Electrical accessories distributor, Clipsal Australia, has become the first supplier of a newly developed range of portable security cameras from Queensland-based start-up, Moreton Bay Systems.
The developer claims the Digilant cameras are the first intelligent devices of their kind to interface directly with existing alarm systems.
Digilant product manager at Clipsal, Don Brooks, said the cameras, which capture still images rather than video, were still largely unknown to the market. He predicted they would prove popular with electricians and systems integrators.
"The cameras can run alongside CCTV or in homes that might not have CCTV in the first place," he said. "Everyone who has seen them so far has been quite impressed."
Designed on top of an ultra-low power video technology developed in-house by Moreton Bay Systems, the battery-operated cameras can store up to 65,000 still images on one memory card after detecting motion in a specified area.
Clipsal will be promoting the product for use in homes and outdoor areas, including as a replacement unit in areas already set-up with motion sensors connected to an alarm system.
A household could, for example, replace existing motion sensors with units from the Digilant line that could act as motion sensor and camera.
Clipsal will also offer a cheaper unit that only operates as a motion sensor, to keep intruders guessing as to which sensors might contain a camera.
Brooks said the portable nature of the cameras also opened up a range of possibilities outside the home, including short-term monitoring projects such as building sites.
Future versions of the product might also include the ability to send the images elsewhere, such as back to a security firm or to a secure device located elsewhere within a home.
Founder of Moreton Bay Systems, David Hill, said the research and development company was funded by his other business, TE Australia. The Digilant range is its first commercial product.
TE Australia distributes Toshiba and Epson semiconductors to businesses including Clipsal, which is where the distribution deal had its roots.