GV Expo is a great place to find the latest in production gear and solutions. But it also a mecca for law enforcement and security personnel looking for effective video solutions. Here are some of the companies that came to the Expo this year, and information about their latest security products.
by James Careless
Canon USA has just unveiled the VB-C500VD vandal resistant mini dome network camera. This is a discreet ceiling-mounted unit that delivers high-quality video over an IP network.
Ikegami ISD-A31 Thanks to its vandal-resistant dome, the VBC500VD can be used to keep an eye on correctional facilities, public areas and other tough environments. The camera's progressive scan CCD eliminates the fuzziness seen in interlaced images, at a resolution suitable for M-JPEG or MPEG-4 recordings. It has an 82° horizontal field of view and excellent low-light performance, and the camera's mount allows it to be positioned at whatever angle is required.
Hitachi Kokusai America is well known for its broadcast cameras. But the company also makes a number of special-purpose cameras, the smallest of which is the HV-D30 3-CCD Camera. Only 2.5-by- 2.5-by-3.1 inches and weighing just 14 ounces, the HV-DV30 is equipped with three 1/3-inch CCDs. It delivers 800 lines of resolution, a 64db signal-tonoise ratio, and low-light sensitivity down to 0.9 lux. The image quality provided by the HV-D30 makes it useful for videoconferencing and surveillance in areas where high resolution is required. The HV-D30 has an RS-232 interface and outputs video in Composite, Y/C, RGB, or Y/R-Y/B-Y.
JVC TK-C9300U Ikegami has added the Model ISD-A31 to its line of Hyper Dynamic dome cameras. According to the company, this dome-mounted camera can function in light conditions down to 0.8 lux, enabled by the newest Pixim DPS technilogy and Ikegami's digital processing technology.
It is a "Hyper Wide Light Dynamic Range Camera" that reproduces a clear and natural image even in locations where there is a significant difference in the intensity of illumination, such as window areas, or in lobby entrance of building, the company says.
The JVC U.S.A. Professional Products Group recently released a new line of high-resolution, 1/3-inch CCD analog surveillance cameras. The TK-C2201U and TK-C2201WPU are compact, fixed-dome cameras, while the TK-C9200U and TK-C9300U are box-style cameras. All four analog models provide 580 lines resolution and have 12-bit digital signal processors.
"Analog camera installations still represent the majority of deployed CCTV systems," said Geoffrey Anderson, national marketing manager of Video Surveillance Products at JVC. "JVC knows how important analog is to the surveillance industry, so we've made significant enhancements to improve performance. These analog products are designed to plug right into your existing analog infrastructure and immediately provide better images while using about 40 percent less power than convention models."
Pelco Sarix The TK-C2201U meets the vandal-resistant standard for indoor use. The TK-C2201WPU has an outdoor-ready, IP66- compliant vandal and tamper proof design; using a rugged die-cast aluminum main unit and polycarbonate dome cover. According to JVC, the cameras' "Super LoLux Sensitivity" provides precise color reproduction at 0.05 lux in color mode and 0.006 lux in black-and-white mode.
Panasonic has added to its line of AVCCAM small cameras and high capacity, high quality digital recorders. The handheld AG-HMR10 HD solid-state recorder is well suited to law enforcement purposes, for everything from internal surveillance to in-vehicle applications. The HMR10 records to consumer SD cards at four data rates.
Three of these support 1980x1080 resolution video, specifically in PH mode (average 21 Mbps/max. 24 Mbps), HA mode (approx. 17 Mbps) and HG mode (approx. 13 Mbps). The HE mode, which runs at about 6 Mbps, records at 1440x1080. In HE mode, the HMR10 can record up to 12 hours' worth of video on a 32GB SD card. This handheld records in 1080/60i, 1080/50i, 720/60p and 720/50p formats.
The HMR10 can connect to the super-small AKHCK10 Full HD camera head (POVCAM).
This is a true HD camera that uses three 1/4-inch 3.05-Megapixel HD resolution 3-MOS imagers. Although it weighs just over half a pound and measures 2.1-by-2.2-by-4.8 inches, the HCK10 is a powerful camera. It comes fitted with a 12x optical zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) and Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS), which compresses highlight information and boosts shadow detail in real time.
Pelco's primary law enforcement products include Sarix IP Megapixel cameras, analog IP cameras, the Digital Sentry DVR, and Full HD monitors. The Sarix and analog IP families of cameras are available in a range of resolutions, providing surveillance video performance both indoors and outdoors.
"I see a continuing migration to IP and HD, and Pelco is well positioned to provide these end-to-end solutions to the market," said Jeff Blackmer, Pelco's government industry director. "Of course, the upcoming year will be a challenge, but we think that with new products and technology we will see continuing growth."
Vievu makes wearable Personal Video Recorders (PVRs) that allow officers to record what happens during their shifts. The video is an incontestable protection against malicious citizen complaints, and a sure way of proving what actually happened during an arrest situation.
Vievu offers two models. The original PVR-LE offers a 4- hour recording time, 4-hour battery life and 4 GB of internal memory. All footage is marked with an electronic date/time stamp. The PVR-LE shoots VGA video (640x480) in full-motion color, and records audio as well. The new PVR-LE2 offers the same features, plus increased low light capability, enhanced image quality and digital signature security (to prove that the video has not been tampered with, when used in court.)