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The Art of Camera Performance

Camera performance is an art.
Camera performance is an art.

SOMETHING interesting came out of SecTech Roadshow’s HD Camera Shootout, something still photographers have known for a long time. A beautiful image is a work of art requiring the combination of deep technical comprehension with creativity. 

You mightn’t think CCTV installers would be interested in blowing away backgrounds to isolate faces in a foreground, leveraging ambient light to increase detail or using CCTV cameras to tell stories but thoughtfully considered and within the constraints of typical lens focal lengths and aperture ranges, that's exactly what they are doing. 

Commissioning IP cameras is a tap dance but there’s plenty installers can do to ensure they get useful performance without completely rebuilding an image stream. Too often cameras are installed with no regard for the realities of optical performance and the results are image streams that fail to deliver operational benefits. 

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May
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The Interview: Leon Langlais and Ken May, Tyco Security Products

Tyco Security Products’ Leon Langlais (left), senior director of growth markets and regional strategy (l), and Ken May, vice president sales, Asia Pacific
Tyco Security Products’ Leon Langlais (left), senior director of growth markets and regional strategy (l), and Ken May, vice president sales, Asia Pacific

Tyco Security Products has changed its route to market and is now being distributed in Australia exclusively by Hills Ltd. It’s a significant move for both companies, as well as for integrators and end users who rely on iconic brands like DSC, Software House, CEM and American Dynamics. SEN editor John Adams speaks with Leon Langlais and Ken May of Tyco Security Products.

JA: You have many brands under the Tyco umbrella – which does Hills now distribute?

KM: There are 9 brands in the Tyco Security Products portfolio and from 13th March 2015, Hills represents 7 of these, including DSC, Software House, Kantech, Sur-Gard, Visonic, CEM Systems and Exacq.  

JA: This is a big deal for the market at multiple levels - how did the new agreement between Tyco and Hills come about? What was process involved?

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15
May
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Google Sidling up to Security and Home Automation

Google setting up home security and automation patents
Google setting up home security and automation patents

OUR electronic security industry has been a source of great entertainment from the perspective of technological leaps and bounds over the last couple of years. Nothing is going to change, if recent events are anything to go by. 

If you thought video surveillance had dropped anchor at 1080p, you thought wrong. At ISC it was all 4K from quality makers and in the case of Avigilon, it was about 7K. And with all this talk of high resolution in the air, video compression is about to become the most important word on everyone’s lips. 

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Mar
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Security Electronics: Are Open Systems Closing?

Are open systems closing?
Are open systems closing?

ARE we witnessing the end of the open platform model? Will the electronic security industry of the future bear a new generation of proprietary systems supporting most major projects? On face value, that seems likely but on reflection it’s unlikely much will change but buyer attitudes - for the time being, anyway. 

Fuelling speculation over the past 18 months have been multiple manufacturers positioning themselves to mirror what many in the surveillance industry are calling The Avigilon Model but which might just as accurately be called The Geutebruck Model, The Indigovision Model, or The Mobotix Model.

What they are talking about is the now-proven strength of Avigilon’s decision to manufacturer quality cameras as well as developing a quality VMS platform that although opened up to other manufacturer’s product, is often installed as a proprietary solution alongside Avigilon’s high resolution cameras. 

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Mar
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Best New Security Products of 2014

AVL-2 mobile and wearable surveillance solutions
AVL-2 mobile and wearable surveillance solutions

2014 was a strong year for new product releases in all electronic security market segments. We saw good things in CCTV, alarms and access control. Perhaps the changes were more evolutionary than revolutionary, except in the area of remote management. 

IT’S always tough as army boots to unpick the strands of product releases and judge the best releases of any given year and 2014 was no different. Happily, it was a good year for new product and unlike past years, this strength was across the board. I could not pick a single product that really broke out of the mould and offered the market something it has never seen before but there were plenty of products that delivered on the promises of past years. 


Honeywell V-Plex wiring.

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Mon
23
Feb
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Smart Phome: The Future of Home Automation

Smart phone the gateway to smart homes
Smart phone the gateway to smart homes

If anything is going to shape the nature of the alarm monitoring industry in years to come it will be the way people interact with information. It’s a seismic shift the industry still doesn’t seem to be entirely on top of. 

YOU don’t have to walk far around Sydney’s streets to realise that every second person is walking online. Because I trudge through the CBD to work and because I find the practise of walking online deeply infuriating, I’m well positioned to have noticed this trend. It’s impossible to view such behaviour, in which humans seem to have internalised their latest-gen smart devices, without wondering about its impact on the way people would like to use broader technology. 

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Fri
13
Feb
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Happy New Year!

New technology
New technology

YOU can’t stand on the brink of a new year without wondering what the future holds for our industry. 

We’ve all read about the financial situation in the Europe, the possible slow-down of China, the stop-start recovery in the U.S. now overshadowed by an oil price-war, our own resources boom waning yet bolstered by falling currency and interest rates. Then there's the loom of acquisition with all its uncertainties. Given the intellectual labour of making sense of all these variables it’s easier to focus on something over which we have control, like the TV remote. 

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Fri
16
Jan
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The Interview: Ray Mauritsson, Axis Communications

Ray Mauritsson, Axis Communications
Ray Mauritsson, Axis Communications

SEN editor John Adams speaks with Axis Communications CEO Ray Mauritsson about business trends, new developments in technology and the challenges and opportunities of the future.

JA: How is the Axis business going right now?

RM: I think over the last 2 years we’ve seen a little bit of a slowdown in our growth rate. There are 2 components to this – one is that the market is more mature – more companies have already made the transition from analogue to digital – the other reason on a global basis is that we have seen on a geographical level a couple of areas that have slowed down. 

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Jan
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Paris Attacks Highlight Electronic Security’s Vulnerabilities

Nous Sommes Charlie Hebdo
Nous Sommes Charlie Hebdo

Businesses and organisations wondering about ways they might have mitigated the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris, are going to need to concentrate hard on the basics. The challenge for security managers is finding ways to protect businesses and sites that need to be accessed by customers, contractors and staff.

In Paris, parallel attacks were carried out by radical Islamists who claimed to be members of Islamic State and Yemeni Al Qaeda. They killed 11 staff at the office of satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, as well as killing a police officer. Meanwhile, an accomplice killed another police officer and later 4 customers at a kosher deli in a Jewish district. The attackers used automatic weapons and military techniques. 

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12
Jan
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2014: State of the market

Future technology
Future technology

Year’s end is always an opportune moment to take a look at the state of the market, considering its current drivers, shifts in technology and consider the shape of the coming year. 

In 2014, installers, integrators and end users continued to be overwhelmed with quality choices across most electronic security product segments. Given the maturity of the electronic security market it’s unlikely things are going to change. We’re going to see better performance, easier installation and improved user interfaces. We’re also going to continue to see prices drifting downwards, while high end feature sets push their way down product lines.  

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