best books in our industry is Mary Lynn Garcia's Design and Evaluation of Physical Pro..."
US School Security Statistics Reviewed on Nov 12, 2013
"Knowing what security schools used and how those measures have changed over the last decade is qu..."
Microsoft's CSO Is Full Of It on Nov 11, 2013
"This is the worst, most disingenuous security advice I have ever seen... And the best, most cunn..."
Winners & Losers Fall 2013 on Nov 04, 2013
"New product releases were terrible this fall. The biggest news was the debatable entry of Axis an..."
The HDcctv Shakeup on Oct 31, 2013
"Two years ago, we projected that companies going for either Axis VSaaS or the HDcctv Alliance wer..."
ADI Counter Person Life Revealed on Oct 28, 2013
"An ADI counter person is truly at the front line of physical security, taking orders (and often r..."
Top 10 IP Camera Troubleshooting Tips on Oct 24, 2013
"Troubleshooting IP cameras can be tricky and frustrating. Despite everything looking correct, it ..."
Dummy Camera Shootout on Oct 23, 2013
"Despite violent opposition from most in the industry, dummy cameras continue to be one of the top..."
Court System Surveillance Challenges on Oct 21, 2013
"Tyco Integrated Security is contracted to do all the installation, maintenance and monitoring for..."
Big Police Show (IACP) Best and Worst on Oct 21, 2013
"The IAPC is the nation's biggest law enforcement trade show featuring all kinds of police equipme..."
Nuclear Facility Surveillance Problems Revealed on Oct 14, 2013
"Nuclear facilities clearly demand maximum security but how do they implement it and what challeng..."
Massive Security Corruption Admitted on Oct 10, 2013
"$20,000 gambling debt from a drunk night at ISC West? Kickbacks, rigged bids, faked bids, fake ac..."
How Much For An ISC West 2014 Booth? on Oct 08, 2013
"So you want to exhibit an a trade show? It will cost you. In this note, we examine the prices fo..."
Luxi iPhone Light Meter Tested on Oct 04, 2013
"Adding a free app to your smartphone to measure light levels sounds great but our recent test sho..."
Guest Post Surveillance Spam on Oct 04, 2013
"Emily Harper is scum. Now, in fairness, this 'Emily Harper' almost certainly does not exist. How..."
5 Ways to Maximize Integrator Profits on Sep 30, 2013
"Declining margins are one of the biggest problems for integrators. Nadim Sawaya, the creator of t..."
Best and Worst - ASIS 2013 on Sep 29, 2013
"ASIS is done. Below is a 38 minute video tour of the entire show floor. You can jump around to s..."
Super Mini IR Illuminator Reviewed on Sep 26, 2013
"External IR illuminators tend to be bulky and heavy. Now, a company is releasing 'nano' IR illumi..."
New Products Directory ASIS 2013 on Sep 24, 2013
"New product releases are a dud overall. The biggest news is Axis and Milestone both entering the ..."
Security Industry Recruiters Directory on Sep 20, 2013
"Recruiters, aka 'headhunters', are commonly used by companies to find new employees. Though the s..."
Can Amazon Become The Next ADT? on Sep 19, 2013
"The world's largest online retailer wants to sell you security. Amazon, who sold over $60 billion..."
Insights From a Dummy Camera Manufacturer on Sep 18, 2013
"Dummy cameras. It seems like most people think they are, well, dumb. But it is hard to ignore the..."
The Cheapest School District Ever? on Sep 16, 2013
"Many complain about local governments picking cheap surveillance solutions. Well, it does not get..."
List of Security Manufacturer Representatives on Sep 13, 2013
"Below is a list of 115+ Security Manufacturer Representative Firms. These companies partner with ..."
'$20 If You Come To Our Booth' on Sep 13, 2013
"Does $20 just for coming by a booth sound like a good trade to you? Here's one of the most clever..."
Changes in IPVM Legacy and Group Plans on Sep 13, 2013
"Starting October 1, 2013, IPVM shall discontinue legacy personal plans and change group plan opti..."
#1 Manufacturer Complaint Revealed on Sep 12, 2013
"Low cost competition, particularly from China, is overwhelmingly the #1 complaint and the #1 fear..."
Charlie Pierce: How Surveillance Has Changed on Sep 09, 2013
"Charlie Pierce is a legend in CCTV and surveillance, having taught generations of new professiona..."
Startup Shaking Up PERS Market? on Sep 04, 2013
"Few markets are as technologically stagnant as PERS, or Personal Emergency Response Systems, yet ..."
10 Top Discussions This Summer on Sep 01, 2013
"This year, IPVM launched its own discussions, with over 10,000 comments so far. Now, we have impr..."
Privately Owned Public Camera Network on Aug 29, 2013
"Grant funding is drying up, but the need for technology is not. Cities are getting creative when ..."
$59 Smart Camera Module (Pixy) on Aug 27, 2013
"Beset by lawsuits, the video analytic industry has seen little innovation recently. Now, a new of..."
Spamming Google Surveillance Search Results on Aug 27, 2013
"Crappy CCTV stores ruin searches for common surveillance terms, making it comically hard to find ..."
Genetec Partners With Access Giant on Aug 27, 2013
"Over the last few years, Genetec has expanded from simply being a VMS to offering access control,..."
7 Lessons From a Security Sales Expert on Aug 26, 2013
"The sales side of the house often takes a back seat to engineering on IPVM. In this interview, we..."
Magic Cable Box Debunked on Aug 23, 2013
"In a recent security magazine 'article', ICE claims a superior cable box that will "save integrat..."
IPVM Certified Professionals on Aug 22, 2013
"IPVM certified professionals pass a rigorous college level courses in advanced security technolog..."
Portable Camera Mounts on Aug 20, 2013
"When doing temporary deployments or testing out cameras, using portable mounts can make setup eas..."
Show Report: Drones + Physical Security on Aug 16, 2013
"Drones are all over the press, both good and bad, for their use around the world. Given their sur..."
Master Keying Explained on Aug 15, 2013
"Mechanical keys are the most fundamental, albeit unsophisticated, form of access control. Master ..."
The Laziest RFP Ever on Aug 13, 2013
"Bad RFPs - out of date, vague or just plain confusing - are common. But this RFP is on a whole ot..."
Undisclosed Posting - Right and Wrong on Aug 11, 2013
"One of IPVM's most powerful features is to post undisclosed, enabling people to hide their name p..."
PR Firm Stacks Former Security Editors on Aug 09, 2013
"CompassPR, whose clients include Tyco, Genetec, Siemens and Mobotix, is poised to become the most..."
Surveillance End Users Getting Sued on Aug 08, 2013
"Last year, Avigilon sued Hawk Technology Systems while Hawk sued Vicon and BJ Wholesale Club plus..."
Programmable Relays Solve Complex Applications on Aug 05, 2013
"Many times integrators are presented with complex applications, such as machine interface, mantra..."
Fraudulent Email Attacks Manufacturer on Aug 02, 2013
"An email circulating around the surveillance industry accusing a sales manager of sexual harassme..."
Billion Dollar Security Grant Program Dies on Aug 01, 2013
"Grants seem to power almost every public surveillance system deployed in the past decade. Need a ..."
Retail Surveillance Operator Secrets Revealed on Aug 01, 2013
"What's it like to be a surveillance operator? What problems do they face? How do they do their jo..."
Backup Power for Large Security Systems on Jul 31, 2013
"Choosing the right backup power system depends on system size. While small and medium systems gre..."
Swann Wants Us to Swindle You on Jul 30, 2013
"What a bizarre pitch I just received. Even for a PR person, this is amazing: "I wanted to reach ..."
Manufacturers, Rat Out Your Competitors on Jul 29, 2013
"In our recent BRS Labs layoffs post, a member commented: "I think its very valuable to know abou..."
Pay ASIS, Get Meetings With Security Whales on Jul 26, 2013
"Manufacturers, like casinos, want whales - huge customers who will spend the big bucks. Getting t..."
Daisy Chained Fiber Explained on Jul 26, 2013
"Fiber is a mainstay for networking cameras run far apart. The number of cameras seldom matches th..."
Using Camera Output Power on Jul 25, 2013
"Do you realize that your camera can power and integrate PIR sensors, accelerometers, lights, sire..."
Can This Hot Startup Disrupt Home Security? on Jul 24, 2013
"The Internet is abuzz with a NYC startup that has raised more than $1.5 million from an ongoing I..."
Cable Trenching for Surveillance on Jul 17, 2013
"Trenching cable for surveillance is surprising complex. While using shovels, picks, and hoes is n..."
LaRocca on Trends in Retail Surveillance on Jul 15, 2013
"Is there a camera layout formula that can be effective in any retail store to help protect it fro..."
Video Surveillance Rules For School Districts on Jul 09, 2013
"As surveillance camera use by local governments has increased, so has the public's curiosity rega..."
ASIS 30% Membership Price Increase on Jul 02, 2013
"ASIS announced on Monday that is would be increasing its annual dues, starting in 2014, from $150..."
SIA Technology 'Insights' on Jun 30, 2013
"There's a new 'journal' out from the Security Industry Association, aka the manufacturer's trade ..."
Lessons Learned from a Video Forensics Expert on Jun 28, 2013
"How video is used in court is a source of great interest and, often, confusion. Many ask: Will H...."
Multi-Camera Tracking Works? on Jun 27, 2013
"Being able to track people across cameras and buildings simply by using cameras and analytics is ..."
Surveillance Study Hall LIVE Series on Jun 14, 2013
"This summer, every Friday at 4pm EDT, we will be holding a LIVE surveillance study hall session w..."
Manufacturer Alleges Magazine is Biased on Jun 14, 2013
"Rockoff Security's eponymous CEO has alleged that the most well known Asia security magazine, ASM..."
Court Strikes Down Bathroom Cameras on Jun 13, 2013
"Sex offenders were being monitored inside bathrooms by surveillance cameras. The facility was con..."
2013 Mid Year Surveillance Guide on Jun 11, 2013
"The 229 page, 2013 Mid Year Surveillance Industry Guide, covering the key events and the future o..."
Philly's Disastrous Surveillance System Investigated on Jun 10, 2013
"Philadelphia's surveillance system is a huge mess. The last we checked, they were paying $136,000..."
Testing Advanced Drivercam on Jun 07, 2013
"Most dash or driver cams have few features - they record audio and video to an SD card which you ..."
Lancaster City Surveillance Case Study on May 31, 2013
"Most city surveillance systems are owned by local governments and paid for by taxpayer dollars, b..."
Top Trends May Reviewed on May 30, 2013
"We reviewed the biggest moves and trends within the security industry over the last month, includ..."
Obtaining Copies of Government Contracts on May 27, 2013
"Contracts for US public schools, airports, city, state and military security systems can typicall..."
Murder in Front of Broken Camera Missed on May 23, 2013
"In March, a man was shot and killed within view of a surveillance camera in a Miami public housin..."
Dome Wall Brackets on May 22, 2013
"A member asked: "Does anyone make an outdoor mount like this that will fit on a high-quality came..."
Police Performance Massively Improved by Surveillance on May 22, 2013
"A California city police chief used his department to conduct an experiment on the power of surve..."
Stop Saying 'It Depends on the Application' on May 15, 2013
""It depends on the application" has to be the worst saying in the industry. It conveys no inform..."
Webinar Recorded - Calculating Bandwidth / Storage on May 15, 2013
"The most common technical request we hear from our members is how to properly calculate bandwidth..."
Crappy Cameras Trigger City Surveillance Shutdown on May 14, 2013
"An Australian city has shut off its surveillance system after being ordered to determine how to o..."
Bug Eye Camera Reviewed on May 13, 2013
"In the past month, the so called 'bug eye' camera has captured popular attention around the world..."
The New Manufacturer Input System on May 12, 2013
"We are rolling out a new system that makes it easier to get input from manufacturers on new relea..."
240 MP DHS Panoramic Camera (ISIS) on May 08, 2013
"The US Department of Homeland Security is developing a 240MP 8fps 'super' camera. We spoke with t..."
New Low Voltage Installation Tool on May 07, 2013
"Cable testers are typically the most expensive tools an installer uses. Many offerings cost tens ..."
Hardening Mass Gatherings on May 06, 2013
"Hardening mass gatherings is inherently challenging yet increasingly important. As the Boston bom..."
New RFP: 10 Years Out of Date on May 05, 2013
"Bad RFPs are an unfortunate fact of life in video surveillance - hurting end users and frustratin..."
Smoke and CO Detector Combo on May 01, 2013
"A new detector claims to do twice the work of its competitors. In response to growing legislation..."
Interview With Law Enforcement On Surveillance on Apr 30, 2013
"We recently interviewed International Association of Chiefs of Police experts about various issue..."
78% Americans Say Public Video Surveillance Good Idea on Apr 30, 2013
"The New York Times and CBS News has conducted a poll of 965 people that found an overwhelming maj..."
Stop The Lying and Crazy Claims on Apr 28, 2013
"The last few weeks have been an embarrassment for surveillance, with a small number of companies ..."
Police Top Surveillance Pain Point on Apr 28, 2013
"We recently interviewed surveillance experts from the International Association of Chiefs of Poli..."
ASMAG Security Top 50 Rankings on Apr 27, 2013
"Recently, we have received questions about using the ASMAG Security Top 50 Rankings. These rankin..."
Philly's Cameras Cost 20x More Than Planned on Apr 22, 2013
"Last year, the City of Philadelphia commissioned a review of its multi-million dollar surveillanc..."
Chinese Spammer Targets Boston Bombings on Apr 15, 2013
"UPDATE: Cantonk, the spammer, says our article is illegal and demands it be removed immediately. ..."
Best and Worst ISC West 2013 on Apr 14, 2013
"Great attendance with a limited number of new products marked ISC West 2013. Brian, Carlton, Etha..."
Milestone Arcus Hybrid DVR/NVR on Apr 08, 2013
"Milestone new VMS platform, Arcus, has gained huge attention, but the big question is who would p..."
5th Anniversary on Apr 03, 2013
"In just 5 years, IPVM has become the most informative and influential source on video surveillanc..."
Testing Android MiniPC and Raspberry Pi on Mar 27, 2013
"Local viewing is a common problem for VMS software based systems. Even for DVR/NVR appliances wit..."
Sexism and the ISC West Party Girls on Mar 24, 2013
" A major tradeshow is coming up and, with that, marketing gimmicks abound. Some are goofy, but ot..."
ISC West 2013 Mega Event Finished on Mar 18, 2013
"We did our biggest event ever at ISC West 2013 on Thursday April 11th. You'll get intelligent co..."
Surveillance Cameras on Light Poles Tutorial on Mar 18, 2013
"A growing trend makes putting surveillance cameras on the most logical choice in parking lots - l..."
Soft on Manufacturers, Tough on Kittens on Mar 14, 2013
"Finally, a security trade magazine is taking a bold stand! Unfortunately, it is in favor of felic..."
DICE Matrix PSIM Examined on Mar 05, 2013
"Is it a PSIM, a central station platform, or an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software? Well..."
The Rich Gets Richer - ASIS on Mar 05, 2013
"Who says there is no money to be made in physical security? Evidently, they do not know the execu..."
Axis Pitches ADI Installers on Mar 03, 2013
"ADI installers typically serve smaller cost conscious security customers. While Axis has become a..."
New Feature: Easy Emailing Posts on Feb 28, 2013
"PRO Members, with our new Easy Email feature, it is now simpler than ever to share excerpts of IP..."
Shutter vs Frame Rate on Feb 27, 2013
"Shutter speed and frame rate are frequently confused. They are certainly related and here's the k..."
A New #1 Online for Video Surveillance on Feb 27, 2013
"Last year, many were shocked and alarmed that HomeDepot took the #1 spot online in Google's power..."
Selecting Power for Video Surveillance on Feb 24, 2013
"Power is an important, yet unfortunately overlooked, element of video surveillance systems. While..."
AK357 and TheWireGuys Involved in IPVM Theft Ring on Feb 21, 2013
"We have evidence and confirmation that multiple individuals are involved in a coordinated effort ..."
Beware Phony Manufacturers on Feb 20, 2013
"There's seemingly thousands of security manufacturers, making it incredibly difficult to figure o..."
How to Measure Video Quality / Compression Levels on Feb 17, 2013
"Many manufacturers make impossible claims or assumptions about delivering super low bandwidth (se..."
PR People, I Love You on Feb 07, 2013
"Now that is not true but, in fairness, nowhere did I use the word 'actually', plus I had my finge..."
Axis 3D Design Offering on Feb 06, 2013
"Axis is releasing 3D design models that aims to improve camera design and layout. In this note, w..."
Revit for Surveillance Examined on Feb 05, 2013
"Large construction projects require constant communication among all trades, including security i..."
Detection, Recognition and Identification on Feb 04, 2013
"Detection, recognition and identification is all very easy until you put it in practice. Then you..."
Promote, Protest and Get Terminated on Feb 03, 2013
"IPVM discussions are going great. In the first full month, we had 15,000+ reads, over 700 comment..."
Display Your Personal/Company URL When Commenting on Feb 01, 2013
"Members, now you can display your company or LinkedIn URL when commenting in IPVM discussions or ..."
Lens Selection Recommendations on Jan 30, 2013
"Selecting the right lens can be confusing and tough, especially because lenses are often integrat..."
AK357 Admits Misuse (Updated) on Jan 29, 2013
""AK357", has repeatedly stolen access to IPVM's member research. [UPDATE Feb 4, 2013: AK357 and ..."
Iris Vs Shutter Speed on Jan 24, 2013
"Surveillance cameras must deal with wide variations of lighting -- automatically and continuously..."
IPVM Discussions Launched on Jan 21, 2013
"IPVM has launched its own discussion group, integrated within the IPVM site, with advanced featur..."
Digital Zoom Tutorial on Jan 17, 2013
"Strangely, digital zoom tends to be both underappreciated and overrated. On the one hand, many fe..."
The Most Painful Technical Support Problem on Jan 16, 2013
"Tech support calls - most integrators dread them and most manufacturers try to avoid them. And en..."
The Best Security Manufacturer Blog on Jan 10, 2013
"Manufacturers suck at honest, informative communication online. The marketing machine seemingly d..."
Don't Trust Lux Ratings on Jan 09, 2013
"Do not trust lux ratings. Do not use lux ratings to specify cameras. Period. Lux ratings are wid..."
Reinventing or Just Renaming Locksmiths? on Jan 08, 2013
"Nothing conjures up images of an old, dusty, and dank trade like the word "Locksmith". While they..."
2013 Video Surveillance Industry Guide on Jan 06, 2013
"This report examines the key events that impact video surveillance in 2012 and are shaping 2013. ..."
Clueless Marketing People on Jan 03, 2013
"Over the years, we have seen many clueless marketing people and their wacky ideas - replacing 95 ..."
Surveillance Challenges Surge on Dec 31, 2012
"Designing and deploying surveillance systems has become far harder over the past decade - A great..."
Maglock Selection Guide on Dec 26, 2012
"One of the most misunderstood yet valuable pieces of electrified hardware is the maglock. Few loc..."
Arming School Staff - Pros and Cons on Dec 21, 2012
"This may be one of the most controversial security propositions ever. Many experts argue that arm..."
Manufacturer Holiday Fail on Dec 19, 2012
"Dozens and dozens of holday emails from manufacturers over the last week - and almost all of them..."
Camera Cleaning Tool on Dec 11, 2012
"Keeping cameras clean can be a major pain. Outdoor camera image quality can be significantly redu..."
Ingersoll Rand Spins Off Security on Dec 10, 2012
"Multinational conglomerate Ingersoll Rand stunningly announced plans to spin off its multi billio..."
Top 4 End User Problems on Dec 04, 2012
"A global panel of video surveillance end users cited these four problems as the most common and p..."
Dumbest Awards We've Ever Seen on Dec 04, 2012
"Just when you think awards couldn't get any stupider, a US trade magazine, GSN, steps up the plat..."
This Integrator Only Sells Axis and Milestone on Dec 03, 2012
"With so many lines and such Internet pressure, many integrators fret about finding the right busi..."
Top 5 Moves November 2012 on Nov 28, 2012
"Lots of interesting moves this month but here are the 5 we see as having the most impact on the s..."
Waterproofing Surveillance on Nov 27, 2012
"Water destroys countless surveillance cameras each year. As big as the problem is, water remains ..."
Finding Out When People Change Jobs on Nov 26, 2012
"Want to know if a person has changed jobs? The most basic way is to check someone's LinkedIn prof..."
'Confidential' Security Product Pricing Revealed on Nov 25, 2012
"When preparing a security project, one of the first questions is: "How much will this cost?" Tigh..."
Zoomable IR Illuminator on Nov 25, 2012
"Axton Technologies claims its ZOOM IR Illuminators are "revolutionary" and are "a concept never b..."
Field-Terminated Fiber Examined on Nov 25, 2012
"Getting into fiber optics can be costly. Many security integrators simply lack sufficient fiber r..."
Check Out This New Security Blog on Nov 24, 2012
"Genuine security blogs, by real people, not marketing minions, are incredibly rare. And forget ab..."
Why Consumer Surveillance Will Flip to IP on Nov 19, 2012
"The last still strongly analog segment is the consumer market. Cost is king for home use and the ..."
Executive Monthly Meeting - November on Nov 17, 2012
"If you are an executive who needs to know what news is impacting you but struggles to find the ti..."
Is Anyone Alive at Rasilient? on Nov 15, 2012
"We try to help members answer their questions. Recently two members asked us for information on R..."
Your Questions Answered 11/15/2012 on Nov 15, 2012
"Today, we had an excellent live Q&A sessions with over 50 IPVM PRO Members on "Selecting IP C..."
Camera Mounting Guide on Nov 15, 2012
"Choosing the right spot to mount a camera is about more than Field of View. While some discount t..."
Surveillance Operational Handbook on Nov 11, 2012
"We are excited to release our Surveillance Operational Handbook, a 50 page guide featuring 40+ ch..."
Keep Your IP Examined on Nov 08, 2012
"Moving intrusion alarms to IP has not been without challenges. The downside for many installers i..."
Gigapixel Breakthrough? (Aqueti Reviewed) on Nov 04, 2012
"While gigapixel cameras are one of the hottest topics on IPVM, their dreadful frame rates have re..."
Warrantless Video Surveillance on Nov 02, 2012
""Court OKs warrantless use of hidden surveillance cameras" blares a leading technology publicatio..."
ISC East is Back On But? on Nov 01, 2012
"ISC East, cancelled this week, is now back on for the end of November, the week after Thanksgivin..."
Proper Box Camera Installation on Oct 31, 2012
"Bad installations of box cameras are nearly everywhere. Not only does it make the site look bad, ..."
Surveillance Problems with Synthetic Stucco (EIFS) on Oct 30, 2012
"If ignored, the smallest details can result in the biggest problems. A prime example of this is m..."
IR Indoor vs Outdoors on Oct 29, 2012
"IR 'works' much better indoors than outdoors, even if the light levels are equally as low and the..."
Bullet Resistant Cameras Reviewed on Oct 24, 2012
"Shooting cameras is the surest way to disable them, and criminals know this. Most factory housing..."
IPVMU Class 7 - PPF / Quality on Oct 23, 2012
"Each week, the IPVM University Advanced Surveillance Course has two classes where we talk with at..."
Logistical Challenges in Camera Layouts on Oct 20, 2012
"The perfect spot for installing a camera may be infeasible or impossible to install. Lots of logi..."
PR Person Starved for Attention on Oct 18, 2012
"I must admit I have a new favorite security blog. It's such a guilty pleasure but in an industry ..."
Rodent Proof Cabling on Oct 18, 2012
"The biggest risk to your surveillance systems can be from the smallest threats. Cabling that conn..."
New: Mapping Line Tester (MapMaster 2.0) on Oct 16, 2012
"A new cable testset delivers advanced features at a fractional cost of competitive offerings. How..."
The World's Smartest Smoke Detector? on Oct 15, 2012
"False smoke alarms kill. When 'traditional' smoke alarms are tripped by false sources like steam ..."
IPVM Testing Program Update on Oct 13, 2012
"We are finalizing major improvements to IPVM's testing program. In this note, we explain what the..."
Cabling Best Practices Guide on Oct 10, 2012
"Surveillance cabling is often a "rat's nest." Nothing adversely impacts system reliability more t..."
Cable Installation Gun (LaserLine) on Oct 08, 2012
"Not many think shooting a gun can reduce labor costs. However, that is exactly the claim made by ..."
PPF vs Lighting Variances on Oct 08, 2012
"A major flaw in using Pixels Per Foot (PPF) to specify surveillance cameras is how easily the met..."
ASIS Financials Investigated on Oct 07, 2012
"Nonprofit ASIS International has richly compensated executives, driven primarily by promotional p..."
Security Breach Case Study: A Literal Key to NY City on Oct 04, 2012
"How much would it take to bring a city to it's knees? How about $150? It sounds impossible, but t..."
Extreme HD PTZ Series (Moog/Videolarm) on Oct 03, 2012
"Want a bullet resistant, pressurized or explosion proof High Definition PTZ? Until today, one had..."
The UK's Gone Mad on Oct 02, 2012
"Surveillance cameras are putting human rights at risk, blares a UK government official, a UK news..."
Test Your Video Surveillance Knowledge v1 on Oct 02, 2012
"How well do you know IP Video Surveillance? Here is our first in a series on online tests for you..."
Scare Off Burglars with FakeTV? on Oct 02, 2012
"What if a gadget that cost the same as one's month alarm monitoring charge could scare off burgla..."
Lenel's New VMS: PRISM on Sep 30, 2012
"A few years ago, Lenel OEM'ed OnSSI (who OEM's Milestone, etc). Now, Lenel is changing the way it..."
Advanced Surveillance Course Details Overview on Sep 29, 2012
"This 4 minute video overviews the 6 key components of the IPVM Advanced Video Surveillance course..."
The Funniest Spin on a Weak ASIS2012 on Sep 27, 2012
"Spinning is an art form. And doing so when faced with bad news is the pinnacle of the art. With s..."
Winners and Losers Fall 2012 on Sep 25, 2012
"Recently, surveillance innovation has been underwhelming. Indeed, this Spring, it hit a low point..."
AutoCAD for Surveillance on Sep 24, 2012
"While the construction industry made the transition to computer aided design software years ago, ..."
Using PIRs + Cameras Guide on Sep 23, 2012
"Combining PIR motion detectors and surveillance cameras is a common way of improving how well cam..."
The Best PR Person in the Biz? on Sep 20, 2012
"Most trade magazine 'articles' simply cut and paste press releases. Few are generic survey pieces..."
Best and Worst of ASIS 2012 on Sep 18, 2012
"Definitely the most eventful and colorful ASIS show in a long long time; While it certainly was n..."
Microsoft / IDV PSIM Reviewed on Sep 17, 2012
"Another IT giant is attempting to enter the physical security marketplace, this time with a PSIM...."
Painting Cameras Guide on Sep 17, 2012
"If you want a surveillance camera that is not white, black or silver, you are going to have a har..."
Heartbeat Biometrics (Bionym) on Sep 13, 2012
"It is impossible to spoof a heartbeat: That's the claim of a new biometrics company that wants to..."
What's New in PSIM? on Sep 12, 2012
"Here's the latest, gathered straight from the ASIS 2012 show floor: Lots of marketing and buzz..."
Bad Traffic, Good Products (ASIS12 Day 1) on Sep 09, 2012
"The security industry is not showing much love to the City of Brotherly Love. A small show floor ..."
Varifocal Illuminator (NuOptic) on Sep 06, 2012
"While surveillance users are accustomed to picking varifocal lens for cameras and easily adjustin..."
PoE Powered NVR (Aimetis E3200PoE) on Sep 06, 2012
"Most NVRs or VMS servers need to be plugged into mains power and (hopefully) connected to a local..."
Recorded - ASIS 2012 New Products Preview Webinar on Sep 05, 2012
"In 1 hour, learn about 10 of the most interesting new products at ASIS. We answered dozens of que..."
New Surveillance Products Fall 2012 on Sep 04, 2012
"Dozens of new products are reviewed and collected in the list below, covering announcements from ..."
Savvy Marketers Announce Before Shows on Sep 04, 2012
"The message still remains: Want to know who the savvy marketers are? Check who announces products..."
Perimeter Surveillance Lighting (CAST) on Sep 03, 2012
"Protecting perimeters is a key component of effective security yet can be difficult because they ..."
Service Range for Security Integrators on Sep 02, 2012
""You go where the work is" - an old adage that certainly describes the competitive security integ..."
Webinar Recorded - Justifying Surveillance Spending on Aug 29, 2012
"We had an interesting discussion with more than 70 IPVM PRO Members on how to justify surveillanc..."
Stopping End Users from Shopping Quotes on Aug 28, 2012
"Nothing is more frustrating to an integrator than after spending dozens of hours preparing a desi..."
Lightning Protection for Surveillance Cameras on Aug 27, 2012
"Lightning strikes can cause significant damage and major expenses for surveillance systems. An un..."
Watermarking for Surveillance Tutorial on Aug 21, 2012
"Watermarking is one of the most confusing aspects of surveillance. This can become a serious prob..."
OS for Windows VMS: Server vs. 7 on Aug 21, 2012
"How important is it to choose a 'server' version of an operating system? While every major VMS de..."
How End Users Purchase Maintenance on Aug 20, 2012
"If end users had their druthers, security systems would never stop working. However, like any com..."
Tri-Ed Roadshow: Worth Going to? on Aug 19, 2012
"Single day, touring 'roadshows' promise an easy way to learn about new security technology withou..."
Dotworkz Solar Surveillance Kits Examined on Aug 17, 2012
"Dotworkz wants to make solar-powered surveillance easy. In what can be a daunting design challeng..."
Pan Tilt Positioner Tutorial on Aug 15, 2012
"Why use Pan-Tilt positioners when speed dome PTZs are widely available? For many, these units are..."
What Do Rubber Ducks Have to Do With Security? on Aug 14, 2012
""Well actually nothing," admits a security manufacturer who is giving away 3000 rubber ducks at A..."
How Do End Users Monitor Surveillance? on Aug 13, 2012
"How actively are surveillance systems monitored? Do end users prefer to passively use surveillanc..."
The Next Big Thing on Aug 12, 2012
"In the past 5 years, megapixel IP cameras have sweeped the surveillance industry, changing the la..."
NYC May Track Your Car's Activities for the Past 5 Years on Aug 11, 2012
"Microsoft is empowering New York City to track you car's activities for the past 5 years, allowin..."
Speco's IP Intensifier Examined on Aug 09, 2012
"Color images in no light... impossible claim? Not according to Speco, who recently announced an I..."
Are You Neglecting Key Control? on Aug 07, 2012
"End users spend thousands on advanced systems to keep themselves secure, but regularly neglect th..."
Energy Costs and Video Surveillance on Aug 07, 2012
"Should you be concerned about the energy costs from your surveillance systems? Are these a hidden..."
Declining Margins 1 Hour Recorded Video on Aug 06, 2012
"Declining margins are a huge issue for integrators. With pressure from Internet sales rising, a k..."
STP vs UTP for Surveillance on Aug 06, 2012
"For many, deciding which ethernet cabling to use is a quick decision: install whatever is cheapes..."
Selling Reprints is Unethical on Aug 06, 2012
"One of the ugliest yet least known elements of the media business is publications selling article..."
Who 'Owns' the Surveillance System? on Aug 05, 2012
"Who calls the shots when it comes to video surveillance? Given the close proximity of the system ..."
Idea: Virtual Neighborhood Watches on Aug 02, 2012
"Neighborhood watches have become a hot topic. And while the press now is overwhelmingly bad, such..."
No More Bucket Trucks? CamEvator on Aug 01, 2012
"Servicing cameras mounted high in the air can be very problematic and costly. Renting a lift, tra..."
How Do End Users Buy Surveillance? on Jul 30, 2012
"One of the biggest decisions surveillance end users make is how to buy their systems. Traditional..."
Considerations for Neighborhood Surveillance Systems on Jul 30, 2012
"With many US cities reducing police forces, neighborhoods are left to fill in the gaps. As survei..."
Open Camera Installation Tool (Razberi) on Jul 26, 2012
"Installers typically hate using laptops to install IP cameras, and most everyone agrees: when on ..."
Inputs/Outputs Tutorial on Jul 25, 2012
"While may cameras have Input/Output (I/O) ports, few are actually used and most designers do not ..."
Surveillance Pole Selection Guide on Jul 25, 2012
"Successfully selecting poles for mounting cameras is tricky business. Despite what seems to be st..."
Lifespan of Video Surveillance Systems on Jul 24, 2012
"How long it takes for a surveillance system to be replaced has a huge impact on adopting new prod..."
Cable Labelling Best Practices on Jul 22, 2012
"Labelling cables can save a lot of money and headaches. While it is easy to overlook, taking time..."
Turning an IP Camera Into an Intercom on Jul 19, 2012
"Several integrators have recently sent help requests looking for guidelines on using IP cameras a..."
US Security Mag: China Destroying America on Jul 19, 2012
""Guerilla warfare on American trade secrets rages on" says a US security trade magazine, blasting..."
FIPS-201 Improvements Reviewed on Jul 19, 2012
"A new version of FIPS-201 is being introduced, but does the update make it more relevant to the p..."
End User IP and MP Adoption Rates on Jul 18, 2012
"How are end users adopting IP and MP cameras? In a recent survey of 60 end users, we asked them i..."
New Trend: IP Public View Monitors on Jul 18, 2012
"While Public View Monitors have been a fundamental surveillance tool for many years, they have be..."
The World's Easiest to Install Camera? on Jul 17, 2012
"8 cameras installed in 5 minutes. That's the claim of loss-prevention niche surveillance provider..."
ORC Overblown? on Jul 16, 2012
"While Organized retail crime captures big headlines and claims of billion dollar losses, is it re..."
Locksmiths Hot for Next Gen Keychains on Jul 15, 2012
"Q: What type of product excites the door hardware industry? A: Next generation keychains! Despit..."
Why Integrators Get Fired on Jul 15, 2012
"While many integrators like to think of themselves as irreplaceable to their customers, new IPVM ..."
MP Intercom - Speco O2S1 Examined on Jul 12, 2012
""Innovative" is normally not a superlative associated with budget-line manufacturer Speco Technol..."
Debating How to Sell RMR on Jul 11, 2012
"RMR proponents claim it is a cure-all for cash-strapped integrators. One company, Integrator Supp..."
IP Cameras as Door Intercoms on Jul 11, 2012
"Are door intercom units really necessary? An often overlooked benefit of IP cameras are their fle..."
Booster Bags Solution on Jul 10, 2012
"A cheap, household supply item is used to defeat advanced theft prevention systems every day. Ret..."
Pissed! Why the UK is so Upset with Norbain on Jul 10, 2012
"The pitchforks are out in the UK, with hordes of integrators and manufacturers angered at the UK'..."
The Worst Security Marketing Ever on Jul 09, 2012
"We are all witnesses to the worst security marketing campaign ever run. Over the last 4 years, th..."
Organized Retail Crime Counter Measures Reviewed on Jul 05, 2012
"'Organized Retail Crime', or ORC, makes many retailers nervous. Unlike traditional shoplifting, O..."
Backboxes for Surveillance Tutorial on Jul 05, 2012
"In our experience, backboxes are most often installed when required by code or bid specifications..."
Australian Security Corruption Scandal on Jul 01, 2012
"A major scandal is rocking the Australian security industry. The government alleges corrupt award..."
Advertising Blows Up on SIW on Jun 28, 2012
"Reading through today's hatchet job against Pelco, SecurityInfoWatch dumped two surprises. Not on..."
Super EAS Tags? Wave WG Reviewed on Jun 27, 2012
"Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) tags are big business. No other security measure is more wi..."
Retailers on Migrating from Analog to IP on Jun 27, 2012
"Migrating existing systems from analog to IP is important to many retailers. At the recent NRF-LP..."
An IP Cash Drawer? on Jun 26, 2012
"If retail experts are correct about 'Mobile POS' taking off, where do you keep the cash? While mo..."
Inexpensive Sweethearting Solution (ScanCam) on Jun 25, 2012
"Sweethearting is one of the most difficult types of theft to detect on video. Sometimes due to ca..."
Enterprise Intercom System Selection Guide on Jun 20, 2012
"While the surveillance market is crowded, the intercom space is relatively sparse. In this note, ..."
Sued! Avigilon, Hikvision, Vivotek, UTC, More on Jun 19, 2012
"Another major patent lawsuit has hit the video surveillance industry - now targeting manufacturer..."
Getting Coverage in Major Newspapers on Jun 19, 2012
"Every so often video surveillance manufacturers are featured in major newspapers. Today, Avigilon..."
Concealed Vertical Cable System on Jun 19, 2012
"Nothing seems more tedious that adjusting door hardware, and adjusting concealed vertical rods is..."
The (un)ethical Security Dealer Strikes on Jun 18, 2012
"The alarm industry is in a bit of an uproar over aggressive sales tactics of one of their own. As..."
Intercom Systems Tutorial on Jun 17, 2012
"While intercoms are an important component of security systems, little fundamental training exist..."
Access: IP Readers vs. Control Panels on Jun 16, 2012
"Should you continue to use traditional centralized, panel-based access control or does it make se..."
How To Know If a System is Analog or IP: Tutorial on Jun 14, 2012
"A fundamental question often asked is: "How can I tell whether I am looking at an IP Video system..."
Homeowner 4 Channel Kit - Analog, IP or HD SDI? on Jun 13, 2012
"What should a homeowner use for a 4 channel surveillance system? We recently called up internet r..."
Powering IP Cameras When Using Fiber on Jun 13, 2012
"Solving distance issues with fiber optic cable creates a new set of problems. Due to the lack of ..."
Distributors: What is their Value? on Jun 12, 2012
"What do integrators really think about their product distributors? In some cases, relationships b..."
QoS for Surveillance on Jun 11, 2012
"Along with VLANs, QoS is one of the most misunderstood topics in networked surveillance. Many pur..."
Don't Get Fooled by These Demo Tricks on Jun 10, 2012
"The vendor comes to your office to show you the latest and greatest camera, analytics, VMS, etc. ..."
Top 3 End User VMS Complaints on Jun 10, 2012
"What do end users most dislike about VMS systems? What are the real hot button that make or break..."
2012 Mid Year Surveillance Industry Guide on Jun 09, 2012
"The 397 page, 2012 Mid Year Surveillance Industry Guide, covering the key events and the future o..."
Measuring Wheels Examined on Jun 07, 2012
"Recording measurements of long distances can be difficult. Since video surveillance work often re..."
Can Integrators Replace Electricians? on Jun 06, 2012
"Electricians often try to replace security integrators, assuming that security cameras are just a..."
Using Visio for Surveillance Designs on Jun 04, 2012
"Good design can make or break your surveillance system. Locating cameras where they're most effec..."
Selecting a Quality Security Integrator on Jun 04, 2012
"A number of end users and consultant members asked us the best way to select quality security int..."
Using Laser Distance Finders on Jun 04, 2012
"Calculating correct distances can be a pain but are an essential part of properly estimated proje..."
POS / Surveillance Integration Tutorial on Jun 03, 2012
"Integrating Point of Sales Systems with video surveillance is critical for many retailers but doi..."
Integrators Don't Know What They Are Doing on Jun 03, 2012
"We surveyed 50 surveillance manufacturers asking them what their most common problems and challen..."
Pelco: IP vs. Analog Debate Over on Jun 02, 2012
"Pelco's top executive proclaimed that the debate between IP and Analog is over, at the PSA-Tec ke..."
Stentofon Pulse Examined on May 31, 2012
"Designing an intercom system can be maddeningly complex. Every manufacturer requires specifying a..."
How Do Integrators Get Trained? on May 30, 2012
"Improper training can lead to return trips and dissatisfied customers, increasing integrator's in..."
Restricting Resales of Cameras Important to Integrators on May 29, 2012
"Do integrators care if the products they deploy have restricted resale availability? How importan..."
Primer on Pole Mounting Cameras on May 28, 2012
"Mounting cameras on poles are a popular but challenging choice for deploying surveillance cameras..."
ADI: Porn for Security Dealers on May 24, 2012
"For every step forward, sometimes you take three or four steps back. That thought may come to min..."
PoE Power Problems on May 23, 2012
"One of the nastiest and most difficult to identify problems is insufficient PoE power. One minute..."
Useful Online CPTED Tool on May 23, 2012
"While CPTED is often ignored in designing security systems, it offers significant value. CPTED, t..."
Should Integrators Go to PSA-Tec? on May 22, 2012
"Trade shows typically are run by manufacturers, for manufacturers (except for ASIS which is simpl..."
Top 5 Integrator Concerns on May 21, 2012
"What concerns keep integrators awake at night? During our recent visit to PSA-TEC, we informally ..."
VLANs for Surveillance on May 20, 2012
"If you want to pretend to be a surveillance networking expert, just sternly tell people that they..."
IPVM New Features May 2012 on May 19, 2012
"We have added in 4 new features to IPVM and have another half-dozen lined up for the second half ..."
Free Tool to Capture Surveillance Problems on May 17, 2012
"Getting a good image can help solve surveillance problems and quickly show people what video real..."
Testing Ethernet Cables on May 16, 2012
"Proper cable installation is key to trouble-free IP surveillance systems. However, testing is oft..."
Recommended Switches for Small IP Surveillance Systems on May 15, 2012
"With so many options available, selecting network switches for surveillance can be especially dau..."
Dynamic vs. Static IP Addresses on May 13, 2012
"While many cameras default to DHCP out of the box, that does not mean you should use it. This may..."
Video Surveillance Buyer's Guide 2012 on May 05, 2012
"With so many manufacturers and so many new products, deciding what products to buy can be overwhe..."
Camera Pre-Installation / Bench Testing on May 04, 2012
"There is a fine line between profit and loss on many surveillance projects. If just a few unexpec..."
Security Management Digital Edition Reviewed on May 03, 2012
"Most security trade magazines have boring web editions that simply copy the printed version. Inde..."
Locking Down Network Connections on May 02, 2012
"Cameras and access control panels are gateways for hackers. Locating these devices throughout a b..."
Surveillance Monitor Preferences on May 02, 2012
"All surveillance system use monitors but why is one monitor chosen over another? Are integrators ..."
Closing Out Surveillance Projects on Apr 29, 2012
"Closing out projects can be surprisingly difficult. For what seems to be simple process, graceful..."
Neat Tool To Document Surveillance Problems on Apr 27, 2012
"Surveillance problems are often difficult to explain. Fuzzy language like 'grainy, nosiy, blurry'..."
You Can Be Whoever You Are ... on Apr 26, 2012
"You can be whoever you are ... as long as you are a man; So says security provider Monitronics in..."
HD Barcode Examined on Apr 25, 2012
"Is storing data within an ID image a leap forward for picture ID badges? A unique new barcode tec..."
Camera Repositioning on Apr 24, 2012
"Reworking camera position is one of the most frustrating aspects of the install job. Not only is ..."
Effective End User Training on Apr 24, 2012
"Properly coordinating end user training is a key consideration of successful projects. It is impo..."
Leasing Video Surveillance on Apr 23, 2012
"Many argue leasing is a great way to sell more systems. Customers buy a big ticket item for a mod..."
Designing Security Monitoring Stations on Apr 19, 2012
"Our Security Monitoring Station Guide is an introduction to selecting the right surveil..."
Outdoor Surveillance Camera Usage on Apr 18, 2012
"How many cameras are deployed outdoors? We asked integrators in our Spring 2012 Survey to describ..."
Manufacturers - The Wisdom of Corruption on Apr 17, 2012
"New research demonstrates that, while many manufacturers may be corrupt, they are smart to do so...."
Reverse Auctions: A Horrible Way To Buy Security on Apr 16, 2012
"One of the hottest procurement trends is using a ‘reverse auction’. Unlike an RFP, wh..."
China to Block Out Western Manufacturers? on Apr 13, 2012
"Fueled by massive Chinese government spending, Chinese video surveillance is one of the fastest g..."
Success in the Security Industry on Apr 12, 2012
"Unsuccessful people often wonder why they are so, developing silly theories about what is holding..."
SIW Flip Flops on Analog on Apr 12, 2012
"Days after a spirited defense of analog and a scathing critique by us, SecurityInfoWatch has reve..."
Worst Advice Ever on Apr 10, 2012
""Don't count analog video out yet" is the worst advice ever. Integrators who want to bankrupt the..."
Crowdsourced Funding for Security Startups on Apr 09, 2012
""I have a great idea, but no money to do anything with it!" This circumstance has to be one of th..."
New Product: OCULUS Surveillance Robot on Apr 09, 2012
"While new innovation in surveillance is sorely lacking, a startup is championing an amitious idea..."
Beautiful - the New Surveillance 'Standard' on Apr 04, 2012
"Crappy video quality is expected with surveillance. Grainy, fuzzy, pixilated, blurred images are ..."
Bad Dog Rover Bits: Good Stuff? on Apr 03, 2012
"Bad Dog Tools ran a surprisingly busy booth at ISC West. Based in Rhode Island, the cutting tools..."
Best New Product Awards Investigated on Apr 03, 2012
"The ISC best new product awards use a secretive process that lacks transparency, making it imposs..."
Security Monitoring Station Guide on Apr 03, 2012
"Console furniture optimized for security command centers is typically required for surveillance s..."
Disaster at the Ingram Micro Pavilion on Apr 01, 2012
"What a horrible first impression. Determined to take the physical security industry by storm, IT ..."
ISC West 2012 Show Best / Worst on Mar 30, 2012
"We spent the week on the ISC West show floor checking out what is interesting and have come away ..."
ISC West Show Floor Review Day 1 on Mar 27, 2012
"We spent hours on the ISC West show floor today and yesterday checking out what is interesting an..."
New Products Reviewed ISC West 2012 on Mar 26, 2012
"Here is what's new in video surveillance and for the ISC West 2012 show. We have aggregated all o..."
Reusing Existing SAN for Surveillance on Mar 18, 2012
"Free Storage? Reusing an organization's existing Storage Area Network (SAN) for video surveillanc..."
Preventing Camera Theft on Mar 17, 2012
"Reports of video surveillance cameras being stolen are surprisingly common. While the crime is ir..."
PR People are Worthless on Mar 15, 2012
"To say, "PR People are Worthless" may be going easy on them. Indeed, it is probably fairer to say..."
Optimizing Motion Based Recording on Mar 15, 2012
"Often users will be shocked to find video is being stored only for as half as long as they expect..."
Where to Install Headend Equipment on Mar 14, 2012
"Installing surveillance headend equipment in the wrong location can lead to increased failure rat..."
Public View Monitors on Mar 14, 2012
"Showing that video surveillance is in use can be a powerful crime deterrent as criminals seek out..."
Fast vs. Gigabit Ethernet for Surveillance on Mar 13, 2012
"This guide is intended to help users decide when to use 100 Mbps Fast Ethernet vs 1 Gbps Ethernet..."
PoE: Switch vs. Midspan on Mar 12, 2012
"Whether to use PoE switches or midspans is a fundamental decision with strong opinions on both si..."
Fire Video Analytic IP Camera (Fike SigniFire) on Mar 11, 2012
"Fire and smoke detection can be a challenge in large, open buildings. Smoke can stratify, dissipa..."
FBI CCTV Recommendations on Mar 10, 2012
"The United States FBI provides a CCTV Best Practices guide in a unique form of a TV show episode...."
Funding Surveillance Maintenance on Mar 07, 2012
"Too often, users forget to fund surveillance maintenance costs, resulting in systems that break d..."
Prebid Meetings and Walkthroughs on Mar 06, 2012
"Integrators who fail to take prebid meetings and walkthroughs seriously can lose the job or lose ..."
Fixed Camera Housing Guide on Mar 06, 2012
"This guide will help you pick the best fixed camera housing for your outdoor surveillance applica..."
Video Alarm Verification Guide on Mar 05, 2012
"Increasing fines for false alarm dispatches plus police non-response to unverified alarms have ma..."
Sole Source Justification Tutorial on Mar 02, 2012
"The sole source justification is a very powerful yet controversial way of specifying products. Ve..."
Remote Access Utilities on Feb 28, 2012
"Issues often arise with surveillance systems located far away. The problem is that it may take mo..."
Surveillance Warranty Terms Reviewed on Feb 27, 2012
"While often overlooked upfront, warranty terms have a big impact on long term costs and support. ..."
Battery Backup for Outdoor Cameras on Feb 26, 2012
"Pole-mounting cameras, especially for use in parking lots and municipal surveillance systems, is ..."
Solar Surveillance Guide on Feb 25, 2012
"Off-grid solar power is gaining attention for video surveillance. In this article, we examine wha..."
Surveillance Subcontractor Usage on Feb 22, 2012
"Whether or not to subcontract all or part of a security deployment is often a polarizing subject...."
Sharing Surveillance Video with the Police on Feb 22, 2012
"Sharing surveillance video with the police is a regular and important aspect of having a surveill..."
How Often is Coax Reused for IP Cameras? on Feb 21, 2012
"Rather than run new cabling for IP cameras, if an analog camera is being replaced it is possible ..."
Work Lifts Examined on Feb 21, 2012
"Surveillance cameras are often installed in difficult to access locations. One of the most dreade..."
Mobile App Usage Statistics on Feb 15, 2012
"The market for surveillance mobile applications has exploded in the last 3 years. Now, almost eve..."
Reusing Existing Coax Cabling (EoC) on Feb 09, 2012
"The coaxial cables which transmit most analog CCTV video can be reused when migrating to IP camer..."
Estimating IP Camera Cabling Costs on Jan 29, 2012
"Cabling is a fundamental, yet often overlooked, component of any surveillance project. Indeed, of..."
Cooling Surveillance Systems on Jan 29, 2012
"An IPVM survey and discussion addressed the topic of “How often, if ever, do you add additi..."
Manufacturer's #1 Complaint: Integrator Errors on Jan 28, 2012
"I have never seen manufacturers so passionate nor united than on the topic of integrator error. I..."
Tri-Ed's Terrible Advice on Jan 24, 2012
"Tri-Ed / Northern Video is not exactly known for being the highest end or most sophisticated dist..."
Calling Out Manufacturer Failures on Jan 23, 2012
"Serious problems with surveillance products are commonplace - from cameras dying out of the box t..."
Powerline Networking for Surveillance Overview on Jan 18, 2012
"Providing network connectivity to cameras in remote locations is a constant issue in the surveill..."
The Education Excuse on Jan 15, 2012
"The worst and most common excuse in video surveillance is that lack of education is holding back ..."
IP Camera Installation Tool Preferences on Jan 01, 2012
"Aiming, focusing, and setup of cameras is a key consideration in optimizing image quality and sys..."
Portable Power for Video Surveillance on Dec 26, 2011
"Sometimes you need power for your video surveillance equipment but do not have convenient access ..."
Top 12 Reports for 2011 on Dec 25, 2011
"Here are our top 12 reports for 2011, starting with the state of the surveillance industry:2012 V..."
IPVM Reader Statistics 2011 on Dec 22, 2011
"This report breaks down how many people read IP Video Market in 2011, where they come from and ho..."
How to Make Award Programs Legitimate on Dec 21, 2011
"Security industy awards today are a joke -- shallow attempts to reward manufacturers who buy ads,..."
The New IPVM Logo Revealed on Dec 20, 2011
"This weekend, IPVideoMarket.info will become IPVM.com. As part of this move, we have selected a n..."
Top 5 Disruptive Surveillance Companies 2012 on Dec 15, 2011
"What companies are driving changes in the video surveillance industry? What companies are the tou..."
Security Estimating Software Review on Dec 14, 2011
"Responding to RFPs can be time consuming and error prone. With FRPs often being hundreds of pages..."
Encoders vs. Hybrid DVR Recorders on Dec 05, 2011
"With encoder prices moving sharply lower this year, the question of the most cost effective way t..."
2012 Video Surveillance Guide Released on Dec 04, 2011
"This report examines the key events that shaped video surveillance in 2011 and the top trends we ..."
VMS / NVR Hardware Usage Statistics on Nov 21, 2011
"What hardware does the surveillance market really prefer? With a variety of options availabl..."
PSA Security Market Metrics on Nov 15, 2011
"PSA Security, a US based cooperative for security integrators, has released an interesting video ..."
PSIM Deployment Statistics on Nov 14, 2011
"One of the most hype market segments of the past few years has been Physical Security Information..."
Remote Surveillance Monitoring Recommendations on Nov 07, 2011
"While many sites might benefit from real time surveillance monitoring, most budgets preclude hiri..."
IPVM Integrator Survey Methodology and Demographics on Nov 01, 2011
"IPVM has completed its first ever Integrator Survey, providing an unprecedented and in depth exam..."
Integrator Insights Program Launched on Oct 20, 2011
"We are excited to announce a new program, Integrator Insights, that will gather and share integra..."
Service / Maintenance Contracts Guide on Oct 20, 2011
"To keep any surveillance system up and running, regular maintenance needs to be performed. Howeve..."
Terminating Manufacturer IPVM Access on Oct 17, 2011
"Manufacturers who use IP Video Market in promotional materials will have their IPVM access termin..."
Hardware and Accessories Buyer's Guide on Oct 03, 2011
"Hardware What type of hardware your surveillance server will require differs between manufacturer..."
Winners and Losers Fall 2011 on Sep 25, 2011
"Now that the dust has settled from the new announcements of the last month, we can better underst..."
IPVM Seminar Poll Results on Sep 24, 2011
"At our first ever IPVM seminar, we held a number of real time polls asking attendees what they th..."
Lessons Learned from the 1st IPVM Seminar on Sep 22, 2011
"On Wednesday, September 21st, we successfully held our 1st ever IPVM Seminar with over 80 Pro Mem..."
Desperate Moves: AVHS and HDcctv on Sep 11, 2011
"In the last year, quite a number of incumbent security providers have launched VSaaS using Axis's..."
Are You Smarter than a Security Trade Magazine? on Aug 25, 2011
"If you have any IP video surveillance skills, you should easily spot at least 1 of 2 fundamental ..."
Axis, OnSSI and Tyco All Sued on Aug 23, 2011
"The IP Video Surveillance industry is under attack by an aggressive patent troll who, we believe,..."
First Ever IPVM Surveillance Seminar Announced on Aug 15, 2011
"We are excited to announce registration is open for the first ever IP Video Market Seminar to be ..."
Long IP Camera Run Options: Fiber, PoE Extenders and EoC Examined on Aug 09, 2011
"A common question in IP surveillance is: What are the best ways to extend power and Ethernet past..."
Extending Surveillance Monitor Signal / Cable Runs on Aug 09, 2011
"Often surveillance monitors are located quite some distance from VMS workstations. Since most vid..."
Dealing with Manufacturers Complaints on Jul 27, 2011
"We get a lot of manufacturer complaints. Every week. Seemingly someone is always upset, angry, di..."
How We Review Products on Jul 14, 2011
"IP Video Market Info has a specific style of reviewing products that often conflicts with common ..."
Surveillance Pricing: MSRP and Discounts on Jul 07, 2011
"To compare prices in video surveillance, one must understand and factor in discounting variances...."
Book Review: Digital Video Surveillance and Security on Jun 26, 2011
"Digital Video Surveillance and Security, published in 2010, is the newest and only one of a small..."
Top 10 Surveillance Myths Debunked on Jun 25, 2011
"Aggressive marketing creates dangerous myths. Vendors transform their product's highest aspiratio..."
Lytro's Video Surveillance Potential Examined on Jun 22, 2011
"In 2011, a 3+ year old company gained an amazing amount of press. The company, originally called ..."
New Surveillance Products Review June 2011 on Jun 14, 2011
"In this report, we provide in depth coverage of new surveillance product releases announced in Ma..."
Debunking SecurityNewsDesk's Traffic Shootout Results on Jun 12, 2011
"Over the past two months, UK publication SecurityNewsDesk has released traffic 'shootout' results..."
2011 Mid Year Video Surveillance Review on Jun 11, 2011
"The first half of 2011 featured a number of important shifts within the video surveillance indust..."
Test Your Video Surveillance Knowledge v2 on May 10, 2011
"How well do you know IP Video Surveillance? Here is our second in a series on online tests for yo..."
Upcoming 2011 Surveillance Tests on Apr 25, 2011
"In this post, we preview approximately 30 upcoming video surveillance tests we plan to release in..."
Helping Solve Your Surveillance Problems on Apr 21, 2011
"We are starting a new webinar series where we provide guidance on any surveillance project or top..."
Poll Results and Webinar Recorded Video on Apr 20, 2011
"On April 20th, nearly 100 IPVM Pro Members participated in a webinar discussing 'Winners and Lose..."
Webinar Debate: Winners and Losers on Apr 15, 2011
"On Wednesday, April 20th, we had a PRO member only debate on Winners and Losers. The debate cente..."
Winners and Losers Spring 2011 on Apr 12, 2011
"Now that the dust has settled from the numerous new announcements of the last month, we can bette..."
TTi's Mobile Video Recorders (Buddy) Examined on Apr 10, 2011
"In this note, we examine a new low cost entrant to the mobile video recording market. The company..."
Drivecam Video Monitoring Examined on Mar 31, 2011
"In this note we overview DriveCam, a US based company that seeks to provide an end to end driver ..."
Gish vsCalc iPhone/iPad App Reviewed on Mar 16, 2011
"In this note, we examine a new iPhone/iPad application from Gish Technologies for calculating vid..."
Security Consultant Conflict of Interest on Mar 08, 2011
"While security consultants should be totally committed to the needs of their customers, many fear..."
ISC Nearly Triples Number of Surveillance NPS Awards on Jan 12, 2011
"Despite struggling to identify truly innovative products over the last few years, ISC West is nea..."
FAQ: How We Cover Companies / Products on Jan 06, 2011
"In this report, we explain how we cover companies and products on IPVM. This will be most useful ..."
IMS's 2010/2011 Predictions Examined on Jan 05, 2011
"In this note, we highlight and critique video surveillance predictions from IMS Research for 2010..."
Frame Rate Training - Free Premium Report on Dec 30, 2010
"Here's a free sample premium report providing training on frame rate selection and use for video ..."
IPVM Top Reports and Reader Stats for 2010 on Dec 21, 2010
"In this report, we review the top read reports for the year and provide an overview of who is rea..."
Video Surveillance in 2011 Recorded Webinar on Dec 09, 2010
"Embedded below is the full video of our 65 minute webinar. Watch the webinar from becoming to end..."
2011 Video Surveillance Guide Released on Dec 04, 2010
"We are excited to release our 194 page, 2011 Video Surveillance Guide. This Guide brings together..."
Evaluating Crime's Cost and ROI of Surveillance Systems on Nov 01, 2010
"Beyond cost, reducing crime is a major factor in generating Return on Investment from the purchas..."
IP Camera Finder Released on Oct 30, 2010
"Our Camera Finder tool lets you find the right IP camera. The tool covers over 500 IP Camera Mode..."
How to Find IP Cameras - 25 Minute Webinar on Oct 27, 2010
"The following 25 minute webinar shows how to find IP Cameras using our industry leading Camera Fi..."
ASIS New Products Webinar Recorded on Oct 21, 2010
"Below is the complete recording of the 60 minute ASIS New Products webinar. We had an excellent a..."
IFSEC's Global Security Challenge Examined on Oct 21, 2010
"IFSEC has announced a "Future of Security Competition" that seeks to identify security innovation..."
Highlighting New Products Released During ASIS on Oct 17, 2010
"Dozens of new products have been released in the last month with a large number during the ASIS s..."
New Products Reviewed Fall 2010 on Oct 12, 2010
"In this report, we aggregate all our new products reviews for Fall 2010 announcments. Products R..."
Security Distributors on Market Trends on Oct 10, 2010
"5 security system distributors recently provided input on strong and weak sales areas. Not surpri..."
Security Essen 2010 Review on Oct 08, 2010
"This report provides observations from the Security Essen 2010 show held in Germany. The show, he..."
Security Essen 2010 Review on Oct 08, 2010
"This report provides observations from the Security Essen 2010 show held in Germany. The show, he..."
Training: Using Lens Calculators on Sep 27, 2010
"In video surveillance applications, lenses generally take a 'back-seat' to their sexier camera co..."
Surveillance Manufacturer New Web Pages Roundup on Sep 14, 2010
"The following is a collection of new webpages found by our spider over the first half of Septembe..."
SIA Security Privacy: Weak US Guidelines on Sep 14, 2010
"The largest US security trade association, SIA, has issued very weak security guidelines. Their s..."
Testing IR Illuminator Performance on Sep 05, 2010
"Low light can cause problems for surveillance cameras. IR illuminators may improve this situation..."
Weekly Video Surveillance Link Roundup on Aug 27, 2010
"The following 100+ results are matches from our spider for newly added manufacturer websites over..."
Training: Remote Video Surveillance Monitoring on Jul 18, 2010
"This report explains and examines the fundamental technical and operational issues in using remot..."
International Video Surveillance Laws / Regulations on Jul 17, 2010
"In this note, we examine laws and regulations for video surveillance developed by a variety of co..."
How to Use IP Video Market Info on Jul 13, 2010
"With over 1000 reports/updates, IP Video Market has the most video surveillance information on th..."
Y-Cam Camera Overview on Jul 11, 2010
"Y-Cam is a UK camera manufacturer specializing in the residential and SMB market segments. They o..."
2010 Mid-Year Video Surveillance Review on Jul 10, 2010
"At the halfway point of the year, a few trends stand out from a relatively quiet 6 months in the ..."
Video Surveillance Weekly Update on Jul 08, 2010
"Axis's financial results, new funding for 2 manufacturers, top integrators and debates on VMS and..."
SDM 100 Security Integrators 2009 Released on Jul 07, 2010
"SDM Magazine has released its annual Top 100 Security Integrators 2009 ranking. SDM summed up the..."
June 2010 Video Surveillance Monthly Report on Jun 30, 2010
"Biggest news of the month (by far) was the Milestone entry level VMS price drop. Relatively quiet..."
South African Surveillance and Security Needs on Jun 22, 2010
"South Africa has a global reputation as one of the most dangerous places in the world. With highe..."
Why Does the UK Hate IP Video Surveillance? on Jun 21, 2010
"When not destoying US oceans, the British can be reflective and quite self-critical. This is nice..."
Security vs Productivity on Jun 10, 2010
"All security measures invariably tradeoff productivity and convenience. Security measures are alm..."
Security Manufacturer Representative Roles Examined on Jun 05, 2010
"In this update, we survey key roles, benefits and issues in using manufacturer representatives wi..."
UK Debates the Value and Risks of CCTV on Jun 05, 2010
"The UK seems simultaneously more passionate and worried about the use of CCTV / video surveillanc..."
Video Surveillance Monthly Report May 2010 on May 31, 2010
"Most read May reports were the VMS Comparison and iPad test. Also, strong interest in our Milesto..."
Testing The iPad and iPhone for Video Surveillance on May 25, 2010
"The iPhone and iPad are certainly hot, capturing popular interest around the globe. The question,..."
Video Surveillance Weekly Update May 21 2010 on May 20, 2010
"Examining financial results from Verint, Vivotek, Mobotix, ADT plus investments for BRS Labs. Add..."
Training: Basics for the Video Surveillance Business on May 17, 2010
"This report provides a 48 minute video presentation that teaches the basics of the video surveill..."
Is Price Pressure for IP Video Increasing? on May 16, 2010
"A consistent theme integrators report is competition for jobs has increased significantly in the ..."
Training: Basics for Using Video Surveillance on May 14, 2010
"This report, including a 2 hour podcast inside, is designed to help those new to video surveillan..."
Video Surveillance Weekly Update May 14 2010 on May 13, 2010
"Updates on 4 VSaaS providers, financial reports, commentary on terrorism and future trends featur..."
Is Terrorism not worth worrying about? on May 09, 2010
"After the recent Times Square attempt, the number of public critiques against video surveillance ..."
Groupon for Video Surveillance Products? on May 07, 2010
"Groupon is the hottest startup in technology today. Its approach has potential in video surveilla..."
Video Surveillance Monthly Report April 2010 on Apr 30, 2010
"Rapid expansion of video surveillance training, new test results on video surveillance quality an..."
IBM: Still a Niche Player in Video Surveillance on Apr 25, 2010
"More than 4 years after IBM's much ballyhooed entrance into the video surveillance, a recent repo..."
Dangers of Deleting Surveillance Video on Apr 20, 2010
"In this update, we examine the risks of deleted surveillance video and best practices / settings ..."
Education: Manufacturers vs Conferences on Apr 19, 2010
"Conferences depend heavily on manufacturers for funding. To that at end, an admission by an ISC e..."
Recommending Video Surveillance Products on Apr 08, 2010
"Starting June 1, 2010, IP Video Market will make recommendations on the selection of specific vid..."
Video Surveillance Weekly Update Apr 2 2010 on Apr 01, 2010
"Examines: Why education is not enough for video analytics; Pelco's strategic positioning, legal g..."
Video Surveillance Monthly Report March 2010 on Mar 31, 2010
"50 video surveillance posts in March with a total of 81 page of original analysis. Corporate subs..."
ISC Solutions Examined on Mar 23, 2010
"Facing falling attendance and interest, ISC East has been 'transformed' to ISC Solutions. Exhibit..."
2010 Video Surveillance Industry Guide on Mar 07, 2010
"The 612 page 2010 Video Surveillance Industry Guide provides the most comprehensive global covera..."
February 2010 Video Surveillance Monthly Summary on Feb 28, 2010
"Lots of research and heated discussions in February, despite little industry news. Most read topi..."
Will Webcam Surveillance Cause Privacy Concerns? on Feb 21, 2010
"In the future, there will almost certainly be more webcams in laptops and smartphones than their ..."
Readers Respond: 134 Votes, 25 Comments Examined on Feb 14, 2010
"Over 100 people voted and more than 25 left detailed comments to our recent question/discussion. ..."
Testing and Analysis - Free Premium Preview on Feb 12, 2010
"This preview shows examples of the original, unique research that we provide for members of our v..."
How Critical Should We Be of Video Surveillance Products? on Feb 07, 2010
"IP Video Market Info is definitely critical of video surveillance products - routinely looking fo..."
150 Booths Still Available for ISC West on Feb 07, 2010
"In a sign of trade show convention struggles, about 150 booths are still available for ISC West w..."
What Makes an Analyst Independent? on Feb 05, 2010
"Those who make recommendations on products need to be independent of those who develop them. We a..."
Is SourceSecurity.com the Biggest Security Website Globally? on Feb 02, 2010
"SourceSecurity.com claims to be the highest trafficked website in the security industry but no on..."
Should Manufacturers Publicly Share Technical Docs? on Feb 01, 2010
"Technical documentation is important for evaluating products and learning how to optimally use th..."
January 2010 Video Surveillance Monthly Summary on Jan 31, 2010
"January featured the ioimage acquisition, numerous new test results, a heated debate on analog vs..."
iPad Use for Video Surveillance Examined on Jan 27, 2010
"We believe the Apple iPad will be useful for video surveillance applications. The Apple iPad (see..."
Testing Videofied's Video Security System on Jan 24, 2010
"Videofied has gained significant attention for tightly integrating video monitoring/recording int..."
US - Mexico Border Boeing Security Systems Failure Examined on Jan 13, 2010
"At the US border with Mexico a billion USD has been spent on underground sensors, long range rada..."
Conference Attendence Continue to Drop on Jan 13, 2010
"SSN is reporting that conference attendees to the US ISC East trade show continue to drop precipi..."
Will Military Drones Provide a Boost for Intelligent Video? on Jan 09, 2010
"A January 2010 New York Times article examines the severe problem the US military is having analy..."
Should We Allow Some Potential Terrorist Acts? on Jan 06, 2010
"While terrorism certainly drives the surveillance business, a growing and influential trend sugge..."
December 2009 Monthly Summary and PDF Download on Dec 31, 2009
"New market statistics, debates on video management systems, 4 new test results and more."
Hollywood's Negative Impact on Using Video Surveillance on Dec 29, 2009
"Hollywood's amazingly inaccurate use of video surveillance is a frequent source of both frustrati..."
2010 Goal: Publish 100 IP Video Surveillance Tests on Dec 26, 2009
"Our 2010 goal is to publish test results for 100 IP video surveillance products covering the most..."
Sample RFP for IP Video Surveillance System on Dec 22, 2009
"Request for Proposal documents (RFPs) are common and important documents for specifying and biddi..."
Hacking Military Video Surveillance Feeds on Dec 17, 2009
"The US military's embarrassing situation illuminates trade-offs and risks of video surveillance e..."
2010 Predictions by Video Surveillance Industry Professionals on Dec 08, 2009
"The December 2009 Security Sales and Integration magazines includes an interview with 6 industry ..."
November 2009 Monthly Summary and PDF Download on Nov 30, 2009
"November was an active month with two important acquisitions - GE Security and Orsus. Additionall..."
French Debate Video Surveillance Effectiveness on Nov 20, 2009
"Similar to the heated debates video surveillance raises in the UK, a November 2009 released repor..."
Top US Integrator Acquired by European Conglomerate on Nov 18, 2009
"Adesta, one of the top US integrators and representative of network convergence was acquired by E..."
Hiring Picking Up in Video Surveillance? on Nov 18, 2009
"In the last few weeks, we have seen a significant increase in the number of both hirings and open..."
Rise of Europe's Surveillance State Examined on Nov 15, 2009
"Open Europe, a European think tank critical of surveillance, criticized the impact on security of..."
Top 2010 Trends from Securing New Grounds on Nov 10, 2009
"Securing New Ground, a conference on the business of security has picked 3 top trends that are li..."
Network Security Concerns Examined on Nov 05, 2009
"At an ISC West 2009 presentation, Slayton Solutions spoke in detail on the vulnerabilities of net..."
Copper Theft Presents Opportunity in Utilities Market on Nov 04, 2009
"The price of copper has risen dramatically in the last year, resulting in surging theft of copper..."
Ingram Micro Enters Physical Security Market on Nov 04, 2009
"Yet another IT distributor, Ingram Micro, has entered the physical security market though they ar..."
Leading Asian Security Publication ASMAG Acquired on Nov 04, 2009
"One of the leading security publications and show organizations in the Asian market, ASMAG, has b..."
Concealed Bomb Detection Criticism Examined on Nov 02, 2009
"Detecting concealed bombs with video surveillance or analytics is fairly infeasible as video can ..."
October 2009 Monthly Summary and PDF Download on Oct 31, 2009
"64 total new releases for the month of October including an excellent discussion on the use of vi..."
Should Security Integrators Focus on Recurring Revenues? on Oct 28, 2009
"While integrators have historically generated 90% or more of their revenues from projects, for ye..."
IMS on Video Surveillance Trends on Oct 27, 2009
"IMS Research's Simon Harris offers a series of observations and recommendations on video surveill..."
Improvements You Requested for IP Video Market on Oct 23, 2009
"This report lists over 20 improvements recommended by subscribers of the Video Surveillance Profe..."
SIA Seeks to Make ISC Education Commercial Free on Oct 19, 2009
"A common complaint for seminars at trade shows is that they tend to be too commercial and too ven..."
Upcoming Reports for November and December 2009 on Oct 17, 2009
"Here is a list of upcoming video surveillance reports that will be released in November and Decem..."
Emerging Video Surveillance Guide 2009 on Oct 09, 2009
"This directory examines the benefits and risks of emerging video surveillance technologies for se..."
Survey of IP Video Surveillance Distributors on Oct 06, 2009
"Anixter, Graybar, Scansource and Techdata are 4 of the most well known distributors of IP video s..."
ASIS Attendance Down to 2004 Levels on Oct 05, 2009
"With a significant drop in attendance for the second straight year, attendance to the ASIS Intern..."
Will the FTC's Guidelines Blow Up Tech Publications? on Oct 04, 2009
"The US FTC's new advertiser guidelines could radically change the nature of tech publication..."
What's the Best Source of Video Surveillance Information? on Sep 30, 2009
"The two most impressive findings from our recent survey is the value found in company meetings an..."
Will Manufacturers Always Overstate their Product's Claims? on Sep 29, 2009
"Integrators frequently lament the problem of over-stating performance claims. It is a fundamental..."
Underdeveloped IT Skills Challenges IP Video in Japan on Sep 29, 2009
"Despite, or perhaps partially due to, the great success of manufacturing hardware in Japan, the m..."
New Producs Directory ASIS 2009 Finalized on Sep 24, 2009
"This report examines 37 new products announced for ASIS 2009. It includes links to the individual..."
Should ASIS Endorse Products? (Results) on Sep 18, 2009
"Vote and make your voice heard on ASIS' product awards. For the first time, ASIS has issued award..."
New Products with the Most Significant Cost Drops on Sep 15, 2009
"While "groundbreaking" technology is exciting to examine, significant cost changes usually have a..."
Riskiest Companies 2009 - BRS Labs and TimeSight on Sep 09, 2009
"BRS Labs and TimeSight are likely the riskiest video surveillance companies. With extensive mark..."
Awards Benefit Manufacturers -- Not Users on Sep 05, 2009
"Awards assist manufacturers in selling products rather than identifying the best solutions for us..."
Beware of Manufacturers Claims of Support on Sep 03, 2009
"One trick that manufacturers consistently use is to say they are "in talks with" and then list ma..."
Security Manager Budget Cuts and Fire Drills on Aug 26, 2009
"The Director of Security for a Fortune 500 and a consultant for one of the leading security firms..."
Guidelines for Commenting on Reports on Aug 21, 2009
"With over 2000 total comments so far, comments are one of the most useful and important elements ..."
July 2009 Monthly Summary Report Released on Jul 30, 2009
"The 174 page July 2009 Monthly Summary Report PDF is now available, including: Testing Cisco's S..."
Japanese Video Surveillance Market Guide Released on Jul 19, 2009
"Though the Japanese market is one of the largest in the world, it is one of the most difficult fo..."
SDM Top 100 US Integrators / US Market Weakens on Jul 17, 2009
"This month, SDM Magazine released their 14th annual Top Systems Integrators list. The list ranks ..."
June 2009 IP Video Monthly Summary Report on Jul 04, 2009
"HDcctv and the Intransa NVR announcement were the two most discussed topics at IP Video Market fo..."
Finding Video Surveillance Information on Jun 22, 2009
"This guide offers recommendations on how to find video surveillance information -- whether you ar..."
VSST Video Surveillance Technician Guide Reviewed on Jun 01, 2009
"The Security Industry Association is releasing a series of Certifications for video surveillance ..."
How Good are Security Manager's PCs? on May 25, 2009
"User's PCs have a significant impact on video surveillance systems. While video may be processed ..."
IFSEC 2009 Announcement Directory on May 11, 2009
"Spring is the season of new product announcements and major trade shows for the security industry..."
What Differentiates Video Surveillance Products? on Apr 28, 2009
"Figuring out how video surveillance products are different is a challenging task. While some prod..."
SecuTech Asia 2009 Conference Report on Apr 23, 2009
"While not very well known in the US and Europe, SecuTech is a suprisingly interesting and strong ..."
Examining New Products From ISC West 2009 on Apr 10, 2009
"This premium report examines the value and potential impact of 12 new products announced at ISC W..."
Should You Trust Frost & Sullivan Awards? on Apr 03, 2009
"Frost & Sullivan awards are common in the security industry. In the last decade, Frost has na..."
The Danger of Pre-Announcing Products on Mar 30, 2009
"It is critical to check when new products will actually be available. While vendors may announce ..."
Watch Video Surveillance Product Demos on Feb 25, 2009
"Online demo videos are a powerful but underutilized tool in video surveillance. This report helps..."
Top 10 Video Surveillance Companies by Market Share on Feb 04, 2009
"Market share ranking of the top 10 in video surveillance equipment, cameras and network cameras c..."
Intersec and Middle East Growth Observations on Jan 22, 2009
"Intersec, the largest Middle East security conference, was held this week in Dubai. This report s..."
Video Surveillance Research Service Launched on Dec 13, 2008
"The Research service provides critical information to help manufacturers, integrators, distributo..."
Russian Security Market Expected to Grow Significantly on Nov 27, 2008
"The consensus expert position is that the Russian security market shall continue to grow signific..."
Top 3 Problems of Sales Presentations on Nov 18, 2008
"Sales presentations are critical yet are routinely ineffecitve. While an appropriate sales presen..."
How Obama Impacts the Security Industry on Nov 04, 2008
"The security bubble is burst. With the election of Obama, US demand for security products will dr..."
Video Surveillance Platforms on Oct 03, 2008
"A platform for video surveillance could dramatically improve the effectiveness of video surveilla..."
Eliminate Sales and Marketing on Sep 30, 2008
"10-20% of all spending on video surveillance goes to sales and marketing costs yet customers find..."