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OPLINK Triple Shield Home Automation Solution Review

Omnivision Oplink solution
Omnivision Oplink solution

The alarms market is going to run head first into DIY competitors over the next couple of years and one of the first of a new wave in Australia is Triple Shield from Omnivision’s residential/consumer arm, My Home Connect. 

OMNIVISION is a Melbourne-based electronic security integrator with a proper history and a quality client list, so this foray into DIY with the Triple Shield system is not coming from a marketing outfit that will be in your letter box today and gone tomorrow. It’s an interesting play from Omnivision. It’s sensible that if you believe DIY will be a serious trend, you will make a play of your own. An integrator also has the advantage of knowing which technology works and which doesn’t. 

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Mon
16
Feb
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Hikvision DS-2DF7230IX-X Laser-Guided Thermal Camera Crusher

Hikvision DS-2DF7230IX-X 2MP 1080p laser PTZ
Hikvision DS-2DF7230IX-X 2MP 1080p laser PTZ

HIKVISION’S DS-2DF7230IX-X is a 2MP 1080p, IP66-rated PTZ camera, distributed locally by Central Security Distribution, that features laser infrared LEDs providing monster long range performance. It’s got great features, too, but they pale when compared with this camera’s core capability. 

Typical of Hikvision’s gear, this camera comes loaded to the gunwales with features like auto tracking, entry zone detection, cross zone detection 4 smart tracking functions and IVA including different scene detection, facial detection, motion detection, audio detection, mask detection. There’s audio I/O, alarm I/O, RS485 control, RJ-45, BNC video output and power.

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Mon
16
Feb
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Dinion IP ultra 8000MP Review

Bosch Dinion IP ultra 8000MP UltraHD camera
Bosch Dinion IP ultra 8000MP UltraHD camera

Bosch will release its new Dinion IP Ultra 8000MP day/night camera early in 2015. This 1/2.3-inch camera offers 4k UHD at 30ips, strong WDR, minimum scene illumination of around 2 lux in colour at 4K and loads of other features. SEN got a sneak peak late December. 

AT it’s heart, Bosch Dinion IP ultra 8000MP has a large 4 x 3 sensor that gives a whopping 12 megapixels of resolution. The beauty of all this metadata is that it allows Bosch’s engineers to do a bunch of fun things with the raw file making camera performance extremely flexible now and in the future. In some ways this new Bosch camera feels more like a platform than a traditional video camera – there’s a lot of flexibility in its performance.

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Tue
13
Jan
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Installing DSC IMPASSA Alarm Panel: Product Review

DSC IMPASSA wireless intrusion detection system
DSC IMPASSA wireless intrusion detection system

DSC IMPASSA, distributed locally by Q Security Systems is an all-wireless security solution that leverages DSC’s monster range of devices to offer great flexibility in the real world. But simplicity of installation is IMPASSA’s greatest strength.

WHEN I got an opportunity to install a DSC IMPASSA alarm panel recently I was both eager and apprehensive at once. DSC has been one of my favourite alarm manufacturers since the 1990s, when it released solutions offering cool stuff like remote intercom via telephone and onboard relays for control of remote devices. 

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Tue
13
Jan
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EDS14: Synology’s Mini Marvel

Synology EDS14
Synology EDS14

Synology’s teeny EDS14 resembles a NAS mated with a USB hub. It’s designed as a mobile server supporting up to 5 IP cameras. There’s a USB 2.0 port supporting remote access by dongle, while a USB 3.0 and an SDXC UHS-I slot handle storage. 

WHAT strikes me out of the box is the size of Synology EDS14. It’s so small. There’s nothing to go wrong on the outside and the heavily ribbed poly housing and port-based design tells you there’s not much to go wrong on the inside, either. There are no buttons to break and it’s fan-less so this unit will shrug off dust and never overheat due to fan failure.  

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Tue
02
Dec
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Elvox Digital Intercoms

Elvox 1200 Digital
Elvox 1200 Digital

Seadan Security & Electronics and Sprint Intercom are distributing Vimar’s range of Elvox 2-wire digital intercoms, which feature massive expansion and a range of robust and good looking entrance stations and handsets. 

INTENSE building development in major cities, including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, where large numbers of new apartments are being constructed, means intercoms are an important part of the business for many installers. The challenge is to find solutions that don’t just look good, but are strong on functionality and expansion. 

According to John Varthalis, national marketing & development manager - Intercom Division of Seadan Security & Electronics, the decision to take on the very good looking Elvox range of intercom solutions was driven by the demands of a growing high density housing market. 

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Tue
18
Nov
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Ness SmartLiving Automation and Security

Smart Living 10-50/10-100 controller
Smart Living 10-50/10-100 controller

SmartLiving from Ness is a range of bus-based control panels offering between 10-200 zones (with zone doubling) and incorporating automation features as well as access control and voice-over-bus transmissions. 

TO my mind the most interesting aspects of Ness SmartLiving is the I-BUS backbone, a high speed bus which increases robustness, resists interference and carries voice as well as alarm signals on a single cable. Bus solutions are great when it comes to expansion because they can be grown organically without any need to cable back to a control panel – you just build a drop cable off an existing loop. In the case of SmartLiving, the bus is universal – you can hang a whole bunch of things off it, including proximity readers, graphical keypads, remote I/O expanders, RF transceivers, GSM communicators and siren/strobes. 

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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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Tue
21
Oct
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Installing Ness Lux Wireless PIR

Ness Lux PIR
Ness Lux PIR

Ness Corporation's Lux wireless PIR with integrated LED nightlight is designed to support Ness wireless panels and combines the company's well-designed PIR capability with a surprisingly capable movement activated nightlight.

LUX from Ness Corporation is a wireless PIR that combines solid performance with something extra. Ness, which builds its equipment at its own factory in Australia, has long manufactured capable PIR sensors and Lux is no exception. Lux features a pyro sensor with 20 dual-element zones, a solid 15m x 15m detection area, a downward-looking creep zone, and strong white light, ESD and RF immunity.

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