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Sonys SNC-CS50P Intelligent IP-based Surveillance Camera is Introduced

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SNC-CS50P enables detection of unattended objects and human movement

Sony today announced the launch of the SNC-CS50P, an intelligent Internet Protocol (IP) based network camera. The device can detect unattended items and human movement with its Intelligent Motion Detection and Intelligent Object Detection capabilities. It is the first in a new generation of Sony camera that carries out the image processing inside the camera.

Bringing intelligence to the camera
Sony-s Intelligent Object Detection feature is capable of detecting packages that have been abandoned and delivering this information to the control room. An abandoned package in a busy airport or train station may be left by an innocent traveller, but it can also represent a potential terrorist threat. Detection is currently reliant upon a security guard seeing and responding to the object.

Intelligent Motion Detection from Sony distinguishes between multiple subjects in motion and environmental conditions, such as swaying trees or moving water moving within the camera-s detection range. Such motion-related false alarms can be an inherent problem in many analogue CCTV systems. Currently, the standard approach is to mask certain areas so that movement within this zone does not set off an alarm; however this creates a blind spot and a security vulnerability.

“Our product development is focused upon de-centralising the intelligence and, by placing it on the edge of the network, reducing bandwidth demands. This enables a better flow of information back to the control room and helps security staff make more informed decisions,” said Simon Nash, European Product Manager, Network Video Monitoring, Sony Europe.

Pushing information to security operatives
When combined with the camera’s high quality image and feature set, the device’s intelligent capabilities increase the information available to security teams, maximise network video management possibilities and enable operatives to work more effectively.

Workflow is enhanced further through the dual-streaming capability of the SNC-CS50P with its support for JPEG, MPEG4 and H.264. The camera provides the flexibility to transmit a high-resolution stream for local recording and viewing, together with a low-resolution stream that can be transmitted remotely over low bandwidth connections. This is valuable in environments with limited network capacity where operatives need to monitor on-site activity and provide information to a central location.

The “Day/Night” function permits the use of the SNC-CS50P in variable or poor light conditions. Combined with the CS-mount, IR compensated vari-focal lens and SuperExwave technology, the “Day/Night” function provides high sensitivity and achieves a minimum illumination of 0.04 Lux.

The SNC-CS50P-s support for Power over Ethernet (PoE) also significantly reduces the cost of installation, which enables the use of a single network cable for camera power and data transmission. The camera-s other features include wireless and multicasting capabilities, IP filtering, an anti-tampering function, bi-directional audio and simultaneous access for up to 20 users.

“This is the first fixed network camera to deliver a range of valuable features along with intelligent functionality. Intelligent Motion Detection and Intelligent Object Detection are new features that will have a direct impact on how security teams approach surveillance,” said Nash. “From traffic monitoring teams to security managers in retail environments, the benefits of intelligent camera technology can be achieved by teams working in all kinds of environment.”

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