Category Archives: General 4K UHD

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4k At ISC WEST 2016

Category : General 4K UHD

Many options for 4kcctv were on display for the last three days in Las Vegas. The iscwest security show was packed with 8mp rated DVRs, NVRs and cameras. Leading the way with perfect image reproduction was the new EX-SDI standard of digital over coax. Most of the suppliers who displayed SDI were happy to hear that dealers appreciate the higher quality video that only SDI can produce and can still be deployed on existing coax architecture. 

As usual, there were the odd example of horrible, large format, images that were listed as 4k but looked more like stretched legacy analog with poor definition and noisy overviews. 
Fortunetly, most 4k UHD examples at the show Inspired visitors and filled many with hope for the near future when 8mp will be the dominating standard. 

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Surveillance For Farming and Aquaculture

Category : General 4K UHD

CCTV surveillance in the farming community is heavily utilized for monitoring live stock and quality control of perishable goods.


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With so much to lose and having easy availability to complete surveillance systems, farming communities have adopted CCTV systems with ease. Today’s security cameras offer incredible flexibility and many levels of quality for monitoring livestock’s health and reassuring a quality product for food markets. Live viewing of animals during incremental weather like cold spells, snow or preventing heat related losses are also extremely practical application. During breeding season, many farmers depend on surveillance cameras to keep a close watch on birthing and fawning. With the new resolution in the 4K level, Extreme detail Is easily achieved and extremely useful when the utmost detail as desired. Watching thoroughbreds sometimes worth millions is important for security and also for maintaining a healthy environment for these animals. Large farming operations involving aquatic animals such as fish and shrimp are now heavenly depending on security cameras for real time surveillance and even water management. Aquafarming is a growing industry with many levels of difficulty. Managing a commercial aquafarm can be simplified with security cameras in key locations.

Wireless 4k systems are already available and highly utilized in farming areas. With wireless, power is still needed, but the long wire runs between building area a thing of the past. Contractors can use IP megapixel cameras with microwave access points that allow access to even the most remote buildings.

There are no limits to what can be done with 8 megapixel cameras in a UHD 4K system. Even just a few CCTV cameras can be enough to maintain a watchful eye with the utmost detail on the creatures that help to feed the world.

Monitoring light stuck on large farms is a perfect ask for a complete CCTV system. Farm CCTV equipment specifically designed for applications that involve high levels of environmental pressures like dust and dirt and high humidity. 

In many cases using hybrid systems that allow standard technology along with wireless IP is perfect for covering all of the areas necessary. CCTV farming systems should be designed with the farmers convenience in mind. 

Make sure to find an expert in the arena of animal monitoring that can help you meet your specific needs. If more research is required, some articles are available on farming surveillance that can create the questions necessary to find the right answers.

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New UHD 4K Systems

Category : General 4K UHD

There is increasing attention being focused on the new ultra high definition surveillance systems by many top manufacturers. Like previous generations of CCTV video security, The first generation has taken longer than expected for completion and actual deployment is still hazy. The problem is mainly on the recorder/NVR side since many solutions have limited resources and were not designed to handle the sheer mega amount of data produced by ultra high DEF. However, cameras are widely available in many different forms and price levels. VMS platforms that claim to already except this new 4K format have proved difficult to deploy in the real world. The massive data streams produced by eight megapixel cameras at full frame rate prove problematic for networks and video management systems alike. Having network engineers on hand is always recommended. 4K might not seem like an earth shattering innovation, but it is a huge jump from the common 1080P standard utilized heavily in the video surveillance industry today. 4K systems are actually four times larger than 1080P and will also consume four times the amount of storage. For example if a 1 TB hard drive was lasting for days with the previous 1080P resolution, it will last only one day with a 4K UHD system. 


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But each new day offers new hope. Hard drive sizes have also increased dramatically in the last few years. It is not common to find 6TB , 8TB or 10TB or increasingly lower prices. Most high-end Cctv systems easily except these larger format hard drives that can not only store more data are actually designed to last longer with specific components and programming design for the video surveillance industry. 

Recording 8 megapixel security cameras is not only tough on storage it is also difficult on the network infrastructure needs to carry the data. Most common networks are not capable of supporting 4K security cameras especially if more than a handful a writing the same backbone. It is crucial to determine existing infrastructure, new network creation, and all of the options available like fiber optics or gigabit LAN technology. 

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Access control integration with 4k video surveillance

Category : General 4K UHD

Currently many levels of integration are available for access control and CCTV including 4k level surveillance. Some of the major software developments in the last decade have included the ability to take popular access control brands and integrate the data into overlapping streams of GUI generated information for video in security. 
By allowing text based search directly linked to the stored video, finding events that are linked to door penetration or perimeter breach become extremely simplified. 

Some advanced software solutions for network video recorders and digital video recorders can even create smart lists of event-based reports which can be used by human resources departments and loss prevention. 

Make sure to request your electronic access control updates when upgrading your surveillance. 

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POE Problems in CCTV installations

when deploying POE based CCTV cameras many installers overlook some key power problems related to basic POE switches. 4k UHD cameras are no exception and in many cases require additional power. Standard POE switchs will not do when paired with high consumption cameras that have built an infrared illumination, motorized lenses, or pan tilt capabilities.

There are many high-power POE switch options available in the market today. With basic model starting at 7 to 8 W per channel and going up to 25 Watts ( IEEE 802.3at) and beyond as power supply distribution technology improves. Obviously high-power means more expense so make sure to quote accurately to avoid problems in the future.

Eight megapixel video also produce massive conflicts on standard networks. Make sure to read our articles on managing data and creating the correct infrastructure for these resource hogs.

4K surveillance can be managed properly and deployed correctly to provide your customers with unprecedented detail.

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Axis releases new 4k speed dome

Category : General 4K UHD

November 2015

Axis has released details on its new eight megapixel rated (4k) speed dome for outdoor use (The new AXIS Q6128-E camera).

Although there are many companies who claim to provide a 4K rated PTZ device, many have limitations like frame rate or use stitching to achieve maximum resolution. This new model operates at full 30 frames per second and provides an astonishing speed of 700° per second which produces a native 4K image without all the tricks. 

With an optical zoom of 12 times magnification The solution is sure to impress during real world performance. 

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In the not so distant future

Category : General 4K UHD

we can easily envision a world controlled by AI Megasystems which many have predicted will rule the world. In that twisted landscape video surveillance, security cameras and audio monitoring would become the eyes and ears for the machines controlling the environment. Picturing rebellious humans destroying surveillance cameras and monitoring devices is not so far-fetched.  


Tracking traffic patterns for vehicles and pedestrians will become commonplace utilizing analytics. Some industry analyst even theorized that by 2026 most humans in large cities will be sharing automatic vehicles to get around. In all of these rolls, video surveillance will play the principal aspect of monitoring and remote control. 

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New App for Nubix DVRs

Category : General 4K UHD

After more than 10 years of providing Korean made technology through the Orbix and Nubix line of DVRs utilizing the Imon App, A new release has been uploaded into the App Store. The new features on this app include calendar search, faster refresh rate and clear resolution.  

A new central management software will also be available in the coming weeks. Please request more information if you desire an update. 


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Quality questions on UHD CCTV

The most common question heard today by security professionals has to be “what is the best resolution available?”

This is a very difficult question to answer based on the fact that budgetary concerns are a massive limitation for most applications.

However, for those that have unlimited budgets there are many levels of ultra megapixel cameras available, Even some going beyond the 20 megapixel range.

For UHD 4K systems, we return to the same limitations as legacy analog or IP. Many levels of quality exist within the 4K resolution arena. There are cameras available on the market for under $400 which are rated at 4K (8 megapixel) yet some of the nicest ones we’ve seen are well over $1000 each. So what makes the difference? The answer could be something as simple as the lens. Much like camera prices, there are many levels of quality and prices for lenses that are rated UHD. Once again we have seen prices ranging from $50 up to $600 for a single fixed lens. Like everything else in life, you get what you pay for. Eve true 4K resolution is what you desire, be prepared to shell out a substantial amount of money to get real 4kcctv.

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China public security expo

Category : General 4K UHD

October 2015 was the month for one of the largest security exhibitions in the world. China Public Security Exposition or CPSE as it is commonly known, was attended by many international customers but to the dismay of many of the exhibitors attendance this year was much lower than normal. 

The main topic and most hyped about technology this year was definitely 4K UHD. Many solutions were displayed including IP and EXSDI. The company leading the way for coax based 4K is Eyenix from Korea. This technology promises to increase resolution without sacrificing picture quality. By utilizing a lower frequency and the current SDI standard EX-SDI Will allow for greater distances and cable runs and increased resolution up to the 4K mark.