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Devising an electronic access control system begins with a detailed understanding of an end user's expectations and requirements. A system design can then be developed by following an initiative that aims to achieve four specific access control goals. March 06, 2008

Deploying IP cameras necessitates not only an indoctrination of networking concepts, but also a firm grasp of analog video and how to translate those design principles into the language of digital surveillance. Sizing up an application calls for equal consideration of a range of factors, such as purpose, location, light, bandwidth and image size. September 01, 2007

As the size of broadband pipelines continue to increase, the amount of data seems to expand right along with them. Therefore, the bandwidth consumed by IP video system transmission continues to be paramount.Fortunately, there are numerous compression solutions available to help. August 01, 2007

Whether a system is analog, hybrid or entirely IP-based, it’s all for naught if the camera fails to capture quality images.While it’s true many of the optimizing principles of older analog cameras apply to their IP successors, the technology introduces enough new wrinkles to keep even the most skilled integrators on their toes. May 01, 2007

Networked video surveillance systems are at the forefront of the convergence of IT and physical security. However, no matter what the delivery method, the proven, time-tested principles of CCTV system design remain vital. Applying these theories to IP-based systems can help overcome some inherent shortcomings. March 01, 2007

As networked video becomes more prevalent, security contractors are faced with either learning the technology or greatly limiting their relevance. To a large extent, however, it is a case of fearing the unknown. Aside from some new terminology and basic concepts, the fundamentals of troubleshooting network-based systems are similar to those of traditional surveillance systems. September 01, 2006

Serious video system troubleshooting calls for serious tools, such as an oscilloscope. Find out how to select, set up and use this electronic testing device to analyze video waveforms and solve even the most challenging system malfunctions. August 01, 2006

When electronic security systems fail or malfunction, more often than not it’s something small and relatively basic that lies at the root of the problem. Proper termination for a video surveillance system is a prime example. Understanding the different types of termination and how to test for them are the stepping-stones to ensuring systems stability. May 01, 2006

Wouldn’t it be nice if electronic security systems functioned trouble-free until obsolescence began to set in? As you will see, there are too many variables for that to happen. This series of articles has been designed to help technicians get past their fears and master the fine art of system troubleshooting. March 01, 2006

When designing CCTV systems, determining the number, type and location of cameras and DVRs is often only half the battle. Security technicians also need to know what it takes to get video to the network as well as onto it. This means understanding the devices and technologies necessary to effectively interface with your client's IT manager. September 01, 2005

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