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Nice IP Video Platform Integrates With Scallop Imaging Cam

Nice IP Video Platform Integrates With Scallop Imaging Cam

Editor / Provider: Scallop Imaging | Updated: 8/30/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Scallop Imaging, the market innovator in high resolution, panoramic video cameras, announced the integration of its D7-180 wide angle security camera with NICE Systems' NiceVision IP video solution, providing advanced video surveillance capabilities for government and commercial enterprises.

"The integration of Scallop Imaging's D7-180 cameras with NiceVision means organizations can now easily add D7-180 cameras to their NICE video surveillance solution, and stream and record full color, high resolution, instant zoom video across a 180 degree, panoramic field of view," said Peter Jones, President of Scallop Imaging.

The D7-180 generates seven megapixel resolution across a panoramic, 180 degree field of view, and features H.264 compression and Power over Ethernet (PoE). The NiceVision open-platform IP video surveillance system combines real-time analysis, IP networking, recording and management to enable automatic threat detection, instant verification, event resolution and effective investigation.

"As an open platform and IT friendly solution, NiceVision can easily integrate with advanced IP edge devices such as the D7-180," said Guy Yaniv, General Manager of Surveillance Solutions, Security Group at NICE. "Through this integration, government and enterprise organizations will be able to leverage the advanced capabilities of NICE and Scallop Imaging to enhance their security and operations."

Scallop Imaging's D7-180 seven megapixel digital camera distributes the imaging task across multiple, small image sensors, processing over 100 megapixels per second to calibrate, synchronize and merge video in real time. The result is two simultaneous video streams: a 720p HD stream composed of a true 180 degree, non-fisheye, situational awareness view at 15 frames per second, and up to four instantly repositionable zoom windows at full pixel resolution at 15 fps; and a full resolution (5120x1280 pixels) video stream at one fps.

Vivotek Launches IP8332-C With Cable Management

Vivotek Launches IP8332-C With Cable Management

Editor / Provider: Vivotek | Updated: 8/28/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Vivotek is launching the IP8332-C, the first compact bullet-style model with cable management functionality.

Bullet-style Vivotek IP8332-C is designed for outdoor applications with a mounting bracket for cable management, which further strengthens its robustness.

Equipped with a 1-Megapixel sensor enabling viewing resolution of 1280x800 at 30 fps, VIVOTEK IP8332-C camera delivers excellent image quality with fine details captured. In addition to high-resolution videos, the IP8332-C features a removable IR-cut filter and IR illuminators effective up to 15 meters. The Day & Night function allows for clear footages to be captured around the clock.

“At Vivotek, we understand market demands and what users from all types of vertical markets are looking for,” said William Ku, Director of Brand Business at Vivotek. “An all-in-one device with uncompromised performances even under harsh outdoor conditions like the Vivotek IP8332-C is the ideal solution for outdoor surveillance applications.”

The majority of the outdoor-specific products at Vivotek, including the IP8332-C, come with IP66-rated housing. The weather-proof housing protects the cameras from damage caused by rain and dust.

Vivotek IP8332-C boasts a number of advanced features standard for Vivotek cameras, including tamper detection, 802.3af compliant PoE, MicroSD/SDHC card slot and Vivotek's 32-channel recording software.

According to Ku, this model is designed for city surveillance, particularly on the streets. Public areas such as entrances, sidewalks and outdoor plazas would benefit tremendously as well from the solution of Vivotek IP8332-C.

10 Ways to Smoothen IP Video Transmission

10 Ways to Smoothen IP Video Transmission

Editor / Provider: Alf Chang | Updated: 8/22/2012 | Article type: Tech Corner

Megapixel cameras are supposed to help people see better, react faster, but oftentimes limited network resources prevent them from working at their full capacity or capability. Camera manufacturers have devised a number of ways to cope with this harsh reality, enabling their cameras to stream smarter and deliver full HD footage.

Ways to Reduce Bandwidth Loading


Known Brands


Image cropping

Cut out unnecessary or stationary background to minimize video data size; dynamically cut out invalid footage filled with noise to minimize video compression and streaming requirements

Axis, Panasonic, Sony, Vivotek


Auto day/night mode adjustments

Automatic day/night switches based on ambient light conditions, to optimize video capturing and minimize unnecessary data streaming

Most brands


Digital PTZ (or sometimes ePTZ)

Pan/tilt/zoom digitally to offset larger bandwidth loading with real-time optical PTZ

Arecont Vision, Axis, Basler, Brickcom, Everfocus, Panasonic, Sony, Vivotek and others


Edge storage

Surveillance cameras with memory card (SD or otherwise) slots, to capture footage when network is down/congested or when bandwidth is limited

Most brands


Activity-adaptive streaming (AAS)

Low resolution (such as CIF) and frame rate (such as 2 fps) when there is no activity in the scene; high resolution (such as D1 or megapixel) and frame rate (such as 25 to 30 fps) when there is activity/movement in the scene (while keeping the stationary background low resolution and frame rate)



Image compensation


High resolution only on specific parts/ strategic choke points of the scene

Arecont Vision, Axis, Basler, Brickcom, Everfocus, Panasonic, Sony, Vivotek and others


Scalable video coding (H.264 SVC)

SVC standardizes the encoding of a high-quality video bitstream that also contains one or more subset bitstreams. A subset bitstream is derived by dropping packets from the larger video to reduce the bandwidth required for the subset bitstream; the subset bitstream can represent a lower spatial resolution (smaller screen), lower temporal resolution (lower frame rate), or lower-quality video signal.

Axis, Vivotek and many other Chinese brands


Surveillance video and audio coding (SVAC)

A combination of the above seven

Chinese standard/brands


Hybrid C/VBR streaming

Automatic detection of available bandwidth and changes in such, to stream accordingly

Most brands


Digital filter noise reduction

Digitally filter out noise from CCD/CMOS sensors, to enhance video quality and reduce bit rate

Most brands


Progressive scan

Digitally link CCD/CMOS sensors and compression codecs, to effectively stream high-resolution video with motion/moving objects at 512 Kbps to 2 Mbps

Vitor and others

UK Coastal Town Ensures Resident and Tourist Safety With Avigilon Surveillance System

UK Coastal Town Ensures Resident and Tourist Safety With Avigilon Surveillance System

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 8/22/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Avigilon announced that Looe, a coastal town and popular tourist destination in Cornwall, England, has deployed the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system in the town center to ensure the safety of residents and tourists, and deter disorderly conduct during busy summer months. The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system was chosen for its superior image quality, advanced management features, and wireless capabilities.

“We reviewed several different surveillance solutions, but the others were nowhere near as good as Avigilon and competing network video management systems were no match to the Avigilon Control Center software,” stated Councilor Martin Gregory, chairman of the Environment and Public Protection Committee, Looe Town Council. “And while cost was not a key consideration, Avigilon delivers a lower Total Cost of Ownership because it offers superior performance, greater reliability, requires less maintenance, and is extremely well-supported.”

Looe Town Council mounted several Avigilon 2 MP cameras in durable enclosures on buildings to ensure complete coverage of the town's center, an area approximately 400 meters long made up of pubs, restaurants, hotels, and shops. Avigilon 2 MP cameras were also installed to monitor activity at the Looe Tourist Information Centre, a busy hub during the summer months. The Council manages the system using the Avigilon Control Center network video management software (NVMS) from a workstation located at the Town Hall and installed an Avigilon Network Video Recorder (NVR) to store up to 14 days of continuous surveillance footage. Using Avigilon analog video encoders, Looe Harbor Commissionaires (LHC) will integrate its existing analog-based surveillance cameras, which monitor activity at the quay, into the council's Avigilon high-definition surveillance system.

Looe is designated a national conservation area by the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England and for this reason the Council needed an advanced, IP-based surveillance system with no exposed wires or broadband cables that would provide exceptional coverage without distracting from the town's historical ambience.

“With its advanced management features and superior image quality, the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system has helped the Looe Town Council deter disorderly conduct and deliver peace of mind to residents and tourists alike,” said Keith Marett, VP of marketing and communications at Avigilon. “At the same time, the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system delivers exceptional multi-megapixel image quality through wireless capabilities needed to meet the strict aesthetic requirements of England's conservation areas.”

Council members and local law enforcement can search for incidents much faster than before, and can now capture evidence that is admissible in court. The LHC will achieve significant and cost-effective performance gains by integrating existing analog cameras using Avigilon analog video encoders.

TI FPD-Link III Chipset Streamlines Video and Data Interface for Megapixel Driver Assist Cameras

TI FPD-Link III Chipset Streamlines Video and Data Interface for Megapixel Driver Assist Cameras

Editor / Provider: Texas Instruments | Updated: 8/21/2012 | Article type: Component

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) introduced the DS90UB913Q serializer and DS90UB914Q deserializer, the newest additions to its FPD-Link III automotive-grade chipset family. The SerDes chipset provides a seamless video and data interface to megapixel driver assist camera modules, with no software overhead and fewer wires, resulting in reduced power consumption, cost and weight. These system-level SerDes enhancements are accelerating the adoption of camera safety systems in the mid- and entry-level vehicle segments. Applications include front-view camera for collision avoidance and traffic sign/pedestrian recognition, rear-view camera for backup protection, and surround-view cameras for parking assistance.

Camera systems have become an important automotive safety component, typically combining multiple camera modules with advanced image analysis to help drivers monitor road conditions, detect hazards and avoid collisions. Automotive safety system designers can use TI's FPD-Link III SerDes chipsets to connect cameras and displays to an electronic control unit (ECU) with thinner, more flexible cabling.

Key features and benefits of the DS90UB913Q and DS90UB914Q:
- Smallest serializer for ultra-compact megapixel camera modules: DS90UB913Q features 25-mm2 footprint, with 10-MHz to 100-MHz pixel clock and 10- and 12-bit pixel depth.
- Industry's first adaptive receiver EQ compensates cable loss: DS90UB914Q automatically adapts EQ gain, compensating for dynamic and long-term changes in cable loss.
- Fast response time increases driver safety: Continuous, bidirectional control channel on a single twisted pair cable provides low latency for precise multi-camera synchronization.
- Lower-cost cable assemblies: Lower serial line rates of up to 1.4 Gbps drive down system costs.
- System flexibility: DS90UB914Q's integrated 2:1 multiplexer allows the ECU video processor to select content from two camera sources.
- Supports heat-exposed installations: The SerDes chipset operates over the -40 degrees C to 105 degrees C temperature range.

The DS90UB913Q and DS90UB914Q can be combined with other automotive vision control building blocks, including the TMS320DM8148 (DM8148) automotive vision processor; LM22671 42-V, 500-mA SIMPLE SWITCHER? step-down voltage regulator; and LP38693 500-mA LDO regulator.

Tools and support
The DS90UB913Q serializer and DS90UB914Q deserializer are supported by the SERDESUB-913ROS evaluation kit. It is available today for a suggested retail price of US$399. IBIS models for the DS90UB913Q and DS90UB914Q are also available. Engineers designing with this SerDes chipset can ask questions and get answers from TI experts in the TI E2E? Community High Speed Interface Forum.

Availability, packaging and pricing
The DS90UB913Q and DS90UB914Q are available now for a suggested retail price of US$5.36 for each device in 1,000-unit quantities. The DS90UB913Q serializer is supplied in a 32-pin, 5-mm x 5-mm QFN package, while the DS90UB914Q deserializer is offered in a 48-pin, 7-mm x 7-mm QFN package.

Texas Instruments driving innovation in automotive applications
TI offers a full suite of reliable, state-of-the-art semiconductor products that allow manufacturers and system suppliers to deliver world-class features to the automotive market. In addition to our extensive catalog of analog power management, interface and signal chain solutions, TI offers Hercules? TMS570 safety microcontrollers, OMAP processors and wireless connectivity solutions, all with excellent product documentation and qualification to strict AEC-Q100 and ISO/TS 16949 standards. Whether improving system efficiency and safety or designing a vehicle that is more informative or fun, TI helps customers achieve their quality, reliability and cost goals and succeed in today's competitive automotive marketplace.

World's First Outdoor Gigapixel Webcam

World's First Outdoor Gigapixel Webcam

Editor / Provider: Submitted by EarthCam | Updated: 8/16/2012 | Article type: Tech Corner

The world's first automated and outdoor gigapixel webcam, EarthCam's GigapixelCam, is now available to help project teams monitor jobsites and document progress with greater scope and precise detail. Using propriety technology and software, the revolutionary system has a unique robotic camera with a custom lens that surgically pans a jobsite at defined intervals, capturing multiple high resolution images. These images are then stitched together into an impressive 360-degree panorama as large as one billion pixels.

Brian Cury, CEO and Founder of EarthCam, says, “We've broken the megapixel barrier with this camera. The GigapixelCam is truly unique because of its ability to zoom in, take 16 megapixel snapshots of very detailed areas, and then stitch them together into a mosaic that, when viewed in its entirety, looks like one unified image. The real differentiator is when you digitally zoom in to examine the picture detail, you are looking at an extremely high resolution picture, not a pixelated rendering.”

One of the first applications of EarthCam's GigapixelCam is on the estimated $500 million Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), now under construction in Washington, D.C. The webcam is installed across the street from the project site on the busy National Mall. In the past, a project such as the NMAAHC museum project site that takes up a city block would have required several cameras to capture perspectives of the entire site. With this new innovative technology, the owner and project team can see the entire jobsite and surrounding structures with a resolution that gives clarity to people and equipment on the site. In addition, with EarthCam's marketing services, project managers can effectively promote construction milestones and progress to the public through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

To pan and zoom around the NMAAHC site, visit Here is another sample panorama of the World Trade Center in New York:


Megapixel Lens is Boosted by the Fever of HD

Megapixel Lens is Boosted by the Fever of HD

Editor / Provider: a&s China Best Buys | Updated: 8/19/2012 | Article type: China Corner

In response to today's high-resolution boom, megapixel lens might be the most important accessory to specify with each megapixel camera. In many cases, end-users are looking forward to getting higher image quality and resolution. After all, too many system designers and integrators are still unaware that, for megapixel cameras, a “lens is not just a lens.” a&s talks to several Chinese manufacturers to open up Pandora's box of megapixel lens.

Irreversible Trend
From the year of 2010, series of HD devices have begun to be applied into various Safe City projects due to the enhancement of infrastructures including the network upgrading and enlarging bandwidth, as a result, the megapixel lens is seeing a natural growth.

According to the statistics, the output of megapixel lens accounts for 30 percent of the total production of lens. It is estimated that there will be the positive market responding to the megapixel lens over the next three to five years.

Obviously, with the increasing demand of the megapixel camera, the traditional optical imaging quality cannot fully display the HD features of CCD camera; the lens needed for a megapixel camera is much different than the lens for a traditional analog camera. These higher resolution cameras demand higher quality lenses. No matter for the distributors or users, they all make it clear that megapixel lens will be definitely the future trend. Many manufacturers hold the view that the product should keep in step with high definition, as the megapixel lens is more advantageous than ordinary one in terms of the actual effects.

Application Test
Undoubtedly, there is a great difference between the lens needed for a standard analog camera and for a megapixel camera. Applications such as license plate recognition, face recognition or identification are some typical uses for megapixel cameras but are demanding image resolution and some necessary details.

Take the traffic surveillance for example, by using the megapixel camera, not only the vehicle license can be seen clearly, each detail even the driver's appearance can also be captured precisely. Once the accident happens, it will play a vital role in helping the police track down the person.

Besides, covering large areas is also another essential use of megapixel cameras. Many integrators select them since a megapixel camera can cover the same amount of space as several analog cameras at the same resolution. Multiple cameras can be reduced for saving money on cameras, recording equipment, installation and maintenance.

In such applications, the megapixel camera has to enable image magnification (digital zoom) at any part of the image, including the edges. Using an ultra wide angle lens without fisheye distortion such as a rectilinear lens will provide a super wide field of view with better resolution at the image edges than a lens that has barrel distortion.

Evolution Opportunity
Without a doubt, Made-in-China had filled the gap left by the Japanese market since the earthquake caused a great loss of the labors and equipments; the lens manufacturing had paused for a long while. Nevertheless, several representative optical enterprises took the chance to get prominence.

“Through half-century's upgrading and innovation, Phenix seizes the overseas market of some Japanese high-end products by supplying the quality products with cost-effectiveness,” said Alex Wu, Overseas Manager of Phenix Optical Security Industry. “We feel sorry about the devastating disaster, but the truth is our brand has found more market and has received good feedbacks from many overseas buyers,” said Beth Wu, Vice President of Xiamen Leading Optics.

Moreover, Chinese lens manufacturers have been making nice performance around the world. Leading takes the initial to launch the latest product line in ISC West in recent years; Phenix introduces the advanced equipments and Japanese management models by incorporating Chinese cultures. Above all, they all provide the reputable OEM service for the transnational enterprises.

Technical Challenge
Apparently, the resolution keeps elevating, but it is not the case for the marginal definition. Aspheric surface plays a vital part in deciding the marginal sharpness. The aspheric lens can effectively add sufficient light to the marginal so that the blurry phenomenon of the spherical surface can be avoided to a great extent. But few manufacturers would use that in producing lens of small focal lengths. “For realize the aspheric surface of lens, the marginal glass has to be grinded carefully, and this can be the current difficulty due to the special material,” said Beth Wu.

Even so, the grinding technique remains to be the technical difficulty. Seldom can the aspheric surface lens be seen in the mass production for it is costly to coating on the glass sphere, which is an eye-catching selling point but also a necessary technical indicator.

Normally, megapixel lens can be differentiated from ordinary analogue lens in resolving power and the marginal sharpness. “We make use of the aspheric surface lens that are independently researched by Phenix, in addition to the central clarity, the marginal imaging keeps high resolution realized by our special optical design and ED ultra-low dispersion lens, “ added Alex Wu.

In general, lens manufacturers focus on three aspects - sharpness, lighting and full image. These are also the principal criteria for the buyers to test its performance. “Megapixel lens requires strict assembling technique and QC procedures due to the sophisticated material and equipments,” said Lin Feng, GM of Fuzhou Feihua Optoelectronic Technology.

Integrated Strength
When transforming the single product to the total solution, Chinese lens manufacturers are still more or less overshadowed by Japanese brands such as Tamron, Fujinon, CBC. The differences exist in the material, purity, grinding precision and coating technique.

“Compared to the Japanese lens, it is a lot easier for us to control the cost and management, the price performance ratio is favorable, and we are good at the customized service and quickly responding to customer's new products release, so many well-known megapixel network camera manufacturers prefer cooperating with us,” said Beth Wu.

It is clear that megapixel lens has a strict requirement with the whole process and the degree of accuracy. The professional technicians will be must for R&D, besides, product accessories management should be taken into account. “We optimize all kinds of optical paths design and carefully get rid of the stray light,” said Allan Cai, GM of Fuzhou Eversafe Electronics.

“Compared to the some international brands, our product line is diversified, and the lens has a steady performance in imaging quality, stray light processing, and night vision,” said Lin.

Resolution, light and full scale, these are the principal criteria for buyers to choose the lens. “We are more willing to sell our products directly to the users instead of using the distribution channel so that our customers could know more about the functionality of megapixel products,” added Beth Wu.

As HD prevails the security industry, users put more emphasis on the image quality, “When choosing the product, overseas buyers judge the comprehensive price-performance ratio by its stability, though Made-in-China does has the price advantage, the steady performance should not be ignored,” said Beth Wu.

Consequently, better image quality is realized through smart edge devices, which deliver HD quality video at a lower bandwidth and require less storage capacity.

Above all, megapixel lens still faces more challenges in design, assembling handicraft and machine precision than the ordinary lens. No matter what, the distinguished feature of megapixel lens — aspheric surface structure — plays a vital role in making the real HD effect. To-date, when it comes to IP megapixel, the full HD has been realized from front- to back-end device while HD-SDI still looks for solution at the back-end front. Megapixel lens is ready for HD as long as more matured solution at the back-end front has been designed and the real HD, by all means, should be just around the corner.

 UAE Auto Dealer Test Drives Arecont Vision Panoramic Solution

UAE Auto Dealer Test Drives Arecont Vision Panoramic Solution

Editor / Provider: Arecont Vision | Updated: 8/8/2012 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Arecont Vision's SurroundVideo 8 megapixel day/night panoramic view cameras contribute high-resolution images that help to secure luxury automobiles and are a valuable business tool at Al Nabooda Automobiles in the United Arab Emirates. An authorized dealer and exclusive distributor of Porsche, Audi and Volkswagen, Al Nabooda Automobiles has five showrooms and service centers across Dubai, United Arab Emirates and the northern emirates of Sharjah and Fujairah. The cameras are positioned to view the dealerships' sales floors and showrooms, workshops, parts and service entrances and other locations.

The installation uses Arecont Vision's 8 megapixel SurroundVideo AV8365DN, a 360-degree panoramic view day/night camera, and AV8185DN, a similar camera that provides a 180-degree panoramic view. The megapixel cameras enable a highly cost-effective solution by eliminating the need for mechanical pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) devices and by reducing the overall number of cameras needed to provide detailed coverage of large areas. Now Al Nabooda Automobiles is able to provide a safer, more secure environment for employees and customers, prevent theft and establish deterrents to minimize damage to vehicles in the showrooms, workshops and parking areas. As a business tool, the cameras help the luxury dealership analyze customer traffic and evaluate customer support

Several Al Nabooda Automobiles dealerships also use Arecont Vision AV1125IR 1.3 megapixel H.264 MegaView IP cameras. The all-in-one day/night bullet-style cameras have 4.5 – 10mm varifocal lenses, weatherproof enclosures and infrared (IR) illuminators.

ITworks, LLC, a Dubai network systems consultancy, design and build services company for physical security systems, installed the systems. “Megapixel video provides a cost-effective solution covering multiple sites,” said Amir A. Kolahzadeh of ITworks. “High-resolution images enable maximum coverage with fewer cameras, and low-light performance enables after-hours surveillance.”

“The camera enclosures feature an IP66 environmental rating and can withstand Dubai's extreme temperatures,” said Ethan Maxon, Middle East and Africa Regional Sales Manager, Arecont Vision. “Executive management was looking for a comprehensive physical security solution that would allow remote monitoring of their facilities and megapixel panoramic images from Arecont Vision cameras provide the detailed video coverage they need.”

Belgian Municipality Guarded by Vivotek Cameras

Belgian Municipality Guarded by Vivotek Cameras

Editor / Provider: Vivotek | Updated: 7/31/2012 | Article type: Government & Public Services

As criminal activities become more and more sophisticated, constant upgrades for surveillance technology are imperative. For a local police station and City Hall in Halle, Belgium, it was no exception. In order to meet numerous complex technical specs and requirements for this city surveillance project, many different types of cameras were sought after. Some of the challenges facing the VIVOTEK teams and system integrator included varying lighting conditions at the station, from dimly lit parking lots, to outdoor entrances, interior corridors and a jail.

Optima Networks, VIVOTEK's valued partner in Belgium, worked closely with Tech Session, a Belgium-based, experienced system integration services provider, to develop the most suitable solutions for the project. Despite challenges with implementing cameras within such diverse environments, Optima Networks and Tech Session, along with the VIVOTEK team, proposed an installation of a series of diverse, versatile network-based cameras from VIVOTEK.

The government project inaugurated with the installation of VIVOTEK IP7361s in the parking area. The IP7361, known as the first generation of the IP8361, was then a 2-megapixel camera designed for outdoor surveillance with outdoor-specific features such as concealed wiring to prevent tampering. Other than parking lots, the application in this case, gas stations and building entrances are ideal sites for installation.

The next step of the project included the entrance of the community sports centre and the interior corridors and hallways. Part of the SUPREME series, the 2-Megapixel VIVOTEK FD8162s were set up at these areas, where the lighting condition is constantly changing and at times to the extreme. The Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) technology available on the FD8162 was one of the major reasons why the model was chosen. When a camera attempts to capture footages in a high-contrast, backlight, glare or light-reflective environment, where the weather, lighting and other natural causes are rather unpredictable, subjects generally become unrecognizable. WDR compensates for the unbalanced lighting, restoring the details throughout the field of view.

In the jail, VIVOTEK SD8121 was the chosen one to monitor the facility, supervise the inmates and keep the operation on track. The SD8121 is a high-performance day/night speed dome network camera geared for professional surveillance applications, including but not limiting to places like prisons, jails or detention centers. For this specific application, Tech Sessions was seeking a fast pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) with strong zooming capabilities for surveillance and monitoring purposes and VIVOTEK SD8121 was a perfect match. The device is equipped with a 12x optical zoom lens and SONY‘s EXView CCD sensor, which allow for close-up images with exceptional details and provides fast, precise movement with 360-degree pan and 90-degree tilt. The end-user can easily control the lens position via mouse or joystick to track the object of interest and set up to 128 preset positions for patrolling at the jail. During nighttimes, immaculate footages are the most crucial. 3D Noise Reduction, which is available on this model, further perfects the image quality. Image noise is an undesirable by-product of image capture. 3D Noise Reduction refers to noise reduction that operates both spatially and temporally, which delivers the result of 3 dimensions (3D). Such function helps to assure optimal image quality at all times, even at night when the lighting condition may be challenging. The same model was also used in the indoor parking lot of the police station to cover the overview of the parking with the 360-degree pan and 90-degree tilt solution.

Customer Feedback
Tech Session and Optima Networks were extremely pleased with the cameras. According to Gerrit Lammens, owner of Tech Session, VIVOTEK cameras are well designed and highly user-friendly and the price-quality ratio is perfect. The cameras were equally compatible with the Network-Attached Storage (NAS) solution from Synology, DiskStation (DS) 1512+ solution, a 5-bay Hotplug. Compatible with VIVOTEK, the Synology DS1512+ runs on Synology DSM, a renowned operating system with comprehensive network protocol support assuring seamless file sharing across Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. According to Scott Lee, Manager of Surveillance Division of Synology, "VIVOTEK is a well recognized brand in the surveillance industry. Synology is glad to see two fine products come together to offer total property surveillance solutions and benefit our users."

Vivotek Launches Bandwidth-Efficient Indoor Megapixel Camera

Vivotek Launches Bandwidth-Efficient Indoor Megapixel Camera

Editor / Provider: Vivotek | Updated: 7/30/2012 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK is launching FD8131, a compact, bandwidth-efficient megapixel fixed dome with a 3 -12 mm vari-focal lens designed for indoor applications.

Equipped with a 1-Megapixel sensor enabling viewing resolution of 1280x800 at 30 fps, VIVOTEK FD8131 camera delivers excellent image quality with fine details captured. In addition to high-resolution videos, the FD8131 offers a vari-focal lens, which provides users the freedom to adjust the field of view in accordance with their applications and installation environments.

"At VIVOTEK, we understand market demands and what users from all types of vertical markets are looking for," said William Ku, Director of Brand Business at VIVOTEK. "A stand-alone device with compact design that blends in well with interior décor like the FD8131 is the ideal solution for indoor applications."

The majority of the products at VIVOTEK, including the FD8131, support the industry-standard H.264 compression technology, which helps reduce file sizes and conserve network bandwidth. With MPEG-4 and MJPEG compatibility embedded, video streams can also be transmitted in any of such formats for versatile applications. The streams can also be individually configured to meet different constraints, thereby further reducing bandwidth and storage requirements. Users can thus receive multiple streams simultaneously in different resolutions, frame rates and level of image quality for viewing on different platforms.

VIVOTEK FD8131 boasts a number of advanced features that are standard for VIVOTEK cameras, including tamper detection, MicroSD/SDHC card slot, 802.3af compliant PoE and VIVOTEK‘s 32-channel recording software.

According to Ku, this model is designed for open areas such as offices, banks and retail stores.

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