The Best IP camera for Your Application

IP Camera Selection Guide for Your Surveillance System

There are many IP cameras available. Some are very inexpensive, while others cost a lot. Why the price difference? It mainly depends on the performance and quality. The first thing to consider is what you want to accomplish, and then use the following guide to select the [Read more…

Door Access Control – After the Pandemic

The Light at the End of the Tunnel and Access Control is More Essential than Ever

It was a year of challenges, isolation, and changes. The very fabric of business was altered. The need for security had been growing over the last few years, but when COVID hit, access control became more important. Since many [Read more…

Selecting the Right IP Camera System

The Best IP Camera Systems

An IP Camera System is a set of cameras and software that provide video surveillance. IP camera systems usually include many IP cameras that are selected depending on what areas they need to view. These network-attached cameras can be dome, bullet, PTZ, or panoramic IP cameras. The system also includes

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IP Intercom Selection and Comparison

Review of Audio and Video Intercoms

There are a variety of network-attached intercoms. Some connect to a central computer, while others connect to smartphone apps. The new IP intercoms use your network infrastructure, are powered over Ethernet (PoE), include IP cameras, and have great features and functions that were never available with the old analog

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The Best Apartment Intercoms

IP Apartment Intercoms Review

The latest IP apartment intercoms use wireless networks to communicate with the tenant. The new wireless multi-tenant intercoms allow you to contact the resident's smartphone or standard phone to request entry into the building. The lobby intercom touchscreen display provides a list of all the tenants in the building. This article [Read more…

The Evolution of the PTZ Camera

Pan, Tilt Zoom Cameras Provide Increased Capability

We have come a long way since the first pan, tilt, zoom (PTZ) cameras. The first PTZ cameras were relatively primitive. These early cameras shared the technology with television cameras and used vidicon vacuum tubes and other analog components to capture the video. This article describes the evolution [Read more…

Comparison of Commercial IP Camera Systems and Home Cameras

Comparison of IP Camera Systems

What's the difference between a home surveillance camera and a commercial IP camera system used in schools, office buildings, and hospitals? Home IP Cameras cost between $20 and $100, while the professional IP cameras range from $150 to over $2,000. There is a difference. This article compares the capability you

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Technology Review of 2020

Is there anything nice we can say about 2020? Not much except maybe, I don't think murder hornets killed anyone. It certainly was a challenging year, and we are all happy to say goodbye. It was a year of the pandemic and of science finding vaccines in record-breaking time. It was a year where we

Access Control Systems Good Practices

Installation Practices for Access Control Systems

There are several things to consider when selecting and installing a door access control system. These safer practices increase the overall security of the system. System security starts with the correct type of door-reader and secure wiring. It requires the right electric lock and an exit methodology for maglocks. [Read more…

IP Paging Systems Provide Advanced Functionality

This is Not Your Father's Paging System

Paging systems have changed over the years. Remember the old days when the principal would make announcements on that old PA system. You were lucky to hear anything that was said. The principal had a microphone attached to a clunky amplifier. It had a large knob that adjusted

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