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Factors In Effective CCTV Installations In Retail Outlets

 Well defined spec key to cost-effective CCTV installation A report from the West Midlands Police suggests that the quality of up to 80% of CCTV images is so poor that they can't be used for evidential purposes. But it doesn't have to be that way, as Alistair Enser of Siemens Building Technologies explains. To design an effective CCTV installation, it is first necessary to decide what the installation is supposed to do. For example, in a stadium or a shopping c...

Digital And Network Video Recorder Terminology: Dispelling Myths

  Unclear digital and Network video recorder terminology is perpetrating several myths  SourceSecurity.com's Product Editorial Consultant Jennifer Lines dives into the murky waters of video recording and looks at the advent of both digital and network video recording. What are the options? Why is there so much confusion? Which type should you choose?VCRs, DVRs and NVRs - A brief historyAfter the demise of VCR technology, digital video recording has enjoyed a stea...

Thriving In Unstable Times: Honeywell Unveil Their Keys To Success

   Key to stability during economic downturn is investment in partners and product innovation  If we are to believe the words of the Bank of England's Mervyn King, the recession may be coming to an end. No longer are we to fear the shouts of the dreaded "credit crunch" resonating from our TV screens. While green shoots of economic recovery spring up around the world, there is still enough uncertainty to warrant the question: How is the security industry...

Understanding Mobile WiMAX Radio Technologies

  Mobile Wimax drives business  For around 15 years, Alvarion has been at the forefront of the development and deployment of radio technologies and advance antenna systems for broadband wireless networks including mobile WiMAX. Ashish Sharma, Vice-President of Corporate Communications, explains the merits of Mobile WiMAX radio technologies and advance antenna systems. In addition to being a leading-edge technology, Mobile WiMAX™ has also emerged as a business driver addressi...

Interfaces, Integration And Interoperability Of CCTV Security Systems

Integrated systems solution - The future proof option Does the key to a successful long-term investment in security systems reside in integration? Patric Meyer, SDK support manager, Geutebruck answers 'yes'.If you are only interested in a stand-alone CCTV system for screening and recording video - full stop - then this article is probably not for you. However, most CCTV users these days want much more for their money. Many want their video surveillance system to communicate wi...

Contactless Smart Cards In Health Care Institutions: Considerations For Entering The Health Care Market

   Hospitals need stronger 'in-depth' physical security at different entry points Within the course of any given day, a hospital or health care chief security officer (CSO) faces the task of not only protecting multiple points of access but also doing so in a way that enables movement and activity, is convenient for staff and patients and does not impede the facility's primary function: saving lives. Health care facilities exist in a wide variety of medical focus, adm...

Intruder Alarm Transmission Systems Poised For Growth

  Increased public demand for high spec intruder alarm systemsNew kinds of ‘cost-competitive' dual-path security alarm transmission systems are opening up new business opportunities for installers upgrading from audible-only, says BT Redcare's Andy Fyvie.Heightened public awareness of the need to improve security, coupled with new developments in intruder alarm technology, mean that there are now some exciting new opportunities for security alarm installers to grow their bus...

Standard Video Resolutions Uncovered: Part 2

   Megapixel and HDTV resolutions produce higher quality images What are the benefits of Megapixel and HDTV resolutions? In part 2 of this article, Phil Doyle, Managing Director (UK & Ireland) of Axis Communications continues with an in depth explanation of their key advantages. (Read part 1 of this article on standard video resolutions)Megapixel resolutionsA network camera that offers megapixel resolution uses a megapixel sensor to delive...

Intelligent Security Solutions: More Flexibility And Scalability

Can intelligent technology really deliver a high return on investment and what can it offer government and local authorities today? Yvonne Pritchard of Sony Professional Security details the advantages of intelligent solutions within security installations. Surveillance has long been an essential focus for governments and local authorities at all levels, from traffic and hospital  IP security - the intelligent choice monitoring to large-scale security operations for one-off e...

Tightening Cruise Ships’ Security: State Of Access Control Solutions Onboard Passenger Ships

  Cruise ships need stringent security measures Baggage x-rays, archway metal detectors, body checks, swipe card readers and more... Michael Lawton for ASSA ABLOY Future Lab delves into the world of access control security onboard cruise ships as they are subjected to the tighter security norms of the IMO and ISPS code.If you wanted to describe the security challenges of a cruise liner, you could think of a hotel inside an airport. When it comes to the...

Access Control - The Key To Integrated Security Systems For Businesses

  Integrated access control solutions have become easier to apply Leading integrated security solutions provider Honeywell explains the importance and benefits of implementing an integrated access control solution for businesses. An access control solution can be as simple as the use of electronic or magnetic swipe cards instead of keys to unlock a front door. This limited functionality still retains a considerable level of value. In most cases, businesses can limit...

Museum Security: Integrated Security Systems To Protect The Priceless

  Museums facing growing security challenge with rise of armed robbery  It only takes a shocking 58 seconds to steal a painting. Jonas Rehnberg, writer at Assa Abloy Future labs, speaks to former museum security chief Ton Cremers about the safe-keeping of precious artefacts in museums and art galleries. In 2004, armed, masked robbers stormed into the Munch Museum in Oslo and stole two masterpieces - "The Scream" and "Madonna" - before the eyes of shocked spectators....

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