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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

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

Bosch Blue Line Intrusion Motion Detector Tested

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False alarms from motion sensors are one of the most aggravating parts of intrusion detection.   Bosch says their sensors are better, even claiming their premium Blue Line PIR series give no false alarms. In this test, we bought the Blue Line ...

By Brian Rhodes - 20 days ago

Surveillance Cameras 2017 Review

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This report concisely explains the developments and most common options for surveillance cameras offered in 2017, including resolution, H.265, HD analog, image quality, video analytics and cost. Compared to surveillance camera developments in 201...

By John Honovich - 21 days ago

IR Video Surveillance Tutorial 2017

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Almost all surveillance cameras perform worse in low light than they do in the day time. One of the most common techniques to overcome this is to add infrared (IR) illumination. However, adding IR has its own tradeoffs, with several options availa...

By John Honovich - about 1 month 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 - about 1 month ago

Resolution Tutorial

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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 John Honovich - about 1 month ago

No One Should Ever Use Simplisafe

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Simplisafe, the upstart DIY intrusion alarm system, is increasingly Public Enemy Number One in the alarm business. Recently, Security Sales ran an article from Jeff Zwirn ripping SimpliSafe apart and concluding that essentially no one should use ...

By Ari Erenthal - about 1 month ago

Power Drill Selection Guide

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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 - about 2 months ago

Genetec Lower Cost Sharp V LPR Camera

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Genetec has announced the latest offering in their AutoVu Sharp line, promising new features, simplified installation, and lower price. In this note, we examine these new features, lower pricing, how it compares to past models and competitors, pl...

By Ethan Ace - 2 months ago

Massively Strong Maglock (Securitron)

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One of the market's strongest maglocks has a twist: the 4,000 pounds claimed bond power is not purely magnetic. Securitron's hybrid MM15 maglock uses a combination of electromagnetism and mechanical latching to achieve its strength, using a novel...

By Brian Rhodes - 2 months ago

Dahua 4MP HD Analog Tested

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A few years ago, analog was SD only. In the past few years, HD analog, up to 1080p, has become commonplace. Now, HD analog is doubling its max resolution to 4MP. We bought and tested two of Dahua's new 4MP CVI 3.0 cameras, the A43AG23 turret/ey...

By Ethan Ace - 2 months ago

Intel Movidius Targets Video Surveillance Market

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The most commonly used chips in IP cameras come from Ambarella, Hisilicon or TI. Now, Movidius, who Intel announced acquiring in September, is ramping up their video surveillance sales. In particular, they have announced a partnership with Hikvis...

By Brian Karas - 3 months ago

Move Aside Cisco, Axis Has A Network Switch For Integrators

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Cisco is a common choice for network switches, including in our Favorite Network Switches survey, but now Axis is releasing a 16 port PoE+ switch specifically targeted to the security market. They say this switch has features that make it more su...

By Brian Karas - 3 months ago

4 Biggest Low Light Problems

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100 integrators told IPVM what their biggest problems were with low light images. The most commonly cited themes were: Limited IR Range Uneven Coverage Image Noise Cost vs Customer Expectations In this report, we share dozens of integrat...

By Brian Karas - 4 months ago

Mobile Credentials (BLE / NFC / Apps) Guide

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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 - 4 months ago

Totally Wireless IP Camera (IPVideo Corp NomadHD)

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Wireless battery powered cameras have been a surveillance pipe dream for years, limited by camera power consumption, battery technology, and more. Now, IPVideo Corporation is looking to change this with the NomadHD, a "wire free" camera system in...

By Ethan Ace - 4 months ago

Integrators, Replace Electricians With PoE Lighting

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Electricians often steal security business, causing problems for themselves, users and security integrators. Now, an emerging technology could flip things by allowing integrators to install lights, with the end result looking just like convention...

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

IP Camera Long Distance Ethernet Test

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Many often ask about running Ethernet beyond its standard distance of 100 meters for UTP, especially when cameras are 400', 500' or more away. Will it fail?  How We Tested We tested lengths of Category 6 and 5e cables starting at 1000' (~300m),...

By John Scanlan - 5 months ago

D-Link ONVIF-Enabled Security Switch Examined

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D-Link has embedded ONVIF discovery software into a network switch, and are targeting security integrators with what they claim is a unique offering to optimize setup and management.   In this report we examine D-Link's security switches and thei...

By Brian Karas - 6 months ago

Video Surveillance Hard Drive Failure Statistics 2016

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Hard drive failures are decreasing and lifespans are getting longer, according to new IPVM statistics. Failing hard drives have historically been one of the biggest maintenance problems   In this report, we share our findings from surveying int...

By Brian Karas - 6 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

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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

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