Surveillance solutions from Fibre Transmission Systems Africa.

Dec '99 CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring

Fibre Transmission Systems has introduced a new surveillance system from COE, called the Series 300, and upgraded its existing Series 1200, as part of an ongoing technological development programme.

Series 300 is a single channel product developed for CCTV surveillance installations where high quality, high performance transmission of video, audio and data is required. Having the capability to support PAL and NTSC signal formats over distances of up to 50 km, this flexible system can be used to provide effective surveillance solutions for a multitude of applications including road, rail and city centre locations.

Performance features of Series 300 include an extended data transmission rate of 64 Kb/s, a wideband audio channel option of 10 kHz and anti-lock bus circuitry and an operating temperature range of –30 to +74 oC. As a single channel product Series 300 will provide transmission of one simplex video channel and two user specified duplex data/audio/contact channels from a list of ten options. Because of the advanced performance capabilities of Series 300, this new system will supersede COE’s existing Series 140 single channel product which will be removed from general sale on 31 December 1999.

Multichannel video transmission

For surveillance operations which require multichannel video transmission, COE’s new Series 1200 offers installers a modular and flexible option. Series 1200 has been designed to support simplex and duplex video communications of up to 24 channels, along with audio and data transmission over one or two optical fibres. With transmission distances of up to 70 km on one fibre and the capability to work in situations where many different signal types are required, Series 1200 is thus a high performance system which can work effectively in long haul or multi-service environments.

Series 1200 has a video channel bandwidth of 10 MHz and supports PAL and NTSC signal formats including audio sub carriers. Its plug-in, modular design is based upon the 3U,19” format. Every module is hot pluggable within the chassis and requires no user adjustments. Both automatic frequency and gain control are applied to every channel to ensure stable operation throughout product life.

Fully compatible with COE data multiplexer products, Series 1200 can be further expanded when required for support of simplex or duplex data, audio and contact closure transmission.

According to FTSA’s Mike Jefferies, “The launch of Series 1200 is part of the next phase of the ongoing technological development by COE’s design team to improve performance capabilities of existing CCTV surveillance systems in response to public demand.”

Command and control systems

“FTSA is also introducing the TCU16 COE’s Telecommand family of command and control systems. The TCU16, a market leading CCTV control option used for medium-to-large scale networked and standalone CCTV applications,” says Jefferies.

Available for use with an integral video switching matrix or large external video router, TCU16 is an extremely versatile system. TCU16 facilitates high camera count systems and the connection of multiple sites through the use of COE’s networking technology. TCU16 provides the user with powerful solutions for CCTV monitoring rooms.

For details contact Mike Jefferies on tel: (011) 679 1594 or e-mail:, or visit COE’s new website

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