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.

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Raymond Shadman2018-10-24

Raymond Shadman2018-10-24

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, […]

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Raymond Shadman2018-10-06

Raymond Shadman2018-10-06

Dahua Video Doorbell Intercom Access System for Single-Family Home or Office

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: DHI-VTO2000A (IP54, wired IP, stainless steel) DHI-VTO2000A-2 (IP54, 2-wire, stainless steel) DHI-VTO2111D-WP (IP65, Wireless IP, plastic, built-in MiFare card reader) You would still need to connect the power supply for the wireless option. Flush-mount and surface-mount back-boxes are available for 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 […]

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Raymond Shadman2018-10-03

Raymond Shadman2018-10-03

Dahua Video Doorbell Intercom Access 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 for higher-vandal areas, providing there is some kind of protection from the elements (such as a covered area): rain, snow, etc.) DHI-VTO1220BW (IP65 white tempered glass, built-in MiFare card reader for access control, less ideal for higher-vandal areas) DHI-VTO1210B-X (IP65 black tempered glass, built-in MiFare card reader for access control, less ideal for higher-vandal areas) 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 please scroll all the way down to Update from December 2020. The […]

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Raymond Shadman2018-10-02

Raymond Shadman2018-10-02