September 10, 2012
DRS Technologies Introduces Watchmaster® IP Ultra Thermal Camera with Pan-And-Tilt Capability for the Commercial Security & Surveillance Market
ARLINGTON, VA, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012, – DRS Technologies, a Finmeccanica Company, announced the introduction of the WatchMaster® IP Ultra, a low-cost, high performance, thermal camera supporting both digital (IP) and analog video formats, to the commercial market.
The WatchMaster® IP Ultra advances the popular WatchMaster® IP family of thermal imaging cameras by adding pan-and-tilt capability for extended coverage in commercial security and surveillance operations.
Developed and produced by the Imaging and Targeting Solutions (ITS) Company of DRS, the WatchMaster® IP Ultra is optimized for IP-based security networks. The WatchMaster® IP Ultra utilizes DRS’ patented Vanadium oxide microbolometer, long-wave infrared detector technology to generate a clear thermal video image with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. It enables companies to enhance the performance of their surveillance and security systems by using thermal imaging technology in place of conventional low-light security cameras that have limited image quality and range capabilities in challenging environments.
The WatchMaster® IP Ultra is offered in versions up to 30 frames per second or for simplified export, as low as 9 frames per second. The product is designed for global commercial security and surveillance systems for critical infrastructure, large enterprises, educational institutions, utility companies and more.
With its hybrid analog and IP capability, the WatchMaster® IP Ultra provides a seamless transition from analog to IP security systems. When integrated with an IP-based security network, the WatchMaster® IP Ultra can be controlled from a central office, a remote video management system, or DRS’ Web-based utility.
As affordably priced as its predecessor, the WatchMaster® IP Elite, the WatchMaster® IP Ultra offers advanced capabilities in a very compact package. The system weighs less than 2.33 kg (5.12 pounds) and occupies a volume of about 6100 cm3 (about 374 cu. in.) The WatchMaster® IP Ultra is available with fixed-focus athermalized lenses with fields of view of 40?, 16? and 9?.
The WatchMaster® IP Ultra incorporates a tamper-resistant IP66 enclosure for outdoor applications and is conformant with the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF™) standard for interfacing IP-based security devices and also is IEEE 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE) compliant. ONVIF is a trademark of ONVIF, Inc. Moreover, it is an industry-leader in efficiency, consuming less than 12.95 watts of power.
“DRS is committed to bringing our world-leading technology to the commercial market and expanding the range of offerings in our WatchMaster® IP family of commercial products,” says DRS ITS President Todd Stirtzinger. “The new pan-and-tilt capability in the WatchMaster® IP Ultra is the latest example of that commitment. The WatchMaster® IP Ultra provides excellent coverage for networked commercial security operations with multiple configurations for managing its operation.”
DRS Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Arlington, Va., is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica S.p.A. (FNC.MI) which employs more than 70,000 people worldwide. For more information about DRS Technologies, please visit the company’s website at www.drs.com.
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