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.
Synology’s teeny EDS14 resembles a NAS mated with a USB hub. It’s designed as a mobile server supporting up to 5 IP cameras. There’s a USB 2.0 port supporting remote access by dongle, while a USB 3.0 and an SDXC UHS-I slot handle storage.
WHAT strikes me out of the box is the size of Synology EDS14. It’s so small. There’s nothing to go wrong on the outside and the heavily ribbed poly housing and port-based design tells you there’s not much to go wrong on the inside, either. There are no buttons to break and it’s fan-less so this unit will shrug off dust and never overheat due to fan failure.
What are some of the things installers who are unfamiliar with 1080p HD cameras consistently get wrong? And how much difference might rectifying basic problems make to the quality of 1080p image streams?
THERE’S no point pretending IP video doesn’t have certain challenges for those who don’t have a working understanding of networks. Any networked solution is the product of layers of integration and it’s bringing multiple devices together into a whole that’s a bit tough.
Sure, you can install an IP camera and plumb it to a local monitor using the external video out BNC. But if you have to create a subnet yourself, either by setting up an NVR or server, linking a workstation, downloading or installing a VMS, configuring a PoE switch and getting the cameras happening, the whole can seem so much bigger than the sum of its parts.
Thermal Radar runs a FLIR Tau 2 sun-safe amorphous silicon microbolometer
A new ONVIF-compliant, uncooled, thermal camera features a compact size, IP-66 rating, weighs less than 2kg, has a tiny 5-watt power draw, yet offers 360-degree thermal detection of 600m for intruders, 1800m for vehicles and 5000m for fires.
THERMAL cameras are an amazing piece of technology and the new Thermal Radar, manufactured by Thermal Imaging Radar and distributed locally by Infratherm, is perhaps the most amazing thermal camera of all. Given its detection range, Thermal Radar is tiny yet it’s FLIR Tau 2 continuous-rotating long wave infrared (LWIR) camera provides intelligent, high definition infrared surveillance for challenging or remote sites.
Hikvision Darkfighter DS-2CD6020FHWD(-A) ultra low light WDR 2MP IP camera
Hikvision’s Darkfighter DS-2CD6020FHWD(-A), distributed locally by Central Security Distribution, is an ultra low light WDR 2MP IP camera with a ½-inch progressive scan CMOS sensor. The camera offers 60fps, 120dB WDR, a region of interest codec and 3D DNR digital noise reduction.
I’VE been keen to test Hikvision’s DarkFighter DS-2CD6020FHWD(-A) full body camera for a while now so it was a thrill when Hikvision’s Michael Bates and Tony Lagan turned up at the office one morning door laden with boxes containing the Darkfighter, a couple of lenses and Hikvision’s DS-7600 Linux embedded NVR.