Sony Introduces Network Video Camera for Remote Monitoring and Web-Based Attractions

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[InfoComm 2002] Sony Electronics today introduced the SNC-RZ30N network camera featuring a built-in web server for remote viewing and capturing high-quality video over IP networks.

The camera, which works with any standard web browser, offers remote-controlled pan, tilt and zoom capabilities. It can support up to 50 simultaneous on-line viewers in such applications as Internet-based remote monitoring and web-based attraction viewing at amusement parks and tourist destinations. “Our new network cameras illustrate how we are integrating A/V tools with IT standards for the broadband era,” said Jim Sandy, vice president of security and visual imaging products at Sony’s Business Solutions and Systems Company. “As the industry shifts from traditional closed-circuit television monitoring to `open-circuit’ networking, we’re giving our customers the ability to access and control their cameras from just about anywhere in the world.

“In addition, we’re helping them take advantage of emerging opportunities – such as web-based attraction viewing – and creating new means to drive viewers to their web sites,” he added. “The networking capability expands the functionality of the camera from just a pure image acquisition device to a multifaceted remote surveillance system.”

The camera produces high-quality motion JPEG images with 640×480 maximum resolution and up to 30 frames per second. Images can also be compressed into JPEG files. It also features a Sony CCD, day/night view mode, SteadyShot® functionality and an integral 25x auto-focus zoom lens with a CS mount.

The camera provides various support for networking protocols, including TCP/IP, DHCP, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Simple Messaging Transport Protocol (SMTP) and an RS-232C port, as well as a PCMCIA slot for wireless networking.

A built-in motion detector with relay output enables the camera to send an alert if unauthorized motion is detected. The camera can also be mounted either on the desktop or the ceiling.

This product is the second offering in Sony’s growing portfolio of IP-addressable network cameras. The previously announced SNC-VL10P camera features TCP/IP, FTP, DHCP and Simple Management Transfer Protocol networking capabilities. In addition, it offers a 25 frames-per-second frame rate of 360 x 288 picture resolution. It utilizes the Wavelet Compression format, which is ideal for network transmission.

Sony’s SNC-RZ30N network video camera will be available in July for a suggested list price of $1,695 and Sony’s SNC-VL10P network video camera is currently available at a suggested list price of $1,100.

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