Business & Marketing
Written by Bob Moore
Have you ever bought tires for a new car? You (or the mechanic) first take into account the size of the tire in relation to your car, and then discuss your day-to-day driving conditions.  Will you be driving a lot in the snow?  Off road?  Or only on beautiful sunny days?  No matter if it’s a high-end sports car or an old truck, if you drive on a poorly matched set of tires, you won’t get the performance you paid for — especially in bad weather conditions.  Think of your lens the same way.
Written by JF Champagne
I recently attended the Private Sector Liaison Education Forum hosted by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the Association des Directeur de Police du Quebec.
Written by Steve Bocking
When I first started in the industry eight years ago, the DVR was the king of video recording. In terms of IP video, I was focusing on larger projects over 16 cameras, as most of IP’s benefits and cost-saving features related to bigger systems. However, with the cost of IP cameras and related equipment now almost equivalent to that of analogue equipment, almost all new systems being installed, small and big, are based on IP.
Written by Jennifer Brown
Keyscan has been promoting its K-WEB software — the Software as a Service component of its access control system —  to help dealers boost recurring monthly revenue (RMR). SP&T News talked to company president John Dyall about the move to SaaS and the Whitby, Ont.-based company’s role in the access control market and why he thinks market recovery is still six months out.
Written by Chris Johnston
There are a variety of solutions for recording video available today. The options include cameras and encoders with built-in storage, embedded or PC-based digital video recorders, network video recorders, and cameras and encoders that stream direct to storage without any intervening hardware. The customer’s requirements help to narrow the field during the selection process. Considering the amount of cameras, the number of facilities, the communications infrastructure, the alarm handling needs, and the degree of integration with other systems, among other factors, are all important when designing a system. 
Written by Robert Moore
Have you ever purchased a surveillance camera with a specified light sensitivity rating only to find it did not meet your expectations when installed? Or have you ever thought you were getting a day/night camera only to find that it merely boosts gain and switches the colour image to black and white in order to “see” in the dark? With the lack of standards governing many aspects of video quality, purchasing a camera based solely on its datasheet is risky business. Instead, the best way to distinguish image quality between different cameras is by testing them side by side in challenging lighting conditions to compare three factors: visibility, appearance and fidelity.
Written by Robert Moore
Have you ever purchased a surveillance camera with a specified light sensitivity rating only to find it did not meet your expectations when installed?
Written by Cheryl Bard
H.264 is an open standard that utilizes the most efficient video compression techniques available today. This standard follows the successful MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 video standards and offers advantages in video quality and compression.
Written by Steve Bocking
With the endless capabilities and advantages of IP connectivity, organizations have been able to create mega security systems that span across several buildings, or even cities, with centralized monitoring at one location. But this makes it challenging for security guards who are now responsible for monitoring hundreds of cameras and doors. This is where the concept of metadata becomes important.
Written by Chris Johnston
There are a variety of solutions for recording video available today. The options include cameras and encoders with built-in storage, embedded or PC-based digital video recorders, network video recorders, and cameras and encoders that stream direct to storage without any intervening hardware.
Written by Ivan Spector
You are working harder than ever, and doing more with less. Yet jobs are passing you by, competition is ferocious, and all around you technology is racing by. And at the same time the trade magazines — when you can find the time to read them — are listing those amazing massive projects that other companies are getting and success stories regarding all of your competitors. What is an alarm guy supposed to do?
Written by Robert Moore
If money was no object for your customers, how would you build their security systems?
Written by Norm Hoefler
Bandwidth is a key consideration in managing surveillance systems and ensuring their full potential is reached. Video over IP consumes a large amount of bandwidth — measured in bits per second (bps). As a rough guide, one camera might consume between 100 kbps and 2 Mbps. Compare this to audio, which typically consumes only 80 kbps.
Written by Jennifer Brown
Iain Morton first joined Intercon in 1992 and took on his current position in April after the departure of John Van Schepen. Morton is no stranger to Intercon’s Toronto Yonge and Sheppard office. He spent eight years there as a senior account executive before moving out to Western Canada where he drove growth in Vancouver and Calgary as a senior account executive. Morton is now back in Toronto and responsible for all Canadian operations. SP&T News sat down with Morton recently to discuss where the company is focusing its efforts this year and how he feels about technology developments including the push to standards in the security industry.
Written by Ivan Spector
I was having lunch the other day with our IT guru and our summer hire, my son. And while we were talking generally about the huge changes the IT world has imparted on the security industry, it occurred to us that social media has also had a huge impact on so much around us as well.
Written by Robert Moore
In February, we tackled a similar topic by outlining Four factors to consider when selecting a megapixel camera. But because megapixel quality is the fastest growing segment among IP cameras, constant innovation continues to change the rules. Since rapid technology advancements can be confusing, let’s clarify the world of megapixel cameras even further.
Written by Murray Kreuzer
Moisture, heat, dust, flammable gases and low or no lighting are just a few of the challenges that IP video equipment must overcome when installed for surveillance at industrial facilities. These conditions can render some video devices ineffective or even cause a hazardous situation when mixed with video products that are not equipped with the features designed for safe operation in these locations. As a result, selecting the right equipment for industrial applications is extremely important to the success of an IP video system.
Written by Steve Bocking
Hosted video and remote monitoring services are leading the way to new opportunities
Written by Steve Bocking
Selecting best-of-breed components is becoming more and more popular when building an IP video management system (VMS). Apart from the video software itself, the cameras, and various other components, integrators also have several options on how and what to offer end users concerning the computer server and associated storage for archived video.
Written by Beverly Vigue
To deliver quality student services in a safe and secure environment, college and university security administrators face a daunting task of managing tight budgets, increased demands for accountability, as well as student demographics that quickly change.  What’s the value proposition that security dealers and integrators can bring to campus?

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