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Archive for 2012

New from Milestone: Mobile 2 and a simplified Web Client

September 20th, 2012 by Frank Crouwel

Following the launch of the Milestone mobile app at the end of last year we have seen some great improvements in 2012 and now Mobile 2 is here.

First let’s catch up, Milestone XProtect Mobile is a free application for smartphones and tablets specially designed for use with the Milestone XProtect suite of video management software. It enables users to access and monitor their Milestone video system when on the go. The app runs on Android 2.2 (TM) and iOS5 and higher. It is available for download on the App Store and on Google Play.

Mobile 2 is just one of three ways to access your Milestone system, with the Smart Client (installed software offering full functionality) and the Web Client (browser-based access with some limitation – more about this later) being the other two methods. This flexiblity is available with all Milestone XProtect products and gives you a powerful system that you can control from anywhere.


IP cameras and MTBF figures

September 19th, 2012 by Frank Crouwel

There is a lively discussion on one of the LinkedIn groups discussing HD network video where the question was posed asking why IP camera manufacturers rarely publish MTBF (Mean Time Before Failures) figures. These figures are commonly available in IT, but not in the security world.

In answer to this, one manufacturer (JVC) provides these figures freely and you can download them in the form of a PDF, linked below.

I will ask other manufacturers whether they are willing to provide such information too. We will publish any further information we receive on this subject on this blog as and when it becomes available. Keep an eye on this space if you are interested.

Download JVC’s Mean Time Before Failures on security products PDF.

Day/night IP cameras: What is an infrared-cut filter and why do I need one?

September 18th, 2012 by Kevin Bowyer

When specifying cameras for an IP-based security installation, it’s important to know what each camera is capable of seeing in both light (daytime) and dark (nightime) conditions. Terms such as true day/night and infrared-cut filter can be confusing. Let’s look at the terminology to help you specify the right camera for the job.

What is an infrared-cut filter?


Product Launches: Panasonic i-Pro WV-SC384 and Vivotek FD8131

September 12th, 2012 by Kate Cederholm

Take a look at the latest releases from Panasonic and Vivotek, now available for purchase.

Panasonic i-Pro WV-SC384

The WV-SC384 is a new addition to Panasonic’s pan-tilt-zoom SmartHD camera range and is very similar to the WV-SC385 model with the only difference being that it does not have a removable infrared cut filter, meaning the WV-SC384 is more suited to day-time operation only whereas the popular WV-SC385 is true day / night and can be used for 24/7 operation.

Both cameras benefit from features such as Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), on-board SD-card recording for backup and 18x optical zoom, which combined with the HD 720p resolution provides crisp, detailed footage of objects and activity at long distances. The WV-SC384 is available as an indoor unit as well as an outdoor bundle.

The odd thing is that Panasonic has launched the WV-SC384 at a higher price point than the WV-SC385, which you would not expect given the true day/night facility in the latter. We expect this will be corrected over time, at which point this camera will become very attractive indeed in the marketplace.


Product Launch: Axis Communications add new cameras to their popular M30 range

August 29th, 2012 by Kevin Bowyer

Axis has released two new cameras to its existing M30 camera range.

The M30-V series are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, ideal for unobtrusive surveillance, and are vandal-resistant for mounting in exposed locations.

The integrated recording system helps to lower system costs with video stored either to MicroSD memory cards or local networked drives. Axis Camera Companion support offers easy viewing and management of up to 16 Axis IP cameras.

The M30-V cameras are available in two resolutions; the Axis M3004-V offers HD 720p video and is available at £186, while for £259 the Axis M3005-V produces HD 1080p footage.

With this price point and level of functionality, the M30-V IP cameras, like others in the full Axis camera range offer exceptional value.

Product Launch: Axis releases new IP camera range with built-in infrared illumination

August 24th, 2012 by James Drinkwater

Axis M1143-L

Axis communications, the world leader in IP network cameras, have expanded their range with the release of their first infrared indoor IP cameras.

The M11-L range features integrated infrared lighting, enabling the capture of video in complete darkness. In addition to this, SVGA or HD 720p resolution models are available with true day/night switching, PoE support, and integrated edge storage.

Aimed at the small-business market, the Axis M1143-L (SVGA) is available at £324, while the HD 720p Axis M1144-L comes in at £389. Both are perfect for use with the new Axis Camera Companion software, making it very easy to monitor live feeds and review recordings from a single application.

With such a large feature set and cost-effective price point, we expect the new M11-L IP cameras to compete well in the IP video marketplace.

Product launch: The Axis P5544 with pan-tilt-zoom and 360° hemispheric lenses

July 5th, 2012 by James Drinkwater

Axis have released the latest addition to their P55 pan-tilt-zoom range, the Axis P5544. Like the rest of the range, the P5544 features 18x optical zoom, day/night switching and IP51-rated casing. Where this IP camera differs is in the addition of a second lens to the base of the camera dome.

This additional hemispheric lens covers a full 360° view, letting viewers see footage from all around the camera at once. The video below shows the camera in action.


Coming soon: Axis M1014 with HD 720p at a very affordable price

July 4th, 2012 by James Drinkwater

Axis M1013 Axis m1014

Axis is launching one of the most affordable HD IP cameras on the market today. The new Axis M1014 has High Definition 720p resolution and will cost just £158.

At the same time Axis will introduce an SVGA version of this model, the Axis M1013, which at just £124 sets a new price-performance benchmark at the entry-level of the IP camera market.

The Axis M1014 and Axis M1013 IP cameras are targeted for use in small-scale CCTV installations and the domestic security market. Both have the capacity for on-board MicroSD card recording, making the cameras perfect for use with Axis Camera Companion, Axis’ edge-based recording system allowing easy viewing of live footage and recordings through use of mobile phones, tablets and other handheld devices.


Why does my Mobotix IP camera restart every day and how do I stop it?

June 25th, 2012 by Kevin Bowyer

If you’ve bought a Mobotix camera, you may have realized that once a day it restarts itself losing any unsaved changes in the configuration, but more importantly it stops recording any video for approximately 1 minute. It’s a short period of time but when using in a security setup it is less than ideal. In this post we investigate why this happens and what can be done to stop it.


Free recording software with Lilin IP Cameras

June 13th, 2012 by Kevin Bowyer

Lilin free cmx ip camera software

If you’re looking for a cost-effective security recording solution then cameras in the Lilin IP camera range now come with their free video recording and management software, CMX, capable of managing and recording up to 72 Lilin IP cameras.