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January 30, 2013

Grandstream Enables High Performance Monitoring with Weatherproof HD IP Video Cameras

By Allison Boccamazzo, TMCnet Web Editor

ITEXPO (News - Alert) Miami 2013 has only just kicked off, and yet there have already been tons of new releases, reveals and surprises. One which encompasses all of the above is Grandstream’s new outdoor, weatherproof HD IP video cameras – the GXV3672_FHD, the GXV3672_HD and the GXV3662_FHD (full HD) – which were unveiled today at the not-to-miss bi-annual ITEXPO show.

Grandstream is already highly regarded for its IP voice and video telephony as well as its esteemed video surveillance solutions. Today, the company has revealed its all new line of outdoor HD cameras that can truly weather any storm for optimal surveillance. So the company has revealed a new release, but where’s the element of surprise? The company is offering a new video monitoring and recording management software that can be added to the popular GXV36xx Series of IP Video Surveillance (News - Alert) Cameras – for free! Users can upgrade from Grandstream’s GSurf version to GSurf Pro, which can view and manage up to 36 cameras for optimum efficiency.

I was able to speak with Grandstream’s Phil Bowers, who detailed what makes these new cameras unique and necessary for businesses looking for the best in video surveillance strategies and solutions.

These three camera models are all IP66 compliant, which means that they boast weatherproof casing. The GXV3672 series (including the GXV3672_HD and GXV3672_FHD) are both infrared cameras, which, according to Bowers, “allows them to achieve tremendous video quality in low light or completely dark conditions.”

The difference between these HD models, Bowers notes, is that the _FHD model – full HD – features a 3.1 megapixel camera for 1080p HD recording, while the _HD model records on 720p HD.

What makes these cameras truly stand out among the rest? Bowers divulges, “The IP66 compliant weatherproof casing allows the cameras to flawlessly operate in any weather condition. We have even tested the cameras in extremely high temperatures and extremely low temperatures, as we have partners looking to deploy these models in very cold or very hot weather conditions throughout the world.”

When it comes to who would benefit most from these cameras, look all around you; banks, parking lots, retail stores, hotels and schools are only a sampling of places that can enjoy the benefits of the advanced, HD monitoring offered in these rugged cameras. Bowers adds that the GXV3672 models are “especially ideal for any setting where light conditions are low or where there is often no light,” as they tout unparalleled infrared capability.

What perhaps allows these cameras to reach their peak is that since they are all IP cameras, they can be easily viewed from virtually any device with an Internet connection. Bowers adds that they can also be set as extensions on a user’s PBX (News - Alert), enabling them to make and receive video calls from the cameras, such as when an alarm is triggered or when you simply want to do a routine check.

Grandstream is currently down where the weather is warm and where its cameras would soak up plenty of sun – ITEXPO Miami 2013 held at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, Fla. You can find the company exhibiting at booth #’s 809 and D234, where it is excited to show attendees just what its new IP video surveillance cameras can do.

Bowers explains, “[We’re] excited to launch these three IP cameras built to ensure that businesses and consumers can always confidently record and manage surveillance cameras – regardless of the weather or light condition.” He adds, “Personally, I feel that the market, especially in the U.S., is not familiar with IP video surveillance, [so] we find that visitors are always excited to hear how easily IP video surveillance can integrate into [their] current VoIP network for additional UC options.”

These cameras will be commercially available through Grandstream worldwide distribution channels at a list of $329 for the GXV3672_HD, $499 for the GXV3672_FHD and $599 for the GXV3662_FHD, and will be made available sometime in mid-February. Additionally, GSurf Pro will be available for free download on the company’s website mid-February as well.

He concludes that in addition to the cameras, the company is “really excited” for its GXP2200 Android (News - Alert) Apps Workshop at ITEXPO, and also looks forward to showing off its Android-based GXP2200 – one of only a few Android-based IP phones currently on the market. Even more, Grandstream’s Android-based IP phone is one of even fewer that runs an open version of Android to allow for open Android app development (the company’s workshop will teach attendees how to create their own Android apps for the phone).

If this seems like something you’d be particularly interested in, be sure to check out Grandstream by stopping by the company’s booth or learning more at the company’s workshop!

To find out more about Grandstream Networks (News - Alert), visit the company at ITEXPO Miami 2013, happening now in Miami, Florida. Visit Grandstream in booth #’s 809 andD234. For more information on ITEXPO Miami 2013, click here.

Edited by Jamie Epstein
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