Tutorials (209)

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Access Controller Software Guide

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Properly configuring access controllers software is key to a professional access system. These devices have fundamental settings that must be configured appropriately, including: Unlock times / extended unlock times Door Hold Open Alarms Req...

By Brian Rhodes - 4 days ago

2018 Video Surveillance Cameras Overview

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This report concisely explains the developments for surveillance cameras offered in 2017 and the state of offerings going into 2018, including cybersecurity, multi-imagers, resolution, H.265, HD analog, image quality, video analytics and cost. ...

By IPVM Team - 4 days ago

Hazardous & Explosion Proof Access Control Tutorial

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Controlling access to hazardous environments require equipment meeting specific ratings that certify they will not start fires. Understanding those ratings mandate careful selection. Inside this note, we explain: Where is explosion proof access...

By Brian Rhodes - 18 days ago

Deep Learning Tutorial For Video Surveillance

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Deep learning is a growing buzzword within physical security and video surveillance. But what is 'deep learning'? In this tutorial, we explain deep learning specifically for video surveillance covering: Traditional video analytic approaches  ...

By Brian Karas - about 2 months ago

Multipoint Lock Access Control Tutorial

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Doors are notoriously weak at stopping entry, and money can be misspent on wrong locks that leave doors quite vulnerable. While closed and locked doors might deter entry for typical people, breaking in with basic tools often takes mere seconds. I...

By Brian Rhodes - about 2 months ago

Exporting Video Surveillance Tutorial

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Exporting video surveillance is important when incidents or crimes occur. However, there are multiple ways to export video which have their pros and cons. In this note, we examine those ways and share feedback from integrators on their preference...

By Ethan Ace - 2 months ago

Delayed Egress Access Control Tutorial

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Is it ever legal to lock people into a building? The answer is: Yes... under specific situations. With so much of access control driven by life safety codes, and a predominant focus of 'free egress' during an emergency, 'delayed egress' may run ...

By Brian Rhodes - 2 months ago

Propped Doors Access Control Tutorial

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Doors should keep 'bad guys' out. One of the most basic problems with doors is people propping them open: Even worse, door propping undermines significant investments in electronic access control. The issue is especially frustrating to buildin...

By Brian Rhodes - 3 months ago

Automatic Door Operators For Access Tutorial

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Opening and closing doors might sound simple, but it takes a high-tech piece of door hardware to pull it off. Integrating automatic door operators with access control can be tricky if the basic fundamentals of these devices are not understood. ...

By Brian Rhodes - 3 months ago

Master Keying Tutorial

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Mechanical keys are the most fundamental, albeit unsophisticated, form of access control. Like access control, Master Keying allows large scale use by segmenting access. But unlike access control, it requires no electricity, no network, and uses r...

By Brian Rhodes - 3 months ago

Fail Safe vs. Fail Secure Tutorial

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Few terms carry greater importance in access control than 'fail safe' and 'fail secure'. Access control professionals must know how these concepts apply, and how to pick locks that are appropriate. Properly doing so determines whether door hardwa...

By Brian Rhodes - 3 months ago

Super Low Light Surveillance Guide

(PRO Only)

At the beginning of this decade, low light performance of megapixel cameras was generally terrible. This was the era of super slow shutter where 'ghosting' was a common tradeoff of brighter low light images. Now, a lot has changed. The rise of ...

By IPVM Team - 5 months ago

Batteries For Alarm Systems Tutorial

(PRO Only)

Alarm systems use backup batteries in order to continue working if an intruder attempts to disable the alarm by cutting power to the building. In this guide, we will examine backup batteries, including: Batteries for alarms Sealed lead acid ba...

By Ari Erenthal - 5 months ago

H.265 / HEVC Codec Tutorial 2017

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For years, video surveillance professionals have talked about the potential for H.265. Now, in 2017, H.265 is starting to gain mainstream adoption, with many manufacturers shipping cameras and some VMSes adding support. However, there are many is...

By John Honovich - 6 months ago

Selling and Valuing Security Integrators

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This ia a tutorial in how to (1) determine your security integrator's value and (2) to sell your security integrator. If you own an integrator, want to buy one or even are thinking of starting your own one day, this is a must read. We spoke with ...

By Brian Karas - 7 months ago

Duress Codes For Alarms Systems

(PRO Only)

An alarm system can call for help in the event of an attempted break in, but only if it is armed. If an adversary forces an authorized user to disarm the alarm, however, that adversary can gain entry without alerting emergency responders. Therefor...

By Ari Erenthal - 8 months ago

Burglar Alarm Strobes Guide

(PRO Only)

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 - 9 months ago

Burglar Alarm Sirens Guide

(PRO Only)

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 - 9 months ago

Glass Break Sensor Tutorial

(PRO Only)

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 - 9 months 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 - 9 months 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 - 9 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 - 9 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 - 9 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 - 10 months ago

Alarm Panels - Canned vs Integrated

(PRO Only)

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 - 10 months ago

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