We are forever researching, testing (and breaking), configuring and reviewing hardware, software and the manufacturers we work with to make sure we are as up to date with the latest technology. So we thought why don’t we start putting a few of the best bits n bobs of the month in a news section, that you can peruse at your leisure.
So without further ado, commence perusing!
Canon Europe acquires Milestone.
Announced in June, Milestone Systems will be an independent, stand-alone "company within a company" as defined for the acquisition by Canon Europe, which is the regional headquarters for the global group’s focus on business solutions. Canon is dedicated to supporting the core success factor of the Milestone ecosystem: our open platform vision, technology and business model.
Canon’s brand heritage in imaging technologies has good synergy for the network video surveillance market, and it is a bold and pivotal decision to build new capabilities through acquiring Milestone as the global leader in the VMS market – and a clear sign of their strategy to grow a solutions business.
8.1 boost on the horizon.
Windows Phone 8.1 is the first major update to Microsoft’s mobile OS since Windows Phone 8 launched in late 2012.
This latest update adds a bundle of new features and functions (Cortana, six column start screen, battery saver, storage and Wi-fi sense) that drags this under appreciated mobile OS kicking and screaming into a position where it is viewed as a serious competitor of iOS and Android. Features Want to know more? click here
Wide dynamic miniature cameras.
Axis Communications, the world leader in network video, has introduced a modular camera series that not only gives customers discreet surveillance solutions that provide high image detail, but also great flexibility in choosing the units that are ideal for the installation. The cameras support Axis’ Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), HDTV 1080p video at up to 50/60 frames per second, ideal for capturing fast-moving objects and generating smoother video. Two-way audio, input/output ports to external devices for enhanced alarm management, full-sized SD card slot for local storage, power over Ethernet, as well as the option of connecting to an external power supply and many more.
A new arrival?
A new baby brother has been announced by Panasonic that will look to surface to the public in Q4 of this year.
The intention is a lower cost hybrid system based on NS1000 technology with new physical architecture to cover NCP500X up to TDE100/200 scale. This will mean the new system will aim to be a 4-128 analogue/digital system plus 128 VoIP and built in applications like the NS1000 has.
A bonus for smaller business setups is that there will be the usual support for PRI, BRI, LCOT, SIP and so on.
You could watch this all day
As mentioned on our Twitter feed, the security firm Norse runs a live hacking map that shows the attacks against a worldwide purposefully vulnerable network as they happen. It isn’t a true representation of the Internet however it does give an interesting insight into what is bouncing around the World Wide Web. Click here to jump to the map.