Defining Your Objectives

Technical Note: Defining the Objectives for Your IP Camera System

There are two megapixel Network Cameras available from Canon that bring a new level of image quality and performance to the security camera market.

Select the 1.3 megapixel or 2.1 megapixel dome IP camera depending on the resoution that you need for your application. All the dome cameras provide outstanding durability and capability along with advanced installation tools that make it the easiest camera to install and adjust. It’s the only camera we know of that has Canon’s unique Easy Setup PTRZ Tool which allows the Pan/ Tilt/ Rotation/ Zoom and Focus to be set from a remote location after installation. The 101 degree wide angle lens on the VB-M600D and VB-M600VE was designed to maximize the cameras low light performance, allowing it to provide color video down to .03 Lux and black/white video down to 0.001 Lux. .

You can select the indoor VB-M600D, H610D or the outdoor VB-M600VE or H610VE with IP-66 class protection from the elements. All these IP cameras have an impressive range of Sophisticated On-board Video Analytics, including Moving Object Detection, Removed Object Detection and Abandoned Object Detection.

Reduce Liability

Reduce Liability
Unfortunately there are bad people who make false insurance claims against organizations. IP Cameras can help prevent this type of behavior. Insurance companies sometimes provide discounts when cameras are installed. It allows them to easily contest malicious claims.
In this application it is important to be able to identify the person making the claim. You should decide if you are trying to identify a known or unknown person. The usual assumption is that in the office you will require enough resolution to recognize one of your own people, but require more resolution in the lobby where unknown people are viewed.Since the person could be one of your own employees, and may know where cameras are located, add some covert cameras. By augmenting the visible cameras with invisible ones, you remove the “off camera” event. For example, the IQ-MX series of cameras provides high resolution so you can view a lobby area and catch everything that’s occurring. In this application you will need a Video Recording System that justs records the video for later review.

Catching the Criminal

Do you want to find out who’s stealing your computers? First decide if you’re trying to find an employee stealing (someone you know) or trying to catch the crook that breaks into your store. You will require a different camera system depending on what you are trying to do. You will need to make sure you have enough resolution to identify the person.You may want to discourage people from criminal activity by making the camera visible, or you may want to catch them unawares. For example the Axis P3364V indoor dome camera with a 1280 x 800 resolution is an excellent vandal resistant dome IP camera that can be used. It provides enough resolution to to recognize a person in an area that’s about 32 ft wide. There are a number of covert cameras available, but they are not network attached cameras. Instead you will need to use an analog camera plus a video encoder. Covert cameras are made to look like sprinklers, smoke detectors, clocks, desk lamps and other things.If you want to catch them when it’s completely dark, you will need to add IR illumination. In this case the camera can see what the human eye cannot see. There are some IP cameras that include built-in IR illumination. For example the Sony SNC-VM632R outdoor dome camera includes a built in IR illuminator.

The Video Management System will require the ability to not only record the video, but to also immediately notify you of any alarm condition.

Catching the Criminal

Improve Productivity

Reduce Liability
We would all like to improve productivity because it’s very important for business success. Cameras can help to keep people productive and on their best behavior.
Since you probably know the people in the manufacturing area and may also know where they should be, you need less camera resolution. All you need to see is an overview that shows people at each location. You don’t need to have forensic details. You can use a wide angle lens and view a very large area. In this case you only require about 10 – 15 pixels/ft. A PTZ camera could also be used to patrol though many positions.
The Axis P5534 is an example of a PTZ camera. It has high resolution that allows you to view a wide area. You can program it to step through many positions so it can view a very large area.

Two-way Communication to Manage a Remote Office or Open a Door

Remote Office
Two-way audio capability allows you to use your IP camera in a number of different applications. You can manage a remote office or open a door. It’s important to make sure that your camera has the audio function and that the software you use is compatible.
Manage the Office: Traveling expenses can be saved by using a camera at your remote sites. IP video cameras with audio capability provide video and two-way audio communication over the Internet. You can talk to the people as well as see what’s going on.
You probably won’t require very high resolution for this application but you will need to add a microphone and speaker to your remote camera.
Open a Remote Door: This is a great way to make use of an IP camera that has two-way audio capability. The best way to do this is to add a compatible intercom to your IP camera system. The system includes the video, audio, call button (to let people know someone is at the door) and a electric door lock release signal. Take a look at our IP intercom page for more details about this.

Validate a Remote Alarm

Remote Alarm
As you may know, it’s annoying when there are many false alarms from detectors that can be triggered by animals or other natural events. When you get woken up in the middle of the night it would be great to just go to your computer and look at the store or office to see if anything is going on. Then you can go back to sleep.
In this case, you usually only need a wide angle overview of the area.
But on the other hand, if you are also interested in catching the crook, you will need higher resolution megapixel IP cameras.
If it was just the cat you can go back to sleep.

View Animals in the Wild

Animals
If you would like to study or view animals in the field you need a more complex system. Sometimes they are in isolated areas and sometimes they are in the local zoo. We still need to determine what you want to accomplish? If you’re looking at a bunch of cows, you need one type of camera, but if you are looking at the small marks on the side of cow, you will need a higher resolution camera system.
The system gets more complicated when you are out in a remote area. You need to decide if you want to view during the day or at night. You also need to determine the power and signal requirements for the camera system. You may need to use solar power system in remote areas, so you will require a camera that doesn’t use a lot of power. The IQ862 is a good choice since this outdoor ready, megapixel IP camera only requires about 9 Watts of power.

Resources

The following resources can be used to help you understand the technology. Contact us for help with your system. Our engineers will make sure you get the exact system you need.

Technical and Application Articles

Technical Articles
These articles help you get started using IP camera systems and help you understand the technology.

For example, if you want to calculate the bandwidth you will need to support a number of cameras on your network it would be helpful to read the article, Calculating Bandwidth.

How to use an IP Camera to Control Door Access
An IP intercom and IP camera and door control system can be used to control remote doors. This article describes everything you wanted to know about how to add an intercom that can control a door from a remote location.

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