TRENDnet Unveils New IP Cameras for SMBs

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Network equipment maker TRENDnet has unveiled two new models of IP (Internet protocol) cameras that come with PTZ capabilities. PTZ is the acronym for Pan/Tilt/Zoom, and as its name suggests, means that the digital camera can be remotely swiveled for the best angles from over the network. Together with the ability to zoom in on areas of interest, PTZ IP cameras essentially allow administrators and facility managers to achieve better coverage with fewer cameras.


The ProView Wireless N Pan/Tilt/Zoom Internet Camera (TV-IP612WN) comes with embedded 802.11n for 300Mbps Wi-Fi, as well as support for Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). The ProView POE Pan/Tilt/Zoom Internet Camera (TV-IP612P), on the other hand, comes with Power over Ethernet (POE), which increases the ease of installation and maintenance.


According to the company, both cameras sport an impressive 10x optical zoom plus another 16x digital zoom. They can also pan 330 degrees sideways, or tilt up and down at 120 degrees, which should ensure complete coverage of most rooms if installed on a ceiling-mounted position with its back near to a wall. In addition, the ProView IP cameras also come with a number of desirable features not found on entry-level IP cameras, such as an auto focus function to ensure a crisp image at all magnifications, and the ability to stream four unique video profiles simultaneously.


TRENDnet says the presence of an infra-red filter gives "robust night vision," though no numbers relating to its light sensitivity were given. The camera does, however, support Samba for storing video on a network attached storage (NAS) device, and can write to a local micro-SD card as an alternative should the NAS or network be down. Furthermore, it is possible to create a recording schedule and define up to two motion detection windows of any shape or size, while the image can be flipped or inverted as necessary. Pan and Tilt auto patrols can also be programmed in order to monitor key security nodes or locations, while the availability of input/output ports allow for hardwiring to alarm systems.


The company has high hopes for the SMB market, and TRENDnet's Director of Global Marketing Zak Wood noted that the cameras were launched in response to partner feedback. As noted earlier, the two ProViews do come with a plethora of capabilities that are not found even in higher-end consumer-centric IP cameras. Specifications aside, the suitability of the new cameras for deployment in SMBs depends a lot on the usability of the management IP View Pro 2.0 software, which the company says is offered for free and can manage up to 32 cameras.


Though I did not have the opportunity to evaluate the ProViews or the accompanying IP View Pro 2.0 software, the overall functionality of both the hardware and software looks good. More importantly, they seem to speak to an innate understanding of the needs and capabilities that SMBs will demand from an IP camera deployment. Both the TV-IP612P and TV-IP612WN are currently shipping to online and retail partners, and come with an MSRP of $899.99 and $999.99, respectively. The full press release can be viewed here.

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