New from Hikvision is Darkfighter PTZ, which combines a large CMOS sensor, strong WDR, a quality 23x zoom lens and 200m IR range to offer a solution of serious power.
WE’VE talked about Hikvision’s Darkfighter PTZ in SEN before but I’ve never seen it in action, so it’s off to the Hikvision head office in Sydney to check out this low light PTZ. It’s a handsome unit, robustly built and nicely balanced in appearance.
According to Hikvision, the DS-2DF8223I-A(AEL) Darkfighter PTZ is the world's first 1080P Full HD ultra low illumination network PTZ that delivers full colour images in conditions the company says would defeat conventional monochrome IP cameras and competing low-light cameras. This is a big claim but looking at the images, I think it’s justifiable. You’d need to look at a number of top cameras side by side to be sure, but the Darkfighter PTZ is right up there at the top.
One of the growth sectors of the IP video surveillance market is plug and play solutions that combine the power and flexibility of IP video with extreme ease of installation. In this feature, we’ll take a look at the capabilities of some of the market leaders.
ONE of the fastest growing market segments in video surveillance is plug-and-play (PnP) solutions, which are designed to be as easy to install as analogue systems. From the point of view of installers, PnP doesn’t just mean easier installs, but faster installs as well.
The best PnP solutions incorporate onboard PoE switches, allowing techs to Cat-cable a cluster of cameras direct to an NVR. Once connected, the NVR’s onboard software detects the presence of the camera, registers it, displays it on the connected monitor and starts recording. You can’t get much easier than that.
Hills IP CCTV range is built around an 8-input NVR with a 3TB hard drive and a selection of extremely capable IP66-rated, 3MP network cameras. It’s a solution designed to eliminate the thorny issues of networking entirely.
UNPACKING Hills’ new Professional IP series kit from the big box it arrived in, I come to a heart-stopping decision. This installation is going to undertaken entirely without the support of instructions. Hills’ product guru, Fei Lee has sent me some details of the system and I open that file long enough to find the password and turn back to my boxes.
AXIS Communications has released the Axis Q6000-E, a unit that attaches to the Q60-E PTZs to offer a surveillance solution whose simplicity of installation belies its inherent power.
I GOT a look at the Q6000-E at Axis HO in Sydney recently. Running the show was Axis’ John Richardson, who had set the camera up on a pole in the carpark. It was another of those funny days for camera testing. There was plenty of glare and then a storm came through and things got much darker.
Standing underneath the unit looking up, it takes me a while to get my head around what the unit actually does. Richardson has to explain it to me twice. In short, Axis Q6000-E is an outdoor-ready, 360-degree network camera system (it comprises 4 wide angle 1.3mm 2MP cameras in a circular housing), that installs around and seamlessly integrates with the AXIS Q60-E Series of PTZ dome network cameras.
Panasonic has acquired Video Insight, a Dallas-based supplier of enterprise VMS to schools and higher education campuses in the U.S. in a move that gives the company the VMS solution it previously lacked. Terms have not been disclosed.
According to Panasonic, the acquisition is part of its strategy to expand business opportunities for both companies in the education market in North America. Under terms of the deal, Video Insight will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Panasonic.
Meanwhile, Video Insight Co-founder and CEO J. Robert Shaw told Security Sales and Integration his company elected to be acquired by Panasonic after receiving more than a dozen “unsolicited offers and unsolicited advances” from mostly private equity firms during the last couple years.
HIKVISION’S DS-2DF7230IX-X is a 2MP 1080p, IP66-rated PTZ camera, distributed locally by Central Security Distribution, that features laser infrared LEDs providing monster long range performance. It’s got great features, too, but they pale when compared with this camera’s core capability.
Typical of Hikvision’s gear, this camera comes loaded to the gunwales with features like auto tracking, entry zone detection, cross zone detection 4 smart tracking functions and IVA including different scene detection, facial detection, motion detection, audio detection, mask detection. There’s audio I/O, alarm I/O, RS485 control, RJ-45, BNC video output and power.
Bosch will release its new Dinion IP Ultra 8000MP day/night camera early in 2015. This 1/2.3-inch camera offers 4k UHD at 30ips, strong WDR, minimum scene illumination of around 2 lux in colour at 4K and loads of other features. SEN got a sneak peak late December.
AT it’s heart, Bosch Dinion IP ultra 8000MP has a large 4 x 3 sensor that gives a whopping 12 megapixels of resolution. The beauty of all this metadata is that it allows Bosch’s engineers to do a bunch of fun things with the raw file making camera performance extremely flexible now and in the future. In some ways this new Bosch camera feels more like a platform than a traditional video camera – there’s a lot of flexibility in its performance.
Canon has offered $US2.8 billion to the shareholders in the Swedish company Axis AB to tender all their shares in Axis to Canon. In August 2013 its CEO, Fujio Mitarai, spoke about security cameras becoming an "important pillar" for the company and the market having "limitless possibilities for growth". It seems this is what he meant.
Following completion of the offer, Axis’s current management team will remain in place and its headquarters, development centres, and sales offices will remain in their current locations. The strong Axis brand name will be maintained and applied in all relevant markets. Furthermore, Axis will continue to be a separate legal entity within the Canon Group.
NEW from Panasonic are the i-PRO Ultra 360 panoramic indoor and outdoor cameras, the first in Panasonic's series of 4K video surveillance cameras.
Panasonic says its new i-PRO Ultra 360 Panoramic indoor camera and its IP66-rated outdoor 360-degree camera are the first line of products that utilize the company’s 12-megapixel (MP) sensor and 4K Ultra HD engine technologies.
According to the company, the cameras produce 9MP (3K x 3K) images at 15fps, 4MP images at 30fps, and the cameras’ 12MP image sensors deliver high sensitivity at less than 0.4 lux for sharp color and black and white images.
Other features include camera display modes such as Fish-Eye, Single Panorama, Double Panorama, Single PTZ, Quad PTZ and Quad Stream, and through the inclusion of Panasonic’s Super Chroma Compensation (SCC) and Auto Back Focus (ABF) features, the cameras are able to maintain color fidelity and clarity in day or night conditions.
Our world faces greater security threats than ever before and governments and commercial organisations are investing heavily in the security and safety of assets and personnel.
OFFERING a range of practical safety solutions that have proved indispensable to first responders and investigators, the video surveillance industry is in the midst of a period of enormous expansion. New products and new surveillance solutions with improved performances and reliabilities are continuously appearing on the market. But having so many options leads installers and integrators to another problem.
Because of rapid and ongoing technological development, there is a great deal of uncertainty among security engineers over which technology or product is best in the long term. Ultimately, the final selection should be based on the fact that the chosen security solution is supposed to offer the best performance and value for money to our customers.