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Compact MegaFlash Cameras ideal for ANPR

Arecont Vision : 09 November, 2009  (New Product)
Traffic cameras can now benefit from megapixel formats with high speed flash and shutter synchronization for License plate recognition at high speed
Compact MegaFlash Cameras ideal for ANPR
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Arecont Vision, a supplier of IP-based MegaPixel camera technology, announces new compact cameras with MegaFlash technology in 1.3, 2, 3 or 5 MegaPixel formats. The MegaFlash camera series was unveiled at the 12th Annual China Public Security Expo (CPSE) Show in Shenzhen, China.

Arecont Vision compact cameras using MegaFlash technology can capture megapixel-quality snapshots using a high-speed shutter synchronized with an external strobe light for license plate recognition (LPR) and intelligent transportation system (ITS) applications. The cameras can capture images of vehicles traveling up to 100 miles per hour (160 km/hour).

"Megapixel CMOS cameras provide exceptional frame-rate and image clarity benefits for license plate recognition. However, the use of CMOS MegaPixel camera technology in LPR and ITS applications has been impeded by its inability to synchronize with a flash strobe, due to the lack of global shutter in conventional CMOS sensors. Introduction of sophisticated high-speed shutter in the camera effectively addresses this problem, opening exciting possibilities with new applications in the transportation vertical with LPR and ITS requirements. The new compact MegaFlash cameras further expand what is already the broadest MegaPixel product line in the industry," said Dr. Michael Kaplinsky, CEO, Arecont Vision.

MegaFlash provides automatic camera calibration to support a wide range of strobe lights, and the 1 millisecond (ms) speed shutter can be triggered by a network request or the input/output connector. Depending on the flash recharge time, the 1.3 MegaPixel model (AV1310MF) can capture up to 15 images per second (ips); the 2 MegaPixel model (AV2110MF) can capture up to 10 ips; the 3 MegaPixel model (AV3110MF) can capture up to 7 ips; and the 5 MegaPixel model (AV5110MF) captures up to 4 ips.

The product is scheduled for availability in the first quarter of 2010.
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