Hangin’ with Harrington: A Stroll Down Video Lane

A look at emerging products and technologies


From Bosch...AutoDome Camera Systems, now featuring 26x Day/Night or 18x optical zoom plus 12x digital zoom. The camera automatically locks onto a target, zooms in, and follows the subject anywhere within the camera’s 360-degree coverage area. Also new from Bosch is the Bilinx camera control system and an internal DVD writer to its Divar Plus Digital Video Recorder (DVR). The new capabilities improve camera access, simplify routine surveillance tasks, and provide advanced storage capabilities. The DVR, with a built-in multiplexer and switcher controlling up to 16 cameras, is ideal for CCTV security applications at facilities such as banks, retail outlets, schools, warehouses, and small businesses.

Another new introduction is the 8-channel Bosch VideoJet 8008 digital transmitter/receiver. It offers S-VHS-quality real-time video with a maximum data rate of 240 frames/second over Gigabit-Ethernet; less than half the storage space of similar models; different frame rates for optimal storage; and an integrated hard disk for simultaneous playback and recording and protection against network failure. The VideoJet 8008 features fully interlaced video; alarm inputs and relay outputs; pan/tilt/zoom, and can be configured as a 1U-high rack-mount or desktop unit. For more information, visit www.boschsecurity.us or call 800-289-0096.

From DVTel Inc...an announcement on the acquisition of OmniVee Ltd. The company specializes in “Adaptive Visualization Technology,” a patent-pending video imaging and analysis capability which utilizes computer vision technology to enhance CCTV data acquisition, management, and analysis. According to DVTel CEO, Eli Gorovici, “This technology has the potential to revolutionize the way we acquire and analyze video, voice, and data.” DVTel has already incorporated some of AVT’s unique capabilities into its new SceneTracker product. SceneTracker provides a real-world, real-time perspective of multiple camera images in a single integrated view. Objects or persons of interest can be tracked, zoomed in on and hovered over to achieve closer, detailed views. For more information, visit www.dvtel.com.

From GE...the MiniView Dome camera - which is the smallest of GE’s line of dome cameras that includes the 4-inch Fixed Mini-Dome (DS line) and 5-inch Vari-View Dome (DM line). While the MiniView Dome camera provides color images, these larger domes provide both color and black and white images. It’s designed to monitor sensitive areas and provides high resolution images in a small but powerful package. Despite its small size, the camera delivers the high-resolution (480 TV lines) color image desired for most surveillance applications. Users can rotate the camera a full 360 degrees or tilt it to 90 degrees for the best viewing angle. The lens pack includes 2.5, 4 and 6mm lenses. For more information, visit www.GESecurity.com.

From Extreme CCTV...The ZX20 is a double-walled bulletproof camera certified to exceed UL 752 Level 6 Ballistic. Two-stage body protection neutralizes the destructive bullet forces, while a four-layered, 1.25” ballistic insert ensures bulletproof resiliency and maintains high optical clarity. The high-resolution LXR sensor delivers exceptional performance in the near infrared spectrum for effective night vision. Also from Extreme CCTV is the WZ5 Critical Entry/Exit camera, engineered for “In-Your-Face” surveillance under light switch aesthetics. The WZ5 fits into standard electrical boxes and blends in seamlessly with modern dA©cor light switch covers. For effective night vision performance, the WZ5 has an integrated infrared array enabling 24/7 operation under all lighting conditions - including total darkness. For more information, visit www.ExtremeCCTV.com.

From Milestone Systems...are six language versions of its popular XProtect IP video surveillance software. Available language versions include English, Danish, French, German, Spanish and Italian. Milestone software supports over 90 various models of network cameras and video servers from leading hardware manufacturers including Axis, JVC, IPIX, Mobotix, Panasonic, Pixord, Sanyo, Sony and Toshiba. Learn more at www.milestonesys.com.

From Pelco...several new offerings, including the Endura, a networked-based video security system with a powerful, fault-tolerant, distributed hardware and software architecture. This fully distributed, non-centralized video security system allows customers to make use of local area networks and IT infrastructure.