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The clocks changed this weekend, it’s warming up and the lambing season has begun! Using the latest IP video technology, our Streamdays HD live streaming service shows crisp 24/7 live footage from lambing barns across various sites in the UK, providing unique views of these cute animals being born. It’s another example of how IP cameras are being used over and above the purpose of CCTV or security.
Not only do the live lambing cameras provide a low-cost education tool for children and adults, it is also a tool for farms and activity centres for increasing online exposure and visitor numbers.
The physical access control market is already a substantial one. IHS (formerly IMS Research) valued it at $3 billion globally in 2012 and projected its CAGR of 7% over the next five years (source: IHS report 2013). There is no doubt that the business case for Access Control System (ACS) integration with IP video strengthens when you consider the backdrop of the rise of what is commonly referred to as the ‘intelligent’ or ‘smart’ building (see for example the SmartBuilding Conference 2014).
UK Manufacturing is slowly moving its process control systems from a range of proprietary transmission protocols to IP-based systems transmitting data across Ethernet infrastructures. This move opens up the potential for IP Video to be added to the mix of process and safety monitoring and control equipment on UK production lines.
Ethernet becoming ubiquitous on the factory floor
When you investigate the world of manufacturing today what hits you straight away is the range and sophistication of equipment used to monitor and control modern production lines. Often at the heart of any industrial automation system is the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), connected with an array of automation and safety components such as Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs), drives, servos, inverters, sensors, cameras, safety controllers and many more control devices.
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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.
The H.264 codec has revolutionised professional security recording. But it has also made possible a raft of additional uses perhaps not originally intended in the specification.
The H.264 codec is now embedded in most new IP cameras on the market, and in particular makes the monitoring and recording of HD video over the network possible with its highly efficient compression, significantly reducing bandwidth use and storage.
H.264 (also known as MPEG-4 part 10) has been around for a while in the general entertainment and online video sectors, only in the last couple of years appearing en-mass in network video products. It is now the most widely used codec for the compression and distribution of HD video both in security and elsewhere. It’s the video format that YouTube use.
In addition, most IP cameras with H.264 also have a real time streaming protocol (RTSP) interface, which can be used to pull a video stream from the camera to be re-broadcast over the Internet. This feature has resulted in IP cameras with embedded H.264 to become the option of choice for streaming video on the web. Our live webcam streaming service Streamdays is a good example of the great results that can be achieved.
A camera’s RTSP interface to H.264 also means easy video retrieval on multiple devices including iPad and iPhones.
Other new capabilities afforded nowadays through H.264 include video conferencing, industrial process monitoring, TV broadcasts, long-haul aircraft installs, and more.
H.264 is a huge improvement over MPEG-4 and we can’t wait to see what’s next for IP video.
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.