Total hands-on surveillance control from Panasonic

December 2004 CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring

Catering for the increasingly sophisticated surveillance market, NPC (Electronics) Limited - the exclusive importer and distributor of Panasonic products in South Africa (Panasonic) - has introduced the first total system controller solution to the local market.

Designed for use with the Panasonic WJ-HD300, WJ-HD500 and WJ-HD200 series of digital disk recorders and other PS-data devices, the Panasonic WV-CU650 System Controller balances simplicity and functionality, giving users total hands-on surveillance control capabilities.

Modern in look and feel, the WV-CU650 is configured with the operator in mind: operation is simplified and streamlined, allowing attention to be focused on the surveillance task. For example, the jog dial and shuttle ring are positioned in the centre of the unit, giving quicker and smoother control of every search operation and system setting. The unit also boasts one-touch access to record, replay and search functions; while the larger numeric keypad gives direct access to the various cameras linked to the system.

Then there is the detached 3D joystick, which enables users to pan, tilt and zoom seamlessly - great for following any subject under surveillance. Inherently user-friendly, the joystick can be positioned for use by either left- or right-handed users and the stick height can be adjusted to fit the operator's hand-size. Soft padding minimises user fatigue while easy-to-reach buttons facilitate instinctive, touch-recognition usage.

Importantly, the WV-CU650 provides integrated system control, including:

* Camera control, which is greatly enhanced by the keypad-driven camera access and the joystick's direct pan, tilt and zoom functionality.

* Recorder control, which is maximised through dedicated record, play and search buttons, as well as the smooth jog dial and shuttle ring motions.

* Switcher control, which is facilitated by dedicated image switching and sequencing buttons.

"Taking total control of a surveillance system has never been this easy," says Mags Anthony, director, Panasonic Broadcast and Closed Circuit Video Equipment. "The WV-CU650 is not only user-friendly yet fully functional, but it is also aesthetically pleasing and adds a hi-tech feel to any set-up. What is more, you can daisy-chain up to four units in a system and assign varying user levels to each for management control purposes. It is simple, yet sophisticated; compact, yet delivers comprehensive control capabilities."

For more information contact Cedric Greeves, Panasonic, 011 313 1400, [email protected],

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