IP cameras proliferate at ISC West

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

LAS VEGAS--Speco Technologies jumped on the IP bandwagon March 28, introducing a new series of IP/network cameras at ISC West. Similarly, Pelco used the show to introduce its first line of IP cameras.
Why was it the right time to enter the IP camera world? Gary Perlin, vice president of video products for Speco, said Speco had previously "taken a backseat approach," saying that the first IP cameras that came out were expensive and difficult to set up. Two years ago, Perlin said he predicted Speco would come out with an IP camera "within five years." However, he said, Speco was able to design a competitively priced, easy-to-use platform much more quickly than he originally thought.
And Speco's entrance into IP cameras will accelerate from here, "It's all coming so quickly. We have a lot of confidence [in this] and this is a very stable platform." Speco's platform features built-in servers that work with Internet Explorer. No special software is required for basic viewing, control and recording. Some models also feature Speco's "intensifier technology," which amplifies and maximizes existing light to generate pictures in darkness.