Posts Tagged ‘IP Security Cameras’

New Sanyo HD IP Cameras

Friday, December 11th, 2009

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Sanyo IP cameras have been available for a couple of years now, and before that Sanyo have a long heritage as a manufacturer of professional CCTV cameras.

Sanyo won the “CCTV Product of the Year 2009” award with their VCC-HD4000P four megapixel, 10 x optical zoom, IP camera.

They have now set the standard for leading-edge megapixel IP cameras with a complete new range of HD models.

The full new model range includes three models in a traditional body camera style, three vandal-resistant dome models, a 10 x zoom fixed camera and two pan tilt zoom models.

Six of these new models are now available in our webshop:

  • Sanyo VCC-HD2100P – a body-style colour camera; 4MP Full HD Video
  • Sanyo VCC-HD2300P – a body-style true day/night (colour/monochrome switching) camera
  • Sanyo VCC-HD2500P – as per the 2300 with additional features such as quad streaming, SDHC card slot, two-way audio and more
  • Sanyo VDC-HD3100P – a vandal-resistant dome style colour camera; 4MP Full HD Video
  • Sanyo VDC-HD3300P – a vandal-resistant dome style true day/night camera
  • Sanyo VDC-HD3500P – as per the 3300 with additional features such as quad streaming, SDHC card slot, two-way audio and more

All have built-in Power Over Ethernet and H.264 compression.

Follow the links to see more information, product photos, datasheets, etc.

These new models are attractively priced for such high-resolution cameras and are already proving very popular.

Checkout our Sanyo IP Camera forum for further details about this exciting range.

The remaining three models in this new range are due to launch in December and January, rest assured we will let you know.

IP CCTV still just 5% of the CCTV Market?

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Once again this week somebody quoted this statistic:

Of course IP is only 5% of the CCTV Market.

Can that really be so?

If you take a look at our IP CCTV Facts page you’ll see that it’s being adopted by some fairly serious end-users, and used in some fairly big system applications.

You have to wonder whether stats such as these, once created, simply get trotted-out ad infinitum:

  • 4million CCTV cameras in the UK
  • one camera for every 14 people
  • you’ll be caught on CCTV 300 times a day

These numbers have been quoted for about the past five years now!

Who is counting?


Internet CCTV boosted by Faster Broadband Speeds

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Virgin 50Mbps InternetInternet CCTV is in great demand, CCTV system owners want remote access to their security cameras.

Virgin’s announcement today of their new 50Mbps internet service to the home marks a milestone in the development of internet connectivity and speed.

People want to be able to monitor:

  • CCTV at their office from home
  • their holiday home CCTV from anywhere
  • their home CCTV when away
  • CCTV at multiple business sites
  • In fact CCTV any place from anywhere
  • And then, check their CCTV from their iPhone, Blackberry, Windows mobile ….

In the early days of the internet we all used dial-up telephone internet connections with a connection speed of 56 kbps (kilobits per second).

In those days you may recall that a picture on a web page used to build in a series of horizontal stripes as the image data was downloaded to your PC from the website’s server. To build a single static picture might have taken several seconds …

When ‘Broadband’ first became available our download speed typically increased ten-fold to 512kbps.

Before too much longer 2Mbps (Mega bits per second) was common place.

Followed by offers of 8, 10, 17 & 20 Mbps …

Today, Virgin Media are announcing the roll-out of their 50Mbps internet connection speed to the home.

Virgin have a pre-existing fibre-optic network to street cabinets which enables them to provide this class-leading speed. From their site:

There are now two main types of broadband. One uses copper phone wire; one uses fibre optics. One was invented in the 1870s for phone calls; one was designed for the Internet. One is struggling to keep up with the growth of the web… the other is from Virgin Media.
There is only one fibre optic network. It’s the Mother of all Broadband.

BT will not be out-performed and they have their own plans in-hand to install fibre networks that will allow them to catch up with Virgin’s offer.

The main driver for the demand in increased internet speed performance is the number of home PC users who are now using their internet connections to stream video from services such as the BBC’s iPlayer – their phenomenally successful service which allows you a second chance to see your favourite TV programmes online.

BT, ITV and the BBC are teaming-up to offer some competition to Virgin.

IP Video needs a fast internet connection to stream video smoothly, and to get the data onto your PC before your player runs out of playback data.

The Virgin offer is potentially available to 12.6 million UK homes, and Virgin are aiming to complete their upgrade rollout by Summer 2009.

The service is still asymmetric, that’s to say it has a faster download speed than upload. It’s important to bear this in mind for remote CCTV applications – as your CCTV system is effectively serving images ‘up’ to the internet it is the upload speed which is the bottleneck. With this new 50Mbps service Virgin have increased the maximum upload speed to a class-leading 1.5Mbps which will prove a real benefit if you can get (afford?) this service at your CCTV site.

This competition for ever faster broadband connection speeds is great news for internet CCTV – it is essentially the same thing – video over the internet OR IP Video (IP = Internet Protocol).

As internet speeds increase, and performance improves, connecting to remote devices (anywhere in the world) will simply become a given.

A fast internet will allow the World to become one large network, and you will be able to use-IP to connect to any media, place, device or service.

Who buys IP CCTV?

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

IP CCTV has been around for a number of years now and it’s interesting to just pause and consider who is committing to it as their chosen surveillance technology.

It’s interesting to note that more and more of the big system users, with the resources to carry out in-depth trials, and the experience of previous technologies are now rolling-out IP CCTV solutions at their sites. IKEA, John Lewis, casinos, shopping centres and ports all feature amongst this set of big customers that have switched to IP CCTV.

In the world of smaller surveillance systems, there are two clear categories of customers that select IP CCTV:

CCTV Upgraders

People who already have traditional analogue CCTV systems and want something better. They’ve had incidents, they’ve reviewed recordings, they would like to be able to ‘see more’ next time there’s an incident …

The Tech Savvy

People who ‘get it’ – they have their finger on the pulse of technology, they check lots of websites, they consider and compare different manufacturers, they read the specifications on the datasheets, they understand megapixels, bandwidth, gigabytes and lux levels, they call and discuss their application …

Who doesn’t buy IP CCTV?

Basically, the price conscious consumer. They know (or have been told) that they must have CCTV. They look for the cheapest solution to tick that box, they don’t consider the image quality, they don’t read specifications. They don’t profess to understand analogue or ‘digital’ CCTV. They may have been told (by a friend, or the first installer that they spoke to) that they need a DVR. They are often keen to get the job done, and they just buy cheap.

Of course, these people become the ‘CCTV upgraders’ of the future … because once they have committed to the co-ax cabling and BNC connectors of traditional CCTV they’re not going to be able to do a lot to improve their system by simply changing components, and in due course they are quite likely to upgrade to IP CCTV …

IFSEC – one to watch – a-vigil-on

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

I already promote and sell their products – so I guess that I am biased?

I first met Avigilon’s UK Rep (Robin Hughes) and had a full demo of their product range about nine months ago. The performance of their cameras wowed me at that time, and I have been a champion of their products ever since.

At IFSEC this year I had my first opportunity to meet the guys over from HQ in Canada. I spent some time with them getting up-to-speed and looking forward to future capabilities (can’t say too much about those just yet, but I’ll let you know as soon as I can).

For now, I just want to reiterate what great products these are, and I can now say from first-hand experience that there’s a great team behind them.

They have a collective background in medical and forensic imaging, and they have worked hard (and relatively quickly) to get the science right!

They understand the importance of light, lenses, colour rendition & image resolution. They have developed a lossless recording solution which means that when you need to review video evidence you can see all of the goodness that the camera was able to capture.

It is plain to see that they share a collective passion in achieving great images.

They have already delivered camera products ranging from 1 to 16 Megapixels!

They can already demonstrate picking faces from crowds in playback. There has been a lot of interest from many authorities and agencies.

I am certain that we’ll be seeing many more good things from the team at Avigilon,

Watch this space!