SMART SOLUTIONS

Adding Flexibility: Milestone XProtect+

One valuable tool in the arsenal of installers and integrators looking to create smart solutions is the flexibility and ease-of-programming exhibited by Rules engines in VMS solutions. One negative has always been that this functionality is typically only included in Enterprise...

The Need to Boost Capacity: Texecom Connect

The Benchmark Smart Solutions project recently took an initial look at the Texecom Connect platform which runs on Texecom’s Premier Elite control panels which are running V4 firmware or later. This means that installers and integrators have the ability to upgrade any existing...

Delivering Significant Changes: Texecom Connect

With the imminent release of Texecom Connect, the manufacturer is currently rolling out its Premier Elite V4 control panel firmware which is required to deliver the advanced functionality from the system. This also coincides with the release of its LCDLP-W wireless keypad. With...

Protecting Portals: Enhancing Visitor Management

Access control delivers a high degree of protection to any site. By managing authorised and non-authorised persons, the systems not only can be used to manage and report on all entry and egress transactions, but can also reduce the need for receptionists and concierge services....

Adding Video to Access Control: Paxton Net2

The role of access control is pivotal to the security of many applications. The proliferation of access installations speaks volumes about the flexibility of the technology. Additionally, in many applications the system will include video surveillance increase the level of...

Simple Integrations: Axis ACAP Platform

In recent years, the ‘open platform’ approach to including feature-rich applications on cameras and codecs has become a reality. Advances in processing capabilities mean that manufacturers are able to accommodate additional software plug-ins that add specialised features to their...

Installing Access Control: Paxton Net2

When implementing smart solutions, access control can play a significant role. This is not only in terms of managing access and egress, but such systems can also provide real-time status reports about the occupancy of a site. Access control can also deliver a host of additional...

Adding detection to a VMS: Optex PIE-1

External detection devices can be deployed for a wide range of triggering actions, both for security and for site management purposes. They offer a high degree of flexibility and are often pivotal in a wide range of system designs. All too often the focus the detection in...

VMS Installation: Milestone XProtect

Many believe that the installation of a VMS is both complex and challenging. Indeed, the thought of having to install and configure video management software is enough to put many off the technology, and instead opt for a less flexible and somewhat limiting hardware-based option....

Thermal Imaging: AXIS Q1941

Thermal imaging is often touted as an alternative to video surveillance, but for many smart applications it offers other benefits. For long range detection in large and open areas, it’s hard to beat the technology. However, it is vital that those implementing it understand...