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Video Surveillance (Hardware) Winner: FLIR Saros

The linking of multiple technologies to achieve superior performance is an approach well understood by integrators and installers looking to deliver high quality solutions. Often this involves configuring disparate devices to work in unison, but many manufacturers now offer combined devices, such as the Saros range from FLIR

When it comes to security applications, there is no one perfect technology. If such a thing existed, it would make everyone’s lives easier. As a result, while single technology solutions can offer a degree of risk mitigation, all have some degree of compromise. For a critical solution, any level of compromise can introduce vulnerabilities that potentially negate the protection on offer.

Saros is a single device combining a number of technologies to deliver a solution which maximises catch performance while minimising the level of compromise.

Saros devices make use of high definition video cameras, thermal imaging cores, integral illuminators, intelligent video analytics, alarm inputs and outputs and two-way audio. This enables a high degree of flexibility and permits numerous combinations to be deployed, enhancing the level of protection on offer.

The Saros range utilises its perimeter protection technologies to deliver accurate and actionable alarm notifications backed by verified alarm data. The devices include multiple Lepton thermal sensors, along with up to three HD1080p or 4K video modules, dependent upon the product specification.

The units additionally incorporate IR and white light LED illuminators, with auto selection based upon the operating mode and site conditions.

Both the video and thermal imaging streams incorporate advanced onboard analytics. These have the ability to differentiate between people and vehicles, ensuring alarm and event classifications are accurate.

The Saros range enables users to implement reliable outdoor intrusion detection in a cost-effective manner by minimising equipment requirements and reducing false alarms.

With the growing focus on cybersecurity, FLIR has ensured its Saros range incorporates secure design and engineering to reduce the risk of remote security attacks. The devices incorporate end-to-end encryption for set-up, web connectivity and video stream transmission. The configurations eliminate the need for port-forwarding, and device configurations can be ‘locked down’ when the initial set-up is completed to deliver a high degree of tamper prevention.

The Saros range includes six models. The DH-390 2TB and DH-390 8MP models feature a single HD1080p video sensor and a 4K UHD video sensor respectively. Both variants incorporate two thermal imaging sensors with a 320 x 120 pixel array with a 90 degree field of view.

The MH-6180 4MP and MH-6180 16MP models feature dual HD1080p video sensors and 4K UHD video sensors respectively. Both variants incorporate two thermal imaging sensors with a 640 x 120 pixel array with a 180 degree field of view.

Finally, the MH-9270 6MP and MH-9270 24MP cameras feature three HD1080p video sensors and 4K UHD video sensors respectively. Both variants incorporate six thermal imaging sensors with a 960 x 120 pixel array with a 270 degree field of view.

All devices include real-time video and backlight compensation. A 16GB SSD is used for edge storage.
The video cameras use 3-9mm lenses with autofocus and motorised zoom.

Saros delivers a range of complementary benefits while ensuring installations are simple and cost-effective.

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