Criticism (197)

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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 6 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 - almost 6 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 - about 6 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 6 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 [link no longer available] tests to "verify to customers that our internal domes with plastic housings could continue to op...

By John Honovich - over 6 years ago

The Cheapest School District Ever?

Many complain about local governments picking cheap surveillance solutions. Well, it does not get any cheaper than this. Used iPhones, iPods and iPads watch over the halls and entry points of Arizona's Miami School District. The devices have been ...

By IPVM Team - over 6 years ago

Stop The Lying and Crazy Claims

The last few weeks have been an embarrassment for surveillance, with a small number of companies turning this into a despicable marketing campaign perpetuating lies and crazy myths about what surveillance did or could do. To be clear, almost all ...

By John Honovich - about 7 years ago

Hijacking the #ISCW13 Hashtag

This year's ISC West witnessed a dramatic increase in tweeting about the show, though overwhelmingly from manufacturers and PR people. To track tweets, one can search Twitter for tweets with the hashtag for the show (#ISCW13). Unfortunately, one c...

By John Honovich - about 7 years ago

BRS Labs Ambulance Chases Mass Stabbing

BRS Labs is wasting no time responding to today's Texas Tragedy. Their PR agency is imploring 'security industry journalists' to understand how BRS technology might prevent or lessen this type of attack. And though they admit that their technolog...

By John Honovich - about 7 years ago

Sexism and the ISC West Party Girls

A major tradeshow is coming up and, with that, marketing gimmicks abound. Some are goofy, but others raise serious concerns about creating an offensive and hostile environment. One surveillance manufacturer, Dotworkz, is promoting its event with...

By John Honovich - about 7 years ago

Anixter, Citing Axis, Sets Industry Back Years

Anixter declares, "The biggest business driver is that an IP based solution is less expensive than an analog solution." Not only is this factually wrong, it is terrible advice that would hurt both buyers and sellers of IP systems. Alas, this is ce...

By John Honovich - about 7 years ago

Soft on Manufacturers, Tough on Kittens

Finally, a security trade magazine is taking a bold stand! Unfortunately, it is in favor of felicide, justified by austerity. UK firefighters saved the life of a stray kitten that got stuck inside a car in the freezing cold. While a local newspap...

By John Honovich - about 7 years ago

Debunking Anixter's IP Video Advantages

Anixter has been touting 5 Advantages of IP Video Surveillance [link no longer available]. Unfortunately, those benefits center around dubious cabling / networking propositions. In this note, we examine each of the advantages, providing commentary...

By John Honovich - about 7 years ago

Fake Journalist, Fanatic Marketer - MxInstaller

This may be the future of manufacturer marketing. Each day, the once dominant manufacturer marketing machine is further drowned out by the rise of the Internet. PR hacks continue to send out boring press releases, hoping that more than a few frien...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

The Rich Gets Richer - ASIS

Who says there is no money to be made in physical security? Evidently, they do not know the executives at non-profit security organization ASIS. Many were shocked by our investigation last year that found their average executive's 2010 total compe...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

PSIM Ambulance Chasing in Brussels

Desperate, shady PSIM marketing tactics continue. Last month, $50 million of diamonds were stolen from the Brussels airport. Now, a PSIM marketing manager tries to capitalize on that to sell his products. Unfortunately, their case for PSIM is incr...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

Avigilon Admits Ad Not Actual / Now Replaced

Avigilon has responded to IPVM's "Avigilon's Dirty Tricks" post, justifying their home page advertisement comparing analog to Avigilon's quality. Unfortunately, this raises far more serious questions about Avigilon's approach and its conformance w...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

Manufacturer Misrepresentation

How excited would you be spending an hour listening to a sales guy with only a few months at a company talk about technology he has no previous experience in? That sounds pretty bad. For most mortal marketers, this would pose a big problem but not...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

Clueless Marketing People

Over the years, we have seen many clueless marketing people and their wacky ideas - replacing 95 cameras at once, averting school shootings, delivering 3270% benefits, etc. While exceptions exist, they typically have little idea what they are prom...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

Profiting from School Shootings

Security sales people often find it hard to resist seizing on headlines to spur equipment sales. Nothing motivates budget conscious end users to increase their spending like combining scare tactics and magical solutions. To that end, a US integrat...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

Dumbest Awards We've Ever Seen

Just when you think awards couldn't get any stupider, a US trade magazine, GSN, steps up the plate with the most dumbfounding video surveillance awards we have ever seen.  While magazine/show awards typically lack a clear and fair awards process,...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

Arecont Lies, Now Threatens Lawsuit

Last week, we reported Arecont lied in a recent ad. Now, Arecont is threatening legal action against IPVM. In this note, we explain how Arecont lied, how their objection ignores our core complaint and the US laws that cover false advertising. [Fo...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

Lying At Arecont Vision

File this under shocking not surprising in the least. A security blogger has caught Arecont in an obvious lie with their recent advertisement. In the ad, they show an overview of a cafe. Within the overview are two circles - a larger one connecte...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

ADT Under Attack

Security behemoth ADT is struggling to make the transition to social media and a world where customers can freely and publicly say what they actually think about the company. In this note, we contrast ADT's approach to social media versus the mass...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

BRS Labs Wins 'Most Desperate' Award

The least respected award in all of surveillance - BRS Labs has now bought won it. When struggling manufacturers need a shot of fake authenticity, they get Frost & Sullivan awards and now BRS Labs has theirs. Bought Disrespected Awards Not o...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

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