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Cameras that can view objects 15 km away

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Sony comes out with improved version of video surveillance system

HYDERABAD: In the backdrop of the increased threat perception following the recent terror strikes, installation of surveillance cameras at all public and private places has become the need of the hour.

Demo organised

While the Hyderabad police introduced Internet Protocol (IP) based video surveillance system five years ago, noted company Sony has come out with an improved version of it that helps view objects 15 km away and beyond.

The company organised a live demonstration of its Wide Area Monitoring (WAM) by affixing four cameras atop the Cyber Towers in Hi Tec City, Madhapur, on Tuesday. The uniqueness of the system is its capability to view images during the night and the face of a person or number of a vehicle as far as six km. The cameras also help to view and record images till a distance of 15 km. “But beyond six kilometres, it would be difficult to clearly see the face of a person. But you can clearly ascertain if the image being shown is a vehicle or a person,” the company executive S. Ali Ahmed told reporters. The system consists of two high definition cameras. Of these, one camera can be used to get 270 degrees panoramic view. The second one will work as zoom camera that can focus on specified location or object within that wide area.

The other two are thermal cameras that help to view and record images during the night. Even if it is pitch dark, one can make out if the object being viewed is a vehicle or a living thing using the thermal cameras. Like the video surveillance system installed on Necklace road by the Hyderabad police, this system too uses the IP-based connectivity.

But the quality of video images is far superior. While the cameras fixed on the Necklace road help zoom on objects upto a kilometre, the upgraded version helps sight objects far away.

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