Sensormatic now offers full system design including fibre-optic cabling

March/April 2000 Access Control & Identity Management

A recently formed partnership between Sensormatic Distribution and a leading international fibre-optic equipment supplier has meant that Sensormatic is now able to offer all its installers a complete package.

IFS (International Fiber Systems), a US-based company, has been working closely with Sensormatic Electronics Corporation in the United States to develop a video and data transceiver to operate with Sensormatic's SensorNet data format. The local agreement concluded with IFS means that Sensormatic Distribution will now be distributing its entire range of fibre-optic equipment in South Africa.

Fibre optic transmission equipment

Formed in 1989, IFS has grown to be the market leader in the design and delivery of fibre-optic transmission equipment. IFS supply over 200 products for applications ranging from CCTV, access control and fire and alarm systems to video conferencing, building automation and intelligent transportation systems.

"All IFS products are supported by a no-fuss, lifetime guarantee. Our goal is to solve your problems, not add to them, that is the IFS promise" says Iain Deuchars, Managing Director IFS Europe.

A number of these IFS products, including the SensorNet transceivers were recently on show on the Sensormatic stand at the Securex 2000 exhibition held at Gallagher Estate. According to Brian Hill, General Manager of Sensormatic Distribution, "the response received by visitors to the show to the new range of equipment released by Sensormatic Distribution was exciting. At 230 kbps, demonstrations of the extraordinarily high speed of the transceivers were impressive indeed."

Integra - a new generation digital VCR

Other new products on show included Integra, as well as the latest version of Intellex. Integra is the first in a new generation of digital VCRs designed to replace the traditional analog time lapse VCRs. Integra features high resolution at 600 lines and records video to and replays from a DVD-RAM, a removable optical disk cartridge that stores four to eight times more information than a conventional CD.

Other features include alarm indexing as well as an extended recording feature that allows up to 150 h of information to be stored. This optical disk medium can be removed for archiving and has the advantage of being re-usable thousands of times.

Integra has been designed in response to requests from the security industry to provide a digital time-lapse video recorder that combines advanced digital compression with optical DVD-RAM disk technology. It does this using Sensormatic's proprietary compression and multiplexer encoding methods.

Integra is targeted at security industry professionals using traditional time-lapse video cassette recorders (TLVCRs) and event recorders in their current CCTV systems. Says Hill, "A strong response from the marketplace has been signalled from strong early sales, including a number secured at the Securex show."

Adds Hill, "Intellex 2.0, the latest version of Sensormatic's combination multiplexer/digital recorder, was another keen point of interest at the show. Intellex is now significantly enhanced with a greater storage capacity of 40 Gb, faster processing time (600 Mhz PIII), increased memory, as well as increased resolution. In addition, Intellex 2.0 now offers zoom on live and composite video out on playback. All of these new features were immediately apparent to those who have seen and used the previous Intellex 1.5 units."

Network compatible

A further significant development is that Intellex 1.6 and Intellex 2.0 can now be connected to a LAN network, with the units being interrogated using the INC (Intellex Network Client) software. Operators are now able to access any number of units on the network and download alarm information and video from any of these. Operators are also able to check the status of the units on the LAN.

For details contact Brian Hill on tel: (011) 466 0190, or e-mail:

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