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AutoCAD for Surveillance

While the construction industry made the transition to computer aided design software years ago, many in security have yet to do so. Perhaps because they seldom need to use CAD programs during work, many still use manual paper sketches or simpler ...

By Brian Rhodes - about 7 years ago

Open Camera Installation Tool (Razberi)

Installers typically hate using laptops to install IP cameras, and most everyone agrees: when on ladders, laptops are awkward and cumbersome to use. However alternatives are scarce, especially ones that support third party cameras. Filling this ga...

By Brian Rhodes - over 7 years ago

Measuring Wheels Examined

Recording measurements of long distances can be difficult. Since video surveillance work often requires stepping of distances in the hundreds of feet, a cheap and easy to use method of measuring large areas is desirable. In this update, we examine...

By Brian Rhodes - over 7 years ago

Using Laser Distance Finders

Calculating correct distances can be a pain but are an essential part of properly estimated projects. For years, the tape measure has been a constant companion on site surveys, but even the simple task of taking measurements can be a time consumin...

By Brian Rhodes - over 7 years ago

Pelco's 3D Design Tool Reviewed

Despite living in the age of computer aided design, many designers and engineers take to 'paper and pencil' during video system design because the software based alternatives are simply too expensive or too awkward to use. A few surveillance desig...

By Brian Rhodes - over 7 years ago

Useful Online CPTED Tool

While CPTED is often ignored in designing security systems, it offers significant value. CPTED, that is, Crime Prevention through Environmental Design, can reduce the opportunity for crime and the installation and maintenance costs required by ext...

By Ethan Ace - over 7 years ago

Free Tool to Capture Surveillance Problems

Getting a good image can help solve surveillance problems and quickly show people what video really looks like. While print screen is built in, this requires a number of cumbersome steps to produce a shareable image. We recently surveyed a number ...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

Neat Tool To Document Surveillance Problems

Surveillance problems are often difficult to explain. Fuzzy language like 'grainy, nosiy, blurry' are common but those subjective terms are hard for others to pin down. Perhaps the best way to overcome this is to take a video screencast that shows...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

Bad Dog Rover Bits: Good Stuff?

Bad Dog Tools [link no longer available] ran a surprisingly busy booth at ISC West. Based in Rhode Island, the cutting tools manufacturer demonstrated their unique 'Rover Bit' and how it may prove to be useful for wire and cabling installs. This n...

By Brian Rhodes - over 7 years ago

Remote Access Utilities

Issues often arise with surveillance systems located far away. The problem is that it may take more time to travel to the site than to actually fix the issue. Worse, the end user onsite may have a hard time understanding your instructions over the...

By Brian Rhodes - almost 8 years ago

Veracity PointSource Reviewed

If you are field testing or trying to determine how well a camera will work in a specific location, it can be a pain to setup - getting power, running cables, connecting a camera and laptop to a switch, etc. In our December Portable Power report, ...

By Ethan Ace - almost 8 years ago

Surveillance Statistics Survey Directory Vol 1

In this report, we aggregate and present dozens of statistics about how surveillance is being used in the real world. Recently, we conducted an in depth survey of 84 integrators around the world, asking them a variety of detailed questions. For ba...

By John Honovich - almost 8 years ago

IP Camera Installation Tool Preferences

Aiming, focusing, and setup of cameras is a key consideration in optimizing image quality and system performance. Traditionally, technicians often only carried a handheld monitor for aiming and focusing, and little else. In IP surveillance systems...

By Ethan Ace - almost 8 years ago

Displaying Real Time Stream Info on IP Cameras

When troubleshooting or testing IP cameras, it is very useful to have clear and immediate visual feedback on key statistics of the camera such as real time bandwidth consumption and frame rate. In this note, we look at one way to display this, how...

By John Honovich - about 8 years ago

Security Estimating Software Review

Responding to RFPs can be time consuming and error prone. With FRPs often being hundreds of pages long and bids of hundreds of thousands of dollars, leaving things or rushing to get the response out can result in expensive problems. In this note, ...

By Ethan Ace - about 8 years ago

Dealing with Gaps in Surveillance Coverage

Gaps, or holes, in one's surveillance coverage is a fact of life for most organizations. Unfortunately, it can become a painful fact when incidents occur in areas where surveillance coverage is inadequate or missing. Often, users, management and o...

By John Honovich - almost 9 years ago

Testing Central Management System (NUUO)

Larger surveillance systems generally demand centralized or enterprise management to provide simplified access and administration of hundreds (or more) cameras. Increasingly, VMS systems provide such functionalities either built in or through add-...

By Benros Emata - over 9 years ago

Testing Pelco Digital Sentry VMS Software

Pelco is not known for its software. While the company is one of the largest global analog surveillance providers, this is primarily for its cameras and recorders. However, Pelco does have VMS software. As they and other incumbents move to IP, the...

By Benros Emata - over 9 years ago

Testing Genetec's Omnicast Video Management Software

Genetec is one of the most used and well known VMS systems in the marketplace. While it does not generate the same level of press as its most commonly compared rival, Milestone Systems, Genetec has a strong technical reputation. In this test, we ...

By John Honovich - over 9 years ago

Camera Design Tool with Google Maps Integration

The new IPVM Google Maps Camera Calculator empowers surveillance professionals to plan and design systems like never before. Whatever project you are working on, enter the address and start mapping out cameras. This video overviews what the calcu...

By John Honovich - almost 10 years ago

Testing Avigilon ControlCenter VMS 2010

[UPDATE: This report has been replaced with Testing Avigilon ACC 5 VMS. The report below is left simply for historical purposes.] While Avigilon is best known for its high resolution cameras (up to 16 MP), Avigilon offers its own VMS, Control Cen...

By Benros Emata - almost 10 years ago

IP Camera Tuning Kit Released

VNS has released an IP Camera Field Kit that helps in tuning/focusing IP cameras (see data sheet for technical details). It's goal is to do for IP cameras what ToteVision field monitors [link no longer available] were to analog cameras. The Kit i...

By John Honovich - over 10 years ago

Risks of Overloading Video Surveillance Systems

Cameras, software and recorders are all becoming more powerful and complex. Higher resolution, multiple streams, multiple analytics and more powerful CODECs greatly enhance the potential of video surveillance. At the same time, using multiple feat...

By John Honovich - over 10 years ago

Eliminate Sales and Marketing

10-20% of all spending on video surveillance goes to sales and marketing costs yet customers find great difficulty determining the best solution for their needs. The solution to this, just like in stocks and real estate, is to eliminate traditiona...

By John Honovich - about 11 years ago

IT is not transforming Security

IT professionals evidently believe the Patriots should replace Belichick with the trainer. According to IT professionals, because injuries are so prevalent in football, salaries are so high and health is so important to winning, the trainer must ...

By John Honovich - over 11 years ago

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