Oncam Global introduces the IPZoom 360-degree, 5-megapixel camera

Camera equipped with software that directs a co-located IP PTZ camera to interrogate suspicious events


ZUG, Switzerland, Nov. 11, 2010 - Oncam Global Group AG is introducing an addition to its in-house security technology capabilities: the Oncam IPZoom 360 degree, 5-megapixel camera and software that, when combined with a high-resolution co-located IP PTZ camera, enable security personnel to zero in on a detailed image of a specific "suspicious" person, object or event while an entire area continues to be surveilled. It is scheduled for general availability in the first quarter of 2011 and will be offered in an indoor, covert, conceal-mounting model and an outdoor/indoor IPC67-rated minidome model.

Oncam 360 degree cameras, with award-winning Grandeye technology onboard, are the cornerstone of any security design, integrating well with a variety of other best-in-breed technologies to architect a total security solution that verifies real threats and minimizes the costs associated with false alarms and inappropriate responses.

The Oncam IPZoom camera, employing sophisticated video analytics and management software, is a triggering device for a user-provided, co-located, high-resolution IP PTZ camera. It has the processing capability to signal and focus the IP PTZ camera anywhere within the panorama or fisheye views that the IPZoom camera generates. The end result is a flexible and intelligent security solution that catches all the action and provides high-resolution detailed images about an area of interest. The camera is compatible with Windows-based video management systems.

How it works, in brief:

The IPZoom camera is the controlling camera in an IPZoom scenario. It identifies, or acquires, suspicious events, such as unusual behavior that is characteristic of a typical adversary, objects in places they should not be, objects removed that should be there, or any other changes that could represent threats to an environment.

Then, a simple point and click of a mouse on the object or area of interest within the panorama or fisheye view "tells" the IP PTZ camera exactly where to pan, tilt and zoom to capture details. The object or persons in question are automatically tracked and interrogated without compromising overall 360ø surveillance. Once a threat is verified, an appropriate measured response can be taken.

"What makes the IPZoom solution a significant step forward is that it simultaneously delivers the best that both cameras have to offer - the breadth of the overall view and the detail of the close-up," said Oncam Global CEO James Ionson, who notes that a single IPZoom 360ø camera along with an IP PTZ camera could eliminate up to a dozen stationary security cameras currently installed on a large premises.

"While the Oncam IPZoom 360ø camera will be a valuable component for a wide variety of security applications, its unique capabilities make it an absolutely essential element of total solutions architected for the protection of critical infrastructures, such as ports, power plants, pipelines, airports and other high-risk locations," Ionson added.

Field Test in Canada

The IPZoom solution is being field tested by Commport Communications International, a secure-data-storage facility in Ontario, Canada. Commport's systems integrator, SecureVisionView, installed the IPZoom camera solution to provide physical security for the facility and its personnel and to prevent outdoor vandalism.

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