Johnson Controls Releases Illustra Pro Cameras With Smart Wide Dynamic Range

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

WESTFORD, Mass. — Johnson Controls’ latest addition to its Illustra Pro family is the Illustra Pro Gen3 mini-dome, featuring smart wide dynamic range (WDR) that is said to optimize video quality while minimizing configuration time.

The Pro mini-dome is available in a complete range of image resolutions and lens options, making it well-suited for a wide variety of deployments in both medium and large-sized facilities.

The smart WDR feature allows the camera to adjust contrasting and overall scene balance without operator intervention. 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, according to the company. The Pro Gen3 mini-dome also automatically adjusts settings to the desired mount for ceiling or wall.

“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.”

Johnson Controls says the mini-dome improves on important features such as WDR, Illustra IntelliZip bandwidth management, effective failover redundancy, cybersecurity and video intelligence analytics.

Mini-domes are available in three and eight MP options as well in wide field of view and narrow field of view options, and are not impeded by physical barriers such as a bubble housing.

Video intelligence analytics allows users to offload analytic streaming from network video recorders to the edge on Illustra cameras, and provide real-time, user-customizable event alarms that allow for quick reaction to incidents.

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, including a “secure boot” feature that 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, according to the company.

The Illustra Pro Gen3 mini-dome camera will be available to order in May.

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