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Product video: Is the Axis P1367-E an ideal choice for outdoor CCTV surveillance?

December 21st, 2017 by Nathan Mount

New demo video for the Axis P1367-E IP camera

It’s always interesting to see new developments in IP camera technology and Axis’ ‘true’ outdoor P13 models where defiantly a duo that piqued our interest. Eager to take a closer look, we felt it a great opportunity to put one of the units through its paces and showcase the findings in our latest product video. The P1367-E is one of the first outdoor-ready CS-mount cameras from Axis, featuring a unique mechanical platform and the ability to function in even the most extreme temperatures – ranging from as low as -40°C and as high as 60°C (intermittently). This featured packed unit also includes a range of advanced imaging technologies and is an ideal choice for high-quality, round-the-clock surveillance.

The P1367-E delivers detailed 5 megapixel video at up to 25 frames per second (fps) and offers a horizontal viewing angle of up to 83°. With support for both CS- and intelligent CS-mount (i-CS) lenses, the unit’s innovative built-in camera rail system gives you the flexibility to fit larger zoom lenses when different focal lengths are required. In addition, the rail system also allows you to easily roll the sensor to enable Corridor Format – maximising area coverage and reducing bandwidth when monitoring narrow scenes.

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Beyond the Datasheet: Understanding Axis’ WDR options

December 7th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Learn about the different Axis WDR solutions

Optimum light levels are key for the delivery of clear, detailed CCTV footage. If light conditions become challenging, the usability of images will often suffer – resulting in poor quality surveillance video. To ensure optimal image capture, most IP camera manufacturers will now include a handful of enhancement technologies to help improve imaging in difficult lighting environments; one of the most common being Wide Dynamic Range.

But what is WDR? …

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HOWTO: Top 5 reasons why keeping your NVR or VMS up-to-date is important

November 24th, 2017 by Kevin Bowyer

In the world of IP-based security, we capture surveillance recordings largely either via NVRs or software-based video management systems (VMS). We procure a system, have it installed and (hopefully) properly commissioned based upon our real requirements and needs, and the system is handed over for operational use. Often, that’s where things start to go wrong.

In our experience, few integrators either make the necessity clear or offer ongoing update support in order to keep a system current and working at its best.

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Product video: Does the Mobotix M26’s features live up to expectations?

November 24th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

new demo video for the Mobotix M26 IP camera

To highlight the broad range of IP cameras we offer at Network Webcams; our latest product video showcases the feature-set of an IP camera from a manufacturer who has pioneered the decentralised approach to IP CCTV – Mobotix. The M26 Allround IP camera is part of the latest Mx6 Series and is available in both day and night versions, with a wide selection of lenses available. When the Mx6 Series was first announced we were excited to see what was included in this new range. After learning what new and interesting features Mobotix had introduced, we decided to put a unit to the test see how it performed.

The Mobotix M26 Allround IP camera makes use of its powerful dual core processor to deliver high-quality video footage with much improved frame rates when compared to its M25 predecessor – capturing 6 megapixel images at 12 frames per second (fps), or HD 720p at up to 42 fps. A large range of lenses are available, ranging from a fisheye lens that provides panoramic overviews, through to an 8° super-tele lens which is ideal for long distance surveillance requirements. All lenses are available in both day or night versions, giving you complete flexibility when choosing the most suitable lens to meet your viewing requirements.

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Beyond the Datasheet: Panoramic VS Multi-IP camera system

November 10th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Which type of IP camera setup is most suitable for your CCTV application?

When designing your IP CCTV system, an initial consideration will be which type of IP cameras can deliver the most efficient security surveillance for your application.

Small to medium-sized locations will typically choose one of two options: a single panoramic unit or a multi-IP camera system.

To help you make an informed decision when building your system, we decided to take a look at the beneficial features and limitations that come with each type of IP camera setup.

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Product video: Does the Axis M1065-LW deliver a suitable indoor CCTV solution?

October 23rd, 2017 by Nathan Mount

new demo video for the Axis M1065-LW IP camera

When it comes to indoor CCTV surveillance, Axis have a diverse range of IP camera solutions to choose from that offer a host of interesting features and viewing angles up to 360°. From this varied selection we have chosen to highlight the Axis M1065-LW for our latest product video – due to its attractive feature-set, HD resolution, cost-effective price and ease of installation.

This compact unit provides a horizontal viewing angle of 110°, giving you wide coverage of indoor locations in full HD 1080p resolution – at up to 25 frames per second (fps). Images captured in high contrast scenes are improved with wide dynamic range (WDR) technology. By ensuring details in both bright and dark areas are not lost, objects and individuals can be more easily identified. Not limited to only monitoring during the day, this model supports true day/night recording and offers improved imaging in low light thanks to the integrated IR LEDs that illuminate up to 10m.

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Beyond the datasheet: Does your CCTV system need an NVR?

October 19th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Recording and Storage options for your CCTV system

When it comes to the storage of your video surveillance footage, a common assumption is that to do this job successfully, a network video recorder (NVR) is required.

Back in the early days of IP, NVR’s provided a familiar and straightforward storage solution for users moving away from their analogue DVR’s towards a digital CCTV system. Although it is still clear that NVR’s have a place in the market, constant developments in IP technology have resulted in alternative options to help meet a wider range of requirements and applications.

With this in mind, we decided to take a look at some of the options available when choosing a suitable recording and storage solution for your CCTV system.

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Product video: We put the affordable Samsung Wisenet QNO-7080R through its paces

October 18th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

new demo video for the Samsung Wisenet QNO-7080R bullet IP camera

Following the arrival of Samsung Wisenet to Network Webcams, we decided to showcase the popular QNO-7080R bullet IP camera in our latest product video. Part of the entry-level ‘Q’ Series, we see this feature-packed unit being an ideal choice if you’re after high quality video surveillance at an affordable price.

The Q-Series consists of a number of cost-effective indoor and outdoor-ready bullet and dome units – all of which feature powerful varifocal lenses and resolutions ranging from 2MP to 4MP. They incorporate all the features that you would expect to see in other affordable ranges such as built-in IR, low-light imaging technology and compression technology. This makes them more than suitable for a numerous amount of applications, for instance car parks, community centres and independent retail stores. To learn more about the Q-series and other ranges available from Samsung Wisenet please see our helpful quick guide.

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Hikvision bans online resell worldwide

October 13th, 2017 by Bethanne Pugh

Hikvision logo

As part of a new global strategy, Hikvision has recently decided to stop all resell channels that serve end users directly, including online resellers such as Network Webcams. Hikvision insists that their Hikvision branded products are highly technical devices that require substantial knowledge for installation, which is the reason given for the decision behind the strategy to shut down all online resellers / retailers worldwide.

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Beyond the datasheet: The importance of a user-friendly IP camera web interface

October 11th, 2017 by Nathan Mount

importance of a user-friendly IP camera web interface

In the competitive IP camera market, manufacturers are always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. With the clear majority already being able to deliver cameras in the highest resolution, an increased focus has been put on making improvements in other areas, such as camera-based video analytics, compression technology and low-light imagery. However, one area that we find proves to repeatedly be an issue for our customers is the usability of the cameras web interface.

Due to our vast experience serving different types of customers in multiple industries we know that the quality & flexibility of the web interface is still a crucial area to consider. So, to give you a better understanding of what you can expect from the web interface when you come to choose your IP camera, we have picked out four well-known brands to give you a short review of the experience. We have focused on how easy it was to use and navigate the different interfaces, the features available and how compatible they are with the current leading web browsers.

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