Sony Adds Two IPELA Cameras to Its Security Lineup

April 7, 2006
IPELA cameras designed for easy transition to IP-based monitoring

LAS VEGAS (ISC WEST, Booth # 22063), April 5, 2006 - Designed for easy transition to IP-based monitoring, Sony's newest IPELA IP network cameras hit the showroom floor at this week's International Security Conference (ISC) West in Las Vegas.

Sony today unveiled the IPELA SNC-CS10 and SNC-CS11 cameras, which include such value-added features as built-in activity detection, pre/post alarm recording and DC Servo Auto Iris Lens capability, making them ideal for both indoor and outdoor applications.

Also being shown at the conference are Sony's SNC-RX550N, SNC-RZ50N and SNC-CS50N IP-based cameras, which all have multi-codec capabilities supporting JPEG/MPEG4/H.264 compression formats to increase flexibility and optimize bandwidth usage, as compared to earlier Sony security cameras.

"The new cameras bring more image focus and security features that bend with everyone's needs," said Sean Matsuoka, marketing manager for security products at Sony Electronics. "What's more, our cameras are very practical and less time-consuming to install than analog systems, making them ideal for a growing number of industries."

Transition to IP-based Systems

Similar in size to conventional analog systems, the new SNC-CS10 and SNC-CS11 cameras fit into most standard camera housings. With progressive scan CCDs and advanced DSP technology, these cameras produce high-resolution images for clear, detailed images, and support JPEG and MPEG-4 compression formats.

Other features the SNC-CS10 and SNC-CS11 cameras offer include simultaneous access capability for multiple remote users, multicasting, IP filtering to control network access and password protection. Its Flange-Back Adjustment function makes for easy back-focus settings, and comes with five preset JPEG picture quality settings for the best pictures possible.

The SNC-CS11 model has power over Ethernet (PoE) capability as well as a Bi-Directional Audio function for monitoring distant objects and/or sending out alerts and announcements for remote monitoring applications.

IP-based Cameras for Intelligent Monitoring

Anchoring Sony's lineup are its familiar IP-based cameras with robust motion detection, as well as unattended object detection capabilities for intelligent monitoring. The PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) Anti-Tampering feature is also incorporated for added security.

The SNC-RX550N, SNC-RZ50N and SNC-CS50N cameras' imaging capabilities include image stabilization and day/night function to improve capture under a wide variety of lighting conditions. They also can be programmed for pre/post alarm recording to capture events.

Audio capabilities include two-way communication using bandwidth-efficient G.711 and G.726 codecs. Each integrates a microphone input and active speaker output. The Voice Alert function allows an audio message to be stored in the cameras to play on schedule or upon trigger by an alarm event.

These cameras also offer VGA, QVGA and QQVGA resolution, along with a maximum frame rate (in VGA) of 30 fps in JPEG/MPEG4.

The SNC-RX550N PTZ camera features a 360-degree "endless" pan and can tilt from 0 to 90 degrees. The full-range pointing capabilities can be masked to create privacy zones with spherical (three-dimensional) tracing. The high quality lens has a broad magnification range from a focal length of 3.5 mm to 91 mm or 26X optical zoom. The Ľ-inch Exwave HAD® CCD operates on a minimum of 1.0 lux in color, 0.15 lux for B/W.

The SNC-RZ50N PTZ camera combines excellent optics with a high performance Ľ-inch Exwave HAD CCD. It includes a PCMCIA card slot and a Compact Flash™ slot for wireless LAN connectivity and/or local recording on flash media. An integrated web server supports up to 50 simultaneous visitors.

The fixed-angle CS mount SNC-CS50N is designed for high-resolution "look-ins" under a broad range of lighting conditions. It utilizes a high performance 1/3-inch SuperExwaveâ„¢ CCD that operates on a minimum of 0.4 lux in color, 0.035 for B/W. The supplied lens has a variable focal length from 3 - 8 mm.

The IPELA SNC-CS10 and SNC-CS11 cameras 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.

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