Arecont Vision Continues to Up the HD Imaging Ante

The megapixel imaging pioneer is delivering advanced features and ever-sharper surveillance video.

LAS VEGAS — With an army of competitors now gunning for Arecont Vision, the established leader in megapixel video surveillance imaging continued to show why it remains the company to beat at ISC West. Now in its fifth generation of multisensor panoramic camera systems, Arecont showcased a quartet of new products at the show. They included: the 5MP SurroundVideo G5 with STELLAR (Spatio Temporal Low Light Architecture) technology and remote focus P-iris lenses, in standard and smaller form factor versions of 12MP and 20MP; MegaBall G2 cameras also now equipped with STELLAR and Smart IR technologies for enhanced low light performance, as well as CorridorView for better coverage in hallways and corridors; and enhanced MicroDome G2 cameras with the added convenience of remote focus and three-axis adjustment.

Arecont Executive Vice President Scott Schafer was on hand during Security Sales & Integration‘s visit to walk through the company’s technology timeline, which was vividly portrayed in the booth to illustrate the surveillance innovator’s big strides made from first (circa 2003) to current fifth-generation imaging. According to Schafer, some of the top breakthroughs have been in remote focus and zoom, surround video, double frame rates, and 8.3MPs (equivalent to 4K Ultra HD) at 30fps.

Schafer also demonstrated SurroundVideo Omni, which can cover fields of view ranging from 270⁰ to 320⁰ suitable for applications such as parking lots and other outdoor locations. One of its very unique features is the ability to adjust the imaging sensors to 77 different positions. Schafer said some of the cameras are being integrated with Code Blue emergency stations for campus deployments. Like many of the video surveillance specialists at ISC, Arecont claimed its 4K imaging was superior to others on the show floor. However, Schafer made a compelling case with the firm’s MegaVideo 4K that overcomes low light shortcomings of the technology by using a full one-inch sensor whereas most others use half-inch sensors.

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Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration. Well-versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security (video surveillance, access control, systems integration, intrusion detection, fire/life safety), Goldfine is nationally recognized as an industry expert and speaker. Goldfine is involved in several security events and organizations, including the Electronic Security Association (ESA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), ASIS Int'l and more. Goldfine also serves on several boards, including the SIA Marketing Committee, CSAA Marketing and Communications Committee, PSA Cybersecurity Advisory Council and Robolliance. He is a certified alarm technician, former cable-TV tech, audio company entrepreneur, and lifelong electronics and computers enthusiast. Goldfine joined Security Sales & Integration in 1998.

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