Cisco releases first IP physical security camera

Thursday, June 8, 2006

IRVINE, Calif.--Through Linksys, its division focused on wireless and networking hardware for the consumer, Cisco has released its first IP camera with physical security applications. Linksys' Wireless-G is a PTZ camera with audio recording capabilities, which does not need to be hooked up to a PC to function. It has its own IP address and can be configured as an edge device as part of a network. Further, the camera features motion-detection, recording video and audio upon detection and sending an alert to e-mail, pager or cell phone.
"Video surveillance is the entry point," said Steve Collen, Cisco's director of product marketing, "and we'll be looking at other entry points into the physical security market."
The camera is priced at $299, has an LCD screen displaying the IP address and can be accessed with a URL "name," all of which are designed to make security surveillance easily accessible to the end user.
"We've designed a camera that provides small businesses the tool they need to monitor their office during business hours or while they are away," said David Tucker, Linksys senior director of product marketing, in a written release.

See the July issue of Security Systems News for more on Cisco's emerging presence in the security market.