i-PRO announced 16 new high-speed pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) cameras with up to 4K resolution and powerful IR illumination. Called Rapid PTZ, the company is launching the new models as part of its X and S Series lineup. With comprehensive AI capabilities and a wide range of resolution options, the new PTZ cameras are among the smallest in their category.
The new cameras can be discreetly deployed thanks to their small form factor. Operators can quickly and precisely move the camera through multiple preset positions with pan and tilt speeds up to 700°/s. The cameras’ powerful IR LEDs enable them to monitor in complete darkness up to 250 meters (820 feet), and advanced analytics and artificial intelligence make sure they stay in focus.
Featuring a discreet design that allows for direct installation on low ceilings or eaves on rooftops, the new Rapid PTZ models include i-PRO’s new fail-safe waterproof ethernet connector, along with multiple mounting options. All X Series Rapid PTZ models are salt- and ISO 14993 rated to withstand the harshest conditions for ultimate protection from corrosive environments such as offshore applications.
“These new Rapid PTZ cameras are truly industry-leading designs. The small, discreet form factor, perfect for city surveillance, combined with higher resolutions and edge-based AI features such our Privacy Guard simplifies GDPR compliance,” said Gerard Figols, President i-PRO EMEA. “Adding best-in-class WDR, powerful IR, and flexible mounting options for even the harshest environments demonstrates i-PRO’s continuing market leadership.”
Benefits of higher resolution
The 4K and 6MP Rapid PTZ models deliver a wide dynamic range (WDR) of 132 dB for clear images in extremely variable lighting conditions. Having higher resolution offers additional digital zoom advantages over and above the optical zoom built into the cameras.
As an example, the 30x optical zoom on the 4K model ensures that images remain sharp, but when adding a 4K pixel density, the additional digital zoom extends the effective zoom range much further without pixelisation for precise visibility of vehicles and persons. The additional pixels delivered by higher resolution models also enhance AI performance and accuracy for objects at a distance.
Pre-installed AI-based analytics
In all Rapid PTZ models, AI-based edge processing detects motion, including direction of travel, line-crossing, and loitering. The cameras use AI object detection to track objects within their field of view. When an external microphone is added, AI sound classification is included. The AI app can also detect vehicle movement, occupancy, Privacy Guard masking, and scene changes. On 4K/6MP models, up to three AI apps are supported; on 2MP models, up to two AI apps are supported. A unique i-PRO feature, Privacy Guard, masks/blurs individuals’ bodies or faces using edge-based processing.
i-PRO’s Rapid PTZ cameras are FIPS 140-2 level 3 certified thanks to their use of an EdgeLock secure element which supports identity-based authentication, strong encryption and an extra layer of security that protects critical security parameters on the device. This makes the i-PRO Rapid PTZ models one of the only FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified PTZs in the market.