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April 01, 2009

Grandstream Intros SIP-Based Video Encoders, IP Cameras

By Michael Dinan, TMCnet Editor

Leveraging a protocol that experts say has emerged as an industry standard, a Brookline, Massachusetts-based IP voice and video solutions provider today announced that it’s poised to release a line of video surveillance products later this week.
Officials at Grandstream Networks say their new SIP-based H.264 IP line is designed to serve the systems integrators and professional installers markets. The line initially will include 1- and 4-port video servers or encoders (pictured below left) and IP video cameras (pictured below right).
According to David Li (News - Alert), the company’s chief executive officer, the new products expand Grandstream’s presence in the surveillance market space by leveraging its SIP/VoIP technologies.
“We look forward to bringing advanced video innovation and powerful SIP application convergence to the surveillance market,” Li said.
Specifically, the SIP-based H.264 video surveillance products with 2-way audio capability turn a surveillance camera into a VoIP device that can interoperate with tens of millions of SIP phones that are already deployed in the market today. The converged solution is expected to bring feature integration, price-performance, return-on-investment, and new value-added IP applications to businesses and service providers.
Today’s announcement marks yet another foray by Grandstream into the IP product market, and the company’s track record is promising.
As TMC (News - Alert) President Rich Tehrani notes in a recent blog entry here, the company’s feature-rich GXV3140 IP Multimedia Phone offers solid social networking features built-in.
“You can use the phone to IM over Google (News - Alert), MSN and Yahoo, track RSS feeds, listen to internet radio and also stream from the included SD card slot or USB port,” Tehrani said. “There is also an alarm clock, calendar, music ring tones and 3-way conferencing.”
Company officials say they’re seeing increased convergence of SIP/VoIP with IP video surveillance, fueled by new IP based applications and growing demand for standard based 2-way audio intercom and monitoring.
The new video surveillance products support advanced H.264 video at full rate and D1 resolution, along with SIP/VoIP for bi-directional audio monitoring/alarm/intercom and video streaming to mobile phones and video phones.
Company officials say they feature rich peripheral interfaces and powerful processing capabilities such as multiple input/output ports for sensor/alarm and PTZ control, SD port, USB port, integrated PoE, large 24MB pre-/post-event onboard recording buffer, integrated video analytics, and optional WiFi (News - Alert) (802.11b/g). These new video surveillance products are fully interoperable with all of Grandstream’s IP video and VoIP products including the all-in-one IP-PBX (News - Alert).
The GXV3501 and GXV3504 are $249 and $499 respectively. The list price for the GXV3601 is $449. The devices are being unveiled at the CTIA wireless trade show in Las Vegas this week.

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Michael Dinan is a contributing editor for TMCnet, covering news in the IP communications, call center and customer relationship management industries. To read more of Michael's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan

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