The German company Mobotix is known as the leading pioneer in network camera technology and it's decentralised concept has made high resolution video systems cost efficient.
When Mobotix developed the first weatherproof webcam with digital image sensors and an integrated PC back in 1999, no one could ever have imagined the impact this would have on the future of video surveillance. The transmission of video streams over computer networks finally enabled video technology to depart from the restrictions of a TV standard, which had applied for 60 years, bringing it in line with the megapixel image quality of modern day digital cameras. Mobotix is the only network camera manufacturer to date that is capable of storing smooth, high resolution video streams with 1536 lines instead of the usual 288, including sound. The new technology isn't just more powerful in all areas, it also has two decisive advantages; it is more cost effective than traditional CCTV video technology and it is more multi-functional thanks to it's integrated computer and network connection.
High resolution shows more detail and reduces costs
The primary benefit of using high resolution cameras is that the stored images are more revealing and provide stronger evidence than other formats. Mobotix cameras record approximately 30 times more detail than 95% of all existing video systems worldwide. In virtually all applications, one Mobotix camera can replace several standard CCTV systems because Mobotix technology offers four times more coverage. For example, at the World Cup soccer stadium in Kaiserslautern, a single Mobotix camera monitors four turnstiles simultaneously. Even an entire room can be monitored with one 90° wide angle lens camera positioned in a corner of a room. The high detail resolution not only means fewer cameras but it also reduces the amount of cabling, backup power requirement and storage systems, thus minimizing the overall costs of the system substantially.
Used reliably worldwide
The robust, fiberglass, reinforced housing, broad operating temperature range of –30 to +60 °C (-22 to +140 °F) and absence of fans, heating or moving parts are key to the high reliability of Mobotix cameras. To date, more than 100,000 cameras have been installed worldwide in all environmental conditions, from the frigid Antarctic to the deserts of Saudi Arabia to the tropical everglades in Florida.
Used everywhere from holiday homes to airports
Thanks to their unlimited scalability and high performance, Mobotix cameras are suitable both for large facilities like airports and, given their integrated event, storage, alarm and telephony functions, for smaller business and private premises.
Mobotix video solutions therefore require significantly:
- Fewer cameras. Due to the more accurate detail of wide angle images with megapixel technology, one Mobotix camera can provide the same level of coverage as multiple conventional cameras.
- Fewer storage devices. Due to it's decentralised system, 10 times the standard number of cameras can simultaneously store HDTV video with sound on one PC/server.
- Lower network bandwidth. Everything is processed in the camera itself and the high resolution images therefore do not have to be constantly transferred for analysis.
Mobotix has been producing megapixel cameras exclusively for many years now and is regarded as the global market leader for high resolution video systems.
Why high resolution systems?
The higher the resolution, the more accurate the detail in the image when zooming in to analyse the data. With analogue technology, a recorded image generally has no more than 0.1 megapixels (CIF). One single Mobotix camera with 3.1 megapixels records around 30 times more detail. As a result, larger image areas with up to 360° panoramic views are possible, thus reducing the number of cameras and therefore the costs. For example: four lanes of a fuel station can be recorded with one Mobotix camera instead of four conventional cameras.
The Mobotix Range
Please see below a summary of the Mobotix Range of cameras.