When you think about it, a cable splice is really the termination of two or more wires. And poor cable termination practices are the No. 1 technical problem for alarm system installation and service. Thus the need to discuss some time-proven cable splicing techniques.
By Bob Dolph · December 01, 2013
With no apparent slowdown in sight for violent outbursts claiming innocent lives in areas where people gather, it is time to reassess all areas of access control. Find out how better practices and technology advancements can help the cause.
By Bob Dolph · October 31, 2013
While video surveillance is the most overt example of the security industry’s technology advancement the past 20 years, too often it’s also a leading source of disappointment due to improper deployment and usage. Find out some of the system design techniques, features and best practices to optimize today’s impressive network video capabilities.
By Bob Dolph · September 30, 2013
One of the most basic elements of an intrusion system is the alarm contact or switch used to secure doors, windows and other building openings. Although ubiquitous and not overly complex, alarm contacts nonetheless require the utmost attention to ensure proper alarm system operations.
By Bob Dolph · September 03, 2013
As security practitioners we tend to limit our horizons by remaining in the same circles. Particularly as technologies continue to converge and evolve, the lines become blurred among building systems. Audio/visual, real estate and construction are examples of fields crossing more and more into our realm.
By Bob Dolph · July 31, 2013
Smart security practitioners know better than to ever underestimate the power of Mother Nature. That includes lightning strikes, which can wreak havoc for systems unless they are properly grounded and equipped with surge protection.
By Bob Dolph · July 01, 2013
Unfortunately, there is no shortage of security systems installations gone wrong — sometimes with devastating and fatal consequences. Two in particular serve as departure points to review critical practices and grasp why wisdom trumps smarts.
By Bob Dolph · June 02, 2013
Mercifully, testing devices are keeping pace with advancing technology.
By Bob Dolph · April 30, 2013
While it has not progressed at the same pace as IT, physical security is nonetheless surely if slowly heading toward open and interoperable devices and systems. Find out why this is important to the future of electronic security and some of the organizations paving the way.
By Bob Dolph · April 02, 2013
While discussion regarding high definition surveillance video has overwhelmingly centered around IP connectivity, there is an alternative. HDcctv, an HD-SDI-based open industrial standard for transmitting uncompressed digital video over point-to-point coax links, offers advantages depending on the application.
By Bob Dolph · March 06, 2013