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What’s IPv6 and Why Should I Care?

January 12th, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

World IPv6 logoIPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) is the latest version of the Internet Protocol – the method by which devices (including those which are available publicly as websites) link together and communicate with each other.  It also enables Smartphones, laptops, tablets and other mobile devices to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots and use mobile data. That little router blinking in the corner of your living room supplied by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) wouldn’t connect to the ISP exchange circuits without using the Internet Protocol.

2013 is likely to be the biggest year yet in the switch to IPv6 for homes, business and internet providers alike.

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Product Focus: Mobotix S14

December 11th, 2012 by James Drinkwater

Mobotix S14D IP camera with FlexMount

In the IP video market there has been a recent influx of 360° hemispheric cameras from manufacturers like Axis, Panasonic and Vivotek. When ceiling-mounted, these cameras can capture an entire room at once and feature integrated distortion correction software to eliminate the distortion associated with extreme wide-angle lenses.

Mobotix, who released the first 360° IP camera back in 2008, have upped their game with the release of the S14 range. Read on for more and a demonstration video…

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What local Councils can teach us about IP camera procurement

December 5th, 2012 by Frank Crouwel

Pole with security cameraA recent report in a Scottish newspaper described how a local Council had refused planning permission for CCTV cameras at the local prison.

On the surface, it seems quite incredible that a council should refuse funding for a prison – of all places. If there’s any place more in need of effective video surveillance, surely it must be a prison!

However, although this may appear strange at first, the devil is always to be found in the detail.

What is perhaps even more surprising is that at NW Systems, we agree with the Council for refusing to support this project.

Read on for a full description of our rationale, and feel free to jump in with your views and comments at the end.

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Lightfinder Technology now in popular Axis P33 IP dome range

October 4th, 2012 by Frank Crouwel

Axis’ Lightfinder Technology, thus far only available in its top end ‘Q’ range of products, is now becoming available within the P33 range of IP dome cameras. This is good news as many installations will benefit from improved performance at night.

Some sample footage with the Lightfinder Technology in action:

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What’s new in Axis Camera Companion v1.2?

September 21st, 2012 by Kevin Bowyer

Last week, Axis announced a new version of its Axis Camera Companion (ACC) software which allows small security systems to be created very quickly and in a user-friendly manner.

Aimed at the retail market, but applicable to small systems of up to 16 cameras in any sector, and touted in some discussions as a ‘VMS Killer’ (which I don’t think it is – more on this another time), the updated version includes support for audio, Corridor Format (portrait orientation) video, digital evidence features and more integration options.

So what are the changes?

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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.

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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.

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.

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NEW: Lilin iMEGAPRO HD 1080p range

May 2nd, 2012 by David

Now available for purchase, the recently launched Lilin iMEGAPRO range of HD IP security cameras.

So what’s different about the iMEGAPRO range? First of all, the cameras are all full HD1080p compatible and come at a very affordable price point. For example, Lilin now offers a mini-dome IP camera for just £284. It’s ideal for discreet, hi-res indoor surveillance.

For a camera that’s robust and suitable for use outdoors, the feature-packed Lilin IPR-7424ESX comes with 35m infrared night-vision and is available for under £450.

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Latest Axis IP cameras offer a unique approach to surveillance

March 30th, 2012 by Emily

Security camera placement can often make face detection difficult when reviewing footage due to obstructions such as hats and hoods; leaving many business owners struggling to identify intruders and vandals after incidents. Axis have attempted to solve this issue with their latest offerings; the Axis P8513 and the Axis P8514.

These unique cameras are designed to be mounted at eye level, allowing close up images of facial features to be captured without obstruction for easy recognition, with footage available in either SVGA or HD720p resolution for sharp footage. With three colour schemes in place to mimic heating pipes or electrical conduit, the cameras blend in with surroundings for a true covert solution.

These cameras are quick to install, coming with a pre-mounted network cable, thereby reducing the need for wires, and as they support Power over Ethernet, no separate power supply is required. Additionally, Axis’ pixel counter system provides data on the resolution of objects such as faces in view, letting installers verify that requirements for identification are being met.

This intelligent approach to IP surveillance offers an ideal security measure where facial features need to be captured for identification but where a conventional camera might be not be ideal such as service stations, small business receptions, shops and public transport terminals.