Scallop Imaging’s New Digital Camera Interfaces with Analog Equipment

The A7-180 was designed to serve the large existing base of analog infrastructure.
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Scallop Imaging, a Boston based producer of high resolution, digital video camera technology, unveils its Digital Window A7-180 analog security camera which can serve the large existing base of analog infrastructure, the company says in a written statement.

The Digital Window A7-180 uses a seven megapixel staring array to deliver non-fisheye, panoramic video across a 180 degree x 48 degree field of view, Scallop Imaging says. In addition, the staring array has the resolution of 23 standard video graphics array (VGA) cameras, and the camera’s internal imaging engine delivers a 180 degree view plus up to three 8X optical zoom detail views, packaged into one NTSC frame compatible with standard closed circuit television (CCTV) analog networks.

“While the trend is to adopt digital internet protocol (IP) video, there is a large installed base of analog infrastructure that can benefit from our camera,” said Peter Jones, Scallop Imaging’s CEO, who added, “Our unique computational imaging system brings the power of digital to analog systems.” The Digital Window A7-180 provides users with much higher quality video than traditionally available, and dramatically extends the lifetime of a uses installed analog infrastructure, saving time and money, he said.

Digital Window A7-180 features include:

  • Plug-and-play replacement of existing analog cameras.
  • A single A7-180 can replace multiple fixed and pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) cameras.
  • Extreme resolution, with zoom views that can be positioned anywhere within the 180 degree field of view.
  • Each of the zoom windows is under independent control using standard Pelco-D commands over RS485.
  • The camera is solid state, with no moving parts to fail or service.
  • Output of the digital imaging engine can be viewed and recorded over standard CCTV analog networks, thus extending their capability and expanding the useful life of existing analog infrastructures.


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