March 27, 2007 09:02 ET

Avigilon Introduces 16 Megapixel Surveillance Cameras

Digital PTZ combined with unsurpassed 4872x3248 image detail revolutionizes how large public spaces are monitored

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA--(CCNMatthews - March 27, 2007) - (ISC West) - Avigilon today introduced its 16 megapixel performance surveillance cameras which have been specifically designed for surveillance applications where detail needs to be captured over a wide field of view. Available in color or monochrome and featuring a scientific-grade CCD image sensor, real-time and post event user defined digital PTZ, and aperture control and focus of Canon® EF lenses, Avigilon's 16 megapixel surveillance cameras have the equivalent resolution of over 50 conventional surveillance cameras. The cameras can also be seamlessly integrated into any existing surveillance system for remote monitoring.

Avigilon's 16 megapixel cameras are the first surveillance cameras that can continuously monitor large fields of view while maintaining high levels of detail. In the past, security professionals have had to rely on opto-mechanical PTZ cameras for wide field of view surveillance and were forced to make a tradeoff between field of view and image detail. Avigilon's 16 megapixel cameras provide a superior solution for post incident investigation because they provide detailed images of the entire field of view, without the requirement of an operator to control the camera.

"Up until now, it has been very difficult for surveillance professionals to effectively monitor large public spaces," said Alexander Fernandes, president and CEO at Avigilon. "Our 16 megapixel surveillance cameras, with user defined digital PTZ, are the first of their kind in the marketplace to provide both the image detail and flexibility that security professionals need to effectively monitor large areas such as stadiums, airports, train stations, university campuses, and other large public areas."

Avigilon's 16 megapixel cameras deliver the following key features:

16 Megapixel Resolution

Avigilon's 16 megapixel cameras provide the same resolution and image detail as 50 standard 640x480 pixel cameras, enabling large areas to be monitored in extreme detail without an operator. In addition, the cameras provide post incident forensic detail of the entire scene.

Legacy System Integration

Leveraging Avigilon's surveillance recorders, the 16 megapixel cameras can stream a full NTSC video 720x480 from the recorder's "SVHS out" to any conventional surveillance system for remote monitoring. In case of incident, high resolution images can be remotely retrieved from the Avigilon surveillance recorder for detailed forensic inspection.

Lossless Compression of RAW Images

Conventional surveillance systems use lossy compression algorithms that introduce image artifacts and reduce effective spatial resolution and dynamic range, destroying potentially important evidence. Avigilon recorders use lossless compressed RAW format to store image data exactly as it is produced by the camera's sensor, ensuring that all image evidence is preserved.

Standard Canon® EF lenses

Avigilon's 16 megapixel cameras incorporate integrated lens control contacts on the bayonet mount, enabling dynamic aperture control to ensure that camera settings are dynamically optimized as lighting conditions change. Canon® EF lenses offer excellent price performance for large sensor cameras.

About Avigilon

Avigilon is the leading provider of performance surveillance systems. Avigilon's surveillance systems offer a breakthrough in imaging performance which is required for the protection of the public, critical assets and infrastructure. Avigilon's exceptionally strong commitment to research and development ensures that it will continue to be the leader in supplying performance surveillance systems that demanding security professionals rely on. For further information please visit avigilon.com.

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