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Belden Joins HDcctv Alliance

The HDcctv Alliance standards enable interoperable plug-and-play high definition security systems with the highest possible signal integrity.

Setting standards for high-definition CCTV means the cables between devices have to be equipped to handle the content and its packaging. Now wire and cable giant Belden, has joined the HDcctv Alliance, giving those companies a key partner in developing and implementing future interoperability.

“Belden is the leader in supplying the worldwide demand for CCTV cabling, and we are delighted they have chosen to participate in crafting the HDcctv standard,” said Todd Rockoff, HDcctv Alliance executive director. “With plans to provide for direct transmission over media such as Category cable and optical fiber in future versions of the HDcctv standard, the Alliance looks forward to significant contributions from Belden.”

“We joined the HDcctv Alliance because we recognize both the value of HDcctv in the video surveillance market and the importance of having interoperability standards,” said Josh Dixon, Belden vertical market manager for safety and security. “Delivering high-resolution video images, this new camera connection technology allows for higher performing systems, with a lower installation learning curve and a much lower cost of entry.”

HDcctv surveillance cameras deliver digital high-definition video over coaxial cable. The HDcctv Alliance standards enable interoperable plug-and-play high definition security systems with the highest possible signal integrity, without any perceivable latency or image artifacts from transmission-related compression.

“In this post-9/11 world, video surveillance has expanded in every area,” noted Steve Lampen, Belden multimedia technology manager. “From traffic light video and airport surveillance to casino face recognition and gaming table detail, we believe HDcctv offers dramatic improvements in video performance to a host of existing and emerging applications.”

According to Lampen, all Belden CCTV coaxial cables are recommended for use in HDcctv installations.

The HDcctv Alliance has partnered with SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) to leverage the HD-SDI (High-Definition Serial Digital Interface) broadcast television standard as the basis for the HDcctv Specification. HDcctv includes a variety of enhancements to HD-SDI that are vital to surveillance, including bi-directional audio and data, up-the-cable power, and Long Reach Mode for 300 meter transmission over conventional RG-59 cable.

HDcctc Alliance voting members include security systems giant Genetec and China Security Surveillance and Surveillance Technology (CSST), China’s largest security equipment company.

The changing world of surveillance video will be among the topics discussed at Digital Vision 2010, a free virtual trade show Wednesday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time. The online discussion on surveillance is at 2:30 p.m. Eastern. More info and free registration is at

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