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In the IP video market there has been a recent influx of 360° hemispheric cameras from manufacturers like Axis, Panasonic and Vivotek. When ceiling-mounted, these cameras can capture an entire room at once and feature integrated distortion correction software to eliminate the distortion associated with extreme wide-angle lenses.
Mobotix, who released the first 360° IP camera back in 2008, have upped their game with the release of the S14 range. Read on for more and a demonstration video…
Security camera placement can often make face detection difficult when reviewing footage due to obstructions such as hats and hoods; leaving many business owners struggling to identify intruders and vandals after incidents. Axis have attempted to solve this issue with their latest offerings; the Axis P8513 and the Axis P8514.
These unique cameras are designed to be mounted at eye level, allowing close up images of facial features to be captured without obstruction for easy recognition, with footage available in either SVGA or HD720p resolution for sharp footage. With three colour schemes in place to mimic heating pipes or electrical conduit, the cameras blend in with surroundings for a true covert solution.
These cameras are quick to install, coming with a pre-mounted network cable, thereby reducing the need for wires, and as they support Power over Ethernet, no separate power supply is required. Additionally, Axis’ pixel counter system provides data on the resolution of objects such as faces in view, letting installers verify that requirements for identification are being met.
This intelligent approach to IP surveillance offers an ideal security measure where facial features need to be captured for identification but where a conventional camera might be not be ideal such as service stations, small business receptions, shops and public transport terminals.
Sony SNC-CH160 infrared image
One of the most common reasons for installing an IP security camera system is to have an effective surveillance presence on your premises at all times. In many scenarios, that means having an IP camera that copes well in poor lighting conditions. Almost every IP camera on the market now has some form of day/night feature, from basic image optimisation technologies such as those featured in the Panasonic BL-C101 and the Sony SNC-CH110, to advanced, ‘true’ day/night functionality in mid- to high-end models like the Axis P1347 and Sony SNC-CH280. Later in this post we’ll give you our recommendations for the best day/night cameras currently available, but first we’ll take you through what true day/night means and why it should be an important consideration for any IP CCTV installation.
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!
We love CCTV. No, we really do. It catches criminals, and that’s a good thing.
Stupid is as stupid does and in this case, CCTV images capture a thief’s identity easily as his name a date of birth is tattooed on his neck!
This chap leaves Police in no doubt who committed the crime.
We really do love CCTV.
Available now! The Axis 233D high-end network PTZ dome camera has been upgraded and now includes Auto-tracking. Auto-tracking automatically detects a moving object (e.g. person of vehicle) and follows it within the camera’s area of coverage. Auto-tracking is particularly usefull for unmanned CCTV security operations, both indoor and outdoor. All new Axis 233D cameras will be shipped with this additional functionality built-in. Existing users of the Axis 233D can install auto-tracking for free by downloading the latest firmware from the Axis website.
Coming up with the top 5 IP cameras was a no-brainer. These units are all top performers, are easily set up and require very little technical knowledge to get working. They make idea starter cameras for the larger home security project or may be ideal for simple tasks like alerting you by email with a picture or video clip when a door or a window is opened. For peace of mind when out of the house an IP camera is like having an extra set of eyes.
We are happy to announce that the people at Y-cam have just launched a free software application which allows you to view live images from up to nine Y-cams simulataneously!
Free Software Download
Y-cam MultiLive is a security monitoring application which you can download for free directly from us here at Network Webcams. The application will allow you to monitor multiple Y-cams with audio using the White or Black models, all from the comfort of one screen.
Managed Video Clip Creation
The software helps manage the recording of video clips from all your connected Y-cams. Your recordings can be on-demand or set to record based on motion detection. Limits can be put in place to ensure that the amount of recordings does not exceed the amount of storage space available. A shortcut is provided in the application to take you directly to the folder where your recordings are saved, allowing quick access to your archives.
- Monitor up to 9 simultaneous live action views with audio listen-in
- Supports both Y-cam White and Y-cam Black or a combination of the two
- Full Screen mode. Utilise every inch of your monitor space
- Live video images scaled to fit screen or forced to correct aspect ratio
- Digital zoom control from application
- Start video clip creation on demand or based on motion detection
- Manage your recordings and storage space requirements
- Volume control
Captain Jack Sparrow may not be around any more but the Black Pearl, or rather the Bounty, the ship cast as The Black Pearl in Pirate’s of the Caribbean, has arrived in Torquay for a short stay and can be viewed on the StreamdaysFREE webcam set up by the Torbay Hospitality Association overlooking Torquay Marina.
Get a look in now because it won’t be there for long.