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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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Sun
19
Jan
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Axeze Studio IP-Based Access Control

Axeze web controller
Axeze web controller

Designed and produced locally by South Australian access control manufacturer Axeze, Axeze Studio is a modular, IP-based access control solution that employs multiple applications to administer, maintain, manage and configure Axeze hardware and software modules.

AXEZE Studio is the integration of Axeze software applications which include KENCore, Phoenix, Axeze Database Management and Axeze Credential Management with Axeze Proximity Controllers and input/output controllers supporting RFID 125 KHz, 134.2 KHz, Mifare and biometrics readers.

Axeze modules have been developed using the latest version of Microsoft .NET and use Microsoft SQL server to manage databases that can be installed on one or separate computers. Axeze Studio supports serial port or LAN (wired or wireless) for communication with the Axeze access control network. 

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Wed
11
Dec
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Aritech’s DD400 Series Dual Technology Sensor

Dual detection
Dual detection

One of the gems in the Aritech range is the DD400 Series dual technology sensor which combines all the best things the company’s R&D team have come up with over many years. 

FIRST up there are 3 sensors in the DD400 dual technology range. They include the DD450 – which is 12m with 7 curtains (reducing to 7 or 5m), the DD470 – which is 16m coverage with 9 curtains (reducing to 10 or 7m) and the DD490 – which offers 20m coverage with 7 curtains (reducing to 12 or 7m).

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Tue
19
Nov
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Hikvision’s Analogue Buster

Hikvision DS-7600 Embedded PoE NVR
Hikvision DS-7600 Embedded PoE NVR

A couple of weeks ago I got a look at some of CSD’s new Hikvision solutions, including a surveillance kit incorporating four HD 3MP IR cameras and a dual-switch PoE NVR all at a very sharp price.  

INSTALLERS still buy analogue because it’s affordable and plug and play but increasingly, quality IP manufacturers are muscling in, pressing hot buttons like ease of use, self setup, cost effectiveness, quality and long warranties.

Hikvision is such a manufacturer, building systems that cram pretty much every possible feature into a compact form factor with excellent performance. In this case, the vandalproof cameras are 20m IR, IP66-rated, have onboard storage and digital WDR. The NVR is capable too, with twin switches ensuring only one IP address needs to be programmed, while a very simple interface belies the unit’s underlying capability. 

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Thu
31
Oct
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BriefCam VS Forensics Review

BriefCam’s Video Synopsis Forensics software tool, distributed locally by OPS, was one of the stand-out products at Security 2013. 

BriefCam VS FOrensics is a solution that takes large video streams covering hours of events and compresses them into seconds. For security teams on large sites with hundreds of cameras, the process of mining through multiple video streams searching for reported events can be a full-time job. Once an event is found on one camera, other cameras must be searched. It’s a process that never ends. 

Explaining the way VS Forensics presents its event stream is a little difficult with words but very easy with images. Essentially, BriefCam’s VS Forensics solution synthesises events from real time video streams, presenting them as compact, overlaid progressions of events, which each event tagged with a time. 

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