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Zenien gain exciting CCTV contract at City of Fremantle

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Posted by Cameron | Posted in Blog | Posted on 02-06-2018

Zenien have been recently successful in their bid for the City of Fremantle’s CCTV Contract.

This solution is based on the Genetec VMS which is one of our favorite Enterprise level Video Management systems. It is a testament to Zenien’s technical ability and highly skilled/experienced staff that we can actively and effectively support nearly any technology, especially in the CCTV Field. Numerous staff at Zenien are Genetec Certified and experienced and the solution is working well for the City. We are excited about applying our advanced knowledge and customer service to this inner-city, active and critical CCTV system.

The City of Fremantle has a growing system of actively monitored CCTV cameras and related security devices spread out through the Fremantle town-site. Zenien are extremely excited about assisting the City in gaining the most of their existing system and using the latest technology to get the most from various future plans we are assisting them with. We believe that our involvement will go a small part in making the vibrant community of Fremantle be a safer and happier place to live, work and visit.

Zenien approved on the WALGA Preferred Supplier list

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Posted by Cameron | Posted in Blog, Zenien Content | Posted on 25-08-2013

Zenien are extremely excited to announce that we have been approved as a Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA) Preferred supplier. This is further proof that Zenien are some of Western Australia’s leading experts in IP CCTV, Computer networking and related technologies. This development will bring significant operational and project savings to many of our Local Government clients and make purchasing from Zenien much easier.

Zenien has been approved as a preferred supplier in the following areas:
· Security Consultancy Services
· CCTV Supply, Install and Maintenance
· Security Alarms Supply, Install and Maintenance
· Security Monitoring Services
· Other Security Products and Services required by WA Local Government (as per specified scope of supply)

Zenien has been working in the Local Government area for many years and have produced impressive results with a long list of happy Local Government Clients, many of which we thank for their support in this development It is our clients and the results they get that drive Zenien to apply the very latest in technology to our client’s requirements and is a brilliant motivator for Zenien Staff.

We look forward to working with WALGA and its members in the future to do our part in assisting to make WA a safer, happier place to live

Zenien receives Milestone Systems Technical Excellence award 2012

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Posted by Cameron | Posted in Blog, Zenien Content | Posted on 19-07-2013

Cameron Watts from Zenien was asked to speak at the Milestone XProtect Open Partner conference in the NSW Hunter Valley last week. The topic of his talk was “Working with an Open Platform VMS” and Cameron talked about the advantages of Milestone and Open platforms in the IP CCTV market as well as sharing some of Zenien’s journey torwards being one of WA’s best IP CCTV companies.

The speech received a significant amount of interest and subsequent discussions during networking sessions.

That night, Zenien was honoured by comments from Milestone Systems Country Manager Angelo Salvatore where he highlighted Zenien’s intimate knowledge of Milestone products and overall technical ability. He stated that Zenien almost never utilised Milestone Support because of our experience and abilities in both the product and IT systems in general. Angelo awarded Zenien with Milestone Systems Technical Excellence Award 2012.

The first Milestone Systems MPOP event was very successful and partners, vendors and Milestone staff found the knowledge exchange, product highlights and networking a great opportunity.

Zenien's Milestone 2012 award

Samsung SNP-3430H network PTZ camera hits 43x optical zoom

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Posted by admin | Posted in Blog | Posted on 07-03-2011

The recently released Samsung SNP-3430H IP camera has surpassed competitors Axis and Pelco to release a 43x optical zoom PTZ camera.

Whilst not as high a resolution as the Axis or Pelco HD offerings, in environments where covering details over a wide area and where an operator is monitoring the camera/area this camera could be a great option. The Axis 18 x P5534 and Q6034 cameras are already impressive, as is their 32x Q6032 series, the added zoom levels of this camera are sure to be impressive.

For more information or details on the review:

http://www.securitymiddleeast.com/news/read/samsung-introduces-43x-optical-zoom-network-ptz-dome-camera-2010-12-02

Zenien awarded City of Belmont 3 year CCTV contract

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Posted by Cameron | Posted in Blog | Posted on 28-12-2009

Zenien has been announced as the successful tenderer of a 3 year contract for the provision and installation of CCTV and related security solutions by the City of Belmont. We are proud of our efforts thus far and are excited by the opportunities this decision has created. We will be working with the City of Belmont, commercial property owners, property developers and the community to design and install industry leading CCTV/Security solutions.

We will be using some of the latest technology for CCTV cameras, event triggering systems, networking solutions and recording systems. We expect to fully utilise our ever increasing experience with such installations to help make the City of Belmont and surrounds the area of choice to live, work and establish businesses. We firmly believe that together with our partners and the City of Belmont themselves, we will make this project a model for organisations to meet their security goals in the future.

Predominately using ETCorps GPACSystem for our security solutions, we will also be bringing some of the latest directional wireless, wireless mesh, IP Cameras and fibre optic technologies to our overall solutions. Together with Cary’s Electrical Services, we have worked hard on developing our solutions and installation techniques to be cost effective, long lasting and top quality.

Whilst the City of Belmont contract will certainly keep us busy, we are also following up a significant amount of other opportunities with similar local government bodies, commercial enterprises and some of our industrial clients. Finally the security industry is evolving away from analogue and traditional monitoring into a more cost effective, higher quality and self aware systems.

Fixing Firefox and Safari not Working on a Mac

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Posted by admin | Posted in Blog | Posted on 27-07-2009

Recently we experienced a problem on a Macbook Pro running Leopard. When trying to open web sites with Firefox or Safari they would not load. Perplexingly Skype still worked fine and Skype calls would work perfectly. When trying to diagnose the issue via Terminal the DNS was resolving properly and the laptop could ping websites fine. So that left us pretty confused as to what could cause the issue.

We did a bunch of Google searches to no real avail until we read of someone having a similar issue on Windows XP. They rebuilt the IP Stack and the problem went away. Small catch? There is no easy way to do this on a Mac. But it turns out if you delete the Network Preferences .plist file and do a reboot you will fix the problem. You will also lose all of your specific network settings but with this problem the alternative is to do a re-install, so it was quite an acceptable loss.

So what did we do?

  1. Open Terminal (Applications > Utilities > Terminal)
  2. Run these two commands:

    cd /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/

    sudo rm preferences.plist

  3. Reboot

And that was it! Upon rebooting the Mac restored all the network devices and we reconnected to the local network and Firefox and Safari worked fine 🙂

Zenien is now a member of Bartercard

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Posted by Cameron | Posted in Blog | Posted on 06-07-2009

Zenien recently became a member of BarterCard International..( http://www.bartercard.com ) We hope that this will assist many of our clients who are also members to get premium IT services using Bartercard trade dollars. We also welcome the networking opportunities and access to new markets, services and suppliers that this membership should open for Zenien..

Axis Communications dropping support for older products

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Posted by Cameron | Posted in Blog | Posted on 30-05-2009

I was doing a install of 2 new IP based security cameras for a client.. This client had an existing IP camera infrastructure of 4 x Axis 2100 Cameras.. These were good cameras in their time and they still served the client well.. what he did want was to monitor extra areas that were not covered by his existing camera system…

We purhased 1 x Axis 210 network camera and 1 x Axis 210a network camera (with sound)… These cameras were not exactly the most cost effective solution but were good quality and my client believed that they would have less trouble integrating into his existing system..

We decided to move away from the current Milestone solution to us Axis Camera Station.. You would generally assume that Axis’ software would be the best software to run the suite of Axis cameras we had installed.. however a few versions ago, Axis had dropped support (for no particular reason) for the Axis 2100 cameras.. IMHO this is simply blatant profiteering and extremely poor customer service… Sure if they had dropped support for a competing product, that would be understandable, but to drop their own products that were still working perfectly?

Sorry Axis, you just lost a repeat client and $1800 worth of software sales.. You’ve also lost some of the confidence of a reseller/installer..

Zenien is now an approved iiNet agent

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Posted by Cameron | Posted in Blog | Posted on 30-05-2009

iiNet logo - Authorised Agent

iiNet logo - Authorised Agent

Zenien is now an approved iiNet agent, further increasing the fantastic services that we can offer to our clients…

If you are looking for the best broadband services available Australia wide, please contact Zenien for advice.. We can discuss with you the best broadband, nakedDSL or VOIP solutions for your home or business requirements and we can also assist with the installation and troubleshooting of your connection…

If you want to browse iiNet’s products and services or wish to sign up, please use this link:

https://toolbox.iinet.net.au/one-signup/?broadband&step1=reseller&reseller=d662

Cat6 Ethernet reaches 10Gbit – viable fibre replacement?

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Posted by Cameron | Posted in Blog | Posted on 11-05-2009

Although not mainstream yet, the ISO standard behind the 10GBASE-T (and similar) is here and commercially available.. 10 Gbit today seems like a crazy speed to push over a single copper cat6 cab.. What could you possibly need that kind of speed for?

Traditionally, networking communications have been the bottleneck in computer communications ability.. however with effectively 10 times the current 1Gbit standard, 10Gbit Ethernet pushes the onus back onto the computer system architecture as the bottleneck. When you think about it, the SATA2 hard drive standard pushes 300Mbit/s data throughput.. The network can now run at over 30 times what the hard drive can deliver… Sure RAID technology and SAS/SCSI increases this substantially, but still doesn’t get close to the network ability.

So when would you use 10Gbit networking?

All this begs the question.. will my systems benefit from 10Gbit networking? Well it really depends on what you want to do.. at the moment 10Gbit technology is stupidly expensive so you really need a good reason to invest in this technology and prove return on investment. IMHO for most instances, 1Gbit when setup with well thought our design, redundancy and possible Link aggregation (multiple 1gbit connections treated as one multi-gbit connection with full redundancy) will suffice nicely.

In the near future 10Gbit networking will come into its own when you do some of the following services:

  1. Virtualisation solutions using multiple servers and iSCSI SAN solutions
  2. Backbone connection connections (under 100 meters distance) say between two buildings or floors of a building where riser space is limited.
  3. iSCSI based backup or data replication solutions between high end and high performance Storage Area Networks

The industry’s response

This kind of bandwidth is nothing to be sneezed at, we will always need and use more throughput and the industry is working hard to develop systems and server that can make use of this phenomenal speed. A good example is Intel’s new Xeon 5500 processors and supporting architecture. (http://communities.intel.com/community/openportit/server/blog/2009/04/03/need-to-get-the-most-out-of-10-gigabit-use-nehalem) . The next few years will see more and more systems that are capable of pushing these data links to the limits.

What should I do now?

In my humble opinion, for the moment steer clear of the 10Gbit capable switches, routers and network cards. It is terribly expensive for what it is (a single port network card will cost around $1000 AUD). You can generally get sufficient performance out of 1Gbit technology and link aggregation switching. Bear in mind that the standard still has the 100meter cable length limit and consider fibre for longer runs.

All that aside, 10Gbit is on its way and will be the norm in approx 4 or 5 years. We know what the requirements are for it, its here now and accessible. Cat6 cabling… If you are planning on doing any cable runs, avoid Cat5e unless you are on a strict budget.. the cost difference is barely worth considering given the future proofing that this cabling can give you
(not to mention numerous other benefits). Cary’s and Zenien have the IT experts and cabling specialists to discuss, plan and install all your Cat6 networking requirements.

Still want 10Gbit?

If you really do think you have a need for 10Gbit networking, no worries.. Give Cary’s Electrical Services or Zenien a call, we will meet with you to discuss your business requirements and assist you in planning your networking infrastructure requirements. We don’t just run the cable, we work with you to effectively deliver optimum results and system integration that exceed your expectations.