Johnson Controls Releases Illustra Pro Bullet Camera With Smart WDR

Smart wide dynamic range is said to reduce configuration time while greatly improving the quality of the video stream in varying lighting environments.

WESTFORD, Mass. — Johnson Controls announces the latest addition to its Illustra Pro camera family with the Illustra Pro Gen3 Bullet, featuring new smart wide dynamic range (WDR) that is said to optimize video quality while minimizing configuration time.

Available with standard or telephoto lens and in megapixel resolutions of 3MP and 4K, the Pro Gen3 Bullet provides customers with a selection of video images to match their operational requirements and is well-suited for a wide variety of deployments in both medium and large-sized facilities.

Smart WDR available in the Pro Gen3 Bullet reduces configuration time while greatly improving the quality of the video stream in varying lighting environments, according to the company.

By effectively reading the scene, the Bullet can adjust contrasting and overall scene balance without operator intervention. Johnson Controls says setup times are also reduced with the addition of configuration profiles, such as retail, gaming and indoor/outdoor scenes, where camera settings are automatically adjusted based on the environment, with a simple click of a button.

“The smart technology embedded in our latest generation of Illustra Pro cameras automates picture tuning and ensures that what you see is always dynamically optimized even in changing scenes and lighting conditions. We are aiming to reduce operator setup and management costs while always delivering a perfectly configured picture,” says Ric Wilton, director of product management for Illustra. “Adding intelligent, automated capabilities to our solutions is core to our product design and the Illustra portfolio.”

The Pro Gen3 Bullet automatically adjusts settings to the desired mount for ceiling or wall, and includes Illustra IntelliZip bandwidth management, effective failover redundancy, cybersecurity and video intelligence analytics.

Users can offload analytic streaming from network video recorders to the edge on Illustra cameras. This feature, Video Intelligence Analytics, provides real-time, user-customizable event alarms that allow for quick reaction to incidents. By gathering transformative data instantly, users can better allocate human resources elsewhere, according to the company.

As part of the Tyco Cyber Protection Product Security Program, the new generation of Illustra Pro cameras will also have enhanced safeguards against cyber attacks. With cyber-threat resilience in mind, the solution includes “secure boot” which prompts the installer to change passwords upon installation. Additional safeguard controls include an enhanced security mode, which forces the use of complex, non-default passwords and encrypted communications.

The Pro Gen3 Bullet is now available for order in both 3MP and 8MP form factors, with additional options coming soon.

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