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Fri
09
Dec
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PSI LED Sensormat Fibre Optic Intrusion Detection Sensor

Ian Bergman with the prototype LED Sensormat controller
Ian Bergman with the prototype LED Sensormat controller

PSI’s LED Sensormat is a sensing solution that integrates optical fibre into a floor mat to create an affordable and robust motion sensor that is immune to environmental disturbances. 

YOU often find that the most interest technologies are tucked away towards the rear of exhibition halls, where clever startups and growing tech houses are putting down their first roots. There were a number of good solutions at Security 2016 and LED Sensormat from Perimeter Security Industries was among the best of them – simple and very effective. 

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Fri
09
Dec
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Gallagher F Series Controller: Power to the People

Gallagher F Series controller
Gallagher F Series controller

Gallagher’s latest F Series powered fence controllers make an excellent perimeter security solution even more capable. If you have a security application that demands proactive defence, either integrated with existing alarm systems or as part of a Gallagher security management system, this is the solution for you. 

I’VE always had a healthy respect for Gallagher powered fences, a technology which first came to my attention when my sister Elisabeth was born in October 1971. While mum resided at Franklin Memorial Hospital, my younger brother and I billeted at the dairy farm of our parents’ friends, the Muirs, near the mouth of the Waikato River. During our fortnight in the country, the Muir boys introduced their Waiuku visitors to an air rifle, their maniacal brake-less billycart and a Gallagher powered fence. It only hurts a wee bit, the Muirs urged, with gleams in their eyes. 

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Mon
14
Nov
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Hands-on with ICT ProtegeWX Control Panel

ICT ProtegeWX wizard-based access control, intrusion, lift control and automation system
ICT ProtegeWX wizard-based access control, intrusion, lift control and automation system

ICT ProtegeWX is a wizard-based access control, intrusion, lift control and automation system that supports 10,000 users, 50,000 events, 512 inputs, 512 outputs, 128 doors, 8 elevator cars and 32 floors per car. ProtegeWX is fully scalable and offers browser and app-based management. 

ICT’S ProtegeWX is a wizard-based security system that puts access control, intrusion detection, lift control and automation into the hands of installers in an affordable, expandable and easy to manage package. Modular, you start with a controller or an affordable starter kit and build out using optional modules to meet the expanding needs of your application. The notion of ProtegeWX is a solution that you unbox, connect the power supply, power up the controller and launch the web browser on your laptop using the controller’s IP address. Because it uses wizards for setup and programming, installers are guided through configuration in a trice.  

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Mon
07
Nov
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Bosch IP 5000 Bullet Camera Review

Bosch IP 5000 Bullet camera
Bosch IP 5000 Bullet camera

I WASN’T sure what to think of the Bosch IP 5000 when I unpacked it – the sunshade and the overall camera are quite light but when it’s up and running you find that this a surprisingly good camera in the best tradition of motorised, remote autofocus bullet cameras. 

BOSCH’S IP 5000 day/night bullet camera is an IP66-rated 5MP bullet camera with a motorised, varifocal, IR-corrected, board-mounted 2.7-12mm F1.4 lens offering 32-100 degrees of viewing angle and 18-53 degrees of vertical angle. The motorized zoom lens has automatic focus adjustment with 1:1-pixel mapping to ensure the camera is always accurately focused. It works extremely well in the field. 

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Wed
19
Oct
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Samsung SNV-8081RP IR Dome Camera Review

Samsung SNV-8081RP IR Dome Camera
Samsung SNV-8081RP IR Dome Camera

Samsung’s SNV-8081RP IR dome has been at the SEN office for some months awaiting testing. I liked the Samsung SNO, the bullet version of this camera engine a lot. Would I warm to the fixed dome version of the camera? 

SETTING up Samsung cameras is easy and once I get everything sorted out, I’m very pleased with the Samsung SNV-8081RP dome – it doesn’t hit me immediately but this camera just does a lot of things very well, indeed. The standout feature is the huge resolution – there’s so much detail I can’t see it all at once on my 1080p screen – I really only get the benefit with digital zooming. 

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Thu
22
Sep
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Paxton net10: Building Intelligence & Automation

Paxton net10 controller
Paxton net10 controller

PAXTON'S net10 access and building automation solution from Security Distributors Australia is license free, carries a long warranty, supports multi-format readers and has an integrated wireless network. This new solution is a strong addition to the Paxton line-up, firmly underscoring the company’s strong networking credentials.

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Mon
19
Sep
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AXIS Q1615 Mk II With i-CS Lens Camera Review

Axis Q1615 with i-CS lens
Axis Q1615 with i-CS lens

Axis Q1615 Mk II offers up to 50/60 fps in HDTV 1080p and up to 100/120 fps in HDTV 720p, and is equipped with an i-CS lens, enabling the camera to adjust zoom and focus during remote setup for quick installation and tweaking. There’s Lightfinder technology and WDR – Forensic Capture, Electronic Image Stabilization and much more. 

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Fri
16
Sep
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D-Link Vigilance DCS-4802E Camera Review

D-Link DCS-4802E IP66-rated outdoor mini dome camera
D-Link DCS-4802E IP66-rated outdoor mini dome camera

D-Link Vigilance DCS-4802E is a compact IP66-rated 1080p dome camera with a highly adjustable axis supported by an integrated 20m IR array. It features a wide angle of view, low distortion and reasonable performance for street, external residential and small commercial applications. 

D-Link’s DCS-4802E is an IP66-rated outdoor mini dome camera that’s part of the company’s Vigilance PoE series of surveillance cameras. It’s compact – the camera is just 113mm in diameter, 85mm high and weighs in at 370 grams. Input is 12V DC and 1.5A, with a power consumption of 5.2 watts. Features include integrated IR array offering a viewing range of up to 20m, motion detection, built-in 802.3af compliant PoE module and ONVIF compliance.

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Fri
09
Sep
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Very Wide Angle Cameras: An Operational Perspective

Independent Consultancy Services (ICS Group)
Independent Consultancy Services (ICS Group)

Scott Myles of Independent Consultancy Services (ICS Group) recently tested a group of cutting edge very wide angle cameras to see which offered the best panoramic performance on the street. We went along to take a look at the process and decide which of these cameras we thought was best in this very tough application. 

WHEN Scott Myles of ICG called the SEN office and invited us to take a look at a camera test ICS Group was undertaking that day we didn’t need him to ask twice.

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Fri
19
Aug
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Special Report: Mobile CCTV Command Centre

Mobile CCTV Control Centre
Mobile CCTV Control Centre

Intelligent Security Integration’s Mobile CCTV Command Centre got plenty of attention at Security 2016. The unit combines multiple integrated fixed and PTZ HD cameras, 360-degree 4K cameras, thermal cameras and 8 deployable cameras with video and manpower management. It’s the attention to detail that transfixed the crowd. The MCCC is thoughtfully conceived and beautifully executed. 

MOBILE command centres are not a new concept by any means and we’ve seen a number of mobile trailers at security shows over the years that are designed to push intelligence gathering outside of built spaces. But none of these units can compare with the Intelligent Security Integration’s van-based Mobile CCTV Command Centre, which combines the latest video surveillance and communications technology to create remote area security for events and other applications. 

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