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ARTICLES - View all Articles
Video Infrastructure: Connectivity Counts
One of the biggest drains on installation time is cabling, and as a result, the use of legacy infrastructure is often seen as a route to make solutions more cost-effective. Given changes in technology in the video sector, does the use of redundant options...
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Access Control: Working Smarter
Access control systems have always had the capabilities to deliver more functionality than simply managing who has access rights to a protected area. Today’s solutions can bring together a diverse range of additional applications to deliver an added val...
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VIDEO TESTS - View all Video Test reports
Test: Vidicore Riva RE4000
As the video surveillance sector moves ever more towards a network-based platform – and for good reason – the need to ensure that legacy equipment can be catered for increases. With interoperability via advanced VMS solutions and compatibility schemes...
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Group Test: Video Codecs (Part 2)
As the video surveillance sector moves ever more towards a network-based platform – and for good reason – the need to ensure that legacy equipment can be catered for increases. With interoperability via advanced VMS solutions and compatibility schemes...
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ACCESS TESTS - View all Access Test reports
Test: Microlatch Biocard
In recent years, biometric technology has enjoyed something of a renaissance. This has been partly due to decreases in the overall cost of such systems, and also because of a raised profile that the technology is enjoying across the access control sector....
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Test: Ingersoll Rand Aptiq MT15
Access control technology is no longer about how comes in (or goes out of) a door. Indeed, if anything, the description of the solutions belies the depth of functionality that they can offer. To fully exploit many of the possibilities of a ‘single crede...
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INTRUDER TESTS - View all Intruder Test reports
Professional Test: Texecom Prestige Compact PW
It must be accepted that of all the security disciplines, intruder detection systems are arguably the least glamorous. They lack the visual impact of video surveillance, the advanced approach of analytics, and the everyday interaction of access control an...
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Group Test: External Detection
In the past, it probably would have been fair to say that external detection was something of an add-on. It was typically used for switching other systems, or for adding a pre-emptive layer of security at some sites. However, the changing profile of crimi...
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FIELD NOTES - View all Field Notes reports
Small and Distributed Sites
When designing surveillance systems for smaller sites, many feel that the most cost-effective approach is to adhere to established thinking and analogue technology. In some cases, this may well be the case. However, despite what some might have you believ...
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Emergency Evacuation and Refuges
When implementing a solution in non-domestic applications, it is important to understand the need for the provision of a refuge area for those who might be unable to evacuate a site. Designing such a facility into systems can only enhance the benefits on ...
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GUIDES & CHALLENGES - View all Guide & Challenge reports
10 to Try: Video Analytics
As digital video becomes ever more widespread, so the benefits of processing come more to the fore. Benchmark looks at 10 leading processing-based tools worth further investigation. Xtralis Presidium Mini The Presidium Mini from Xtralis is a two-cha...
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10 to Try: Video Peripherals
The move to a predominantly digital platform has opened up many opportunities for those using video surveillance. Benchmark looks at ten options that add benefits to modern systems. Briefcam – VS Forensics The VS Forensics software suite from B...
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UNDER THE SKIN - View all Under the Skin reports
Grundig GR Viewer App
We live in a world were mobile connectivity isn’t something that people want, it’s something that they demand. It’s almost a given expectation that technological systems deliver a degree of remote connectivity, control and management. If such a leve...
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Riva - RTC1130-320
It may seem strange to describe thermal imaging as a ‘new’ technology, and indeed it has been in existence for many decades. However, when it comes to the electronic security sector, it is new and still finding its feet. That said, the delay in the te...
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CASE STUDIES - View all Case Study reports
Data Centres: The Right Principle?
Think of the Data Protection Act, and most people initially consider the processing of valid data for purposes that are appropriate. However, there is also the issue of ensuring that when stored, the data is secure. This proviso not only covers issues suc...
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Access Control: On the Cards
Given the numerous applications that chip-based cards can deliver, it is not surprising that many are looking towards a single credential-based solution for a wide number of applications. Indeed, access control is now just one of many benefits such soluti...
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COMMENT - View all Comments
Milestone Acquisition: will uncertainty ensue?
The news that Milestone Systems has been acquired cannot, in itself, be said to be surprising. Also, the fact that it has been acquired by a hardware company again will not be a shock to many. Some might be surprised that it is Canon which has purchased t...
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Is 'enhanced' composite video a fasttrack to disappointment?
Nothing makes a day feel better than saving a few quid. However, I just don’t understand where the savings come from when stringing out the lifespan of old technologies! The other day, Mrs Dave nipped out for a pint of milk. She was gone for hours. ...
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