Interview with Mark S. Wilson, Infinova Vice President of Marketing

Security Products Editor-In-Chief Ralph C. Jensen: At ISC West, Infinova will introduce a full new family of IP and megapixel cameras that will help integrators provide their customers with a cost-managed approach for moving from analog to IP. What will be the main features and benefits on this new family?

Wilson: At ISC West, integrators will see how Infinova bridges the gap between IP and analog with these new IP/megapixel cameras. They will be able to tailor solutions for their customers by mixing and matching a variety of camera types with resolution levels, day/night operation, wide dynamic range (WDR) and color. With so many product choices, an integrator will be able to say ‘yes’ to many more types of projects.

Included is the new Infinova V1770 high definition (HD) 360 continuous rotation megapixel IP PTZ dome camera with 1.3 megapixel resolution, which provides high-definition video output as both an IP and an analog YPbPr signal and delivers 30 fps with an 18x optical zoom and a 12x digital zoom. The camera leverages a 1.3-megapixel progressive-scan CCD. It provides low-light performance at 0.02 lux and offers both MPEG-4 and MJPEG compression. Users can produce 30 fps at 1280x720 resolution or 20 fps at 1280x960 resolution. Its 360 degree continuous pan with vertical auto flip provides smooth movement, high sensitivity and low noise. Pan speed can be as low as 0.08 degrees per second to as fast as 200 degrees per second.

Jensen: What target customer will benefit most from the products’ features and functionalities?

Wilson: Based on Texas Instruments’ Da Vinci technology (DM355), integrators will be able to do more for their customers. For instance, the new family of cameras easily integrates with the leading VMS systems. Plus, there is only one software developers’ kit (SDK) for the entire family, making it much easier for developers to integrate products and systems. Also, to make installation easier for integrators, all cameras feature both IP and analog outputs. During installation or maintenance, integrators can attach a portable test monitor to facilitate easy and fast focusing. The dual-output cameras let the user record on both NVRs and DVRs, even at the same time if wanted.

Jensen: What sets this family apart from its peers?

Wilson: The IP/megapixel cameras are already available in 480-520 and 1.3 megapixel formats in fixed, mini-dome and high-speed dome configurations. The 2- and 3-megapixel models will be brought to market throughout 2010. Products include a network video server, standard definition cameras and megapixel cameras. Besides functionalities such as color, day/night, wide dynamic range (WDR) and SD storage, there is also a complete range of fixtures and housings.

Low-light performance, a special concern for standard megapixel cameras, is no longer a problem. The 1/2.5-inch sensor of this new family of cameras provides low-light performance of 0.2 lux at F1.2. Standard Definition cameras use a Sony Ex-View CCD sensor which improves low-light performance to 0.01 lux at F1.2.

For projects that need high frame rates, such as court room recording, casinos and others, the cameras offer full 1280x960 megapixel resolution at 20 fps. They will also operate at 25 fps at 1280x720 resolution.

To assure that no video is lost if there is a network breach, SD storage cards are provided for all cameras and video servers. Using Infinova V2216 Network Video Management software, users can later retrieve their video.

The cameras can be vandal-proofed, handle hot and cold extremes and have IP66 and IP67 ratings, protecting against water and dust.

The new PTZ dome cameras also provide 360 degree continuous panning at high megapixel resolutions and 90 degree tilting. Pans can be as slow as 0.08 degree per second to a high of 200 degrees per second.

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