Tutorials (198)

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Burglar Alarm Strobes Guide

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Strobes provide visual notification of alarm incidents, as sirens are used to give audible notification. Using a strobe gives alarm users and alarm responders another way confirm alarms when they cannot hear the sirens. In this note, we examine ho...

By Ari Erenthal - 29 days ago

Burglar Alarm Sirens Guide

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Sirens are used to alert users to an alarm condition. In this note, we examine how to choose, locate, and install alarm sirens, including Siren versus speaker Form factors - surface mount, flush mount, horns, self contained sirens, armored sir...

By Ari Erenthal - about 1 month ago

Glass Break Sensor Tutorial

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Burglars often break glass windows to get into a house. Using glass break detectors in conjunction with alarm contacts is a good way to protect the entire perimeter of a building. In this note, we examine glass break detectors, including  Shock...

By Ari Erenthal - about 1 month ago

Alarm Panic Switches Tutorial

Panic switches allow silently triggering an alarm system when it is otherwise disarmed. In this tutorial we explain and contrast the 7 most common types, including: Covered Switch / Hold Up Emergency Button Latching Switch Wireless Keyfob F...

By Ari Erenthal - about 1 month ago

Environmental Sensors For Burglar Alarm Tutorials

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Intrusion detection systems can be used to alert users to environmental issues. By connecting sensors that monitor the heat, humidity, and moisture, alarm subscribers can be alerted to potential problems before they grow worse. In this tutorial, w...

By Ari Erenthal - about 2 months ago

Alarm Contacts Tutorial

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Contacts are the devices that tell an alarm panel when an entryway is open or closed. The act of opening or closing an entryway, such as a door or window, causes a physical change in the contact. This in turn changes the state of the circuit to wh...

By Ari Erenthal - about 2 months ago

Alarm Motion Detector Tutorial

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Sensors designed to detect movement are a good way to protect large, open areas. In this tutorial, we examine motion detectors, including: Passive infrared (PIR) detection Microwave detection Dual technology detectors Movement profiles Dete...

By Ari Erenthal - about 2 months ago

Glass Doors and Access Control Tutorial

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The biggest challenge for many access control systems are glass doors. Here's what happens when a maglock is improperly installed to an existing glass door: Unlike wood or steel doors that can be modified to work with electrified locking hardwa...

By Brian Rhodes - 2 months ago

Alarm Panels - Canned vs Integrated

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Alarm control panels generally come in one of two types: Integrated alarm controllers, with controls and the keypad in the same device Traditional 'canned' control panels The advantages of 'canned' control panels typically include: Roo...

By Ari Erenthal - 3 months 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 - 4 months ago

Lux Rating / Minimum Illumination Guide 2017

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Lux ratings are one of the poorest specifications to use in selecting cameras. Now, with the rise of integrated IR, they are increasingly useless. You need to be able to understand why lux rating (aka minimum illumination specifications) are so p...

By IPVM Team - 4 months ago

The PPF / PPM Video Surveillance Guide

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Pixels per foot / Pixels per meter is the most fundamental and valuable, though imperfect, metric for specifying video surveillance image quality. In a single number, this metric (e.g., 10ppf, 40ppf, 100ppf) conveys important information about wh...

By IPVM Team - 4 months ago

Surveillance Camera Imager Tutorial

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Imagers - CCD, CMOS, 1/2", 1/4", big pixels, small pixels, etc. In this tutorial, we explain the fundamental issues and drivers in surveillance camera imagers, including: Sensor vs Imager CCD vs CMOS Imager Manufacturers Camera Manufacturer...

By John Honovich - 4 months 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 - 4 months ago

ONVIF Tutorial 2017

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ONVIF is well known within the surveillance industry as an interface to connect IP cameras and VMS systems but: Is ONVIF a 'Standard'? Why ONVIF? What does ONVIF do? What does it consist of? Who supports ONVIF? What does that mean? What are...

By IPVM Team - 4 months ago

Lens Iris Tutorial

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Cameras, like humans, have irises. However, cameras have five types of iris options - fixed, manual, auto, P iris. In this tutorial, we explain the tradeoffs of each, how irises work and how they relate to shutter speed. Controlling Light Camera...

By IPVM Team - 4 months ago

API / SDK Tutorial

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While Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are key to 'open' platforms, they are frequently misunderstood and over-hyped in physical security. While APIs can provide great benefits, using them is much more complex than often mentioned in sale...

By John Honovich - 4 months ago

F-Stop Tutorial

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To understand low light surveillance, appreciating the importance and role of the f-stop metric is critical. In this tutorial, we explain: Why minidomes and other small form factor cameras typically have far worse f numbers How the range of a ...

By IPVM Team - 4 months ago

Video Surveillance Bandwidth Guide 2017

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Bandwidth is one of the most fundamental, complex and overlooked aspects of video surveillance. Many simply assume it is a linear function of resolution and frame rate. Not only is that wrong, it misses a number of other critical elements and fai...

By Ethan Ace - 4 months 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 - 4 months 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 - 5 months ago

Smart CODEC Guide

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Smart codecs are a next 'big thing'. With cameras having more and more processing power available, it is enabling them to make 'smarter' decisions about how they compress video. The marketing names will vary. Some include 'Zipstream', 'Smart Cod...

By IPVM Team - 5 months ago

Shutter Speed / Exposure Tutorial

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Surveillance users do not need to be photography experts but understanding the basics of shutter speed is critical to avoiding major low light problems. In low light conditions, surveillance video can appear blurry and objects will look like ghost...

By John Honovich - 5 months ago

Solutions to 5 Common Access Control Problems

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Effective security is more than just good equipment. In fact, thousands of dollars in electronic access control can be wasted if they are not used properly. In many cases, proper operational controls fail to be implemented and enforced. In IPVM's...

By Brian Rhodes - 5 months ago

Intrusion Motion Sensors Tutorial

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Motion sensors are one of the most common, and most useful alarm sensors, but they also often cause problems. Many motion sensors types exist and their suitability vary across applications. As such, knowing the differences in types and what impact...

By Brian Rhodes - 7 months ago

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