DRS brings affordable thermal imaging technology to commercial applications with WatchMaster® IP Elite
DRS brings affordable thermal imaging technology to commercial applications with WatchMaster® IP Elite

Utilising technological advances and expansion into high-volume, low cost manufacturing, DRS brings affordable thermal imaging technology to commercial surveillance and security applications with the WatchMaster® IP Elite. The WatchMaster® IP Elite employs DRS’ proven uncooled 320 x 240 VOx thermal imaging technology. Unlike many conventional video surveillance cameras, the WatchMaster® IP Elite does not require any ambient light or illumination. It detects infrared (heat) waves to provide users with superior thermal images in challenging environments, including complete darkness, over water and in dark corners, where obstacles are difficult to detect due to lighting constraints. The camera system is an Internet Protocol (IP) networked solution, conforming to the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF™) standard and is operational in a networked environment through a central office, remote video management system or through the DRS provided Web interface utility. Consuming less than 15 watts of power, the WatchMaster® IP Elite can operate over its full temperature range in extreme environments while powering within standard IEEE802.3af (PoE) limits over conventional network cabling. As a result, the camera can be configured and installed easily into existing security infrastructure. Measuring approximately 2025 cm3 and weighing less than 1500 grams, the WatchMaster® IP Elite is compact and lightweight. It is sealed to an IP66 outdoor rating, which makes it ideal for outdoor security of critical infrastructure such as airports, utility companies, and nuclear power plants. The camera is available with a choice of three fully sealed and hard carbon coated athermalised fixed focus lenses, which provide a horizontal field of view of 40°, 16° or 9°, and are all capable of 4X digital zoom.

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Clarity in thermal video with DRS Technologies’ WatchMaster® Thermal security cameras
Clarity in thermal video with DRS Technologies’ WatchMaster® Thermal security cameras

Furnishing Systems Integrators with a competitive edge by providing 24/7 affordable thermal solutions that outperform conventional surveillance technologies, the WatchMaster® Family is the clear choice for all of your low light, no light and challenging environments. WatchMaster® thermal camera systems are equipped with DRS’ proprietary Image Contrast Enhancement (ICE™) algorithm for unmatched thermal image quality. ICE™ works to deliver greater image detail by seamlessly integrating three separate processes: (1) Edge Enhancement, (2) Dynamic Contrast Thresholding and (3) Adaptive Rescaling. While Automatic Gain Control (AGC) serves as an extremely valuable function for rendering a viewable image, it is not the optimal solution in every scenario. Many of today’s applications demand greater image detail of the entire scene. With knowledge of these inherent gaps in AGC and fueled by market demand for greater image detail, DRS Technologies continued to refine its imaging technology. Today, DRS' Image Contrast Enhancement (ICE™) provides a more comprehensive and robust imaging solution for a variety of applications. With lens options that range from a wide-angle 90° field of view (FOV) to a narrow 6° FOV and resolutions up to 640x480, WatchMaster® cameras are answering the call for more affordable, reliable detection solutions. IP and Analog video formats Fixed and Pan-and-Tilt Configurations Resolutions of 320x240 or 640x480 Image Contrast Enhancement (ICE™) Download the white paper, Image Contrast Enhancement (ICE™): The Defining Feature, to learn more. ONVIF™ Profile S conformant 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE)

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