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Review: Bosch MIC IP Starlight 7000 HD PTZ

Bosch MIC IP Starlight 7000 HD is a powerful surveillance solution
Bosch MIC IP Starlight 7000 HD is a powerful surveillance solution

Bosch’s MIC IP Starlight 7000 HD is a special video surveillance camera that puts huge power into the hands of operators. It’s flexible, easy to drive, has a quality camera and lens, does well against backlight and in low light. There are particular applications for which it’s likely no other camera will do. 

PTZ cameras are fun to review because they are so flexible in terms of their capabilities and the flexibility of this Bosch MIC PTZ made it the most fun of all. This is a strong surveillance solution, offering operation in layers. It’s tough as an old boot but there’s no scrimping when it comes to the camera system. There’s no scrimping when it comes to the lighting system, either, but more on that later. 

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Fri
07
Jul
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Affordable Video Surveillance: Plug and Pray?

Plug and play video surveillance solutions have their merits.
Plug and play video surveillance solutions have their merits.

Plug and play video surveillance is a kind of digital Holy Grail and an implicit recognition of the fact end-to-end analogue CCTV solutions have certain key advantages for smaller installers, including simplicity of installation, modest hardware outlays and easy operation. 

CAN plug and play IP solutions match the fundamental simplicity of analogue? It’s an interesting question because there are some real variables. For PnP to match analogue it must be very inexpensive. Yet even the most basic and affordable PnP CCTV solutions – think DVR and 4 cameras – offer the end user search functionalities that traditional analogue can never match. And just to shove a broomstick through the spokes, there’s also digital analogue, which offers analogue simplicity with digital resolution offering improved searching via digital zoom. 

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Fri
07
Jul
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Choosing Surveillance Drones for Security Operations

Even consumer drones have serious surveillance capabilities
Even consumer drones have serious surveillance capabilities

We hear a lot about the negative aspects of drone spying but wouldn’t you say professional video surveillance is the killer app when it comes to drone use? What sort of drone would you recommend for security operations on a typical large site? And bigger drones or smaller? 

Drones could be extremely useful for security operations but you need to make sure you are clear about what you want drone operators to be able to see and when. Depending on the nature of your business, this will be easier or more difficult - a people-based business like a university will be tougher to ratify than a mine, for instance. 

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Fri
07
Jul
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University of New South Wales Seeks Upgrade to CCTV and VMS

UNSW seeks CCTV and VMS upgrade
UNSW seeks CCTV and VMS upgrade

University of New South Wales is looking to upgrade its CCTV network and video management software.

Recent evaluations by UNSW Security in consultation with staff and students, and external agencies (NSW Police and external consultants) have identified gaps in the security monitoring network.

Further, the international student barometer has extensively surveyed overseas students and 92 per cent identified security as an important factor in choosing a campus to study.
 
Security and wellbeing are major contributors to a positive campus experience which is a critical factor in many international university rankings calculations. 

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Wed
14
Jun
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H3C Plus Installs Bosch CCTV For Investa at 1 Market St

1 Market St, Sydney
1 Market St, Sydney

Integrator H3C Plus has installed a Bosch IP video surveillance solution at 1 Market Street Sydney for commercial property owner, Investa. The system incorporates a wide range of cameras supported by high-end Cisco network infrastructure. 

NUMBER 1 Market Street is a prominent A-grade commercial office tower, located adjacent to Darling Harbour and a stone’s throw from the vibrant centre of the Sydney CBD. Late last year, Investa’s management decided to upgrade the aging analogue camera system at 1 Market St and they chose H3C PLUS to provide the solution.

 

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Fri
02
Jun
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Dahua Starlight Anti-Corrosion IR Dome Review

Rugged Dahua dome
Rugged Dahua dome

Dahua’s IPC HDBW823EP-Z-SL is a 2MP, Starlight, anti-corrosion dome featuring a 1/1.9-inch 2MP progressive-scan CMOS sensor, 120dB of WDR capability, delivering 60ips at 1080p, a 4.1-16.4mm motorised lens, 50m of IR, IP67 and IK10 rating and H.264 and H.265 compression options. Performance matches the feature set. 

DAHUA’S IPC HDBW823EP-Z-SL is hewn from a lump of 316L stainless steel and the immediate impression you get when you hold the camera in your hands is build quality. It’s tough, the finish is excellent, there’s potting of terminations in the camera chassis, rubber weather seals, polishing of metal and the bubble seems to be largely untinted. 

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May
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Sony SNC-VB770 Camera Review: Let There Be Light

Sony SNC-VB770 photon muncher
Sony SNC-VB770 photon muncher

Sony’s SNC-VB770 is a low light weapon that combines high resolution and stratospheric ISO levels to offer unsupported low light performance that’s superior to any other commercially available CCTV camera on the planet. How does it work in the real world? SEN finds out…

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Fri
28
Apr
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Graphic Processing Units Vital to 4K Camera Performance

You need to think about graphic processing units with 4K
You need to think about graphic processing units with 4K

WHEN it comes to GPUs – standard cards work fine with 1080p but with 4K you’ll have some issues with latency unless you plan ahead and ensure your hardware has an appropriate specification. 

With 4K GPU RAM is a factor – you want a minimum of 4GB and 8GB if you can get it – a 4K gamers GPU like the water-cooled Nvidia GTX Titan X with 12GB RAM would be great for multiple 4K streams, but you don’t need such a purpose-built tool. 

The Nvidia GTX 1080 with 8GB of RAM (yes, it’s actually 4K), is half the price and very good, too. Doing 4K properly is not plug-and-play, even if you’re only running a single camera. You’ll need to consider your underlying specification and infrastructure. 

A new laptop of good quality with a capable graphics card can handle 4K but not multiple streams in real time, while an older laptop can handle 4K at 12ips. ♦

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Fri
28
Apr
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SecTech Camera Shootout - The Big Boppers: Full List!

SecTech Camera Shootout: The Big Boppers
SecTech Camera Shootout: The Big Boppers

At SecTech Roadshow Camera Shootout we’ll compare big PTZs, low light and bullet cameras from Hikvision, Dahua, Honeywell, Panasonic, Sony, Bosch, Samsung, Pelco, Axis, Vivotek, Uniview and Mobotix for low light, no light, WDR, IR and long range performance (PTZs in Sydney-only).

SECTECH Roadshow Camera Shootout (pre-register here for full details and free parking!) will see all the biggest CCTV brands going head to head including Mobotix, Axis, Hikvision, Dahua, Uniview and Sony, Bosch, Panasonic, Pelco, Vivotek and Samsung. The camera groups being tested include Best Low Light Cameras, Best Bullet Cameras and in Sydney only, PTZ Domes of 36x or higher. The camera resolutions of low light and bullet cameras will be left open but we’ll be calling bitrate as we go – at this time, most the contenders are 1080p versions. 

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Thu
20
Apr
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Surveillance Drones Defended Boston Marathon

CyPhy Works drone taking off
CyPhy Works drone taking off

TETHERED CyPhy Works drones were deployed at the Boston Marathon to assist the security team in protecting runners and spectators.

The drones remained aloft for the entire race and were used to scan crowds and detect threats. They flew to 130m and their Sony cameras captured live video feeds which were transmitted in real time to operators at the MEMA control centre. Operators were able to zoom in, zoom out and replay video, as well as adjusting the position of drones.

The Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance Communications (PARC) drones are built by Danvers, Mass.-based CyPhy Works and were provided at no cost to the Boston Marathon, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).

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