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SimpliSafe Violating California, Florida, and Texas Licensing Laws

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IPVM has verified that DIY security system provider SimpliSafe, founded in 2006 and acquired in June of 2018 at a billion dollar valuation, is violating alarm licensing laws in California, Florida, and Texas. In this note we: Explain how sta...

By Dan Gelinas - 3 days ago

Nortek Sues SDS, Battle Over Unpaid Bill and Cancelled Lines

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Nortek and SDS legal battle continues. As IPVM reported, SDS sued Nortek alleging bribery and antitrust violation. However, Wave fired back at SDS, claiming the plaintiff was just "desperate" and could not compete. Now, Nortek has sued SDS for no...

By Dan Gelinas - 4 days ago

Axis / Avigilon Legal Battle Rises

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In what is shaping up to be high-powered, will-not-back-down battle, Axis and Avigilon are squaring off in multiple legal contests. In 2017, IPVM broke the news that Canon / Axis sued Avigilon for patent infringement. Since then, Avigilon was acq...

By IPVM Team - 8 days ago

Struggling Ascent Hiding Under Brinks

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The market cap of Brinks Home Security, Monitronics, MONI, Ascent Capital Group (whatever one calls them) is down 96% over the past 5 years as the stock chart below shows: Despite announcing changing their brand to Brinks Home Security in Febru...

By Dan Gelinas - 10 days ago

US Congress Passes Bill Banning Dahua and Hikvision

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The bill banning US government use of Dahua and Hikvision products has been passed by both chambers of Congress (House vote, Senate vote). The US President has voiced support of this bill and is expected to be signed into law. UPDATE: The Bill an...

By IPVM Team - 15 days ago

Wave Retorts: SDS 'Desperate' And 'Defeated'

Distributor SDS has sued Nortek and distributor Wave Electronics alleging bribery, conspiracy, antitrust violations and violations of state laws governing fair trade for sales of 2GIG products. Now, Wave Electronics has responded to IPVM with t...

By Dan Gelinas - 16 days ago

US SAFETY Act Examined Amid Vegas Shooting Lawsuit

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Creating an international controversy, MGM Resorts has sued shooting victims, despite or perhaps because the Las Vegas gunman used the MGM-owned Mandalay Bay to kill 58 people. Unsurprisingly, this has engendered significant opposition and mocker...

By Dan Gelinas - 23 days ago

Bribes Alleged, Nortek Sued For Antritrust Violation

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A case of an unhappy distributor rival or did a manufacturer accept bribes?  Nortek Security and Control has been sued by distributor Security Data Supply (SDS), alleging antitrust violations and violations of state laws governing fair trade for ...

By Dan Gelinas - 25 days ago

SIA Lobbyists Working On House Bill Ban of Dahua and Hikvision

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While SIA is most known for ISC West, SIA maintains the industry's most significant lobbying organization to influence US government action. Last year, their lobbying succeeding in removing Buy America protection for IP cameras by arguing that a...

By IPVM Team - about 1 month ago

GDPR For Access Control Guide

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Electronic access control is common in businesses plus organizations are increasingly considering biometrics for access control. With GDPR coming into force this Spring, it is important to understand how this will impact these systems. IPVM has...

By IPVM Team - about 2 months ago

GDPR / ICO Complaint Filed Against IFSEC Show Facial Recognition

IPVM has filed a complaint against IFSEC’s parent company UBM based on our concern that the conference violates core GDPR principles on biometrics at its London conference. The complaint was filed with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO...

By IPVM Team - about 2 months ago

Remove Dahua and Hikvision Gov Installs Required By US House Bill Ban

The final released US House Bill HR 5515 verifies that it not only prohibits the purchasing of Dahua and Hikvision products, it requires removing existing Dahua and Hikvision government systems. In particular, the bill clearly bans both the pur...

By John Honovich - 2 months ago

Panasonic Sells Security Camera Patents To Troll

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In a highly atypical move, Panasonic has sold off nearly 100 security camera patents to one of the most well-known patent trolls. This comes just months after reports Panasonic is selling off their Chinese security camera factory and following P...

By John Honovich - 2 months ago

Amazon's "Dangerous New Face Recognition Technology" Says ACLU

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The ACLU has caused a stir, with a new report Amazon Teams Up With Law Enforcement to Deploy Dangerous New Face Recognition Technology, explaining: Powered by artificial intelligence, Rekognition can identify, track, and analyze people in rea...

By John Honovich - 3 months ago

GDPR For Video Surveillance Guide

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The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on May 25, but there is much confusion and no clear guidelines on exactly how these new regulations will impact the video surveillance industry. We have compiled th...

By Charles Rollet - 4 months ago

Audio Usage In Video Surveillance Statistics

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Audio is more widely available and easier to use than ever, with many IP cameras building audio in and often making integration as simple as toggling a button. But how widely is audio used? There still remain many legal and privacy concerns about...

By Brian Rhodes - 5 months ago

Axis Wins, Arecont Cancels Multi-Imager Patent

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16 months after Arecont publicly threatened Axis and 7 months after Axis took Arecont to patent 'court', Axis has won, with Arecont canceling all claims of the multi-imager patent they threatened Axis with. While this is clearly a victory for Axi...

By John Honovich - 6 months ago

The Interceptor Aims To Fix Vulnerability In Millions of Alarm Systems

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Security executive Jeffery Zwirn claims a 'catastrophic' flaw exists in 'millions of alarm systems', and dealers could be liable if not fixed. The Interceptor prevents a thief or building fire from locking up an alarm panel to prevent it from dial...

By Brian Rhodes - 7 months ago

Chinese Government Attacks Western Reports

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The Chinese government is angry at the BBC and WSJ's reporting on Chinese video surveillance (see BBC Features Dahua and WSJ Investigates China's Total Surveillance State). Much like Hikvision's attacks on IPVM for our reporting, Hikvision's su...

By John Honovich - 8 months ago

Axis and Arecont Legal Conflict Over Multi-Imager Cameras

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Arecont threatened Axis. Axis has responded by moving to invalidate an Arecont patent. It is an important contest. Multi-imagers are Arecont's most important product offering, the key segment holding Arecont up in the race to the bottom. And mul...

By Brian Karas - about 1 year 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 year ago

Canon Sues Avigilon

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Canon, owner of Axis and Milestone, has sued Avigilon for patent infringement in US court. This is a highly atypical move for Canon, pitting 3 of the largest players in the industry against Avigilon.  In this note, we examine: What Canon is S...

By Brian Karas - about 1 year ago

Milestone Beats OnSSI In Court

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The litigation between former partners Milestone and OnSSI has finished, confirmed by both parties. In April 2016, OnSSI sued Milestone and in August 2016 Milestone won partial damages. Now, the dispute has been settled in both Denmark and the US...

By John Honovich - about 1 year ago

Manufacturers Shipping Unlicensed H.265 Products

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While H.265 support in video surveillance is growing, IPVM's research shows that most surveillance manufacturers are shipping H.265 products with substantially or completely missing patent licenses. In this report, we review the state of H.265 pa...

By Brian Karas - about 1 year ago

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