UL-294 Certified Access Control Products: Why Buy Them?

Access Control products from Dahua or Hikvision may be attractive in terms of price or easy integration into same-branded camera recorders for video verification, but buyers should note that these brands do not carry UL-294 certification.

UL-294 products that go through the UL (Underwriters Labs)-testing process give the end-user confidence that the equipment works properly. Manufacturers that do not run the equipment through the testing process are afraid that the equipment will not pass the test.

Many city inspectors will have non UL-294 access control equipment removed when city codes are enforced. Furthermore, you can’t connect a non UL-294 access control system to a fire alarm system, which, in many buildings is required by fire code.

For a low-cost option on electronic access control, please consider using the ZKTeco brand.

10/23/2018

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Deduct $1 MILLION in Business Expenses in 2018 to Offset Your Company’s Tax Liability

What is Section 179?

 

The IRS allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of “Qualifying Equipment” (see below) and software that you purchased during the tax year. No matter if you purchase equipment outright, or finance or lease it, you can deduct the full purchase price from your reported gross income!

 

What is “Qualifying Equipment” per IRS code?

Almost anything you would buy that is connected to technology that helps your business be productive.

  • Equipment (machines, etc) purchased for business use
  • Computers
  • “Off-the-Shelf” Software
  • Office Furniture
  • Office Equipment
  • Property attached to your building that is not a structural component of the building (i.e: a printing press, large manufacturing tools and equipment)
  • Tangible personal property used in business
  • Partial Business Use (equipment that is purchased for business use and personal use: generally, your deduction will be based on the percentage of time you use the equipment for business purposes)
  • Business Vehicles with a gross vehicle weight in excess of 6,000 lbs

Please keep in mind that to qualify for the Section 179 Deduction, the equipment must be purchased and put into service between January 1 and December 31 of the tax year you are claiming.

For further details about deduction limits, or inquires about what qualifies, visit www.section179.org, or contact your tax preparer.

 

2018 Deduction Limit = $1,000,000
This amount is good for new and used equipment, as well as off-the shelf software.

 

2018 Spending Cap on Equipment Purchases = $2,500,000
This is the maximum amount that can be spent on equipment before the Section 179 Deduction available to your company begins to be reduced on a dollar for dollar basis.

 

Bonus Depreciation: 100% for 2018
Bonus Depreciation is taken after the Section 179 Spending Cap is reached. (Note: Bonus Depreciation is available for new equipment only.)

 

Act Now and Save

 

The IRS makes frequent changes to Section 179, so take advantage while it’s available. Most of what Custom Video Security offers is covered and deductible, so do your diligence and leverage your savings.

10/05/2018

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Dahua Telephone-Entry/Access/Video Intercom System for Single-Family Homes or Offices

The Dahua Video Intercom for single-family homes or office suites is an economical and effective solution.

Here are the available options for single-family or office suites:

You would still need to connect the power supply for the wireless option.

Flush-mount and surface-mount back-boxes are available for the wired solutions.

  • The mobile apps (for iOS and Android) are compatible with the Villa Outdoor Stations; not with the Apartment Outdoor Stations. Mobile apps allow the tenant(s) to remotely unlock the door from anywhere with 3G/4G/Wi-Fi signal on their mobile device. The intercom will ring the indoor monitors and mobile apps simultaneously so that the first available user can address the caller and decide whether to grant access.
  • The indoor monitors are not required, but they are ideal if a dedicated indoor monitor is desired in a common area such as a home’s kitchen or an office’s reception area.

The current indoor monitor options are:

  • DHI-VTH1550CH (IP monitor, 7 inch, white)
  • DHI-VTH1550CHW-2 (2-wire monitor, 7 inch, white, ideal if running cable within the units is difficult)
  • DHI-VTH5221D (wireless IP monitor, 7 inch, black, ideal if there is a solid Wi-Fi signal throughout the units. This can be mounted from a wall or can sit on top of a table, as long as there is power nearby.)
  • DHI-VTH1660CH (IP monitor, 10 inch, black)

In order to record video and keep logs, you will need an SD card for each monitor on which you want to record the calls. The VTH devices (indoor monitors) record video and audio as the call takes place. So if you were to answer the call on one of the VTH units without an SD card, it would not record the call. Please note, The VTH1550CH (7-inch) can only handle one micro SD card up to 32GB, while the VTH1660CH (10-inch) can handle one micro SD card up to 128GB.

To scale beyond just one door, you cannot use the wireless DHI-VTO211D-WP.

The introduction video is below:

Please contact Raymond Shadman at ray@CustomVideoSecurity.com or directly at 310-876-1540 to request a complete quote and/or to discuss intercom and access control options for your project.

 

Video communication between indoor monitor and outdoor station:

  • Indoor monitor monitors the outdoor station, and supports remote door releasing
  • Hand free communication, 7-inch TFT LCD touch screen for your free choice
  • Store the visitor’s picture and audio message automatically
  • Integrate IP camera and SIP Phone
  • Compatible to up to 8 security sensors( burglar, fire, gas leakage, etc)
  • Emergency button to call the service center
  • Remote control by PC clients or cell phone terminal
  • Support the free communication with other sub-indoor monitors in the same house
  • Villa VTO only supports to add 1 VTH. Any new VTH will replace current VTH.

Update as of November 2018: the Multi-family/tenant VTO2000A-C-OEM supports the optional modules for fingerprint, mifare prox card reader, PIN keypad, and additional 3-unit/tenant programmable buttons, but the genuine/USA version does not support any additional expansion modules. Up to 9 total modules can be used with each VTO-2000A-C-OEM. The clear advantage to using this OEM unit for single-family applications is the extra modules. The clear advantage to using this OEM unit for multi-family/tenant is the mobile app support.

10/02/2018

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Dahua Telephone-Entry/Access/Video Intercom System for Multi-Tenant/Unit Apartment Buildings

For a multi-tenant building such as this, you could go with one of three options for Dahua:

  • DHI-VTO1210C-X (IP54 stainless steel, more ideal if there is some kind of protection from the elements: rain, snow, etc.)
  • DHI-VTO1220BW (IP65 white tempered glass, built-in MiFare card reader for access control)
  • DHI-VTO1210B-X (IP65 black tempered glass, built-in MiFare card reader for access control)

The good thing about Dahua is it’s low-cost. The bad thing is that for the three multi-unit intercom systems mentioned above, there are no mobile apps. This means each tenant who wants to be able to grant entry would need to purchase one (or more) indoor monitors. The current indoor monitor options are:

  • DHI-VTH1550CH (IP monitor, 7 inch, white)
  • DHI-VTH1550CHW-2 (2-wire monitor, 7 inch, white, ideal if running cable within the units is difficult)
  • DHI-VTH5221D (wireless IP monitor, 7 inch, black, ideal if there is a solid Wi-Fi signal throughout the units. Would still require power.)
  • DHI-VTH1660CH (IP monitor, 10 inch, black)

If you want a solution with mobile app support, then it will cost several thousand dollars more, or you could opt for a lower-cost unit with a monthly subscription. The advantage of mobile app support is tenants can remotely unlock the door from anywhere, even if they are not home. Also, it would eliminate the requirement to purchase and install indoor monitors, but it would still be an option if they would like a dedicated screen somewhere within their unit.

The introduction video is below, but keep in mind there is no mobile app functionality for these multi-tenant/unit apartment buildings, and a Micro SD card should be inserted into every indoor monitor for messages and call log functionality:

Please contact Raymond Shadman at ray@CustomVideoSecurity.com or directly at 310-876-1540 to request a complete quote and/or to discuss intercom and access control options for your project.

Dahua Video Intercom for Multi-Tenant/Unit Apartment Buldings

 

  • Support no number limit for indoor monitor
  • Integrate IP camera and SIP Phone
  • Support the free communication with other residents in the same community
  • Easy to realize the video communication, remote unlock, message service, and remote control functions, etc

Update as of November 2018: the Multi-family/tenant VTO2000A-C-OEM supports the optional modules for fingerprint, mifare prox card readerPIN keypad, and additional 3-unit/tenant programmable buttons, but the genuine/USA version does not support any additional expansion modules. Up to 9 total modules can be used with each VTO-2000A-C-OEM. The clear advantage to using this OEM unit for single-family applications is the extra modules. The clear advantage to using this OEM unit for multi-family/tenant is the mobile app support.

 

 

 

10/02/2018

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Remote Power IP Switcher – Quick Start Guide

A remote power IP Switcher is useful when IP or network-based devices are deployed in remote or difficult-to-access areas. Sometimes, when an IP device loses network connectivity, the power device and/or network switch needs to be power-cycled, or disconnected from power for 10-30 seconds and reconnected. This can either be done manually, or you can use a remote power switcher, which can automatically sense when connectivity to the network has been lost. It does this by regularly pinging one or more IP addresses and/or websites. If it cannot ping for a pre-determined period of time (e.g. 30 seconds), then it can automatically power cycle all devices.

Remote Power IP Switchers are commonly used for network-based IP cameras or wireless network radios mounted on poles that are used primarily for traffic surveillance or monitoring.

The advantages of having this device include but are not limited to:

  1. You don’t have to be at the device’s location to manually unplug the power and re-plug.
  2. You don’t have to climb a ladder to access the device if it’s mounted high on a pole.
  3. You have less downtime.
  4. You don’t have to do anything, so your own time is saved.

This post is a quick-start guide for this remote power IP switcher found on http://CustomVideoSecurity.comIt is meant to be used within the USA, and there are other options available for other countries. Please contact us at sales@CustomVideoSecurity.com if you require one for another country.

Feel free to follow the instructions below, or contact us to have a technician pre-configure your device for $100. We will need your IP information (device, gateway, subnet mask, DNS), and you will eventually need to open a port in your router/firewall. We can remotely do your port forwarding for you for a fee of $49 for all customers or $99 for non-customers.

  1. Use Advanced IP Scanner or Wireshark to locate the IP address of the device, which can be identified by the last 4 of the MAC address.

        By default, the IP Switch should obtain an IP address automatically from your router using DHCP. If for some reason it does not, press and hold the UIS button for 10seconds and it will revert to a fixed LAN IP of 192.168.0.100. Then change your router’s gateway to access it, e.g. 192.168.0.1 for gateway and 192.168.0.50 for IP.

  1. Download the latest firmware from here: http://3gstore.com/ipswitchupdates. Login billy@edigitaldeals.net, PW: B1ft.
  2. Download the utility program from here: https://www.google.com/url?q=http://3gstore.com/ipswitchupdates/downloads/utility/Utility.exe&sa=D&ust=1536692783575000.
  3. Update the device’s firmware with the utility
  4. Login: admin PW: admin.
  5. Access the device’s web interface and change the password to whatever the customer specified and/or create new restricted users under “Account”.
  6. Change the time settings to match customer’s time zone under Time and change DST to auto.
  7. Optional:
  8. Schedule date and time of the reboot by outlet port or by whole unit.
  9. Google hangouts, Skype commands and DDNS are all optional.

Please note, step 8 and 9 should be done LAST if configuring to an IP scheme that’s different from the network on which the device is currently assigned.

  1. Network and change the network scheme IP, Subnet, Gateway. Erase Primary and Secondary DNS addresses detected from the bench-test network and input Google’s DNS 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 or leave it blank. Change Port number from 80 to something else less commonly used e.g. 88 or 8284 and open the same port on the router.

Now the device is accessible by public IP address and the port number you specified e.g. http://[public IP]:88 if using port 88.

 

For additional information, or to request configuration of your remote power switcher, please contact us at info@CustomVideoSecurity.com, or call us at 1-877-DEALS-79 or at 1-310-370-9500 x1.

09/13/2018

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