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Bigger Bada IP Video Networks Coming

August 10th, 2008

Amity Systems becomes Bada Networks, with the mission (and funding) to deliver real time IP Video everywhere, at once …..

Read all about this breaking News over at Network World.

“Large-scale collaborative video surveillance” – does this mean that we’ll all be able to watch each other?

Apparently, Bada is a Chinese term that means to reach in all directions. It is used by the company to convey the concept of seamless connectivity and collaboration.

Axis 233D Network Dome Camera – Now with Auto-Tracking

August 5th, 2008

The Axis 233D fully-functional dome camera now has auto-tracking capability!

Ideal for unmanned sites, the camera will now be able to detect and track movement within the scene.

This was already a great camera with its 35X optical zoom and progressive scan image clarity.

Existing owners of 233Ds can upgrade their firmware to gain this new functionality.

Read more on the Axis website News Page

ACTi Network Cameras and Software Added

August 4th, 2008

We’ve just added ACTi’s megapixel dome camera (ACM-7411) and bullet camera (ACM-1231) into our webshop.

They’re offering FREE recording software (NVR Enterprise) for use with up to 16 cameras – if you’re looking for a new IP camera system for a home or small business requirement this could be a real deal-maker!!!

Please click the hyperlinks above to visit the product pages on our website. There’s a datasheet for each product which you can download from the datasheet link on each product page.

If you have any queries on the ACTi products, or perhaps Application Queries about how to use these or any other IP Video products, then please drop by our IP CCTV Forum and add your questions there, don’t be shy, it’s free to ask and we won’t bite ……

Amazing Detail in Panoramic Photos from Standard Digital Cameras

July 20th, 2008

I follow John Naughton’s Memex 1.1 Blog, John has a real nack of finding and promoting new technology, he’s just written a blog article on the GigaPan motorised robot pan device.

Which leads to this article in the New York Times Technology section.

It’s been developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, in the States. You simply attach your standard digital camera and set it to pan across and take sectional images of a panoramic scene which can then be combined into a single Giga pixel image!

Take a look at some of those gigapixel results at gigapan.org. The results (from basic digital cameras) are amazing, and great controls on that website allow you to drag the image around and zoom-in to reveal fascinating details that you would not have believed were within the image.

One of the demo shots that I just checked-out shows a panoramic side view of Bath Abbey, it then zooms-in to the shop window at the very right edge of the panorama and shows the detail of a pattern on a mug in the shop window – real WOW technology!!

They hope to be able to make the Giga Pan device available for less than $500.

Can anybody see any surveillance applications for this????

Take a look at this example shot in a baseball stadium!

50 Megapixel Camera Sensor CCD Released by Kodak

July 17th, 2008

Just spotted this over at Technology Review:

Kodak have launched a 50 mega pixel CCD sensor.

Fifty million pixels in a 8,176 X 6,132 array!!!

Smaller pixels than ever before, with the promise of better colour rendition from improved pigments, just as sensitive as previous larger pixels, using less power than before AND processed faster than previous CCD camera sensors!

Other modifications and improvements to this sensor have improved the signal-to-noise ratio and increased the read rate – enabling the potential to read one frame per second at 50 megapixels!

Just one snag – the sensor alone will cost $3,500.