Johnson Control’s New Illustra Pro Gen4 Cameras Bring AI to the Edge

The cameras offer AI-enabled edge solutions to help users respond more quickly and efficiently to incidents and provide flexibility to choose between distributed edge and Cloud architectures and on-premise surveillance system architectures.

MILWAUKEE — Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) announces the launch of the Tyco Illustra Pro Gen4 2MP, 4MP and 8MP Edge-AI mini-domes.

The company says these latest mini-domes are part of an ever-increasing portfolio of IP cameras that focus on delivering AI classifications, customizable rules and accurate event notification at the edge, while still maintaining the core attributes of ease of installation and enhanced cyber security.

“Edge-AI is a critical building block for security ecosystems as our industry evolves from traditional centralized and on-premise processing models to more flexible, powerful and cost-efficient distributed edge and Cloud architectures. With the Illustra ProGen 4 cameras, we are focusing on the strategic importance of a solution for our customers, who require a high level of security without disrupting business operations,” says Gopal Paripally, vice president of engineering and technology, security products for Johnson Controls.

This new line of cameras provides commercial and light commercial organizations with the capability to respond to incidents faster than ever before as AI enhances the speed and accuracy of forensic searches, according to the company.

This is achieved by embedding object classification capabilities directly on security cameras. Events can be narrowed to classes such as a person, car, bus, motorcycle or bicycle. Settings can be adjusted on each camera with a variety of analytic rules that notify security or business owners when people or objects are detected — for example if someone crosses a perimeter or is lingering around a restricted area.

This functionality automates manual surveillance processes and enables organizations to use video surveillance as an increasingly preventive tool, allowing them to potentially stop incidents before they happen.

With an integrated recess mount, QR code and Illustra mobile app configuration and application profiles that automatically adjust the camera’s settings based on the chosen profile, Illustra Pro Gen4 cameras are said to be designed to be simple to use and easy to install.

Smart features such as smart wide dynamic range automatically scans the video scene and adjusts contrasting and overall scene balance without operator intervention or maintenance and the new smart defog feature allows for accurate surveillance to continue even in challenging weather conditions.

True day/night camera functionality and built-in IR Illumination ensures that clear, sharp images of objects can be captured at a distance of up to 50 meters, regardless of the lighting conditions, according to the company. Additionally, the cameras feature a range of input/output (IO) options, including micro HDMI and an integrated microphone.

These latest models also offer end-to-end video encryption, from camera to VMS, and edge SD Card encryption. Illustra Pro Gen4 cameras are designed so they will not start if the software has been tampered with in any way. Additional safeguard controls include an enhanced security mode which forces the use of complex, non-default passwords and encrypted communications.

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