More than 350 of Sony’s latest-generation 1.3 megapixel high-resolution network security cameras are helping protect American troops as the Department of Defense continues its rollout of the cams worldwide.
DoD is in the second phase of its camera deployment, adding 300 units to the 50 cameras initially installed in 2008, according to Strategic Solutions Unlimited (SSU), a security systems integrator based in Fayetteville, N.C.
The installations will ultimately include Sony’s SNC-CM120 fixed-type and SNC-DM160 mini-dome IP network cameras—at some of the armed forces’ most sensitive locations.
“We knew we needed to build an IP network camera security system that could meet the challenging mission-critical standards set by the Department of Defense,” said Tony Martin, president of SSU. “After careful review, the powerful features on Sony’s security cameras, including their rugged design, Power over Ethernet (PoE) operation, day/night performance and intelligent video analytics, made them the clear choice.”
Many of the cameras will collect video day and night, which also led SSU to the Sonys.
“Unlike many megapixel cameras that compensate for low-light environments by reducing the shutter speed, which tends to induce motion-blur, these cameras were far better equipped to handle this challenge, ” Martin said.
Sony’s cameras feature “Light Funnel” technology, which allows them to capture clear images in challenging conditions.
Other factors that Martin said led him to Sony included the SNC-CM120’s and SNC-DM160’s intelligent video motion detection capabilities. By utilizing the metadata generated by the camera system, they can be set to detect events such as wrong way drivers, unauthorized intrusions and many other incidents.
Also, the remote locations in which many of the cameras are being placed meant that it was important for the Department of Defense to select cameras that were PoE compatible. In addition to powering both the Internet connection and the camera via a single cable, the PoE-connection in Sony’s newest cameras is also used to power its built-in heaters, making sure the cameras function. The heaters enable the camera to operate at lower temperatures.