ComNet introduces new video encoder/decoder designed for environmentally challenging applications

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ComNet Europe Ltd of Leeds in the United Kingdom, a USA-based manufacturer of fiber optic transmission and networking equipment, is introducing a video encoder/decoder designed for those applications where temperature extremes, vibration, shock, voltage transients, and humidity with condensation are present. The all-new CNVETX1 video encoder/decoder is industrially hardened for use in the most extreme operating environments.

The CNVETX1 is a single channel video encoder or decoder. It accepts an incoming baseband video signal, with duplex audio, and serial data for camera PTZ control, encodes it to H.264, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, or MJPEG video compression standards, and inserts it onto an Ethernet network. The CNVETX1 is user-configurable as an encoder or decoder, or the decoding may be accomplished with the decoding software supplied. It is operable as a PoE (IEEE 802.3aF) powered device or from any source of +12 VDC, and also contains ComNet IVS software for simultaneous video streaming and onboard content management.

“ComNet has gained a reputation for providing the most reliable transmission equipment available. We have become the company of choice for our Made in the USA, Lifetime Guaranteed industrially-hardened networking products.

There was a gap in the generally available IP video encoding product offerings, and finding an encoder that would operate reliably in difficult industrial environments was nearly impossible,” said Steve Clarke, ComNet Europe Managing Director.

“The solution was simple; we developed our own. The CNVETX1 also provides an analog video-to-IP encoding & decoding solution for use with our new NetWave™ wireless transmission products,” Clarke added.

“With the introduction of the CNVETX1 hardened video encoder/decoder, we continue to round out our Ethernet offerings, and solve a multitude of challenges our customers face,” said Skip Haight, ComNet VP of Marketing. “The addition of a hardened video encoder/decoder allows our customers to build a complete solution for transporting video over any Ethernet-based network. We now can offer a complete IP video transmission solution when combined with our Ethernet switches, media converters, CopperLine®, and our new NetWave® wireless Ethernet products. ComNet now takes all of the interoperability challenges away,” Haight continued.

ComNet offers an extensive line of fiber optic video and data transmission equipment as well as a line of Ethernet networking equipment that is uniquely ruggedised to meet the needs of the Security and Intelligent Transportation System markets.

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Technical Specification

Make ComNet
Manufacturer ComNet Europe Ltd.
Model code CNVETX1
Video Inputs 1
Audio Input Yes
Alarm Input Yes
Video Outputs 1
Compression Type H.264/ JPEG /M-JPEG/MPEG-4
Network Protocols RTP, RTSP, HTTP, UDP, DHCP, NTP, TCP/IP, IGMPv3, ARP, SNMPv2
Interface 10/100Base-TX Fast Ethernet
Image per second (IPS) 30
Control PTZ
Physical Specifications Dimensions mm: 89 × 66 × 43
Weight g: 250
Electrical Specifications Power Consumption: 6 W
Voltage: 12 V DC
Environmental Specifications Operating Temperature oC: -40 ~ +75 C ( -40 ~ 167 F)
Operating Humidity %: 0 ~ 95
Additional info ComNet CNVETX1 is a single-channel, camera-ready H.264/MPEG-4/MPEG-2, and MJPEG intelligent video server/video encoder or decoder unit, with video quality of up to D1 at 1 to 30 FPS, and dual or triple encoding/streaming. It supports numerous VMS solution providers.
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