From Avigilon’s 7K camera to Cognitec’s facial-recognition offering, here’s our pick of the most pioneering products in the surveillance space this year.
What is it? Cognitec introduces the FaceVACS-VideoScan C5: an IP video camera boasting built-in face detection and tracking technology. Due to be showcased at IFSEC International from 16-18 June the FaceVACS-VideoScan C5 provides the strong image quality of machine-vision cameras while using bandwidth and network structures for surveillance cameras.
The camera migrates the stream processor’s video processing intelligence into the input device and supports the export of RTSP/H.264 video streams for integration with digital video recording systems.
The new camera integrates with Cognitec’s real-time face recognition product FaceVACS-VideoScan. The software, which Cognitec says is ground-breaking, detects and identifys persons of interest in real time and can notify security staff via mobile alerts. Other features include anonymous facial analysis over time, which allows the software to compute people count and movement patterns and detect frequent visitors and crowds.
How is it innovative? According to Cognitec: optimal image quality for face-recognition tasks, even in challenging conditions. Low bandwidth consumption. Superior exposure control on facial area.
Where in IFSEC can I find it? Stand C420.
First-Ever 7K Camera by Avigilon
What is it? Avigilon has raised the bar a notch higher in the relentless arms race for ever-greater image resolution.
According to the Canadian CCTV vendor, the single-sensor 7K HD Pro camera provides maximum scene coverage while minimising bandwidth and storage consumption.
The HD Pro family of cameras harnesses Avigilon’s H4 platform and efficient H.264 compression via the latest edition of Avigilon’s patented HDSM technology, HDSM 2.0.
The cameras are also supported by the company’s LightCatcher™ technology, which boosts low-light performance.
How is it innovative? Otherwise defined as 30 megapixels such high resolution is unprecedented in the surveillance field.
Where in IFSEC can I find it? Stand G950. (Avigilon will also be showcasing a lower end 6K (24 megapixels) HD Pro camera, which nevertheless eclipses existing cameras in the HD Pro range, the 4K (8 MP) and 5K (16 MP) versions.)
What is it? “An award-winning 360-degree camera solution combining a high-performance thermal camera with an intelligent geospatial platform that provides for a state-of-the-art observation and detection solution.”
“The combination finally provides a cost effective thermal solution for perimeter radius of up to 1km from 1 thermal camera system.”
How is it innovative? Creates 360° panoramic images every second and analyses them for intrusion.
Where in IFSEC can I find it? Stand C630
What is it? In March Canon launched nine new cameras for the VB-R and VB-M series, including these three pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) models – the VB-R11VE and VB-R10VE for outdoor use, the VB-R11 for indoor use.
All three are capable of panning 360 degrees – the first Canon models to do so – meaning users can monitor a wide area with a single camera.
The VB-R11VE and VB-R10VE can withstand temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius and up to 55 degrees Celsius.
With a Protection Rating of IP66,5 the devices protect against dust, water contact and powerful water jets from any angle, meaning these outdoor models are ideal for harsh environments like rivers and ports.
Boasting IK10 classification 4 they can also endure the impact of a 5kg object dropped from a distance of 40cm.
High-sensitivity 1.3-megapixel CMOS sensor allows minimum subject illumination for colour video of 0.03 lux and black and white video in Nightmode of 0.002 lux. Canon glass 30x optical-zoom lens combines with 20x usable digital zoom function for 600x magnification and horizontal angle view of 58.4 degrees.
Other functions include Moving Object Detection, Removed Object Detection, Abandoned Object Detection, Camera Tampering Detection, Passing Detection, Auto-Tracking and Intruder Detection, Volume Detection and new ScreamDetection.
How is it innovative?
“Hi-UD (Hi Index Ultra Low Dispersion) lens element and the optimal positioning of aspherical lens elements effectively corrects for chromatic aberrations and spherical distortions to ensure high-quality imaging performance – the best the market has seen to date,” says the company.
The cameras can also rotate at very high speeds, says Canon.
They also boast more intelligent functions – nine – than anything else in their class.
Where in IFSEC can I find it? Stand F500
What is it? Sony’s first 4K camera combines 4K resolution – four times the resolution of Full HD (1080p) – with low-light sensitivity thanks to its 1.0 type back Illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor.
Sony is targeting city surveillance, transportation, railway, traffic monitoring and airport surveillance markets.
How is it innovative? Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor enhances low-light sensitivity – traditionally sacrificed through rising image resolution. Back-lit structure doubles light sensitivity
Built-in infrared (IR) light source enhances performance in low-light conditions and night-time shooting, enabling visibility at longer distances
Unique bandwidth optimisation technologies allow customisation of streaming settings and operation
Intelligent Cropping and Multi-Tracking allows selection of up to four ‘regions of interest’ so users can select only the portion of an image they want to see in 4K resolution, while streaming a scaled full HD image. This slashes bandwidth consumption by 50% , making wide area monitoring more effective and targeted
Intelligent Scene Capture function automatically adjusts and adapts picture quality (brightness and color) depending on time, weather and lighting conditions. Customisable picture parameter presets for best settings between day/night and multiple picture configurations can be saved and switched either manually (using Picture Profile mode) or according to schedule (Picture Profile Scheduler)
Where in IFSEC can I find it? Stand E250
- What do security professionals think about plug-and-play systems
- Challenges like low-light conditions or large spaces – and the threats posed in various sectors
- Which cutting-edge features – such as mobile access, PTZ smart controls or 4K resolution – are most important to security professionals
- What are the most important factors driving upgrades and would end users consider an upgrade to HD analogue