In today’s surveillance market, it is no longer remarkable for a camera to deliver clean and highly detailed images. Such performance is expected! To stand out from the crowd, devices must also be multi-functional and offer the ability to run edge applications, thus allowing customisation of features to best suit any application. Vicon has released the IQ Eye Alliance-mx, which it claims does just that!
What is it?
The battleground for surveillance camera sales was once based on resolution and image quality. Manufacturers competed to deliver cleaner and more detailed images than their competitors, with an emphasis on low light performance, dynamic range and other video processing elements.
Whilst image quality is still of huge importance, it is fair to say that the majority of the credible camera manufacturers don’t tend to get it wrong. Indeed, it is something of a shock if the one of the established market leaders puts out a camera with inferior video performance.
Where much differentiation happens at the higher end is with regard to processing power, and how that power can be utilised. Increasingly, manufacturers are offering the ability to enhance performance by running edge applications. Vicon has updated the IQ Eye Alliance-mx range with this in mind.
The latest variants from the Alliance-mx range have been updated and improved with regard to video quality, with 1MP, 2MP, 3MP and 5MP models. Standard features across the range include a motorised remote-focus lens, increased field-of-view, an extended range of options and changes to the housings to enhance
The 1MP and 2MP cameras are available as cost-effective models with basic functionality, or as advanced featured units. The 3MP and 5MP cameras include the full-featured version of the firmware.
Options include WDR, built-in IR illumination, on-camera storage, and true day/night capability. Also, the motorised lens can support P-Iris (autoiris) functionality to deliver optimal iris control.
And the apps?
The cameras have been designed to deliver the enhanced processing power needed to run analytics or VMS applications at the edge.
IQinVision was a pioneer of platform-based cameras prior to its acquisition by Vicon, and that looks set to continue. The growth of camera-based apps from other manufacturers should see the options for the Alliance-mx increased in the near future.