Illustra Flex IR PTZ article for December 2018 issue of PSI Magazine

Setting a new standard for PTZ cameras

Although there is certainly no shortage of PTZ cameras on the market, two recently launched Illustra Flex IR PTZs from Tyco, the security products division of Johnson Controls, are likely to attract the attention of consultants, specifiers, system designers and installers involved in expansive area projects such as airports, car parks, city centres, ports and solar farms.

The two new 2MP IR PTZ cameras are packed with functionality which enable them to collectively provide an affordable solution for virtually any video surveillance application where the cameras are required to cover wide areas in varying environmental and light conditions.

“The price/performance ratio of these two new Illustra models is truly impressive, but they are also equipped with a long list of features which deliver real-world practical benefits to users,” said Stuart Bettle, Video Product Marketing Manager EMEA for Tyco, the security products division of Johnson Controls. “For example, the combination of 30x optical and 12x digital magnification means operators are able to use either model to zoom in to see close up detail of any activity. The ability to do so is significantly enhanced by adaptive IR illumination which adjusts the intensity of the IR in line with the operator controlled zoom setting of the camera.”

Adaptive IR Illumination

The IFSO2P6INWIT Illustra Flex IR PTZ camera, which is designed for indoor use, has built-in adaptive IR illumination which enables it to capture high quality images in night time conditions at a distance of up to 25 metres, whilst the outdoor IFS02P60NWIT’s adaptive IR illumination has a range of 150 metres.

Optical Image Quality

The IFS02P60NWIT Illustra Flex IR PTZ camera, which is equipped with True Wide Dynamic Range, is designed for challenging outdoor applications and is able to operate effectively when temperatures are as low as -40°C. It is packaged in a bubble-free, IP66 environmentally sealed and IK10 vandal- resistant case, instead of a transparent dome cover usually fitted to PTZ cameras. This negates the potential problem of IR diffused reflection and maximises image quality, regardless of the camera tilt angle.

It also offers Power over Ethernet (PoE) support via a separately sold IEEE 802.2bt injector. This greatly reduces installation time as there is no need to provide separate power cables and plug points for each camera.

Smart Bandwidth Management

The two new Illustra Flex IR PTZ cameras are supported by Illustra® IntelliZip which provides powerful bandwidth management beyond H.264 and H.265 compression, reducing network bandwidth and video storage requirements. This embedded technology continuously monitors and optimises system streaming parameters to match the level of activity within a camera’s field of view. When the camera detects motion, Illustra® IntelliZip automatically adjusts the video quality to ensure every detail within the region of interest is captured clearly. When the scene becomes static, Illustra® IntelliZip continues to optimise bitrate.

Failover Redundancy

The VideoEdge® TrickleStor feature built into Illustra Flex cameras allows video recording to continue at the edge if there is disruption to the network. This means that if communications between an exacq or VideoEdge® NVR and cameras are interrupted, the camera automatically detects the anomaly and begins recording video onto an SD card. As soon as connection with the network is restored, the video recorded on the SD card is transferred to the NVR’s hard drive for seamless viewing if and when required.

Cyber Protection

Some of the features of these new PTZ cameras include multi-level password protection, IP address filtering, user access logs and certificate management. This is because both have been designed and built subject to the rigorous procedure of the Tyco Security Products Cyber Protection Program which was one of the industry’s first to offer a holistic approach to cyber security for physical security products. It has been developed with the benefit of experience of providing high security and mission critical solutions to Government and multi-national customers over several decades.

The program takes on-board feedback from IT, security professional and cyber security experts, in order to combine best practice during the product development, testing and evaluation process, as well as configuration guidelines for compliance, in order to protect our physical security products from attack, damage, disruption, unauthorised access or misuse.

The six part program is designed to give installers, system integrators and end-users, the confidence that Tyco has minimised the possibility of introducing vulnerabilities into its electronic security solutions.

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