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Penn State Upgrades Security System with Tyco Security Products Solution

The Challenge
Penn State University wanted to move to a single security and event management platform for its residence halls and other group facilities on campus.

Penn State

The Solution
Penn State selected a unified Tyco Security Products solution to protect and manage its campus.

  • Improved image quality to quickly identify activity in a variety of lighting conditions
  • Reduced expenses retooling locks and replacing lost cards
  • Easily managed access rights and track activity of each user with powerful audit trail
  • Accelerated investigation searches with intuitive video management system interface
  • Streamlined and automated processes

Illustra Pro 30x is “Recommended” in Benchmark Testing

After completing its independent testing and field-based analysis, Benchmark Magazine has “Recommended” the Illustra Pro 30x PTZ.


Against a field of similar PTZ cameras, the autonomous testers noted Illustra’s intelligent guard tour function, integral motion tracking, and enhanced low light performance during their real-world field trials.

While Benchmark points out that “some installers and integrators still think that latency makes it difficult to track targets with the devices”, the Illustra Pro PTZ 30x dome has exceptional speed coupled with ultra-low latency. The camera tracks a scene with the precision you would expect from an analog PTZ camera.

During their testing, Benchmark had some difficulty changing the default password during initial login.  While we’ve been unable to replicate the issue in our labs and there have been no reports of this issue in the field, it further strengthens our belief that password changes should be forced by all manufacturers, something we practice and promote in our rigorous six-step Cyber Protection Program.


Overall, Benchmark noted that the camera ‘delivers a good quality image with high levels of detail, good colour fidelity and greyscale replication and motion is smooth and clean’.

Lastly, Benchmark points out an upcoming version of our cameras with an embedded exacqVision VMS, which we are pleased to report has already been released.

To read more about the camera Benchmark reviewed, watch our video or visit our website.

Cyber Security Assessment

Today’s businesses are faced with unprecedented threats from sabotage, theft of intellectual property and compromised sensitive data. Have you considered how your physical security products affect your cyber security?

TSP Cyber Protection Program Flowchart

Take a look at our infographic and assessment quiz to see if you are asking the right questions and taking the next step to be cyber secure.

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Learn more about Tyco’s industry-leading Cyber Protection Program.

Cyber Security Language

Security breaches are in the news today more than ever before. Security integrators and security officers must work with IT departments to ensure the physical security system is successfully deployed, maintained and upgraded on the network with minimal impact and without compromising network security.

cyber crime

To create a complete cyber secure environment, IT and security departments must effectively work together. However, physical security and IT often use the same words to mean different things – resulting in everyone being confused. Sometimes security integrators and security officers even avoid the IT department due to the misunderstanding.

For example, IP may mean intellectual property to a corporate security officer but internet protocol to IT security professionals. Or perimeter may mean the exterior building wall to the security officer and network connection to the outside to the IT professional.

To make sure all departments are speaking the same, common language, we suggest developing a list of terminology definitions that everyone can use.

Terms to be Clearly Defined:

  • IP
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  • Key
  • Patch
  • Firewall
  • Vulnerability
  • Social engineering
  • Perimeter
  • Intrusion detection
  • Bandwidth
  • Directory
  • Security logs
  • Revocation
  • Signature

Having a common subset of terms will help you understand how to ask the right questions and quickly comprehend the answers. After establishing your company common language, clearly explain the information you need from IT to be able to define the network and security requirements.

Learn more about the Tyco Security Products Cyber Protection program.

School Campus Enhances Perimeter Security with Complete Tyco Security Products Solution

 About Queen Elizabeth Grammar School

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and Wakefield Girls High School educate students in West and South Yorkshire, England. The large campus includes about 4 buildings of varying sizes some dating back to the 16th century. A 19-person governing body and 500-person teaching and support staff work to better the education for 2,100 pupils yearly.

The Challenge

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and Wakefield Girls’ High School, located in Yorkshire, England, wanted a completely unified security system to secure the perimeter of the campus, while minimizing investigation time and improving security operations. Additionally, they wanted cameras that produced clear images to identify people as well as a management system that was easy to use.

Wakefield Grammar School

The Solution

After a complete site survey and evaluation, the school selected Reflex Systems of South Yorkshire, England as their integrator.

Queen Elizabeth Grammar and Wakefield School increased its security across its five-school campus with a complete Tyco Security Products solution including:

exacqVision Kantech Onboard

“They had done quite a bit of research on everything. Once they came to us, we decided that going with the Kantech embedded software was the best decision from a future-proofing point of view,” explained Steven Ward, technical director, Reflex Systems.

BenefitsIP Camera

Improved Camera Performance

With camera performance and image quality being the two most important factors for the school, the new Illustra Pro cameras give them the opportunity to cover all entry and exit points on campus and see critical details in areas with no sunlight. The strong integration between exacqVision VMS software and Illustra cameras simplified the deployment and optimized the performance. exacqVision automatically discovers cameras and addresses in exacqVision with EasyConnect.

exacqVision EasyConnect

Reduced Hardware Expenses

exacqVision recorders with Kantech Onboard reduce the hardware expenses and amount of rack space needed with the access control system pre-loaded on the network video recorder. The recorder came pre-loaded and pre-licensed with Kantech EntraPass Corporate access control system software at no additional cost.  With the integration of access control and video into one system, they were able to improve response time to critical alarms and events. With exacqVision CameraLinks, school operators can quickly access the most needed commands from live view and further search video evidence associated with entry and exit points.

“The installation went absolutely seamlessly. We prewired extra IT points where cameras were going to be and when it came time to connect everything to the network, they were snapped in and up and working right away. It was a great experience.”
– David Butterfield
Estates and Contracts Manager
Wakefield Grammar School Foundation

Contact our sales team to learn more about how to utilize our solution for your school:

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New Illustra Video Analytics

The new video intelligence analytics are now available on Illustra 2, 3 and 5 megapixel mini-dome IP cameras. These video analytics improve searching and reduce critical response time to key suspicious events with automatic detection of alarms.

Watch this video to learn more.

How It Works
Illustra video intelligence analytics uses an algorithm to analyze surveillance video and provide advanced video analytics capabilities for object detection and tracking.


  • Select up to any 3 analytic rules types to trigger at once
  • Automatic detection and notification of suspicious events to simplify security operations
  • Saves expenses and network load with intelligent analytics on the edge, no dedicated server needed
  • Compatible with exacqVision NVRs and VideoEdge recorders for easy configuration
  • Minimize search time with video analytic alarms including:
    • Object detection
    • Abandoned/Removed
    • Direction
    • Linger
    • Dwell
    • Enter/Exit
    • Crowd
    • Queue

Learn more about Illustra video analytics.

New Regional Sales Manager – Midwest

American Dynamics introduces Dan Howard as the new Area Sales Manager for the Midwest. He will oversee sales activities for American Dynamics VideoEdge video recorders, victor video management system, storage solutions and monitors in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania. Dan resides in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dan brings a vast knowledge of video surveillance systems and IP cameras. Most recently, he was a regional sales manager for a video security company.

Dan Howard

Dan Howard

If you have any American Dynamics questions, please contact Dan. We look forward to working with you.

The PC & Wireless Shop Selects Tyco Security Products Edge Solution


The PC & Wireless Shop located in Canandaigua, NY is a leading local retailer and service provider in cellular phones, custom-built computers and laptops, IP security cameras, PBX phone systems and customer service.

The PC & Wireless Shop needed to upgrade its video surveillance system. With the new system, they wanted to better utilize space and find a cost-effective way to capture high quality video.

PC & Wireless Shop


Illustra-fisheye-camera_PC-Wireless-SHopThe PC & Wireless Shop selected Tyco Security Products edge technology with Illustra IP cameras pre-installed with exacqVision Edge video management system (VMS) software installed directly on the IP camera. Each IP camera acts as its own server, recording video to an onboard SD card. Tyco’s edge recording solution eliminates the need for a server while saving bandwidth and expenses.
The Illustra Edge cameras fully cover the 5,000 square foot space in the shop including the sales floor, warehouse and backroom. The
new Illustra IP cameras drastically improved the image quality.

The onboard exacqVision VMS software gives the Shop owner and employees a full-featured, intuitive VMS software to quickly search video.



Tyco’s edge solution improved image quality, installation and configuration, while saving store owners time and money.

  • Eliminates the need for server
  • Saves money on hardware and installation costs
  • Install faster with pre-configured VMS software directly on IP camera
  • Improves  reliability with video stored on SD card
  • Betters image quality to see critical details

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ISC West 2016 Recap

ISC West, held on April 6 – 8, 2016, drew large crowds to the Tyco Security Products / Illustra IP camera station. We hope you had the opportunity to learn more about our full range of new Illustra domes, PTZ, fisheye, boxes and bullet cameras.

Illustra Wall

New Illustra 2MP Mini-Dome Featuring UltraVision Low Light

Illustra showcased its new Pro 2MP mini-dome IP camera with its new UltraVision low light technology to maintain better quality color video.  Beyond the exceptional low light performance, this new mini-dome features true wide dynamic range of 100 db and minimizes bandwidth usage and storage requirements.

Illustra UltraVision Lowlight                       Noise Reduction

UltraVision low light technology drastically improves the ability to identify people and objects of interest in environments near total darkness and removes the need to install supplementary lighting. Ideal for alleyways, parking lots, warehouses, and other challenging lighting settings, Illustra UltraVision provides more

Easy Installation with Tyco Security Products NVRs and VMS Software

American Dynamics VideoEdge and Exacq demonstrated their VMS software running Illustra IP cameras. Illustra cameras combined with another Tyco Security Products solution, whether it is American Dynamics or exacqVision, provides the easiest, high quality, high definition video surveillance solution.

Illustra Pro 2MP 30x PTZ Camera

The new Illustra Pro 2MP 30x PTZ camera shown in the booth at ISC West displayed its powerful optical zoom and high definition video quality to deliver critical details.

Booth visitors had the opportunity to see the new area zoom support for Illustra cameras in exacqVision in action. In live view, users can utilize area zoom for pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras. This allows users to draw a box around a specific region to instantly optically zoom in to see greater detail on objects or people in the distance. In case you missed the booth demo, watch the short recap below to see how it works.

If you didn’t attend ISC West or attended and want to learn more about our Illustra IP camera line, contact your local sales representative. 

Illustra IP Cameras Introduce UltraVision

Illustra’s new UltraVision low light technology gives users a new solution to deliver high quality color images in challenging lighting. As the amount of light in a scene decreases, the Illustra camera will automatically switch to night mode. In night mode, UltraVision works to provide the best quality color image.

What is UltraVision?

UltraVisionIllustra UltraVision technology highlights the Pro mini-dome camera’s ability to perform at a new level in the most difficult light conditions. UltraVision allows the camera to effectively capture high quality color video quality in the darkest environments. The Illustra 2MP mini-dome will maintain color video well below 1 lux.

Low Light Example

Benefits of UltraVision Technology

The Illustra 2MP mini-dome camera utilizes a high sensitivity low noise CMOS progressive sensor, along with UltraVision technology, to deliver high quality color video in the most extreme low light conditions. UltraVision allows the camera to effectively maintain color video well below 1 lux.

Noise Reduction

Ideal Applications

This technology is most useful in applications such as indoor and outdoor parking lots, indoor warehouses, dark areas of retail establishments and alleyways. With UltraVision technology, the Illustra mini-dome provides more color video detail for users to more quickly identify people and objects of interest in dark areas. With the 100 db wide dynamic range and noise reduction combined with UltraVision low light technology, the Illustra Pro mini-dome produces exceptional video quality.Performance if Difficult Lighting

View the Illustra camera featuring UltraVision low light technology.