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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

image It's an unfortunate situation that most homeowners' key rings look more like a janitor rather than someone that owns a single-family property.

Honeywell's latest release could ease the burden of homeowners having to carry around a wad of keys and other devices on their key rings. The company's latest addition to its 5800 Series of security components allows homeowners to use their existing keyfobs to open and close their garage doors and other relay-activated items. The newly introduced 5877 wireless relay module can be used as an add-on to the company's VISTA and LYNX security systems and it can be utilized as a retrofit or new component that allows homeowners to use their keyfobs to open and close their garage doors.

The Melville, N.Y. security product manufacturer adds the 5877 is engineered to install quickly and that as many as seven keys can be enrolled into the module to provide control to any relay-activated device.

Monday, June 18, 2012

image The Costa Mesa, Calif.-based manufacturer Channel Vision has a diverse line of security products that fit the needs of electronics professionals that serve the residential and commercial security markets.

Adding to its line of camera products, the Southern Californian company recently announced its 6531 Indoor Dome Color 1.3 megapixel IP camera with IR product. Channel Vision says the 1.3 megapixel dome CMOS camera enables electronics professionals to offer clients a camera that is able to capture high quality images with resolutions up to 1200x800, and the ability to save storage space through H.264 compression. In addition to its compatibility with H.264, the camera also works with the JPG and MPEG-4 formats, and it can capture images at other resolutions, including 1280x720 at 30fps, 640x480 at 30fps, 320x240 at 30fps and 176x144 at 30fps.

Other features built into the 6531 1.3 megapixel indoor IP dome camera include event triggered micro SD card recording options and built-in IR that supports viewing distances as far as 15 feet in complete darkness.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

image Channel Vision is a long-time manufacturer of security products and the Costa Mesa, California company's latest product introductions address the PTZ camera category.

The newly announced 6710 and 6721 Outdoor PTZ cameras are designed for a variety of uses, and they incorporate standard features such as pan, tilt and zoom, as well as a 27x (f=3.5 to 94.5) optical zoom built into the 6721 and a 12x (f=3.94 to 46.05mm) optical zoom built into the 6710 model. Both products also include 10x digital zoom features; the ability to resolve 560 lines of resolution; 300-degrees per second panning speed and 120-degrees per second tilt speed to enable users to quickly zoom in on an item or event.

In addition, both products incorporate Channel Vision's on-screen display technologies to facilitate the products' customization, which includes the ability to use as many as 128 presets, and the products can be controlled from a Channel Vision 3G Series Surveillance DVR or by any advice that utilizes Pelco D or Pelco P protocols.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

image Honeywell is one of the most popular security equipment manufacturers in the world of residential electronics and recently the Melville, N.Y.-based company introduced its latest home security product the LYNX Touch 5100 control interface.

The LYNX Touch 5100 is an interface solution that incorporates Wi-Fi and an alarm radio that communicates with 2G, 3G and 4G networks to ensure reliability. With the 5100 interface as part of a complete LYNX Touch security system homeowners will have at their disposal an array of convenience and security features that provide energy efficiency and safety to their lives. Honeywell builds in compatibility with Z-Wave thermostats, door locks and lighting systems to enable homeowners to own a complete home automation/security system at a reasonable cost.

Honeywell adds the LYNX Touch 5100 also includes the company's Total Connect technologies that allows homeowners to access options such as remote camera viewing, weather, news and traffic information from their smart phones.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

image There is no question that wireless communication technologies have gotten a lot better over the past several years. Today wireless technologies show up in everything from wireless data networks, to Apple's line of computing and iOS products, to security and control products such as Elk Products' M1 Cross Platform of control and security devices.

Recently Elk updated the power and versatility of the M1 series by introducing a new line of wireless two-way products that are engineered to enhance the functionality of the M1 Cross Platform. According to the North Carolina-based company, the newly introduced wireless products increase the reliability of the M1 line of products to ensure better performance in home and commercial business environments.

Elk says the products are designed to operate with minimum levels of power and through their integrated LED indicators, the products will communicate to system technicians that they are receiving a signal. The product line includes the M1XRFTW Wireless Transceiver, the 6020 Slim-Line Door/Window Sensor, the 6021 Mini Door/Window Sensor and the 6022 Universal Three Zone Sensor. Elk adds that it will release more products to the line that include a PIR and smoke detector.

Monday, April 02, 2012

image Typically when the word retrofit is used to describe an electronics installation property owners cringe. The word suggests a lot of hidden installation costs that sometimes can make an upgrade in technology cost prohibitive.

Channel Vision's new B-204 IP Camera Balun Over Coax Cable Converter Kit however helps to redefine this stereotypical sales presentation scenario. According to the Costa Mesa, Calif.-based company, the converter kit can actually save up to 40 percent of the costs of a typical retrofit surveillance system upgrade. The kit is designed to allow electronics professionals to utilize a building's existing coax cabling infrastructure to help save labor expenses and additional materials, and once installed it facilitates the use of state-of-the-art IP surveillance cameras such as Channel Vision's HD Dome (6521), Bullet (6522), and flush-mount (6524) IP cameras.

The kit enables video from IP surveillance cameras to transmit as far as 300 feet over standard RG-59/6 cable and it supports up to 10Mbps of bandwidth.

Friday, March 02, 2012

image Normally the topic of security is never talked about unless of course a property is robbed or vandalized. CheckVideo's newest addition to its Ruggedized Outdoor Mobile Sentry line of products is engineered to eliminate the problems of robbery and property desecration.

The newly announced CMS4000 is a self-contained, cloud-based wireless video surveillance solution that is designed to "watch" 24 hours, seven days a week, and in the case of an event the system will automatically notify property owners with a real-time alert that facilitates fast law enforcement response times.

CheckVideo says the product can be used for everything from parking lots to schools, and through the use of wireless technologies the only connections the system needs is power.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

image In the world of networking it's not too often that a custom installer can say that there's a networking component specifically for the custom electronics industry.

In the case of the newly released Pakedge S8W 8-port gigabit switch however, electronics professionals will find a networking device with home theater, security and traditional networking in its DNA. Pakedge says the switch is equipped with eight auto-sensing 10/100/1000Mbps ports and it can be implemented without any preconfiguration. The Foster City, California-based company also says the high-speed, compact switch is compliant with all of the latest networking protocols to ensure its compatibility with all of the latest networking technologies.

Pakedge ships the 8-port gigabit switch with a wall-mounting bracket and it incorporates custom installation features such as the ability to automatically negotiate network speed and duplex mode with connected devices. The company adds the switch is made with a metal enclosure that can be placed on a table, in a rack or hung on a wall.

Monday, January 23, 2012

image When top dealers such as Nick Tamburri of AHA Design consistently laud HAI for its line of home control, home automation and security products, it says the company must be doing something right.

Validating those opinions are actions such as the New Orleans-based company's recent announcement that it is releasing a software update to enhance its control and security systems' usability. Just after the start of the new year HAI revealed that it is updating its controller software to allow for the two-way integration of ZigBee and Z-Wave wireless door locks. HAI dealers that install Omni and Lumina home control systems will be able to utilize wireless door locks from top manufacturers such as Kwikset, Yale and Schlage, and the company says that with the update homeowners can lock and unlock as many as 16 doors using HAI tuchscreens and keyfobs, and they can control these solutions remotely via HAI's Apple iOS and Android apps.

HAI says that installers should make sure the Omni Pro II, Omni IIe, Lumina Pro and Lumina controllers are running software version 3.10 or later, and that Z-Wave integration requires Leviton RF+3 Serial Interface Module part number VRCOP. In addition ZigBee integrations will require HAI's ZigBee Interface Module part number 81A00-3ZB running firmware 14.08 or greater.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

image For most property owners, the purchase of a home, building or other surrounding entity is a significant investment. Protecting that investment is usually a priority and solutions like Honeywell's new 5816OD wireless magnetic contact is the company's latest addition to its 5800 Series of products and it is designed to protect outdoor properties.

Honewell says the 5816OD meets NEMA 4X standards for water protection and it is engineered to withstand a variety of climates to deliver reliable, year-round performance. The wireless magnetic contact is designed to mount on gates, fences, barns, detached garages and other outdoor structures in either a residential or commercial setting.

The product works with the company's VISTA and LYNX series of control products, and it incorporates Honeywell's Total Connect Remote Services technology, which notifies property owners by email or text message when activity is sensed within a protected area.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

image Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has launched a new application for Android devices, letting users control their security systems and view live, streaming video from any remote location. This version is the latest application of Honeywell’s Total Connect 2.0 Remote Services, which allows consumers to utilize the Internet, smartphones, cameras and more to stay connected to their homes and businesses.

The new icon-based user interface allows users to control security system keypad functions and video viewing. They can view live video, record and store video clips, take snapshots or have video clips or pictures e-mailed to them upon an event, such as a delivery taking place or a child arriving home from school. The app replicates a physical keypad. It is a free download in the Android Market.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

image Earlier this year the newly launched, Florida-based company Clare Controls turned a lot of heads within the custom electronics market when it introduced its Apple-based control and automation system that features the use of cloud technologies.

Building upon its original product debut the company has recently introduced its latest product the ClareVision IP surveillance security system. Clare says the system utilizes cloud storage technologies, as well as advanced analytics that were developed for government use. According to the Florida-based manufacturer installers can set up the system using specific parameters within the analytics to disregard events such as the change of lighting conditions and ripples in nearby bodies of water that could trigger false alarms in a typical security system. Installers can tailor the analytics to run more advanced actions such as the identification of motion paths, the presence or absence of objects in a given frame and they can create virtual zones.

The ClareVision system product line includes IP cameras, IP encoders, network video recorders (NVRs), and control interface options such as the Apple iPad. Clare Controls also backs the security system with its optional ClareAssurance monitoring solution. This feature allows Clare dealers to monitor the health of their clients' systems, including individual components within these systems.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

image SnapAV has over a short period of time gained a growing following of custom installers that appreciate the company's philosophy of providing dealers, high-margin, reliable products that span everything from speakers and acoustical treatments, to HDMI cables and projection screens.

The company's new product introduction is its Wirepath Surveillance line of security devices. The line features a total of eight cameras tiered at four price and performance levels, and it offers a choice of dome and bullet products. Supporting the eight camera products are a choice of three digital video recorders (DVRs) that are tiered in basic and advanced.

Augmenting the line's array of hardware options is an iPhone app and a soon-to-be-released Android app that allows users to view and control their cameras and DVRs from remote locations. Highlighting the apps' functions are the ability to watch live video, search and playback options, and a screen capture capability.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

image Home Automation, Inc. (HAI) is one of the most aggressive companies in the entire custom installation market. With a vast product line that covers many categories and a research and development (R&D) staff that consistently updates those products the company positions itself to dealers as a state-of-the-art company with affordable products.

Reinforcing its reputation in the market are product releases like its new Snap-Link USB for Windows with Access Control, Audio, Humidity and User Settings update. The solution (product number 1120) is a USB key that plugs into a PC to allow users to access their Hi-Fi 2 whole-house audio systems, as well as their access control systems, dehumidifier/humidifiers, and user settings that include irrigation and wake-up times.

The New Orleans-based company adds that homeowners can also control their lighting control systems, their security systems, their HVAC systems and IP surveillance cameras.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

image It seems like everything these days is digital, and in the world of security things are no different. Speco Technologies, a New York-based manufacturer of residential and commercial electronics new DVRPC16T security DVR employs the latest in digital surveillance technologies to provide users with an easy to use video monitoring solution.

The DVRPC16T is a 16-channel DVR server with Intelligent Analytics, dual gigabyte NICs and Speco's proprietary playback/search function. Speco says the DVR is also a hybrid unit that incorporates dual network cards and IP camera capabilities that allow the device to support the industry's most frequently used IP cameras. Speco also explains that the DVR's dual NICs are designed to increase throughput, while also separating IP cameras to their own networks to help minimize the degradation of other networked applications.

In addition, the DVRPC16T's Intelligent Analytics can identify missing or suspicious objects by its ability to count objects going in one direction or another. Its Virtual Fence and Face Finder options detect and define specific regions to monitor if an object as entered or left a space, and if it's a human face, it will record that image and archive it.

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