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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 - about 4 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 - about 4 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 - about 4 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 - about 4 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 - about 4 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 - over 4 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 - over 4 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 - over 4 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 - over 4 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 - over 4 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 - over 4 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 - over 4 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 [link no longer available] is taking a different approach with a pan/tilt camera for the cost of most fix...

By Ethan Ace - over 4 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 - over 4 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 - almost 5 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 - almost 5 years ago

New Google Nest Cam Tested

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The most important advance for the new Google Nest Cam is video analytics. Though this has not been the focus in the mainstream press, IPVM testing shows that their video analytic advances are significant. We bought a Nest Cam and conducted testi...

By Derek Ward - almost 5 years ago

iControl Piper NV Camera Test

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iControl has raised over $100 million in VC funding to transform the home security market.  Last year, they acquired Piper, a camera / home automation startup. iControl now faces off against two other super well-funded Silicon Valley competitors...

By Derek Ward - almost 5 years ago

The $40 Million Funded Startup Canary Tested

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This startup, Canary, has raised $40 million total since 2014. With Google buying Dropcam for $555 million, investors see big opportunity in security / video startups. Canary now has a sizeable warchest for aggressive expansion. But is Canary's...

By Ethan Ace - almost 5 years ago

Amazon Aims To Compete With ADI and Anixter

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The ambition of Amazon has no end. Recently, we explained how Amazon has gotten into the security installation business which generated strong debate and concern. At the same time, Amazon is also expanding into commercial distribution. How much...

By Brian Rhodes - about 5 years ago

Panasonic Unveils 'Dropcam Killer' Nubo

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Many have tried, but no manufacturer has yet toppled Dropcam as the most well-known consumer IP camera, despite strong brand recognition (Samsung) or bells and whistles like facial recognition (Simplicam). Now, Panasonic is entering the market wi...

By Ethan Ace - over 5 years ago

Dropcam's Massive Marketing Effort

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The hidden key to Dropcam's success has been its incredible marketing. Being from Silicon Valley, the attention and focus has been on the technology. While that was solid, it was not revolutionary nor even significantly better than what incumbent...

By John Honovich - almost 6 years ago

FLIR Goes Consumer - Dropcam Killer?

Following one of the most surprising video deals in years (Flir acquiring Lorex), FLIR has announced its first consumer IP camera [link no longer available], a release that clearly takes aim at hot startup Dropcam. In this note, we break down the ...

By John Honovich - over 6 years ago

3 Key Surveillance Product Shifts For 2014

Three surveillance product shifts are changing the market and what you should expect from quality products. We discovered these from over 70 unique IPVM tests in 2013. They are: Mainstreaming of True WDR and Super Low Light 'Dropcamming' Cons...

By John Honovich - over 6 years ago

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