1. Skip to navigation
  2. Skip to content
  3. Skip to sidebar

Network Webcams blog
Archive for the ‘Industry Comment’ Category

Technology improvements, definition of interoperability standards and a clear SMB business case, all combine to make the time right for VSaaS

August 7th, 2013 by Frank Crouwel

There has been a great deal of talk about Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) in recent years. Authoritative sources are starting to highlight the business case for VSaaS or Hosted Video Storage.

As the SecurityInfoWatch article indicates, there are many different flavours of hosted surveillance storage. The argument runs that the advent of multi-megapixel HD cameras and the proliferation of these cameras have created an explosion of video data which all needs to be stored and managed.

The article suggests a hybrid video surveillance storage model using internal (i.e. in-house DVR, NVR, VMS-embedded server, NAS or other storage device) and external storage (i.e. cloud) usage being increasingly considered by larger enterprises.  The cloud could be used for holding backups in this hybrid scenario, for example.

Read more >>

Overlooked? LILIN CMX recording software

July 31st, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

LILIN touch screen wide screen monitorLILIN has been offering free recording software with their IP cameras for years. However, we feel this is not much promoted and LILIN product users often are not aware of it.

It seems that this software is somewhat overlooked in the market, hence this blog post to highlight its usefulness and create more awareness amongst our readership.

Read more >>

Edge-based recording on the rise

July 10th, 2013 by Frank Crouwel

Axis edge recordingOriginal SD cards, called ‘SD Standard Capacity’ or SDSC, could provide only 2GB of storage only 10 years ago. High Capacity SD cards (SDHC) offering up to 32GB reached the market in number some five years ago. This development prompted an explosion of IP surveillance camera launches with in-built SD card slots designed for edge-based recording.

Moore’s Law continues to go to work so that today SDXC cards (eXtended Capacity SD Cards) already offer 2TB of storage capacity. 128 GB SDHC and SDXC cards are available today in larger and larger numbers and prices are falling fast. This is a game changer for edge-based recording because it makes the storing of high frame rate HD video images increasingly easy and inexpensive.  To give you an idea of the level of penetration of edge recording – of the 69 network cameras listed in Axis’ latest product comparison tables published in February 2013, 45 now offer SD card slots. Almost every new camera model launched this year comes with a SD card slot.

Read more >>

How useful are the Home Office’s i-LIDS video analytics tests in today’s world?

May 24th, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

Logo: i-LIDSFollowing NW Systems Group’s look at the new Surveillance Camera Code last month, we decided to follow up this month by taking a closer look at the world of video analytics.
Read more >>

NW Systems welcomes new Surveillance Camera Code but worries it creates potential for delay in adoption of ‘intelligent’ CCTV cameras in the UK

April 5th, 2013 by Frank Crouwel

Andrew RennisonOne of the most significant pieces of news for the UK surveillance world has been the appointment of the new Surveillance Camera Commissioner Andrew Rennison back in September 2012 and the subsequent publication, on 7 February 2013, of a draft Surveillance Camera Code of Practice Pursuant to Section 29 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. The Act promises ‘further regulation of CCTV’ as surveillance technologies improve and potentially threaten individuals’ rights to privacy. Consultation on the draft Code closed on 21 March.

Read more >>

Sony’s View-DR Wide Dynamic Range Technology – What is it? (with videos)

January 29th, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

Sony View-DR plus screenshotsSony’s entire top-of-the-line network camera range features a system called View-DR. Billed by Sony as “Brilliant clarity even with strong backlighting” it’s designed to surpass conventional wide dynamic range (WDR) systems, improving the visibility of subjects in high-contrast lighting or back-lit areas.

It does this using a technique called ‘multi-frame imaging’ by serially capturing up to 120 frames each second at different exposure times, then combining a subset of them together to form the final image, resulting, after some algorithmic image processing magic, in a best-in-class wide dynamic range.

So how does this feature differ from conventional wide dynamic range systems as used by some other camera manufacturers, and how effective is it?

Read more >>

Top 5 Wireless IP Cameras for 2013

January 25th, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

We’re on a roll this month. Having just predicted the 7 top trends in video surveillance, we are now going to open up the oracle again and share the 5 best wireless network cameras on the market right now.

The models below all impress us a great deal, so much so that we just couldn’t agree on a ranking formula from 1 – 5, so decided to use good old alphabetical order instead. So, let’s begin…

Read more >>

Top 7 IP Camera Surveillance Trends in 2013

January 23rd, 2013 by Frank Crouwel

Top 7 IP camera trends for 2013Having been in the business for more than the last 13 years, we figure we know a thing or two about a number of things: what’s likely to be a fad; which piece of high-tech is not quite mature enough for the marketplace, and which systems are coming into their own.

At this time of year, it’s always interesting to predict the big hitter developments in the industry. Here at Network Webcams, we offer our predictions of what’s hot and what’s not in video surveillance and IP cameras for 2013.

Read more >>

Lilin starts 2013 with massive price reductions on HD security cameras

January 17th, 2013 by Frank Crouwel

Lilin IPD-2220ES 1080P HD dome IP cameraDuring 2012 we have seen HD 720p cameras below £200 being launched into the CCTV market. Axis, Panasonic, Sony, Vivotek and Lilin all joined the frame. The rapidly, ever improving, price v. performance ratio in the world of IP cameras is great news for CCTV users.

2013 has only just started and we have already seen the first HD 1080p camera dropping below the £200 mark. The trend of 2012 seems set to continue in the coming year.

Read more >>

Are Our Cities Safe Enough For Workers and Citizens?

January 15th, 2013 by Kevin Bowyer

Lone worker in a petrol stationWe all want to live in a safe and happy place, right? We all want our fellow citizens to live in healthy and secure places, don’t we? And if we see horrible things happening to good people, we are all outraged and demand better protection for our fellow citizens. This is certainly the case in India right now.

Indian Citizens Secure Protection With IP Cameras

Read more >>