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Smart Power Tools For Security Installs

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Installing a smart camera? Perhaps you should use a 'smart' drill. The intelligent appliance / IoT trend has hit power tools. In this note, we examine Milwaukee's One-Key system including: Advanced control / optimization Inventory control ...

By Ari Erenthal - 5 days ago

IP Networking Course January 2017

This is the only networking course designed specifically for video surveillance professionals plus it includes live training, personal help and certification, all for just $299 for members. What the IPVM IP Networking Course Covers In 10 session...

By Brian Rhodes - 11 days ago

Honeywell Ademco Vista Intrusion System Tested

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One of the biggest brands in security holds one of the most common intrusion lines. We bought and tested a Honeywell Vista 15P intrusion panel commonly used in both residential and small business markets. In the following test, we evaluated a V...

By Brian Rhodes - 12 days ago

Introduction To Burglar Alarm Systems

While alarm systems are popular, balancing between the right level of protection, the appropriate components and an acceptable price can be very challenging. This in-depth tutorial explains each fundamental element, offering guidance on the pros a...

By Ari Erenthal - 19 days ago

Lifts, Booms and Bucket Trucks For Video Surveillance

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While ladders are economical and easy to transport, they can only accommodate a single technician at relatively low heights. When techs need to work further up, aerial work platforms, commonly called "lifts", come into play. In this report, we ex...

By Ari Erenthal - about 1 month ago

Selecting Wood Drill Bits For Installers

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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 - about 2 months ago

Cut Install Time 50% Claims Magdaddy

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Modern commercial buildings frequently use open web steel joists that makes running cabling very challenging. Cables need to be run near to but not touching the joist and supported at regular intervals, which can be costly and time consuming. One...

By Ari Erenthal - 2 months ago

Guide To Selecting And Using Ladders

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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 - 2 months ago

Pimp My Integrator Truck

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If image is everything, security installer vehicles are rolling advertising. Using vehicles for marketing means covering them with eye-catching images and information. One of the most popular methods is vehicle printed vinyl wrapping, where the e...

By Brian Rhodes - 2 months ago

VMS Installer Sizes Getting Out of Control

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Huge VMS file sizes increase installation size and can cause problems in the field.  As VMSes become more mature and add features their file size has ballooned, with some now requiring multi-gigabyte downloads. In this note, we examine file size...

By Ethan Ace - 3 months ago

Arecont Magnetic Dome Mount Examined

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Manufacturers are increasingly trying to differentiate cameras with features to simplify / speed up installation. At ASIS 2016, Arecont showed an upcoming magnetic mounted dome camera. In this note, we examine Arecont's mounting system and the tr...

By Brian Karas - 4 months ago

Nest Cam Outdoor Tested - Analytics Strong, Installation Weak

After years of claiming an outdoor model was "coming", addressing their biggest user demand, Nest has finally released their Outdoor Camera, an IP67 1080p model, along with improvements to their Nest Aware analytic platform, aptly named Person Ale...

By John Scanlan - 4 months ago

Door Fundamentals For Electronic Access Control

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Assuming every door can be secured with either a maglock or an electric strike can be a painful assumption in the field. While those items can be applied flexibly with various openings, there are occasions where certain hardware cannot be used. A...

By Brian Rhodes - 4 months ago

Camera Roof Mounting / Parapet Mount Installation Guide

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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 - 4 months ago

Strong Poles Examined

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One of the trickiest places to install surveillance cameras is on poles. Common issues like pole vibration, sway, and even mounting the camera securely are all common problems installers face. One vendor claims to solve all these issues. Strong P...

By Brian Rhodes - 5 months ago

Cameras Mounted On Poles Primer

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Poles are a popular but challenging choice for deploying surveillance cameras. Poles are indispensable for putting cameras at the right height to get the best picture and for keeping cameras out of harm's way. However, mounting cameras on poles c...

By Brian Rhodes - 5 months ago

Ring Buys Installs For New Customers

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Q: "When is DIY not really DIY?" A: "When Ring offers to buy professional install for you." Yes, it is that simple.  Ring is offering to pay an installer to hang customer's new video doorbell despite strictly selling to the DIY market. This mov...

By Brian Rhodes - 6 months ago

Nest Announces Outdoor Camera With Numerous Flaws

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NEST CEO was ousted / resigned after strong criticisms from Dropcam's CEO. One of the key issues was a failure to improve / grow Dropcam's product portfolio. Indeed, while an outdoor camera was said to be close to production when Nest acquired Dr...

By Brian Karas - 6 months ago

SkyBell HD Tested

(PRO Only)

The video doorbell is flooded with options, but sales have been strong for SkyBell, holding the #2 spot on Amazon against mega-funded Ring. Not only that, but it claims HD color video at night, more integration options, and even costs less.   But...

By Brian Rhodes - 6 months ago

Selling Low Cost Kits

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Low-cost kits have become a direct threat to security integrators. These kits offer a drastically discounted alternative to professional brands, used by more than just residential users, as our Police Buys FLIR at Costco, Industry's Worst Fear re...

By Brian Karas - 7 months ago

"World's Smallest Recessed Mount Camera" Tested (Vivotek)

(PRO Only)

Vivotek claims their FD816C-HF2 is the "World's Smallest Recessed Mount Camera", only 2.5" wide, shown here installed in a ceiling tile: We bought one and tested it out since a number of members have asked about it. Inside we look at its size, ...

By John Scanlan - 7 months ago

Axis New Industry Standard i-CS Lens

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Is this the next big thing in lensing? 7 years ago, Axis launched P-iris. Now, Axis has announced i-CS, which is even more 'intelligent'. But how much practical use is it? In this report, we examine Axis' i-CS lens technology, compare it to othe...

By Brian Karas - 7 months ago

Selling 4K Cameras

(PRO Only)

This is a first in a new series to help integrators and manufacturers do a better job of accurately and fairly selling for and against various technologies. This report answers questions about selling 4K resolution, outlines strategies for sellin...

By Brian Karas - 7 months ago

Ring Pro Tested

(PRO Only)

This year, Ring received $61.2 million more of VC funding. For a video doorbell. The video doorbell market is evidently hot but how good are Ring's doorbells? We bought the new Ring Pro, installed and tested it against its predecessor. We ev...

By Brian Rhodes - 8 months ago

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