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Public-Safety Initiative Taps Canon PTZ Cameras

The cameras are part of an innovative 4.9 GHz public-safety surveillance system

Law enforcement officials are fighting street crime and vandalism in a New England city using more than a dozen VB-C60 IP security pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras from Canon.

The cameras are part of an innovative 4.9 GHz public-safety surveillance system that was designed and installed by LCN, a network integration company, according to Canon.

Developed during the past six years, the system’s strategically located Canon VB-C60 IP security cameras—providing high-quality video—have been helping to make a difference in crime detection and prevention, Canon says.

The cameras are positioned on intersections, streets, parking areas and other places where illegal activity occurs, says Mike Lieb, LCN’s president. The program was originally using a different brand of camera, but when the video management system was re-designed, the Canon VB-C60 was proposed.

To ensure the VB-C60 met the system’s needs, engineers supporting the surveillance system tested a demonstration model and reported that its mechanism was more reliable than what was being used, according to Lieb. In addition, the camera’s housing was reported to be easier to deal with inside an environmental dome and its optics and zoom were improvements, he says. That the camera can pan, tilt and zoom to see a license plate that is far away “is pretty impressive,” he added.

Equipped with a high-sensitivity progressive-scan charge-coupled device (CCD), advanced auto focus system and image stabilization, the Canon VB-C60 IP security PTZ camera is designed to capture clear pictures even of moving objects. The camera also features a “panorama image creation” feature that can stitch together the entire viewing range into one image, Canon says. That allows users to quickly aim the camera at any specific portion within its viewing range, the firm says. In addition, a “pre-set tour” function allows for up to 20 camera positions to be programmed and viewed at specified intervals.