Pelco introduces GFC Professional 4K camera to provide “clarity with purpose”

Pelco by Schneider Electric has released the GFC Professional 4K, a video surveillance camera delivering 8 MP resolution detail for demanding security applications with heavy foot and vehicular traffic. The GFC Professional 4K is also designed to support challenging lighting conditions typically found in city surveillance, airport, seaport, traffic, gaming/correctional facility, commercial and hospitality-focused deployments.

The GFC Professional 4K camera delivers HD video at 30 fps for industries whose operations demand 24/7 surveillance. With this level of clarity, end user customers can use one camera to cover a large area and digitally zoom-in for detailed information. By pairing 4K video resolution with H.265 video coding and Pelco’s ‘Smart Compression’ technology, the GFC Professional 4K camera minimises network bandwidth and storage costs.

“Pelco has successfully applied 4K technology to solve real security video challenges, providing more detail even in scenes with low light or overly bright areas and doing so without unduly burdening storage costs,” said Sophie Wang, senior global product line manager. “Unlike other vendors’ 4K cameras, the robust Pelco Pro firmware feature set on the GFC Professional 4K maximises image quality, light sensitivity and much more.”

In comparative tests using the ISO standard for evaluating a camera’s true dynamic range (tone contrast within an image), and not a proprietary vendor test with undisclosed ‘forensic’ conditions, the GFC Professional 4K camera consistently tested 5-to-9% higher than a competitor’s 4K camera. Additionally, the GFC Professional 4K delivers category-leading 0.2 lux light sensitivity performance at 30 fps in colour mode.

Features of the new camera

The introduction of 4K technology into Pelco’s product portfolio is a natural step forward in the journey to offer quicker identification related to incidents or suspicious activity.

The new cameras feature up to 4K/8 MP resolution in 30 fps, thus containing up to four times the resolution of 1080p. A single fixed camera can cover a wide area with highly accurate and clear details. There’s H.265 video coding and Pelco ‘Smart Compression’. This decreases bandwidth as well as video recording costs.

These cameras also operate in extreme temperature environments with a temperature range between –40° to 60°C (–40°F to 162.5°F) and up to 65°C (149°F) at four hours/day.

100 dB true Wide Dynamic Range brings out the detail in both very bright and dark areas to maximise visibility. This is useful in scenes where there are dark and bright areas in the image. In addition, the built-in IR Illuminator produces detailed images in zero light, while the adaptive IR Illuminator avoids overexposure that can otherwise hinder detection.

The cameras boast a motorised lens with P-Iris. In addition to remote zoom and focus control, the P-Iris enables more precise control on the light reaching the sensor which results in better image clarity and depth-of-field in all lighting conditions. There are also three independent and configurable streams. All three streams are configurable with video coding (H.265/H.264/MJPEG), resolution and frame rate. This enables more flexibility in recording and viewing video.

Operators can interface with other systems and the cameras to promptly react to events and incidents. Real-time audio enhances the security information captured by the cameras.

Dome versions will be available for purchase in late November with bullet versions available in December.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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