Large, 5MP Sensor
Wide-Angle View and Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)
Removable Infrared-Cut Filter
IP67 Weatherproof and IK10 Vandal-Resistant Housing
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As a business owner it’s vital to protect your property against those who wouldn’t think twice about taking advantage of the lack of security options. When it comes to choosing the right business security, the market is literally flooded with various security adaptations. A popular security addition is a security camera system, allowing you to have a permanent pair of eyes on your prized possessions. One company that actively offers possession/building protection is Linksys. Providing big business surveillance enhancement, they have made several new additions to their IP camera security options. Introducing the LCAD03VLNOD outdoor night vision dome camera.
Product features at a glance:
Get superior video quality and cleaner images in any light with the large 5MP image sensor, a free wide dynamic range firmware upgrade, and automatic IR-filter.
Features night vision, motion detection, audio detection, and alarm/event notification to help you monitor and protect your business around the clock.
EXTENDED VIEWING ANGLES
Captures 5-megapixel viewing angles in a 3-megapixel video display.
Complies with Open Network Video Interface Forum core specifications, versions 1.0 and 2.0.
INTUITIVE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
Free video surveillance manager software includes user, profile, and event management capabilities.
Features IP67 weatherproof and vandal-resistant housing to help protect the system from both natural and criminal elements
When it comes to dome cameras, they all pretty much follow the same staple deign setup. Incorporating a fairly sizable removable polycarbonate dome, the LCAD03VLNOD also features an IP67 weatherproof and IK10 vandal-resistant housing.
An IP number is used to specify the environmental protection of enclosures around electronic equipment. These ratings are determined by specific tests. The IP number is composed of two numbers, the first referring to the protection against solid objects and the second against liquids. The higher the number, the better the protection IP67 indicated that the LCAD03VLNOD camera is 1) Totally protected against dust and 2) Be protected against temporary immersion in to water between 15cm and 1m during a test of 30 minutes.
The IK10 vandal protection is scored upon 3 aspects to make it vandal proof: First the camera should be difficult to open or re-adjust. This is accomplished through the use of recessed security screws that require a special tool included with the camera. A standard screwdriver or hex driver cannot be used to open a vandal-proof camera. The LCAD03VLNOD includes an ‘L’ shaped key for unlocking the mounting screws. The second aspect of making a camera resistant to vandalism is to build the camera with materials that make it highly resistant to impact, such as a swing from a hammer or a baseball bat. How do you know how much of a blow a camera can withstand? There is an international standard for measuring impact (IEC 62262, the equivalent of the EU standard EN 62262) and a camera manufacturer can submit products to be impact ranked by a certified testing facility. The testing is based on the type of hammer, mass of the hammer and the resulting impact energy (measure in joules). The ratings range from IK1 (the weakest) to IK10 (the strongest). The third element of vandal-proofing a surveillance camera is one that is often overlooked – cable management. Cable management refers to how cabling from the camera is run in a way that protects it from the elements and vandalism (think wire cutters). There are three cable management techniques. Which one is used depends on the type of camera, where it is mounted and where the cabling enters the structure. Obviously as the LCAD03VLNOD is a dome camera the cabling exits the back of the dome (the side mounted to the wall or ceiling) directly into the building or into a junction box completely hiding and therefore protecting the cabling.
While the LCAD03VLNOD dome camera is marketed/advertised towards being an outdoor mounted security option, it’s fairly customisable and can in fact be mounted indoors also, offering the user maximum flexibility when it comes to their installation options. While the majority of specifications/features are geared towards an outdoor usage camera, they work equally well when utilized indoors.
Sitting underneath the dome are 12 x Infrared LED’s that provide you with an infrared distance of 15 meters and an infrared wavelength of 850nm. A necessary feature of any outdoor monitoring surveillance system is the mechanical IR-Cut filter switch. Under low light/no-light conditions the use of an IR-illuminator and IR-Cut filter switch is an absolute must. This allows the camera sensor to become sensitive the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum and the Near Infra-Red (NIR) portion of the spectrum. When the light falls below a certain level, in contrast, the filter automatically swivels out of the way so that the infrared light does hit the image sensor. At the same time, the camera switches to black/white mode, in which it can use the infrared light optimally.
The meat and bones of the LCAD03VLNOD are it’s specifications. Sporting a 5 megapixel CMOS image sensor, the LCAD03VLNOD offers a maximum image resolution of 2048 x 1536 in a 3 megapixel video display. The maximum video frame-rates are: 8 fps @ 2048 x 1536, 30 fps @ 1920 x 1080, 30 fps @ 1280 x 720. Featuring a horizontal viewng angle of 26° ~ 70°; and a Vertical viewing range of 20° ~ 51°, the Linksys LCAD03VLNOD offers plenty of scope, ensuring a wide field of view is offered/re-produced.
The lens type is a vari-focal lens which means the camera has variable focal length. Vari-focal lenses provide cameras with better and seamless video recording/images from a distance. A camera with a vari-focal lens offers a clearer band of vision down the middle of the lens, but can lead to a certain amount of distortion along the edge of the lens. In addition the LCAD03VLNOD features auto iris control. A camera iris is the part of the camera that controls how much light comes through the lens. If the iris creates a larger opening, more light can get through; a smaller opening allows less light through. The light that the iris allows through hits the image sensor and that light gets recorded as electrical impulses that create the video. Auto irises are motorized, allowing them to automatically adjust the iris opening to the changing light throughout the day. Because auto irises used more advanced technology than a fixed or manual iris, cameras with an auto iris are often more expensive, but better suited to recording in outdoor locations where the changes between sunlight and nighttime can be automatically adjusted for.
When it comes to video, the LCAD03VLNOD features both variable and constant bitrate control. Constant bit rate (CBR) encoding persists the set data rate to your setting over the whole video clip. Use CBR only if your clip contains a similar motion level across the entire duration. CBR is most commonly used for streaming video content using the Flash Media Server (rtmp). Variable bit rate (VBR) encoding adjusts the data rate down and to the upper limit you set, based on the data required by the compressor. VBR takes longer to encode but produces the most favorable results. VBR is most commonly used for http delivery if video content (http progressive). The video compression is H.264, MJPEG & MPEG4.
In terms of connection the LCAD03VLNOD is of the PoE variety of IP camera. Power over Ethernet or PoE describes any of several standardized or ad-hoc systems which pass electrical power along with data through Ethernet cabling. There are many features to this with the main one being that it allows a single cable to provide both data connection and electrical power to devices such as wireless access points or IP cameras. Helping to preserve your recorded data is the optional SD/SDHC card slot – allowing for up to a 32GB card size to be installed/supported.
Once you have installed/mounted/connected your LCAD03VLNOD dome camera, installation of the included Video Surveillance software is fairly straight forward. The software interface itself is very clean and dead easy to navigate. Usage wise, and for the beginner security surveillance officer, once installed there’s very little you would need to do as all the defaults are set up and it’s literally plug and play. Note i said usage? It’s worth noting that the hardware installation itself is not designed for the novice installer due to the technical/wiring knowledge required to set this up with success – home-users beware. For the pro security officer, there are some nice little features that can be adjusted/played around with that will provide your business with a more customised security option.
When accessing the cameras web configuration, the landing page is your live view – from here you are given a icon driven menu system with tabbed blocks for easy configuration. Your configuration tab allows you to change your camera settings. Exposure control, white balance, IR cut (activate/deactivate), AE settings (indoor/outdoor selection, flicker, exposure speed), Video Denoise settings (to produce fuss/pixel free recordings), WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) are all available to customise. In addition you are able to create profiles: Up to five profiles can be created for different lighting environments. Day and night are default profiles already created, you can create up to three additional profiles. You can schedule profiles to change at specific times, or when lighting conditions change.
Your video and audio settings are completely customisable allowing to to edit the most common video/audio settings. Set a timestamp on your videos, adjust the video quality, set up audio streams, enable the camea speaker or enable/disable the echo function to eliminate audio echo.
The discovery setting makes adding of additional cameras a flawless, quick and very simple process. UPnP Discovery – Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) simplifies the process of adding a camera to a local area network. Once connected to a LAN, the camera will automatically appear on the intranet. Bonjour Discovery – allows the camera to be automatically discovered by Bonjour.
Other interesting software features are:
Multicast sends a video stream to the multicast group address and allows multiple clients to acquire the stream at the same time by requesting a copy from the multicast group address. This effectively saves Internet bandwidth. The RTSP (Real-Time Streaming Protocol) controls the delivery of streaming media.
Audio Detection: Schedule an event to be triggered if there is a change in the sound level of a monitored area. Audio detection can be used to measure change in the ambient voice. The audio sensitivity level can be adjusted to increase the sound level detection.
The Linksys LCAD03VLNOD outdoor dome camera offers all the reliability a SMB could ever want alongside the robustness and quality build that they demand. The software is intuitive and easy to navigate offering a clean interface that is reliable and so feature rich, it provides it’s operator complete control of their security system at the touch of a button. From the very simple installation (presuming you know what you are doing) through to the bells-and-whistles software production, the Linksys LCAD03VLNOD is the new kid on the block surveillance camera that has all the specifications/features to compete with if not over-shadow existing market dome IP cameras. All this however does come at a price, combining the LCAD03VLNOD camera with the Linksys network video recorder and you are not looking at much change from £800 – add in a few more cameras for the ultimate surveillance system and your system could end up setting you back a few thousand pounds. Worth it? Yes it could be argued that there are cheaper security systems on the market, however the LCAD03VLNOD camera is not your average run-of-the-mill home security system. The LCAD03VLNOD offers the specifications/features more suited to the Small to medium businesses and as such would be considered too advanced a system for those looking for a basic security monitoring system (such as home users). At present the LCAD03VLNOD is only available to purchase through an authorized re-seller.
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The Linksys LCAD03VLNOD outdoor dome camera offers all the reliability a SMB could ever want alongside the robustness and quality build that they demand. The software is intuitive and easy to navigate offering a clean interface that is reliable and so feature rich, it provides it's operator complete control of their security system at the touch of a button.....
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