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