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PrivacyVue 250 Wynwood ELLE Decor Modern Home Concept

We’re excited to note that Dash Door’s PrivacyVue installation at 250 Wynwood has been profiled in ELLE Décor’s Modern Life Concept House 2015. The show house, showcased during Miami Art Basel, brought together five leading designers for the 6,000 sq ft penthouse to represent the ultimate in modern style.

Dash Door was approached by 250 Wynwood developer & penthouse owner to furnish and install a large 62″x118″ single piece of PrivacyVue™ electrified switchable glass. To keep a low perimeter “picture frame,” the PrivacyVue™ SlimLine STD U-Channel was employed and shop modified to permit a four-sided framing solution with a black powder coat finish.

Overall, the switchable glass served as a perfect modern complement to the sleek interior. We’re pleased to have contributed to such a wonderful project. You can view the full home tour here.

PrivacyVue™ is record-USA’s product of choice for switchable glass options in their doors

MIAMI, Fla. (November 23, 2015) – PrivacyVue™ switchable glass has been selected by record-USA as the preferred switchable glass option in their sliding and folding door product lines.

PrivacyVue™ and record-USA have joined forces to promote integrated switchable glass ICU and automatic door systems. PrivacyVue™ has been fully integrated with record-USA’s 5100 Sliders, 5900/4900 ICU Doors and 4500 Folding Doors.

Architects, designers and owners can now have privacy at the flip of a switch with a unique and creative design option. PrivacyVue™ is fabricated in the United States and is designed and custom manufactured with the highest quality components and processes. The product offers a safe low voltage platform and can be supplied in sizes up to 72” x 120”.

“We wanted to standardize this design option with our most popular products,” says Mark Dugo, VP of Sales & Marketing at record-USA. “PrivacyVue™ has been a great partner and we are excited to offer this product option to our dealers and end users.”

For additional information on PrivacyVue™ visit For additional information on record-USA visit


About PrivacyVue™ – PrivacyVue™ offers architects, designers and owners a high-performing, low voltage switchable glass product that can be produced in sizes up to 72” x 120” and is the first switchable glass product that has been approved in an impact-resistant window system. PrivacyVue™ is sold through authorized dealers only. For more information on using or specifying PrivacyVue™ visit or call 305.477.1164.

About record-USA – record-USA is part of the “agta record group” and is one of the world leaders in automatic door systems with a product portfolio that includes: sliding, telescopic, swing, folding and revolving doors. For more information on record-USA visit

What is “STC”?  Glass & Glazing contractors have become more versed with this metric as it relates to their product offerings as open floor plans incorporating glass become more prevalent:

“STC” stands for Sound Transmission Class

STC ratings are a way to measure and compare how much sound is stopped / absorbed by any given product / material.  STC ratings are used for windows, wall assemblies, doors and some constituent materials.

The STC rating is the average amount of noise stopped at 18 different frequencies, measured in decibels. STC ratings are a logarithmic scale similar to the earthquake Richter Scale, which means each escalating number is significantly higher in performance than the previous number.  It is a non-linear scale.


One US glass manufacturer who has published STC ratings for their various product types are the high-performance glass experts at Viracon.

Viracon Acoustical Glass is made from combinations of various glass types along with acoustical window frames to help you effectively reduce sound transmission from airplanes, trains, vehicles and other unwanted noises. The performance data below applies to an insulating unit. Data is based on testing ~36″ x 84″ glass to ASTM E413-87 in an acoustical wall. Glass size and glazing system will affect STC rating. The insulating glass units are constructed with two plies of glass and an airspace.

The STC (Sound Transmission Class) rating is a single-number rating system for interior building partitions and viewing windows used to categorize acoustic performance.

The OITC (Outside-Inside Transmission Class) rating is used to classify acoustic performance of glazing in exterior applications.


RS2 Technologies Announces 3-Year Warranty

by Steve Sanko on 6/21/2015

Munster, IN – RS2 Technologies, LLC, a leading provider of access control systems, has announced that, in an unprecedented move, the company is tripling (from one year to a full three years) its warranty on all of the Mercury Security hardware products it sells. “We are extremely pleased to be able to announce this ‘best-in-class’ warranty,” said Doug Robinson, RS2 Managing partner. “We are able to expand our hardware warranty from one year to three years because of the outstanding success we’ve had with Mercury hardware over the past 15 years. I could quote you all the technical statistics, such as the exceptional MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) numbers, etc., but the bottom line is that the Authentic Mercury hardware that we utilize in our access control solutions is the ultimate in reliability. It is absolutely bulletproof.”

Dave Barnard, RS2 Director of Dealer Development, expanded on Robinson’s comments. “Over the course of our relationship with Mercury, we have shipped more than 100,000 units of assorted Mercury hardware. The reliability of those units –coupled with our powerful, user-friendly RS2 Access It!® access control software– has allowed us to achieve double-digit sales growth in almost every one of our 15 years of operation. It allows us to offer our dealers and integrators –as well as our end-users– what are simply the most reliable, lowest TCO (total cost of ownership), scalable open-platform access control solutions in the industry. As we start 2015 with this exceptional expansion of our warranty, we are projecting yet another year of double-digit growth.”

In commenting on RS2’s expanded warranty announcement, Steve Lucas, Director of Business Development at Mercury Security, noted that “RS2 is one of our oldest and most valued customers. As one of our very select group of Platinum Elite Partners, they are an outstanding example of the type of customer-partner that we value here at Mercury Security. They are fully committed to the Mercury concept of reliable, open-platform solutions.”

RS2’s Robinson summed up the announcement by saying “This announcement is another example of how we have attempted to expand and strengthen every phase of our operation, whether it’s warehousing & shipping, sales management & training, technical support, or, as in this case, tremendously enhanced value to our customers. This program has been working well for us and continues to do so.”


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Wider World: Ultra Wide Angle Surveillance

by Steve Sanko on 5/23/2015

Wider World: Ultra Wide Angle Surveillance

 As presented by Avigilon



With a variety of wide angle surveillance cameras on the market, it is important to understand the differences in capabilities and results in order to design a high definition surveillance system built to meet your specific needs.

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A powerful tool for covering large areas in high resolution, megapixel and HD surveillance cameras can reduce system costs by replacing multiple cameras and improving investigations by capturing better, and more useful, evidence. While megapixel IP surveillance cameras are now in mainstream use, a new category of cameras developed specifically to cover ultra wide scenes with fewer cameras is also becoming increasingly available. But with a variety of wide angle surveillance cameras on the market, it is important to understand the differences in capabilities and results in order to design a high definition surveillance system built to meet your specific needs.


Ultra Wide Angle Advantage


When you consider the surveillance requirements of a 10 m by 10 m building lobby, the need for ultra wide angle surveillance cameras becomes evident. In a traditional configuration, a camera would need to be installed in every corner for complete coverage, particularly if there are multiple entrances or areas of activity along each wall. Alternatively, purpose-built megapixel surveillance solutions targeted at 180 or 360 degree imaging can provide the coverage required to monitor the entire area, with fewer cameras. If central mounting is possible, a single 360 degree camera can give you complete coverage, but if it isn’t practical to mount a camera in the center of the room, two 180 degree cameras on opposing walls can deliver the same coverage. In both cases, the number of cameras needed is reduced along with the associated installation and service costs.



180 and 360 Degrees


Fig 1


Today, two options are available on the market for gaining 180 and 360 degree coverage from a single camera: a specialized lens on a single sensor or a camera that integrates multiple sensors with conventional lenses aligned to provide ultra wide angle coverage. Single camera solutions for ultra wide angle coverage use a specialized lens called a fisheye lens, which uses different optical design techniques compared to conventional lenses that can lead to the distortion of the captured image when viewing beyond a 90 degree horizontal field of view. For example, what is referred to as ‘barrel’ distortion can occasionally occur, where a circular image is created and straight lines within the captured image appear curved. Software can sometimes correct this optical distortion, but it is typically a very processor-intensive task that requires proprietary algorithms.
The fisheye lens is also limited by the way it projects the captured image onto the image sensor. As a consequence of its design, the 180 and 360 degree fisheye lens creates either an oval or circular shaped image, problematic because all image sensors used in surveillance cameras are square or rectangular. As a result, a 180 or 360 degree fisheye lens is never able to use all the pixels available in the sensor, as you can see in the example image in figure 1.


Recent Adoption

Although fisheye lenses have been used in photography since the early 1900s, their adoption in the surveillance industry hasn’t occurred until fairly recently, in part because of the introduction of IP HD and megapixel surveillance cameras. Covering an ultra wide 180 or 360 degree field of view with conventional analog technology was ineffective because the resulting images had no detail.
The second option that can be used to achieve 180 or 360 degree coverage indoors is a compact, multi-sensor camera that uses four 2MP sensors with compact, pre-installed conventional lenses. In a four sensor, 180 degree multi-sensor camera, each lens covers a 45 degree field of view, while in a four sensor 360 degree camera, each lens covers a 90 degree field of view. A compact, multi-sensor camera offers several advantages: the images are captured without distortion and deliver an easily measured and quantifiable amount of pixels-on- target consistently throughout the scene.


Dramatic Difference

Designed with a dome form factor, compact multi-sensor cameras use one network cable for power and to transmit video for the images from all four sensors, resulting in a quick and convenient installation. The use of conventional lenses also means that every pixel on each sensor is utilized to capture the image, maximizing overall image quality without wasting any pixels.SetWidth240-dramatic
The two approaches offer dramatic differences in detail, security, and coverage. Take the example of a 10m by 10m building lobby with a single 360 degree camera mounted in the center. Using a circular fisheye lens and a 3MP camera with a resolution of 2048 x 1536, you capture the room with a distorted circular image and a diameter of 1536 pixels. The circular image has a circumference of 4825 pixels covering the 40 meter perimeter of the room, or roughly 120 pixels per meter at the edge of the room. A multi-sensor 360 camera using four 2MP sensors has 6400 pixels of total horizontal resolution across the four streams, resulting in 160 pixels per meter of detail around the perimeter of the room. As a result, only the multi-sensor solution provides sufficient detail to identify faces around the perimeter of the room. In addition, using a simple formula dividing the width of the image sensor by the scene covered, the multi-sensor solution delivers improved resolution in the balance of the image. The circular projection of the fisheye lens means that this math can only be done easily at the perimeter of the image. The distortion of the circular fisheye image delivers the least amount of detail at the perimeter and the most in the center of the room. However, concentrating image detail in the center of the image in most configurations is typically wasted because a single sensor fisheye camera will only capture the tops of heads directly beneath the camera.


Pixels on Target

The introduction of megapixel surveillance cameras has improved these limitations, but there are still important concerns to be aware of when coupling ultra wide angle lenses with megapixel surveillance cameras. Advanced surveillance system design must now address the concept of pixels-on-target – the ability to quantify the detail of the image being captured during design and verify it during installation. However, pixels-on-target can only be easily calculated when conventional lenses are used, because ultra wide angle lenses distort the scene when captured. As a result, you can no longer guarantee the amount of pixels-on-target at any point in the image.


Recording and management

While effective coverage of ultra wide angle scenes is a great way to leverage the resolution of multi megapixel IP surveillance cameras to reduce system costs, multi megapixel surveillance cameras pose unique challenges with bandwidth, storage, and management that need to be properly addressed. Purpose-built network video management software (NVMS) platforms are now available that are tailored for HD and megapixel surveillance and can be used to ensure that all the evidence captured by a 180 or 360 camera is stored and managed effectively.
Being aware of the advantages and disadvantages of each option for ultra wide angle coverage is the first step towards designing a high- performance and cost-effective high definition surveillance system for any space – both indoors or out. With a clear understanding of the approaches taken to ultra wide angle surveillance, integrators and end- users can more effectively build a high definition surveillance system that delivers complete coverage and ultimately, unmistakable evidence for improved investigations.

Dash Door’s PrivacyVue Website Has Launched

by Steve Sanko on 1/21/2015

We’re excited to announce that PrivacyVue, Dash Door’s electrified switchable glass product line, now has its own dedicated website! The site features more details about the switchable glass, including applications and product and design options, as well as key features and examples of the glass in use. Take a look at the new website here to learn more.

If you’re interested in incorporating PrivacyVue in your commercial or residential project, please contact

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