IFSEC – one to watch – a-vigil-on

May 14th, 2008

I already promote and sell their products – so I guess that I am biased?

I first met Avigilon’s UK Rep (Robin Hughes) and had a full demo of their product range about nine months ago. The performance of their cameras wowed me at that time, and I have been a champion of their products ever since.

At IFSEC this year I had my first opportunity to meet the guys over from HQ in Canada. I spent some time with them getting up-to-speed and looking forward to future capabilities (can’t say too much about those just yet, but I’ll let you know as soon as I can).

For now, I just want to reiterate what great products these are, and I can now say from first-hand experience that there’s a great team behind them.

They have a collective background in medical and forensic imaging, and they have worked hard (and relatively quickly) to get the science right!

They understand the importance of light, lenses, colour rendition & image resolution. They have developed a lossless recording solution which means that when you need to review video evidence you can see all of the goodness that the camera was able to capture.

It is plain to see that they share a collective passion in achieving great images.

They have already delivered camera products ranging from 1 to 16 Megapixels!

They can already demonstrate picking faces from crowds in playback. There has been a lot of interest from many authorities and agencies.

I am certain that we’ll be seeing many more good things from the team at Avigilon,

Watch this space!


IFSEC 2008

May 14th, 2008

I’ve spent the last two days at the annual International Fire and SECurity (IFSEC) show in Birmingham.

I’m an old hand at it, having visited many times before. This year was definitely the year for launching H.264 video compression and Megapixel cameras.

Each year has its unofficial theme, in previous years it has been video analytics, MPEG4 compression, the DVR boom, day/night switching …….

Caveat emptor (or buyer beware) should be writ large above these new launches. Often the products you are shown are simply not actually available, in the worst cases they are still not available when IFSEC comes around in the following year. So, beware the vapour ware!!!

Equally worrying as you trawl the stands are the oft-heard quotes from the staff “I only saw this for the first time yesterday” / “we only finished the software on Sunday” / “the chap that can demonstrate that has just gone to lunch, can you come back later?”.

IFSEC remains a unique opportunity to see all the security market manufacturers side-by-side, and remains a must-see show for anybody in the business of selecting and specifying equipment.

More later ……


Welcome to use-IP …

May 1st, 2008

Well, May 1st 2008 has arrived and we’re launching the new website today as planned –

There are still a few tweaks to complete, lots more content to be added to the website, and we continue to find additional leading-edge IP products that we’d like to bring to your attention …. so I guess we’ll always be adding new products!

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