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December 30, 2010

The Paris National Opera is a huge draw for tourists thanks to the theater, music and impressive architecture of the opera houses. When it came time to update the security systems for two of its opera houses, the Paris National Opera turned to Axis IP cameras for the solution.

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December 29, 2010

When the five-star tourist resort and residential community Montebelo Aguieira Lake Resort and Spa in Portugal went looking for a way to upgrade their existing limited outdoor surveillance system, they turned to Vivotek to provide a centralized system for monitoring and recording images.

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December 28, 2010

Located in Bora, Sweden is one of the country's largest medical centers. Sodra Alvsborg Hospital (SAH) staffs nearly 4,000 employees to serve its vast number of patients. With hundreds of people coming and going every day, securing the expansive campus is a significant challenge.

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December 27, 2010

For Freightliner, one of the leading intermodal rail freight operators in the UK, improving security and streamlining surveillance efficiency were top priorities when it came time to choose an IP system to replace their outdated analog surveillance infrastructure. Axis rose to the challenge, and Freightliner selected a variety of IP cameras from the manufacturer to place at strategic locations around their Manchester terminal.

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December 23, 2010

Earlier this week Milestone released XProtect Device Pack 5.2, which includes support for new devices and updated support for existing devices on their XProtect video management software platform. The Device Pack also includes support for new firmware on a range of different devices and solves different issues related to Device Pack 5.1.

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December 22, 2010

Spanish fashion clothing company TRUCCO uses Axis 215 PTZ network cameras to monitor its 170 stores. The boutique chain also uses people counting software that integrates seamlessly without requiring the use of PC computers. The system allows users at the company headquarters to track shopping traffic in effort to optimize store layouts and promotions. Additionally, it allows remote viewing of point of sales displays, decorations and customer service.

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December 21, 2010

Coventry Airport, located in the heart of the English midlands, prides itself on keeping operating costs low to pass those savings along to passengers. Although their infrastructure doesn't boast as many amenities as other airports, one area they don't skimp on is security. As the highest priority for the facility, Coventry Airport selected a system of 26 Mobotix IP cameras to monitor the airport's day-to-day operations.

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December 20, 2010

Volcanologists have yet to discover how to fully predict deadly volcanic explosions. Ingeominas, a Colombian institute dedicated to studying geology and mining, is monitoring seismic activity with Vivotek IP7361 network cameras. The institute captures video for scientific analysis and also to increase the safety of nearby people. With video surveillance, it's possible to alert surrounding populations of an impending explosion at the first sight of unusual activity.

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December 17, 2010

Nestled in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains is Loveland, Colorado. Home to Thompson School District (TSD), the area has more than 30 school buildings across 362 square miles. TSD values surveillance for maintaining safety and security of its property and more than 18,000 students and staff. With so much space to cover on a limited budget, TSD poses a significant surveillance challenge. Additionally, TSD uses both Apple and PC computers, so it requires a management program that can accommodate both platforms.

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December 16, 2010

Last month Milestone Systems was awarded the 2010 Application Development Partner (ADP) of the Year for North America by Axis Communications during the annual Axis Channel Convergence Conference (ACCC). Milestone is one of the leading providers of open platform IP video management software.

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December 15, 2010

The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Annex in New York City poses an especially difficult surveillance scenario. Dark ceilings, flashing lights and frequent layout changes make the museum nearly impossible to monitor with CCTV technology and a significant challenge even for network cameras.

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December 14, 2010

One of the longest standing arguments against installing all-digital surveillance systems is that IP surveillance systems are much more expensive to install and configure than their CCTV counterparts. Axis however, recently published a white paper detailing the results of a cost comparison study between the two surveillance technologies that largely dispels the analog-is-cheaper way of thinking.

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December 13, 2010

Milestone, one of the leading providers of video management software introduced Service Releases for several of their XProtect software platforms. As of today, Service Releases are available for XProtect Enterprise 7.0, XProtect Professional 7.0, XProtect Essential 1.0, and XProtect Go 1.0 installations.

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December 10, 2010

ACTi's latest IP feature in Cube cameras greatly increases the likelihood of capturing images of intruders at night without the use of expensive technology.

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December 9, 2010

For Mac users looking for a video management platform, Security Spy provides a multi-camera IP software solution compatible with Mac computers. Easy-to-setup, Security Spy, when combined with IP cameras, creates an effective surveillance system with a host of intuitive features including digital recording and remote monitoring.

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December 8, 2010

In the southwest corner of Colorado runs a river called the Dolores. In this rugged, remote country many residents rely completely on treated river water for sanitation and consumption. Every day, Montezuma Water Company (MWC) pipes more than four million gallons of water from a river-fed reservoir. In accordance with increased Homeland Security requirements and to uphold its responsibility to provide safe, potable water, MWC invested in several Vivotek IP7160 and IP7161 cameras.

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December 6, 2010

We recently added two easy to use yet advanced Vivotek network video recorders to Videosurveillance.com: the NR8201 and the NR8301. The NR8201 is a 4-channel NVR that can record on a removable hard disk, an external hard disk and also a USB for backup. Meanwhile, the 8-channel NR8301 can record to a Raid 0 and 1 storage solution and on a USB interface for backup.

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December 3, 2010

The world of video surveillance technology can feel foreign to a newcomer. That's why Axis Communications' Academy offers online training courses for anyone who wants to learn about the company's products, services and solutions in the comfort of your own home or office.

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December 2, 2010

We are pleased to add the Axis P3346 camera to our arsenal of powerful surveillance tools. The P3346 is a 3-megapixel fixed dome camera featuring Axis' new iris control system. P-Iris automatically regulates the iris opening to improve contrast, clarity, resolution and depth of field. Additionally, HDTV at 30fps provides excellent picture quality for demanding applications while H.264 compression optimizes bandwidth.

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December 1, 2010

It used to be that when someone rang the doorbell you would verify who they were by peering through a tiny peephole in the door. Not anymore. With the Mobotix T24 IP Video Door Station, ringing the doorbell gets a high-tech makeover. Now available on VideoSurveillance.com, the innovative module combines a high-resolution camera with a keypad that controls access and monitors entrances for homes, office buildings and more.

A 3.1 megapixel 180° hemispheric door camera captures the entire entrance scene with no blind spots: wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling. When someone rings the doorbell the Mobotix T24 establishes a connection with either an IP video phone or a standard computer over the network. The Video Door Station allows users to have video conversations with visitors at the door and even open the door remotely from anywhere in the world. The T24 works with the latest international video telephony standards VoIP/SIP and H.264.

If homeowners or surveillance operators are away, the hemispheric camera automatically records who came to the door in their absence. The Mobotix T24 has programmable settings for continuous or event-triggered recording such as when someone rings the doorbell or when the camera detects movement.

The IP Video Door Station is equipped with a keypad that controls access using a PIN code or an RFID transponder with the individually configurable access module. The T24 supports Power over Ethernet (PoE) which allows for flexible and cost-effective installation.

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November 30, 2010

A renowned Brazilian jewelry store chain installed Vivotek network cameras in several of its stores. The high-end retail company's aim is two-fold: to protect against theft of its valuable merchandise, and to improve customer relations with recorded video and audio of interaction between sales and clients.

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November 29, 2010

For small businesses in need of an intuitive video management platform, we recently added Milestone XProtect Essential to our software selection at VideoSurveillance.com. XProtect Essential offers cost-effective video management and can support up to 26 cameras and five simultaneous users. Software users can access recordings locally or remotely over the Internet.

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November 17, 2010

Axis recently expanded their surveillance capabilities with the unveiling of Axis Corridor Format- that allows for a vertical field of view. This surveillance capability allows for improved surveillance in narrow areas of interest including staircases, hallways, aisles, roads, runways and tunnels.

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November 16, 2010

As public transportation security concerns have increased in recent years, mobile surveillance systems have become increasingly popular for many varieties of public transit systems including buses, taxi cabs, light rail, trains, and subways. To alleviate rising security concerns, VideoSurveillance.com recently created two new Mobile Surveillance Systems that help deter criminal activity and inappropriate behavior, increase safety by helping drivers focus on their jobs, and provide law enforcement officials with crucial evidence in the event of a criminal investigation.

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November 15, 2010

Offering true day and night surveillance, Sony recently introduced two new cameras for indoor and outdoor applications. Both the Sony fixed SNC-CH160 and the SNC-DH160 fixed dome HDTV IP cameras are equipped with 1.3 megapixel resolution and built-in IR illuminators that help capture images in the dark up to 15 meters (49 feet) away. Using Sony Exmor CMOS sensor technology, the SNC-CH160 and the SNC-DH160 deliver high-quality images with low noise.

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November 5, 2010

Milestone recently released XProtect Device Pack 5.1 that updates support for new devices on their video management software platforms including XProtect Enterprise, Professional, Essential, Go, and Corporate. The 5.1 version Device Pack also includes support for new firmware on a range of different devices and solves different software issues that were related to Device Pack 5.0.

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November 3, 2010

Designed for building long range wireless networks, the new line of Ubiquiti NanoStation products provides an ultra-affordable solution for wireless networking. The Ubiquiti NanoStation series includes the NanoStation2, NanoStation5, NanoStationM2 and NanoStationM5. They can act as routers, client bridges, access points or repeaters.

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October 25, 2010

A farm in South Africa recently deployed a new surveillance system using Vivotek SD7151 speed dome IP cameras. Farmers in that region are particularly susceptible to crime especially theft of livestock from poachers. The farm had previously attempted to set up a surveillance system using wired CCTV equipment, but the complicated installation, hefty amounts of cable, and large expense soon had farm operators looking for another solution.

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October 22, 2010

Carson Oil, a petroleum distribution company located in Oregon implemented a security system that combines flexible and affordable network video recorders from Exacq with high-quality imaging from Arecont Vision surveillance cameras. The company needed a surveillance system to keep track of their operations across the state including tank farms, loading racks, rail yard operations, unattended commercial cardlock sites and convenience stores.

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October 21, 2010

Taking surveillance image quality into the high-definition frontier, Panasonic is releasing the i-PRO SmartHD series of network cameras. The new line of i-PRO cameras is capable of automatic real-time face detection and can even enhance the image to make it more prominent in differently lit settings. This feature makes the new cameras ideal for retailers, convenience stores, business settings and other applications where face recognition and accurate identification is crucial.

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October 18, 2010

As the first fixed dome camera with P-Iris on the market, the Axis P3346 doesn't skimp on image quality. The P3346 offers 3-megapixel resolution at 20fps in addition to wide screen HDTV at 30fps. The P-Iris control optimizes the camera's iris position for depth of field, lens resolution and incoming light. This helps to produce the ideal sharpness and image clarity in all lighting conditions.

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October 18, 2010

The dramatic footage of the rescue operation for 33 trapped Chilean miners had people across the globe glued to their television screens watching the risky undertaking unfold successfully. While the bulk of the credit goes to the rescue operation engineers, a compact Vivotek camera played a surprisingly large role in the events of the day.

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October 15, 2010

Vivotek is looking to establish a new standard of video clarity with their Supreme line of network cameras. The Supreme series boasts impressive video precision for even the most demanding applications. With accurate color reproduction, the HD and 5-megapixel resolution from the line provide clear and detailed images at all times.

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October 14, 2010

Sony released firmware updates for a selection of IP cameras. The most recent release includes updates for the SNC-RS series, the SNC-RH series, the SNC-RX series and the SNT-EX/EP series cameras.

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October 13, 2010

QNAP recently launched the VioStor Pro Series, the first Linux-based network video recorder (NVR) that is capable of truly PC-less configuration, monitoring IP cameras over a network, and video playback using a high-definition VGA monitor or TV. The four new models in the VioStor series all feature dual-core Intel® Atom™ processors with 1 GB memory that delivers network throughput of 176Mbps. This produces high-quality megapixel recordings and saves on power consumption.

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October 12, 2010

With over 400 facilities and 53,000 students, staff and visitors to contend with on a daily basis, efficiently monitoring the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus was a challenge for the 55-member campus police force. To help combat everyday challenges such as thefts on and around campus, including a string of laptop thefts from the university library, security officials turned to Milestone video management software and Axis network cameras to provide the school with a secure surveillance solution that would help the police increase security around campus.

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October 8, 2010

ACTi is introducing a new camera for convenient, high-quality true day/night surveillance. The TCM-7811fixed dome camera is designed as an outdoor-ready surveillance solution complete with weatherproof and tamper-resistant casing. The ACTi camera has a megapixel CCD sensor that elevates the standard of night video quality.

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October 6, 2010

Hillfresh, a major Dutch fruit and vegetable distributor is now using IQinVision HD megapixel camera technology to improve security and operations at its facility in the Netherlands. Hillfresh has an almost 124,000 square foot facility that handles imports and exports for 21,000 pallets of fruits and vegetables each year. The company installed 21 IQEye HD Megapixel Cameras in strategic locations across the facility.

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October 4, 2010

With a focus on small to mid-sized businesses, Axis unveiled Surveillance Kits for their M10, M11, and M32 series of surveillance cameras. These kits offer easy and affordable indoor surveillance for use in office buildings, retail stores, banks, restaurants and more. Each of the kits features four cameras accompanied by easy-to-use Axis Camera Station video management software. For greater flexibility, the 4-camera kits can be scaled and combined to create any size system with up to 50 cameras.

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September 24, 2010

In the wake of the tragic disappearance of Kyron Horman in Portland, Oregon in early June, Portland Public Schools is considering outfitting schools with Arecont Vision cameras. Skyline Elementary School, where Kyron was last seen, installed the high-resolution cameras before the new school year began.

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September 14, 2010

The Rose Bowl, home of Hampshire Cricket is upgrading their video surveillance system with Sony High Definition IP video cameras. With a capacity for over 20,000 cricket fans on match days, the Rose Bowl needed a video surveillance solution that would help streamline their security system. The stadium will be using 14 Sony SNC-RH164 HD Pan/Tilt/Zoom cameras as well as 8 fixed HD Sony SNC-CH140 cameras to monitor the internal and external grounds of the stadium.

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September 7, 2010

Vivotek is expanding their line of fixed network cameras with the IP8151 Supreme Night Visibility model. What makes the IP8151 unique is its impressive ability to capture color footage at night and in low visibility conditions. The Vivotek fixed network camera boasts 1.3 megapixel resolution to capture sharp, clear details in color.

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September 2, 2010

Every year over 300,000 people flock to the small town of South Williamsport, Pennsylvania for the Little League World Series. The two-week long tournament attracts not only players, but swarms of families, fans, and international visitors. To help the small town cope with the influx of visitors, additional Axis network cameras were brought in for the length of the tournament to work in conjunction with an already existing system of Axis video surveillance equipment.

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August 27, 2010

ACTi just announced the release of its new Standalone XNR IP surveillance solution. The ACTi Standalone XNR features built-in NVR software and operates as a true plug-and-play solution for IP-based applications. This reliable system features an embedded Linux NVR along and boasts RAID storage to automatically back up and save recorded files, while eliminating the fear of losing files due to hardware failure.

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August 26, 2010

Milestone Systems has released a free version of its popular XProtect software platform. It's called Milestone Xprotect Go, and you can now pick it up as a free download from the Milestone Systems website. XProtect Go offers a wide set of features and allows users to view and manage up to 8 security cameras. The software is easy to use, and serves as the perfect startup solution for small business and home surveillance applications.

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August 23, 2010

The North Carolina Department of Corrections has deployed a hybrid surveillance solution that incorporates both IP and analog security cameras to monitor prisons throughout the state. The new system replaces aging DVRs with exacq's more versatile hybrid servers. Currently 60 exacqVision Hybrid Systems are being used to manage 1,600 analog cameras and 300 IP cameras positioned in the state's prison facilities.

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August 19, 2010

Milestone XProtect Device Pack 5.0 is now available, offering increased support for a host of new IP cameras and devices. Users of XProtect Enterprise, Professional and Essential video management software editions can now download the updated XProtect Device Pack 5.0 straight from the Milestone website. Milestone's XProtect Device Pack 5.0 delivers support for new products from such leading manufacturers as ACTi, Axis, Honeywell, JVC, Mobotix, Pelco and more.

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August 18, 2010

Vivotek recently released firmware updates for a number of products in its IP network camera catalog. The latest firmware releases include updates for the Vivotek IP7160 2-megapixel network camera, the Vivotek IP7154 wireless IP camera, the Vivotek IP7153 fixed PoE camera, and the Vivotek PZ71x1 series.

Available firmware updates for these, and many other Vivotek IP cameras, can be found HERE in the download section of Vivotek.com.

Updating your firmware helps to ensure you’re getting the most out of your IP cameras. These firmware updates typically improve performance, provide increased stability, and offer bug fixes for any common errors. They also often include updates to the GUI (Graphical User Interface).

Find Vivotek firmware updates at Vivotek.com...
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August 17, 2010

Figuring out the right products to use in a video surveillance system can be tricky. Luckily Vivotek, the manufacturer behind a bevy of IP surveillance products developed an online Design Tool to simplify the process of finding the right products for specific video surveillance projects.

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August 13, 2010

Demonstrating just how diverse IP surveillance camera capabilities are, a Mobotix network camera was installed at the top of the volcano Valahnukur in the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland, the same volcano that erupted clouds of ash that closed down airports all over Northern Europe. Fortuitously, the Mobotix camera was mounted just before significant volcanic activity occurred. Anticipating volcanic events, the camera was installed to capture footage of the eruption and share it with the public via a live web feed.

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August 12, 2010

Milestone Systems XProtect Enterprise video management software is taking center stage in the video surveillance operations of Bulgaria's Varna and Burgas airports. Each airport has installed several hundred Axis IP network cameras along with IBM servers all operating on a Cisco network infrastructure. Both surveillance solutions are using Milestone software to access cameras and manage airport surveillance footage.

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August 10, 2010

Mobotix IP cameras are a key player in documenting the decades-long project restoring the Medway Queen shipping vessel in Bristol, England. The ship was nicknamed the "Heroine of Dunkirk" after it rescued 7,000 stranded troops during World War II. As an important part of maritime shipping over the last century, the restoration of the ship has caused considerable interest from the history community as well as members of the public. The Medway Queen Preservation Society chose to use a Mobotix IP camera to accurately record the process of restoration.

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August 9, 2010

In New York City, where millions of people ride the subway each day, video surveillance is playing a key role in keeping crime to a minimum. Currently there are 3100 cameras installed in New York's subway stations, and the city intends to add another 1000 cameras by the end of the year.

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August 6, 2010

In search of an IP camera solution to replace their outdated analog video surveillance system, Bonifacio hospital, the newest hospital on the island of Corsica, settled on megapixel cameras from IQinVision. The top priorities for the hospital were discreet positioning of the cameras and the quality of the resulting footage. Using IQeye Sentinel cameras the hospital was able to reduce the number of IP cameras they had initially planned on by half.

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August 3, 2010

This September, the University of Louisville is opening up a state-of-the-art basketball arena deliciously dubbed "The KFC Yum! Center." Despite its amusing name, this is truly a first-class facility, from design and layout all the way to its video security system. Currently there are 106 IP network cameras monitoring the arena, with an additional 40 security cameras providing coverage of the parking garage. Almost all of the IP cameras operate using Power over Ethernet for flexible installation anywhere along the network infrastructure. And to save bandwidth and storage space, the cameras utilize H.264 video compression.

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July 30, 2010

ExacqVision recently released version 4.2 of their video management software. ExacqVision’s software provides a cost-effective option for recording and managing video from IP cameras. A popular video management system, the latest release of the software is compatible with all ExacqVision hybrid and IP video surveillance solutions as well as a wide range of IP network cameras and encoders from other manufacturers. With Version 4.2, several manufacturers had their cameras added to the list of those IP cameras compatible with the software.

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July 29, 2010

Scotland's oldest public museum, the University of Glasgow's Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, is now protected by a collection of hemispheric IP cameras from Mobotix. The new video security installation offers an extremely discreet surveillance solution thanks to the low-profile design of the cameras.

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July 26, 2010

Cody High School in Wyoming recently upgraded their analog video surveillance system to a new IP-based surveillance solution powered by Axis network cameras. The school decided to make the switch after encountering problems with the video quality of their analog cameras. The images from the outdated system were coming back so pixilated that when crime or other inappropriate incidents occurred, the culprits could only be identified about 15 percent of the time. Since installing the new cameras, school administrators and authorities have been able to identify 100 percent of the culprits due to the clear, high-quality images from the Axis cameras.

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July 22, 2010

Axis Communications is set to release a series of bundled surveillance packages geared towards small to medium-sized businesses. Each IP camera system is designed to give business owners a complete, future-proof IP video solution at an affordable price. The Axis camera kits can be mixed and matched and are perfect for retail shops, office environments, and schools.

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July 20, 2010

Last week Pelco released a new version of its Spectra IV IP dome camera system featuring H.264 video compression. The latest edition of the Spectra IV gives users the flexibility to choose between MJPEG, MPEG4 and leading-edge H.264 compression to reduce bandwidth consumption and storage requirements. H.264 helps to considerably reduce video file sizes without compromising image quality. This makes it ideal for applications requiring high-resolution video. Since video files are smaller with H.264, there's less burden on the network, and less drive space is required for recording and storing video.

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July 19, 2010

Upgrading the functionality of its AutoDome Camera System, Bosch Security Systems introduced a new TCP/IP Communications Module. Easily added to any existing AutoDome Modular camera, the communications module features H.264 main profile compression, Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA), and is compliant with the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) standard.

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July 13, 2010

The South Dakota Gaming Board has approved a project to install HDTV network cameras in a pair of casinos located in the Black Hills area. Casinos are prime candidates for high-definition video surveillance because they require exceptionally clear video images for detailed monitoring of gaming tables.

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July 9, 2010

We've got more new product announcements out of the Vivotek camp. Coming this August, look for a new set of compact, fixed dome cameras for indoor security applications. The Vivotek FD8133 and its PoE counterpart, the FD8134, each boast a 1-megapixel sensor enabling 1280x800 video resolution at up to 30 frames per second for highly detailed monitoring.

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July 8, 2010

Vivotek is rolling out a pair of compact IP mini dome cameras designed for mobile surveillance applications in locations such as buses, trains, and other transportation vehicles. The Vivotek MD7530 offers VGA resolution, while the MD560 features a 2-megapixel CMOS sensor. Both camera models are IP67-rated to withstand shock, vibration, humidity, dust and changes in temperature.

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July 6, 2010

Erste Bank Ukraine has completed installation of over 1000 IP network cameras throughout its 139 retail branches, with Milestone IP video software managing the large-scale surveillance network. The software was chosen to manage a mix of IP cameras from such popular manufacturers as Axis, Sony, JVC and IQinVision.

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July 1, 2010

Last month Axis won two prestigious product awards for a pair of its newest IP camera models. First the Axis Q1910-E snagged the Maximum Impact Award at the Electronic Security Expo (ESX). Then Network Products Guide was kind enough to proclaim the Axis Q6034 PTZ Dome as the winner of the 2010 Best Products and Services Award: Best in Physical Security.

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June 30, 2010

ACTi has strengthened its IP camera line with the release of the ACM-7011, a robust dome camera built to handle the most demanding outdoor surveillance applications. The camera has a rugged housing that's both weatherproof and vandal-resistant. Apparently the folks in the ACTi lab even drove over it with a car (hopefully not by accident) and the thing kept on functioning without a hitch.

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June 28, 2010

D-Link unveiled a new addition to their line of wireless cameras this week, the DCS-5635 Pan/Tilt/Zoom network camera. The DCS-5635 provides a professional IP surveillance solution while streaming high-quality live video over the Internet. The new camera offers a host of different ways to view live footage on the go, while still maintaining a secure connection.

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June 25, 2010

Goodwill Industries locations in Illinois are turning to Axis IP cameras and Milestone software to help manage loss prevention, increase security, and improve employee training. The IP-based surveillance solution features Axis HDTV network cameras operating with Milestone XProtect Professional IP video software. Goodwill Industries is a nonprofit retail and social service organization that sells donated goods in an effort to support their mission. The organization's primary goal in installing the new surveillance system is to reduce the amount of theft, not just from outsiders, but also employees. While shoplifting is a big problem, internal theft accounts for close to 48 percent of the organization's losses.

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June 23, 2010

This week Bosch announced some new additions to its AutoDome Easy series, including a fresh batch of compact PTZ network cameras for both indoor and outdoor use. The new AutoDome Easy II IP series aims to provide discreet surveillance solutions offering advanced features not found in most compact PTZ dome cameras.

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June 21, 2010

Bosch Security Systems was recently honored with a PSI Premier Award for its Dinion 2x range of IP network cameras. Hailed by PSI as the CCTV Product of the Year 2010, the Bosch Dinion IP camera series features network cameras that combine a proprietary wide dynamic range CCD sensor and 20-bit digital signal processor to offer exceptionally detailed image quality in low-light conditions.

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June 18, 2010

United Supermarkets, a chain of 28 grocery stores throughout North and West Texas, has turned to OnSSI software to help manage footage from IP network security cameras recently installed in each of its stores. Each supermarket has been equipped with megapixel IP cameras that provide high-resolution video images of cash registers and guest service areas, along with outdoor network cameras to monitor loading docks and parking lots.

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June 17, 2010

Users of Milestone XProtect video management software can now download the updated XProtect Device Pack 4.9 straight form the manufacturer. The XProtect Device Pack 4.9 provides support for a host of new IP cameras and devices from leading brands such as Axis, ACTi, Bosch, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba. Specific models supported by Device Pack 4.9 include the new Axis M10, M11, and M30 network camera series, Panasonic's fresh batch of i-Pro HD cameras, and the new lineup of Sony HDTV network cameras.

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June 14, 2010

Axis Communications just announced a new series of bundled surveillance kits featuring M-line cameras and Axis Camera Station video management software. Each system consists of four M-line cameras and a 4-camera base license of the software. Users can combine and scale these kits to meet the needs of surveillance applications up to 50 cameras.

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June 11, 2010

Bosch just announced a new series of NVRs and DVRs designed for applications using a mix analog CCTV cameras and IP network cameras. The Bosch 700 Series Hybrid Recorder supports up to 16 analog cameras and 16 IP cameras, while the 700 Series Network Recorder is an all-in-one IP video solution that supports up to 32 IP cameras with H.264 compression.

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June 9, 2010

Law enforcement and traffic authorities in Korea have turned to Arecont Vision MegaVideo IP cameras to watch over a recently constructed motor vehicle tunnel. This demanding surveillance application requires exceptional image detail in order to recognize license plate numbers in dimly lit conditions. The newly installed surveillance system uses Arecont Vision AV3130 MegaVideo IP cameras to meet these needs.

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June 7, 2010

The Douglas Village Shopping Center in Cork County, Ireland has installed a new IP surveillance system featuring network cameras from Axis and Milestone XProtect video management software. The goal of the system is to not only improve security, but also help the shopping center to better manage its operations and improve customer service. Milestone XProtect Enterprise open-platform software provides the center with a platform for integration with video analytics, access control, intercoms, and a sophisticated parking system.

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June 2, 2010

Milestone Systems and Sony recently announced a new joint venture that aims to improve the reliability of IP surveillance through edge recording (or recording straight to the camera). The system is called Edge Storage, and it basically works as stand-by storage in case of an outage or a lost connection. Footage is stored on camera, and when the connection is restored, it's automatically delivered from the camera to the Milestone XProtect server.

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May 28, 2010

Lansing, Michigan just received a new city-wide video surveillance system that aims to clean up a number of known high-crime areas. The new surveillance deployment uses IP cameras and equipment from IndgiVision. By embracing IP video technology, the city now has a comprehensive IP camera network that the police department can tap into remotely from any location.

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May 25, 2010

Earlier this month we told you about a new app from Exacq designed for remote video monitoring via the iPhone or iPad. Now Honeywell is in on the action with the release of their new Total Connect communications service. The system, which is available as an app for users of the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and the new iPad, allows users to view live video on the move, and sends automated alerts in emergency situations, or at scheduled times.

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May 21, 2010

Axis recently introduced a new series of high-performance, outdoor-ready PTZ dome cameras, including two HDTV models. These rugged network cameras are geared towards demanding applications such as city surveillance, and video security for airports, harbors, and stadiums. With the inclusion of HDTV capabilities, the new Axis line allows for more detailed monitoring in full frame rate.

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May 19, 2010

Bosch has unveiled a new family of standalone IP cameras, each offering a removable 16GB SD card that can record days of footage inside the camera. The Bosch IP 200 Series is geared towards applications such as small office surveillance and video security for retail shops.

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May 18, 2010

Security Products magazine recently announced its 2010 GovSec awards, with the Axis M3114-R network camera taking home the honors in the IP Video Category. The Security Products GovSec Awards were launched in 2009 to honor outstanding products in six award categories within the security industry.

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May 13, 2010

We're proud to announce that the team here at VideoSurveillance.com recently received an A rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB). What does that rating mean? To us, it's a sign that we're doing our job the right way. To the BBB, it means VideoSurveillance.com demonstrates a strong commitment to customer service and support.

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May 11, 2010

Yesterday at IFSEC, Arecont Vision introduced its new high-definition AV2805 network camera. The Arecont Vision AV2805 is a full HD 1080p camera that delivers 1920x1080 video at up to 30 frames per second for detailed monitoring and recording.

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May 10, 2010

Milestone Systems is in Birmingham, UK this week for the 2010 IFSEC event. Representatives from the company are showcasing the latest XProtect video management software offerings and a host of new open-platform IP video solutions. The highlight is milestone's Smart Client 5.0, which is available with XProtect Corporate 3.1. The idea behind XProtect Corporate 3.1 is to provide a platform that can integrate with any other type of management system as well as third-party devices and utilities. This open platform helps customers get the most out of their surveillance systems, and is geared towards those with enterprise-level surveillance requirements.

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May 6, 2010

Exacq has developed a new app that acts as a fully featured video surveillance viewer for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The Exacq NVR Viewer allows you to view your IP cameras remotely in real-time, and search and playback recorded video. You can even control pan/tilt/zoom camera functions.

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May 5, 2010

VideoIQ is set to show off its line of iCVR intelligent surveillance products at next week's IFSEC security conference. The iCVR series of cameras, encoders and video management software aims to create surveillance solutions that offer the option of zero bandwidth recording, while providing adaptive video analytics. At IFSEC, special attention will be paid to the VideoIQ iCVR-MP megapixel network camera, the iCVR video encoder, and the VideoIQ View video management system.

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April 29, 2010

IFSEC 2010 is only a couple weeks away, and that means it's time for another slew of exciting new IP camera product announcements. Sony will be at this hugely popular UK security conference showing off a fresh batch of HD network cameras, including the SNC-DH180 network camera with IR illuminator, and the SNC-DH240 with innovative View-DR technology. Both cameras provide HD-quality video, which is a key focus for Sony and many manufacturers heading to the IFSEC event.

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April 26, 2010

The Milestone XProtect Device Pack 4.8 is now available for users of XProtect IP video software. This device pack offers support for new IP video cameras and devices, plus updated support for existing devices from such popular brands as ACTi, Arecont Vision, Axis, Bosch, D-Link, Sanyo and more.

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April 20, 2010

Parma's Ennio Tardini Stadium, home of the Parma Football Club, hosts soccer matches and other high-level sporting events that draw large crowds throughout the year. In order to maintain a high level of security for the spectators and workers who enter its gates, the stadium requires a comprehensive video surveillance system. Recently the existing surveillance system was expanded to include Axis HDTV network cameras. A hybrid solution featuring both IP cameras and analog cameras connected to video encoders was already in place, but the system needed an upgrade to ensure total coverage.

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April 16, 2010

Axis has added a cool new Product Selector tool to their website that lets you quickly compare products from their entire catalog of IP network cameras and video encoders. You can narrow your camera search by checking off the requirements that are most important to your specific surveillance application. Select your preferred camera type, specify basic functions such as max resolution and compression, day/night functionality, PoE, audio support, and outdoor capabilities. And that's just the beginning.

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April 14, 2010

QNAP is at the SecuTech Expo in Taipei, Taiwan this week showcasing a new fleet of high-performance network video recorders. This latest batch of NVRs offers some welcome additions to QNAP's already popular VioStor NVR series. On display at SecuTech are the company's new 2-drive, 4-drive, and 6-drive VioStor NVR models. Each NVR incorporates an Intel Atom D-510 dual-core processor for reliable performance and maximum throughput with very low power consumption.

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April 8, 2010

Another new product line showcased at the recent ISC West conference is VideoIQ's series of iCVR-MP megapixel dome cameras. VideoIQ iCVR-MP cameras deliver high-resolution 1080p video at full frame rate, while offering sophisticated video analytics and support for IQTrack digital PTZ. This makes them well-suited for monitoring large open areas required detailed surveillance video. Each camera also comes equipped with up to a half-terabyte of onboard NVR storage. On-camera recording can reduce deployment costs, and gives you the ability to establish a surveillance solution offering zero-bandwidth recording. High-quality video can be recorded straight to the camera rather than sent over the network to a centralized storage device. This can be useful for applications where conventional surveillance installations are impossible or impractical.

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April 5, 2010

This week we're adding a fresh batch of QNAP Network Video Recorders to the VideoSurveillance.com online store. Each of these powerful NVRs serves as a standalone network surveillance system complete with embedded software and mass storage capabilities. QNAP VioStor NVRS support real-time monitoring and recording from multiple cameras simultaneously. Users can even access live camera footage and archived video remotely using a standard web browser.

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April 2, 2010

Axis has a new line of compact fixed network cameras ready to roll. The Axis M11 network camera series features high-resolution models supporting H.264, the latest compression standard for streaming and recording top-quality video images at reduced file sizes. Available SVGA-resolution models include the Axis M1103 (fixed iris) and Axis M113 (DC-iris). The series also includes the Axis M1104 (fixed iris) and Axis M114 (DC-iris) both of which provide HDTV 720p/1 megapixel resolution.

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March 30, 2010

Panasonic is the latest in a long list of IP camera manufacturers releasing new models that promise HD picture quality. The new Panasonic lineup includes megapixel fixed network cameras, and mini-dome H.264 cameras, each boasting i-Pro Smart HD high-performance features.

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March 26, 2010

Arecont Vision is unveiling its AV10005 series of megapixel cameras at ISC West 2010. The Arecont Vision AV10005 is unique in that it combines the resolution of a 10-megapixel camera and full HD 1080p performance at 30 frames per second, all in the same camera system. This innovative dual mode camera offers 33 times the resolution of standard VGA-resolution cameras, and uses H.264 compression to reduce network bandwidth usage while conserving storage space.

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March 25, 2010

Panasonic Systems has announced a new 4-channel video encoder that offers easy integration between analog security cameras and IP networked system applications. The Panasonic WJ-GXE500 encoder is a hybrid solution designed for those transitioning from analog to IP-based surveillance. Analog footage is converted to digital, and streamed using H.264 compression to optimize network bandwidth and storage space.

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March 25, 2010

We recently added a slew of new IP cameras to the VideoSurveillance.com online store. The latest offering is Vivotek's FD8161 fixed-dome network camera. The Vivotek FD8161 delivers outstanding megapixel image quality, plus day/night functionality, making it a solid choice for applications requiring detailed surveillance around the clock.

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March 24, 2010

The new camera announcements continue at ISC West. Today we got a sneak peek at the Axis P1347, a top-of-the-line, 5-megapixel fixed network camera featuring HDTV 1080p performance, and precise iris control for superior image quality. Two models are available: the indoor Axis P1347, and the Axis P1347-E for outdoor installations.

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March 23, 2010

At this week's ISC West conference in Las Vegas, Panasonic is unveiling two economical IP camera/NVR bundled systems. Each system includes four network cameras. You can choose a package with high-resolution megapixel cameras with H.264 compression, or one with standard digital IP network cameras. Both are geared towards small business video surveillance applications such as convenience stores and fast-food restaurants.

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March 22, 2010

IQinVision is expanding its popular IQeye Basic Line of mini dome network cameras. The new camera models will be on display this week at the ISC West conference in Las Vegas. Exciting features available with the latest IQeye offerings include H.264 compression and HD megapixel picture quality.

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March 19, 2010

A new IP-based surveillance system is up and running at Casino Copenhagen. The system features several hundred network cameras all managed with Milestone XProtect IP video software. Like all casinos, Casino Copenhagen relies on video surveillance to meet strict security requirements, and to manage internal procedures. Using Milestone software, operators are able to control hundreds of IP cameras simultaneously, view live and archived video at the same time, and quickly export video evidence to authorities when necessary.

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March 17, 2010

VideoIQ announced a slew of new products this week, including the iCVR dome camera line, boasting zero bandwidth recording and adaptive analytics, and an advanced video management system. What exactly does "zero bandwidth recording" really mean? In this case, it means each VideoIQ iCVR dome camera can hold up to half a terabyte of onboard storage. That's a significant amount compared to the amount of onboard storage we usually see. With this much storage built into the camera, you could conceivably record months worth of footage without having to stream to a central NVR. So that, in essence, is how these cameras can record without hoarding bandwidth.

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March 15, 2010

While we're on the subject of new camera announcements, let's take a look at the latest batch of Canon IP cameras recently added to the VideoSurveillance.com store. The new Canon network camera offerings include the VBC500VD vandal-resistant mini dome, the VB-C60 PTZ camera, and the VB-C500D mini dome.

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March 10, 2010

We've added a fresh batch of high-performance Sony IP cameras to our online store. The new offerings include HD cameras for critical surveillance applications, ultra-fast PTZ domes, discreet mini-dome cameras, and fixed models boasting H.264 compression.

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March 10, 2010

QNAP has announced a firmware upgrade for its VioStor series of network video recorders. The new firmware, version 3.2.0, supports more powerful event management, increased user access control, and a larger selection of IP camera models. VioStor NVR users can download the updated firmware for free at the QNAP website.

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March 9, 2010

Sanyo recently announced an exciting new lineup of HD network cameras offering full frame rate and H.264/MJPEG dual codecs. We're pleased to announce this powerful collection of Sanyo IP cameras is now available in the VideoSurveillance.com online store. The Sanyo network camera series includes robust, vandal-resistant domes, fixed day/night models, zoom cameras, and high-performance PTZ cameras, all offering megapixel resolution and HDTV image quality.

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March 8, 2010

In the world of home entertainment, the HDTV revolution is already well underway. The consumer electronics market has made the shift from old-school television sets to high-definition plasma and LCD models. Now, the video surveillance industry is starting to take notice of this exciting technology. More and more manufacturers are beginning to offer network camera models that meet industry standards for HDTV image quality. In the VideoSurveillance.com online store, you can now find a full selection of HDTV network camera's from the industry's leading manufacturers, available in 720p and 1080p resolution. These cameras are geared towards applications requiring high-resolution images and full frame rate for identification and analysis. Examples include video security for casinos, airports, passport controls, and city surveillance.

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March 5, 2010

We've added Arecont Vision's new lineup of compact MegaVideo cameras to our online store. Available in megapixel formats ranging from 1.3 to 5-megapixel, these cameras are designed to make high-resolution video surveillance affordable for a variety of applications. Each camera offers full motion progressive scan for clear images without motion blur. Other key features include superior low-light performance, forensic zooming, Power over Ethernet, and built-in motion detection.

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March 4, 2010

ExacqVision has made Version 4.0 of its IP video surveillance management software available for download. Version 4.0 is loaded with new features to help users quickly access their IP cameras and manage surveillance footage. One of the more exciting additions to the exacqVision platform is a new mapping feature in which maps coexist with cameras. Users can place cameras directly on maps and share them across an enterprised deployment. Also, a limitless number of camera maps can be created and displayed simultaneously.

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March 2, 2010

Today, Axis announced three new network camera products aimed to increase the availability of HDTV surveillance to different markets. The new releases include the Axis M32 fixed dome series, the Axis P3304 fixed dome series, and the Axis M1054 network camera.

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March 2, 2010

Milestone Systems has announced the upcoming releases of XProtect Analytics 2.1, a framework that allows integration of multiple video content analysis (VCA) systems from different manufacturers all operating within a single user interface. With XProtect Analytics 2.1, operators can instantly display, search and compare alerts from multiple video analytics systems.

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March 1, 2010

The good people of Axis Communications have been posting some informative videos lately on their YouTube channel. Here's one that walks us through the process of installing an Axis Q6032-E PTZ dome camera. The Axis Q6032-E is an outdoor-ready camera that offers fast and accurate pan/tilt/zoom control for flexible wide-area monitoring. It supports Power over Ethernet (PoE) and features an IP66-rated outdoor housing that protects the camera from dust and water. Watch the demonstration video from Axis after the jump...

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February 25, 2010

Missouri's James River Assembly Church has turned to Axis Communications for a large-scale surveillance project enhancing security for the church and community facilities at its two campuses. The project incorporates a variety of Axis network camera models and encoders helping the church to transition from its existing analog setup to a new IP-based surveillance solution.

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February 16, 2010

Milestone Systems has released the Device Pack 4.7 update for its XProtect video management software platform. XProtect Device Pack 4.7 offers support for new IP cameras and devices along with updated support for existing devices.

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February 15, 2010

The 2010 Winter Olympic Games are underway in Vancouver, and like any big event that draws large crowds, security is a key concern. Of course when you're talking about the Olympic Games, it's not just one big crowd on one day, it's an entire world of fans invading Vancouver and the surrounding region for weeks on end. To better protect the various Olympic venues, Panasonic has provided a range of IP security products, including network cameras from the company's popular i-Pro series.

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February 11, 2010

Sony just announced four new IP cameras built to deliver high-definition surveillance footage. Each network camera model offers H.264, MPEG-4, and JPEG compression, and can stream high-def video at up to 30 frames per second in full 1280 x 720 resolution.

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February 8, 2010

Bosch is releasing a new, easy-to-use video management solution geared towards small-scale surveillance applications such as shops, retail stores and pharmacies. The Bosch Video Recorder 400 is simple to setup right out of the box. All you have to do is connect your cameras and power and the unit is able to automatically begin recording. With its built-in web viewer, users can monitor cameras remotely, play back archived footage, and even configure and control their cameras from afar. And in the event of an alarm, the system's video manager will instantly send out an automated email alert.

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February 3, 2010

Axis Communications is involved in a large-scale bus surveillance project in Prague. The deployment features 3.500 Axis 209FD-R network cameras monitoring the interior of each vehicle in the city's fleet of public transit buses. The cameras will improve passenger and driver security, and will also provide visual evidence to help solve crimes such as vandalism and theft.

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January 29, 2010

We're pleased to announce the official launch of the VideoSurveillance.com newsletter. The January edition was delivered to inboxes earlier this week, and you can look forward to future installments in the months ahead. Our debut issue, also available in the VideoSurveillance.com Newsletter Archive, is packed to the gills with video security news, product reviews and insider info. We cover such topics as vacation home monitoring, H.264 video compression, and we shine the spotlight on QNAP's 4-channel NVR-104 network surveillance system. You'll also find info on new IP cameras from Axis and Vivotek, plus special offers and links to our latest blog stories.

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January 27, 2010

Sony is adding to its lineup of high-definition network cameras with the new SNC-CH240 full HD fixed camera. The Sony SNC-CH240 joins an already impressive catalog of HD cameras that includes fixed, minidome, and PTZ models for both indoor and outdoor surveillance applications.

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January 26, 2010

If you watched last Sunday's episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, you'll likely remember seeing IP cameras from Panasonic in action. Panasonic provided four splash-resistant outdoor network cameras to the program. The cameras were deployed as part of a home surveillance installation that aims to deter theft and vandalism, while allowing the homeowners to monitor their property remotely form any computer or web-enabled cell phone.

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January 22, 2010

This week Axis announced yet another new fleet of IP cameras designed for outdoor locations. Each network camera features an IP66-rated housing for outdoor use, and is ready for mounting right out of the box. The cameras also come equipped with Power over Ethernet for easy installation. The new lineup of Axis outdoor network cameras is ideal for demanding locations such as train stations, airports, traffic monitoring and municipal surveillance.

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January 19, 2010

A hybrid surveillance system featuring IP video equipment from IndigoVision has been deployed in Aberdeen Harbor, the UK's largest port serving the North Sea oil and gas industry. Previously the port had an analog surveillance system in place, but it recently upgraded to a solution that incorporates IP cameras and network video recorders while still utilizing the existing analog CCTV cameras.

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January 18, 2010

Axis Communications has announced a new lineup of full-featured thermal network cameras believed to be the first on the market. Both the Axis Q1910 and the Axis Q1910-E network cameras use thermal imaging for accurate and intelligent detection of people and incidents in difficult conditions such as low light and even total darkness. The Axis Q1910 is designed for indoor surveillance applications, while the Axis Q1910-E is outdoor-ready.

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January 15, 2010

The city of St. Cloud, Florida has deployed a network of Axis IP cameras to monitor its water and wastewater plants. The new IP-based system is the first step in modernizing St. Cloud's existing analog CCTV surveillance capabilities.

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January 14, 2010

Milestone has just released its new XProtect Enterprise 7.0 software platform for management of medium to large-scale IP video surveillance installations. XProtect is an open platform solution that offers powerful tools for IP video management and recording, and easy integration with third party systems. Milestone XProtect Enterprise 7 is geared towards larger applications, including multi-site camera deployments.

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January 13, 2010

Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas, featuring 2,700 guest cabins and enough space to accommodate 6,300 passengers and 2,160 crew members, is believed to be the world's largest cruise ship. (I'm curious to know how it stacks up against the Titanic.) Providing an effective video surveillance solution for this massive vessel posed quite a challenge. To tackle the large-scale project, planners worked out a sophisticated IP surveillance network that incorporates IP cameras, devices, wireless access points and networking equipment from Cisco.

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January 11, 2010

Panasonic has announced a pair of user-friendly network cameras geared towards home and small-business surveillance. The Panasonic BL-C210 is a sleek plug-and-play camera that offers easy installation and real-time remote monitoring. The Panasonic BL-C230 is a wireless network camera that allows for flexible installation in almost any indoor location.

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January 8, 2010

This week Arecont Vision announced the launch of a new high-resolution camera series featuring compact network cameras available in 1.3, 2, 3, or 5 megapixel formats. The new batch of cameras joins Arecont Vision's MegaVideo lineup, only these cameras are half the size as the original full-size models. Despite their small stature, they offer the same image quality, frame rates, processing, and many of the same sophisticated features as the existing MegaVideo cameras, and are designed for end-users with a tighter budget.

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January 7, 2010

We're pleased to announce a new series of 4-channel IP Camera Systems now available in the VideoSurveillance.com online store. Each of these all-in-one camera systems features everything you need to install an effective surveillance solution that allows for remote monitoring, easy video management and recording. If you're looking for an affordable IP surveillance package that you can get up and running right out of the box, we encourage you to check out these offerings.

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January 6, 2010

Milestone Systems has announced the availability of its XProtect Device Pack 4.6. The updated device pack offers additional support for new and existing network cameras and IP video devices on XProtect Enterprise, Professional, Basis +, and XProtect Corporate video management platforms.

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January 4, 2010

ACTi has released a new megapixel network camera designed for detailed surveillance monitoring in both indoor and outdoor environments. The ACTi TCM-5312 is a high-performance camera that operates using an AC 24V power supply, which is common for outdoor installations. It streams clear and detailed video footage over your network and optimizes bandwidth and storage space with H.264 compression. It also supports MPEG-4 and MJPEG and allows for two simultaneous streams to meet varying needs for monitoring and recording.

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