Siemens upgrades its portfolio of IP-based CCTV cameras – May 23, 2013– Zug, Germany  (Techreleased) – Faster PTZ control, improved support for alarm events and enhanced compatibility with third-party equipment are just some of the benefits offered by the newly upgraded range of IP cameras from Siemens, all of which now support the latest ONVIF2 open networking protocol.

Siemens IP-based CCTV camera
Siemens IP-based CCTV camera

The IP cameras, which are part of the comprehensive portfolio of HD CCTV products from Siemens, include box, fixed dome, high-speed dome and vandal-resistant models. The high-speed dome model is available with a choice of 18x, 28x or 36x zoom lens, while the fixed dome and vandal-resistant cameras are equipped with integrated varifocal lenses. The box cameras have a standard C/CS lens mount.

To ensure compatibility with legacy installations as well as the latest networked systems, all models have an analog BNC video output in addition to the IP network connection. A motion detection algorithm generates alarm events which are transferred via the network to compatible devices, such as the Vectis range of hybrid video recorders (HVRs) from Siemens.

The cameras support three encoding standards – H.264, MPEG-4 and MJPEG – and are compatible with all modern CCTV installations. In addition, support for the H.264 codec makes these cameras future-proof. ONVIF2 guarantees interoperability with other products in the network.

The IP camera models feature day/night operation, generating high-quality color pictures in bright conditions and clear crisp monochrome images when light levels are low. Many of the models are also available in wide dynamic range (WDR) versions that produce high-contrast images even in difficult, rapidly changing lighting situations.

Specialized planning tools, including a bandwidth and storage space calculator, are available for CCTV system developers and installers. Based on the desired frame rate, resolution and encoding method, these tools can be used to accurately determine the hardware requirements of an installation during the planning phase.