Toshiba Adds Power Over Ethernet To New Network Camera

With the introduction of the new IK-WB02A network camera, Toshiba Security & Network Video continues on the forefront of IP-addressable surveillance technology.

Featuring 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE), the IK-WB02A requires only a single cable to deliver both communications and power, resulting in a reduction in installation costs of up to 50% because it eliminates the need to install electrical wiring or power outlets, while improving flexibility in camera placement and enhancing security and control.

"Besides cost efficiencies, one of the great things about PoE is that it assures continuous surveillance in the event of a power outage by delivering battery backed up uninterrupted power via the local area network," notes Joe Cook, Product Manager, Toshiba Security & Network Video. "Power is the weakest link in a video surveillance system. PoE strengthens that link."

In addition to PoE, the IK-WB02A incorporates both AC24V and DC12V power to best suit the specific application's power requirements, as well as backwards compatibility with video out to send a live video feed to a monitor or recorder.

Other key features include an ultra-clean 50dB signal-to-noise ratio for optimum performance with digital video recorders; 480TV line resolution; 1/3-inch CCD imaging sensor; low light performance down to 0.2 lux@F1.0 with day/night imaging; and a wide dynamic range of 2,500K to 10,000K.

The IK-WB02A's two-way audio feature brings increased performance to any video surveillance system, enabling security professionals to see, hear and communicate with a remote location through an Internet browser window. Using the camera with an external wired microphone and speaker extends its flexibility to provide interactive voice support for call center monitoring.

In contrast to analog-based systems, which require video to be recorded onto tape, the IK-WB02A allows video to be recorded onto a hard drive, making archiving and searching easier and more efficient. The camera's embedded web server is designed to connect directly to a 10/100base-TX (RJ-45) local area network to provide remote streamed JPEG video at frame rates up to 30 FPS and user-selectable resolutions of 640x480, 320x240 or 160x120. It can be remotely controlled using an authorized PC or Internet-ready handheld device.

Compact and lightweight, the IK-WB02A is designed to work with standard industrial mountings, enclosures and C-mount lenses. Lens and power supplies are sold separately. It is planned to be available in September through authorized Toshiba dealers at a MSRP of $599.

For more information and the name of a local Toshiba Security & Network Video distributor, call 1-877-696-3822. Or visit