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20
Apr
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CS Technologies EVO Access Control Solution: Review

CS Technologies EVO controller
CS Technologies EVO controller

CS Technologies Evolution access control range is a pair of full function access controllers, the EVO4 4-door and EVO2 2-door, featuring network access control boards with RS485 and TCP/IP Ethernet communication support, lift control, and seamless alarm integration via 4-state monitored expansion boards.

CS Technologies has a deep history in the electronic security industry – the company’s roots go back to the late 1980s – and this informs the nature of its systems, which combine the solid reliability of proven hardware and the profound functionality of decades of evolution. The long history of this company should come as no great surprise – local access control manufacturers are the norm, not the exception in ANZ. All the local access control manufacturers are quality makers, combining strong and rapidly evolving software solutions with thoughtful suites of hardware and passionate local service. 

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Thu
30
Mar
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Panasonic Aero 30x PTZ Camera: First Impressions

Panasonic Aero 30x PTZ
Panasonic Aero 30x PTZ

PANASONIC Aero is a 1080p day/night, 30x optical, 1080x digital PTZ with 360-degree panning, 90-degree tilting with 150m of IR, 1P67 rating, IK10 rating, Video Stability Augment System and an operating temperature range between -50 and 55C. 

I was very interested in the performance of Panasonic’s lovely Aero PTZ when the boys from BGWT bought it around to the SEN office and after spending a couple of days and an evening driving the camera, I formed a reasonable idea of where its core strengths lie. 

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Thu
16
Mar
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SPRT60XPM Digital Analogue CCTV Camera Review

SPRT60XPM day night bullet camera
SPRT60XPM day night bullet camera

SPRINT Intercom’s SPRT60XPM day/night bullet camera offers 4 format digital analogue streams giving TVI, AHD, CVI and CVBS via a 1/2.9-inch 2MP Sony CMOS sensor. There’s a 2.8-12mm motorised, autofocus zoom lens, de-fog, up-the-camera setting of on-screen display and 60m of IR. But how does it stack up against 1080p IP cameras?

SPRINT’S SPRT60XPM is a solidly made IP66-rated bullet camera with a metal body and an adjustable plastic sunshade. It’s an OEM product manufactured by Shenzhen SECTEC, an established manufacturer founded in 2001 in Shenzen China. Perhaps the most interesting feature of this camera is its ability to deliver 4-format digital analogue streams - TVI, AHD, CVI and CVBS. It’s a quality that allows the camera to be used with pretty much any digital analogue DVR, including the Dahua DHI-XVR5116HS penta-brid DVR I’m testing it with today. 

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Thu
23
Feb
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Fujinon F1.6 4.1-9mm Varifocal CCTV Lens Review

Fujinon varifocal F1.6 4.1-9mm
Fujinon varifocal F1.6 4.1-9mm

Released in May 2014, Fujinon’s varifocal F1.6 4.1-9mm (2.2x) megapixel lens is designed to support sensors up to 1/1.8 and resolutions of 6MP. The CS-mount lens supports near infrared wavelengths and offers horizontal angles of view between 100 and 45 degrees. In this feature we’re going to test the lens a couple of different cameras to see how it does. 

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Fri
09
Dec
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PSI LED Sensormat Fibre Optic Intrusion Detection Sensor

Ian Bergman with the prototype LED Sensormat controller
Ian Bergman with the prototype LED Sensormat controller

PSI’s LED Sensormat is a sensing solution that integrates optical fibre into a floor mat to create an affordable and robust motion sensor that is immune to environmental disturbances. 

YOU often find that the most interest technologies are tucked away towards the rear of exhibition halls, where clever startups and growing tech houses are putting down their first roots. There were a number of good solutions at Security 2016 and LED Sensormat from Perimeter Security Industries was among the best of them – simple and very effective. 

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Fri
09
Dec
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Gallagher F Series Controller: Power to the People

Gallagher F Series controller
Gallagher F Series controller

Gallagher’s latest F Series powered fence controllers make an excellent perimeter security solution even more capable. If you have a security application that demands proactive defence, either integrated with existing alarm systems or as part of a Gallagher security management system, this is the solution for you. 

I’VE always had a healthy respect for Gallagher powered fences, a technology which first came to my attention when my sister Elisabeth was born in October 1971. While mum resided at Franklin Memorial Hospital, my younger brother and I billeted at the dairy farm of our parents’ friends, the Muirs, near the mouth of the Waikato River. During our fortnight in the country, the Muir boys introduced their Waiuku visitors to an air rifle, their maniacal brake-less billycart and a Gallagher powered fence. It only hurts a wee bit, the Muirs urged, with gleams in their eyes. 

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Mon
14
Nov
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Hands-on with ICT ProtegeWX Control Panel

ICT ProtegeWX wizard-based access control, intrusion, lift control and automation system
ICT ProtegeWX wizard-based access control, intrusion, lift control and automation system

ICT ProtegeWX is a wizard-based access control, intrusion, lift control and automation system that supports 10,000 users, 50,000 events, 512 inputs, 512 outputs, 128 doors, 8 elevator cards and 32 floors per car. ProtegeWX is fully scalable and offers browser and app-based management. 

ICT’S ProtegeWX is a wizard-based security system that puts access control, intrusion detection, lift control and automation into the hands of installers in an affordable, expandable and easy to manage package. Modular, you start with a controller or an affordable starter kit and build out using optional modules to meet the expanding needs of your application. The notion of ProtegeWX is a solution that you unbox, connect the power supply, power up the controller and launch the web browser on your laptop using the controller’s IP address. Because it uses wizards for setup and programming, installers are guided through configuration in a trice.  

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Mon
07
Nov
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Bosch IP 5000 Bullet Camera Review

Bosch IP 5000 Bullet camera
Bosch IP 5000 Bullet camera

I WASN’T sure what to think of the Bosch IP 5000 when I unpacked it – the sunshade and the overall camera are quite light but when it’s up and running you find that this a surprisingly good camera in the best tradition of motorised, remote autofocus bullet cameras. 

BOSCH’S IP 5000 day/night bullet camera is an IP66-rated 5MP bullet camera with a motorised, varifocal, IR-corrected, board-mounted 2.7-12mm F1.4 lens offering 32-100 degrees of viewing angle and 18-53 degrees of vertical angle. The motorized zoom lens has automatic focus adjustment with 1:1-pixel mapping to ensure the camera is always accurately focused. It works extremely well in the field. 

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Wed
19
Oct
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Samsung SNV-8081RP IR Dome Camera Review

Samsung SNV-8081RP IR Dome Camera
Samsung SNV-8081RP IR Dome Camera

Samsung’s SNV-8081RP IR dome has been at the SEN office for some months awaiting testing. I liked the Samsung SNO, the bullet version of this camera engine a lot. Would I warm to the fixed dome version of the camera? 

SETTING up Samsung cameras is easy and once I get everything sorted out, I’m very pleased with the Samsung SNV-8081RP dome – it doesn’t hit me immediately but this camera just does a lot of things very well, indeed. The standout feature is the huge resolution – there’s so much detail I can’t see it all at once on my 1080p screen – I really only get the benefit with digital zooming. 

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Thu
22
Sep
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Paxton net10: Building Intelligence & Automation

Paxton net10 controller
Paxton net10 controller

PAXTON'S net10 access and building automation solution from Security Distributors Australia is license free, carries a long warranty, supports multi-format readers and has an integrated wireless network. This new solution is a strong addition to the Paxton line-up, firmly underscoring the company’s strong networking credentials.

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