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.