U.S., Australian Inventors Develop Video Security System

Patent office issues abstract on invention designed to monitor locations simulataneously


ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- Andrew William Jackson of Las Vegas, and Scott Anthony Rhodes of Wanneroo, Australia, have developed a video security system for monitoring a plurality of locations simultaneously.

According to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "In one embodiment, the system includes a text insertion means connected between a video camera and monitor, a control means connected to the text insertion means, and a playback means operatively associated with the text insertion means and control means. Other embodiments include a video camera substitution system having a fixed video camera and a pan-tilt video camera and a video recorder substitution system having a plurality of alternate video signal recording devices."

An abstract of the invention, released by the Patent Office, said: "In another embodiment, the system includes a programmable equalizer having a plurality of video input devices, a video output receiver, a switch connected between the input devices and receiver, a variable equalizer connected between the switch and receiver, and a controller storing line loss parameters for each input device, thereby providing equalization among a plurality of video cameras, monitors, and video signal recording devices."

The inventors were issued U.S. Patent No. 7,181,123 on Feb. 20.

The original application was filed on June 27, 2003, and is available at: .