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Until now the webcam has been streaming live to the website of the fireball association and for 11 months of the year this works fine. However, in December the webcam receives a huge increase in traffic due to the annual Fireball swinging ceremony which is held every New Year’s Eve (or Hogmanay, as it’s known by the Scots).
Last year the webcam proved to be such a hit that the servers stopped responding at around 10pm and didn’t recover until well after the event had finished! This left most viewers disappointed and plans were cast to prevent a reoccurence.
The association contacted us, Network Webcams, who operate Streamdays to see what could be done. They decided that StreamdaysRELAY would be the most suitable package due to its ability to accommodate an unlimited amount of simultaneous viewers, this far exceeded the capacity of the original setup and will ensure no dropouts during prime time.
If you find yourself on the Internet this New Year why not logon to the Fireball swinging web camera and enjoy the festivities from the comfort of your own, warm home – you won’t be the only one!
There’s no slowing Axis down. Here is some news of another new camera range which is due for release in the early part of 2009.
The Axis M3011 and M3014 are ultra discreet fixed dome cameras measuring only 9cm (3.6 inches) in diameter and are almost completely recessed, sticking out a mere 3cm (1.1 inch) from the ceiling. They are designed for recessed mounting in drop ceilings and the installation procedure is the simplest we’ve ever seen.
Don’t let their size fool you though, these cameras are capable of delivering high-quality images (M3011 VGA, M3014 1.3MP) using MJPEG, MPEG-4 or H.264 compression formats as well as all the usual features you would expect from an Axis IP camera.
For more information watch the short promotional video from Axis:
Bookmark this blog as we will have more information as the product gets closer to launch.
The new IQeye 4-series range of cameras are now available from the Network Webcams UK and European store and Network Webcams US store.
The range offers an affordable solution to high resolution viewing and are ideal for IP CCTV monitoring for your business or even for security around the home.
All cameras in the 4-series range are 100% Power over Ethernet compliant making them easy to install and they can be viewed over a local network or even remotely across the Internet.
They come in three options:
For more information and purchasing please see:
Network Webcams has recently added the IQeye Alliance Dome Range on its UK and European IP camera store.
The range includes a series of indoor and outdoor dome cameras, all of which run Power over Ethernet. As with all IQeye cameras the IQ Alliance series offers a wide range of image resolutions, starting at 640×480, all the way up to 2560×1920 (5.0 megapixel) for both internal and external models.
Prices start at £325 + vat for the IQeye IA10SI-B3 IP camera dome, Digital PTZ, 640×480 and PoE.
Hot on the heels of Panasonic’s latest BL range releases Axis have announced the imminent release of their M10 series of network cameras.
The Axis M1011, M1011-W and M1031-W all have tri-stream support (that’s our term for it anyway) with full frame rate H264, MJPEG and MPEG 4 streams and both the M1011-W and the M1031-W (hence the W) have wireless support in the form of an IEEE 802.11g wireless interface with the built-in antenna.
The top model in the range is the Axis M1031-W as it brings in a passive PIR, integrated white light and embedded, programmable speaker into the same compact unit.
We will, as you’ve come to expect, be getting the range in for stocking shortly and will be doing a full review and technical evaluation. Check back also for our shoot-out between the M1031-W and the Panasonic BL-C160.
We know it’s only a small change, and perhaps it doesn’t make that much of a difference to our customers, but we think it’s made our websites that little bit easier on the eye. And what’s easier on the eye is easier to navigate around, we think.
We hope it makes a difference to the experience you might have buying CCTV equipment through those websites.
Greg, in our technical team has made a comprehensive evaluation of Panasonic’s newest IP Camera in the BL range – the BL-C160.
Greg’s thorough write-up talks about the camera’s unique features such as the built-in light and its Power over Ethernet capability, as well as going some day and night comparison shots for image quality analysis.
Milestone has just announced the release of version 6.5 of their XProtect Professional and XProtect Basis+ IP video software.
Some of the exciting new features are:
Two-way Audio (XProtect Professional)
Now the XProtect Professional Server is capable of transmitting audio to remote speakers using the Smart Client’s microphone feature.
Optimised Storage and Bandwidth Usage (XProtect Professional)
Bandwidth optimised multi-streaming only opens a single video stream from the camera and is able to split it into 2. One stream for live viewing and one for recording. This allows you to save valuable storage space by reducing the frame rate of recorded video while maintaining a fast, smooth frame rate for live monitoring.
Improved Archiving (XProtect Professional)
Archiving has been improved with hourly archiving which addresses the greater storage needs for megapixel cameras. Dynamic archiving enables spanning across several disks as an alternative to direct assignment of drive and path for each database. Archive retention time can now be set on a per camera basis and a forced archive is possible if the database is close to full.
Megapixel cameras and H.264 support (XProtect Professional and Basis+)
New compression formats are now supported in both XProtect Professional and XProtect Basis+. This sees the introduction of MxPEG (which is a format unique to the Mobotix range of cameras) and H.264, the emerging standard which introduces more efficient compression giving a significant reduction in bandwidth and storage requirements. It also supports the MPEG-4 ASP standard which includes a number of technical features designed to reduce bandwidth.
Multi-lingual XProtect Smart Client Interface (XProtect Professional and Basis+)
We are selling these products right now. For more information see:
Network Webcams, recognising the need for businesses to make cost savings but to retain control over their CCTV and video surveillance needs, has launched its CCTV Deal of the Week available on purchases made from its IP camera store.
The Deal of the Week is currently available to UK and European customers and will shortly become available to customers within the USA. Customers elsewhere can still take advantage of these great value deals by calling 0151 633 2111 (+44 151 633 2111 from outside the United Kingdom).
The company’s first Deal of the Week is MILESTONE RECORDING SOFTWARE – GET A 6 CAMERA LICENSE FOR THE PRICE OF 4.
Axis have just announced that they have increased their global market share from 32% to 33.5%.
The data comes from IMS Research’s latest report on the state of the CCTV and Video Surveillance market and covers sales in 2007.