The Smartec network camera product line has been supplemented with the new STC-IPM3095A Day/Night IP-camera, designed for video surveillance for applications with higher requirements for image quality. Due to the Sony ExViewHAD CCD, this megapixel IP-camera can transmit video in MPEG/M-JPEG with up to 1280x960 pixels resolution at up to 25 fps. In addition, the STC-IPM3095A features Day/Night software function and PoE technology. The new IP-camera is equipped with audio I/O, motion detection and SD-card slot with 2 GB SD-card (supplied).
The megapixel IP-camera transmits video in SXVGA (1280x960 pixel) resolution at up to 15 fps, whereas in VGA (640x480 pix.) or QVGA (320x240 pix.) video frame rate will increase up to 25 fps. In this case, the megapixel video from the network camera can be used for archive storage, while video with lower resolution is appropriate for transmitting to the remote users or recording on external media.
Unlike many others, the STC-IPM3095A is equipped with a Sony ExViewHAD megapixel CCD that allows the IP-camera to transmit video with improved colour rendering and S/N ratio. Due to the 1.3 Mpix resolution, this megapixel IP-camera can be installed in applications with higher requirements for image quality. In addition, a digital zoom function helps the operator to monitor every part of the application.
The easy Day/Night function allows the operator to set up the STC-IPM3095A operation mode under different light conditions. When selecting B/W or Colour mode, the IP-camera will transmit B/W or colour images respectively in all light conditions under 0.4 lux of minimum illumination. In addition, the operator can set the sensitivity level at which the megapixel IP-camera will switch automatically between B/W and colour modes.
To prevent accidental switching between Day and Night modes, this megapixel IP-camera enables the operator to select the switching delay time. This option is especially useful to avoid camera switching in Colour mode when the IP-camera is briefly illuminated by car lights.
Another advantage of this megapixel IP-camera is its ability to transmit two video streams simultaneously over the network, which helps the operator to optimize image quality for the IP-channel bandwidth. For example, in M-JPEG, the megapixel IP-camera allows the operator to select the resolution and adjust the video compression level. In MPEG-4, the operator can set QVGA or VGA resolution as well as the rate of video broadcast. Due to multicast video transmission support, MPEG-4 can be utilized for remote monitoring (unlimited number of users).
The STC-IPM3095A can automatically adjust image brightness by using the electronic shutter and lens aperture. To improve image quality in all light conditions below 0.4 lux, it is recommended to use Slow Shutter Mode which allows the megapixel IP-camera to automatically select slow shutter speeds. Due to backlight compensation, the STC-IPM3095A will transmit clear images even in bright light.
The Built-in SD-card slot and the supplied 2 GB SD-card provide megapixel video recording without using additional network devices. In this case, the operator can record alarm video as well as pre- and post alarm video streams. In addition, the megapixel IP-camera enables adjusting of SD-card cyclic rewriting as well as backup of the information, transmitted to the FTP-server (in case of server malfunction).
The STC-IPM3095A is equipped with a web server that allows the operator to view video on any PC through a standard web browser. For deployment of a multi-channel video system it is recommended to purchase NetStation software for processing of up to 64 channels. This software enables remote video monitoring, recording, search and video playback as well as PTZ cameras operation control.
This new product offers two ways of power supply: directly from 12/24V AC/DC sources or using Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology. Due to PoE support, megapixel IP-camera can be powered by the same “twisted pair” that transmits video streams and receives control signals. It can reduce installation time of IP-camera and minimize the cost of electrical cable as well. Due to the audio I/O, STC-IPM3095A provides two-way audio communication between the operator and the application.