Sony Video Network Stations ease upgrade to IP-network monitoring
June 9, 2004

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Sony of Canada Ltd., Canada's leading electronic
and computer products solutions provider for consumers and business, today
enhanced its line of professional network cameras with the introduction of the
SNT-V501/V504 Series Video Network Stations.

The stations are designed to enable analog robotic video cameras to be
remotely monitored and controlled over IP (Internet Protocol)-networks without
disrupting existing infrastructure.

The SNT-V501/V504 Series allows existing analog camera installations to
be converted to IP-based monitoring systems. The Video Network Station encodes
analog video signals into the digital domain and translates command codes to
cameras. The built-in web server allows a personal computer running a standard
web browser to monitor images and control cameras without the need for
additional software or plug-ins.

"The arrival of the SNT-V501/V504 Series makes the transition to network
monitoring a simple step for those with analog systems," said Carlos Varela,
Product Manager, Surveillance Products, Broadcast & Communication Solutions
Group, Sony of Canada Ltd. "Before, making such a move was more of a migration
than a simple upgrade. This builds on what's in place, enhances functionality,
and extends return of investment on existing equipment."

Up to 50 users can have simultaneous access to monitor high quality
640 X 480 pixels resolution VGA (video graphics array) images at up to 30
frames per second. Since the digital interface operates alongside an analog
pass-through, the IP-network system can be added without interrupting the
operation of the analog setup. The SNT-V501 has a single analog composite
video input, and the SNT-V504 can accept up to four analog composite video
inputs.

The SNT-V501/V504 Series is equipped with a built-in activity-detection
function, which can be set to respond to user-defined alarm events. An
additional alarm-input port can be connected to an external sensor to trigger
the unit. Through a built-in 8-MB buffer, or by utilizing a Memory Stick(R)
media via the PCMCIA slot, the user can store hundreds of pre-alarm and
post-alarm still images whenever an alarm event triggers the
activity-detection function, the alarm-input port, or both. Upon alarm
initiation, the SNT-V501/SNT-V504's FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client
function can upload 'alarm' images to an FTP server.

The SNT-V501/V504 Series Video Network Stations include an industry-
standard PCMCIA Type II slot to increase memory or to add wireless
capabilities with an IEEE 802.11b-compliant wireless PC card. A wide
assortment of flash memory, including ATA hard disk drives and IC recording
media such as Memory Stick(R) media can be used. An RS-232C/485 serial
interface allows remote operation of the Pan/Tilt/Zoom and camera settings of
Sony EVI-D100/EVI-D70 cameras, as well as operation of the Sony SSC-DC590
Series. A transparency function is also available so external equipment can be
connected, monitored and controlled.

The Sony SNT-V501 Video Network Station will be available by the end of
June. The SNT-V504 will be available in August.


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