Panasonic Launches New IP Security Cameras

Panasonic System Networks Europe (PSNE) has announced six, third generation i-Pro SmartHD cameras. This latest news from PSNE follows April’s announcement that i-Pro SmartHD CCTV will be introduced to the UK alongside a range of, networkable security solutions.

The company says that with increased market demand for truly converged IP surveillance and communications systems added to a greater than ever expectation for high resolution images, the new range will satisfy both trends whilst also minimising total cost of ownership and maximising efficiency.

The new i-Pro SmartHD cameras are all equipped with Panasonic’s proprietary platform UniPhier, and with their H.264 high profile format, high definition video transmission is made possible at up to an impressive 30 frames per second. This brings two immediate advantages from installing i-Pro SmartHD CCTV solutions in any environment. Firstly, a reduced total cost of ownership is achievable because existing secure IP networks can be used. Network data traffic created by CCTV content is squeezed through the high quality H.264 format, more video data can be transmitted down the same cables than before so for new systems additional costly network cable infrastructure and the labour cost associated with installing it is substantially reduced. Further, new cables may not need to be run in order to support existing IP based systems such as computers or telephony equipment.

The second advantage, says the vendor, is that the resulting images that are transferred from the camera and seen by the end user are of a crystal clear quality, with nearly one million pixels visible. With standard definition systems that produce lower quality images, small details such as clothing material, identifiable by observing textures, might not be present in the captured content. With small and subtle details like this acknowledged by security professionals and police around the globe as factors all too often critical to solving serious crime, i-Pro SmartHD brings more powerful tools to bear in the fight against crime.

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