March Networks Releases New Line of 6MP AI Cameras

March Networks says the ME6 Series IP cameras are its most intelligent cameras to date, with the ability to distinguish between people and vehicles.

OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada — March Networks, a provider of video security and video-based business intelligence solutions, introduce its ME6 Series IP cameras, a new 6MP camera line powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Incorporating system-on-chip (SoC) technology from California-based company Ambarella, the ME6 Series is said to use deep neural network processing power to accurately distinguish between people and vehicles. This built-in intelligence is combined with next-generation security analytics for the most accurate, real-time analysis and detection of events, according to the company.

Organizations can utilize the cameras’ notifications for perimeter and zone breaches, loitering, and atypical activity involving vehicles. The ME6 Series’ analytics are embedded on the cameras for convenient out-of-the-box use.

“The ME6 Series IP cameras are March Networks most intelligent cameras to date,” says Nathan Dinning, edge devices product manager for March Networks. “The AI models used in these devices are designed to accurately detect both people and vehicles. This means other objects, for example a tree branch blowing in the wind, will not inadvertently trigger an alarm. This level of intelligence can greatly reduce false alarms and allow customers to more rapidly and accurately respond to potential threats.”

In addition to AI-powered analytics, the ME6 Series also incorporate digital overlap high dynamic range (DOL-HDR), the latest in HDR sensor technology. DOL- HDR combines three separate exposures in every frame, delivering sharp, colorful and well-lit images for customers.

Additionally, the cameras offer a new region of interest (ROI) feature that allows users to adjust compression levels within identified zones and save on storage. Using this feature, customers can identify zones of high or low importance in the camera’s field of view and apply additional compression in those zones. When combined with March Networks’ existing low bit rate (LBR) feature, the ROI feature can help customers reduce data rates by as much as 65%, according to the company.

Organizations can choose from two distinct ME6 Series models including:

  • The ME6 IR dome, an indoor/outdoor dome with a 3.6-11mm motorized lens with P-Iris
  • The ME6 IR DuraBullet, purpose-built for outdoor environments, featuring a 2.7-12mm varifocal lens with P-Iris and remote zoom and focus

Both ME6 Series models have built-in IR LEDs that can illuminate objects in the dark at over 130-feet (40 meters) away. Both are also protected by weather-proof (IP66), vandal-resistant (IK10) enclosures.

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