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QNAP Security NVR Firmware Update V3.5.0

July 1st, 2011

Taiwanese Network Video Recorder specialists QNAP Security have released their latest Firmware update V3.5.0 for their VioStor NVR series for free. Their press release describes the key improvements of this version and new features such as:

  • Dynamic E-map: allows users to pinpoint the position of each IP camera on a multi-layered digital map.
  • Video Segment Backup to External USB Device: users can now back up specific video segments of the camera channels from the VioStor NVR to an external USB storage device.
  • Real-time Digital Watermarking: real-time digital watermarks are embedded to the videos of the IP cameras as soon as they are recorded to the VioStor NVR.
  • 16-channel Simultaneous Video Playback: the new V3.5.0 firmware has largely increased the maximum number of channels for simultaneous remote playback from 4 to 16 to enhance the efficiency of video investigation.
  • New IP Cameras Support: in addition to more than 1,000 models of IP camera and video server, QNAP Security has added the support for Samsung, Yokogawa, and ONVIF-compliant Bosch, EverFocus and Hunt IP cameras to its compatibility list for the VioStor NVR series.

 

For more information, the QNAP press release, the firmware download and our product pages for QNAP VioStor NVRs please use the links below:

 

Axis M5013 and M5014 Compact PTZ Dome Network Cameras

June 29th, 2011

Network camera manufacturer Axis have recently released the Axis M50 series which comprises of two models the Axis M5013 and the Axis M5014. The most notable feature of the new Axis M50 series is the size of the camera unit itself. At 13cm in diameter and 5.6cm in depth these IP cameras provide a discreet surveillance solution. What’s more, the casing of both models is rated at IP51 ensuring protection against ingress of dust and dripping water, providing an extra level of reliability in indoor applications.

Axis M5013

Axis M5014

  • SVGA Resolution up to 800×600
  • Horizontal viewing angle of 45°
  • Coverage of 300 sq. M.
  • HDTV 720p resolution up to 1280×720
  • Horizontal viewing angle of 60°
  • Coverage of 400 sq. M.

 

The features above are the only differences between the two models, but both share a list of features including:

  • 1/4″ Progressive scan CMOS image sensor
  • 3.6mm lens
  • Minimum illumination of 1.4lux
  • H.264 and Motion JPEG compression
  • Frame rate of 30fps in all resolutions
  • Built-in microphone for one-way audio
  • Video motion detection and audio detection
  • MicroSD/SDHC Card slot

For full specifications and manufacturer’s datasheets, use the links below to visit our product pages:

Church Puts IP CCTV to Holy Different Use

June 23rd, 2011

A conversation in the local Co-Op between the vicar and a local resident led to IP cameras supplied by use-IP being used for a very different application than security.

As some elderly parishioners of St Peter and St Paul Church in Deddington began to find it difficult to attend the Sunday Service, the idea of a live audio stream was proposed. However, long pauses in the service (during communion, for example) revealed that both audio and video would be ideal. The brains behind the scheme, local resident David Rogers, used the church’s existing telephone line to establish a broadband connection, to which he connected a PC and IP cameras sourced from use-IP. He began with the Axis M1011 but found that the Axis M1054 was much more effective in producing the desired picture quality when viewed in full-screen. Recently, Mr Rogers has installed a second Axis M1054 facing the font at the rear of the Church to enable a second view, which is particularly useful during baptisms. A third IP camera (the Axis M1011-W) is used by the bell ringers of the church to alert them to the arrival of the bride during wedding services.

 

Using an application controlling Adobe Flash Live Media Encoder, the stream automatically switches on each morning and an operator can remotely adjust the volume to suit each service, whether it is solemn vows or a full choir and organ.

 

The project looks set to extend further into the UK, with interest from Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, St John’s in Carterton and Buckingham Parish Church. The use of IP cameras in churches has also been noted on a more worldwide scale, following a visit from the Curate of Deddington (armed with nothing more than a laptop, an Axis M1011 and some cables) to Sweden to stream the consecration of Bishop Elect Jan-Olof Johannson from Uppsala Cathedral.

 

St Peter & St Paul

Back in Deddington, the success of the project is undeniable. Services are streamed frequently in the local nursing home and hospital, much to the delight of loyal church-goers, with one broadcast reaching an audience of 160. The technology has even enabled new Godparents from as far as Kuala Lumpur and New Zealand to take their vows and actively partake in baptism services from thousands of miles away.

 

The possibilities seem endless. Future projects planned in the Parish include a communal reading of the St James’ Bible in honour of its 400th anniversary conducted over Skype and a ‘Christianity in 15 Objects’ series planned for 2011-12.

 

This may be a far cry from the ‘normal’ applications of IP CCTV Cameras but the work in Deddington goes a long way to prove how dynamic the products at use-IP can be.

 

For more information, please visit www.deddingtonchurch.org and watch a service yourself!

Axis Q1602 IP Camera with Lightfinder Technology

May 17th, 2011

Axis have just announced the introduction of their most light sensitive IP camera ever – the Axis Q1602 with Lightfinder Technology.

Available Q3 2011 in an indoor and a ready-to-go outdoor (-E) version.

Axis Q1602 … the best light sensitive camera, analogue or IP, available on the market today.

 

Check the full range of Axis IP cameras

Vivotek iPhone App – iViewer

May 9th, 2011

Vivotek have launched their own iPhone App for use with the range of Vivotek IP Cameras.

iViewer is available from the iTunes Store for just £5.99 – view the preview information here – iViewer.

The following videos from Vivotek illustrate the functionality of this new App.

It’s compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch