Dahua Launches 3-in-1 Camera for Proactive Video Monitoring

Named the TiOC, the new offering’s feature sets include warm-light LEDs, an active alarm with red and blue flashing lights, and two-way talk.

IRVINE, Calif. — Dahua Technology announces the release of a “Three-in-One Camera” (TiOC) for its North America market. The new offering is said to be built to deter unwanted behavior in three different ways.

With warm-light LEDs, an active alarm with red and blue flashing lights, and two-way talk, the TiOC helps security operators take a proactive approach and stop incidents before they occur, according to the announcement.

These features are referred to in shorthand as “lights, camera, action,” says Jennifer Hackenburg, product marketing director at Dahua USA. “The camera helps our customers direct security operations in an active way while decreasing the need for on-site personnel.”

Where traditional security cameras may struggle to render usable video at night, Dahua says the TiOC solves this issue with Smart Illumination. When integrated with Smart Motion Detection, this means that the camera’s warm-light illuminators turn on when a target appears in a defined monitoring area.

The camera then records in full color for as long as a target appears, with the LEDs acting as illumination for the recording as well as a deterrent to undesired activity. When a target stops, the LEDs switch off and the camera goes back into IR mode.

“Using LEDs only when there is target reduces light pollution as well,” Hackenburg adds.

If a target passes from a monitoring area into a “rule area” — a more narrowly defined area of interest — the TiOC’s active alarm feature is triggered. A siren sounds and red and blue lights flash to further deter the intruder. At this point, a prerecorded or custom message can be played through the camera’s speaker, or a security operator can use the two-way talk feature to speak to the intruder. Dahua says it developed new technology to improve the audio quality of this feature.

“Our VoiceCatcher technology is made up of a dual microphone that picks up audio at a greater distance — seven meters — than a traditional single microphone,” explains Hackenburg, “and our proprietary noise reduction algorithm reduces background noise such as wind.”

Other features of the TiOC include 4MP resolution, a 2.8mm fixed lens, Smart H.264+ and Smart H.265+ dual codec, triple-stream encoding and Starlight technology. The camera is rugged as well, with an IP67 rating and ArcticPro functionality that lets the camera operate in temperatures down to -40°F.

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