QSS Independence NVR, HD Cameras
by Security Electronics and Networks | @Articles Product Reviews | September 17, 2012, 7:00am AEST
Q Security Systems has released its new plug-and-play 1080p HD Independence NVR and camera family which are designed to make life easy for installers unfamiliar with IP installations. According to QVS, by simply pressing a button, installers can auto detect and assign IP cameras, auto focus cameras from the GUI, record and playback footage and all at 1080p HD quality.
Another neat feature of the Independence NVR is its ability to recognise network problems and display their location using a network map. Also cool is smart phone functionality and handling this for Independence is nViewer, a smart app available in lite version for free, or full version for a few dollars.
According to Q, the price is the best part and is so competitive customers who might not have thought they could afford a digital solution can now afford the latest IP technology.
Standout features of the H.264 Independence NVR include 1080p HD, 4 and 8 channel versions, built-in PoE switching hub, user friendly GUI, dynamic search mode, fully automatic configuration, automatic camera assignment, and smart phone app. The H.264 codec displays 100ips in real time in the 4 channel unit or 200ips in real time in the 8 channel and the record rate per channel is 25ips in 1080p HD.
There’s a pair of hard drive bays offer RAID 5 capability and the unit is delivered with 2TB onboard. External storage includes eSATA and NAS capability. Ports on the stern of the unit include 4 or 8 PoE LAN ports, one RJ45 LAN port and one RJ45 WAN port. A USB port allows retrieval of footage for police while the Independence CMS supports local and remote management and operation on Windows or Macintosh machines.
There are 6 Independence HD camera options all of which have been designed to work hand-in-glove with the Independence NVR, according to QSS.
“The cameras have been specifically selected to cover a variety of high definition CCTV applications, including anti vandal and IR through to disceet mini domes able to record at least 1.3MP (720p) or 2MP (1080p) HD resolutions in H.264 or MJPEG – and both in real time.”
QSS says that the cameras are ONVIF-compliant and can be purchased standalone for other security applications. They’ll also work with all other ONVIF compliant DVRs or NVRs, which is nice because these cameras are all very capable in their own right. Perhaps my favourites from a quick read of the spec sheets are the 1080p Box Camera and the 720p Vandal Dome.
Camera options include the QVS0NMX-2003P Mini Box, which supports H.264 and MJPEG compression and runs a Sony IMX-036 2MP chipset with 5x optical zoom. Next there’s the QVS-NMD-2003P Mini Dome, which features all the same features but has a 2.1mm fixed lens.
The QVS-NCX 1300P Box camera is a 720p unit with H.264 and MJPEG compression, while the QVS-NCB-1300P IR Bullet is 720p, with the same dual compression options and a 3.3-12mm lens with TDN thanks to integrated IR.
Next come the domes – the QVS-NCD1-1300P 720p Internal Dome, with the same H.264 and MJPEG compression, as well as a strong 3.3-12mm lens. Finally there’s the QVS-NCD-1300P Anti Vandal Dome, a rugged 720 camera offering the same compression and that capable 3.3-12mm lens.
All these cameras have good specifications in their own right with 50dB of signal to noise ration promising decent wide dynamic range and good minimum scene illumination numbers on all units including the IR Bullet, which can see in total darkness thanks to that integrated IR ring.
It’s a nice release from Q Video and clearly shows the increased importance manufacturers are putting into offering installers the benefits of IP with none of the challenges of assigning IP addresses and doing network configuration.