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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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Fri
13
Jun
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Freedom Surveillance VMS

Freedom VMS
Freedom VMS

Developed locally, the Freedom Surveillance VMS developed and distributed by Camvex, offers end users and integrators a solution that’s flexible, affordable and supported locally. 

Freedom Surveillance VMS was developed in Melbourne, Australia by Join Computer and Control in collaboration with Camvex and is designed to manage digital video inputs from multiple CCTV technologies including analogue cameras, 960H cameras, IP cameras, HD-SDI cameras and recently introduced HDCVI cameras. 

According to Camvex’ Andrew Del Biondo, Join Computer and Control was the leading developer of real time multi camera recording of video and audio for surveillance. 

“The company did pioneering work in China in 1995 winning major projects locally, then opened an office in Australia in 2001 when Charles Chen came to Australia,” explains Del Biondo. 

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Fri
30
May
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Neo is The One

I know why you are here, Neo
I know why you are here, Neo

DSC, distributed locally by QSS, has released PowerSeries Neo, a new scalable commercial and residential line of intrusion detection solutions supported by a big range of sensors, including PIR cameras for video verification.

NEO is designed to be a flexible platform that leverages the capabilities of PowerG – the industry’s leading-edge wireless intrusion technology, according to DSC. PowerSeries Neo is a customizable system with a range of control panels supported by PowerG-enabled, easy to install wireless devices. 

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Tue
20
May
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Axis 1001 Access Controller: Review

Axis 1001 NDC connector blocks
Axis 1001 NDC connector blocks

Axis Communications 1001 Network Door Controller is a deceptively simple unit that carries access control onto networks. Ease of installation, browser-based setup and management and scalability are strong points. 

WE’VE talked about the new Axis Communications’ 1001 Network Door Controller in SEN before but this is the first time I’ve taken a look at it in the flesh. While the 1001 was released in the U.S. at the end of last year, it won’t be available locally until Q4 2014. According to Axis, the A1001 Network Door Controller is the first non-proprietary and open IP-based access controller on the market. 

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Tue
06
May
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Inner Range Webtegriti Cloud Security And Access Control System

Inner Range Webtegriti
Inner Range Webtegriti

It’s not released yet but I got a sneak preview of Inner Range’s latest development, Webtegriti, a browser-based security and access control system that simplifies installation and management of small electronic security solutions. 

AT its core, Webtegriti is a controller in a compact poly housing incorporating browser-based software and everything else required for a small access control solution. The solution will support doors, cameras and alarm inputs – features and scalability will be finalised by a focus group of installers in the next month or so. The completed core comms for expansion is RS-485 and support for other comms technologies is also in development. 

Given some of the cloud-ward movements going on in the market it makes sense that Inner Range should cover this base. That it can do so with a solution like Webtegriti shows the value of owning a serious engineering capability. 

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