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Canon announces Australian-made security software

  • 01 March, 2005 14:25

<p>Breakthrough IP video recording package enables
Canon surveillance solutions to provide market-leading levels of flexibility</p>
<p>Sydney, 1 March 2005 -- Canon Australia today announced the release of Network Video Recorder VK-64, the breakthrough Network Video Recording (NVR) software package developed by Canon Information Systems Research Australia (CISRA).</p>
<p>Network Video Recorder VK-64 provides the ability to view and record high-quality video from multiple cameras on a single PC storage server. This video is recorded onto hard drives (instead of tape), so archiving, search and remote back-up functions are greatly enhanced.</p>
<p>With its range of high-quality network cameras (see today's VB-C50Fi media release), network video servers, professional services and Network Video Recorder VK-64 software, Canon is uniquely positioned to deliver highly customisable video monitoring and recording over IP solutions -- for the surveillance of anything from chain stores, apartment complexes, factories, building sites and ATMs through to Australia's critical national infrastructure, including power stations and airports.</p>
<p>Network Video Recorder VK-64 can accommodate up to 64 live Canon network cameras on one storage server, and can monitor and record up to three storage servers simultaneously, yielding a total of 192 cameras. An otherwise identical version, Network Video Recorder VK-16, can monitor up to 16 cameras and one server.</p>
<p>Canon believes that Network Video Recorder VK-64 offers a number of features that are unique in the NVR market, including a timeline interface that simplifies the interactive reviewing of events even while recording continues, a customisable interface that allows users to arrange up to 24 camera windows on screen as they wish, and exceptionally customisable recording modes, including continuous, scheduled, sensor-triggered, motion-detection triggered, and pre/post-alarm recording.</p>
<p>"Flexible and responsive security monitoring has long been a priority for retailers, wholesalers and building and site managers, but the $50.2m allocated to critical infrastructure protection by the Federal Government in the 2004-5 budget shows that security is now more important for Australia than ever," said Peter Matthews, Market Segment Manager, Software &amp; Solutions, Canon Australia. "Video monitoring via IP rather than CCTV is the way of the future -- and with Network Video Recorder VK-64 and our first-class network video cameras and servers, we are confident that we will lead this trend."</p>
<p>"At CISRA, we believe in capturing Australian innovation to develop global products, which is why we have more than 450 patents worldwide to our name," said Phil Robertson, Director and General Manager Solutions Division, CISRA. "So when Canon Australia's network video camera customers began asking for features not provided by any of the third-party NVR software packages, we decided to build our own. Network Video Recorder VK-64 is now a global Canon product, which is already selling strongly in the US and Japan."</p>
<p>Other features include:
* E-mail Function. Recorded video clips can be exported into a separate QuickTime video file for emailing or viewing on another computer.
* Event Notification. Sent to user via email.
* Layout Sequence. For programming monitor display templates to automatically switch according to a pre-set schedule.
* Full-Screen Function. For single-camera monitor display.
* Hide/Show Task Area. To maximise the display area by removing timeline and camera-selector portions from the screen.
* Event Type. For prioritising system functions and reviewing video by event or time.
* Camera Operation Control. Enabling operators to work camera pan, tilt and zoom controls.
* Shade Correction. For balancing light and dark portion of the video image.
* Night Mode. To activate an infrared filter on selected Canon network video cameras.
* Backlight Compensation. To heighten foreground picture detail in heavily backlit situations on selected Canon network video cameras.
* Multi-Size. For recording at different resolutions when using different recording methods such as motion detection or sensor trigger.</p>
<p>VK-64 and VK-16 retail for $3850 and $1650 inc-GST respectively, comparing favourable to NVR systems that charge a per-camera fee. All sales and distribution enquiries can be directed to Canon Australia on 02 8873 8720.</p>
<p>About CISRA</p>
<p>Established in 1990, Canon Information Systems Research Australia -- CISRA ( is the Australian R&amp;D centre for Canon Inc, the world's leading provider of cameras, business machines and imaging and information technologies. Due to CISRA's expertise in digital imaging technologies and advanced facilities, the centre has grown from a small R&amp;D group to Canon's largest R&amp;D centre outside Japan. With more than 300 engineering and support staff CISRA now has an annual turnover of more than AU$45 million. Together with Canon R&amp;D Centres in Japan, America, Europe and Asia, CISRA is a key part of Canon's future product development.</p>
<p>About Canon</p>
<p>Canon Australia ( was established in 1978 and is a subsidiary of the US$33.3 billion Canon Inc. group. The company is an industry leader in professional and consumer imaging solutions with an extensive product line that includes networked multifunction devices, document solutions software, printers, scanners, facsimiles, digital video cameras, film and digital cameras and lenses. In addition, the company operates its own finance service, Canon Finance Australia, which provides a one-stop shop for customers wanting to lease or finance their equipment. Canon Inc. is a top patent-holder of imaging technologies with a local research and development centre -- CISRA (Canon Information Systems Research Australia) -- based in Sydney.</p>
<p>Media contact:</p>
<p>Steven Noble</p>
<p>Associate Director, Technology</p>
<p>Hill &amp; Knowlton</p>
<p>02 9286 1238</p>

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