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3M Mobile ID Reader makes security checks quicker

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on September 28th, 2008

3M Mobile ID Reader makes security checks quickerThis new 3M Mobile ID Reader could soon be used at events or in situations that require tight security. The idea is that it would scan your identification quickly to prove that you are who you say you are. Then you can be on your way in no time. It works like a credit card scanner and it would be used to scan things like your Visa card or passport, cross checking that info with watch lists of those who are threats.

It runs on Windows Mobile 6 and features WiFi, GSM/GPRS EDGE and a fingerprint sensor. It also has 8GB of storage for keeping track of those that have been scanned. That way they can leave all of that data sitting around somewhere and screw us all. Let’s hope not.

New Swann security camera uses encrypted wireless signals

Posted in Security by Nino Marchetti on August 11th, 2008

Swann ADW-300

Swann Communications is unveilng a new digital wireless security camera which transmits via an encrypted signal so no one can watch you running around the house naked. It is called the Swann ADW-300 and it will cost you around $200.

The Swann ADW-300 transmits its video signals via what Swann calls a “point to point” digital wireless feed from the camera to the receiver. Swann says this special technology doesn’t suffer interfence from other types of wireless signals and is encrypted for your protection.

D-Link elves, never sleeping, roll out another network security camera

Posted in Security by Nino Marchetti on July 24th, 2008

D-Link Fixed Dome Network Camera (DCS-6110)

I don’t think the people at D-Link sleep given the fact they put out so many products all the time. The latest to cross the tech news wires is the new D-Link Fixed Dome Network Camera (DCS-6110), priced at around $700.

The D-Link Fixed Dome Network Camera (DCS-6110) is designed for professional indoor surveillance and security applications, though you can probably mount a few of these bad boys around the home as well. It is an IP-based network camera equipped with PoE support so it can receive both power and data over a single Ethernet cable, allowing it to be placed in locations that aren’t near a power outlet.

Olympus 360-degree camera and lens

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on July 1st, 2008

Olympus 360-degree camera and lens
You might think that a 360 degree camera and lens is a novelty that few users would be interested in, but Olympus is betting that surveillance and security big-wigs will be all over this, since it captures images anything and everything. It shoots in all directions, with not 10, not 5, but just one lens. It will take a 360-degree horizontal image with a 180-degree vertical view, wasting no footage on feet and ceilings. Olympus isn’t saying when it would ship, but I’m guessing casinos and other surveillance type environments can’t wait to try it out. Video conferencing would be great using this camera since the camera can pinpoint the speaker and capture them in a perfect picture without any panning.

Digital Door Viewer is the new peephole

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2008

Digital Door Viewer is the new peephole
The old style peep hole leaves a lot to be desired. I mean, you have to get up and actually go to the door, in order to see who’s there.(Or if you’re snooping on your neighbors.) And that’s all it does. No more. Just place your eye in front and look. Well, now the peep hole has been given an upgrade.

It will let you know who is outside through a motion sensor and you can take a look from anywhere in your home. The device comes with an SD memory card slot and will store up to 11 hours on a 4GB SD card. This way, you will know who came by while you were away. It will run you $195.

D-Link releases new network security cameras

Posted in Security by Nino Marchetti on June 10th, 2008

D-Link DCS-900 seriesD-Link announced today two new pretty inexpensive network cameras for remote monitoring of various locations or creatures. These new models are the DCS-920 and DCS-910, priced at around $120 and $100, respectively.

The new DCS-920 and DCS-910 join D-Link’s line of SecuriCam digital security cameras. The DCS-920 is 802.11g enabled, allowing wireless installation as well as wired. The DCS-910 is a wired version only, requiring a nearby Ethernet port for use.

Fake TV scares intruders by flashing colors

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2008

Fake TV scares intruders by flashing colors
Many people like to leave the TV on when they leave the house. The idea is that any potential burglars will see the flashing light of the TV and think that someone is home, making them pass that house up. Here’s an invention that serves the same purpose, without having to keep your TV powered on.

The $49 FakeTV uses an array of colored, flashing LEDs to create the illusion of the stroboscopic effect of the television. The bonus here, since you are obviously paranoid about burglars, is that the box uses only a fraction of the electricity of a real TV.

uControl security system with media streaming

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2008

uControl security system with media streaming
Here’s a decent alarm system with a slick interface. uControl is a fairly new company in the home security arena. They took a year developing and refining a platform called SMA (Security, Monitoring and Automation) and a TouchScreen control panel that both works as a fresh system install and can also integrate with your existing alarm. That means you are covered no matter what.

The company says that it will replace any control panel or alarm box in an existing system, bringing together all the existing functionality of equipment, sensors and wiring. In a new install, the 7-inch WVGA TouchScreen is a stand-alone wireless alarm system that communicates with wireless peripherals and sensors. It also offers remote control from any browser or cellphone, alerts via email or SMS, redundant connectivity (WiFi, ethernet and built-in GPRS cellular), cameras and compatibility with home automation setups.

Yoggie announces ExpressCard slot compatible hardware security solution

Posted in Security by Nino Marchetti on April 24th, 2008

Yoggie ExpressCard Gatekeeper Pro Card for notebook securityYoggie Security Systems is known for their hardware security on a stick type approaches. It is no wonder then the company is moving now in the direction of computer cards by unveiling the Gatekeeper Card Pro, a “security mini-computer inside a computer” for around $200.

The Yoggie Gatekeeper Card Pro slides into your ExpressCard slot and functions as a front-line security hardware solution for your laptop. Yoggie says this card is Linux-based and comes complete with its own processor. It acts in a simple plug and forget kind of manner, updating itself automatically every time you open an Internet connection.

NVR-102 network surveillance kit lets you chat with captives, err, visitors

Posted in Security by Nino Marchetti on April 21st, 2008

NVR-102 Network Surveillance kit from QNAP

QNAP Systems has unveiled a new network-based instant surveillance system which combines a video recorder and two IP cameras for home or office security. It is known as the NVR-102.

The QNAP NVR-102 provides what is described as “professional grade live video recording and real-time remote monitoring/playback.” It is run off of Linux and can reportedly be setup quickly. All functions can be configured through a Web browser such as Internet Explorer and no additional software is required.

The Defendius door chain maze

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on April 2nd, 2008

The Defendius door chain maze
Some of us like to take the simplest things and make them complicated. Like this door chain for instance. This thing will make it beyond complicated to get the door open, keeping others out and keeping you in…forever!

The Defendius was created by mad genius Art Lebedev. I understand the concept and it’s a good one, but maybe a medium sized maze would have been best. Something between the original and this crazy labyrinth. Still, I guess if there are people you really don’t want to see, you can always blame the Defendius. And when they find your corpse after two weeks, half eaten by your cats, they will know the Defendius was installed.

Swann notebook-based DIY surveillance system

Posted in Security by Darrin Olson on March 28th, 2008

Swann Communications notebook based DVR Guardian surveillance systemSwann Communications has been putting out security peripherals for about ten years now and on Thursday announced the release of their latest surveillance convenience tool with the USB 2.0 DVR Guardian. This device can connect to a standard notebook computer via USB and allow it to perform as a quad-monitor surveillance system.

The Guardian can not only monitor and display the video from 1-4 cameras, but can also be set to record from the inputs direct to the local hard drive. DVR-like capabilities allow you to set it to record at specific times of the day or for a set duration upon sensing any motion in its view. The software will then let you control and monitor remotely. Combine this with its ability to send out an email when motion is detected and you can catch would-be thieves in the act.

Personal Pocket Safe encrypted smart drive

Posted in Smart Devices by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2008

Personal Pocket Safe encrypted smart drive
The Personal Pocket Safe USB flash drive from CHDT Corp. thinks pretty highly of itself as being the first “encrypted, epoxy coated, pin-protected smart drive.” That’s because according to them, the device has military-grade encryption, a password vault and a track-covering feature, so no one will be able to locate it’s presence when it’s removed from the system.

Golly. Sounds impressive, looks neat and shiny too. It also has a rubber key PIN-pad so you can enter a 4 to 10 digit code in order to access the drive. It looks like we won’t be seeing it in the US for awhile unfortunately, so until then your data will no doubt be living in fear.

TF2000 proximity sensor locks your PC

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on March 4th, 2008

TF2000 proximity sensor
If you have many untrustworthy people around you where you work, you may want to lock your PC whenever you step away from it. This prevents someone from sabotaging your work, viewing sensitive documents or playing a nasty prank on you. Still, you might forget, so the TF2000 Proximity Sensor can automatically lock your system for you, whenever you walk away.

It looks like a small square webcam on top of your screen. Using ultrasound technology, it detects your presence and acts accordingly. The software allows you to specify things like what keystrokes are triggered when you walk away, how long before they’re sent and how far away you have to be before it locks you and anyone else out.

The Biometric fingerprint door lock

Posted in Biometrics by Conner Flynn on February 27th, 2008

Biometric fingerprint door lock
With the biometric fingerprint door lock, you can secure your home with the latest in technology and at the same time, you won’t have to worry about shared or lost keys. Just give it the finger. It’s the only key you’ll need. The lock only opens at your touch.

It’s super easy to install since it’s all built into the door lever. Fingerprints can be registered or erased directly with the lock on your door – and, if you have alot of friends and are very trusting, the lock will accommodate prints from up to 120 of your closest friends. Let’s face it, there are too many keys in use. It drives you nuts doesn’t it? It drives me nuts. Eliminate another key from your life and up your security at the same time.