Scallop Imaging, a supplier in high resolution video camera technology, launched Digital Window, a seven megapixel surveillance camera that records in high resolution throughout its 180o field of view, without fisheye distortion. At all times, the Digital Window camera, processing over 100 megapixels per second, provides a 180° full situational awareness image, plus an instantly slewing zoom window, all with full motion video, over one Ethernet connection.
A single 180° Digital Window camera feeding into one DVR port can replace multiple conventional cameras for most security applications, enabling significant cost savings and faster ROI upon deployment. Customers benefit from an increase in capability, at lower cost and lower bandwidth requirements than present IP camera solutions. The Digital Window camera delivers a down-sampled 180° situational awareness view simultaneously with a full resolution zoom window.
"Television news programs routinely air crime scene videos of such poor quality that investigators turn to the public for help identifying possible subjects, whose facial and other identifying features are not clear. Digital Window is an affordable solution that offers resolution high enough for faces and other characteristics to be distinct," said Peter Jones, CEO of Scallop Imaging. "Digital Window also has the advantage of providing high resolution throughout its 180o field of view, and uses H.264 video compression to stream video at low bandwidth to security DVRs – which is significant, given that most building infrastructures are not wired to accommodate high resolution, high megapixel video streaming."
According to industry analyst firm IMS Research, the 2009 market for megapixel security cameras could reach 500,000 units shipped, as new vendors enter the market, and costs decrease. IMS Research also notes "…the biggest issue…(is) the volume of data produced, which demands more bandwidth and storage volume."