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The Mobotix Mx6 Series: An intelligent, powerful and flexible IP camera system

July 20th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Mobotix Mx6 Series now available at Network Webcams

Following the announcement of their new Mx6 Series, we have been intrigued to see just what Mobotix has included in their latest ‘powerful’ and high-performance range. Initially, nine outdoor-ready units were released earlier this year and now the launch of four new indoor models finally completes the Mx6 Series.

At first glance, the Mx6 range looks almost identical to its Mx5 predecessors, and this indeed seems to be the case – in physical terms. The range includes both outdoor-ready dual lens models, as well as indoor and outdoor single lens variants – all of which feature Mobotix’s renowned decentralised system design.

However, Mobotix state that all innovations to the series have been carried out ‘under the hood’ – to the cameras’ mainboard and software. With this in mind, we thought it was time to take a closer look at what’s new in the Mobotix Mx6 Series.

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Axis enhances Zipstream to embrace new 360° cameras and 4K resolution

June 27th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

New Axis M30 Domes and enhanced ZipstreamIn response to customer demand for video surveillance with improved image quality, resolution, and coverage whilst simultaneously controlling costs in relation to bandwidth and data storage (a significant part of the total cost of a surveillance system), Axis Communications has announced enhancements to its video compression technology, Zipstream. This technology ensures that important forensic details of video footage are maintained, while minimising bandwidth and storage requirements by an average of 50% or more. Embracing the developments in network camera capabilities, these improvements will allow support for the increased data streaming and storage demands of 360-degree panoramic cameras and models with 4K resolution.

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Milestone XProtect Express and Professional licences and upgrades

June 15th, 2017 by Paul Sandford

Milestone XProtect Express and ProfessionalAs you may be aware, Milestone has recently added two new products to their ‘business-ready’ Video Management Software (VMS) range – XProtect Express+ and Professional+.

This is an exciting development for small to medium-sized systems because these two new products are built on the same software architecture as their more advanced variants, Expert and Corporate. Not only does this mean users benefit from extra features such as full alarm management, support for multi-layer maps, and hardware accelerated Video Motion Detection (VMD) for higher system performance, they can also easily migrate from Express+ to Professional+, Expert, or Corporate.

These new XProtect “+” products are undoubtedly the way to go for new systems – it’s a sound investment for any organisation because the VMS is scalable to meet the needs of a surveillance system that grows over time.

But what’s the situation for users running the original XProtect Express or Professional?

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How can you make your CCTV system greener?

June 8th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

Helpful tips on making your CCTV system greener

In a recent blog we explored how easy it was to find the green credentials of the major IP camera brands we supply, in an aim to see “how green your IP camera really is”. It’s clear that most manufacturers are continuously looking at ways that they can be “greener” – from the materials they use through to their transportation options, but the end-user can make a difference too.

Recognising the impact your CCTV system can have on the environment is a challenge for everyone, but it’s worth remembering the additional benefit of reducing the energy consumption of your video surveillance system is a potential saving for your organisation.

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Axis’ new generation of positioning cameras offer improved responsiveness across wide locations

June 2nd, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

New range of Axis positioning cameras deliver high-performance CCTV over large locations

Situational awareness is crucial when it comes to the effective security surveillance of large-scale sites, but if your perimeters are hundreds of kilometres in length, this is a challenging task if using static cameras alone. Axis’ new positioning cameras have been designed to deliver comprehensive monitoring across wide locations and offer faster and more accurate pan/tilt capabilities, giving operators the ability to respond to perimeter breaches and on-site incidents instantly.

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How Green is your IP Camera?

May 24th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

How Green is your IP Camera?Taking responsibility for the impact on the environment is a 21st century challenge for all businesses. For some organisations, green credentials are an important consideration when purchasing any equipment they use.

How do the IP camera brands we supply at Network Webcams compare when looking at their environmental responsibility policies? To see how green your IP camera is, we researched 8 manufacturers to see how easily we could discover their stance on the environment. Do they highlight their goals and commitments to being more energy efficient? How are they reducing their carbon footprint or minimising the materials used in their products? How do they reduce waste?

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Securing remote access in Milestone XProtect Essential and Express

May 24th, 2017 by Paul Sandford

Milestone XProtect Essential and XProtect Express

Milestone has changed their practice of using a default user and password in their entry-level XProtect products, Essential and Express.

This is in response to a security vulnerability that relates to customers who have enabled remote access via the mobile server on these variants of their video management system (VMS) software.

This issue only affects:

  • XProtect Essential 2.0a to 2017 R1
  • XProtect Express 1.0a to 2017 R1

No versions of Expert or Corporate are affected and none of the Husky NVRs are affected either. Professional and Enterprise (now discontinued) are only affected if they were upgraded from the entry-level products noted above.

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Milestone energise small to medium-sized systems with two new ‘business-ready’ XProtect products

May 19th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Milestone XProtect Express+ and XProtect Professional+ product range

Over the past decade, Milestone have invested heavily into research and development to ensure their ‘Advanced VMS’ XProtect products (Expert and Corporate) use the highest-performing video management engine for complex, business-critical applications. Organisations with large surveillance systems and those with more demanding technical requirements have clearly benefited from this investment.

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Product video: How well does the Axis M2026-LE perform round-the-clock?

May 10th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

Product video: How well does the Axis M2026-LE perform round-the-clock?

Since the Axis M20 series was added to our store near the end of 2016, the M2025-LE and M2026-LE have proven to be a popular choice with customers seeking high quality video monitoring at a cost-effective price.

These two mini-bullet IP cameras are suitable for deployment on ceilings, walls and corners, both indoors and out. An optional recessed wall or ceiling mount can also be used for a neat and more discreet installation. The Axis M2025-LE and M2026-LE add to their versatility by featuring built-in IR at a range of 15 metres for night-time surveillance and Axis’ Corridor Format technology which ensures that the whole sensor covers the area of interest in narrow scenes (ideal for retail store aisles or office corridors).

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Axis break the mould with their P13 Series update

April 28th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Axis' update P13 Series with advanced features and new outdoor-ready design

Promising features such as improved light sensitivity, better image quality and higher frame rate capabilities, the new Axis P13 models look set to be Axis’ latest ‘all-rounder’ trio. The two 5MP models and 4K Ultra HD unit will all be capable of monitoring large locations and delivering smooth IP video at full frame rate. On top of this, two of the units will also feature an outdoor-ready design that is not currently seen in any other external Axis CS-mount IP camera.

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