Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Information on Infrared (IR) Security Cameras

Infrared Security Cameras Infrared refers to a section of the electromagnetic spectrum, which includes radio waves, x-rays and visible light. Since part of the infrared spectrum is invisible to the human eye, cameras that are equiped with infrared sensing technology are capable of detecting images in the darkest of situations.  
Infrared security cameras utilize light with wavelengths longer than 700 nanometers, which is invisible to the human eye. By using IR emitters (usually IR LEDs), the camera can send out infrared light to illuminate its target area. The more emitters a camera has, the more effective is it at illuminating a target. Certain emitters are more powerful and work best for longer distances. They achieve infrared illumination using a technology called photocell activation. Photocell activation recognizes changes in lighting conditions, so that once the infrared is no longer needed it switches to non-IR modes.

You can see how this technology works by watching this Infrared Security Camera Demo.

Staying Within Your Budget

Infrared cameras can be fairly expensive when compared to standard cameras. Most likely using an alternative solution will be more cost effective. So, whenever possible install lighting and use a standard security camera. Lighting helps deter unwanted activity and allows for more flexibility with your security camera choices. If your space has no light and adding light is, for whatever reason, just not an option then our advice is to consider using IR cameras to watch your space from the closest distance possible. That is to say, IR cameras are best used in small or even confined spaces. If none of these recommendations work for your situation then consider buying the largest IR camera your budget can afford and keep your expectations realistic. See Low Light vs Infrared Security Cameras for more information.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Vumii Introduces New Accuracii Long-Range Thermal Surveillance Cameras

Vumii Imaging Incorporated, which specializes in thermal and near-infrared security cameras, has just announced its newest line of cameras, the Accuracii Long Range Video Surveillance System family of cameras. This new camera line combines long-range continuous-zoom thermal and color video channels on a 360 degree pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) positioner, making them perfect for 24/7 surveillance.

This new camera line from Vumii is also fully configurable and comes with several different thermal options including three cooled cameras as well as a continuous-zoom uncooled thermal camera in addition to high definition or standard definition color choices with a wide range of lens options.

These cameras also incorporate industry standard communication protocols as well as easy installation and integration, which allows Vumii to provide these cameras to government organizations, seaports, airports, power utility plants and commercial properties, offering these places a versatile and economical solution that is capable of remote observation and surveillance at distances of up to 12 miles away in either day or night settings.

According to Vumii CEO Randall Foster, "This latest platform is based on more than 30 years of experience and innovation and utilizes our uniquely engineered components for maximum image quality, visual details, situational awareness, user friendliness and 24/7 threat assessment. These new camera systems further enhance our expanding line of surveillance products by delivering long-range day and night continuous-zoom performance, high thermal sensitivity and brilliant daytime color images while withstanding harsh outdoor conditions."

Accuracii is currently available with MWIR 640x512 cooled 15u detectors and three high quality zoom lens options. Aside from that, you can also opt for an innovative LWIR 640x480 uncooled 17u detector coupled with a 25-225mm continuous zoom lens. The LWIR thermal camera provides you with a drastically lower total cost of ownership, however, by eliminating the need to have scheduled maintenance compared to a cooled camera.

Source: Market Watch - Vumii Introduces New Family of Long-Range Surveillance Cameras
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Basler's New HD IP Dome Camera Line Goes Into Series Production

Basler, a digital security camera specialist, has just begun a new series of IP dome camera models. The BIP2-D1920c-dn, which is an outdoor dome camera, and the BIP2-D1920c-dn, which is an indoor dome camera, will both offer auto focus functionality as well as deliver real-time video frame rates of up to 30 frames per second at a full 1080p HD resolution.

The integrated auto focus functionality makes these new IP dome cameras from Basler extremely easy to install. The lens can be easily focused via the cameras' web application, making manual focusing obsolete. All you have to do is put the camera in the position you want it in and then focus the lens from the comfort of your desk. Even if the camera loses focus, refocusing is only a click away.

In addition to the built-in auto focus functionality, Basler's IP dome cameras also have a built-in microSDHC card slot for local storage of up to 32GB of data. This type of functionality makes it possible to store a ton of video footage as well as live streams and single camera images in configurable time intervals directly on a portable SD card.

The new outdoor BIP2-D1920c-dn camera is also housed in an IP66-certified aluminum housing and is capable of operating in temperatures ranging from -40 °F to 122 °F (-40 °C to +50 °C). The housing is also vandal-resistant for the outdoor BIP2-D1920c-dn model, making it perfect for any outside surveillance system. The indoor BIP2-D1920c-dn model is equipped with a lightweight plastic housing, making it perfect for indoor network video surveillance systems.

If you are looking for a solid indoor or outdoor security camera then the indoor or outdoor BIP-D1920c-dn IP dome cameras may be perfect for you. Auto focus functionality coupled with IP66 weatherproof, vandal-resistant housing make a dynamic duo, perfect for any surveillance situation.

Source: Wavestore - Basler Full HD IP Dome cameras with auto focus functionality now in series production.

Friday, March 9, 2012

TKH Announces New Pressurized Siqura PTZ Dome Camera Line

Siqura logoTKH recently announced the release of its new advanced Siqura PTZ dome camera line, a camera line that is capable of withstanding harsh environments. The new Siqura camera line utilizes a pressurized dome housing, ensuring airtight protection against excessive moisture, dirt and pollution.

The added protection offered by the pressurized housing makes the new Siqura line perfect for situations like seaports or highway tunnels, areas where corrosive elements wreak havoc on traditional security camera systems, severely affecting performance and causing unnecessary safety and security risks.

The Siqura pressurized PTZ dome cameras also have IP67 Ingress Protection rating while the housing is constructed of materials designed to withstand intense levels of solar heat. The pressurizing of the housing, primarily with inert nitrogen gas, prevents moisture, pollution and dust from damaging the actual camera.

These new cameras also include analog and IP options as well. These cameras are capable of making precision and expediency a priority thanks to their 400° per second preset positioning capabilities, 26x or 35x auto-focus zoom lens and 12x digital zoom. In addition to that, these cameras also feature a day/night IR-cut filter and backlight compensation standard for use in any type of lighting situations. The wide dynamic range functionality also ensures excellent video quality, even in the most difficult circumstances.

Each pressurized Siqura PTZ dome camera is also capable of quad-streaming, supporting dual H.264 streams as well as two highly configurable MPEG-2, MPEG-4 or MJPEG encoders. This type of flexibility makes it easy for these cameras to offer high-quality video while simultaneously streaming network performance. If that wasn't enough, these cameras also facilitate a wide range of migration paths within IP networks.

Source: - Siqura's pressurized PTZ dome offers protection against moisture, dirt, and pollution

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Opgal Launches First Fire Detecting Security Camera

Opgal Optronic Industries has just added long-range fire detection and fire risk assessment capabilities to certain models of the company's high-performance, uncooled thermal cameras. This new integrated option makes Opgal the only camera manufacturer that integrates an application-specific embedded fire detection video algorithm which has the ability to sense a fire and provide an automatic safety and security notification of the actual event.

This feature is available with a plethora of lens options and is easy to integrate thanks to its interface. Facilities that contain flammable materials, transportation tunnels, combustible storage areas and perimeter sites located near flammable forests are very susceptible to fire danger. With the EyeSec Fire Detection and Fire Risk Assessment solutions, these areas now have the ability to deploy an economical automated fire detection and alert tool that provides added security and safety to any surveillance system.

With the flame detection capability enabled, your camera will be able to detect a 30in x 30in fire as far away as 2,755 feet within 5 seconds. Detection ranges increase for bigger fires up to 6m x 6m from distances as far as 4 miles away, day or night. According to Business Development Director, C3 Shared Services, South Africa Brendon Cowley, "We see many applications for a fire-detecting security camera. It can be of use within our mining industry as well as to secure residential estates, where there are also safety concerns as the monitored areas are vast and include varied and flammable vegetation."

The fire risk assessment allows the camera to set up a temperature threshold where it then scans the area of interest and sends an alert when any object in its field of view reaches this critical temperature. Luca Carraro, Product Manager for Thermal Cameras, CELTE SRL, Italy added, "Opgal EyeSec's fire risk assessment capability addresses a whole new market that so far had no suitable solution. We see a real market need for a security camera capable of identifying and alerting when objects are about to malfunction due to overheating or at risk of catching fire. The combination of security and safety enables customers to address both concerns using one unified solution and one management system."

The fire-detection capabilities of Opgal's EyeSec cameras also take advantage of the company's specialized signal and image-processing features, which observe a video scene for specific flame and temperature patterns. Both of these features pay special attention to operator alerts as well. If a fire or risk is detected, the cameras add a visual alarm overlay to the outgoing video signal and generate an alert using a standard dry contact relay or through serial or IP communication. "EyeSec cameras are known for their high-quality thermal video, produced through our proprietary signal and image processing," said Yair M. Sakov, Vice President Security Business Unit, Opgal. "With fire detection and fire risk assessment as a value added, integrated analytics option, this versatile camera family not only supports security applications but also adds a valuable safety aspect to our customer's deployments."

Source: Security Park - The First Fire Detecting Security Camera is launched by Opgal

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Friday, February 24, 2012

JVC's New TK-T2101RU Mini Dome Camera

JVC TK-T2101RUJVC Professional Products Company has officially expanded its LoLux line of video security cameras with the addition of the new TK-T2101RU. This new camera is being touted as a cost-effective True Day/Night indoor analog mini dome security camera with integrated infrared LEDs that allow for exceptional performance in a plethora of different low-light conditions.

In addition to that, the new TK-T2101RU has the newly developed 10-bit signal processing and a 1/3" high resolution IT CCD. This allows the camera to provide 600 TV lines of resolution with a 52 db signal-to-noise ratio. The 2.8-10.5mm varifocal lens is also partially surrounded by 14 IR LEDs and sensitivity is 0.05 lux for color in low light situations, 0.0015 lux for black-and-white and 0 lux with active IR LED.

According to Vice President of JVC Security Group Ian Scott, "The combination of JVCs innovative LoLux technology paired with built-in no hassle IR LEDs delivers exceptional performance in low light and it eliminates the need for costly additional lighting. As a result, it's a more economical choice than some day/night cameras that require external light sources. Plus, it's easy to install and requires less power to operate, which contributes to a lower total cost of ownership."

Mini dome cameras are very popular in the security camera industry. Their small shape allows them to be installed almost anywhere and easily concealed. JVC is one of the top names in the security camera industry as well and is releasing this camera hot on the heels of the company's new TK-T8101WPRU Bullet Camera, which was also just announced. Both of these cameras are perfect for any type of security setup, whether it be in a warehouse, small business, storage unit or just at your own home.

Source: Broadcast Newsroom - New JVC Mini Dome Security Camera Features Integrated IR LEDs for Outstanding Performance in Total Darkness

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

JVC Unveils New TK-T8101WPRU Bullet Camera

JVC TK-T8101WPRUJVC Professional Products Company, which is a division of JVC Americas Corporation, has just announced its all new TK-T8101WPRU, a new outdoor analog bullet camera complete with 10-bit digital signal processing and integrated IR LED technology. This new camera will be a part of the company's innovative LoLux line of cameras as it provides true day/night performance in challenging lighting situations, including total darkness.

The TK-T8101WPRU comes equipped with a 1/3-inch high resolution IT CCD along with a 3.3-12mm varifocal lens for 600 TV lines of resolution with a 52 dB signal-to-noise ratio. Sensitivity in low light situations is 0.05 lux for color, 0.015 lux for black and white and 0 lux with active IR LED. In addition to that, the TK-T8101WPRU features automatic high light compensation for extreme white light and Easy Wide-D for backlight compensation.

The camera itself is housed in a die-cast aluminum case with tempered glass and a sun shield and is also dustproof and waterproof with an IP66 rated housing. The camera is also capable of operating in extreme temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 133 degrees. Other features include motion detection, privacy masking, digital noise reduction and on-screen menus for easy installation and setup.

According to Vice President of JVC Security Group Ian Scott, "When paired with an infrared camera, LED technology can produce security video in total darkness. Our new TK-T8101WPRU features 28 built-in LEDs, which allow for an IR distance of 115 feet, so there is no costly additional lighting needed. That means less expensive installations, lower total cost of ownership and exceptional low-light performance that's backed with a three-year limited warranty." The TK-T8101WPRU is said to available coming this March for an ESRP of $350.

Source: Broadcast Newsroom - New JVC Bullet Security Camera with Built-in IR LED Technology Delivers True Day/Night Operation

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