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Mar
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CEM Systems emerald IP Reader Controller

CEM Systems emerald reader controller
CEM Systems emerald reader controller

CEM Systems’ Emerald IP reader controller working with CEM AC2000 software, gives a very clear idea of the power networking is going to bring to access control solutions. As well as being a handsome device, it’s as clever as a fox. 

MY demo of emerald at the SEN office in Sydney was a real eye-opener. Sure, I’ve heard of emerald before but I’d never really considered the specifications in enough depth to develop a proper appreciation for this solution. Showing me over the reader are Zac Donev, sales director - South East Asia and Oceania at Tyco International, and David Galligan, strategic sales manager at Tyco Security Products. 

CEM Systems, which is a subsidiary of Tyco International, calls emerald an intelligent access terminal and there’s a reason for this. Along with being nice to look at with its 4.3-inch LCD touch screen, emerald offers a lot of functionality. 

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Tue
04
Mar
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Raytec Vario IP w8

Vario IP w8
Vario IP w8

Raytec’s Vario IP w8, distributed locally by Pacific Communications, is one of those products that tells us just how clever the future is going to be. 

LIGHT. It’s the unsung hero of video surveillance applications. Without light you can forget about capturing useful images, your entire surveillance solution is worthless. Not for nothing do installers and end users say low light performance is the most important IP camera feature. 

When I first saw Vario IP what struck me first was its compact size, given that it’s capable of driving 150m in long range applications. What Vario IP w8 (white light) offers integrators and end users is an affordable luminary with low running costs that can be controlled remotely by browser, as well as being switched automatically by alarm inputs. 

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Sun
19
Jan
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Axeze Studio IP-Based Access Control

Axeze web controller
Axeze web controller

Designed and produced locally by South Australian access control manufacturer Axeze, Axeze Studio is a modular, IP-based access control solution that employs multiple applications to administer, maintain, manage and configure Axeze hardware and software modules.

AXEZE Studio is the integration of Axeze software applications which include KENCore, Phoenix, Axeze Database Management and Axeze Credential Management with Axeze Proximity Controllers and input/output controllers supporting RFID 125 KHz, 134.2 KHz, Mifare and biometrics readers.

Axeze modules have been developed using the latest version of Microsoft .NET and use Microsoft SQL server to manage databases that can be installed on one or separate computers. Axeze Studio supports serial port or LAN (wired or wireless) for communication with the Axeze access control network. 

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Wed
11
Dec
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Aritech’s DD400 Series Dual Technology Sensor

Dual detection
Dual detection

One of the gems in the Aritech range is the DD400 Series dual technology sensor which combines all the best things the company’s R&D team have come up with over many years. 

FIRST up there are 3 sensors in the DD400 dual technology range. They include the DD450 – which is 12m with 7 curtains (reducing to 7 or 5m), the DD470 – which is 16m coverage with 9 curtains (reducing to 10 or 7m) and the DD490 – which offers 20m coverage with 7 curtains (reducing to 12 or 7m).

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Tue
19
Nov
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Hikvision’s Analogue Buster

Hikvision DS-7600 Embedded PoE NVR
Hikvision DS-7600 Embedded PoE NVR

A couple of weeks ago I got a look at some of CSD’s new Hikvision solutions, including a surveillance kit incorporating four HD 3MP IR cameras and a dual-switch PoE NVR all at a very sharp price.  

INSTALLERS still buy analogue because it’s affordable and plug and play but increasingly, quality IP manufacturers are muscling in, pressing hot buttons like ease of use, self setup, cost effectiveness, quality and long warranties.

Hikvision is such a manufacturer, building systems that cram pretty much every possible feature into a compact form factor with excellent performance. In this case, the vandalproof cameras are 20m IR, IP66-rated, have onboard storage and digital WDR. The NVR is capable too, with twin switches ensuring only one IP address needs to be programmed, while a very simple interface belies the unit’s underlying capability. 

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Thu
31
Oct
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BriefCam VS Forensics Review

BriefCam’s Video Synopsis Forensics software tool, distributed locally by OPS, was one of the stand-out products at Security 2013. 

BriefCam VS FOrensics is a solution that takes large video streams covering hours of events and compresses them into seconds. For security teams on large sites with hundreds of cameras, the process of mining through multiple video streams searching for reported events can be a full-time job. Once an event is found on one camera, other cameras must be searched. It’s a process that never ends. 

Explaining the way VS Forensics presents its event stream is a little difficult with words but very easy with images. Essentially, BriefCam’s VS Forensics solution synthesises events from real time video streams, presenting them as compact, overlaid progressions of events, which each event tagged with a time. 

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Tue
03
Sep
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catchClip Cloud Video Verification

Bens catchClip video verification solution
Bens catchClip video verification solution

BEN Security’s Grade A1 monitoring centre in Sydney is dedicated to supporting the bureau clients of 220 installers. Now its monitoring services have expanded with the development of the catchClip cloud facility, a system developed using a range of 1080p HD and 720p HD cameras from Vivotek. 

This is an important release that reflects a significant new development in alarm monitoring – the integration of HD video verification with new and existing alarm panels. A key feature of catchClip is that it uses push technology to transmit a video clip of an alarm event to a secure server where it is then made available for access by authorised users. 
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Mon
26
Aug
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MicroPoint: Radar Inside A Cable

PERIMETER security solutions are a site's first line of defence and properly implemented they can have a huge impact on security. Pushing detection out to the fence line increases the potential time responders have to reach a site before a breach in higher value areas. 
What's so sweet about South West Microwave’s Intrepid MicroPoint II solution is that it offers this vital early warning and it does so in a package that ticks every box. Cost, ease of installation, performance, reliability – MicroPointII hits them all. 
Supporting the technology locally is Charlie Michael's Perimeter Systems Australia and I meet him on his stand at Security 2013 in Sydney. Michael, formerly of Alarmcom, is passionate about his product as the best distributors always are. According to Michael, MicroPoint technology is 15 years old and this latest MicroPoint II version serves to bring the solution into networked environments.
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Tue
20
Aug
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Road Test: Flir Systems FC-Series S Thermal

Flir FC-Series S Thermal Camera - Building at 250m Full Sun
Flir FC-Series S Thermal Camera - Building at 250m Full Sun

WE’VE mentioned the Flir FC-Series S camera before in SEN but we’ve not test driven it and I’m very keen to see the camera in action when Peter De Ieso knocks on the office door. Flir products have an enviable reputation and holding the camera in my hands I can feel why. 

In the past I’ve only rubbed shoulders with Flir's big mounted units and they’re too big to hold in 2 hands. Touch gives a good sense of build quality, I think, and this aluminium bodied camera with its close fitting cable boot really is at an elevated level. 
Before we get into testing the camera, let’s look at the specifications. For a start, this unit is 282 x 129 x 115mm in size with its sunshade on and it weighs around 2kg. Flir makes thermal gear for defence and law enforcement agencies and this quality spills over into the FC-Series S. 
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Sat
27
Jul
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Field Tested: Panasonic WV-SW598 HD PTZ With Rainwash

Panasonic Rainwash on the right
Panasonic Rainwash on the right

PTZ cameras are all the same, you think? Think again. Panasonic’s new baby, the WV-SW598, lifts the bar with a solution that offers powerful new features, along with an outstanding range of core capabilities.

This 1080p HD camera has a 1/2.8-inch progressive scan sensor (2.4MP) and features PoE+, digital noise reduction, video motion detection in 4 areas, 120-degree/ps manual panning, 300 degree/ps panning to 256 presets and a 360-degree map shot. 
There’s a browser GUI, audio input/output, 3 alarm source inputs including VMD, command alarm and sound detection. There are also selectable transmission modes including constant bitrate, frame rate priority and best effort advanced VBR. Operating temperature is wide between -50C and +55C. 
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