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Synology Surveillance Station 7.0 Beta

Synology Inc. today announced the beta availability of Surveillance Station 7.0, the latest version of its popular video management system. Surveillance Station 7.0 Beta delivers a completely redesigned interface, customizable event linking rules, integration for physical access controllers, as well as support for more specialized IP cameras and ONVIF 2.4 compliance.

“With Surveillance Station 7.0, we aimed to create the most flexible, yet easy to use version of Surveillance Station ever,” said Alex Wang, CEO of Synology Inc. “Users can enjoy a familiar desktop experience with the redesigned interface, while also taking advantage of more camera features and built-in support for physical access controllers. These features significantly boost versatility and installation options.”

Surveillance Station 7.0 Beta introduces new and advanced features, including:

Brand new design emphasizing ease-of-use: The user interface in Surveillance Station 7.0 has been redesigned and rebuilt from the ground up. The intuitive design emphasizes ease-of-use, multitasking, and handy organization. Design tweaks deliver the smoothest and most responsive experience yet. The new Alerts Panel for Live View Analytics lets users easily review, play back, or save suspicious events.

Automated event linking for dynamic surveillance environments: To facilitate task automation, Surveillance Station 7.0 significantly expands the functionality of action rules, making it possible to automatically perform a wider range of tasks, either according to a schedule or when pre-defined events occur. For example, if one camera goes offline, another camera can start patrolling a specified area in response.

Physical access control and video monitoring in a single pane: Surveillance Station 7.0 moves beyond video surveillance and into the real world of physical access control. When paired with the AXIS Network Door Controller solution, surveillance personnel can monitor, lock and unlock, or view access logs of connected doors — all from the familiar Surveillance Station interface.

Ever-expanding integration for specialized IP cameras: Surveillance Station 7.0 delivers even more integration for specialized camera features, such as object tracking, digital output, and two-way audio, allowing users to deploy a flexible surveillance system perfectly tailored to their individual environment. In addition, Surveillance Station 7.0 includes expanded, software-powered dewarping for wall mount and ceiling mount fisheye cameras.

ONVIF 2.4 compliance: With support for ONVIF 2.4, users and system integration can take advantage of boosted interoperability and more flexible installation with standard features like multiple stream, in-camera motion detection, digital input/output, audio output, NTP synchronization, or day/night exposure modes.

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Seiko Epson Corporation today announced that it had shipped its 100 millionth high-temperature polysilicon (“HTPS”) TFT liquid crystal panel for 3LCD projectors, enough for more than 33.3 million projector units.

Epson began developing HTPS, the core devices at the heart of 3LCD projectors, in the 1980s and introduced its first 3LCD projector in 1989. Since then, shipments of Epson HTPS panels have grown in tandem with the projector market, reaching 50 million in 2008, and now, 25 years since the launch of the first 3LCD projector, achieving 100 million.
Applications for projectors have now expanded, for example, for business presentations in offices, for home theaters, for education, and for commerce. By continuing to develop products that fulfill the demands of these markets, Epson has maintained its position as the world’s No.1*

Epson will continue to expand and enhance its HTPS lineup with panels for 3LCD projectors that boast outstanding color brightness, natural images, and which are easy on the eyes.

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WorkForce Pro WF-8090

Epson, a leading provider of business imaging solutions, today announced expansion of its portfolio of workgroup printers with its two new A3 printing solutions powered by PrecisionCore – the WorkForce Pro WF-8590 and WF-8090. The WorkForce Pro 8000-Series printers are designed to deliver affordable color printing with low intervention for small and medium companies and corporate workgroups.

The WorkForce Pro 8000-Series features black and color print speeds up to 24 ppm1, a duty cycle of up to 75,000 pages2, and cost savings up to 40 percent lower than printing from color lasers3. With the WorkForce Pro WF-8590 (multifunction) and WF-8090 (single function) color printers, workgroups will benefit from versatile media handling to print up to 13” x 19” on a variety of media, including envelopes and labels. With ultra-high yield cartridges to print or copy up to 7,000 color pages4 and total paper capacity of up to 1,830 sheets with optional paper trays, small and medium businesses (SMBs) can maximize work productivity by reducing the frequency of supplies replenishment.

“Business decision-makers and their solutions providers are moving A3 printing closer to the knowledge workers who print a high volume of color pages,” said Larry Trevarthen, director, Business Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “This move not only minimizes workflow disruption, but with the new WorkForce Pro 8000-Series, it can also optimize the costs of color printing.”

“These new Epson models are designed to augment traditional ‘big iron’ machines – not replace them – to more conveniently deliver the wide-format color documents produced by companies in sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare and financial services,” Trevarthen added.

Additional WorkForce Pro 8000-Series features include:

  • Drivers & utilities – universal printer driver; PCL* and PostScript® 3 support.
  • Security features: PIN number certification for job release; user control access, printer and network settings via Web configuration with printer’s IP address, SSL/TLS security, IPSec.
  • Efficiency – automatic duplexing plus auto media size detection; WorkForce Pro WF-8590 adds auto two-sided copying, faxing and scanning, including Scan to Cloud5, scan to email and Epson Document Capture Pro software.
  • Built-in connectivity – includes Ethernet, USB, wireless b/g/n6 and Wi-Fi Direct®6; easily print from tablets and smartphones7, including remote printing and access to Cloud.
  • Enabled for remote printer data collection – Compatible with MPS software solutions from PrintFleet®, ECi (FMAudit®) and others.

Availability

The WorkForce Pro WF-8590 and WF-8090 will be available in January 2015 through the Epson ImageWaySM Partner Program to channel partners and through authorized commercial channel resellers.

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Simatic-IFP1500

Siemens is launching 15″ widescreen devices for gesture and multi-touch operation onto the market. The flat panel monitor Simatic IFP1500 and the two panel PCs Simatic IPC477D and IPC677D with a 15″ display will complement the existing portfolio of 19″ and 22″ devices. Outstanding features include industrial-standard anti-glare for easy legibility from wide viewing angles, high image resolution for precise operation, and automatic detection of spurious touching and operation caused for example by catching the screen with the ball of the hand, or soiling. The continuous glass front is scratch-proof and resistant to chemicals, while a metal surround protects the glass edge from mechanical damage. Machinery and plant manufacturers benefit from the multi-touch devices from Siemens for modern operating concepts featuring zooming, scrolling and context-sensitive displays. Multi-touch user interfaces can be implemented easily and efficiently thanks to the industry-specific device design, the practical functions and the supporting engineering tools.

The new flat panel monitor Simatic IFP1500 and the new panel PCs Simatic IPC477D and IPC677D with a 15″ display are ideal for the intuitive, efficient operation of machinery and plant using one or more fingers as well as gestures or two hands. They can also be operated while wearing protective gloves, and can be used for single-touch applications. The new devices with projected capacitive touchscreens (PCTs) designed specifically for industrial applications are splash-proof and dirt-resistant. The special design, which features a continuous glass front and keyless operation, makes the new products ideally suited to applications with rigorous cleanliness and hygiene requirements, for example in the food and beverages industry. The devices with an aluminum housing are designed for 24-hour continuous operation, and comply with high-temperature, vibration, shock and EMC requirements.

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TDK SMG4A

TDK Corporation presents the new SMG4A series of serial ATA II compatible industrial NAND flash memory modules, which enable storage capacities of up to 128 GB and measure only approx. 30 x 50 mm. The product will be available from January 2015.

TDK can meet the requirement of industrial usage by offering a collateral error prevention function, which overcomes the fact that in case of power failure the conventional MLC NAND flash memory products lose the data, which is not written on the disk.
The new SMG4A series does not only feature the power failure tolerance algorithm of TDK’s own GBDriver RS4 controller IC, it also features TDK’s internal power supply protection circuit that reliably prevents any power failure related collateral errors.

Further advantages provided by TDK’s GBDriver RS4 include enhanced ECC and other functions significantly bolstering data reliability, such as read retry, auto recovery, data randomizer, and auto refresh. In addition, service life diagnosis software (TDK SMART) facilitates quantitative lifespan management.

Data security has also been enhanced. In addition to the standard ATA security complement and AES* 128-bit encryption, a TDK proprietary security function is also implemented. Data can be stored in the NAND type flash memory in encrypted form, to guard against the risk of data leaks and tampering, resulting in highly robust storage security.

The TDK SMG4A series of industrial mSATA form factor SSDs are SATA flash memory drives ideally suited for use as replacements for hard disk drives in industrial equipment and embedded devices. They combine high-speed performance, data reliability, storage lifespan, and data security on a high plane.
With the introduction of the new series, TDK can complement its existing SMG3B series and expands the product range of mSATA type NAND modules.

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enQ To Ready Its HC1200 DLP

BenQ America, a leading manufacturer of video projectors and display systems, has recently introduced the HC1200 DLP projector, just in time for the holidays.   By exclusive use of Texas Instruments DLP technology, BenQ holds the honor of undisputed, international leader in visual display solutions as well as America’s #1 selling projector brand.  Continuing their line of Colorific projectors, the HC1200 will employ sRGB (Red, Green, Blue) color accuracy, and also double ANSI contrast levels.

By adhering to the sRGB industry standard, the HC1200 aligns with color precision quality widely accepted by monitors, cameras, smartphones, printers and the Internet.  Doing so will enable the projector to deliver superlative visual richness at 100% accuracy, propelled by LAN control, 1080p, a 1.5x zoom, and even 3D capability.  The purpose built HC1200 aims to lap the competition right out-of-the-box by offering stunning color reproduction, surpassing industry competitors and typical LCD projectors.

Providing amazing consistency and color fidelity, the dynamic and state-of-the-art HC1200 immediately rivals 4,000 lumen projectors.  Projected visuals will leap into your lap thanks to crisp contrast which enhances fine details for superior clarity.  The sterling reputation BenQ boasts also applies for this model.  Expect the HC1200 to indefinitely avoid the perils of yellowing, fading or ghosting.  Consumers also can rely on the HC1200 to fulfill all multimedia and technical requirements.

BenQ does not miss a single detail with the HC1200.  Featuring an embedded test pattern for more accurate calibrations, 2D keystone correction and improved versatility via the luxury of both RJ45 (LAN) and RS-232 networking standards, the HC1200 meets every need.  Furthermore, the unit showcases a healthy assortment of connectivity options.  Between USB, dual HDMI and D-sub computer connections, users will never lack inputs to other devices and sources.  Capping its attention to detail, the HC1200 also employs mini-jack audio in/out, RCA audio in, S-Video, and composite video input, making it ideal for laptops used in business presentations.  Without a doubt the HC1200 also makes an impressive home theater centerpiece.

The HC1200 projector is now shipping in North America at an MSRP of $1,399.  Check your local home electronics retailers or online at Selby Acoustics for availability.

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Technology is becoming more mainstream in the classroom and educators are always seeking new ideas and tools to seamlessly integrate it into their lessons. With budget cuts on the rise, the best education technologies enable educators to do more with fewer resources. Casio America, Inc. introduced a new, free mobile application called C-Assist. C-Assist offers educators a suite of tools that work wirelessly in conjunction with Casio’s portfolio of projectors, including the Ultra Short Throw XJ-UT310WN.

“Classroom technology should empower and enhance a teacher’s performance, in addition to encourage a higher level of engagement among students,” said Matt Mustachio, General Manager of Casio’s Business Projector Division. “With C-Assist, teachers will have a full set of tools at their disposal which are tailored to increase efficiency and dynamically transform the classroom.”

C-Assist Mobile Application

C-Assist is compatible with both Apple® and Android® platforms and enables educators to display and annotate content and presentations directly from a mobile device. One additional function is remote PC access which allows users to remotely access and display content on a PC connected to the projector. Real-time projection of photos can be enabled by activating the device camera with the dedicated app. This also allows educators to use a mobile device as a hand-held document camera, which proves helpful for projecting 3D objects in real-life circumstances. In addition, there is also an image capture function using the mobile device’s camera to snap an image and send it directly to a Casio projector.  While using C-Assist, educators can also access the Web and project online content on a large screen.

Mirroring with Casio’s Calculators

As an added bonus, educators can display content directly from Casio’s graphing calculators, including the color fx-CG10/PRIZM and ClassPad400. Mirroring content in real-time from the calculators offers educators the chance to solve mathematical problems step-by-step, and display graphs and content that would have otherwise needed additional software or hardware.  Simply plug the calculators’ USB cable into the projector and you are ready to go.

For additional information on C-Assist or Casio’s full portfolio of LampFree® projectors

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Toshiba Corporation Develops

Toshiba Corporation  today announced that it has developed a lifelike communication android that can move its arms and hands smoothly and use Japanese sign language. The android is a prototype that the company will continue to develop towards achieving a service robot able to assist people in the fields of welfare and healthcare. The android will be showcased at CEATEC JAPAN 2014, which will be held from October 7 to 11.

The android has the appearance of a friendly young woman, an impression accentuated by blinking eyes and a warm smile. At present, the android can mimic only simple movements, such as exchanging greetings and signing in Japanese, but Toshiba will integrate its wide-ranging technologies in areas including sensing, speech synthesis, speech recognition and robotic control to realize a more sophisticated social robot by 2020. The goal is to design a companion for the elderly and people with dementia, to offer telecounseling in natural speech, communicate through sign language and allow healthcare workers or family members to keep an eye on elderly people.

Toshiba developed the android in collaboration with aLab Inc., Osaka University, Shibaura Institute of Technology, and Shonan Institute of Technology. Drawing on technologies and expertise built up through the development of industrial robots, Toshiba created an algorithm to coordinate the movement of 43 actuators in the android’s joints. Shibaura Institute of Technology and Shonan Institute of Technology contributed robot driving and sensor-based motion teaching technologies, and aLab Inc. and Osaka University provided the technologies required to create a body with a human-like resemblance and emulate human expressions. As a result, the upper part of the body has a human appearance and moves fluidly. Toshiba aims to put the android into practical use as a receptionist or as an exhibition attendant within next year.

Robots are expected to find widespread use in many fields, including welfare, healthcare, manufacturing, agriculture, services and entertainment. Toshiba is promoting “New Concept Innovation” in order to create new forms of value by combining its wide-ranging technologies. The company will develop robots by bringing together the advanced technologies from across Toshiba Group.

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Sony Expands SRG Full HD PTZ Camera

Sony Electronics announced the SRG-300SE, the newest addition to its SRG high definition remote-operated camera line.The SRG series is designed to combine full high definition video capabilities with ease of use. Since the introduction of the SRG-120DH and SRG-300H pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras last fall, the SRG cameras have been widely adopted in a variety of applications including houses of worship, local government meetings, sporting events, healthcare and university classrooms.

The new SRG-300SE can simultaneously output 3G-SDI and live IP streaming content. The new camera features full HD (1080/60P) imaging, 30x optical zoom plus 12x digital zoom with a 65-degree viewing angle to produce H.264 IP video streaming with selectable bit rates. It also can simultaneously output 1920 x 1080/60p video over a single BNC cable through 3G-SDI that can run approximately 70m or more, easing installation and adding more flexibility to customer’s live production needs. Users also have an expanded menu of pre-set options from 16 up to 256.

Users can operate the camera either by industry-standard VISCA™ serial control or through an IP-based computer interface capable of remote operation through any Internet-connected computer. The SRG-300SE incorporates powerful, professional features that are simple to program and store. Its user-friendly menu is accessible via a web browser and allows for easy control of the camera’s PTZ movements. The easy-to-operate interface provides monitoring plus full access to A/V camera settings.

It is available in a black or white housing and can be mounted inverted from a ceiling or in normal desktop orientation. With the use of third-party environmental housing domes that are currently in development, the SRG-300SE can be used outdoors in the future.

Leveraging the Latest View-DR Technology with SRG Cameras

Like the previous SRG series cameras, the SRG-300SE incorporates Sony’s latest View-DR technology with its 1/2.8 Exmor™ CMOS sensor enabling the capture of high-quality images with an extended wide dynamic range, an essential feature for visual communication applications. View-DR technology produces clear, visible images in challenging lighting environments from strong sunlight to a dimly light room. View-DR brings out details even with extreme backlighting which can turn faces into shadowy figures in non-enhanced images. The camera can pan across and maintain visibility despite shifting from front-lit to back-lit views, for indoor and outdoor applications.

For example, in a typically low-lit teaching environment, the lecturer stands alongside a large, bright projection screen. View-DR technology ensures that both the presenter and the presentation materials are clearly visible so students can view both the material and facial expressions and gestures of the lecturer. The SRG-300SE can also be used in reality TV production, where there is a need to capture indoor scenes and then pan/tilt to a preset location outdoors without losing the talent’s facial expression.

Meeting the Demand for Capturing and Streaming Video Content
The SRG-300SE meets the growing demand for streaming and recording lectures for distance learning, corporate events, local government meetings, worship services, training, and other applications where content must be captured regularly in a set location without manual intervention.

“People expect to be able to attend events online, whether live or archived, and the SRG series makes capturing content simple and straightforward,” said Terry Huber, Sony Electronics’ Senior Marketing Manager, Remote Communications Group. “With the SRG-300SE, participants and event organizers can focus on the presentation without worrying about the production.”

The camera’s simultaneous 3G-SDI and live IP streaming capabilities are key advancements that translate into workflow efficiencies and cost savings. For example, students at off-site campuses can watch how surgeons in an OR perform a procedure. At a later date, they can review the full HD 1080/60p 3G-SDI video in more precise detail from the exact same camera angle.

New PMW-RX50 3G-SDI Portable Deck a Perfect Match for SRG-300SE Cameras

Sony’s new PMW-RX50 3G-SDI portable recorder is the perfect companion for both stationary and mobile recording setups with SRG-300SE camera. It incorporates a 3.5-inch LCD display, two SxS card slots, XLR audio inputs and built-in speaker. It is ideal for content viewing and instantaneous copying. An optional external USB hard disk drive adds capacity and flexibility to offload 1080/60p content recorded onto SxS memory card for archival purposes. The PMW-RX50 can record/playback 1080/60p signal over 3GSDI. A single BNC coaxial cable run is all that is needed to deliver the highest quality 1080p/content.

The SRG-300SE is scheduled for release in December 2014, with pricing to be announced. The PMW-RX50 portable recorder is planned to be available in October at a suggested list price of $6,250.

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Sony’s newest addition to its large sensor line is a complete camera system that delivers long-form recording capabilities with 4K resolution in a compact, hand-held design. The new PXW-FS7 XDCAM Super 35 camcorder combines the flexibility of native E-mount technology, the recording efficiency of the XAVC-L codec; the transfer speed and intelligence of XQD memory cards; and comfortable, handheld ergonomics, including a new “Smart Grip.”

The new camcorder is designed for a range of long-form shooting and production applications, from “cinéma vérité”-style documentaries and reality TV to magazine shows, commercial and corporate applications.

Native E-Mount; A-Mount Lens Compatibility

The PXW-FS7 is a native E-mount camcorder designed to give users maximum lens options and flexibility, smooth and silent iris, focus and zoom control, with auto exposure and SteadyShot stabilization. An extremely shallow, 18 mm flange-back distance enables the use of a range of 35mm lenses. Sony’s optional LA-EA4 A-mount lens adaptor allows compatibility with a wide range of high-quality A-mount lenses.

The new camera will be available in two versions: body-only, and the PXW-FS7K version with a new servo zoom E-Mount lens FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS (SELP28135G).

The new E-mount lens is the world’s first 35mm full-frame interchangeable power zoom lens. It features constant F4 value, independent rings for iris, zoom and focus control, and is dust- and moisture-resistant. The SELP28135G has SteadyShot stabilization, minimum focus breathing and is enabled with Sony’s new Super Sonic wave Motor (SSM) to reduce zoom noise while shooting.

The PXW-FS7 is compatible with Sony´s new XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP formats, each supporting 10-bit 4:2:2 recording (XAVC-I, 180fps; XAVC-L, 120fps). Recording in UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution, slow motion up to 60fps and Full High Definition (1920×1080) with 60/50 progressive frames is possible. A firmware update in early 2015 will enable native HD recording in the Apple ProRes HQ 422 codec, when using an optional extension unit (XDCA-FS7).

Through the XDCA-FS7’s FS-RAW interface, the PXW-FS7 is capable of 4K/2K RAW recording with Sony’s HXR-IFR5 and AXS-R5, or with a compatible third-party external recorder.

The PXW-FS7 features 2 XQD card slots that support simultaneous recording and relay recording. To support the FS7’s Slow and Quick motion and internal 4Krecording, a new 128 GB XQD G series with ultra-high speed transfer up to 440MB/s (read) and 350MB/s (write) has been developed. XQD cards are also available in 64 and 32GB capacities.

The camera includes a low-pass video filter, progressive pixel reading and advanced camera processing to give users a broad span of creative treatments and options such as high speed recording, high resolution and high sensitivity, with less aliasing and less rolling shutter.

The camera’s 4 built-in ND filters allow full exposure control in a range of lighting conditions, without requiring external ND filter equipment. S-Gamut3/SLog3 & S-Gamut3.Cine/SLog3 are supported for flexibility of post-production options.

The camera’s 11.6 million-pixel Super35 Exmor CMOS sensor delivers enhanced sensitivity, shallow depth of field, a high signal-to-noise ratio for fantastic low light performance.

The new camera is designed to provide a range of creative shot options. It can be used hand-held, and is also designed for balanced shoulder-mount use without the need for additional rigs. The flexible viewfinder mounting system lets users easily relocate it for changing shooting positions.

The supplied Smart Grip provides easy access to key camera functions including focus magnification; the user menu; REC start/ stop; and zoom. Its assignable wheel allows control of Iris, Focus, Audio Level and Gain.

The camera’s image sensor and signal processor are contained in an environmentally sealed chamber. Heat is directed to an external radiator with a fan for active cooling.

Sony is also introducing an optional accessory, the VCT-FS7 light-weight rod support system featuring 15mm rods and an adjustable shoulder pad. This lets shooters use additional peripherals and easily attach follow focus systems or an external recorder.

Key features of the PXW-FS7

  • Sony’s Super 35 Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • Native E-Mount; Compatible with A-Mount lenses (LA-EA4 A-mount lens adaptor required), 18 mm flange back distance
  • On-board UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) and Full HD (1920 x 1080) recording
  • Wide choice of recording systems
  • XAVC (Intra/Long GOP)
  • MPEG HD, 4:2:2, 50 Mbps (HD only)
  • Apple ProRes codec (with future upgrade and extension unit, sold separately)
  • RAW recording (with extension unit and outboard recorder, sold separately)
  • Slow & Quick Motion for over-and under-cranking
  • Dual XQD card slots
  • 16-bit analog-to-digital converter
  • ISO 2000
  • Supports S-Gamut3Cine/S-Log 3 encoding
  • Die-cast magnesium frame
  • Environmentally sealed electronics
  • Wireless operation with CBK-WA100, sold separately
  • GPS

The following are planned availability and suggested list pricing for the PXW-FS7 and accessories:

  • PXW-FS7 4K XDCAM Super 35mm Camcorder (body only) – October 2014, suggested list price less than $10,000.
  • PXW-FS7K 4K XDCAM Super 35mm Camcorder (with FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS lens) – December 2014, suggested list price less than $13,000.
  • XDCA-FS7 Extension Unit – December 2014, suggested list price less than $2,500.
  • SELP28135G FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS lens – December 2014, suggested list price of $2,500.
  • VCT-FS7 Light-weight rod support system – December 2014, suggested list price less than $1,200.