Category Archives: General 4K UHD

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4K IP cameras

2018 brings the latest wave of UHD IP cameras with many different labels like 4K IP cameras, 8meg IPC, 8MP Cams and many others. One of the key issues that has held back 4K IP cameras is frame rate. Up to now users had to choose between very high resolution at extremely low frame rates like 1-3 FPS because of compression and throughput technology. With the latest release of high-efficiency compression engines including h.265, more information can be sent via networks and processed through network infrastructures. This means much higher frame rates like 15 FPS or even real time 30 frames per second. Prices fluctuate because of processing power and chipsets inside the cameras.

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4k IP camera Processors

Along with better compression and increased functionality a new generation of 4K CMOS sensors have also hit the market from famous brands like Sony and others. This has increased the output of 4K into the mass-market and the general distribution channels. Citing reports from statistic gathering agencies, many distributors in the computer and home automation markets have also increased their offers of 4K IP cameras and recorders to their clients.

UHD IP cameras can be found for a variety of prices which reflects the components used and housings that are chosen. Even the finish and painting on the 4K rated housings have a direct correlation with prices since higher quality finishes and polishing delays production which increases labor costs. 8MP rates Lenses for 4K cameras also have a huge influence on final costs with many manufacturers scrambling to find cheap solutions that can increase their competitive edge. Premium sensors like Sony and Aptina have an effect on the cost of production and engineering.

4k IP cameras and NVRs also benefit from the mainstream branding of 4K TVs and household appliances. This mainstream resolution is now a must-have for any new video product on the market and will soon be dominant in the CCTV and surveillance world as well.

Another advancement in technology that has also increased UHD penetration into the markets is storage size. Western digital and Seagate have both introduced 8 TB and 10 TB hard drives that are dropping in price very quickly. There is even a display for a 12TB HDD visible in the pictures from the last CPSE security trade show in China. These new mega storage hard drives allow simpler cased designs with smaller power supplies which in turn lowers the cost of recorder manufacturing.  With so many affordable storage options and low-cost hybrid recorders, there is little doubt that 4K CCTV will make a big splash in 2018.

Be sure to shop the latest line of Cortex IP cameras and NVRs that will provide your clients with great value and long term performance.

UHD Cortex IP

Cortex IP cameras with Motorized Zoom Lens


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New 4K CCTV Cameras

Category : General 4K UHD

The latest 4K CCTV cameras were on display during the China public security expo hosted in Shenzhen this year. Many new chipsets are available for UHD security technology which have dramatically dropped the market prices and created a whole new segment for video surveillance.

China CCTV EXPO

China public security Shenzhen 2017


2160p UHD CCTV was the most common ultra high definition option available during the show since many of the component manufacturers have really focused on producing affordable solutions for 4K. These components include the sensors but also items like lenses that are very difficult to manufacture in such high resolution. Up to just a few months ago, it was very difficult to find low-cost lenses in the category suitable for 4K. During our visit we noticed at least seven lens manufacturers with a heavy focus on UHD CCTV offers. Now that lenses are available in fixed wide-angle formats and varifocal for 4K CCTV cameras, it easy to assemble affordable, high value 4K systems that can be deployed throughout every industry that utilizes video surveillance. 

A word of warning: with so many component manufacturer is fixated on delivering price driven 4K cameras and 4K recorders Byers must be extremely careful not to indulge in their price oriented decisions and test everything thoroughly in order to achieve a true 4K experience for consumers. An interesting point to focus on our the number of CMOS chip producers and have entered the market and are not competing with famous names like Sony, Panasonic, and Aptina. Although it will be sometime before these smaller CMOS chip manufacturers can perfect their technology and create the stability necessary for infield deployments, there will still be many buyers and manufactures that will attempt to prematurely use these 4K components and create the damage commonly seen during infield testing of new technology. A common word is “guinea pig” which is something that no integrator or installer wants to be. On the bright side, this means that very soon price competition in 4K will reach a boiling point which will create a standard for every day projects. 


Like many security shows around the world, large format drones equipped with video imaging and UHD recording devices have a heavy presence. Many of the manufacturers or targeting military and government uses but also can be very helpful for commercial and industrial applications like land surveying and hazardous area surveillance. The price tag for many of these high tech toys can be astronomical but many times extremely worth it for commercial users. We noticed that firefighting and fire detection are a fantastic use of these military grade drones. 


Drone based video surveillance is growing in popularity very quickly. Although it requires custom programming and some levels of artificial intelligence in order to achieve the desired results, we will soon see border patrol and seen awareness performed by unmanned drones. 


Face detection in video surveillance is it common function which so far has served a little purpose but when used correctly has been useful for storage space saving and alerts of unauthorized individuals in a timescheduled zone. Using many new chipsets that provide additional processing power for artificial intelligence in CCTV engineering firms have put forth face recognition that can map a persons face. By creating a percentage based analysis, this new AI UHD can plot accuracy and compare the scanned faces to internal databases like blacklists that can quickly alert security forces of a potential threat. This new technology is available throughout the video surveillance world and will soon make its way to the field. Although some countries like the United States and Europe will quickly balk at the idea of giving up one’s privacy in the name of safety, it is highly likely that security concerns will outweigh any justification for shelving this technology. If programmed correctly, we envision a future where these AI CCTV tools are integrated into scanning 4K cameras and can even trigger access control locks and gateways. AI with it’s cognitive capabilities will surely change the landscape of the surveillance market. 

Another technology worth mentioning that has also received a boost is the latest generation of EXSDI Which is now capable of 4mp resolutions. This Coax SDI technology is the only interface in the how megapixel range that can do full frame rate at full shutter speeds. This means real time display in the capability of recording at 30 frames per second. 4mp SDI or 4mp EXSDI is available from select distributors worldwide and requires an equally powerful serial digital interface on the recorders. 


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ISC WEST 2017

This year the Las Vegas security show was exciting for many new attendees. Displaying the worlds most advanced security countermeasures and preventative technology, the show is attended by countless exhibitors from around the world and visitors alike.

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The security show in Las Vegas

While attendance was lower than expected, many of the exhibitors were very happy establishing new contacts with resellers and integrators. Speaking too many of the exhibitors about future plans, many said that they would repeat their attendance in future events.

One interesting technology that was added this year was drone warfare. With so many new UAVs out and ready for deployment countermeasures are hard to find and highly sought after by corporations and government officials.

UAV in ISC West 2017

Many devices and technologies were available on display to either incapacitate or completely take down drones that are trespassing and illegal airspace or pose a security threat. The technology ranged from radio frequency jamming to Nets that can be deployed.

drone killing rifle

As expected many of these new technologies Drew great crowds and fascinated spectators. In most cases some sales or future purchases were discussed. One conversation about drone take down veered off into trained eagles that are being trained to quickly attack and take down drones that enter secure areas.

Many manufactures backtracked from IP VIDEO to analog technology in the high definition form. Technology like AHD and TVI were prevalent throughout the convention and displayed by many famous name brands. Dahua also displayed their latest generation of CVI, another analog high definition format.

New resolutions throughout the show which generated the most buzz included: 3 and 4 MP AHD, 3-4MP TVI, 4K IP using H265 compression which allows increased frame rate and lower bandwidth  requirements.

The theme for this year in the video category was definitely fisheye. With 180° and 360° views, many 4K Ultra HD IP cameras could be found with the dewarping technology built-in or on the accompanying NVRs. Multi sensor cameras in the four, eight, and 12 megapixel categories could also be found throughout the show. Many of these models require specialized software that can stitch the video images together to create one large panoramic view. Another option for these multi sensor cameras is individual use while utilizing only one housing.

In the access control arena, many companies displayed the latest in biometric technology. Radio frequency readers combined with fingerprint and retina scanning technologies were available. In many cases prices and availability fluctuated depending on the brands and country of origin.

In summation, this years ISC West show was not as exciting as we all hoped, but definitely did a great job in displaying new technology. We hope to see everyone again soon at ASIS EXPO.

Author: Moe Updated: April 14 2017


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China CPSE EXPO

Category : General 4K UHD

China’s public security expo 2016 Hilton Beijing and attended by thousands of professional security installers and purchasing agents from around the world was an extremely productive event this year. With the latest generations of security cameras and every other solution for electronic security systems on display and available to your curious touch, this show is always a must for any serious security provider. As world markets for security technologies increase and become more competitive it is vital to stay at the forefront and this type of show does not disappoint. 

4K expo

Many Chinese hobbyist and enthusiast also attend these extremely large expositions making an already popular show extremely over crowded. Navigating this Multi building maze is normally very difficult and not well organized. However, this year, apparently after many attend these complaints, the facilities were much better prepared to provide easy access to any specific technology that buyers were seeking. By grouping manufactures in specific arenas of technology a buyer could quickly visit hundreds of booths without having to filter out for a specific industry. Traveling to and from the facilities however remains a challenge with limited access for taxis, extremely long lines at the metro station close by, deadlocked traffic outside at all times. 

Some of the more interesting technologies include  AHD three and four megapixel engineering samples, TVI three megapixel models from many sources, 4K IP as well as the EXSDI solutions, and many new component level solutions that were probably displayed by such producers at Sony, Nextchip and Huawei. 

Much like the last two years many large drone solutions were also on display. In fact so many Autonomous vehicles and unmanned aircraft options we’re available that many visitors stopped finding them interesting and swiftly passed by on-route to more unique offerings. 

Some of our favorite items include:

1. Ultra low cost cameras for kits in packages

2. New DVRs with hybrid solutions that can except up to five unique signals on each channel

3. Ultra high megapixel IP cameras with compatibility for many common NVRs. Some ranging up to the 12 megapixel category

4. New 4K recorders that can capture full frame rate and reproduce multiple channels

5. Advanced analytics software Solutions that actually work

With so many potential new advancements we are eager to move into the future and experience what the security camera world can bring to industry professionals. We are looking forward to our next visit in Shenzhen next year. 


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Hurricanes and tropical storms in the Caribbean

Category : General 4K UHD

During hurricanes and tropical storms homeowners are always extremely concerned with not just a loss of property but also vandalism and theft. Any instance of a tropical storm can quickly lead to opportunity for criminals and opportunistic individuals. Having security cameras installed in both residential and commercial properties abroad cannot just deter the act but also allow remote access, at least will be Internet is still working, for a quick viewing and confirming the lockdown status of the property. 

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hurricanes and tropical storms in the Caribbean

Here we see the early formation of tropical storm Matthew in the Eastern Caribbean September 2016. The amount of immediate damage two properties throughout the Caribbean is always multipronged. Loss of valuables and a reduction in tourist visits quickly lead to a financial drain for any business owner. Hurricanes and tropical storms also create long-term damage to many areas which also affects the pocketbook. It is vital to have an effective security system in place that will provide peace of mind to  a property owner that lives abroad. Having the ultimate ultra high definition resolution is helpful in identifying important details when a crisis arises. 4K cameras are affordable and extremely available and current marketplace. These UHD cameras Can be used in the Caribbean and other corrosive environment while reproducing the now familiar 4K format. Many of the new DVR’s also have multiple outputs for different styles of monitors. VGA, HDMI, and composite are many times available. 

4K security cameras are the perfect solution for high detail in an ultra secure environment. Wether using this technology in IP camera form or via coaxial cable in an EXSDI System, UHD security cameras are the latest and greatest of all video security Systems. Recorders are also available now in many configurations that allow the processing of the 4K signal. Make sure to inquire about processing power and memory since this increased video size will require additional muscle on the video recorder side. If viewing offsite is necessary make sure you carefully select a device that will allow high definition via networking and provide the same HD format over smart phones and tablets. 


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Small fixed lens 4M IP bullet from Uniview

Category : General 4K UHD

The latest offer from Uniview (UNV CCTV) with the new black out IR Cover hits some good notes but overlooks tamper resistance. 

IP bullet with 4 megapixels

The bracket is strong enough to support the heavier body and the wire harness is easy to tuck away. However this IP Bullet camera has an easy to access bracket adjustment and reset switch in the rear that leaves vandals plenty of chances for a quick disable job. 


The graphic menus on the IP camera are clean and efficient with an intuitive structure that can easily be navigated by even the most novice users. Producing 4M video on a small surveillance cameras is no easy feat since the noise ratio is usually higher. The noise creates a breakdown of the resolution in low light with further assistance in interference from the on-board video compression. Many of these models use the now popular OV CMOS which in itself has higher low light noise levels and is widely regarded as a low cost solution for night time surveillance. 

If an Economic solution is desired, then this low cost mini IP 4M bullet has all the features and the necessary low price tag to meet the requirements. 

In many ways, the Uniview signature IP Cameras have filled the gap between Dahua and Hikvision for the commercial surveillance industry. 


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Uniview 4M IR Dome

Category : General 4K UHD

Not to be confused with 4K but still a great value with clean 4MP resolution. This Uniview ( Now UNV branded) Outdoor dome has limited IR distance with some IR bounce which is to be expected from any dome shaped cover. This new entry from an America owned Chinese manufacturer is an impressive additional to the IP camera family. Its extremely recognizable design will make it easy for any distributor to shop and price.

Uniview IR dome

Features:

*           Smart IR, up to 30m (98 ft) IR distance

*           Up to 120 dB Optical WDR(Wide Dynamic Range)

*           Lowlight surveillance

*           3D DNR (Digital Noise Reduction)

Compression

*           H.265, H.264, MJPEG

*           Embedded smart algorithm

*           Triple streams

*           ROI (Region of Interest)

*           9:16 corridor mode

Network

*           ONVIF Conformance

Structure

*           Built-in PoE splitter that outputs DC 12V

*           Wide temperature range: -40°C to 60°C (-40°F to 140°F)

*           Wide voltage range of ±25%

*           IK10 vandal resistant

*           IP66

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Next we will test the new signature 4MP outdoor Turret IP Camera. POE on board and a single high power IR LED. Security cameras with this design have become popular and use only one infrared illuminator. Uniview designs their bases with screw covers and ring protectors that add to the aesthetics of the design. 

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Uniview Turret 4MP

Signature Uniview IPC

 


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Vehicle 4K Surveillance Systems

Category : General 4K UHD

Vehicles throughout the world are now equipped with video surveillance as a means of protecting the public and creating an extremely useful tool for insurance claims. Many business owners depend on real time video streaming through 3G or 4G connections that allow instant access to the cabins and exterior of vehicles. This enables individuals to instantly track their valuable possessions without doubt clouding judgment when business needs to be conducted to generate profits. With the advent of the latest technology in high definition surveillance many systems for vehicles are being upgraded to make a pixel rated resolutions. A question that comes up as many trade shows and events throughout the world is when will UHD 4K be available for vehicles? Yes, there is never simple solution when it comes to sending large packets of information through cellular connections and storing in compromised environments like a truck cabin or a cargo ships engine room. Having a well engineers system is the key for any successful and long lasting installation.

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However, megapixel technology is currently being deployed in many high-risk environment including container ships, barges, and aircraft. This leads to the idea that 8 megapixel UHD is only around the corner for applications that involve vehicles. With the evolution of high definition platforms in the 4K category many manufacturers are currently working on ruggedized solutions for vehicles that will soon allow cities and private industries to deploy The latest in high definition technology.

Another very important consideration is size. When designing and deploying surveillance systems in vehicles many times space is limited. Miniature cameras with limited infrared reach and intern limited heat production are critical for these environments. In the megapixel world many times the front-end viewing device will not be reduced in size until A prolonged period of time that allows for immature circuit design and components that can dissipate the heat necessary for size reduction.

Solutions for 4K in the near future include subway trains and city buses where individuals require an extra level of safety monitoring.

 


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Security Cameras In Belize

Category : General 4K UHD

Many times considered part of the Caribbean, much like Costa Rica this central American country is famous for fantastic scuba diving and jungle expeditions. The world famous blue hole found near the coast is surreal and almost out of this world for a scuba diving experience. 

Security camera installers can be found throughout Belize and are the perfect source for local professional service when security is necessary. We can only anticipate the number of difficulties that can be encountered in a country with limited resources and supplies. It is vital to always have a game plan in place way before any project is begun. Commercial technology which maximizes the potential for immediate success is inherently a must when working throughout Central America. Misunderstandings and flawed anticipations can quickly lead a project astray and should be prevented at all costs to reduce loss of valuable work hours and equipment. Another factor to always calculate is operational costs that can quickly range into the hundreds of dollars per year for upkeep and maintenance. Remote viewing for security cameras in these environments throughout Belize is vital for security but also peace of mind. Especially troubling because the Internet connection that can sometime fluctuate and cause disruptions of service and viewing from outside of the country. In mission critical environments satellite data connections can be established even going as far as utilizing solar panels for back up power and regeneration during down times. Calculating all of these variables is an Integral part of a system configuration. 

Economic indicators sometimes point towards short-term solutions that can quickly Leave customers unsatisfied with performance and long-term expectations. The collapse and complete failure of a security system in a compromised environment is a very real possibility that should always be calculated and where a secondary backup system should always be in place. In many instances having the recording device in a hidden location away from any access and providing a simulated dummy target for the savvy criminal is a good rule of thumb. Police security systems have also been in world news thanks to famous celebrities that have blessed the country and left their compromising mark. Limited evidence is a gargantuan problem in Belize where security cameras are limited and the prosecution rate is extremely low with a conviction rate of well below 3%. This leaves plenty of room for criminals to parade around with little hassle. Adding security cameras in Belize City has been an ongoing project for local government with limited finances and much more pressing matters like weapons and tactical equipment needs. 

Consumers are always willing to pay for the items that they find crucial and necessary when all options are explained correctly. Having access to live demonstrations of security cameras in the real world environment is a perfect way to start the presentation for a new client. Make sure that your supplier can provide demo login and guaranteed Network speed necessary for a proper and significant demonstration. 

Digital video recorders used for commercial deployments can regularly provide ample power for quick access to remote video and And accelerated play back speeds. With multi channel play back the commercial grade DVR can quickly allow a user to find and back-up any event crucial to an investigation. Having a digital video recorder with fast processors is an absolute necessity when performance is in mind. CCTV cameras with housings that can be deployed in high humidity and tolerant to extreme heat are also vital in Belize.

Central management Software for computers which allows multiple site viewing simultaneously on one screen or multiple screens is an added benefit for larger systems. Broadcasting simultaneous to multiple smart phone devices is an added benefit of a high-performance security system. Having all these details and researching all your options Will allow the user greater control and performance will making a sound system decision. These security solution best practices are only good when implemented properly. Make sure to avail yourself of any innovation and grasp opportunities to break through and succeed in a long-term solution. 


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Ultra High Def Security systems in Miami

Category : General 4K UHD

Known for its fantastic Latin flair and incredible options for dining, South Florida is a mecca for sun lovers and beachgoers that seek a little chunk of paradise. Having a security camera system for video surveillance is absolutely mandatory with the crime rate as high as it is in South Florida. Miami is well known world wide for its massive population of criminals of all levels.

Many options are available throughout the city including professional installation by certified CCTV contractors. However, there are also many misleading solutions that can offer a simplified low-cost or better said cheap version of a good system. Make sure to request details and all available options when asking for a system for your home or business. Like everything else in life, you get what you pay for. It is vital to spend some time reviewing all the options and choosing the system that truly fills your needs.

Smart phone apps that allow remote viewing at any time or an extremely valuable option with any system that you purchased. However not all apps are creating a like. Many of the high-performance apps will allow not just extremely high definition on your phone but also options like pinch zoom with resampling technology. This will clean up the video for you while you attempt to move around in the image and perform digital pan tilt zoom.

Another valuable option is to have multiple views during playback. This allows you to view all of the cameras that you have simultaneously when connecting to the unit and viewing playback even from a remote location. This is not just time-saving but also allows for quicker event and situational awareness.

Many small business owners which are the driving force behind the US economy depend heavily on these video surveillance systems for effective performance of their employees. It is also a fantastic way to prevent shrinkage and theft. With an estimated 12 billion in subsidies to small businesses throughout the United States annually security systems fall under necessary equipment and are a must for any size business.

If you Seek a high performing system with all of the nooks and crannies that make a pleasant experience and high-performance when necessary make sure to ask questions and request demonstrations before you purchase. Miami CCTV systems are always plentiful with a massive selection starting from flea market prices to ultra professional performance.