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Economical, fixed camera bolsters Canon security solutions

  • 01 March, 2005 14:29

<p>With its long range zoom, low light performance and built-in network server,
the VB-C50Fi is a powerful, low-cost solution for remote monitoring</p>
<p>Sydney, 1 March 2005 -- Canon has announced the release of the VB-C50Fi, for surveillance solutions that require superior optical performance but where pan and tilt functions can be dispensed with in selected monitoring sites.</p>
<p>With its VK-64 Network Video Recorder software (see today's VK-64 media release), network video servers, professional services and high-quality range of both fixed and pan/zoom/tilt network cameras, Canon is uniquely positioned to deliver highly customisable video monitoring and recording over IP solutions -- for the surveillance of anything from chain stores, apartment complexes, factories, building sites and ATMs through to Australia's critical national infrastructure, including power stations and airports.</p>
<p>Featuring the same advanced optical technology as Canon's VB-C50i Pan/Tilt/Zoom Network Video Camera, the VB-C50Fi fixed network camera provides a low-cost, compact remote-monitoring solution with versatile options to suit a broad range of user requirements.</p>
<p>A genuine Canon 26x optical zoom lens and a 12x digital zoom enables the VB-C50Fi model to capture fine detail from far distances. The camera's quarter-inch, 340,000-pixel CCD further ensures high-quality image capture combined with powerful low-light (1 Lux) capabilities. In addition, a motorised infrared (IR) cut filter can be turned off to significantly brighten the viewing area.</p>
<p>"Canon surveillance-over-IP solutions are already light-years ahead of CCTV in terms of flexibility, as new cameras can be added to these solutions one at a time, and they can even be placed in locations that can only be monitored remotely" said Peter Matthews, Market Segment Manager, Software &amp; Solutions, Canon Australia: "With today's release of the VB-C50Fi Fixed Network Camera and VK-64 Network Video Recording software, Canon can rightly claim to provide the market's most flexible surveillance-over-IP solutions, whether monitoring sites require fixed cameras or pan/zoom/tilt camera surveillance."</p>
<p>The VB-C50Fi fixed network camera's built-in network server provides viewing for up to 50 clients simultaneously. An easy set-up feature enables it to be connected to a LAN or the internet within minutes. With the video camera's distinctive built-in motion detection it can monitor and send out an alert if motion is suspected in any of four designated areas. For added convenience, the VB-C50Fi camera offers ten preset zoom positions for easier monitoring. To enhance visibility in dark areas of the image due to backlight or shade, the camera is equipped with a three-step backlight control function. Also, the supplied Admin Viewer 3.6 software conducts shade correction, which increases the brightness of dark areas without affecting other parts of the image.</p>
<p>Weighing just 480g, the camera offers simultaneous video distribution in various frame sizes, including 768 by 576, 384 by 288, and 192 by 144. The VB-C50Fi model also includes an internal storage capacity of approximately 15MB of RAM for still-image recording.</p>
<p>Additional monitoring versatility is provided by Canon's optional VK-64 or VK-16 Network Video Recording Software, which provides the ability to view and record high-quality, full-motion video over IP from up to 64 or 16 Canon Network Cameras respectively on a single PC storage server. And because this video is non-linear, archiving and search functions are fast and efficient. Canon's VK-64 Network Video Recording Software also provides a wide variety of recording and playback options.</p>
<p>The optional VB-EX50 Multi-Terminal Module provides a multiple-connector interface for secure wire connections. These include: BNC-video in for an external video camera; BNC-video out for reliable video signal transmission by users who don't require IP-based video; and external sensor in/out for interfacing with external lighting or alarms.</p>
<p>To further enhance the new VB-C50Fi camera, Canon will offer a software developer's kit (SDK) later in 2005. This SDK will permit developers to expand the functionality and performance of the VB-C50Fi camera. These customised software applications may then be shared or sold independently amongst the community of users.</p>
<p>The VB-C50Fi is expected to retail for less than $2300 including GST. All sales and distribution enquiries can be directed to Canon on 02 9805 2855.</p>
<p>About Canon</p>
<p>Canon Australia ( was established in 1978 and is a subsidiary of the US$33.3 billion Canon Inc. group. The company is an industry leader in professional and consumer imaging solutions with an extensive product line that includes networked multifunction devices, document solutions software, printers, scanners, facsimiles, digital video cameras, film and digital cameras and lenses. In addition, the company operates its own finance service, Canon Finance Australia, which provides a one-stop shop for customers wanting to lease or finance their equipment. Canon Inc. is a top patent-holder of imaging technologies with a local research and development centre -- CISRA (Canon Information Systems Research Australia) -- based in Sydney.</p>
<p>Media contact:</p>
<p>Steven Noble</p>
<p>Associate Director, Technology</p>
<p>Hill &amp; Knowlton</p>
<p>02 9286 1238</p>

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