Video surveillance is one of the areas most significantly impacted by new technology. Initially digital chips found their way into cameras, followed by digital signal processing in system elements.
This new roundup of technology reveals IP based and hybrid products which bridge the gap between legacy analog equipment and the latest IP based solutions. These solutions emphasize open architecture, scalability, user-friendly interfaces and propensity for system integration.
These products represent opportunities for the dealer to upgrade existing systems, get serious about digital, develop new services and add recurring revenue streams.
PC-Based CCTV/Intelligent Video
As mentioned in Security Dealer's December '04 Digital Digest, Panasonic has had a full line of hybrid analog to digital products for over a year (see Dec. '04, page 36). Following the hybrid solution path is also American Dynamics, according to a conversation with Editor In Chief, Susan brady (see Cruzin' with Susan on page 44).
In addition, GE Infrastructure, Security announces a strategy that lets users already invested in legacy analog systems create an IP-based video network while continuing to use their existing analog equipment. The company plans to create new intelligent video capabilities with products such as high definition-based surveillance systems.
Darren Nicholson, marketing vice president in GE Security's Commercial Solutions business, explains, "We are creating the building blocks, both internally and working with other leading technology companies, that will provide integrators and users with fully-featured network video solutions."
Users will be able to connect GE IP Platform cameras, digital video recorders, PCs and servers directly to their networks. New GE encoders/decoders will provide network access for currently used analog cameras and monitors. These products provide high scalability and solve complicated security issues in small commercial to large enterprise business environments.
With higher resolution a major challenge facing the video surveillance industry; GE and CoVi Technologies, Inc.; manufacturer of EVQ-1000 High Definition surveillance camera, are collaborating on development of new technologies to integrate high definition video and advanced viewing utilities into network video solutions. The features and capabilities, which are enabled by application HD technologies, will bring a significant added dimension of security to surveillance technology, including new intelligent video solutions.
Network/IP Video Camera & IP Module
With the NAPCO VCAM-I Network/IP Video Camera & VIP-GATEWAY Universal 4-Camera IP Module you can offer customers online broadband Internet video. The VCAM-I camera measures 3.875" x 2.5" x 1.625" and weighs 5.3 oz., making it suitable for mounting anywhere. The VIP-GATEWAY module enables the connection of up to four analog video cameras of any brand to be monitored over the Internet.
Customers can look in anytime via PC or cell phone or have their security system trigger video e-mails on alarm for video verification. The video can be auto-archived for later review. 802.11G wireless networks are also supported.
Transmission speed varies by resolution. High resolution (640x480) allows a maximum five frames/second; medium resolution (320x240) allows a maximum of 15 frames/second and lastly, low resolution (160x120) allows 25 frames/second. The camera is weather resistant and operates in temperatures ranging from 0 degrees up to 55 degrees Celsius.
Existing analog cameras can be put online with the VIP GATEWAY. It has 4 channel video inputs, NTSC or PAL and has an e-mail send function; 14 pre-alarm images per channel, and a reset button that returns the system to original settings.
For more information visit www.napcosecurity.com.
Digital Video Recorder with Integrated Multiplexer
Flexibility is now being built into today's video products and the Sanyo DSR3016Hxx is a perfect example. The unit is a 16-channel DVR with an integrated multiplexer.