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Best Picks: Outdoor Wireless Cameras

by M Rucinski - on May 16th 2017 - No Comments

Getting Started

There are many wireless outdoor security cameras on the market with a variety of features, so whether you’re camera-savvy or a new buyer, it can be a challenge to select the best product for your security needs. Consumers need something easy to install and use that displays quality images as well as integrates intelligent technology.

For end users, finding a vendor who will provide support and upgrades for the camera and system software throughout the life of the product is also a necessity.

The following represents a list of some of the top wireless outdoor cameras available to consumers.

1. Logitech Alert 750e Outdoor Master System:
Consumers can access live video using their smartphones and tablets, and receive emails or push notifications based on sound and motion detection. Features include weatherproof casing, audio, and night vision. Unfortunately, this model is not compatible with Mac systems – the software is compatible with Windows only. Another notable drawback is that remote system management requires a yearly fee. (more…)

Kwikset SMARTCODE 910 Review

by Albert Breton - on May 11th 2017 - No Comments

Kwikset supplied us with SMARTCODE 910 which can be configured with your home automation. The lock speaks Z-Wave and Zigbee. In our case, I registered it with our home automation using Z-wave.

kwikset Smartcode 910 lock (more…)

Panasonic WV-SFN110 Review: i-PRO Indoor Dome Network Camera

by Albert Breton - on May 9th 2017 - No Comments

I was excited to see Panasonic’s little WV-SFN110 indoor camera.  However, the excitement faded pretty quickly as I tried to configure the camera.  Let me get all the griping out before I go in to the camera itself.  Like many camera manufacturers they think that everyone only runs Windows workstations. The Easy IP software which is supposed to help you set the IP initially is an EXE file so it only runs on Windows.  I tried to use the Easy IP tool to scan for the camera so I could re-IP it, but no luck.  I had to run a port scan on my network to find the camera, so for people who does not know how to run a port scan to find the IP the camera is operating on, it would be a problem.

Panasonic i-PRO Camera WV-SFN110

Once I found the IP I connected with the only browser supported; Microsoft Internet Explorer.  It is beyond me why camera manufacturers do not select a browser platform which can be used from Macs, Linux and Windows, instead of painting themselves into a corner only allowing Internet Explorer.  With Windows 10, Microsoft wants you to use the Edge browser, but that is not supported either, so you must connect to the camera using Internet Explorer, no matter how much you hate it. (more…)

D-Link (DCS-4603) Review: Vigilance Full HD PoE Dome Network Camera

by Albert Breton - on May 4th 2017 - No Comments

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The New DCS-4603 from D-Link is a small form factor indoor camera that has integrated IR LED with automatic IR-cut filter module for visibility in dark conditions, and a Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) for high contrast areas. (more…)

Product Review: NEW ADVIDIA E-37-V Dome Camera

by Johnny R - on Aug 18th 2016 - No Comments

ADVIDIA has released a 3MP mini dome camera that has apparently hit a sweet spot in the market as they are having trouble keeping pace with demand according to Domingo Martinez, Marketing Director at Video Insight, Inc. In fact, just getting a camera for this review required me to hand over my wife as collateral. I may be exaggerating a bit but it is true that it was not easy to get my hands on one of these to test.

The ADVIDIA E-37-V is a small form factor (aka- ‘mini’) dome camera with a fixed, motorized (for focus) lens that can be used inside or out. In spite of the small product size, the device has received IP67 and IK10 ratings. (more…)

Hands-on with Staples’ “Connect” and Home Depot’s Wink

by Bjorn Hovd - on Jul 27th 2016 - No Comments

Home automation is something that is being introduced to the mainstream consumer through product lines like Lowes’ “Iris”, Staples’ “Connect” and Home Depot’s “Wink”. There are many more products and providers in this growing space, however, in this article I will focus on the Connect and Wink solutions.

Home automation has been around for quite some time but typically as a niche market for people who have the time and money to tinker and tweak systems plus the knowledge to do so. The home automation hubs introduced through Lowes, Staples, and Home Depot are all meant to be used by people that have no interest in writing code or rewiring to automate their home. They want an intuitive graphical interface, where it will be easy to both setup and configure the home automation devices. (more…)

Telepresence vs Telerobotics: Part 2

by katieG - on Jul 22nd 2016 - No Comments

Welcome back to Part 2 in our series on telepresence (TP) and telerobotics (TR) technologies. In the first piece in this series, we talked about the difference between a telepresence system and a telerobotics system. We also looked at some basic applications that you may use these systems for. Today, we are going to take a more in-depth look at the three forms you are likely to find these systems in to provide you a more solid understanding of how the capabilities are facilitating security and surveillance.

There are currently three distinct manifestations of these systems. Each one builds on the last and adds to the things that the previous system can do. Each addition of capability carries its own advantages and disadvantages so strategy is warranted before attempting to employ this type of tech. (more…)

Product Review: Angelcam – New Cloud-based Video Storage Platform

by Bjorn Hovd - on Jun 21st 2016 - 7 Comments

Searching for a cloud-based video storage platform, I came across angelcam.com. Angelcam works with any brand camera and there is no need for any software installation or specific hardware (other than the cameras). In addition, you can watch it from anywhere via almost any platform. At first, I assumed that you would only be able to store still images and watch live video in the free plan but not review recorded video. It turns out that Angelcam is actually a modular platform allowing for add-on apps to provide different features. For example, using the Cloud Recording app, you can review the last 3 days of video for free and if you want to view/store the last 7 days, it will cost just $4.99/month or $9.99 for 30 days. There is no video data limit on any of the plans and you can attach as many cameras as you want. (more…)

VMSToday talks to ICRealtime

by Johnny R - on Apr 27th 2016 - No Comments

While they weren’t on my original list of exhibitors that I planned to visit, ICRealtime got my attention and immediately became my most interesting target. I kind of stumbled across Brian Levy at their booth. He was patient with my excited questions and my marveling at not having heard of them before in spite of the many awards they have won at fairly prestigious shows. I will admit that I have a personal interest in the burgeoning field of 360 capture. I’m sure there will be an agreed upon term for this new tech but at the moment, it goes by a few names: 360, VR, Immersive, etc.

The basic idea is that you have camera technology that is capable of capturing the views from almost every possible angle from a single device at the same time. I say “almost” as the camera itself takes up some space and all of the current models manage to exclude the device from view so you actually have a tiny bit less than “all” in your capture. But the primary bullet point is the same- you can have a single camera capture an entire room which eliminates both the need for multiple cameras and Pan/Tilt mechanisms. I could dive into the effect that viewing these types of captures through VR goggles or even Google Cardboard has but that is not relevant to this story so I’ll save the evangelizing for another day. ICRealtime had multiple options but I was focused on two models: the IC720 and the Allie. Before I get into the details of both cameras, there were two points that Brian made that I think are worth repeating. While this may sound like marketing fluff to some, I think it carries more weight for the majority of American consumers. First, both of their 360 camera models are completely made (not just assembled) in the US. Second, all of their underlying technology is protected by patents that they own. (more…)

Product Review: Ricoh Theta S

by Johnny R - on Apr 21st 2016 - 2 Comments

Product Review: Ricoh Theta S

Intro
My first reaction when reading about the original Theta m15  camera was “Ricoh made this?!”. I mean, I know of the company but their presence in the cutting edge tech arena is basically non-existent. I was intrigued by the concept but a little disappointed by the quality of the captures. Then, Ricoh returned with the Theta S which promised significant improvements over the original and I was ready to give it a try… (more…)