ZyXEL Melds Low-Cost IP Security Cameras With Remote Access via the Cloud

By Frank Ohlhorst  |  Posted 2012-01-04 Print this article Print

ZyXEL has launched multiple IP-enabled high-definition security cameras that bring low-cost video monitoring to data centers, offices and homes, all accessible via the cloud.

Setting up the typical video surveillance system is normally a complicated endeavor that at best delivers muddy video stored on magnetic media. What's more, typical video surveillance technology uses a time-lapse paradigm for archival and review purposes-probably not the best way to bring video security into a business, data center or even a home.

ZyXEL is looking to bring the cloud into the video surveillance picture with the launch of its "CloudEnabled" series of Web cameras. The first two models to hit the market under ZyXEL's CloudEnabled brand are the IPC3605N and IPC4605N.

The devices feature built-in, cloud-based technology that eliminates traditional installation processes and access difficulties inherent in previous generations of these devices. ZyXEL's Webcams provide accessibility to video feeds via any PC, iPhone or Android device, anywhere an Internet connection is available.

Both of the new IP cameras feature 802.11n wireless connectivity, integrated microphones for audio monitoring and 720p high-definition video, which is significantly sharper than NTSC or 640-by-480 quality video normally found in surveillance cameras.  In addition, the units offer h.264 video encoding to save bandwidth without compromising video quality.

For low light situations, the cameras feature an array of infrared LEDs that automatically illuminate dark areas, providing vision up to 15 feet. The IPC4605N adds pan-tilt-zoom functionality, which can be controlled remotely by the user. The camera can pan up to 340 degrees and tilt at up to 100 degrees.

The IPC3605N and IPC4605N were designed to blend in with the decor of any home or office.

"Previously, IP cameras demanded complicated configurations, requiring users to make significant changes to their router. These configurations included port forwarding to a specific port that was popular among developers, so the port was often already dedicated to another application. Or, the solutions relied on UPnP, which was often disabled by the service operators," Steven Joe, executive vice president of channel business for Americas at ZyXEL, said in a statement.

"Our cameras solve these obstacles with cloud software that only requires the device to be registered. This enables users to easily access the camera via a downloaded application anywhere, anytime," Joe said.

ZyXEL offers a free suite of apps for PCs and mobile devices running Apple's iOS or Android for easy remote access. Users simply register their cameras online and download the app. Then they can instantly access video feeds via a connected device. ZyXEL also provides camera management and sharing capabilities, so multiple video feeds can be securely shared.

The IPC3605N and IPC4605N will be available in February 2012 from all major e-commerce sites and ZyXEL partners. The IPC3605N will have a street price of $99, while the IPC4605N, with the additional pan-tilt-zoom feature, will carry a street price of $185. 

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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