Honeywell refreshes video portfolio

Company focused on native integration, improving user experience
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

MELVILLE, N.Y.—Honeywell unveiled at ASIS International in September the latest enhancements to its overall portfolio of video technology designed to improve ease of use for operators, simplify installation for security professionals, and provide higher-quality video to help protect facilities.

“We are in the midst of refreshing the entire video portfolio, and we are also in the process of simplifying the portfolio, as we want to make it easier for both our dealers and systems integrators as well as end users to do business with Honeywell,” Alessandro Araldi, VP of Global Product Management for Honeywell Security & Fire, told Security Systems News

The company has added several devices to its line of equIP series cameras designed to produce better picture quality in the most challenging of conditions. It also announced the newest version of its MAXPRO network video recorder (NVR), which improves operators’ abilities to quickly store and locate archived video, as well as more easily create integrated surveillance systems.

The company also recently launched a line of HDZ cameras that provide high image quality in low-light applications in vandal-resistant camera housing. The equIP and HDZ cameras and MAXPRO NVRs integrate with Honeywell and third party ONVIF S products for a complete, fully integrated IP solution. In addition, MAXPRO NVR status monitor allows users to more easily check the status of their system. 

“We are forming our strategy around integration, and integrating different solutions together starting with intrusion, access and video, including native integration into one code base, one login and one user interface, so you get access to all of the user-friendly functionalities in one place,” said Araldi. “We are trying make sure that our video products are tightly integrated with all of the other systems right off the shelf, so that when you buy them you have the assurance that they work together seamlessly and you don’t have to spend any time trying to integrate them after the fact.”

The equIP cameras feature low-light capability, a simplified user experience, and quick installation. The updated line includes cameras that come in four megapixel (4MP), 1080p, and 1080p ultra-low light resolutions. These cameras feature wide dynamic range imaging, which provides accurate video capture in high-contrast lighting and extreme backlit scenes, and use edge enhancement for maximum clarity.

To save installation time and integration costs, the equIP cameras support ONVIF Profile S and G and integrate with both Honeywell NVRs (including MAXPRO, HUS, DVM, and Performance Embedded) and third-party manufacturers. MAXPRO NVRs, equIP, and HDZ cameras are part of Honeywell’s complete video portfolio that includes Performance Series, Embedded NVRs, MAXPRO Cloud, and Xtralis analytics.

“This complete IP solution integrates new cameras that provide high quality video in ultra-low light environments with new technology in the NVRs that monitor the status of the system and provides an integrated offering for dealers and more features and benefits to end users,” said Gerald Coste, global video product director, Honeywell Security & Fire, in the announcement. “There isn’t an environment that this system can’t go into.”

This focus on seamless integration “improves the user experience,” said Araldi. “We are trying to pay attention to every single touch point of the user experience, and progressively improve the user experience of all the offerings that we are developing, starting with video but extending to the entire portfolio.”