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Remote Network Access for Video Surveillance Guide

(PRO Only)

Remotely accessing surveillance systems is key in 2018, with more and more users relying on mobile apps as their main way of operating the system. However, remote access brings unique challenges, with system security, ease of access, and configura...

By IPVM Team - about 24 hours ago

PoE Powered Access Control Tutorial

(PRO Only)

Powering access control with Power over Ethernet is becoming increasingly common.  However, access requires more power than cameras, and the problems of not having enough are significant, especially if unsecured doors, unresponsive doors, or dead...

By Brian Rhodes - about 1 month ago

The 2018 Surveillance Industry Guide

The 300 page, 2018 Video Surveillance Industry Guide, covering the key events and the future of the video surveillance market, is now available, group members can request a PDF copy be emailed to them, all personal members can access all reports l...

By IPVM Team - about 1 month ago

Multicasting Surveillance Tutorial

(PRO Only)

Network bandwidth can be a concern for some surveillance systems. While improvements in video codecs, such as smart codecs for H.264 and H.265, have reduced bandwidth needs significantly, large systems still encounter issues with large amounts o...

By IPVM Team - about 2 months ago

Cabling Best Practices Guide

(PRO Only)

Surveillance cabling can be a major problem. Poorly installed and maintained networks are often costly, lengthy, frustrating ordeals to manage. While keeping cables organized is not an advanced topic to understand and practice, in this note we ...

By Brian Rhodes - about 2 months ago

Multi-Imager Camera Guide

(PRO Only)

Multi-imager usage continues to grow, with most manufacturers now offering at least one model, making them an attractive option for covering wide areas compared to multiple fixed cameras traditionally used, such as this ~200' wide parking lot: ...

By Ethan Ace - about 2 months ago

QoS for Video Surveillance

(PRO Only)

Along with VLANs, QoS is one of the most misunderstood topics in IP surveillance networks. Many purported "experts" claim it is required in any and all surveillance systems, but little clear guidance is given about why, leaving those new to the ...

By IPVM Team - about 2 months ago

Resolution Tutorial

Understanding video surveillance resolution can be surprisingly difficult and complex. While the word 'resolution' seems self-explanatory, its use in surveillance is far from it. In this tutorial, we will explain 5 critical elements: What resol...

By IPVM Team - about 2 months ago

Repositionable Multi-Imager Camera Guide

(PRO Only)

Multi-imager usage has been growing strongly over the past few years. Now, a new segment of multi-imagers has taken off, with many manufacturers offering repositionable models enabling the user to pan and tilt the cameras to customize the field o...

By IPVM Team - 2 months ago

STP vs UTP for Video Surveillance Tutorial

(PRO Only)

For many video system designers, deciding which ethernet cabling to use is a quick decision: go with the cheapest.  However, this overlooks the possibility cable, and the video it carries, needs extra protection against common electromagnetic inte...

By Brian Rhodes - 2 months ago

Lock Status Monitoring Tutorial

(PRO Only)

Just because your doors look secure does not mean they are. Unless access systems are using lock status monitoring, the doors and areas they protect may not be left insecure. Can you tell whether the door below is locked?  How? Lock status moni...

By Brian Rhodes - 2 months ago

Access Controller Software Guide

(PRO Only)

Properly configuring access controllers software is key to a professional access system. These devices have fundamental settings that must be configured appropriately, including: Unlock times / extended unlock times Door Hold Open Alarms Req...

By Brian Rhodes - 2 months ago

Broken Hikvision App Exposes Hypocrisy

(PRO Only)

While Hikvision talks about a commitment to cybersecurity, their broken app and their insecure 'solution' exposes not only their engineering problems but their hypocrisy about cybersecurity. In this note, we examine the problems, angry Hikvision ...

By John Honovich - 3 months ago

IP Camera Manufacturer Compression Comparison

(PRO Only)

Despite the use of standards-based video compression (H.264/H.265), our tests show that default image quality settings for different manufacturers vary widely, with no standards for terminology or scale used. This can result in two cameras with th...

By Ethan Ace - 3 months ago

CBR vs VBR vs MBR - Surveillance Streaming

(PRO Only)

How you stream video has a major impact on quality and bandwidth. And it is not simply CODEC choice (e.g., H.264 vs H.265). Regardless of the CODEC, one still needs to choose how the video stream handles changes in scene complexity. There are th...

By IPVM Team - 3 months ago

PoE UPS Tested (Energy Reconnect)

(PRO Only)

In security, backup power is important, but most often requires UPS systems or extra cabling to devices for low voltage power. Now, some have released another option, PoE UPSes, which simply connect inline between camera or controller and switc...

By John Scanlan - 3 months ago

Mobile Credentials (BLE / NFC / Apps) Guide

(PRO Only)

One of the biggest trends in access for the last few years has been the marriage of mobile phones and access cards. In this guide, we examine: 4 key management problems 2 practical problems for users BLE vs NFC vs Apps Comparison [Note: T...

By Brian Rhodes - 3 months ago

Improving Project Registration Guide

(PRO Only)

Manufacturers want integrators to register large projects. Integrators want the discounts that come with registration, but not some of the other terms. Both see the other as making registration programs less effective than they could be. IPVM ana...

By Brian Karas - 5 months ago

Access Control Job Walk Guide

(PRO Only)

Significant money can be saved and problems avoided with an access control job walk if you know what to look for and what to ask. By inviting interested parties onsite for pre-bid job walks, many of the site conditions inadequately described in s...

By Brian Rhodes - 5 months ago

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 months ago

Axis Camera Optimization App (UI Me) Tested

(PRO Only)

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 - 6 months ago

Camera Application Selection Guide

(PRO Only)

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 - 6 months ago

Vulnerability Directory For Access Control Cards

(PRO Only)

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 - 6 months ago

IP Camera Specification / RFP Guide 2017

(PRO Only)

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 - 6 months ago

Access Control Commissioning / Install Checklist

(PRO Only)

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 - 7 months ago

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