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Industry report: Marriage of IP Video and VMS

By now, the news of Canon Europe acquiring Milestone Systems has made its way into every nook and cranny of the security industry. While the acquisition itself may not have come as such a surprise, the fact that Canon Europe, a small fish in the video surveillance game, was the acquirer proved to be much more of a shocker. Now, the question of what this means for other video surveillance and video... Full story

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Ctring, Daiwon Optical, Dongyang Unitech and Hdpro Share Perspectives of Market Strategies

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We have been fully focused on HD-SDI for the last two years. As one of the first in the world, we are now promoting our 16-channel, 1,080p/720p dynamic DVR, the V7116. Key markets include Japan, the U.S., the U.K. and Germany, where there are still a lot of analog DVR users in the mid- to high-end, small- to mid-scale installations.

Tips for Buying from Asia

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When many of the world's security products are manufactured in Asia, shipping times can take a long time. How can the “ship back to Asia” service model be improved? “I find the distance between us and Asian manufacturers difficult,” said Abdel Kadir of Librarie Alibchad. “Shipping products takes a long time. If you need a product urgently, then it needs to be shipped by air, which is expensive. We

Top 3 Principles of Industrial Design in Security

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Industrial design unites form with function. Aesthetics, ergonomics and marketability are evaluated with the product's exterior design, which may affect the innards of the product. It is a simple concept to understand, but notoriously difficult to execute. Good industrial design ensures that product development is consistent with the brand image. Defining functionality is part of product developme

Market responses to HD-SDI and cloud

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HD-SDI shows a lot of promise as an alternative to high definition IP video. One advantage is that it makes use of old analog cabling. Rok Bajec, CEO, Mobicom, said that he hopes HD-SDI will help bring some of the old installers back to the industry. “It is a good solution for legacy projects, which allows people to save most of their cabling,” said IIya Malkin, CCTV Manager, Central Security Dist

Secutech 2012: Visitor's Perspectives of IP and Asian Vendors

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The shift to IP is coming. For large installations and government projects, the switch to IP has already happened. “All new government projects in India now specify IP-based systems,” said Vivek Bagri, CEO of Livedarshan. “A noteworthy phenomenon in India is that more major projects now demand brands listed on IMS Research market share rankings.”Large projects invest in network infrastructure also

Secutech 2012: Key Findings about Standardization, Storage and Cloud-Based Services

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Interoperability for IP-based video surveillance systems is still a problem, as ONVIF is still not mature as a standard, yet. Products that are ONVIF compliant are not necessarily interoperable. Downward compatibility is another problem that generates confusion and frustration. The lack of coordination between cameras and other products ultimately cause headaches for systems integrators. Progress,

Secutech 2012: HD Remains Strong; HD-SDI still in Early Adoption Phase

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With relatively weaker markets in Western Europe and North America, and first-to-market opportunities forgone in BRIC, the next gold rush lies in CIVETS. In these price-sensitive markets, it is easy to become engaged in price wars when Chinese competitors offer hard-to-beat prices.

Reviewing Innovation, Profit & Growth in IP Video

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Leaders in the Video Surveillance business are in full agreement that IP Video has had the most impact in shaping the future of the business in the last fifteen years and that it is has now crossed the chasm and with a market penetration of around 30/40 percent it is well into its growth stage.

The most notable innovators of this technology include Axis Communications and Mobotix.

Integrated Video and Audio Solutions for the Most Demanding Markets

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There are two ways of using audio surveillance in an integrated solution. One is using audio inputs as an alarm or surveillance trigger. Another is using the audio data as evidence; in this case, it is highly important to save video data in synchronization with audio data. In the U.K., for instance, it is legal to record audio at casinos and such capability enables operators to hear the activity

Personnel Training and New Tech Work Closely to Tighten Stadium Security

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Training systems can simulate security scenarios, so responders are better prepared and make better decisions. Louis Marciani, Director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, worked on a training program for security staff and responders. The computer program simulates the environment of the stadium, as well as resources that affect decision making, such as fire trucks, h

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