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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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Wed
30
Apr
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Panasonic iPro 6 Series: Full Review

Panasonic 6 Series
Panasonic 6 Series

Panasonic’s latest release in the hotly contested 1080p and 720p IP camera market, the iPro Smart HD 6 Series, is a strong contender that combines strong image quality across a range of tough applications with plenty of back-end smarts. 

THERE’S no doubt that the cadence of new releases in this pivotal part of the CCTV camera market has picked up. A small group of highly committed manufacturers is competing to offer the best performance in key areas like low light, WDR, noise reduction, motion blur and bit rate management. 

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Fri
25
Apr
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American Dynamics’ AD Illustra 625: Bench Test

Installing the AD Illustra 625
Installing the AD Illustra 625

American Dynamics’ Illustra 625 from QSS features 1080p resolution, 20x optical zoom, 512-degree per second pan speed, 0.4 lux low light performance in colour and real time auto continuous focus. 

WITH a ½.8-inch Sony Exmor chip, giving strong WDR performance and a quality lens running the show, the AD Illustra 625 is a great performer. The camera is well built in aluminium and has a full suite of features, including Day/Night with slow shutter and low latency drives.  But what impressed me during this demo was the outright performance. 

Let’s look at the specifications, first. With the Illustra 625 PTZ camera you can choose from indoor, outdoor and vandal dome. We are looking at the indoor unit in this review but the build quality is outstanding. It’s not a lightweight at 6.6kg but that build quality means a long life. 

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Sun
06
Apr
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Suretek’s New Multicom 4 Plus

Suretek Multicom 4 Plus
Suretek Multicom 4 Plus

Suretek’s Multicom 4 Plus takes alarm panel communications and feeds them onto digital networks, changing the way monitoring companies interact with their customers. 

THERE’S something about the alarm monitoring industry that generates zeal, I think to myself, sitting in Suretek’s Wetherill Park office listening to managing director Glenn Smith talk about the company’s Multicom 4 Plus unit. 

It’s partly the people but more than anything it’s the culture. Alarm monitoring companies are responsible for something. The seriousness of their operations, their sense of ownership of customer protection, bleeds into everything they do, infusing it with fierce meaning. 

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Sun
06
Apr
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Mobotix M15D Review

Mobotix M15-D Thermal
Mobotix M15-D Thermal

Mobotix M15-D Thermal camera offers thermal and optical performance in a single rugged PoE housing that’s easy to install, simple to operate and very good at its job. 

AT the Mobotix Partner Conference in Sydney last month I got a walk-round of the Mobotix M15-D Thermal camera with Julien Lenser-Hobbs. The M15 platform was built with the ability to integrate new camera sensors and thermal was a key planned development. While the M15-D was displayed at Security 2013, this is the first time I’ve seen it in operation. 

Before we get started, let’s take a look at some of the specifications. The M15-D Thermal is a PoE, IP66-rated, IK10-rated poly housing with integrated sunshield. The distinguishing feature of this camera is that it’s a dual design. There’s a fixed thermographic camera as well as a removable 5MP colour sensor providing high quality optical vision. 

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Fri
14
Mar
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CEM Systems emerald IP Reader Controller

CEM Systems emerald reader controller
CEM Systems emerald reader controller

CEM Systems’ Emerald IP reader controller working with CEM AC2000 software, gives a very clear idea of the power networking is going to bring to access control solutions. As well as being a handsome device, it’s as clever as a fox. 

MY demo of emerald at the SEN office in Sydney was a real eye-opener. Sure, I’ve heard of emerald before but I’d never really considered the specifications in enough depth to develop a proper appreciation for this solution. Showing me over the reader are Zac Donev, sales director - South East Asia and Oceania at Tyco International, and David Galligan, strategic sales manager at Tyco Security Products. 

CEM Systems, which is a subsidiary of Tyco International, calls emerald an intelligent access terminal and there’s a reason for this. Along with being nice to look at with its 4.3-inch LCD touch screen, emerald offers a lot of functionality. 

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Tue
04
Mar
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Raytec Vario IP w8

Vario IP w8
Vario IP w8

Raytec’s Vario IP w8, distributed locally by Pacific Communications, is one of those products that tells us just how clever the future is going to be. 

LIGHT. It’s the unsung hero of video surveillance applications. Without light you can forget about capturing useful images, your entire surveillance solution is worthless. Not for nothing do installers and end users say low light performance is the most important IP camera feature. 

When I first saw Vario IP what struck me first was its compact size, given that it’s capable of driving 150m in long range applications. What Vario IP w8 (white light) offers integrators and end users is an affordable luminary with low running costs that can be controlled remotely by browser, as well as being switched automatically by alarm inputs. 

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