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Thu
14
Dec
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Panasonic WV-S2531L Dome Camera Review

Panasonic WV-S2531L Dome from BGWT
Panasonic WV-S2531L Dome from BGWT

Panasonic WV-S2531L Dome from BGWT is an IP66-rated day/night dome with a cast alloy housing and base, 1080p at 30ips and 720p at 60ips, H.264 compression, strong 133dB WDR performance, minimum scene illumination of 0.04 lux in colour and 0.01 in monochrome at F1.3 and 0 lux with IR activated. 

PANASONIC’S WV-S2531L is a solid camera, it’s well built and has an excellent overall specification. Compared to many modern lightweights, the S2531L feels like the real deal with an IP66, NEMA 4X and IK10-rated cast allow housing. You put the camera and base together during setup and that provides ample time to appreciate the thought that has gone into this unit, with its ample cable port, Clearsight and Rainwash Coating. The quality of the build goes under the hood – this camera is well and truly buttoned up – it’s very much old-school Panasonic.  

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Tue
21
Nov
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Camera Review: Mobotix M16 – First Impressions

Mobotix M16 - properly installed it will give nearly a decade of service
Mobotix M16 - properly installed it will give nearly a decade of service

MOBOTIX M16 is a modular, dual sensor surveillance camera system that offers installers and end users much more than meets the eye. It’s a PoE, 6MP day/night camera with an integrated housing, rated IP66 and IK10, supported by MxManagementCenter and MxAnalytics software and offering H.264 for the first time in a Mobotix camera. 

Holding the Mobotix M16 in the hand is instructive – it doesn’t feel like a modern surveillance camera. The M16 is compact but at just under 1.2kg it’s a hunk, with the camera system buttoned up inside a Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) housing reinforced with glass fibre to increase strength, stiffness, impact resistance and the ability to withstand heat, acids, oils and sunlight. Strength is a design characteristic – this camera has an MTBF of 80,000 hours – that’s around 9 years of constant operation.

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Thu
16
Nov
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Genetec Clearance: Digital Evidence Management

Genetec Clearance makes management of investigations easy
Genetec Clearance makes management of investigations easy

Genetec Clearance is a digital evidence management system that can help speed up investigations by allowing investigators to securely collect, manage, and share evidence from many different sources, wherever they are in the world.

Genetec has released a number of operationally brilliant software solutions – the latest being Citigraf - but the one we’re looking at this issue is Genetec Clearance, a secure, Microsoft Azure cloud-based, digital evidence management solution whose conceptual simplicity defies the capabilities it delivers. Importantly, as well as managing digital evidence, Clearance manages authorised users, too. All user actions, whether internal or external, are automatically tracked to ensure that the chain of custody is maintained. It’s possible to obtain detailed information about the user, activity type, date of edits, and the IP addresses associated with any action.

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Fri
06
Oct
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Genetec Mission Control: Grace Under Pressure

Genetec Mission Control is a powerful, holistic security management solution
Genetec Mission Control is a powerful, holistic security management solution

Genetec Mission Control is a management aggregation solution designed to bring multiple sub-systems into a single coherent inherent interface providing situational awareness and centralised operational response. Mission Control stabilises design-making in moments of extreme pressure through the presentation of holistic intelligence drawn from thousands of security devices and video feeds in real time.

Mission Control is a Decision Support System that provides organizations with new levels of situational intelligence, visualization, and complete incident management capabilities. It allows security personnel to make the right decision when faced with routine tasks or unanticipated situations by ensuring a timely flow of information. 

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Fri
06
Oct
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ICT Releases New 17-inch Protege Touchscreen Entry Station

ICT Protege entry station
ICT Protege entry station

ICT’s new 17-inch touchscreen entry station is designed to operate as a standalone unit, or as part of a complete integrated ICT Protege security management solution.

The entry station provides an intuitive interface for visitors to communicate with tenants, building management, a concierge, or even to off-site locations, such as directly linking guests with corporate housing owners.

When integrated with a Protege GX or Protege WX controller, you can program functions that enable you to use the entry station to unlock the doors leading to your apartment, trigger lighting along the way, and even summon the appropriate elevator.

With full VoIP capability, the entry station offers seamless communication between the front door and the tenants listed in the directory, and the built-in HD wide-angle camera provides tenants with a simple way to visually identify visitors.

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Fri
15
Sep
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Samsung Wisenet XNO-8080R Bullet Camera Review

Samsung Wisenet XNO-8080R
Samsung Wisenet XNO-8080R

Samsung Wisenet XNO-8080R is a 5MP bullet camera with WiseStream II support, a speedy F1.2 motorised varifocal lens with a range of 3.7-9.4mm, 30ips of resolution, H.264 and H.265 compression, 50m IR range, IP67/IP66, NEMA 4X and IK10 ratings against weather and vandalism, and video analytics including loitering, sound classification, fog detection, digital auto tracking and tampering. 

SAMSUNG’S XNO-8080R 5MP bullet camera with WiseStream II support is a capable all-rounder, specifically designed and build for tough outdoor applications. Everything about the spec is hardy – holding this camera in the hand is a pleasure and I get no sense of shortcuts in construction. Fortunately for SEN, manufacturers tend to only send us their top-end gear to play with so it’s never hard to get excited about the high-quality cameras we test. Some are better than others and the 8080R is definitely in the better group. 

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Thu
17
Aug
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Hikvision Darkfighter X PTZ: First Impressions

Hikvision Darkfighter X PTZ
Hikvision Darkfighter X PTZ

Darkfighter X is a new 2MP 1080p surveillance camera range from Hikvision that features a new sensor design that allows much improved low light performance in colour. If what we saw on the Hikvision stand at Security 2017 was anything to go by, then this camera might take the market to another level.  

DARKFIGHTER X is available in 2 form factors on release – a standard box camera for indoor applications, or external applications when installed in a suitable housing, and an attractive and rugged-looking PTZ dome. At the heart of this technology is what I am going to describe as a new camera engine though I may be going too far – I’ve not seen a white paper on the technology and the camera is so new the local Hikvision team doesn’t know all there is to know about the camera yet. 

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Fri
14
Jul
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Review: Bosch MIC IP Starlight 7000 HD PTZ

Bosch MIC IP Starlight 7000 HD is a powerful surveillance solution
Bosch MIC IP Starlight 7000 HD is a powerful surveillance solution

Bosch’s MIC IP Starlight 7000 HD is a special video surveillance camera that puts huge power into the hands of operators. It’s flexible, easy to drive, has a quality camera and lens, does well against backlight and in low light. There are particular applications for which it’s likely no other camera will do. 

PTZ cameras are fun to review because they are so flexible in terms of their capabilities and the flexibility of this Bosch MIC PTZ made it the most fun of all. This is a strong surveillance solution, offering operation in layers. It’s tough as an old boot but there’s no scrimping when it comes to the camera system. There’s no scrimping when it comes to the lighting system, either, but more on that later. 

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Sun
18
Jun
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Panasonic i-Pro Extreme IR Bullet Camera Review

Panasonic i-Pro Extreme IR Bullet
Panasonic i-Pro Extreme IR Bullet

With a strong feature set, great build quality, impressive specifications, including 60ips, 144dB of WDR and H.265 compression, 45m IR, auto image stabilisation and loads more, Panasonic’s 1080p i-Pro Extreme bullet camera nicely balances features and cost.

THERE’S a lot to like about Panasonic’s WV-S1531L iPro Extreme Bullet. It has nice build quality, with a combination of metal and silver poly, is very easy to install and has pleasing performance vectors, including a high frame rate that doesn’t blow out the bitrate budget. It’s not the sharpest 1080p bullet camera on the market but contrives to deliver faces and plates when many other bullet cameras can’t thanks to liberal doses of amplification. 

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Fri
02
Jun
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Dahua Starlight Anti-Corrosion IR Dome Review

Rugged Dahua dome
Rugged Dahua dome

Dahua’s IPC HDBW823EP-Z-SL is a 2MP, Starlight, anti-corrosion dome featuring a 1/1.9-inch 2MP progressive-scan CMOS sensor, 120dB of WDR capability, delivering 60ips at 1080p, a 4.1-16.4mm motorised lens, 50m of IR, IP67 and IK10 rating and H.264 and H.265 compression options. Performance matches the feature set. 

DAHUA’S IPC HDBW823EP-Z-SL is hewn from a lump of 316L stainless steel and the immediate impression you get when you hold the camera in your hands is build quality. It’s tough, the finish is excellent, there’s potting of terminations in the camera chassis, rubber weather seals, polishing of metal and the bubble seems to be largely untinted. 

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