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09
Sep
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Very Wide Angle Cameras: An Operational Perspective

Independent Consultancy Services (ICS Group)
Independent Consultancy Services (ICS Group)

Scott Myles of Independent Consultancy Services (ICS Group) recently tested a group of cutting edge very wide angle cameras to see which offered the best panoramic performance on the street. We went along to take a look at the process and decide which of these cameras we thought was best in this very tough application. 

WHEN Scott Myles of ICG called the SEN office and invited us to take a look at a camera test ICS Group was undertaking that day we didn’t need him to ask twice.

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Fri
19
Aug
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Special Report: Mobile CCTV Command Centre

Mobile CCTV Control Centre
Mobile CCTV Control Centre

Intelligent Security Integration’s Mobile CCTV Command Centre got plenty of attention at Security 2016. The unit combines multiple integrated fixed and PTZ HD cameras, 360-degree 4K cameras, thermal cameras and 8 deployable cameras with video and manpower management. It’s the attention to detail that transfixed the crowd. The MCCC is thoughtfully conceived and beautifully executed. 

MOBILE command centres are not a new concept by any means and we’ve seen a number of mobile trailers at security shows over the years that are designed to push intelligence gathering outside of built spaces. But none of these units can compare with the Intelligent Security Integration’s van-based Mobile CCTV Command Centre, which combines the latest video surveillance and communications technology to create remote area security for events and other applications. 

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Mon
08
Aug
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Test Driving The Synology VisualStation VS360HD

Synology VS360HD
Synology VS360HD

Synology’s VS360HD VisualStation is designed to replace the workstation in an IP surveillance solution, providing full management and control of connected cameras from any connected monitor on network fringes. The unit is especially well adapted to supporting retail and reception applications.

SYNOLOGY is well known as a manufacturer of digital storage solutions but the company also makes Surveillance Station software, which turns its network area storage devices into capable video surveillance solutions. Of course, using a NAS to handle some of the tasks of an NVR isn’t always easy and it relies on workstations across the network to handle the grunt work of live monitoring. And this is where our story begins. 

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Mon
25
Jul
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Hikvision 4K 36x PTZ - Resolution and Reach

Hikvision 4K PTZ
Hikvision 4K PTZ

Hikvision’s new 4K PTZ is a tour de force, combining all the company’s best technologies in a single camera. It melds 4K resolution with a fast F1.5 aperture 6.2-202mm (36x) optical zoom lens, integrated 200m IR, 120dB WDR, IP66 and IK10 ratings, and low light performance down to .02 lux in colour. 

HIKVISION has tipped all its engineering nous into the DS-2DF8836IV-AELW 4K PTZ – this camera is just bristling with tech. I got a look at the handsome new 4096 x 2160 resolution PTZ straight out of the box, having had no fine tuning from the technical team at Hikvision Australia. It would have been great to get hold of Hikvision’s 4K PTZ and undertake a full test but just mucking around in the demo room with the first unit to arrive in the country was highly instructive. 

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Mon
30
May
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Samsung SNO-8081R Bullet Camera Review

Samsung SNO-8081R Bullet Camera
Samsung SNO-8081R Bullet Camera

SAMSUNG’s 5MP SNO-8081R bullet, distributed locally by EOS, incorporates a 1/1.8-inch 6MP CMOS sensor, a 3.6-9.4mm motorized varifocal lens with auto-focus, 120dB WDR, built-in IR to assist in low light applications and a resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. This is a powerful and well-made camera that takes fixed surveillance capabilities to an elevated level. 

AS soon as you pick up SAMSUNG’s 5MP SNO-8081R bullet, you get a sense of its quality. Samsung makes nice gear and this SNO-8081R bullet camera is no different. The unit has a tilt-mount, a metal alloy body and a simple and detachable poly sunshade. The PoE SNO-8081R has IP66/IK10 ratings against environment and vandalism and proffers an operating temperature between -40 and 55C, which is at the upper end of good. Emerging from a heavy cross-cut rubber flange on the rear are RJ45, audio and I/Os. Wherever you look and touch, build quality is superb and attention to detail is exemplary. 

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Fri
20
May
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Axis M3045-V Compact Dome Camera Review

Axis 1080p M3045-V dome camera with HDMI
Axis 1080p M3045-V dome camera with HDMI

New from Axis is the PoE 1080p M3045-V dome with HDMI and a highly flexible pan and tilt gimbal. This 1/3-inch progressive scan CMOS camera features a fixed 2.8m F2 lens, giving a wide 106-degree field of view and light sensitivity down to 0.25 lux. 

TRULY compact dome cameras face a tough task. Within their compact housings they’re required to offer broad and at times conflicting functionalities, including compact size yet quality optics and very wide field of view yet low distortion and high image sharpness. Adding pressure to the recipe is the demand for low price. Clearly, this class of camera is a compromise and what installers and end users want to know is whether or not the balance of compromise meets their requirements. 

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Sat
14
May
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Inner Range Inception Panel: Full Review

Inner Range Inception: Access control, alarms and automation
Inner Range Inception: Access control, alarms and automation

Inner Range Inception is an integrated access control and security alarm system that allows installers unfamiliar with Inner Range programming to leverage the company’s engineering expertise in the most intuitive possible manner. 

WE’VE been following Inner Range’s development of the entry level Inception access control and security alarm system for a couple of years and were thrilled to get our hands on the hardware ahead of the official May 2 release date. It’s been a while coming, but Inner Range Inception has been well worth the wait and rounds out the Inner Range offering perfectly. Hardware and software are thoughtfully designed and beautifully executed.

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Fri
01
Apr
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Panasonic WV-SPV781L 4K Bullet: Camera Review

Panasonic WV-SPV781L 4K Bullet
Panasonic WV-SPV781L 4K Bullet

Panasonic’s smoking WV-SPV781L 4K fixed bullet camera offers 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) at up to 30ips and 4000 x 3000 pixels at 15ips. A rugged and powerful camera, the WV-SPV781L is ideal for serious applications where operators need to dig deep into scenes for extra detail.  

THIS WV-SPV781L Day/Night bullet camera from Panasonic features a new progressive scan 1/1.7-inch MOS image sensor offering 4K resolution at 30ips and a varifocal f1.6 lens with a 4.2mm-25.2mm range. Panasonic’s WV-SPV781L comes fully loaded with 30 metre IR, Rainwash coating, IP66, NEMA 4X and IK10 ratings, 6x optical and 1x, 2x and 4x digital zoom, Smart Depth of Field, 3D Digital Noise Reduction and plenty more. It’s a solution designed not only to survive in challenging environments but to thrive in them.   

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Wed
30
Mar
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Fujinon 15-50mm F1.5 Review: The Lens Maketh the Camera

Fujinon 15-50mm F1.5 with AT
Fujinon 15-50mm F1.5 with AT

Want to convert a low cost 1080p network camera into a pixel monster with the optical power and image quality to scare off the best integrated camera systems on the planet? All you need is a thoughtful angle of view and 130 bucks. 

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Wed
23
Mar
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AXIS P3225-LV Dome Camera: Full Review

AXIS P3225-LV 60ips 1080p fixed dome camera
AXIS P3225-LV is a 60ips 1080p fixed dome camera

AXIS P3225-LV is a 60ips 1080p fixed dome camera with a 1/2.8-inch sensor, a 3–10.5mm f1.4 varifocal lens with remote zoom and focus, Zipstream for bandwidth and storage reduction, 25m OptimisedIR range, IP52-rating for dripping water and dust resistance, and IK08-rating for impact-resistance. 

AXIS’ P3225-LV network camera bundles all the company’s goodness into a mid-sized fixed dome. Before I start droning on about specifications I’d like to point out right at the start that making Axis cameras work across networks is absolute bliss. Connect it to your PoE switch, wait a polite length of time for things to power up, hop into network in your directory, double click the Axis camera and hooray, you’re into live view and/or setup. 

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