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Dec
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Installing 1080p HD: Hints and Tips

Installing lens on a full body HD camera
Installing lens on a full body HD camera

What are some of the things installers who are unfamiliar with 1080p HD cameras consistently get wrong? And how much difference might rectifying basic problems make to the quality of 1080p image streams?

THERE’S no point pretending IP video doesn’t have certain challenges for those who don’t have a working understanding of networks. Any networked solution is the product of layers of integration and it’s bringing multiple devices together into a whole that’s a bit tough. 

Sure, you can install an IP camera and plumb it to a local monitor using the external video out BNC. But if you have to create a subnet yourself, either by setting up an NVR or server, linking a workstation, downloading or installing a VMS, configuring a PoE switch and getting the cameras happening, the whole can seem so much bigger than the sum of its parts. 

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Thu
20
Nov
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360-degree Thermal Radar

Thermal Radar runs a FLIR Tau 2 sun-safe amorphous silicon microbolometer
Thermal Radar runs a FLIR Tau 2 sun-safe amorphous silicon microbolometer

A new ONVIF-compliant, uncooled, thermal camera features a compact size, IP-66 rating, weighs less than 2kg, has a tiny 5-watt power draw, yet offers 360-degree thermal detection of 600m for intruders, 1800m for vehicles and 5000m for fires.  

THERMAL cameras are an amazing piece of technology and the new Thermal Radar, manufactured by Thermal Imaging Radar and distributed locally by Infratherm, is perhaps the most amazing thermal camera of all. Given its detection range, Thermal Radar is tiny yet it’s FLIR Tau 2 continuous-rotating long wave infrared (LWIR) camera provides intelligent, high definition infrared surveillance for challenging or remote sites. 

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Thu
13
Nov
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Prince of Darkness: Hikvision Darkfighter Review

Hikvision Darkfighter DS-2CD6020FHWD(-A) ultra low light WDR 2MP IP camera
Hikvision Darkfighter DS-2CD6020FHWD(-A) ultra low light WDR 2MP IP camera

Hikvision’s Darkfighter DS-2CD6020FHWD(-A), distributed locally by Central Security Distribution, is an ultra low light WDR 2MP IP camera with a ½-inch progressive scan CMOS sensor. The camera offers 60fps, 120dB WDR, a region of interest codec and 3D DNR digital noise reduction.

I’VE been keen to test Hikvision’s DarkFighter DS-2CD6020FHWD(-A) full body camera for a while now so it was a thrill when Hikvision’s Michael Bates and Tony Lagan turned up at the office one morning door laden with boxes containing the Darkfighter, a couple of lenses and Hikvision’s DS-7600 Linux embedded NVR. 

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Tue
11
Nov
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AVL-2: God of Small Things

AVL-2 is distributed locally by Conceptual Technology Solutions
AVL-2 is distributed locally by Conceptual Technology Solutions

Infodraw’s tiny AVL-2 is a mobile low-power cellular media relay that allows live streaming, recording and monitoring of video, audio, alarm inputs and GPS location. 

AVL-2 from Infodraw, distributed locally by Conceptual Technology Solutions, is an interesting animal. The unit is a palm-sized, portable multimedia streaming and monitoring system that comprises embedded hardware and software combined with built-in cellular network interfaces. At a surprisingly low cost you get a professional grade video, audio and alarm input monitoring solution with GPS, that is highly mobile yet leaves nothing out. 

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Mon
20
Oct
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Hikvision: Visiting the World's Largest Surveillance Manufacturer

Michael Bates, Hikvision
Michael Bates, Hikvision

Hikvision is the world’s largest video surveillance and electronic security manufacturer. It’s a towering achievement considering Hikvision didn’t make its first DVR until 2004. But what’s behind the company’s phenomenal success? 

ARRIVING in China after a long flight, I spend a Sunday mooching around Hangzhou with Hikvision’s Daniel Huang and Michael Bates. The idea is to get a sense of the city and of Chinese culture before visiting Hikvision’s head office and factory - to get a feel for what lies behind the Hikvision story. 

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Thu
16
Oct
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Avigilon Control Centre (ACC) 5.4

Avigilon Control Centre 5.4
Avigilon Control Centre 5.4

AVIGILON is wowing the market once again with the release of the latest update to its powerful video management software, Avigilon Control Centre (ACC) 5.4. 

This release completes the integration of VideoIQ’s analytics technology into Avigilon’s ecosystem for a feature-rich, proactive protection solution that is based in high-definition for an extremely high degree of accuracy.

ACC 5.4 enables more than just monitoring, search and recording of video analytic events, it also allows for complete analytics configuration and management support for Avigilon’s analytics-enabled range of quality products. 

Optimised by superior high-definition imagery over a single, unified platform, users are able to receive real-time event alarms for proactive incident response.

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Tue
14
Oct
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Honeywell V-Plex and Vista 250 Turbo Power Dick Johnson Racing

Dick Johnson (l), Glenn Webster and John Gellel
Dick Johnson (l), Glenn Webster and John Gellel

The Alarms Corporation has installed a powerful Honeywell Vista 250 Turbo on a V-Plex LAN at the Dick Johnson Racing workshop and racing museum on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Supporting the alarm, access control and automation system is a CCTV solution comprising Honeywell cameras and a DVR.

HONEYWELL’S Vista 250 Turbo is one of the company’s standout security management solutions, handling intrusion detection, access control and automation, as well as supporting Honeywell’s awesome V-Plex bus. The solution installed for DJR also incorporates Honeywell Tuxedo, giving a sweet local interface for system management and automation, as well as the capability to remotely manage the system. 

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Tue
07
Oct
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1080p HD Cameras: Meet The Contenders

Panasonic full body 1080p
Panasonic full body 1080p

We asked a group of leading manufacturers about their leading 1080p cameras, what their standout features are and how they are better than the cameras of the opposition. 

MODERN manufacturing techniques make pinning down the contenders for best-of-the-best in 1080p cameras a convoluted task. Camera engines comprising CMOS/MOS sensors and associated processors are installed in multiple camera bodies across entire ranges these days. And while it's the manufacturers and distributors doing the talking, what's interesting to me is that it highlights which features the market is telling suppliers are most valuable to them. 

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Thu
02
Oct
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Axis Releases 6000-E 360-degree Network Camera

Axis Q6000-E 360-degree Camera
Axis Q6000-E 360-degree Camera

AXIS has released the Q6000-E network camera, a network camera with a 360-degree overview provided by four 2 megapixel camera heads, that when integrated with AXIS Q60-E simultaneously offers high detail optical zoom on areas of interest.  

With a single click, operators can optically zoom in on details of interest with high precision while at the same time being able to maintain an overview of large areas of up to 20,000 square metres (215,000 sq. ft.) – about the size of 4 football fields. 

This makes the AXIS Q6000-E ideal for city surveillance applications such as monitoring of public squares and parking lots, as well as food courts in shopping malls and other open areas.

“The AXIS Q6000-E addresses the need for a simple way to monitor a wide area and, simultaneously, be able to optical zoom in on details,” says Wai King Wong, country manager, Oceania, Axis Communications. 

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Mon
29
Sep
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Vivotek IP8355EH WDR PRO Review

Vivotek 1.3MP (720p) WDR Pro II IP67-rated IP8355EH network bullet camera
Vivotek 1.3MP (720p) WDR Pro II IP67-rated IP8355EH network bullet camera

I SAW acres of new products at Security 2014 Exhibition and one of the standouts was Vivotek’s new WDR PRO camera range, which includes bullet, box and dome cameras in 1.3MP and 3MP variations. In this review we look at the IP8355EH outdoor bullet camera. 

WHAT struck me about the new Vivotek WDR PRO when I first saw images was that the camera was very strong in backlight, as well as being very strong with absolutely no light whatever. This particular combination of characteristics is unusual. Engineers typically give up some low light performance to enhance backlight performance and vice versa. 

I stumbled on the Vivotek WDR PRO cameras almost by accident. Venturing onto the stand, Ray Lee, Vivotek’s regional manager, demurred when I asked if much was new with Vivotek in 2014. Then he led me over to a new camera with the highest WDR rating in the world. 

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