ASIS 2016: Arecont Vision Blends High-Tech and Installation Innovations

The megapixel camera leader promotes two disparate new cameras and practical dealer benefits.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Arecont Vision Executive Vice President Scott Schafer emphasized at the show that the video surveillance camera manufacturer’s three primary objectives are to continue to lead the market; continue to improve performance; and drive ease of installation through new innovations. Some of the examples he cited for that included Arecont’s field-upgradeable firmware that also allows security integrators to impress customers by remotely servicing their needs; remote focusing feature that alleviates installers having to tinker with adjustments while on the ladders; magnetic dome camera housings to allow for single-hand installer maneuvering; and spring-arm camera design to ease the mounting process.

From a new products standpoint, Arecont mainly promoted two new and very different types of cameras. The MegaDome 4K UHD, which delivers 4K megapixel (MP) coverage at 30 frames per second, is suited for casinos or any environments that want to avoid missing any of the action in a scene. The MegaDome 4K is one of the first cameras that features SNAPstream, although an upcoming firmware release will be backward compatible with most cameras Arecont has built and shipped in years past.

The other spotlighted product was the MegaVideo Flex camera, available with 1.2MP, 1080p, 3MP or 5MP resolutions. It features an ultra-small lens and sensor package that connects to the main camera unit over a standard USB cable up to 40 feet away. One or two optional IR illuminators can also be added if needed. According to Arecont, the product is suited for discreet or inconspicuous surveillance needs such as gas pumps, ATMs and drive-thru windows, as well as in museums, banks, hotel lobbies, etc. It can also be deployed in elevators, cars, trucks, buses, trains, boats or aircraft.

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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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