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Battery Powered Access Controller

Installing electronic access is never as simple as throwing in a mechanical lock. Not only do you need to install multiple devices, often from multiple vendors, you have to run power and data to the controller. This is not always possible in...

By Brian Rhodes - almost 9 years ago

Axis Pitches ADI Installers

ADI installers typically serve smaller cost conscious security customers. While Axis has become a major force in high end surveillance, it has historically struggled to win over ADI installers' core customer base. We recently visited an ADI expo...

By Brian Rhodes - almost 9 years ago

Raytec Vario IP Illuminators

Raytec may have the first ever networked surveillance illuminator [link no longer available]. The big question is what this means. What are the practical benefits of an IP based illuminator and is it worth switching from traditional ones? In this...

By Ethan Ace - almost 9 years ago

Selecting the Right Electric Strike

Despite being one of the most common components of access control, specifying the right electric strike can be deceptively complex. Understanding the particulars of each device can be overwhelming. In this note we describe which characteristics of...

By Brian Rhodes - about 9 years ago

Dropcam Sales Surge and Amazon's Growing Power

VSaaS's weak ROI has caused considerable debate over the future of cloud based video surveillance. Now, one upstart, who recently received over $18 million in funding and released an HD version, is claiming surging 2012 sales. Is this finally a...

By John Honovich - about 9 years ago

Selecting Access Control Readers 2013

Given the variety of types available, specifying access control readers can be a daunting process. However, focusing on a few key elements will help you arrive at the right product no matter which system you are using. These include: Credential...

By Brian Rhodes - about 9 years ago

Security Conglomerates are Dying

If you want to pretend to be a financial expert in security, just pontificate about the impending wave of acquisitions and nod knowingly about the wave of consolidations poised to sweep the industry. Repeat this year after year to build your...

By John Honovich - about 9 years ago

Marine Surveillance Systems

Ports and harbors are good candidates for video surveillance systems, but they have tough requirements.  The atmosphere is corrosive, there are lots of wild animals, and everything is constantly in motion.  A typical port might consist of a...

By Roger Finger - about 9 years ago

Veracity LONGSPAN PoE Extender

Cabling over long distances can be very expensive. Cameras installed in distant locations such as parking lots may require expensive fiber optic cabling instead of typical UTP. However, Ethernet over twisted pair (EoTP) products have become more...

By Ethan Ace - about 9 years ago

Logistical Challenges in Camera Layouts

The perfect spot for installing a camera may be infeasible or impossible to install. Lots of logistical challenges force cameras to be mounted in less than ideal conditions. In this note, we review the most common issues including: Placing...

By Brian Rhodes - over 9 years ago

Next Generation Intercoms (Stentofon Turbine)

Just like IP cameras, IP intercoms are getting more sophisticated. In the olds days, it might have been little more than a microphone and speaker in a box but increasingly they are becoming powerful computing appliances. Pushing this...

By Brian Rhodes - over 9 years ago

Lowest-Cost EoC Yet? (EnConn Mini-Power)

Reusing coaxial cable for new IP cameras can simplify and save on upgrades. However, the devices that enable this, Ethernet over Coax adapters, have traditionally been quite expensive. Last year, Altronix's new EoC units offered significantly...

By Ethan Ace - over 9 years ago

Ready Made Access Control Entrances

Some projects only need access control points for a few months, while others cannot tolerate lengthy installation timelines. In the physical access control market, 'temporary' and 'quick to deploy' do not often go hand-in-hand, but a company has...

By Brian Rhodes - over 9 years ago

PoE Powered NVR (Aimetis E3200PoE)

Most NVRs or VMS servers need to be plugged into mains power and (hopefully) connected to a local UPS to ensure backup power. What if you could eliminate both of these and simply plug an NVR into a network switch and power it up just like you...

By Brian Rhodes - over 9 years ago

Low Cost Radar / Analytics Replacement (SpotterRF)

Outdoor detection is critical to security but video analytics have disappointed due to high false alarms. Seeking to overcome this, SpotterRF has announced the C40 surveillance radar, targeted at commercial deployments, claiming larger coverage...

By Ethan Ace - over 9 years ago

Wireless Door Power (Securitron ICPT)

Wireless electricity? Door hardware is hardly known as 'high tech', but a new product from Assa Abloy needs no wires to transfer power between the frame and door. What are the limitations of the product? Is it useful or is it a gimmick? In this...

By Brian Rhodes - over 9 years ago

Perimeter Surveillance Lighting (CAST)

Protecting perimeters is a key component of effective security yet can be difficult because they are often poorly lit. Bad lighting not only helps adversaries hide, it also compromises the effecitiveness of surveillance systems. One can add street...

By Brian Rhodes - over 9 years ago

Lightning Protection for Surveillance Cameras

Lightning strikes can cause significant damage and major expenses for surveillance systems. An unprotected camera hit by lightning cannot only kill the camera but lots of other devices connected to the camera (switches, recorders, etc.). In this...

By Ethan Ace - over 9 years ago

OS for Windows VMS: Server vs. 7

How important is it to choose a 'server' version of an operating system? While every major VMS developer supports Windows 7, many new enterprise video servers are built using Server 2008 R2. Do the different versions impact performance? In this...

By Brian Rhodes - over 9 years ago

Dotworkz Solar Surveillance Kits Examined

Dotworkz wants to make solar-powered surveillance easy. In what can be a daunting design challenge for even experienced integrators, Dotworkz recently announced two types of solar kits specifically designed for video surveillance applications. Do...

By Brian Rhodes - over 9 years ago

Energy Costs and Video Surveillance

Should you be concerned about the energy costs from your surveillance systems? Are these a hidden killer or can certain products deliver huge savings? In this note, we break down the energy costs for surveillance system, examining the impact of...

By Brian Rhodes - over 9 years ago

Wireless Surveillance Maintenance Guidelines

Maintenance for wireless surveillance is critical, far more so than for wired ones. If you install a wireless surveillance system and forget about it, it will soon be completely broken. In this note, we examine the most common problems and best...

By John Honovich - over 9 years ago

No More Bucket Trucks? CamEvator

Servicing cameras mounted high in the air can be very problematic and costly. Renting a lift, transporting it to the site, and manoeuvring it in tight spots drives service expense, yet not maintaining them leads to early failure and poor...

By Brian Rhodes - over 9 years ago

The World's Easiest to Install Camera?

8 cameras installed in 5 minutes. That's the claim of loss-prevention niche surveillance provider USS [link no longer available]. The company recently bombarded the NRF-LP show with advertisements claiming world record installation times. In this...

By Brian Rhodes - over 9 years ago

Sony Hybrid Cameras: Game Changer or Disappointment?

For more than a year, Sony has been promoting its hybrid IP camera line as a novel way to reuse coax cable and ease the migration from analog to IP. Few, if any IP cameras, have Ethernet over Coax adapters built in, instead requiring adding...

By Ethan Ace - over 9 years ago

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