Toshiba's IK-WB82A Sets Higher Standard For Bullet-Style IP Video Surveillance Cameras
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Bullet cameras are noteworthy for their slim, easy to install profile and cost-effective deployment in IP video surveillance systems. Toshiba Surveillance & IP Video Products, a business unit of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today set a higher standard for this camera category by introducing its new IK-WB82A. This bullet IP camera features three-megapixel resolution (2048 x 1536), adaptive IR LEDs and H.264 Smart Codec high-compression technology that reduces network bandwidth and storage requirements compared to standard H.264 compression.

"The IK-WB82A puts high resolution, bandwidth efficiency, and ease-of-use in the hands of security professionals who need a bullet camera indoors or outdoors, especially in environments that present complex, challenging lighting conditions," said Greg Hartzel, Director of Toshiba Surveillance & IP Video Products. "Outdoor city surveillance, railway platforms and retail stores would all benefit from the camera's superior combination of performance and value."

The camera's launch comes as concerns have grown over the burden of placing high-resolution streaming IP video on already overloaded networks and storage devices. Smart Codec addresses the bandwidth issue by effectively reducing a video packet size. The key to Smart Codec's success is that it allocates more bandwidth to moving objects or critical areas of interest, and less to background images.

Despite many advances in IP camera technology, capturing video in low or extremely bright lighting remains a challenge. To overcome it, the IK-WB82A incorporates features such as Adaptive IR™ automatically adjusts the IR LED intensity in order to avoid over-exposure of close objects, True Day-Night Imaging, and True Wide Dynamic Range to handle high-contrast scenes where sunlight makes areas that are bright and others with dark shadows. IR illumination range is an impressive 30 meters.

Because every area that needs to be monitored is not a perfect square the IK-WB82A has a user-controllable "Hallway View" that rotates the camera view 90 degrees to effectively create a "portrait" mode. Security professionals tasked with monitoring long narrow spaces such as retail aisles, hallways, office corridors and stairways will greatly appreciate this viewing versatility.

The ruggedly built IK-WB82A is rated IP66 for use outdoors. It is also ONVIF complaint for seamless integration with third party equipment.

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