Tamron DE005 1/1.8”, 15-50mm, F/1.4 zoom lens
Tamron DE005 1/1.8”, 15-50mm, F/1.4 zoom lens

Tamron has been long recognised as an innovative source for mega-pixel lenses for critical ITS applications, affording them keen insight into industry needs and trends. Trending steadily higher are projections for the worldwide number of installed ITS cameras. Increasing in concert with forecasted camera count is growing demand for substantially higher ITS installation versatility – without compromise in optical performance. As part of an ongoing initiative to serve this dynamic market, Tamron has developed a new 1/1.8”, 15-50mm, F/1.4 zoom lens featuring a continuous range of focal lengths which includes the most widely used angles of view for traffic surveillance. A compact design enables PTZ dome installations, making the Tamron DE005 3 mega-pixel integrated zoom lens ideal for new systems and an efficient means to seamlessly upgrade existing cameras. 1.    Ideal focal length for traffic surveillance Rugged and durable construction assures peak performance over an extended life cycle Ideal 15-50mm focal length is suitable for license plate recognition, identification of vehicles and individuals Designed to match 1/1.8” sensors common to traffic surveillance system cameras Accommodates larger imager sizes 2.    Enhanced versatility PTZ dome compatibility. Even while realising a 50mm telephoto focal length, a 90mm chassis can be accommodated Lens-to-camera integration simplifies installation and eliminates back focus adjustment requirements Advanced stepping motors enable precise remote control operation and reduce installation time Auto focus enabled 3.    Optics engineered for low light surveillance Specialised optical formula minimises narrowing of aperture at higher zoom ratios F/1.4 is achievable from 15-35mm and F/1.6 at 50mm Outstanding image integrity is realised by eliminating colour smear and diminishing chromatic aberration

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Tamron introduces near IR corrected/ 5 megapixel board mount zoom lens 1/2.7” 2.8-9.8mm F/1.6, IR
Tamron introduces near IR corrected/ 5 megapixel board mount zoom lens 1/2.7” 2.8-9.8mm F/1.6, IR

Tamron Co., Ltd., total optics manufacturer and a leader in the security industry, announced the release of a near IR corrected / 5 mega-pixel board mount type zoom lens. Development concept Security cameras today offer rapidly improving picture quality and many manufacturers of security devices are now developing cameras with high-pixel image sensors. In light of this trend, Tamron has developed a high-performance zoom lens for PTZ’s and bullet cameras. This zoom lens has the resolving power to support high pixel counts and can support 1.8µm pitch image sensors. It promises three desirable characteristics: super-wide-angle support for high pixel counts, and high performance. With an angle of view of over 100°, this 5 mega-pixel lens is a new type of board mount zoom lens. The lens, moreover, not only offers 5 mega-pixel picture quality under visible light, but the same high level of quality is accomplished with near-infrared light conditions. Day or night, this lens, for the new age ensures high-resolution and high-performance monitoring with no compromise of picture quality. Tamron will lead the market for high-definition security with the newly developed zoom lens supporting 5 mega-pixel and near-infrared lighting. Key features 1. Super-wide-angle, high-picture-quality 3.5 x zoom lens for PTZ Achieves a wide 123.1° angle with 1/2.7” sensors (16:9) and 100° angle with 1/3” sensors (4:3). Enables wide-area monitoring with a single camera. 2. Maintains 5 mega-pixel high performance even in near-infrared light Achieves 24-hour, 5 mega-pixel monitoring without loss of picture quality. Lighting conditions are not a concern as the lens will provide uniform picture quality and resolving power day or night. Clip picture quality remains excellent as high pixel count is maintained, helpful for recognising persons. 3. Aperture mechanism supporting P-Iris Stepping motor enables precise aperture control. Depending on the application, aperture range can be controlled to a desired position to optimise the image quality. 4. Compact body, with overall length of just 64.25 mm Uses new iris mechanisms to maintain compact form with high picture quality. Tamron’s years of technical experience have achieved a form that is smaller but maintains super-wide-angle support for high pixel counts, and high performance.

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Tamron DF024NL mega-pixel/full HD/ultra-small 3X zoom lens
Tamron DF024NL mega-pixel/full HD/ultra-small 3X zoom lens

Tamron Co., Ltd., specialised manufacturer of optics and one of the leading companies in the security/surveillance equipment industry announces development of a compact zoom lens for integration with camera modules, Model: DF024NL, supporting 3 mega-pixel resolution in near-IR for security/surveillance use. Development Concept Demand for cameras in fully integrated forms such as mini-dome and bullet-type cameras is on the rise in the security/surveillance market due to ease of installation and well-refined cosmetic design. While cameras require performance exceeding the HD/Full HD resolution, the constraint on the geometric size and compactness are mandated, especially for lenses for mini-dome cameras. Tamron has begun selling Model DF010NL "2-Mega-Pixel/Full HD/Ultra-Small 3X Zoom Lens" (1/3" 3-9mm F/1.2) since 2012. The lens, a compact 3X zoom one of the smallest in the industry and fitting nicely within 3" domes, has been extensively adopted by many camera manufacturers, setting a standard for mini-domes. Mini-dome cameras incorporating a small zoom lens are installed indoors as well as outdoors, and deployed for day/night 24-hour surveillance. When images are captured in black-and-white under very low light conditions in the night-time, the quality tends to drop down to near an SD-level resolution, significantly lower than that in the daytime. In response to the strong market demand for high-quality day/night use, Model DF024NL is developed with the image quality substantially enhanced by use of a new optical design optimally tuned for various lighting conditions around the clock. Main features: 1. Enhanced image quality in the visible light range by means of a new optical design (for 3-mega-pixel cameras) While the existing mini-dome camera market is moving toward higher than 2-mega-pixel/Full HD resolution, Tamron took an early start on a new optical design to deliver 3-mega-pixel resolution over the entire zoom range under visible light, which has achieved unprecedented high-resolution image quality breaking through a conventional standard. 2. Enhancement of near-IR image quality by means of a new optical design (Mega-Pixel) Efficient compensation of optical aberrations in the near-IR bandwidth, and enhancement of resolution and quality for mega-pixel cameras have been achieved by means of a new optical design, delivering clearer black-and-white images when an IR-cut filter is disengaged in the night-time. 3. A compact size that fits within 3" mini-dome camera housings The lens retains one of the smallest sizes in the industry, to fit within 3" mini-dome camera housings, without compromising image quality. 4. A horizontal FOV angle of 93°at the wide-angle end (for 1/3" cameras) Features inherited from DF010NL Use of a mount compatible with DF010NL - Geometrical dimensions of the mount and the boss are compatible with DF010NL. DF024NL is compatible with former products in installation and usage. Incorporation of a stepping motor for focus / zoom drive - Higher-precision focus / zoom adjustment is enabled by use of a lead-screw stepping motor, a feature identical with DF010NL. Continuous employment of the highly-reliable IR-cut filter ON / OFF switching feature that has been validated by DF010NL.

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Tamron announces launch of new 5 megapixel NIR (Near-IR) vari-focal lens
Tamron announces launch of new 5 megapixel NIR (Near-IR) vari-focal lens

Tamron Co., Ltd. announces the release of a 1/1.8” 12-50mm F/1.4 5-mega-pixel NIR Vari-Focal Lens (Model: M118VP1250IR). Demand for IP/network cameras is growing at an unprecedented speed in the security market.  Today’s requirement for high image-quality mandated resolution higher than 5-mega-pixel / Full HD 1080P.  To address the market need, Tamron has released a ‘Double Vari-Focal’ lens system, a complementary lens-pair solution that powerfully supports major security applications: an M13VG288IR (f=2.8-8mm) lens and an M13VG550IR (f=5-50mm) lens to seamlessly cover the entire focal length range from the wide-angle f=2.8mm to the telephoto-end f=50mm.  Because of the universal angular field of view coverage being addressed between the two, the solution has received exceptionally high recognition in the market. Demand for large-size 1/1.8” and 1/2” imagers has also grown prominently for surveillance installations in highly populated urban areas, where distinguished resolving power becomes critically important to make the most of the imaging capabilities of 5-megapixel sensors. To address the need, Tamron now releases a new 1/1.8” 12-50mm F/1.4 lens, compatible with the widely-used P-Iris (Model: M118VP1250IR). Tamron, as an integrated optics manufacturer, progressively pursues development of such high-quality and innovative products.   NIR lens covering focal lengths most universally utilised in telephoto applications The new lens delivers high-quality images throughout the most commonly used focal length range of 12-50mm. Expanding the spectrum coverage to NIR region, the lens enhances and assures high-precision and high-efficiency day-and-night surveillance.  High-quality NIR imaging An ideal lens for day-and-night mega-pixel surveillance with chromatic aberrations well compensated for delivers improved performance in the NIR bandwidth and well-tuned image quality from corner to corner. Tamron’s proprietary optical design with an optimal choice of glass materials backed by high-precision process technology brings an ideal balance in performance to cost.  Discrete optical design considering low-light conditions The image circle diameter is expanded to permit compatibility with 1/1.8” imagers widely adopted in the security/surveillance market. A fast aperture of F/1.4 is achieved by a new optical design, while the minimum aperture stops down to close.  The new lens is also compatible with 1/2” and 1/3” imagers.  Substantial reduction of flare and ghosting The performance of the new lens has gone through extensive validation processes using state-of-the-art simulation, weighed heavily on specific conditions of a wide variety of surveillance scenes. Disturbing flare and ghosting are attenuated to the minimum and Tamron’s proprietary multi-coating technology is employed to thoroughly reducing flare and ghosting.  Pursuit of high utility and high reliability In line with Tamron’s product development philosophy for high reliability, proprietary knowledge and manufacturing know-hows have been extensively utilized for the design and manufacturing of the new lens, M118VG1250IR, similar with other Tamron products. Large rotation angle for faster and easier focusing Slip-mount mechanism for faster and easier camera / lens installation and assembly Highly-reliable auto iris mechanism

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Tamron introduces near IR corrected/ 5 mega-pixel vari-focal lens 1/1.8” 4-13mm F/1.5 IR C-mount
Tamron introduces near IR corrected/ 5 mega-pixel vari-focal lens 1/1.8” 4-13mm F/1.5 IR C-mount

Tamron Co., Ltd., total optics manufacturer and a leader in the security industry, announced the development of a near IR corrected / 5 mega-pixel Vari-Focal lens. Development concept Cameras for the security market are boasting rapidly increasing pixel counts, and security device manufacturers are making greater and greater efforts to satisfy the need. Noting the market trend to cameras with higher pixel counts, Tamron works to develop a variety of products meeting this trend and bring them to market at an early stage. The major camera markets nowadays are clearly shifting from box cameras to mini-dome cameras, but Tamron sees a steady need for C and CS mount cameras as well. Compared to mini-dome cameras, box cameras with C and CS mount lenses have a better reputation for allowing fine adjustments and providing excellent images. Box cameras have proven their high performance and reliability in monitoring public and critical facilities. Seeing the marketability of box cameras that support large sensors for high pixel counts, Tamron has now developed a standard Vari-Focal lens supporting near-IR lighting and 5 mega-pixel. In a market that is trending toward higher pixel counts, we believe that in fact box cameras with high-performance C and CS mount lenses will need to be installed in more and more places. In particular, we believe these high resolution lenses will be chosen as the best solution for traffic monitoring, where high performance is a must for identification. As a developer and manufacturer of high-performance lenses, Tamron will continue to pursue performance and quality through our development. Key features 1. High-spec lens built for high pixel counts Market-leading 5 mega-pixel support in a C mount lens. Supports large 1/1.8" sensors. Lens designed with a fast aperture of F/1.5. 2. Optical design for both day and night monitoring Megapixel support even in near-IR lighting. Reduced loss of picture quality during night time monitoring. 3. Super-wide-angle Vari-Focal lens Coverage from wide angle (115.8°) to medium telephoto (35.9°) (aspect ratio 16:9) 4. Compact, high-performance lens New aperture mechanism is developed to keep the compactness and high performance.

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Tamron DF204 near IR corrected/3 MP lens for surveillance integrated vari-focal lens
Tamron DF204 near IR corrected/3 MP lens for surveillance integrated vari-focal lens

Tamron Co., Ltd., comprehensive optics manufacturer and a leader company in the security industry, announced the release of an integrated type Near-IR Corrected / 3 Mega-Pixel Vari-Focal Lens.Beginning with the DF010 in 2009, Tamron has garnered extraordinary installed base of near infrared surveillance lenses, accompanied by a body of highly satisfied users. Over time, however, increasing camera resolution capabilities and larger camera sensors created a need for a similar lens with substantially higher performance characteristics-in both visible and IR spectrums. In response, Tamron engineers undertook a full redesign project, retaining the heart of the successful DF010 while creating a new, high resolution optic for daylight and night surveillance applications. The result produced a lens with significantly higher resolving capability in visible and IR spectrums with a substantially larger image circle to accommodate a wider variety of larger camera sensors. Key features Superb 24-Hour Optical Performance 3-mega-pixel resolution in both visible and near-infrared spectrums provides night and day surveillance clarity. Focal Length Range from 3 to 9mm Provides a board horizontal angle of view of 93°at the 3mm setting. Ideal for System Upgrades Sized comparably to competitive lenses with similar specifications, often enabling upgrade interchangeability without camera changes Class-leading compactness Improved optical performance without sacrificing form factor compactness Compatible with typical three-inch dome installations

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Tamron announces M111FM50 manual iris, fixed lens with 50mm focal length
Tamron announces M111FM50 manual iris, fixed lens with 50mm focal length

One of the leading companies in the security/surveillance equipment industry and specialised manufacturer of optics, Tamron Co., Ltd., Saitama, Japan (President & CEO: Morio Ono) announces development of a new 50mm F/1.8 fixed focal lens in 1.1” format tuned for a pixel pitch of 3.1 µm. Developments of new 50mm F/1.8 fixed focal lens Tamron offers an extensive range of optics for a whole variety of customer needs so?customers can pick and choose the best solution for their own applications. Users of certain types of equipment require particularly high-fidelity images. In addition to the FA (Factory Automation) series of lenses for high-pixel count imagers currently available, Tamron developed the 1.1” M111FM50 to support 3.1µm pixel pitch imagers, boasting the highest level of resolution among the entire lens lineup. Furthermore, the new 1.1” format lens model expands the product portfolio of the company’s industrial-vision optics beyond the existing lineup comprised of 1/1.8” (six models in the M118 Series) and 2/3” (seven models in the M23 Series) respectively. With the broader range of product offerings to support the higher imaging quality needs, the scope of applications making the most of high mega-pixel cameras shall be brought to the next height. Looking forward, Tamron is poised for accelerating development of new industrial-vision lenses, keeping pace with the advancement of cameras geared towards higher pixel counts and more diversified application fields, with greater versatility and handling ease as well as ensuring outstanding optical performance across the entire field. The new M111FM50 fixed focal lens has the following features: High resolving power Industry-leading resolving power optimally tuned for 3.1µm pixel pitch 1.1” imagers renders high-fidelity images equivalent to 12MP resolution. Image quality prioritised for closer distance range The superb image quality at the most commonly used closer distance range is achieved in line with the design philosophy that has been demonstrated in our current FA-series lenses. Operational ease Smooth rotation torque of both focus and iris rings facilitates the adjustment of both focusing and aperture. Sophisticated optical design to deliver distinguished image quality Excellent image quality from center to corner is delivered based on the latest optical design technology with discernible resolution and contrast. Enhanced transmissivity across the whole bandwidth is attained with Tamron’s original coating technology. Compatibility with diversified imagers The17.6mm Effective Image Circle Diameter of the lens expands its compatibility with a broader range of cameras with multiple imager formats up to 1.1”.

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Tamron launches 5 megapixel NIR (Near-IR) Vari-Focal lens
Tamron launches 5 megapixel NIR (Near-IR) Vari-Focal lens

Demand for IP/network cameras is growing at an unprecedented speed in the security market. Today’s requirement for high image-quality mandated resolution higher than 5-megapixel / Full HD 1080P. Double Vari-Focal lens system To address the market need, Tamron has released a ‘Double Vari-Focal’ lens system, a complementary lens-pair solution that powerfully supports major security applications: an M13VG288IR (f=2.8-8mm) lens and an M13VG850IR (f=8-50mm) lens to seamlessly cover the entire focal length range from the wide-angle f=2.8mm to the telephoto-end f=50mm. Because of the universal angular field of view coverage being addressed between the two, the solution has received exceptionally high recognition in the market. Demand for large-size 1/1.8” and 1/2” imagers has also grown prominently for surveillance installations in highly populated urban areas, where distinguished resolving power becomes critically important to make the most of the imaging capabilities of 5-megapixel sensors. A new lens, M118VG1250IR, now released by Tamron, specifically addresses the needs in the surveillance market. Tamron, as an integrated optics manufacturer, progressively pursues development of such high-quality and innovative products. M118VG1250IR highlights and features 1. NIR lens covering focal lengths most universally utilised in telephoto applications: The new lens delivers high-quality images throughout the most commonly used focal length range of 12-50mm. Expanding the spectrum coverage to NIR region, the lens enhances and assures high-precision and high-efficiency day-and-night surveillance. 2. High-quality NIR imaging: An ideal lens for day-and-night mega-pixel surveillance with chromatic aberrations well compensated for delivers improved performance in the NIR bandwidth and well-tuned image quality from corner to corner. Tamron’s proprietary optical design with an optimal choice of glass materials backed by high-precision process technology brings an ideal balance in performance to cost 3. Discrete optical design considering low-light conditions: The image circle diameter is expanded to permit compatibility with 1/1.8” imagers widely adopted in the security/surveillance market. A fast aperture of F/1.4 is achieved by a new optical design, while the minimum aperture stops down to F/360. The new lens is also compatible with 1/2” and 1/3” imagers. 4. Substantial reduction of flare and ghosting: The performance of the new lens has gone through extensive validation processes using state-of-the-art simulation, weighed heavily on specific conditions of a wide variety of surveillance scenes. Disturbing flare and ghosting are attenuated to the minimum and Tamron’s proprietary multi-coating technology is employed to thoroughly reducing flare and ghosting. 5. Pursuit of high utility and high reliability: In line with Tamron’s product development philosophy for high reliability, proprietary knowledge and manufacturing know-hows have been extensively utilised for the design and manufacturing of the new lens, M118VG1250IR, similar with other Tamron products. Large rotation angle for faster and easier focusing Slip-mount mechanism for faster and easier camera / lens installation and assembly Highly-reliable auto iris mechanism

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Tamron M13VG550IR Vari-Focal lens supporting mega-pixel resolution and NIR (Near-IR) bandwidth for security / surveillance use
Tamron M13VG550IR Vari-Focal lens supporting mega-pixel resolution and NIR (Near-IR) bandwidth for security / surveillance use

Tamron Co., Ltd., specialised manufacturer of optics and one of the leading companies in the security / surveillance equipment industry announces the launch of a Vari-Focal lens 1/3” 5-50mm F/1.6 (Model: M13VG550IR) supporting 2-mega-pixel resolution and NIR bandwidth for security / surveillance use. Tamron has been selling 1/3” 5-50mm F/1.4 (Model: M13VG550) for integration with CS-mount box-type cameras, for a wide range of uses including street surveillance and traffic monitoring, setting a standard for “High-Resolution Vari-Focal Lens” in the industry. While the lens gained a solid reputation as a high-quality / high-sensitivity telephoto Vari-Focal lens, box-type surveillance cameras utilising the NIR light range have noticeably grown. 1/3” 5-50mm F/1.6 (Model: M13VG550IR) is released addressing such needs with the bandwidth expanded to the NIR range while retaining a focal length range the same as the current Model: M13VG550. Substantial improvement is achieved in performance over the whole spectrum of imaging by use of state-of-the-art optical design technology with new glass materials employed. Main features: 1. A lens with the spectrum range expanded to NIR and covering a focal length range most commonly used at telephoto end: Extended spectrum coverage to NIR range coupled with the most commonly used focal length of 5-50mm enables day-and-night surveillance with enhanced image quality and high efficiency. 2. Highest-in-its-class image quality in NIR: Substantial improvement is achieved in compensation of chromatic aberrations, image quality in the NIR range and corner resolution by means of state-of-the-art optical design, coupled with glass materials employed, and by use of high-precision process quality excelled not only in the visible spectrum but also in the NIR range. This assures clear and crisp details of subject images, even in night time environments where visible and NIR light may coexist. 3. Reduction of flare and ghosting: Tamron’s proprietary multi-layer coating technology is applied for suppression of flare and ghosting. Having run a series of advanced simulations taking various installation conditions required into account, disturbing flare and ghosting are thoroughly suppressed. 4. Pursuit of ease of use and high reliability: Tamron has consistently pursued ease of use and distinguished reliability throughout its long history of products development. M13VG550IR, now being announced, incorporates various technologies validated to date. A large rotation angle for ease of focusing adjustment A slip-mount mechanism that assists quick camera/lens set-up A highly-reliable auto iris mechanism

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HD over Coax provides cost-effective video surveillance upgrade
HD over Coax provides cost-effective video surveillance upgrade

According to IHS Market, it is estimated that there are over 60 million security cameras in the United States, and other reports say these cameras capture more than four billion hours of footage per week. Over the last decade, IP camera technology has dominated the conversation as it has provided users with a broad offering of enhanced image quality and features. With a large percentage of existing security systems relying on analogue, many end users looking for high definition (HD) video quality have been forced to take on a complete system overhaul. Infrastructure overhaul for HD video To make the switch, customers would need to change everything, from cameras to hardware to wiring– not to mention the lengthy installation process that would ensue. IP cameras also require higher Internet speeds and more cloud space. Whether constrained by budget, bandwidth or storage, many end users have been unable to adopt this new video surveillance method.Thanks to technological advancements within the security industry, HD over Coax offers a viable solution for integrators and end users alike Thanks to technological advancements within the security industry, HD over Coax offers a viable solution for integrators and end users alike. By utilising the current Coaxial cables, this offering yields high definition video, while requiring minimal infrastructure changes and is an optimal surveillance choice for security customers. Plus, with new advancements and updates being made frequently to this technology, there is a solution for every security need. The enhanced alternative of HD over Coax has been warmly welcomed in the security industry, thanks to its simple solutions and ever-evolving features. Many new analogue HD cameras are “plug and play,” able to connect directly to existing Coaxial cables. This eliminates the need for a complete system change, creating cost-savings for the end user and an enhanced video quality offering. Easy solutions for HD video As a result, integrators can cost-effectively upgrade their customer’s surveillance solution while using their legacy infrastructure, making it an attractive option for end users and an easy sell for dealers. Latency in video is another common issue with network-based camera systems, where even the slightest delay in video surveillance can hinder security response HD over Coax cameras themselves are always expanding and evolving to meet a wide array of security needs. With the introduction of fisheye and multi-sensor cameras, users now have a multitude of coverage options, not to mention the introduction of 4K bringing resolution options to the same level as IP. Some newer technologies are even touting 4K cameras paired with 4K digital video recorders (DVRs) made specifically for analogue systems. Longer cables grant transmission for up to 1600 feet, double the distance of standard analogue solutions, and triple that of IP systems. This single cable is able to transmit both HD video and audio. Recently, broadcast quality audio over Coax has become available in limited models, a substantial improvement over older analogue technology, which was unable to transmit audio. Stopping video delay Latency in video is another common issue with network-based camera systems. Even the slightest delay in video surveillance can hinder security response. IP cameras are forced to compress and packetise their video for transmission. The outcome of this is a reduced number of images per video, which in turn causes delay. HD over Coax on the other hand, delivers an unlimited amount of HD images in real time, with smooth motion and impressive clarity. Additionally, the point-to-point transmission delivers uncompressed video free of lag. Another touted benefit is that, unlike IP networked cameras, analogue systems provide a more secure video transmission. With so much sensitive information housed on a businesses’ network, adding another point of network access through an IP camera can create concerns for cyber security risks. HD over Coax delivers an unlimited amount of HD images in real time, with smooth motion and impressive clarity Preventing network hacking With HD over Coax, the physical connections between the camera and DVR prevent network hacking. By keeping the video surveillance system offline, security professionals are able to direct their attention to the physical threats at hand, rather than having to focus on deterring cyber security risks. One of the primary difficulties of deploying HD video solutions is the fact that many older systems utilise a wide variety of HD standards and platforms. To make matters more complicated, after HD over Coax was brought to market, manufacturers raced to create their own version of this technology. Today, the most popular proprietary standards are HD-CVI, HD-TVI and AHD. However, integrators and customers found that attempting to manage multiple HD technologies proved to be near impossible.Integrators and customers found that attempting to manage multiple HD technologies proved to be near impossible Diversifying surveillance through one DVR To combat these issues, manufacturers have introduced products with more flexibility to their portfolios. One example of this is the penta-brid DVR which grants the ability to seamlessly integrate multiple technologies deployed across one application. This means that systems with diverse camera brands and technologies, such as a mix of HD-CVI, HD-TVI, AHD, analogue or IP, can be connected through one DVR. For many end users with legacy analogue systems, penta-brid DVRs give them greater freedom to choose between a variety of solutions, rather than being limited to one option. With video resolution increasing, the space needed to store the footage is similarly rising. Penta-brid technology has been able to adapt to these evolving needs, giving users ample storage space to house the HD and 4K surveillance video with some of the newest models including H.265 compression.  HD casino surveillance made simple For casinos, HD images are critical for identifying unauthorised personnel and unlawful behaviours to create a safe environment for guests and staff While HD over Coax is beneficial to many end users and integrators, those in the casino and hospitality markets find it crucial. With a combination of high profile guests, large amounts of cash on hand, constant crowds and strict industry regulations, reliable video surveillance is a must. Deploying new IP systems comes at a stiff price. When looking to upgrade their video surveillance, casinos must also be mindful of the installation process. When moving to an IP-based system, ripping out old wires and replacing them with new is the standard practice. This practice can be both disruptive and costly, not to mention gaming regulations require casino activities be monitored at all times so a complete system shutdown would result in revenue loss. This cost can be hard to justify, especially when the current legacy analogue system remains in working condition with only the lower image resolution to date it. For these scenarios, the most cost-effective option is to leverage the legacy infrastructure, replace the existing cameras with new devices, and reap the benefits that HD video has to offer without any lapse in security. For casinos, HD images are critical for identifying unauthorised personnel and unlawful behaviours to create a safe environment for guests and staff. HD over Coax cameras now offer the same resolution as IP cameras with a plug and play approach, that cuts down on expense without sacrificing quality. For businesses and applications that are unable to adopt IP technology, whether it be cost or time prohibitive, HD over Coax now features most of the same benefits IP has to offer without breaking the bank. By providing clear images in real time, maximising existing infrastructure, and affording cyber security benefits, HD over Coax provides an attractive solution for many end users and integrators.

Saving lives with effective security control centre design
Saving lives with effective security control centre design

When people think of control rooms, images from James Bond movies or intense action stories come to mind. What they fail to realise is the incredible level of ergonomics, technology, precision and craftsmanship required to create a top-notch command and control room. “These are rooms of complex functionalities, where hundreds of elements must be integrated and function in sync,” says Jim Coleman, National Sales Manager, AFC Industries. Professional teams from several different industries must coordinate every single detail in order to ensure that functionality occurs each and every time. Reconfigurable furniture for control rooms AFC Industries is one company that specialises in equipping control rooms for security and other applications. AFC Industries was established in 1994 as a family-owned business that focuses on the design and construction of ergonomic products. Their height-adjustable units guarantee the right height for standing desks as well as traditional sitting levels. The company produces an array of Command and Control ergonomic security consoles and mounting solutions. Modular racking systems facilitate efficient storage of electronic and audio-visual equipment. As technology changes, older traditional consoles are no longer a necessity. Many organisations instead are choosing to use lighter, less costly, reconfigurable furniture that allows more flexibility. Command Centres need to be able to reconfigure the space at will. Because most systems are housed in secure data centres, users should be able to quickly move their positions by relocating their workstations, utilising different network connections. Simple control room features, like those addressing lighting or operator comfort, can make the difference in a correct or incorrect decision during a crisis Emergency operations centres A positive trend driving the market for control rooms is an increase in emergency operations centres (EOCs), says Randy Smith, President of Winsted. “Everybody is concerned about what happens in an emergency,” says Smith, and the centres are popping up as a tool for emergency preparedness. It’s another environment where sit-stand work stations are the rule. Winsted’s product lines include stock modular and customised elements in good-better-best categories – from basic to lots of “bells and whistles;” jobs can be configured from modular elements or customised as needed. Customised control rooms for seamless operation There is a lot at stake in control room design: Lives can depend on how effectively a control room functions in an emergency. Control rooms should seamlessly accommodate both everyday occurrences and crisis situations, says Matko Papic, Chief Technology Officer of Evans Consoles. Better-operating control rooms can increase efficiency and reduce and/or mitigate risk. Simple control room features, like those addressing lighting or operator comfort, can make the difference in a correct or incorrect decision during a crisis. Addressing operator comfort can reduce the possibility of workers’ compensation claims. End users are seeing multiple benefits of creating a better operating environment, better sightlines, more comfort and attention to ergonomics. As a fully integrated control room solutions provider, Evans Consoles approaches the needs of a control room environment beginning in the conceptual/operational planning stage. They consider broad issues such as how information will be processed, the interface between technology and operators, and the cognitive and physical interactions of operators – understanding that these factors drive the layout and function of control rooms. After analysing tasks to be performed in the environment, Evans lays out the consoles to meet those needs. Rather than a predesigned solution, each installation is tailored around a specific application. Read part 2 of our Control Rooms series here

HD surveillance: Secrets to producing the best possible image quality
HD surveillance: Secrets to producing the best possible image quality

Many end-users shell out the cash to acquire the newest high-end devices, plug in, and expect to be wowed A well-developed surveillance system can give a single security guard the power to see what otherwise might take a hundred pairs of eyes to see. But what happens when all the components are all connected and powered up, and the resulting image on the screen is, well, indiscernible, or, at the very least, terribly pixelated? Many end-users shell out the cash to acquire the newest high-end devices, plug in, and expect to be wowed. Often enough, however, what they see on the screen is not what they were expecting – and they wonder what they just paid for. In a good high-definition system, what factors actually create the best image quality? With so many variables involved, from the camera’s lens to the imaging algorithms to the monitor resolution – just to name the obvious ones – how do system integrators achieve the best on-screen images?   The lens The first component to handle light from an object, this may be the one most taken for granted in cameras of any sort. (Just try scratching or cracking one and you’ll agree.) In the days of analogue cameras, it seemed that any old lens would do just fine. However, as the technology inside cameras evolved and more powerful sensors (more pixels) became available, engineers and programmers demanded more from lenses. Moreover, intelligent video content analyses would be impossible without high-accuracy lenses.In what way do lenses impact the image quality? The key factor here is light transmission. The quality of light passing through the lens itself will forever be critical to the quality of image reproduced. A lens made using ultra-precision molding aspherical technology achieves more accurate colour, better light, and clearer images. Multilayer broadband anti-reflection coating further maximises a lens's light transmission while minimising the residual reflection of light on the surface of each optical lens. Variables involved include the camera’s lens, the imaging algorithms and the monitor resolution When it comes to fabricating a megapixel lens that hits the mark, the materials used and the processes by which lenses are produced are the two most critical criteria. The materials most often used to create lenses are glass and specialised plastics. An HD lens made of ultra-low-dispersion optical glass – which, by using dispersion characteristics that are different from those of conventional optical glass – will deliver better HD performance. Machine-automated lens production using specialised plastics results in high output for camera producers, and the lenses produced are more uniform in design and quality. For an HD vari-focal lens, its image quality depends largely on the precision of the cam. The cam rotates to drive the zoom and focus lens groups forward and backward for a smooth continuity of focal length and adjustment of the focal point. A lack of precision with the cam inevitably causes an offset or tilt of the lens' optical axis during zooming and focusing, leading to a serious loss of image quality. Lens production is a delicate balancing act. The slightest errors or imperfections will be very noticeable when tested Lens production is a delicate balancing act. The slightest errors or imperfections will be very noticeable when tested. The features of a lens that affect image resolution, clarity, and contrast must be perfect. Achieving uniformity of image resolution at the centre and the edges of a lens requires high-precision machinery. And once a lens has been properly crafted, the assembly of the camera, the lens housing materials, and the alignment of the optical axis demand utmost accuracy. To put it mildly, quality control must be rigorous. Image signal processing As light passes through the lens, the sensor captures it and converts it to data. Raw RGB data is transmitted by the camera sensor and undergoes Image Signal Processing (ISP) such as noise reduction, white balance, WDR, curve correction and colour correction, etc. The data is then transformed to true colours for each pixel point, for people to see images that look “normal” to the human eye. It is the Image Signal Processing that defines the final image quality on the screen. Collecting data in different conditions is vital, for instance, outdoor data should be analysed with natural light on days with sun, overcast, rain, and fog, at dawn, at dusk, and so on. Similarly, when using cameras equipped with infrared sensors, testing the IR light signals in various conditions is necessary as well.  Actual image performance depends upon variables such as low light illumination, signal to noise ratio, dynamic range of light, and more. ISP algorithms aim at increasing the signal data and decreasing noise. Cameras with Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) will yield improved video imaging with both background and foreground objects in high contrast or high-backlight environments, maximising the amount of detail in brighter and darker areas in one field-of-view. In scenes with low contrast and low light, the sensors deliver digital image signals and at the same time send some amount of digital noise that directly hinders image clarity. Three-dimensional digital noise reduction (3D DNR) removes unwanted artifacts from an image, reducing graininess. Where cloudy weather poses a challenge, auto-defogging technology helps to identify the density of fog or rain with gray-white colour ratio analysis, and imbues images with true colour reproduction. Ramping up the megapixels and frame rates yields great video, but also results in more bandwidth used and more storage occupied Matching megapixels to image quality When the factors mentioned above line up well, correlating cameras and monitors creates the best viewing experience. When a high definition camera is in place, a monitor with a high resolution will display images much more clearly. But if the monitor’s resolution is low, it will not deliver the high-quality images expected – or possible – from that HD camera. For an 8 MP camera, for instance, users do best to apply monitors with 4K × 2K resolution. Though common sense, this deserves to be mentioned because users might decide to upgrade their systems with 4K monitors, but with perhaps 1.3 MP cameras installed. In such a scenario, there’s no guarantee the on-screen image quality will automatically improve. Managing data and bandwidth In terms of a complete, high definition surveillance system, when the right factors come together and the calibrations are set, image quality – even in a standard HD 1080p setup – can be extremely good. The final piece of the puzzle is managing the data. Ramping up the megapixels and frame rates yields great video, but also results in more bandwidth used and more storage occupied. Squeezing bandwidth threatens image quality and clarity, but keeping ample room for signal transmission and storage will eventually increase the overall cost for customers. Is it possible for integrators to optimise their customer’s system and, at the same time, stay within budget constraints? Luckily, it can be done. Squeezing bandwidth threatens image quality and clarity, but keeping ample room for signal transmission and storage increases the overall cost for customers To do this, a more efficient video encoding solution would allow an improvement in compression efficiency of 40–50% over H.264. Improvements to algorithms that are adaptive to a particular scene give users control over bitrate. Another option would be to start recording video only when an event triggers an alarm, since most security guards are primarily concerned with moving objects rather than a scene’s generally stagnant background. This intelligently helps optimise bandwidth and storage consumption. Another method is to use a single panoramic or fisheye camera in place of several HD cameras for coverage – the reduced number of security devices will reduce bandwidth demands and the rate of storage consumption as well. Getting the best image quality Now let’s put this all together. Naturally, integrators and users will refer to their product specs to understand features and functions, fine-tuning each component for best results. Also, as suggested above, users should select an HD camera comprehensively in terms of lens performance, pixels, image quality, and overall system compatibility and performance. Next, matching the backend device and management platform should be carefully considered in a complete security system. Installing equipment that has been engineered for a given scene is a must, along with strategising how to get the most coverage out of the lowest number of cameras. Finally, product quality, warranty, price, and on-going customer service are all important factors that customers should take into account as well.