Illustra Pro Mini Domes from Johnson Controls feature Smart Wide Dynamic Range

Johnson Controls has updated its popular Illustra Pro camera family with a new generation of Mini Domes featuring Smart Wide Dynamic Range (WDR). Offering a choice of 2, 3, 5 and 8 megapixel models and a variety of lens options, the new cameras are ideal for a wide range of deployments in both medium and large-sized facilities.

The Smart WDR technology built into the new cameras greatly improves the quality of images captured in varying lighting environments. By continuously analysing the scene, Smart WDR – without any operator intervention – automatically adjusts tone mapping intensity and optimises the quality of the captured images by enhancing darkened areas. There’s no over-saturation of brighter areas.

Set-up times are also reduced with the addition of configuration profiles, such as Auto, LPR, Casino, Indoor, Outdoor, Shutter Priority and Iris Priority, whereby camera settings are automatically adjusted based on the environment all via the simple click of a button.

“The smart technology embedded in our latest generation of Illustra Pro cameras automates image tuning and ensures that what you see is always dynamically optimised, even in changing scenes and lighting conditions,” explained Ric Wilton, director of product management for Illustra. “We’re aiming to reduce operator set-up and management costs while always delivering a perfectly configured picture. Adding intelligent and automated capabilities to our solutions is core to the company’s product design and the Illustra portfolio.”

Building from the previous generation of cameras, the Mini Domes improve on important features such as Illustra IntelliZip bandwidth management, effective failover redundancy, cyber security and Video Intelligence Analytics.

The new Mini Domes also offer Wide Field of View and Narrow Field of View options. They’re packaged in a bubble-free IP66 environmentally sealed and IK10 vandal-resistant housing instead of the typical transparent cover usually fitted to dome cameras. This negates the potential problem of IR diffused reflection and maximises image quality, regardless of the camera tilt angle.

These cameras feature the aforementioned Video Intelligence Analytics, which means users can offload analytic streaming from network video recorders to the edge, in turn saving time and resources. Users can select from a choice of ten video analytics tools, including object detection, object abandoned/removed, crowd formation, dwell and perimeter protection in order to set up real-time, user-customisable event alarms which will enable them to respond quickly to any incidents and make best use of available personnel.

As part of the Johnson Controls Cyber Solutions Product Security Program, the new generation of Mini Domes also boast enhanced safeguards against cyber attack. With cyber threat resilience very much in mind, the Mini Domes feature ‘secure boot’ which prompts the installer to change the default password at the time of installation.

Additional safeguard controls include an enhanced security mode which forces the use of complex, non-default passwords and encrypted communications.

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