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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

Surveillance Video Wall Guide

Relic, Eye Candy, or Critical? All three labels may describe surveillance videowalls - vast arrays of monitors used to display hundreds of camera outputs and other security information. They provide an efficient way to display video for large grou...

By Brian Rhodes - almost 7 years ago

Shootout: 4K vs 1080p vs 720p Video

4K is the next big thing in video. While 1080p has become the 'standard' for HD, the next step is 4K, quadrupling resolution / pixel count from ~2MP to ~8MP. It is already showing up in TV sets as well as consumer cameras. Indeed, the first 4K sur...

By Ethan Ace - about 7 years ago

Testing VSaaS / Dropcam HD

Dropcam is pretty clearly the strongest upstart in the VSaaS market. While Axis has pushed their hosted service offering for years, it is beset by poor ROI and weak performance. There are dozens of other VSaaS Startups but no one matches Dropcam's...

By John Honovich - about 7 years ago

Dropcam Sales Surge and Amazon's Growing Power

VSaaS's weak ROI has caused considerable debate over the future of cloud based video surveillance. Now, one upstart, who recently received over $18 million in funding and released an HD version, is claiming surging 2012 sales. Is this finally a si...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

Why Consumer Surveillance Will Flip to IP

The last still strongly analog segment is the consumer market. Cost is king for home use and the marginal increase in value with IP for their needs has not yet been enough. However, an emerging technology will fundamentally transforming the consum...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

Wearable Surveillance Disrupted? (Memoto)

A Swedish manufacturer has taken aim at revolutionizing wearable cameras that could disrupt personal surveillance. They are getting huge tech coverage and skyrocketing sales. And no, it's not Axis. In this note, we review the company, examine the...

By John Honovich - almost 8 years ago

Testing Lorex LNC

Lorex has quietly become one of the biggest forces in the consumer / home surveillance market, on pace to sell over 500,000 cameras this year through mass distribution and big box retailers (like Costco). Indeed, the company was just acquired by t...

By Ethan Ace - almost 8 years ago

FLIR Acquires Lorex

A stunning deal of a truly odd couple: Thermal camera leader FLIR has acquired home/budget surveillance specialist Lorex for $59 million. While not well known, Lorex has quietly become one of the biggest surveillance companies, on pace for ~$75 Mi...

By John Honovich - almost 8 years ago

Bad News for Face Recognition (FTC)

Cold water is being thrown on renewed dreams of using facial recognition and demographic analysis. This time it is coming from an unlikely source and country. The United States Federal Trade Commission has issued 'best practices' that recommend fa...

By John Honovich - almost 8 years ago

Idea: Virtual Neighborhood Watches

Neighborhood watches have become a hot topic. And while the press now is overwhelmingly bad, such watches, done right, can help keep neighborhood safes. However, it can be hard and time consuming to do so. In this note, we propose an alternative -...

By John Honovich - about 8 years ago

Considerations for Neighborhood Surveillance Systems

With many US cities reducing police forces, neighborhoods are left to fill in the gaps. As surveillance technology advances, and with increased pressures, more neighborhoods are looking at deploying their own surveillance systems. However, this ca...

By Brian Rhodes - about 8 years ago

Homeowner 4 Channel Kit - Analog, IP or HD SDI?

What should a homeowner use for a 4 channel surveillance system? We recently called up internet reseller Supercircuits who sells multiple types of video surveillance systems, and pretended to be a homeowner looking for a system recommendation. In ...

By Brian Rhodes - about 8 years ago

New Panasonic Home Cameras Reviewed

Panasonic is aggressively improving their home video surveillance offerings. Continuing the trend of better video performance at a cheaper cost, the company has updated their 'Home Series' cameras with added features and refreshed pricing. In this...

By Brian Rhodes - over 8 years ago

Home Surveillance Catches Idiot Deliveryman

This video is a great example of the value of home surveillance, the power of the Internet and a demonstration of sheer stupidity. Watch the 21 second clip: The video quality and the frame rate are both quite strong. From the upload options, it...

By John Honovich - over 8 years ago

Biggest VSaaS Funding Yet: Dropcam's New Round Examined

While dozens of companies are launching VSaaS services, to date, all of these new companies have relatively small amounts of funding - typically less than a million dollars. Now, Dropcam has announced a new Series A funding round of nearly $6 Mill...

By John Honovich - almost 9 years ago

SD vs. HD PTZ Shootout

PTZs, like fixed cameras, are moving to megapixel. With PTZs, though, real questions remain about the value of going to megapixel. Some people say that megapixel eliminates the need for PTZ, regardless of the PTZ's resolution. Our Fixed MP vs SD ...

By Benros Emata - almost 9 years ago

Lytro's Video Surveillance Potential Examined

In 2011, a 3+ year old company gained an amazing amount of press. The company, originally called Refocus Imaging, now rebranded as Lytro announced a $50 Million found raise from one of the hottest investors in Silicon Valley - Andressen Horowitz (...

By John Honovich - about 9 years ago

Cernium Layoffs and Restructuring

According to tips provided to us and confirmation from a source close to the company, video analytics manufacturer Cernium has made sizeable layoffs and restructured their operations. Historically, Cernium [link no longer available] focused on th...

By John Honovich - over 9 years ago

Online Surveillance Market 2011

Online sales of video surveillance products is already a sizable market growing at a robust rate. We estimate the global market size is over $200 Million USD, growing at an annual rate of over 25%. In this first ever study of video surveillance ec...

By Marty Major - over 9 years ago

MicroPower Wireless IP Video Examined

In video surveillance, few wireless start-ups with significant technology innovation exist. One interesting new entrant is California based MicroPower who is developing technology that they claim can reduce the wireless video power consumption by ...

By Benros Emata - over 9 years ago

Testing Panasonic's Remote Monitoring Network Camera (BL-C210A)

Panasonic is one of the most well known network surveillance camera providers in both the consumer and professional market.  In February 2010, we tested their megapixel/HD camera (WV-NP502). Now, we turn to one of their higher end consumer/residen...

By Benros Emata - about 10 years ago

Readers Respond: 134 Votes, 25 Comments Examined

Over 100 people voted and more than 25 left detailed comments to our recent question/discussion. In this post, we review and respond to the comments offered. 134 people responded to our survey on "How Critical Should We Be of Video Surveillance P...

By John Honovich - over 10 years ago

Testing Canon's PTZ Camera (VB-C60)

While megapixel cameras are hot, PTZs remain an important part of video surveillance deployments. Probably the most frequently mentioned product of Canon is their 40x optical zoom, network PTZ camera - the VB-C60. We tested the Canon VB-C60 PTZ w...

By John Honovich - over 10 years ago

Canon's IP Cameras Examined

While Canon [link no longer available] is a $50 Billion USD company and a major supplier of digital cameras, they are not a major force in the video surveillance market.  Canon is expanding their video surveillance offering. This report examines ...

By John Honovich - almost 11 years ago

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