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Archive for 2009

First Look: Panasonic BB-HCM701 indoor fixed mini-dome IP camera

December 18th, 2009 by Greg

We have been lucky enough to get our hands on a Panasonic BB-HCM701 before they are released and we thought we’d share our first impressions.

Panasonic BB-HCM701


Mobotix Q24M Receives High Praise from PC Pro

December 3rd, 2009 by Kevin Bowyer

The Mobotix Q24M hemispheric IP camera recently scored highly when reviewed by the guys at PC Pro, “We were stunned when we first saw the live view. It’s not just that the image quality is good, it’s what the camera can do with it that’s so impressive.”

The Q24M from Mobotix uses a hemispheric lens to capture a 360 degree, 3 megapixel image. The camera then cleverly uses the circular fisheye image to provide up to four independent views, each with pan, tilt and 8x digital zoom functionality which are digitally corrected for distortion. The result is the image and control you would get from a standard mechanical PTZ camera without missing details or events by recording the complete 360 degree field of view.

All Mobotix cameras are designed to operate as a decentralised surveillance system with all image processing and recording performed by the camera. The Q24M comes with a pre-installed 4GB MicroSD card for a complete surveillance solution.

See the PC Pro article >>
Mobotix Q24M 360 degree hemispheric view network camera >>

CCTV helps Scottish Schools Combat Vandalism

November 3rd, 2009 by Frank Crouwel

Network Webcams is highlighting a recent report in the Sunday Mail on the staggering cost of school vandalism in Scotland. According to the report, vandalism in Scottish schools costs taxpayers £10,000 a day or £3.53 million per year, equivalent to the salary of more than 170 teachers.

According to Kevin Bowyer, our Kirkcaldy-based Technical Director: “Because of its proven effectiveness, more and more educational establishments are using networked CCTV surveillance to protect staff, students, property and buildings.

“One specific problem for schools is night-time vandalism against property, and the cost of damage is often significant. Network CCTV helps local authorities and individual schools to take control of this problem, not just by recording the event but by instantly raising alarms with people in other locations, who can then see what is going on and inform the police. The chance of catching the vandals in the act is much greater and a series of quick police responses will deter vandals from trying again next time.”

Read the full story

Exclusive to Network Webcams! 30% off Panasonic BB-HCM511 and BB-HCM531

October 28th, 2009 by Frank Crouwel

Network Webcams has launched a spectacular offer on the best-selling Panasonic BB-HCM511 and BB-HCM531 IP network CCTV cameras. The offer is exclusively available from Network Webcams and reduces the cost of these Panasonic cameras by over 30% to the customer.

This spectacular Panasonic offer is available from www.networkwebcams.co.uk and is valid whilst stock last.

For full product specification:

Panasonic BB-HCM511 indoor IP camera
Panasonic BB-HCM531 outdoor IP camera

LILIN Develops Stronger Alliance with Network Webcams

October 7th, 2009 by Frank Crouwel

Lilin IP security cameras.  IP fast dome and IP CCTV security from Merit LILIN.

Press release October 7th 2009.

Following the release of the World’s first ONVIF conformant Network Video Products, LILIN have announced its partnership with Network Webcams, a leading specialist in Network Video and IP solutions.

Established in 2004, Network Webcams are one of the largest specialist companies in the area of IP Video. Providing networked CCTV systems and remote monitoring solutions for security and surveillance applications, they offer tailored web camera systems and webcam hosting and video streaming services.


Web-based Video Security Service ‘SecurityStation’ to be released later this year

October 1st, 2009 by Frank Crouwel

SecurityStation logo | web-based video security tool for IP cameras

Network Webcams is due to release a beta version of their new web-based CCTV Service in November this year. The service has been branded ‘SecurityStation’ and allows customers to manage their IP cameras fully via the web. It does away with the need for recording software or video recorders of any kind. The recording and storage is done offsite on remote servers managed by Network Webcams. Users simply log in to the system via the web and have full control over their cameras, all via the Internet.

Kevin Bowyer, Technical Director at Network Webcams, and the driving force behind the development of SecurityStation:

“We think we have made it so easy to use, it offers customers all the benefits of modern-day CCTV but we deliver it via the web in a way that many of us have become used to in our everyday life.

“We are releasing a Beta version of the service in November and are looking for users with a critical mind to provide feedback to us before we fully launch. This is the most important stage to us”.

The beta version will be free and available by invitation only. Beta users will be rewarded with a free lifetime SecurityStation account (Terms and conditions apply). You can register to receive an invitation at www.securitystation.com.

Feel free to call us if you want to find out more. Speak to Frank on 0151 633 2111.

Sony Unveils New Megapixel Network Cameras With Exmor CMOS Technology

September 30th, 2009 by Simon

Sony's Exmor CMOS sensor

Sony has unveiled their latest HD network video cameras at ASIS 2009, the SNC-CH140 a fixed network camera and the SNC-DH140 a fixed mini-dome network camera. The new cameras include Sony’s new high-speed Exmore CMOS sensors which are designed to offer high image quality along with high sensitivity which is required for security applications in difficult low lighting and high contrast conditions.

With new View-DR Dynamic Range technology the camera takes multiple images at different exposure settings for each required frame and uses these to create a single image. With previous technologies nearly half of the information (light) captured was discarded to make the required frame. View-DR uses all the information captured to recreate a single frame which makes the camera nearly twice as sensitive, this allows high quality megapixel images to be captured in low and difficult lighting conditions.

The new cameras have a 720p resolution and are capable of 30fps in MJPEG, MPEG4 and H.264. XDNR (eXcellent Dynamic Noise Reduction) is used to enhance the low light performance further with selective 2D and 3D noise reduction, and DEPA advanced video and audio analytics provides motion detection, anti-tampering alarms and advanced audio detection. Both cameras conform to ONVIF specification and should be available winter 2010.

For more information see: Sony SNC-CH/DH series datasheet

Pelco team up with Cisco to deliver new HD IP camera range

September 22nd, 2009 by Greg

Pelco Team Up With Cisco to Deliver New HD IP Camera Range

Pelco, a world-wide leader in design, development and manufacture of video security surveillance systems has announced a technology agreement with Cisco, the world-wide leader in networking and communications to collaborate on development of high definition (HD) IP surveillance products.

This joint venture will see the merging of Pelco’s advanced HD imaging technologies from their Sarix range of IP cameras with Cisco’s expertise in creating a robust, network interface and best-in-class IP networking features. The cameras will be co-branded and available by the end of 2009.

From the press release is sounds to us like the new products will be based on Pelco’s SARIX range delivering megapixel, high resolution images but at HDTV compatible resolutions and frame-rates. It also looks like they will support H.264 compression and have some on-board video analytics. We can’t wait to get a look at them at the end of the year.

For more information on the Pelco Sarix range:

Pelco Sarix Megapixel Security Cameras

Axis Release ONVIF Compatible Firmware

September 22nd, 2009 by Simon

ONVIF compliant

Axis Communications now have their first ONVIF compliant network video camera with the release of the latest firmware version 5.10 for the P3301 and P3301-V fixed dome network cameras. Axis have been heavily involved in the development of the ONVIF standard and this will be the first of many Axis network video products to incorporate ONVIF standard functionality.

ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) is an open industry forum founded by Axis, Bosch and Sony to standardise the communication between network video devices. The aim is to develop common protocols for the exchange of information between devices, including device discovery, video streaming and intelligent metadata to ensure complete compatibility regardless of device manufacturer.

The rise of a common standard will give increased flexibility for the end user or system installer with devices chosen for their suitability for the application and not compatibility to an existing system or other network video devices. The ONVIF standard will also future-proof any investment with the reassurance of future compatibility with any ONVIF compliant network video products.

SecuritySpy v2.0 Released, Live CCTV Monitoring and Recording for Mac

August 21st, 2009 by Greg

SecuritySpy from Ben Software

The developers of SecuritySpy IP camera recording software for Mac are now shipping version 2.0.