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Don't Get Fooled by These Demo Tricks

The vendor comes to your office to show you the latest and greatest camera, analytics, VMS, etc. They set up the equipment to show you how it really works in action so you can see for yourself. Yet you have been tricked and you probably did not ev...

By John Honovich - about 7 years ago

Crazy UK CCTV and The Value of PTZs

Like a scene out of a James Bonds movie, UK authorities released amazing footage of a driver taking a terrified pedestrian on a neighborhood ride hanging onto the hood of their car. It is an excellent demonstration of the use of real time, operat...

By John Honovich - about 7 years ago

Restricting Resales of Cameras Important to Integrators

Do integrators care if the products they deploy have restricted resale availability? How important is it to them? What impact might this have on end users? In this note, we review our survey results that dig into this often heated topic. Overview...

By Brian Rhodes - about 7 years ago

IP Camera Networking Basics

Getting started with IP cameras can be daunting for those without experience in computer networks. Fortunately, it is not that hard. In this report, we train networking novices on how get started using IP cameras, featuring a 9 minute video screen...

By John Honovich - about 7 years ago

Success in the Security Industry

Unsuccessful people often wonder why they are so, developing silly theories about what is holding them back. The Women's Security Council is an organizition essentially dedicated to that cause. In their awkwardly named Las Vegas seminar imploring ...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

Sens Up is For Suckers

Run as fast and far as you can, if you are looking for a good low light camera and the manufacturer cites 'Sens Up.' This is a sneaky trick that vendors play when rating low light performance. Instead of admitting that there cameras suck at night,...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

Axis: Good or Bad For Partners?

Is Axis good or bad for its partners? While no company has done more than Axis to champion and grow the IP video surveillance market, many partners - both integrators and manufacturers - express fear and frustration about the aggressive Swedish ju...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

Beautiful - the New Surveillance 'Standard'

Crappy video quality is expected with surveillance. Grainy, fuzzy, pixilated, blurred images are the norm. In the UK, the common refrain is even that "80% of CCTV is not fit for purpose." Megapixel adoption, over the last few years, deliveres mor...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

Murder on Video - The Value of PTZs

While many argue for the end of PTZs, a recent murder demonstrates the value of using PTZs versus multimegapixel fixed cameras for monitoring large high crime areas. Inside this note, we show why through a series of real world surveillance video c...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

Consultant: The Dilemma of Manufacturer Events

One of the best posts in the 60+ comment Axis cruise discussion came from a professional security consultant who thoughtfully examined the issues involved in these events. On the one hand, the consultant explains the value these events can provide...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

How to Design a Video Surveillance Solution

Designing a video surveillance solution requires decisions on 8 fundamental questions. This in-depth tutorial helps beginners understand the options and tradeoffs involved in designing a solid surveillance solution. This is an introduction to hel...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

Is Milestone Actually Making Any Money?

In the past 18 months, Milestone Systems has redefined itself as the low cost VMS champion, slashing prices at a feverish rate and introducing the industry's most well known free VMS offering. However, these actions have raised many questions, non...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

Milestone Seeks Global VMS Market Dominance

In a recent interview, Milestone Systems declared that they will reach an astounding and unprecedented 80-90% global market share and become the 'Microsoft of VMS.' In this note, we analyze why Milestone cannot achieve such market share yet why th...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

Top 4 Manufacturer Risks

When picking products, the obvious starting point is what is needed for the application. That will narrow down your options but many manufacturer's products will meet basic functional specifications. What then? Do you simply pick the product with ...

By John Honovich - almost 8 years ago

Mistaking Surveillance Start-up Success

People routinely assume that start-ups with big marketing presence at trade shows, magazines, events, etc. are successful. This is highly misleading and obscures a critical factor in true long term success - the ratio of revenue to company investm...

By John Honovich - almost 8 years ago

New Surveillance Products Directory Fall 2011

This report provides a summary of key announcements and news being made related to or around the ASIS 2011 show.For each product or change, where applicable, we provide a link to the manufacturer's announcement on their site and then a link to our...

By John Honovich - almost 8 years ago

Owning the End User

Integrators routinely block end users from the best solutions, steering users to offerings that maximize the integrator's probability of success and profit. However, end users rarely understand the dynamics involved. In this report, we explain the...

By John Honovich - almost 8 years ago

Why The Market Has Already Tipped to IP

One of the most heated video surveillance debates is when the market will 'tip' to IP cameras, typically defined as the first year when IP camera revenue exceeds analog camera revenue. However, this debate and metric misses the more important shif...

By John Honovich - almost 8 years ago

Dealing with Manufacturers Complaints

We get a lot of manufacturer complaints. Every week. Seemingly someone is always upset, angry, disappointed, shocked, etc. Just like we have the right to criticize, manufacturers certainly have the right to complain. Some manufacturers provide ver...

By John Honovich - almost 8 years ago

Bandwidth vs. Image Quality Shootout 2011

When thinking about maximizing image quality, resolution is usually the first thing that comes to mind. However, resolution is not the only factor that impacts quality. The amount of bandwidth available and used can have a dramatic impact on image...

By Benros Emata - almost 8 years ago

Top 10 Surveillance Myths Debunked

Aggressive marketing creates dangerous myths. Vendors transform their product's highest aspirations into concrete claims. Unfortunately, these become generally accepted 'knowledge' that helps sales, hurts users and sometimes crushes a market (such...

By John Honovich - about 8 years ago

New Surveillance Products Review June 2011

In this report, we provide in depth coverage of new surveillance product releases announced in May and June 2011. Below are the products we are reviewing including a link to each company's announcement: Axis Lightfinder / Q1602 Axis Low Cost Encod...

By John Honovich - about 8 years ago

Fundamental Barriers to Surveillance Innovation

Projecting the rate of new technology adoption is critical for determining what products should be developed and sold. In the surveillance market, significant skepticism about adoption is common. You often hear people criticize H.264 uptake ("it's...

By John Honovich - about 8 years ago

How to Handle Headlight Surveillance Problems

Headlights are a painful problem for video surveillance. Figuring out how to overcome headlight's glare is both a fascinating and frustrating endeavor. Unfortunately, these challenges have not received enough attention and focus. If you want to ca...

By John Honovich - about 8 years ago

Channel Sales Harm Security Users

The standard security sales model encourages bad system designs and poor integration skills. Specifically, manufacturer's varying discount levels to integrators creates incentives that work against the needs and interests of security users. While ...

By John Honovich - over 8 years ago

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