Arecont Vision Continues to Up the HD Imaging Ante (Security Sales & Integration)

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The megapixel imaging pioneer in delivering advanced features and ever-sharper surveillance video.

By Scott Goldfine · April 23, 2015

Brad Donaldson discussed Arecont Vision's SurroundVideo Omni camera at ISC West.

LAS VEGAS –– With an army of competitors now gunning for Arecont Vision, the established leader in megapixel video surveillance imaging continued to show why it remains the company to beat at ISC West. Now in its fifth generation of multisensor panoramic camera systems, Arecont showcased a quartet of new products at the show. They included: the 5MP SurroundVideo G5 with STELLAR (Spatio Temporal Low Light Architecture) technology and remote focus P-iris lenses, in standard and smaller form factor versions of 12MP and 20MP; MegaBall G2 cameras also now equipped with STELLAR and Smart IR technologies for enhanced low light performance, as well as CorridorView for better coverage in hallways and corridors; and enhanced MicroDome G2 cameras with the added convenience of remote focus and three-axis adjustment.

Arecont Executive Vice President Scott Schafer was on hand during Security Sales & Integration’s visit to walk through the company’s technology timeline, which was vividly portrayed in the booth to illustrate the surveillance innovator’s big strides made from first (circa 2003) to current fifth-generation imaging. According to Schafer, some of the top breakthroughs have been in remote focus and zoom, surround video, double frame rates, and 8.3MPs (equivalent to 4K Ultra HD) at 30fps.

Schafer also demonstrated SurroundVideo Omni, which can cover fields of view ranging from 270⁰ to 320⁰ suitable for applications such as parking lots and other outdoor locations. One of its very unique features is the ability to adjust the imaging sensors to 77 different positions. Schafer said some of the cameras are being integrated with Code Blue emergency stations for campus deployments. Like many of the video surveillance specialists at ISC, Arecont claimed its 4K imaging was superior to others on the show floor. However, Schafer made a compelling case with the firm’s MegaVideo 4K that overcomes low light shortcomings of the technology by using a full one-inch sensor whereas most others use half-inch sensors.