Consumer (113)

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Axis Hosted Video Decade of Failure

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Do you want to 'head up' Axis hosted video offerings? Axis almost never publicly promotes senior positions, but for such an unattractive job they made an exception with the following seen on LinkedIn: For more than a decade, Axis hosted video ...

By Brian Karas - over 2 years ago

Ring Buys Installs For New Customers

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Q: "When is DIY not really DIY?" A: "When Ring offers to buy professional install for you." Yes, it is that simple.  Ring is offering to pay an installer to hang customer's new video doorbell despite strictly selling to the DIY market. This mov...

By Brian Rhodes - over 2 years ago

Honeywell 17x More Recognized Than Axis Among Consumers

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Homeowners have almost no idea who Axis is, but associate Honeywell closely with security. A survey sponsored by the Electronic Security Association of homeowners with alarm systems shows that brands well recognized in the commercial security sec...

By Brian Karas - over 2 years ago

Top VC Backs Video Analytics Baby Monitor (Nanit)

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One of the most well respected Venture Capitalists has not only invested in a video analytics developer but has given a ringing endorsement to the future of the space. In this note, we examine the company invested in (Nanit) and why this is a bul...

By Brian Karas - over 2 years ago

Americans Vastly Underestimate Being Recorded on CCTV

Americans vastly underestimate how often they are recorded on CCTV, by a factor of ~10x, based on a Google Consumer Survey study that IPVM recently commissioned, raising concerns about whether the public fully understands the depth of overall vide...

By Brian Karas - over 2 years ago

360° Motion Detection Camera Tested (Zmodo Pivot)

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The Zmodo Pivot trumpets "motion detection in 360 degrees", claiming to detect and capture intruders behind itself, a truly rare camera claim. Plus, they include other features atypical in home/DIY cameras like: Wireless sensor integration Bl...

By John Scanlan - over 2 years ago

The Standing Security Desk is Here (Winsted)

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Sitting is the new smoking, so they say. But surveillance operators often need to sit for long periods of time, looking at monitors. Standing desks are a hot trend, seeking to solve that problem.  Now, Winsted has released a new offering, the I...

By Brian Rhodes - over 2 years ago

Vivint Gets $100M from Peter Thiel And Mitt Romney

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One of the most prominent Silicon Valley investors and a former presidential candidate are backing Vivint with a $100 million investment.  In this note, we look at the details of this new investment, and the high valuations for consumer-focused s...

By Brian Karas - over 2 years ago

The Brooklyn Access Startup: Kisi

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Straight from the hipster startup hotbed of Brooklyn comes a new IP access control system.  And if the tough streets of NYC do not offer enough credibility, Kisi also claims German engineering: True to startup form, the company offers big claim...

By Brian Rhodes - almost 3 years ago

Home More Secure Than Cloud, Says Consumers

American consumers have major concerns with the security of cloud services, according to two new Google Consumer surveys IPVM has run. In this note, we examine consumer responses of home networks vs the cloud and the risks involved. Head to Head...

By John Honovich - almost 3 years ago

Hikvision (Stops) Lying About Ezviz Security

Hikvision promoted the security of their directly sold Ezviz consumer line to Americans in a March 9, 2016 release. False It featured this false statement: "One critical element that distinguishes EZVIZ's security measures from others is that t...

By John Honovich - almost 3 years ago

Camera Doorbell Startup Ring Now With ~$100 Million Funding

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Smart doorbell startup Ring has raised an additional USD$61M in funding. Ring has also announced a "Pro" doorbell, which is an enhanced product offering vs. a reseller-oriented product. We take a look at ring's financials and the details on Ring...

By Brian Karas - almost 3 years ago

Legal Attack on MSRP - Impact on Hikvision, Sony, Pelco, More

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MSRP? Make Suckers Really Pay? Many video surveillance manufacturers set their Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) to far higher levels than any buyer ever pays. But not all, and this causes confusion. Indeed, in our recent Axis vs Avigilo...

By Brian Karas - almost 3 years ago

Security Camera / Outdoor Light Tested (Kuna)

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A new device, named Kuna, "aims to prevent break-ins before they happen!" We bought one and tested it out, examining the following key elements: Accuracy of break-in detection Quality of audio / interaction Light controls Installation proce...

By John Scanlan - almost 3 years ago

Americans Reject Chinese and US Government Cloud Video Recording

Americans overwhelmingly rejected both Chinese and US government owned cloud video recording, in Google consumer surveys run by IPVM. This is especially noteworthy as Hikvision continues its rapid, deceptive expansion to get US consumers to unknow...

By John Honovich - almost 3 years ago

Blink Totally Wireless Camera Tested

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Wireless cameras almost always still need a wire for power. Given that, many argue to just used wired cameras anyway. Now, startup Blink has released a battery powered wireless camera that needs no wires. Plus, the camera / kit sells for just ~$1...

By Ethan Ace - almost 3 years ago

Face Recognition Camera Tested (Netatmo)

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Can face recognition make home security "better"? That is the bold claim from startup Netatmo with their Welcome camera. But with face recognition's historical challenges, can it really work in a sub-$200 consumer camera? In this test, we take a...

By Ethan Ace - almost 3 years ago

UPS Backup Power for Surveillance Guide

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Backup power for surveillance systems generally rely on batteries, especially since UPSes for computers are common and easily available. However, uncertainty in picking the right backup power supply sized with the right batteries is a common prob...

By Brian Rhodes - almost 3 years ago

Home Security Camera Statistics 2016

~20% of US homes use security cameras, according to an IPVM survey of 2,000 consumers. Inside this note, we break down the stats, share full statistic reports and examine the trends over the past 3 years and the factors driving growth.

By John Honovich - almost 3 years ago

Ezviz = Hikvision = Chinese Government

Ezviz has seemingly come out of nowhere to become a major player in consumer electronics / security. Unfortunately, Ezviz consistently hides the truth of who they are from the mainstream press. Ezviz claims to be an American company (e.g., "EZVIZ...

By John Honovich - about 3 years ago

Testing Smart Home PTZ (Remocam)

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The consumer cloud video market is dominated by wide angle, fixed cameras (Dropcam/ Nestcam, Simplicam, Canary, Piper, etc.) Startup Remocam is taking a different approach with a pan/tilt camera for the cost of most fixed options, with novel IR d...

By Ethan Ace - about 3 years ago

Hikvision Responds to Ezviz Direct Sales + Changes Marketing

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Hikvision has responded to IPVM's concerns about their new direct sales company Ezviz, has also changed their marketing and sent a letter to their dealers. In this note, we examine their response, the dealer letter, and break down their changes.

By John Honovich - about 3 years ago

Testing Petzi, The Pet Cam That Shoots Treats

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Do you love dogs? Do you love the Internet of Things? Then we have a product for you. Half camera, half remote-controlled pet treat dispenser, Petzi lets you shoot treats at your dog. That's my dog going for a Petzi treat: After doubling the...

By Derek Ward - over 3 years ago

Google / Nest is Destroying Dropcam

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Wow. The most popular consumer camera has suddenly become one of the most hated. Just add Google. In this note, we examine the four main complaints and what this means for the consumer market.

By John Honovich - over 3 years ago

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