Sony Unveils IPELA Security Cameras and Network Surveillance Recorders at ISC West Show

April 14, 2006

LAS VEGAS (ISC WEST, Booth # 22063), April 5, 2006 – Sony Electronics is introducing two new IPELA cameras and three network recorders at this year’s International Security Conference (ISC) West in Las Vegas.

Other announcements include Sony’s offering of Motorola mesh network-enabled IPELA SNC-RX550N/W-MT and SNC-RX550N/B-MT cameras, and important installations both on Laguna and Newport Beach, Calif., and at Orlando (Fla.) Regional Healthcare, a private, not-for-profit healthcare network.

“We have a number of high-quality products and initiatives to bring to the forefront of the security industry at this show,” said Ken LaMarca, general manager of Sony Electronics’ security group. “We hope to rally people around the idea of easy, less invasive ways to physical protection, within a budget.”

IPELA Cameras

On display will be the new SNC-CS10 and SNC-CS11, compact-sized, network cameras that fit into most standard camera housings. With progressive scan CCDs and Advanced DSP technology, and Power over Ethernet capability on the SNC-CS11, these cameras produce high-resolution images for clear, detailed footage, and support JPEG and MPEG-4 compression formats.

Other features of the SNC-CS10 and SNC-CS11 cameras include simultaneous access capability for multiple remote users, multicasting, IP filtering to control network traffic and password protection. Also being showcased will be the SNC-RX550N, SNC-RZ50N and SNC-CS50N model cameras with robust motion detection, as well as unattended object detection capabilities for intelligent monitoring. The PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) Anti-Tampering feature is incorporated for added security.

The cameras’ imaging capabilities include image stabilization and day/night functions to improve capture, as compared to earlier Sony cameras, under a wide variety of lighting conditions. They also can be programmed for pre/post alarm recording to capture events.

These cameras also offer VGA, QVGA and QQVGA resolution, along with a maximum frame rate (in VGA) of 30 fps in JPEG/MPEG4. The IPELA SNC-CS10 and SNC-CS11 models are planned to be available in July, with suggested list prices of $660 and $780, respectively. The SNC-RX550N, SNC-RZ50N and SNC-CS50N cameras are now available with suggested list prices of $2,900, $2,300 and $1,600, respectively.

NSR-Series Recorders

The new NSR-100, NSR-50 and NSR-25 network surveillance recorders round out Sony’s lineup for multi-camera monitoring, recording and playback.

The NSR-100 recorder has a storage capacity of 1 terabyte (or 1000 GB), while the NSR-50 recorder has a storage capacity of 500 GB. The NSR-25 recorder is preconfigured with a storage capacity of 250 GB, and its recording capacity can be expanded up to 500 GB using an optional NSBK-250 HDD Kit.

Each offers normal, schedule or motion based recording, time/date or alarm search, audio monitoring, flexible recording/playback capability, RAID (a feature to help prevent data loss on the NSR-50 and NSR-100), alarm functions, dynamic masking, Pan/Tilt/Zoom camera control, and "Hot Spot" monitoring.

The NSR-100 recorder can support up to 64 IP cameras, the NSR-50 recorder can support up to 32, and the NSR-25 supports up to 20, providing flexibility and scalability when these units are configured in a security monitoring system.

The NSR-100 and NSR-50 network surveillance recorders are now available at suggested list prices of $12,000 and $7,500, respectively. The NSR-25 is planned to be available in July with a suggested list price of $5,500.

Sony Offers Motorola-Compatible IPELA Cameras

As part of a reseller agreement with Motorola, Inc., Sony Electronics today announced that its IPELA SNC-RX550N/W-MT and SNC-RX550N/B-MT cameras are compatible with Motorola’s MOTOMESH technology, which supports up to four radio networks in a single access point, and Motorola’s Mesh Enabled Architecture (MEA), a wireless network that maximizes performance and bandwidth efficiency. These cameras differ from Sony’s standard SNC-RX550N models since they are designed specifically for Motorola network compatibility.

Being sold by Motorola as its Mesh Camera Wireless Video Networking System, according to the company, the compatibility of its mesh technology with Sony’s camera transforms it into a router in the network. The solution is ideal for municipalities looking to improve incident response via cost-effective wireless video monitoring, said Motorola officials.

Through MOTOMESH and MEA wireless PC modem cards, the SNC-RX550N/W-MT and B-MT cameras will draw less power than those cameras requiring external modems and access points, allowing municipalities to reduce deployment costs upwards of 50 percent. Sony's IPELA SNC-RX550N/W-MT and B-MT cameras, compatible with Motorola’s mesh networking technology, will be available in May through select resellers.

Laguna and Newport Beach Installations

The task of monitoring and maintaining the safety of swimmers along Laguna and Newport Beach on the California coast is now aided by a wireless deployment of Sony IPELA SNC-RZ25N robotic network cameras. The innovative adaptation of IP-based security technology is key in the off season, when it serves as a force multiplier for the beaches’ limited lifeguard staff – giving them a better chance to respond quickly and appropriately to emergency situations. Eric Bauer, lifeguard battalion chief for the Newport Beach Fire Department, said that the initial test of the IPELA system was completed last fall. The first 10 cameras have been deployed to assist through the off season this winter. In addition to delivering visual information back to the command center, according to Bauer, patrol teams will also have access through laptops in patrol vehicles. He added that before long, cameras will be on duty all along the beach and become a regular part of the scenery just like lifeguard towers.

Orlando Regional Healthcare Chooses Sony

Orlando Regional Healthcare (ORH), a private, not-for-profit healthcare network with 1,572-beds spread over eight hospitals in the Orlando, Fla. area, is migrating from analog video security to an IP-based system using Sony’s IPELA SNC-DF70N mini dome, fixed-angle network camera in what will grow, according to hospital officials, to be a 500-plus IP camera installation over the next three years. The decision to replace the existing analog system came after hospital officials saw that future security needs at the growing institution could not be met without the fundamental improvements that IP-based systems offer.