ORLANDO, FL, -- Toshiba Surveillance & IP Video Products Group, a business unit of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., recently teamed up with the crew of Discovery Home Channelâ€™s BUILDING AMERICAâ€™S HOME television series to develop a web-based network video camera system that assisted far-flung contractors, landscapers and designers in remotely monitoring the layout and construction of the ultimate American home.
The ten-part Discovery Home Channel series chronicles the building of a landmark new home -- from preliminary design to construction to final furnishings â€“ based entirely upon a 2004 survey conducted by Better Homes & Gardens magazine to determine what its readers wanted from the ultimate American Home.
The project brought together many of the nationâ€™s top building contractors and designers. However, because of ongoing business obligations, this team of professionals was not able to remain on-site for the duration of the building process.
To make it possible for the contractors to collaborate even when they were apart, Discovery Home Channel turned to Toshiba, a leader in the fast-growing network video technology area. Toshiba answered the showâ€™s challenge with its IK-WB11A, a 1.4 megapixel network camera. For several months the IK-WB11A broadcast real-time video streams from inside and outside the home for the contractors to view on their Internet-ready PCs, notebooks, PDAs and cell phones â€” anywhere at anytime.
â€œWe were happy to help make BUILDING AMERICAâ€™S HOME a success,â€ said Joe Cook, Product Manager, Toshiba Surveillance & IP Video Products Group. â€œBy showcasing the IK-WB11A, BUILDING AMERICAâ€™S HOME demonstrated to its audience the capabilities and advantages of network cameras. No matter where the contractors were, they only needed to click on the cameraâ€™s website to see how construction was progressing.â€
Cook says that homeowners find the cameras as useful as homebuilders: â€œThe booming popularity of networks in new homes has made installing a video surveillance system increasingly commonplace. By employing network camera technology an owner can keep a watchful eye over their home when theyâ€™re away, monitor a babysitter when theyâ€™re out on the town and always know who is at the front door before answering it.â€
Key features of the IK-WB11A include an SD card slot, remote Pan and Tilt control, an alarm function, motion detection and a privacy mask. The compact camera measures a mere 5.0 x 5.0 x 4.7 inches and can be mounted virtually anywhere.