Cisco Unveils IP Surveillance Camera
During the ISC West conference held this week in Las Vegas, Cisco announced its first foray into the surveillance camera industry. Cisco's entry comes in the form of a remote-controlled, IP-based digital security camera that operates effectively in both indoor and outdoor environments. The Video Surveillance IP Camera is motion-triggered, and features pan, tilt, and zoom functions that can be controlled remotely.
Cisco believes that with the influx of new surveillance technology, many large enterprises will soon be overhauling their security systems. Analog cameras will eventually go by the wayside as the benefits of networked security and IP-based cameras will be too much to pass up.
Cisco's camera offers an expandable recording and storage platform, and is designed to link directly into an IP network via either a wired or wireless connection. Live video streams and recorded footage captured by the device can be viewed from any location with access to the network. The camera contains software that allows for easy integration, facilitating the transition from an analog system to network-based surveillance.
The Video Surveillance IP Camera features D1 (720 x 480) resolution using MPEG4 and JPEG encoding, along with 802.1X authentication, and operates with Power over Ethernet (PoE) or 12v Direct Current.
It will be available in May, 2007.