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Tyco Security Products has introduced the new Illustra Pro 2 megapixel 30x PTZ camera, offering a 30x optical zoom to deliver better forensic detail over greater distances.

The new pan and tilt offers 30x optical zoom and 12x digital zoom, compared with the 20x zoom of the previous Illustra PTZ model. The combination of the PTZ’s optical capability and HD resolution video allows users to identify critical details such as reading car number plate characters at distances of more than 300m from the camera, according to the company.

To improve operator control with better precision and control accuracy, the PTZ uses zoom adjusted programme (ZAP) to automatically control the pan and tilt speed in proportion to the amount of zoom used. The camera helps reduce the costs in network overheads and storage costs with improved low light performance and noise reduction, the makers add.

Available in indoor and outdoor models, the new PTZ delivers better wide dynamic range it is claimed for surveillance in the most challenging of lighting. These camera’s video quality is maintained during rain, fog or snow through the auto defog feature, while the whiteout highlight reduction feature ensures that car headlights or street lamps do not compromise the image during nighttime surveillance. The PTZ also supports electronic image stabilisation for lower effects of vibrations from wind and other sources when using long range optical magnification.

The product introduces an intelligent guard tour feature using embedded intelligence to autonomously track, zoom in and record events or suspicious activities, so that the operator can concentrate on other priorities without missing any vital activities. This feature unites motion detection, auto tracking and pre-set sequences to allow the PTZ to move through a pre-set tour independent of a control room operator.

Stuart Bettle, Video Product Marketing Manager, EMEA, Tyco Security Products, said: “We continually strive to push the limits in video quality, reliability and performance of our Illustra Pro cameras, to answer the feedback from our customers. The enhanced imaging features, embedded intelligence and industry leading precision control of the new Illustra Pro 30x PTZ delivers a premium quality PTZ camera well suited to meet the needs of customers in mission critical surveillance applications.”

The pan and tilt is compatible with American Dynamics VideoEdge and exacqVision video management system (VMS) software and recorders. A full line of indoor covers and outdoor mounting options are available; visit


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