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September IP Networking Course

LAST Chance - Registration is ending. Register now. This is the only networking course designed specifically for video surveillance professionals plus it includes live training, personal help and certification. What the IPVM IP Networking Course...

By Brian Rhodes - 5 days ago

Axis Camera Optimization App (UI Me) Tested

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A new Axis camera app (ACAP) called UI Me has been released, offering a number of interesting features including optimization wizards and cybersecurity checks. This comes from the same developer who released the Axis Daybreak App that automatical...

By Ethan Ace - 23 days ago

Camera Application Selection Guide 2017

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Entrances, hallways, rooms and parking lots are perhaps the 4 most common areas where surveillance is deployed. But what is the best type of camera for each? What resolution, form factors and FoV are best? Where do special features like WDR, integ...

By Ethan Ace - 28 days ago

Vulnerability Directory For Access Control Cards

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Knowing which access credentials are insecure can be unclear, especially because most look and feel the same. Even the most insecure 125 kHz types are still widely supported, and using 13.56 MHz smartcards is no sure guarantee the format has not b...

By Brian Rhodes - about 1 month ago

IP Camera Specification / RFP Guide 2017

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RFPs are hard. Do them 'right' and it takes a lot of knowledge and time. Do them 'wrong' and you can be (a) unwittingly locked into a specific vendor or (b) be forced to accept inferior quality products. This guide helps IP camera purchasers ...

By IPVM Team - about 1 month ago

Access Control Commissioning / Install Checklist

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This 80+ point checklist helps end users, integrators and consultants verify that access control installation is complete. It covers the following sections: Door Hardware Checks Reader Checks Controller Checks Fire Alarm Loop Confirmation ...

By Brian Rhodes - about 2 months ago

Super Low Light Surveillance Guide

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At the beginning of this decade, low light performance of megapixel cameras was generally terrible. This was the era of super slow shutter where 'ghosting' was a common tradeoff of brighter low light images. Now, a lot has changed. The rise of ...

By IPVM Team - about 2 months ago

IR Surveillance Guide

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Infrared (IR) has become an increasing core component to video surveillance systems. In particular, the expansion of integrated IR cameras that build IR illuminators within the camera has become common. On the positive side, this means that camer...

By IPVM Team - about 2 months ago

Sports Stadium Security Design Recommendations

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Sports stadiums pose many challenges for designing security systems. The facilities vary from being mostly vacant, to packed with tens of thousands of fans, with many security staff part-time, not always familiar with the venue or its security arc...

By Brian Karas - about 2 months ago

Wireless Burglar Alarm Sensors Guide

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Wireless sensors for burglar alarm sensors are an increasingly common option for the historical labor intensive wired alarm systems. However, there are numerous elements and tradeoffs involved in using wireless sensors. In this guide, we explain...

By Ari Erenthal - 2 months ago

Manufacturer Favorability Guide

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This 120 page PDF guide may be downloaded inside by all IPVM members. It includes our 20 manufacturer favorability rankings and 20 manufacturer favorability coverage.

By John Honovich - 2 months ago

Safes And Vaults Alarm Sensors

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Vaults and safes are designed to protect valuables by enclosing them in steel or concrete boxes with thick doors and strong locks. However, any such box can eventually be cut open, given enough time, patience, and tools. Connecting the vault or sa...

By Ari Erenthal - 2 months ago

Smoke Detectors Guide

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Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors add a life-safety component to burglar alarm systems. As intrusion detection sensors are used to call the police for help, life safety devices are used to call for help from the fire department. While...

By Ari Erenthal - 3 months ago

QSR Video Surveillance Best Practices

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Fast food restaurants or QSRs (quick service restaurants), are frequent victims of crime and fraud. Because they are open late, deal with cash, and are designed to be exited quickly, they make attractive robbery targets. Because they are often car...

By Ari Erenthal - 3 months ago

Hikvision Hardening Guide Recommends Port Forwarding

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Hikvision's Network Security Hardening Guide recommends port forwarding as a 'standard configuration', highlighted below: In this note, we examine the risks in this approach and Hikvision's commitment to network security.

By John Honovich - 3 months ago

Security Yard Signs and Stickers Guide

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Many security integrators use signs or stickers with their company name and logo. Posting these in front the homes of residential customers encourages neighbors to purchase their own systems and, hopefully, discourages potential burglars. In this ...

By Ari Erenthal - 4 months ago

Painting Cameras Guide 2017

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Finding cameras that are not plain white, black or silver can be a tough task.  Unfortunately, color selection is a problem for many who want their cameras to blend in and improve overall aesthetics.  In this note we examine both the risks of p...

By Brian Rhodes - 4 months ago

US States Security Licensing Guide

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In the US, many states require integrators to be licensed to install burglar alarms, CCTV, electronic access control, or all three, and requirements vary widely from state to state, making it confusing for those entering the industry to know exact...

By Ari Erenthal - 4 months ago

Alarm Supervision Guide

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Burglar alarms can constantly monitor the health of attached circuits, sensors, and devices to ensure that they remain operational. This is known as supervision. Poor implementation of supervision is a common source of false alarms. However, if pr...

By Ari Erenthal - 4 months ago

Hackable 125kHz Access Control Migration Guide

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Despite being one of the most popular credentials, 125 kHz credentials are easily copied and insecure as we showed in our test results, video embedded below: However, changing to more secure credentials is not always a clear path, and doing it ...

By Brian Rhodes - 4 months ago

Technician Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guide

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Technicians encounter multiple hazards when running wires and installing security devices. Wearing personal protective equipment, or PPE, helps protect against these hazards and mitigate the chance and severity of injuries. Enforcing a strict PPE ...

By Ari Erenthal - 4 months ago

Burglar Alarm Partitions Guide

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Many burglar alarm systems have a single designated level of access for users. A user can arm or disarm the entire alarm by entering a single code. Some alarm applications require alarm installers to design the alarm with multiple sections that ar...

By Ari Erenthal - 4 months ago

Alarm Circuits Guide

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Alarm circuits are a fundamental element of wired burglar systems. Designing the alarm circuit greatly affects its performance. In particular, more efficient circuit designs introduce less resistance and cause fewer false alarms. In this note, we ...

By Ari Erenthal - 4 months ago

Splicing Alarm Circuits Guide

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Alarm installers commonly connect multiple sensors to a single zone. They do this by splicing the wires together. In this report, we will explain how alarm technicians splice the most common alarm wires, including: What a splice is Common alar...

By Ari Erenthal - 5 months ago

Burglar Alarm Strobes Guide

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Strobes provide visual notification of alarm incidents, as sirens are used to give audible notification. Using a strobe gives alarm users and alarm responders another way confirm alarms when they cannot hear the sirens. In this note, we examine ho...

By Ari Erenthal - 6 months ago

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