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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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Mon
22
Sep
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Inner Range SIFER Reader

Inner Range SIFER Reader
Inner Range SIFER Reader

The SIFER card reader is a new smart card reader designed and manufactured by Inner Range. It is a multi-drop RS-485 based reader that employs 128-bit AES encryption from the card through to the door module. SIFER readers utilise the Mifare DESfire EV1 card format.

ONE of the access control solutions that caught my eye at Security 2014 in Melbourne was Inner Range’s new SIFER RS-485 reader. It wasn’t the first time I’d seen SIFER – I got a look at the prototype a couple of months before the exhibition. It’s an important step from Inner Range, in my opinion, positioning the company as a true Tier 1 access control solutions manufacturer. 

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Tue
19
Aug
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BENS BlueHub IP Review

BENS BlueHub IP
BENS BlueHub IP

BENS BlueHub from Mod2 is a plug and play communications module that carries most dialler-based alarm panels into a networked environment. 

BENS has released its new BlueHub, which is designed and manufactured by Ki-Ren Chua’s Mod2. The device turns any ContactID dialler-based alarm panel into a network solution. Advanced versions also allow remote management of legacy alarm panels using smart device apps. 

I got a demo of BlueHub at Security 2014 in Melbourne with BENS’ Dallas Whittaker. In form it’s a compact solution with a simple double housing. The smaller module on the left of these images is an analogue-to-digital encoder, with ContactID coming in at the top. This module is bonded to the main comms unit, which incorporates power and a network port.  

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Fri
15
Aug
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Mobotix MxActivity Sensor Review

MxActivity Sensor - note the 24-hour comparison of alarm events
MxActivity Sensor - note the 24-hour comparison of alarm events

Mobotix’ MxActivity Sensor scored SEN’s Best Product CCTV at Security 2014 in Melbourne. Given the prevalence of analytics at the show this is not surprising but it wasn’t only MxActivity sensor functions that grabbed my attention. 

IN fact, when I walked onto the Mobotix stand, the first thing the boys showed me was the M15-D, which I’d seen already at Mobotix’ conference earlier in the year. It was only later on when I started thinking about it, that I realised Mobotix was really onto something with its optical and thermal-powered MxActivity sensor.

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Fri
15
Aug
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Honeywell V-Plex Bus Review

Honeywell Vista 250
Honeywell Vista 250

Honeywell’s V-Plex bus is a polling loop designed to support Vista 120 and 250 alarm panels as well as Tuxedo, that scoops up zone inputs and distributes zone outputs across any site where it’s installed. 

ONE of the neat new things I saw at Security 2014 was Honeywell’s V-Plex bus, a patented polling loop in the form of a 2-wire cable system that works with Vista 120, 250 and Tuxedo 12/48. Bus solutions have always had great advantages and V-Plex is no exception. 

Fundamentally, V-Plex bus is a 2-wire cable that is installed around a facility. Zone inputs and relay outputs are then ported into the bus. The control panel that you select determines the number of devices that you can connect to the V-Plex bus. 

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Thu
17
Jul
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Hikvision 4-Line Smart IP Camera Review

Hikvision 4-Line Smart IP
Hikvision 4-Line Smart IP

Hikvision’s new 4-Line Smart IP is a solid range of cameras that combines high performance in key areas like wide dynamic range, colour rendition, and pointy prices. In key ways, the 4-Line represents Hikvision’s coming of age. 

I got a look at a swag of new stuff at the Hikvision demo room in North Ryde late last month. Hikvision’s is one of the better set up demo spaces I’ve seen but best of all, the boys have taken the opportunity to install a broad spread of Hikvision cameras on the roof of the large building housing their office. The building holds a commanding position looking over serious distances with major infrastructure assets in all directions. These include nearby roadways, intersections, and multiple industrial and retail complexes. 

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Mon
07
Jul
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AD Illustra Flex 800

AD Illustra Flex
AD Illustra Flex

The Illustra Flex 800 from Tyco Security Products distributed locally by QSS, is a 3MP fixed dome Day/Night camera with 15m IR, IP66-rating against weather and IK10 rating against vandalism (outdoor version).  

AMERICAN Dynamics Illustra Flex 800 is a capable camera that comes in indoor and outdoor versions has sports a feature set that belies its sharp price. It’s part of the Illustra Flex ranges, which Tyco Security Products’ regional sales manager ANZ, Darren Banks, is a welcome addition to Tyco’s CCTV range. 

“We’ve been waiting for the higher resolution versions of the Illustra Flex range and we are very happy to get them,” says Banks. “Illustra Flex is a complete range of PoE IP HD and megapixel internal and external fixed full body cameras and domes in 1 and 3MP versions. 

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Wed
02
Jul
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Inner Range WideBody Enclosure Review

Quenten Knoll (l) and Vin Lopes of Inner Range
Quenten Knoll (l) and Vin Lopes of Inner Range

Inner Range’s new WideBody enclosure is a step forward for the company in a number of ways. Fundamentally, it allows the installation of 8 doors and 16 readers in a single housing with plenty of expansion and lashings of onboard battery backup. 

WANDERING around the engineering department at access control manufacturer Inner Range in Melbourne with CEO Vin Lopes is an enjoyable experience. All around us team members are working on new products that expand the company’s thoroughly-proven technology suite. As well as taking a looking at Inner Range’s cloud-based Webtegriti, a new 8-zone expander module and a project (it was the new SIFER reader) about which I’m sworn to deepest secrecy, I get a look at the new Integriti WideBody Enclosure. It’s a simple piece of kit in some ways but it has to be seen in context – as an extension of cost-effective applications of Integriti. 

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Wed
02
Jul
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Bosch DIVAR IP 3000, 7000 Review

Bosch DIVAR IP 3000 HDD Bay
Bosch DIVAR IP 3000 HDD Bay

A new DIVAR IP recorder family with integrated Dynamic Transcoding Technology has been released by Bosch. DIVAR IP is an all-in-one VMS and storage solution, with scalable recording and HD image quality from any location, even with limited bandwidth.  

DIVAR IP from Bosch is the next generation of Bosch recorders and brings together the best of Bosch’s video recording and management technologies in one family. There are 4 recorders in the Divar IP range, the IP 2000, IP 3000, IP 6000 and IP 7000. In this review we’re looking at the IP 3000 and the IP 7000.  DIVAR IP 3000/7000 recorders are equipped with Bosch Video Management Software and offer advanced alarm processing, integrated support for Forensic Search and Instant Detail Enhancement displaying paused images in full HD quality. 

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Tue
24
Jun
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Xandem TMD Tomographic Motion Detection Review

Xandem TMD Tomographic Motion Detection Controller
Xandem TMD Tomographic Motion Detection Controller

Hills has released the Xandem Tomographic Motion Detection system, capable of monitoring spaces from 50 to 500 square metres without line of sight. And because Xandem uses microwave detection, it can be discretely installed behind walls.

I GOT a look at the Xandem TMD solution at the Hills’ office in Pitt St, Sydney. Hills’ Fei Lee and Tony Le had set up a group of 6 Xandem TMD (Tomographic Motion Detection) nodes around the company's busy Crestron Showroom before I arrived. When they ask me to find the sensors, my eyes fly to the cornices, upper walls and display racks but I see nothing. 

Hidden behind the displays are the Xandem nodes – grey plastic boxes with dimensions of 3.8cm x 7.6cm x 1.3cm managed by an identically-sized red control node. They are smaller than a typical PIR and apart from a frontal LED, there’s no indication of their purpose. 

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