Panomera® in comparison to conventional systems
In the past, in order to ensure this type of comprehensive surveillance of wide areas, basically three options were available: The first option consisted of installing a large number of single cameras that then either work individually or are linked via a management system. A second option involved controllable PTZ cameras, with the third option consisting of 180°/360° cameras. So what’s the difference between Panomera® and these systems?
Panomera® vs HD cameras: Low infrastructure requirements
With Panomera®, the same area can be surveyed from a single location as with several HD cameras distributed over several locations. This offers two advantages: On the one hand, in some areas it is simply not possible to use more than one camera, since there aren’t enough installation sites or the required infrastructure (cables, electricity, etc.) cannot be created to the necessary extent. This means that Panomera® provides images for areas that otherwise could not be monitored at all. On the other hand, since fewer camera installation locations are needed, the requirements for the infrastructure are lower, along with expenditures for servicing and maintenance.
Panomera® vs PTZ cameras: Permanent recording of the overall view
PTZ cameras have a definite disadvantage: The operator must constantly decide between the overall view and a detail view. For instance, if the operator wishes to survey a certain area in more detail and zooms into it, only this detail is recorded. This means that later, no recording of the overall scene exists, so that incidents in other areas may be overlooked and can no longer be reconstructed. Here, Panomera® works differently: Regardless of the part of the surveillance area the operator focuses on at a particular moment, with Panomera®, the overall action is recorded at all times – with maximum resolution of detail. As a result, an incident can also be reconstructed in detail after the fact, no matter where it occurred.
Another advantage of Panomera® is its multicast and multiuser capability: In contrast to PTZ cameras, with which only one operator can pan, tilt or zoom, with Panomera®, an unlimited number of operators can navigate across the entire scene independently of each other. Although all operators are connected with the same camera, each of the individual users can select their view individually and zoom or pan as they desire. As a result, a range of different areas can be surveyed in detail at the same time. A sophisticated user management system makes it possible to assign different viewing rights to every workstation. Different users can be given individual user profiles that include authorisations for specific system functions.
And: In contrast to PTZ cameras, Panomera® has no movable mechanical parts, which means there is no wear, extending the camera’s lifetime.
Panomera® vs 180°/360° cameras: Huge areas in HD quality
At first glance, they may appear to be the ideal solution for surveying wide areas: 180° or 360° cameras that provide a comprehensive “bird’s eye view”. However, these cameras are only designed for short distances, for instance, for monitoring foyers or entryways. With some models, the “fisheye effect”, which distorts the picture at the edges, is also a problem. This is not the case with Panomera®, since the edges are clearly defined, without distortion. And most importantly, with Panomera® it is possible to survey and record huge areas with top quality (better than HDTV!). In addition, with Panomera®, the specific quality needed for a particular distance can also be individually adjusted. The multifocal sensor system can be specifically scaled to meet any requirement posed by the customer.