Video surveillance for the home market has always been a costly venture to consider. Even low-end, entry-level equipment usually started at around $2500. Well, Toshiba is claiming they have produced a product that is going to change all that. The new IK-WB15A Network Camera is expected to ship with a MSRP of $599.
Sergio Collazo, national sales manager, Toshiba Surveillance & IP Video Products told us, “It has the high-end features that professionals demand, yet is priced so that homeowners and small businesses can afford it.”
As for the camera’s capabilities, Toshiba tells us the unit is designed specifically for IP network video surveillance and remote monitoring applications and includes 1280 x 960 resolution based on the 1/4-inch Fuji Super CCD, 30 frame-per-second Motion-JPEG video streaming, 2.6X optical zoom, variable speed Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ), installation simplifying Power over Ethernet (PoE), an SD card slot, and integrated two-way audio to allow communication with security personnel or to hear intruders.
The company adds that the IK-WB15A can be monitored and controlled from any standard web browser or other networked communications device. The IK-WB15A does not require an on-site PC for operation, as its embedded IP server empowers users to access live video from anywhere in the world via a standard web browser (Internet Explorer V. 6.0, Netscape V. 7.0) for real time incident response. Multiple viewers can simultaneously access the same IK-WB15A video stream, and the camera has motion detection capability that will automatically record video when tripped even if the user is not watching. Pan, tilt and the 2.6X optical zoom lens can also be controlled remotely via a simple-to-use network interface.
In a market that is expected to reach $3.9 billion by 2010, Toshiba has introduced a product with mass retail appeal. We are told that Toshiba is expecting big things from this particular camera as the company claims they have a large number of back orders for a product has just been announced.