Hangin’ with Harrington: A Stroll Down Video Lane

A look at emerging products and technologies

Industry reports show there is significant increased spending, globally, on projects that combine traditional physical security controls with IT security. This includes upgrading locks, cameras, entry systems, and even security guard desks to work with the same computing systems that control computer and network sign-on, identity management, and security incident management.

New introductions to the video surveillance markets are coming fast and furious. While there are countless new offerings that bear watching, here is a small sampling of the emerging products and technologies that are cropping up on the surveillance landscape (most of which were seen firsthand at the ISC show in Las Vegas, NV recently).

From Panasonic Security
Systems...the WJ-ND300 Network Disk Recorder, designed specifically for IP-based systems operating on a LAN/WAN. It offers scalable operation, comes with numerous system features and expansion capabilities, and can record cameras from a variety of manufacturers. The unit is designed with fast throughput and other performance features including: a refresh rate of 960ips @32 cameras (MPEG4); multi-format recording (JPEG/MJPEG/MPEG4); data stream control between live and recorded images; up to four optional hard drives can be installed on-board the unit with the addition of an optional external RAID 5 and/or expansion modules capable of housing up to 28 hard drives for extended recording and archiving applications; and extensive management control capabilities.

Other recent product introductions from Panasonic, in response to the company’s initiative to provide the industry with Intelligent Technology (IT), are the first two models in the Super Dynamic III Cameras line - the WV-CS954 Color Dome Camera and the WV-CP480 Series Color Fixed Cameras.

The technology, says Panasonic Security Systems President Frank DeFina, combines a newly designed CCD and powerful digital signal processing (DSP) that deliver exceptional image definition and balance even in the most challenging security applications. Performance attributes include: 128x dynamic range; pixel-based digital contrast correction; Auto Image Stabilizer; Scene Change Detection; 30X optical zoom (300X electronically); Adaptive Digital Noise Reduction to minimize image streaking when viewing moving images; 540 lines of color resolution; and extreme low light sensitivity in color (0.5 lux) and BW (0.06 lux). For more information, visit www.panasonic.com/security.

From Mitsubishi...The 16-video input DX-TL5000U from Mitsubishi is designed for enterprise class level security recording applications. High speed live and recorded images are achieved with speeds of 960 pictures per second (live) and 240 pictures per second (recorded). With the DX-TL5000U, you have the flexibility to expand recording depending on your requirements. The unit comes with a GUI menu for simple programming utilizing a standard USB mouse. Quick and easy copying of images can be made with its built in CD/DVD drive or to external USB memory devices. You can also archive video for backup through network attached storage (NAS) servers. With its ability to link multiple DVRs together, access to hundreds of cameras is possible from the main unit. For more information, visit www.mitsubishi.com.

From KT&C...The KPC-HD353CWX high resolution camera comes with a precision varifocal lens (f4-8mm or f2.6-5.6mm) to achieve 520 lines resolution for the sharpest image. The HD353CWX also features a 3x digital zoom that can be controlled either by KT&C’s AD-Key Controller or the Pelco D protocol via RS485. For more information, visit www.ktncusa.com, call 888-767-CCTV or e-mail sales@ktncusa.com.

From 3VR...3VR provides a new approach—a mesh of integrated, turnkey appliances that work together to record and analyze surveillance video. The company’s facial recognition technology is combined with digital video recording, allowing a search through archives of digital video for facial images that match against the system’s watch list. 3VR solutions provide instant search, face recognition, identification, alerts and policy management across all cameras simultaneously. For more information, visit www.3vr.com.

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