TOKYO—i-PRO Co. Ltd., a global manufacturer of professional security solutions for surveillance and public safety, has announced 16 new, high-speed pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) cameras with up to 4K resolution and IR illumination.
The products are called Rapid PTZ and the company is launching the new models as part of its X and S Series lineup. The new PTZ cameras are the smallest in their category and feature comprehensive edge AI capabilities and a broad range of resolution options.
“This is the first time i-PRO has introduced PTZ cameras with such high resolutions,” says Bill Brennan, president, i-PRO Americas.
“When you consider that they also have the smallest form factor, are very easy to install, and include powerful IR and a full complement of AI-based analytics, it’s a hard product to beat.”
Small Footprint Rapid PTZ X and S Series Products Complement Many Environments
i-PRO Americas points out that through their small form factor, the new cameras can be discreetly deployed. With pan and tilt speeds up to 700°/s, operators can benefit from the products’ surveillance coverage as they move the camera through multiple preset positions. The new Rapid PTZ cameras’ IR LED capabilities enable the products to monitor in complete darkness up to 250 meters (820.2ft) while advanced analytics and AI-based auto-tracking make sure that persons and vehicles of interest stay locked on target and in focus.
The global security equipment manufacturer notes the products features a discreet design that allows for direct installation on low ceilings or eaves on rooftops. The new Rapid PTZ models incorporate features such as i-PRO’s new fail-safe waterproof ethernet connector ,along with multiple mounting options.
i-PRO Americas emphasizes that for the ultimate protection from corrosive environments such as offshore applications, all X Series Rapid PTZ models are salt- and ISO 14993 rated to withstand the harshest conditions.
4K Resolution Provides a Host of Benefits
According to the company, the 4K and 6MP Rapid PTZ models deliver a wide dynamic range (WDR) of 132 dB for clear images in extremely variable lighting conditions. i-PRO Americas emphasizes that with the cameras’ higher resolution the products deliver additional digital zoom advantages over the optical zoom built into the cameras. As an example the company points out, the 30x optical zoom on the 4K model ensures that images remain sharp, but when adding a 4K pixel density, the additional digital zoom extends the effective zoom range much further without pixelization for precise visibility of vehicles and persons. The additional pixels delivered by higher resolution models also result in enhanced AI performance and accuracy for objects at a distance.
All Rapid PTZ models include AI-based edge processing to detect motion for people, including direction of travel, line-crossing, and loitering. The cameras use AI object detection to precisely track objects as they move within the camera’s field of view. AI sound classification are also included when an external microphone is added. Additional AI apps can be installed as required for vehicle detection, occupancy detection, privacy guard masking, and scene change detection. The company says that as many as three AI apps in total are supported on the 4K/6MP models and up to two AI apps are supported on the 2MP models. Privacy Guard, i-PRO Americas stresses is a proprietary i-PRO feature that masks/blurs the bodies or faces of individuals with edge-based processing in the camera.
Helping the cameras perform reliably over long periods of time, i-PRO Americas states that unlike typical cameras that use belt drive systems which deteriorate with use, its Rapid PTZ cameras employ gears to deliver consistent, repeatable panning accuracy.
In addition, i-PRO’s Rapid PTZ cameras are FIPS 140-2 level 3 certified through their use of an EdgeLock secure element which supports identity-based authentication, strong encryption and an extra layer of security that protects critical security parameters on the device. The company boasts these features make the Rapid PTZ models one of the only FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified PTZs in the market.
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