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Hill Professional IP Series Review

Hill Professional IP Series
Hill Professional IP Series

Hills IP CCTV range is built around an 8-input NVR with a 3TB hard drive and a selection of extremely capable IP66-rated, 3MP network cameras. It’s a solution designed to eliminate the thorny issues of networking entirely. 

UNPACKING Hills’ new Professional IP series kit from the big box it arrived in, I come to a heart-stopping decision. This installation is going to undertaken entirely without the support of instructions. Hills’ product guru, Fei Lee has sent me some details of the system and I open that file long enough to find the password and turn back to my boxes.  

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27
Feb
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Axis Q6000-E Constant 360-degree Camera Review

Axis Q6000-E gives Axis PTZs constant 360 degree views
Axis Q6000-E gives Axis PTZs constant 360 degree views

AXIS Communications has released the Axis Q6000-E, a unit that attaches to the Q60-E PTZs to offer a surveillance solution whose simplicity of installation belies its inherent power. 

I GOT a look at the Q6000-E at Axis HO in Sydney recently. Running the show was Axis’ John Richardson, who had set the camera up on a pole in the carpark. It was another of those funny days for camera testing. There was plenty of glare and then a storm came through and things got much darker.

Standing underneath the unit looking up, it takes me a while to get my head around what the unit actually does. Richardson has to explain it to me twice. In short, Axis Q6000-E is an outdoor-ready, 360-degree network camera system (it comprises 4 wide angle 1.3mm 2MP cameras in a circular housing), that installs around and seamlessly integrates with the AXIS Q60-E Series of PTZ dome network cameras. 

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21
Feb
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OPLINK Triple Shield Home Automation Solution Review

Omnivision Oplink solution
Omnivision Oplink solution

The alarms market is going to run head first into DIY competitors over the next couple of years and one of the first of a new wave in Australia is Triple Shield from Omnivision’s residential/consumer arm, My Home Connect. 

OMNIVISION is a Melbourne-based electronic security integrator with a proper history and a quality client list, so this foray into DIY with the Triple Shield system is not coming from a marketing outfit that will be in your letter box today and gone tomorrow. It’s an interesting play from Omnivision. It’s sensible that if you believe DIY will be a serious trend, you will make a play of your own. An integrator also has the advantage of knowing which technology works and which doesn’t. 

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Mon
16
Feb
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Hikvision DS-2DF7230IX-X Laser-Guided Thermal Camera Crusher

Hikvision DS-2DF7230IX-X 2MP 1080p laser PTZ
Hikvision DS-2DF7230IX-X 2MP 1080p laser PTZ

HIKVISION’S DS-2DF7230IX-X is a 2MP 1080p, IP66-rated PTZ camera, distributed locally by Central Security Distribution, that features laser infrared LEDs providing monster long range performance. It’s got great features, too, but they pale when compared with this camera’s core capability. 

Typical of Hikvision’s gear, this camera comes loaded to the gunwales with features like auto tracking, entry zone detection, cross zone detection 4 smart tracking functions and IVA including different scene detection, facial detection, motion detection, audio detection, mask detection. There’s audio I/O, alarm I/O, RS485 control, RJ-45, BNC video output and power.

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Feb
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Dinion IP ultra 8000MP Review

Bosch Dinion IP ultra 8000MP UltraHD camera
Bosch Dinion IP ultra 8000MP UltraHD camera

Bosch will release its new Dinion IP Ultra 8000MP day/night camera early in 2015. This 1/2.3-inch camera offers 4k UHD at 30ips, strong WDR, minimum scene illumination of around 2 lux in colour at 4K and loads of other features. SEN got a sneak peak late December. 

AT it’s heart, Bosch Dinion IP ultra 8000MP has a large 4 x 3 sensor that gives a whopping 12 megapixels of resolution. The beauty of all this metadata is that it allows Bosch’s engineers to do a bunch of fun things with the raw file making camera performance extremely flexible now and in the future. In some ways this new Bosch camera feels more like a platform than a traditional video camera – there’s a lot of flexibility in its performance.

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Tue
13
Jan
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Installing DSC IMPASSA Alarm Panel: Product Review

DSC IMPASSA wireless intrusion detection system
DSC IMPASSA wireless intrusion detection system

DSC IMPASSA, distributed locally by Q Security Systems is an all-wireless security solution that leverages DSC’s monster range of devices to offer great flexibility in the real world. But simplicity of installation is IMPASSA’s greatest strength.

WHEN I got an opportunity to install a DSC IMPASSA alarm panel recently I was both eager and apprehensive at once. DSC has been one of my favourite alarm manufacturers since the 1990s, when it released solutions offering cool stuff like remote intercom via telephone and onboard relays for control of remote devices. 

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Tue
13
Jan
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EDS14: Synology’s Mini Marvel

Synology EDS14
Synology EDS14

Synology’s teeny EDS14 resembles a NAS mated with a USB hub. It’s designed as a mobile server supporting up to 5 IP cameras. There’s a USB 2.0 port supporting remote access by dongle, while a USB 3.0 and an SDXC UHS-I slot handle storage. 

WHAT strikes me out of the box is the size of Synology EDS14. It’s so small. There’s nothing to go wrong on the outside and the heavily ribbed poly housing and port-based design tells you there’s not much to go wrong on the inside, either. There are no buttons to break and it’s fan-less so this unit will shrug off dust and never overheat due to fan failure.  

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Tue
02
Dec
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Elvox Digital Intercoms

Elvox 1200 Digital
Elvox 1200 Digital

Seadan Security & Electronics and Sprint Intercom are distributing Vimar’s range of Elvox 2-wire digital intercoms, which feature massive expansion and a range of robust and good looking entrance stations and handsets. 

INTENSE building development in major cities, including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, where large numbers of new apartments are being constructed, means intercoms are an important part of the business for many installers. The challenge is to find solutions that don’t just look good, but are strong on functionality and expansion. 

According to John Varthalis, national marketing & development manager - Intercom Division of Seadan Security & Electronics, the decision to take on the very good looking Elvox range of intercom solutions was driven by the demands of a growing high density housing market. 

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Tue
18
Nov
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Ness SmartLiving Automation and Security

Smart Living 10-50/10-100 controller
Smart Living 10-50/10-100 controller

SmartLiving from Ness is a range of bus-based control panels offering between 10-200 zones (with zone doubling) and incorporating automation features as well as access control and voice-over-bus transmissions. 

TO my mind the most interesting aspects of Ness SmartLiving is the I-BUS backbone, a high speed bus which increases robustness, resists interference and carries voice as well as alarm signals on a single cable. Bus solutions are great when it comes to expansion because they can be grown organically without any need to cable back to a control panel – you just build a drop cable off an existing loop. In the case of SmartLiving, the bus is universal – you can hang a whole bunch of things off it, including proximity readers, graphical keypads, remote I/O expanders, RF transceivers, GSM communicators and siren/strobes. 

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Thu
13
Nov
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Prince of Darkness: Hikvision Darkfighter Review

Hikvision Darkfighter DS-2CD6020FHWD(-A) ultra low light WDR 2MP IP camera
Hikvision Darkfighter DS-2CD6020FHWD(-A) ultra low light WDR 2MP IP camera

Hikvision’s Darkfighter DS-2CD6020FHWD(-A), distributed locally by Central Security Distribution, is an ultra low light WDR 2MP IP camera with a ½-inch progressive scan CMOS sensor. The camera offers 60fps, 120dB WDR, a region of interest codec and 3D DNR digital noise reduction.

I’VE been keen to test Hikvision’s DarkFighter DS-2CD6020FHWD(-A) full body camera for a while now so it was a thrill when Hikvision’s Michael Bates and Tony Lagan turned up at the office one morning door laden with boxes containing the Darkfighter, a couple of lenses and Hikvision’s DS-7600 Linux embedded NVR. 

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