San Diego, CA (September 25, 2006) â€“ Panasonic Security Systems, a division of Panasonic System Solutions Company (PSSA), continues to expand the breadth of their video surveillance solutions with several new product introductions at ASIS 2006. In the IP arena, Panasonic is showcasing a new network color dome system that incorporates the companyâ€™s Super Dynamic III (SDIII) technology â€“ widely recognized as the benchmark in video surveillance camera performance. Additionally, Panasonic continues to extend the coverage capabilities of analog camera series and systems with new features including enhanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) with Adaptive Black Stretch technology to deliver crisper, cleaner imaging; anti-impact Auto Back Focus (ABF); and high resolution 480ips recording capability.
"Panasonic has continually set the industryâ€™s benchmark for performance with new technologies that deliver exceptional imaging capabilities and features, along with proven quality and reliability,â€ said Frank DeFina, President, PSSA. â€œAs Panasonic continues to develop new technologies and system products, we are also actively embracing the expertise of partner companies to deliver the most comprehensive video surveillance solutions attainable.â€
The theme for Panasonic at ASIS will be "see IT all!â€, referencing the companyâ€™s 50 years in leading video imaging technology and its established "we get IT!" theme â€“ Information Technology and Intelligent Technology. Standing behind this statement will be a suite of new IP and analog systems products, complemented with new software solutions for professional video surveillance applications. Panasonic also continues to build on its â€œopen infrastructureâ€ initiative with the launch of the Panasonic Solution Developer Network (PSDN) â€“ created to establish a network of leading technology companies to foster and encourage the development of interoperable solutions through easy access to development tools and information.
â€œGiven the number of new products and solutions we are introducing at ASIS 2006, this is one of Panasonic Security Systemsâ€™ most significant new product launches in recent years,â€ continued Mr. DeFina. â€œThese new products will also provide our sales partners and newly formed PSDN members with the video surveillance devices they need to develop more advanced system solutions.â€
New IP networking product introductions include:
i-Pro WV-NS202 Color Network PTZ Dome Camera brings Super Dynamic III (SDIII) technology to a networked platform. The cameraâ€™s SDIII performance provides 128x dynamic range for superior image reproduction in virtually any lighting condition, MJPEG and MPEG-4 dual streaming outputs for simultaneous monitoring and recording at up to 30 fps; 22x optical zoom, Power over Ethernet (PoE), progressive output for smooth reproduction of moving objects, minimum illumination of only 0.7 lux.
i-Pro WV-NF284 Color Network Mini Dome Camera has MPEG-4/JPEG dual-stream output capable of 30 fps, a progressive scan CCD, a 3.6x variable focal lens that operates in light as low as 1.5 lux, and PoE.
i-Pro WJ-ND200 Network Video Recorder is capable of accommodating from 9 to 16 cameras and features a removable hard disk drive for convenient data storage, archiving and data transfer â€“ even while the recorder is on. The NVR is also MPEG-4 and JPEG compatible and features automatic IP address detection when used with Panasonic i-Pro cameras. The WJ-ND200 is a versatile, full-featured IP recording solution in a cost-efficient package.
i-Pro WJ-NT304 MPEG-4/JPEG Video Encoder offers dual streaming from up to four analog cameras with MPEG-4 and JPEG dual-stream output for simultaneous live monitoring and high resolution recording. It is a cost-efficient way to transform legacy analog camera systems into a networked system.
BB-HCM403 Network Dome Camera is an indoor-use PoE network camera. Easy to mount, with Power over Ethernet, this camera is ideal for use in secondary locations, or in small business or residential applications.
New digital recording solutions include: WJ-RT416 Digital Video Recorder offers high resolution real-time recording with a total recording of 480 ips over 16 channels (30 ips per channel) with 704 x 240 pixels. Utilizing MPEG4 compression and available in configurations from 250GB to 1.5TB, the WJ-RT416 allows for extended archiving of video and is the ideal solution for both stand alone and systems-based platforms.
New Analog camera product introductions include: WV-CW974 Weather Proof SDIII Outdoor PTZ is the most advanced dome camera system available. It features a new Template Matching Algorithm, which makes the auto tracking more accurate by memorizing the characteristics of the subject such as color, shape and contrast. Combined with SDIII intelligent technology, the WV-CW974 incorporates an unsurpassed combination of performance capabilities.
WV-CW484 Series SDIII Vandal Proof Dome Camera brings Super Dynamic III (SDIII) technology to a weather proof dome camera. This heavy duty camera features anti-shock Auto Back Focus (ABF) to ensure perfect focus when switching from color to black and white, while simplifying installation. A built-in dehumidification device reduces condensation by electrolyzing internal moisture and continuously discharging it from the camera.
WV-CF294/284 Series Color Dome Cameras feature enhanced DSP with Adaptive Black Stretch technology to transform dark areas into crisp images. Additional features include newly developed Auto Back Focus (CF294), 2H enhancer, 540 lines of horizontal resolution in color mode, Day/Night operation for continuous sharp image capture 24/7, and x3.6 varifocal lens.
WV-CP280 Series Color Cameras incorporate enhanced DSP for improved image quality with Adaptive Black Stretch technology to transform dark areas into clear images in real time. Additional features include 540 lines of horizontal resolution in color mode, 2H enhancer, Day/Night operation for continuous sharp image capture 24/7, and 0.8 lux minimum illumination in color mode.
New iris reader biometric access control devices include: BM-ET200 Iris Reader incorporates Panasonicâ€™s core video and imaging technology to provide accurate, easy to use, non-invasive identification and authentication. The unit is simple to configure and provides super fast recognition results in 0.3 seconds, with dual mirror configuration for accurate reading. The BM-ET200 can either be used as part of a stand-alone system or integrated into a larger network.
New enterprise-level switchers include: WJ-SX650 Matrix Switcher has been scaled up for large-sized surveillance systems and offers up to a 512 x 64 configuration. It is now possible to configure an expanded full matrix by interconnecting matrix switchers at remote locations, thus enabling set up of large-sized systems, or configure satellites totaling 64 domains which can be controlled by Panasonicâ€™s WJ-MPU955A Master Processing Unit through the Ethernet.
More information about the entire range of Panasonic solutions will also be available as a free download in video format from Panasonicâ€™s website after the ASIS show. "We want to offer users and our partners a choice of reference materials in different media to showcase the breadth of our offering," said Julianna Benedick, Group Marketing Manager, Panasonic System Solutions Company. â€œIn addition, our on-line offering also includes a new system configuration which is available free to assist with system design and specification.â€ Visit www.panasonic.com/security.
For more information call toll free 1-866-PAN-CCTV (1-866-726-2288) or visit www.panasonic.com/security.
About Panasonic Panasonic System Solutions Company, Unit of Panasonic Corporation of North America, is a world leader in analog and IP video surveillance solutions through its Panasonic Security Systems division. Core, cutting-edge technology developments include Super Dynamic III with intelligent camera features, and expanding networking capabilities of the i-Pro Series of intelligent and professional IP products. Based in Secaucus, NJ, Panasonic Corporation of North America is the principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE:MC) of Japan. Information about Panasonic Security Systems is available at www.panasonic.com/security. Additional company information for journalists is available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.