Criticism (192)

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An Inside Look Into Dahua

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Dahua is the 'other' billion dollar plus Chinese manufacturer. Large in its own right, just not as huge or as well connected with the Chinese government as its blood rival Hikvision. Last month, IPVM visited China, including trips to the CPSE sho...

By Ethan Ace - over 3 years ago

Arecont and Bosch - Default Security Risk

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Default passwords are a major security risk, enabling hackers around the world to access and control devices like IP cameras (using Shodan, turning devices into bitcoin miners, etc.). Because of that, many manufacturers now force changing the defa...

By IPVM Team - over 3 years ago

Honeywell Scares People In Their Own Homes

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ADI's corporate parent is evidently just as good with scare tactics as ADI is. SSN ran an article on a Honeywell survey, declaring: "Two-thirds felt unsafe in their own homes." It seemed absurdly high. Are the overwhelming majority of people r...

By John Honovich - over 3 years ago

ADI Scare Tactics Against DIY Security

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ADI wants you to buy alarm system parts from them, not those kits on the Internet. Leveraging scare tactics, they have made an unsurprisingly weak case against DIY. In this note, we break it down, look at the real tradeoffs and better counterargu...

By Brian Rhodes - over 3 years ago

Avigilon CEO Solution for Terror Attacks

Ripped from the headlines, spurred on by the France terror attacks, Avigilon's CEO has a solution. Inside this note we look at his aggressive analytics plan, analyzing its potential to solve attacks. Solution Avigilon's CEO explained:

By John Honovich - over 3 years ago

Ingram Micro is Back to Defend IP!

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With $40+ billion annual sales, Ingram Micro is a mega distributor. But they have never been anything in physical security. Their last major push a few years ago ended in disaster. Now, they are back and are ready to ride the massive wave of IP ...

By John Honovich - over 3 years ago

Ralph Jensen Defends Lots of Gifts From Manufacturers

Some trade magazine editors quietly take gifts from manufacturers. Others flaunt it. Ralph Jensen is the self-proclaimed poster boy for the latter. This came up in IPVM chat as we were discussing how Milestone's CEO justified lying about their ...

By John Honovich - almost 4 years ago

Arecont Accurately Predicts Its Own Fall

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You have to give credit where credit is due. Three years ago, Arecont introduced the idiotic Pixels Per Dollar metric. On the one hand, it is clearly reductionistic, ignoring image quality issues like WDR, low light performance, lensing, and sim...

By John Honovich - almost 4 years ago

You Cannot Trust the ONVIF Chairman

A fascinating question: Can you trust salesman? Posed SourceSecurity. Unfortunately and ironically, the ONVIF chairman shows you why should not.

By John Honovich - about 4 years ago

Pelco Criticizes Arecont's Multi-Imager

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Pelco is rolling out their new multi-imager line and they are taking aim at Arecont. In their new promotion, here is the comparison they offer:

By John Honovich - about 4 years ago

The Best Video Surveillance SEO Spam Ever - Videosurveillance.com

What Avigilon is to intimidation and Arecont is to customer abuse, VideoSurveillance.com is to SEO Spam. Put ethics and integrity aside for a moment, and you simply have to marvel at VideoSurveillance.com, great SEO spammer. Now, you might say, ...

By John Honovich - about 4 years ago

The Not Next Big Thing: Virtual Reality Video Surveillance

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This company, according to the company, "wowed the industry-at-large, created a hunger amongst resellers." Best known as another Dahua OEM, IC Realtime (also now calling themselves IC Real Tech) is working hard to transform itself as a pioneer of...

By Ethan Ace - about 4 years ago

Worst ISC West Showing 2015

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Here are the top 4 candidates: Arecont IDIS Milestone ONVIF Let's break down the cases for and against each organization's ISC West showing:

By John Honovich - about 4 years ago

No Milestone, Please Not Coupons

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Sigh. After Milestone boasted of adding more storage to their boxes, it could not get any sadder. Yet it has.

By John Honovich - over 4 years ago

How to Blow $200,000 On A Booth (IDIS)

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The industry has more than doubled in size in the past 10 years yet trade shows are struggling to get the attendance numbers they once achieved a decade ago. But one manufacturer is betting big that a mega booth at ISC West 2015 is going to make ...

By John Honovich - over 4 years ago

Security As A Profit Center: Extorting Shoplifters?

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If you can't beat 'em, join em. Many lament that security is a cost center. Now, a tech startup and major retailers have partnered to make money off of shoplifters in a most extraordinary and questionably legal manner. In this note, we examine t...

By John Honovich - over 4 years ago

Milestone Systems Admits IPO Plan Lie

Now wholly owned by Canon, Milestone's CEO admitted that they lied about not planning an IPO in 2014, as we reported at the time. The Claim To IPVM in 2014, Milestone said, "There are no plans for this right now" and "We continually assess our o...

By John Honovich - over 4 years ago

Canon, Uninnovative, Struggling For Years

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Canon has gone from nothing to arguably the most powerful video surveillance manufacturer in 8 months. All they had to do was spend $3+ billion USD to get there. Where is Canon coming from? How are they doing in their existing core businesses? ...

By John Honovich - over 4 years ago

This Is Why You Cannot Trust Tri-Ed

Tri-Ed, now Anixter's security division, proves that they care far more about passing off manufacturer hype than supporting their customers. Tri-Ed Promotion Here's Tri-Ed promoting one of the worst gimmicks in the industry: "The Intensifier .....

By John Honovich - over 4 years ago

Worst Manufacturer Support 2014

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With the best manufacturer support selected, we now turn to the worse. The two key issues integrators raised were: Screwing up / delaying replacements Long time / effort to speak with someone knowledgeable

By John Honovich - almost 5 years ago

Pelco Responds to Criticism Impressively

Companies tend to put their head in the sand when criticized, hoping it will go away and bitterly bemoaning that anyone would actually speak their mind. Now, contrary to this, Pelco has delivered a powerful example of professionally responding an...

By John Honovich - about 5 years ago

'Industry Experts' = Marketing Scam

Industry experts? It's a marketing scam. Trade mags, SIA and manufacturers all love to tout their 'industry experts'. That and their equally demented twin, 'thought leaders'. Unfortunately, there is almost no expertise nor thought involved. When...

By John Honovich - over 5 years ago

Arecont Needs a Reset Button and a Clue

Given Arecont's horrendous reputation for quality and reliability, you would think they would make it easy to troubleshoot their cameras. Well, you would be wrong. There's a number of fundamental problems, but it does not get any more basic than ...

By Derek Ward - over 5 years ago

Samsung Brags: Our Cameras Are Fragile!

Samsung wants you to know that their plastic domes are fragile. We are here to help. In a recent promotion, Samsung shared tests to "verify to customers that our internal domes with plastic housings could continue to operate effectively even when...

By John Honovich - over 5 years ago

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