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Video-Security Resources Offer Many Solutions

NEW YORK – Retailers interested in adding on videosurveillance systems have a wide field of technologies and brands from which to choose.

The following is a list of just a few of the many manufactures of analog and IP video-surveillance camera systems tailored to a DIY customer or the buyer of a professionally installed integrated home-automation network:

Bosch recently introduced its first 4K Ultra HD video-surveillance camera solution targeting system integrators. The camera is capable of capturing four times the resolution of more traditional FullHD 1080 cameras. Many of Bosch’s recent introductions are IP-based.

The company offers dealers an Integration Partner Program providing development tools and resources supporting products within third-party solutions. The program includes a web portal and solution advisor to help integrators identify compatible software or products.

D-Link, which specializes in DIY IP surveillance camera systems, recently introduced its Outdoor HD Cloud Camera, model DCS-2330L ($179 suggested retail), offering 720p HD video; Wi- Fi; 3G or 4G linking to smartphones, tablets or PCs; an IP65 weatherproof housing with an operating temperature range of -13 F to 113 F; a night-vision recording range of up to 15 feet in total darkness; and advanced motion-sensing technology.

D-Link offers a free Mydlink Cloud service and mobile apps.

Flir Systems, best known for its military-grade thermal imaging technologies, recently introduced its first consumer-focused Wi-Fi camera for security and action video capture. The Flir FX, which will ship in the spring at a $249 suggested retail, is easy to use and set up, and offers up to 1080p resolution with a 160-degree field of view, temperature monitoring and thermal imaging technology. Cordless mounting options include connections with smartphones, tablets and the Internet. A free Cloud service supporting iOS and Android mobile devices is provided.

Lilin North America, the U.S. arm of IP video systems developer Merit Lilin, offers solutions tailored for home-automation systems installers and integrators. Its NVR Touch product includes seamless integration with the Control4 HC-800 controller and in-wall touchpanels, enabling access to the camera system from a TV, via the Watch TV section of the Control4 UI. Lilin also offers IP video cameras supporting URC Total Control system integration and allows viewing HD IP footage at up to 30 fps. Camera models range from bullet to dome, vari-focal to fixed lens, and standard to vandal-proof configurations.

Samsung Techwin America offers video-security products for both the DIY and system-integration channels. Its new SmartCam HD Pro ($189 suggested retail) is a 1080p FullHD Wi-Fi IP camera with 1/2.8-inch CMOS sensor, a 128-degree ultra-wide-angle lens, and remote linking to a computer or Android/iOS devices. Features include low-light recording, motion and audio detection, auto notification, local storage and remote video hosting with uploading to a private YouTube account.

Swann Security, specializing in all forms of IP video- surveillance camera systems, recently launched its SwannSecure all-in-one Wi-Fi video-monitoring system (shipping in April at a $379 suggested retail) with day and night 720p video capture and remote access via mobile devices. The camera is capable of recording up to a distance of 50 feet using its IR cut filter for clarity, and it features a built-in microphone so users can both see and hear what is taking place. Another part of the sytem is a 7-inch touchscreen Wi-Fi monitor/recorder that allows checking video using a free SwannLink mobile device (Android/iOS) app.