Finding the right security camera for every application is a challenge for system integrators, installers, end users, and even manufacturers.
The Challenge for System Integrators:
Integrators have to be experts on hundreds of different kinds of cameras by dozens (or more!) of manufacturers. To make things more complicated, integrators may not, because of purchase requirements, even have access to the best cameras for a particular job.
The Challenge for Installers:
Installers have to set up cameras to solve specific problems. They have to be familiar with many different camera models and the set up procedures for all of them. This requirement could translate to more installation time costing the integrator money.
The Challenge for End Users:
End users have to select the right cameras. They can't pick a single type of camera and expect it to work in each area covered by the security system. Compounding this problem, end users commonly do not have the domain expertise to know specifically what cameras they need.
The Challenge for Manufacturers:
In order not to lose sales, manufacturers attempt to create cameras specific to each vertical market and for every type of video problem. However, this is an impossible task, so a manufacturer may find that they offer cameras that work in one corner of a retail store, but only a high resolution camera produced by their competitor works in another area.
Looking for a One-size-fits-all Solution
In today's market, no camera is a one-size-fits-all solution. Different scenarios create the need for a wide range of cameras:
Both of these conditions distort the image, hiding potentially vital information that lies outside the dynamic range of the sensor. WDR cameras are capable of capturing highlight and shadow detail - including backlit images - in the same scene. The greater dynamic range, the more significant improvement in image quality in scenes consisting of both bright and dark areas.
Retail Store Scenario
Leon, an integrator, does a walk through for a retail store. He notes the location's all-glass store front. The daylight streaming through the windows wrecks havoc on the store's traditional CCD cameras. The analog CCD cameras can't adjust to both the bright light coming in the window and the shadowy areas around the displays. The retailer mentions to Leon that employee theft at the registers is a huge problem for the store and becoming worse. The current cameras capture the point of sale transactions, but the store's security personnel can't distinguish between the money denominations - the orange 50 euro bill looks distressingly like the yellow 200 euro bill.
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