Tutorials (215)

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Door Operators Access Control Tutorial

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Doors equipped with door operators, specialty devices that automate opening and closing, tend to be quite complex. The mechanisms needed to achieve these actions, the configuration how they work, and how they integrate with standard access syst...

By Brian Rhodes - 2 days ago

Pole Mount Camera Installation Guide

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Poles are a popular but challenging choice for deploying surveillance cameras outdoors. 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...

By John Scanlan - 8 days ago

ONVIF Video Surveillance Tutorial

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ONVIF is well known within the surveillance industry as an interface to connect IP cameras and VMS systems. However, new users may find it confusing, with questions such as: Is ONVIF a standard? Why ONVIF? What does ONVIF do? What does it con...

By IPVM Team - 3 months ago

Access Control Turnstiles Guide

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Turnstiles control pedestrian access to secured areas, essentially becoming moving portions of fences, walls, or barricades for physically stop intruders. However, they can be ugly, expensive, ineffective, and downright dangerous if used unwise...

By Brian Rhodes - 3 months ago

Cable Trenching for Surveillance

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Trenching cable for surveillance is surprisingly complex. While using shovels, picks, and hoes is not advanced technology, the proper planning, construction, and execution of trenched cable runs is underestimated. In this note, we look at the b...

By Brian Rhodes - 3 months ago

H.265 / HEVC Codec Tutorial

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H.265 support improved significantly in 2018, with H.265 camera/VMS compatibility increased compared to only a year ago, and most manufacturers shipping H.265 models.  However, there are still challenges impacting H.265's competitiveness and comp...

By IPVM Team - 3 months ago

Building Occupancy Codes and Access Control Tutorial

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A building or room's classification can greatly impact which building codes must be followed. In terms of access control, these 'occupancy codes' dictate how openings can be locked and what equipment is required, often representing a range of hund...

By Brian Rhodes - 6 months ago

AHJ / Authority Having Jurisdiction Tutorial

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One of the most powerful yet often underappreciated characters in all of physical security is the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Often, these authorities get involved only when problems arise, and they frequently leave a flood of delays, re...

By Brian Rhodes - 7 months ago

IP Camera Cable Labeling Guide

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Labeling cables can save a lot of money and headaches. While it is easy to overlook, taking time to label runs during installation significantly speeds up troubleshooting and maintenance. In this guide, we examine this practice and the ways tha...

By John Scanlan - 7 months ago

Drain Wire For Access Control Reader Tutorial

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An easy-to-miss cabling specification plays a key role in access control, yet it is commonly ignored. The drain wire offers protection for readers and controllers, ensuring proper cable performance. We examine the drain wire, the role it plays, a...

By Brian Rhodes - 8 months ago

Exit Devices For Access Control Tutorial

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Exit Devices, also called 'Panic Bars' or 'Crash Bars' are required by safety codes the world over, and become integral parts of electronic access control systems. However, they are often poorly understood, especially how they should be used in...

By Brian Rhodes - 8 months ago

Inputs/Outputs For Video Surveillance Guide

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While many cameras have Input/Output (I/O) ports, few are actually used and most designers do not even consider them. However, a good understanding of their flexibility can save hundreds of dollars on complex designs. In this guide, we explain ca...

By IPVM Team - 8 months ago

Backup Power for Large Security Systems Tutorial

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Choosing the right backup power system depends on system size. While small and medium systems greatly benefit from using UPS battery backup sources, larger systems need a centralized generator power source. How are these systems designed and sp...

By Brian Rhodes - 8 months ago

Backboxes for Video Surveillance Tutorial

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Backboxes are a necessity in surveillance, whether for managing cable whips, recessing cameras, adding wireless radios. But it can be confusing to know which option works for their install. In this report, we explain: When to use backboxes Ca...

By IPVM Team - 8 months ago

Camera Focusing Tutorial

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A camera's focus is fundamental to quality imaging. Mistakes can cause important problems. In this guide, we explain focus issues and proper procedure, covering: Fixed vs. Varifocal Cameras Auto vs. Manual Focus Two Fundamental Lens Contro...

By IPVM Team - 8 months ago

Installing Surveillance Cameras Into Synthetic Stucco (EIFS) Tutorial

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Mounting cameras into synthetic stucco, commonly known as EIFS finishes, can be problematic If not properly planned, EIFS/stucco can be downright impossible for installing surveillance cameras. In this note, we examine the four major methods of m...

By Brian Rhodes - 9 months ago

Door Swing Tutorial

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The direction a door swings might seem minor, but it can greatly impact door hardware selection. There are four basic ways a door can swing, and knowing how to properly determine it is critical when designing access control systems and ordering...

By Brian Rhodes - 9 months ago

Installing Dome Cameras Indoors Guide

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IPVM is producing the definitive series on installing surveillance cameras. This entry covers one of the most common scenarios - installing dome cameras indoors and is the second entry following Installing Box Cameras Indoors Guide Inside we teac...

By IPVM Team - 9 months ago

Indoor Camera Mounting Hardware Guide

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A key part of installing security hardware is ensuring the right hardware is used to provide a long-lasting, solid mount. But there are almost endless options for mounting hardware, which may be confusing for new installers. Inside this report, w...

By IPVM Team - 10 months ago

Keypads For Access Control Tutorial

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Keypad readers present huge risks to even the best access systems. If deployed improperly, keypads let people through locked doors almost as if they were unlocked. However, despite the drawbacks, keypads are still one of the most common choice...

By Brian Rhodes - 11 months ago

Installing Box Cameras Indoors Guide

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This guide starts our physical installation for video surveillance series, starting with Box Cameras, one of the oldest and most basic types. Inside we cover: Videos Detailing Grid Ceiling Installs Videos Detailing Drywall/Gypsum Board Install...

By IPVM Team - 11 months ago

Installing Cameras in Plenums Tutorial

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There is often confusion about plenum ceilings, with misinformation about what is required when running cables through them and mounting cameras into them. Failing to understand plenum requirements can land installers on the wrong side of an AHJ, ...

By IPVM Team - 11 months ago

Access Visitor Management Systems Guide

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"Who are you, and why are you here?" Facilities that implement Visitor Management Systems hope they never need to ask that question to anyone, ever. While access control goes to great lengths to make sure only approved personnel are able to enter...

By Brian Rhodes - 11 months ago

Access Control Card Printers Guide

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Card printers are a core component of professional access control systems, often used as photos IDs and prominently displayed. Modern badges put company branding and logos on public display by using specialty printers to permanently mark badges...

By Brian Rhodes - 12 months ago

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