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ARTICLES - View all Articles
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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ANPR and optimum performance
ANPR is a beneficial technology which is too often overlooked for commercial and industrial sites. Often considered the exclusive preserve of law enforcement, the technology actually adds value to many sites with vehicular access control. When consider...
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VIDEO TESTS - View all Video Test reports
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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Group Test: HD Cameras in Low Light (Part 2)
There is little doubt that HD video has become the cornerstone of surveillance in recent years, and those who have embraced standards-compliant HDTV video have reaped rewards when it comes to performance. But is HD all things to all men? In the past, it h...
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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
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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Early Warning Smoke Detection
Losses due to fire for businesses and organisations in the UK have risen significantly. Fire can be very damaging, not just in terms of lost assets, but also due to the subsequent disruption. The increased reliance on advanced technologies as a core eleme...
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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
Firmware upgrades are not an excuse for unfinished product!
The increased use of software-based solutions has made firmware upgrades a common and often necessary part of the security systems sector. However, this does not mean that is acceptable for manufacturers to launch half-finished products, and patch them as...
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If it's very cheap, ask yourself why!
With mixed messages, the biggest issue is that you make your business seem a bit too unprofessional, and that can cost you customers... The other night I popped into the Flying Horse for a few pints and a bit of peace and quiet. Mrs Dave and our Kylie ...
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