Sony triples IP camera offerings

October 4, 2004

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Sony of Canada Ltd., Canada's leading supplier of
electronic and computer products for consumers and business, today unveiled
seven new IP (Internet Protocol) cameras with such features such as MPEG-4
compression, two-way audio, wireless technologies and day/night capability,
thereby extending its leadership in the transition to IP-based surveillance.
Sony also introduced new technologies in analog cameras, digital
recorders and third-party enhancements to its Real Shot(TM) Manager video
monitoring software as the result of a new open platform offering for security
software developers.
"IP-based surveillance brings a fundamental advance in security systems,
and Sony continues to set the pace with our new network cameras that, together
with our successful existing products, make for a comprehensive lineup," said
Carlos Varela, Product Manager, Surveillance Products, Broadcast Communication
Solutions Group, Sony of Canada Ltd. "At the same time, we continue to support
the analog market with significant improvements brought by the latest digital
technologies."

SNC-M Series:
Debuting one of its most versatile camera lines to date, Sony is
introducing the SNC-M Series, an affordable range of four all-in-one, network
cameras that incorporate built-in Web servers, network interfaces and built-in
microphones with dual-audio capabilities in a sleek, stylish form factor. The
M Series supports both JPEG and MPEG-4 compression formats. MPEG-4 compression
can be used to facilitate smooth video and audio streaming over limited
bandwidth, without compromising the quality. (320 X 240 pixel sized images
offer a maximum frame rate of 30 frames per second).
Ideal for use in venues ranging from private residences to corporate
settings, the M Series cameras are designed to be simple to install and
operate -- and select models support the IEEE 802.11b standard for wireless
operation. The cameras can be wall-mounted, ceiling-mounted or placed on a
desktop -- and two models are equipped with pan/tilt capabilities.
The M Series camera settings, controls and monitoring can be easily
accomplished via an intuitive GUI (graphical user interface) on a personal
computer using standard web browsers. Select models allow the assignment of
user names and passwords to up to ten different user groups to permit control
of the cameras. All models ship with plug-and-play DDNS viewer/recorder
software for surveillance management.
The SNC-M1, SNC-M1W, SNC-M3 and SNC-M3W are planned to be available in
December at manufacturers suggested retail prices of $400, $475 and $600,
respectively.

SNC-RZ25N:
As a follow-up to its successful SNC-RZ30N pan-tilt-zoom camera, Sony is
introducing the SNC-RZ25N, which offers the option of MPEG-4 compression in
addition to JPEG to optimize bandwidth resources. The MPEG-4 option will make
this camera a viable solution for an even broader base of academic, corporate
and institutional environments who want to use their existing IP networks.
The SNC-RZ25N also offers an optimized level of sensitivity, further
enabled by the new "Day/Night" function. During daylight hours, the camera
acquires images in colour. As the surveillance scene darkens, the infrared
cut-filter is automatically replaced with a clear filter and switches to
black-and-white.
Users will also benefit from exceptional picture quality through 1/4 type
Exwave HAD(R) technology, audio monitoring capabilities, and a slot for
Compact Flash or wireless networking capabilities.
Sony's SNC-RZ25N network video camera is planned to be available in
December at an MSRP of $1,668.

SNC-DF Series:
Sony's unobtrusive mini-dome cameras, popular in high-traffic areas such
as building entrances, transportation hubs and shopping malls, are now being
offering as IP network cameras. Like the analog versions, the SNC-DF40N and
SNC-DF70N offer a 1/4-inch Super HAD(TM) CCD producing 480 TV lines of
resolution. They come with a built-in CS mount, 3-8 mm auto iris vari-focal
lens to offer a broad range of viewing options, and day/night functions for
optimized sensitivity in light or dark environments.
The SNC-DF40N is planned to be available in October at an MSRP of $1,233,
and the SNC-DF70N is planned to be available in December at an MSRP of $1,475.

SSC-E Series:
Sony continues to make significant investments in enhancing its analog
product offerings. The SSC-E Series colour video cameras featuring the new
SuperExwave(TM) CCD combined with the latest advances in digital signal
processing for day/night monitoring and surveillance applications. The new
SuperExwave sensor extends viewing into a wider range of lighting scenarios.
The E Series' stylish design and features such as cord covers enable the
cameras to blend in well with the existing room décor, and a specially
designed lens cover discreetly protects the lens from dust.
The SSC-E453 and SSC-E473 video cameras are planned to be available in
November, at suggested list prices of $326 and $370, respectively.

HSR-X206 Multi-channel Recorder:
Analog systems can add powerful IP Security capabilities by replacing
legacy multiplexers and analog time lapse VCRs with the HSR-X206 multi-channel
hard disk recorder, a drop-in digital upgrade for tape-based closed circuit
security systems that adds real-time remote video monitoring and reviewing
while lowering maintenance costs typically associated with analog VCRs.
Sony's HSR-X206 digital recorder will be available in October at an MSRP
of $3,625.
Sony has opened the application program interface (API) for its Real Shot
Manager video management software platform, building on its success by
offering it as a common development platform for the security industry. With
this, innovative software from across the industry can integrate seamlessly
and easily with the Real Shot Manager platform, creating custom installations
without the need for custom programming.
Leading software developers ObjectVideo, Vidient, Systems and MATE
Technologies are supporting the new platform.


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