Zarlink demonstrates compact optical aggregation system for IP cameras

Optical solutions simplify expansion of video surveillance systems


OTTAWA, CANADA, March 31, 2008 – Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. today announced that it will be showcasing its growing portfolio of optical aggregation technologies for video surveillance systems, including video IP surveillance (VIPS) camera and control room optical modules as well as its plug-and-play multi-gigabit optical cable for network interconnect, at the International Security Conference and Exposition (ISC West) at the Sands Expo Convention Center, Las Vegas, April 2-4, Booth #4126.

Increasingly advanced security, safety and monitoring video applications, for example thermal monitoring and image analysis, are creating demand for a new class of optical products that can handle bandwidth-intensive applications with the flexibility to support future upgrades. In the field, operators require new technologies that support an easy evolution to Ethernet-based networks while operating seamlessly with installed equipment. Operators require control room solutions that can handle increasing fiber connectivity from new camera deployments, and new interconnect technologies that can easily link equipment such as digital video recorders with data centers and storage systems.

“Zarlink is uniquely positioned with easy-to-install optical solutions for video surveillance networks, from the camera through to the data center,” said Bertil Kronlund, product line manager, Zarlink Optical Communications. “Our solutions enhance performance and significantly reduce installation time, while supporting IP network deployments and future Gigapixel camera upgrades”.

Zarlink's electrical-to-optical and optical-to-electrical compact modules for video surveillance systems deliver the simplest optical connectivity approach in the market today, covering first level aggregation of IP cameras as well as backbone connectivity through the use of active optical cable assemblies for 10 G interconnects. As video security traffic is increasingly terminated in data centers, Zarlink's ZLynx active optical cable can extend aggregated Gigapixel camera traffic over off-the-shelf Ethernet switches.

Complete optical solution for video surveillance

Zarlink's VIPS products simplify and speed the installation and expansion of IP video surveillance systems by providing an extended point-to-point connection of up to 2,000 meters between cameras, video servers and control room equipment over single-stranded multi-mode optical fiber. The compact (41.5 x 61.5 x 28.3 millimeters) modules are half the size of competing devices and require just 1.5 watts, meaning they can be easily integrated into camera enclosures or space-constrained installations. The use of multi-mode optical fiber eliminates the need to multiple switches, connection points and long runs of copper while also protecting against security and weather-related concerns.

Zarlink's VIPS products are now in full production. The company is developing future additions to the VIPS product line that will support higher bandwidth, extended temperature range and unique technology for longer distance video extension applications. For more on Zarlink's complete portfolio camera-side and control room VIPS products visit http://www.zarlink.com/opticalsolutions/videosurveillance.htm .

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