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Last Day - IP Networking Course May 2017

Today is the last day to register for the May IP Networking Course. 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 N...

By Brian Rhodes - 3 days ago

Splicing Alarm Circuits Guide

(PRO Only)

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 - 7 days ago

Burglar Alarm Strobes Guide

(PRO Only)

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 - about 1 month ago

Burglar Alarm Sirens Guide

(PRO Only)

Sirens are used to alert users to an alarm condition. In this note, we examine how to choose, locate, and install alarm sirens, including Siren versus speaker Form factors - surface mount, flush mount, horns, self contained sirens, armored sir...

By Ari Erenthal - about 1 month ago

Lock Keyways For Access Control Guide

(PRO Only)

Lock keyways can be the difference between a lock working or not. Understanding keyways is important for access control. Indeed, a member recently commented: My biggest problem is specifying the right hardware with the wrong keyway In this n...

By Brian Rhodes - about 1 month ago

Burglar Alarm Screens Tutorial

Many residential alarm subscribers arm their alarms before going to bed at night. Wiring window screens allow these subscribers to leave their windows open while still being protected. In this guide, we will examine alarm screens, including: No...

By Ari Erenthal - about 2 months ago

Integrator Service Vehicle Guide

(PRO Only)

Few assets are as commonly used by integrators and installers as their service vehicles. 125 integrators explained to IPVM in detail about their service vehicles, including: Which Vehicle Types Are Most Popular? Which Vehicle Brands Are Pre...

By Brian Rhodes - 3 months ago

Calculating Video Surveillance Storage / Bandwidth

(PRO Only)

Calculating surveillance bandwidth is complex, and inexperienced users can easily underestimate bandwidth, leading to reduced storage durations and/or overloaded networks. The most common way technicians estimate storage is to use manufacturer or...

By IPVM Team - 4 months ago

Lux Rating / Minimum Illumination Guide 2017

(PRO Only)

Lux ratings are one of the poorest specifications to use in selecting cameras. Now, with the rise of integrated IR, they are increasingly useless. You need to be able to understand why lux rating (aka minimum illumination specifications) are so p...

By IPVM Team - 4 months ago

The PPF / PPM Video Surveillance Guide

(PRO Only)

Pixels per foot / Pixels per meter is the most fundamental and valuable, though imperfect, metric for specifying video surveillance image quality. In a single number, this metric (e.g., 10ppf, 40ppf, 100ppf) conveys important information about wh...

By IPVM Team - 4 months ago

HD Analog vs IP Guide 2017

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For years, HD resolution was IP camera's greatest advantage. However, starting in 2013, analog cameras with HD resolution started shipping and, now, just a few years later, HD analog has become a significant force in the video surveillance indust...

By IPVM Team - 4 months ago

Video Surveillance Bandwidth Guide 2017

(PRO Only)

Bandwidth is one of the most fundamental, complex and overlooked aspects of video surveillance. Many simply assume it is a linear function of resolution and frame rate. Not only is that wrong, it misses a number of other critical elements and fai...

By Ethan Ace - 4 months ago

Power Drill Selection Guide

(PRO Only)

Boring holes is a basic part of running cables for most security system projects. To do so, you will need to choose the right drills for various scenarios. This guide will help you understand the different types of drills available and the tradeo...

By Ari Erenthal - 5 months ago

CODEC Guide 2016

(PRO Only)

CODECs are core to surveillance, with names like H.264, H.265, and MJPEG commonly cited. How do they work? Why should you use them? What issues may you face? In this tutorial, we examine this in-depth covering: Uncompressed vs. Compressed Video...

By Ethan Ace - 5 months ago

Smart CODEC Guide

(PRO Only)

Smart codecs are a next 'big thing'. With cameras having more and more processing power available, it is enabling them to make 'smarter' decisions about how they compress video. The marketing names will vary. Some include 'Zipstream', 'Smart Cod...

By IPVM Team - 5 months ago

Selecting Wood Drill Bits For Installers

(PRO Only)

Running cables through studs is common for roughing in residential and some older commercial installs. To do this, you will need to drill holes in the studs and this requires wood drill bits, such as twist, spade and auger bits. This guide will h...

By Ari Erenthal - 5 months ago

Guide To Selecting And Using Ladders

(PRO Only)

Ladders are one of the most important pieces of worksite equipment for the surveillance technician. Too often, however, even highly experienced technicians using old or defective ladders in an unsafe or inefficient manner. This guide will show you...

By Ari Erenthal - 6 months ago

Bidding Divisions (08, 26, 27, 28) For Security Systems Guide

(PRO Only)

Navigating the world of system specifications and bidding work can be complex and confusing, but a standard format exists, and understanding it greatly helps integrators respond and win bids. In this note, we examine CSI's MasterFormat, a system ...

By Brian Rhodes - 6 months ago

Bosch First Starlight 1080p Camera Tested

(PRO Only)

Bosch has released their first 'Starlight' 1080p camera, the Flexidome IP starlight 7000 VR. We tested this new dome against competitive super low light models from Axis ('LightFinder') and Hikvision ('DarkFighter'), as well as Bosch's existing 1...

By Ethan Ace - 7 months ago

Intrusion Motion Sensors Tutorial

(PRO Only)

Motion sensors are one of the most common, and most useful alarm sensors, but they also often cause problems. Many motion sensors types exist and their suitability vary across applications. As such, knowing the differences in types and what impact...

By Brian Rhodes - 7 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 Mobile C...

By Brian Rhodes - 7 months ago

Access Door Controller Configuration Guide

(PRO Only)

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

By Brian Rhodes - 7 months ago

PTZ Camera Guide 2016

(PRO Only)

Pan/Tilt/Zoom cameras remain critical parts of many surveillance systems, especially in large security operations. Because of this it is important to understand and consider the key elements in selecting and using PTZ cameras. In this guide we co...

By Ethan Ace - 8 months ago

Camera Roof Mounting / Parapet Mount Installation Guide

(PRO Only)

One of the most common camera mounts are parapet mounts, and they can be found on the roofs of all types of buildings; old and new, used to hold cameras in systems from small sheds to huge office buildings. However, understanding why, where, an...

By Brian Rhodes - 8 months ago

Panoramic Camera (Fisheye / Multi-Imager) Guide

(PRO Only)

Panoramic cameras, including fisheyes and multi-imagers, have become increasingly widespread, with most manufacturers offering fisheyes and an increasing number offering multi-imagers. However, with many options, it can be confusing to understand...

By Ethan Ace - 8 months ago

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