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Platinum AV's Inner City Mobotix, Fibaro, QCamPro Integration

Preparing for installation of the Mobotix door station
Preparing for installation of the Mobotix door station

Platinum AV has installed an integrated surveillance, intercom and automation system combining Mobotix, Fibaro and the QCamPro mobile management app for an award-winning house in Sydney’s inner city. 

PLATINUM AV’s Mitchell Smith has applied the same holistic design philosophy to a boutique inner city residence that his company has brought to larger applications – a combination of CCTV, intercoms and automation, supported by quality off the shelf networking gear and managed using the capable and open QCamPro mobile management app. 

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09
Aug
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High Resolution Video Surveillance: The More the Better?

High resolution video surveillance - 4K from Sony
High resolution video surveillance - 4K from Sony

Video surveillance is becoming more pervasive and the more automated management systems become the greater the requirement becomes for high quality video footage that allows the best possible situational awareness for security response teams and for later investigations. High quality means higher resolution – anything above 3MP.

RESOLUTION is vital in video surveillance – it’s not everything all the time but all other things being equal, more resolution is better. It used to be that end users desiring high resolution video surveillance were required to invest enormous sums of money, or compromise on frame rate, bitrate or storage but times have changed over the past 5 years. You can know buy a 4K CCTV camera for an extremely competitive price that offers full frame rate, good low light performance, moderate bitrates, thanks to smart codecs and H.265. 

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Fri
04
Aug
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The Interview: Daniel Huang, Hikvision

Daniel Huang, Hikvision
Daniel Huang, Hikvision

Over the past 18 months there have been persistent rumours about backdoors in Hikvision products, despite the fact almost all the major camera makers having had serious security weaknesses exposed over the same period. John Adams speaks with Hikvision’s Daniel Huang.  

JA: There’s been a lot of talk lately about Hikvision – the first issue relates to ownership of the company. It’s alleged Hikvision is owned - and presumably controlled – by the Chinese Government. Could you explain Hikvision’s ownership structure for SEN readers?  

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04
Aug
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Tweed Shire Council Seeks Maintenance for Galaxy, Salto Access Control

Tweed Shire Council Building, Tweed Heads
Tweed Shire Council Building, Tweed Heads

TWEED Shire Council seeks to engage a suitably qualified and experienced contractor to provide materials and services to operate and maintain a Galaxy master key system and a Salto electronic security system.

These security systems are used to secure and protect Tweed Shire Council's assets and specific facilities.

Offer documents are available for download at no charge here from Tweed Shire Council’s website. Bidders must complete a short bidder registration process and then log on to Council’s Tender page to download documents.

The tender closes August, 30. ♦

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04
Aug
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Hikvision Number 1 CCTV Manufacturer for 6th Year: IHS

Hikvision still number 1 in video surveillance
Hikvision still number 1 in video surveillance

HIKVISION has been named the number 1 CCTV manufacturer for market share in CCTV and video surveillance equipment worldwide by IHS Markit.

Hikvision has a total market share of 21.4 per cent for CCTV and Video Surveillance Equipment based on 2016 data. This is an improvement over last year’s report, based on 2015 data, where Hikvision had 19.5 per cent market share. 

In addition, IHS Markit ranked Hikvision No.1 for 2016 global market share in the categories of: security cameras (24.2 per cent), analogue +HD CCTV security cameras (23.9 per cent), network security cameras (25.6 per cent), and recorders (25.3 per cent).

Hikvision’s continued growth and solid performance is driven by its commitment to R&D investment in new products, its people and integrator partners. ♦

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Security 2017 Exhibition & ASIAL Conference: Faces & Spaces

Crowds were good at Security 2017 in Sydney
Crowds were good at Security 2017 in Sydney

SECURITY 2017 was a highly successful event – we think it the best exhibition we’ve attended in Australia – and the new ICC at Darling Harbour impressed exhibitors and visitors alike.

Around 4500 visitors streamed in over the 3 days of the event. As our pictorial shows, the security industry is about relationships and Security 2017 was a great opportunity to build and renew relationships, whether inside the exhibition hall during working hours, or outside at one of many events and gatherings that orbited around the show. Security 2018 will be back in Melbourne but this year’s event has really raised the bar. Well done, everyone!

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02
Aug
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Australian Gas Light Pushes into Connected Home Space

AGL makes connected home play
AGL makes connected home play

AUSTRALIAN Energy utility AGL has made a strategic US$10 million (A$12.5 million) investment in a US smart home lock maker, partially to understand broader opportunities in the connected home market.

It’s only a toe in the water for now but don’t be fooled - AGL is a very big dog, with annual revenues of $A14 billion, 3500 staff and a foot in every door thanks to its vast power supply business. 

August Home, which is best known for its smart door locks and doorbell camera technology that operate using the proximity of your smartphone. The AGL investment forms part of a Series C fundraising round by August Home, which raised a total US$25 million (A$31.25 million). Other investors of note include Comcast Ventures and Qualcomm Ventures.

Executive general manager of new energy at AGL, Elisabeth Brinton, said in a statement that AGL was interested in exploring opportunities across the spectrum of the connected home market.

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Hills and Genetec Planning Genetec Australian Application Development Centre

Hills and Genetec Planning Genetec Australian Application Development Centre
Hills and Genetec Planning Genetec Australian Application Development Centre

THE Genetec Australian Application Development Centre will focus on expansion into application solutions for the retail, banking, public safety, government and transport sectors.

Hills Limited and Genetec have announced plans to create the “Genetec Australian Application Development Centre to support the ongoing growth of both companies’ joint security integration business in the Australia and New Zealand market".

Genetec has a broad solutions portfolio that encompasses security, intelligence, and operations, with its flagship product, Security Centre, being a unified IP security platform that blends security systems within a single intuitive interface to simplify the management of access control, video surveillance, automatic license plate recognition (ALPR), VoIP communications, intrusion, and analytics.

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Avigilon, Dahua and Amaryllo Win Security 2017 Best Product Awards

John Fleming, GM ASIAL
John Fleming, GM ASIAL

SECURITY 2017 Best New Products Awards, sponsored by Sony, are a celebration of the most innovative products to hit the Australian market over the last 12 months. Winners were Dahua, Avigilon and Amaryllo, in that order. 

Products were judged on originality, impact of innovation, measurability of the benefits, and applicability to the Australian market by a panel of leading security experts.  

Dahua Technology took out this year’s Best New Product Award from over 50 entries. The Dahua NVR5224-24P-4KS2 is a 24-Channel NVR capable of transmitting over cable distances of up to 800m between the camera and NVR, which is a huge increase in distance compared to the current 100m limit of Cat-based IP networks.

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Suretek Appointed a National Distributor for Avigilon

Glenn Smith, MD Suretek
Glenn Smith, MD Suretek

SURETEK has been appointed a national distributor in Australia for Canada-based surveillance manufacturer, Avigilon.

“We are excited to announce that Avigilon has appointed Suretek as national distributor for its entire range of cameras, NVRs and video management software,” said Suretek MD, Glenn Smith.

“Adding Avigilon to our stable is significant as it gives our customers access to an extensive range of world-class security products. Our installer partners will be especially impressed with Avigilon's self-learning analytics and integrated video-to-access-control solutions. 

“The new partnership with Avigilon re-inforces our commitment to providing Suretek customers with a comprehensive suite of innovative technologies,” Smith said.♦

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