If you’re looking for more accurate facial recognition software, faster video management or clearer-image cameras, check out Panasonic’s new offerings

by Brianna Crandall — June 4, 2018 — Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America (PSSNA) showcased its latest innovations and a diversified technology portfolio of end-to-end security and evidence management solutions at the recent ISC West show in Las Vegas.

Expanding upon the broad collection of fixed, mobile and body-worn hardware and software surveillance platforms unveiled late last year, Panasonic exhibited a collection of highly integrated products and services to easily connect and manage the fast-changing security industry. New products include FacePRO facial recognition software with deep learning technology; the new Video Insight VI 7.2 VMS; the i-PRO EXTREME 33MP (4x4K) Multi-Sensor camera; the i-PRO EXTREME 9 Megapixel 360 degree dome camera series; and the i-PRO EXTREME 5 Megapixel Fixed camera series.

Faisal Pandit, SVP and chief digital officer, PSSNA, noted that Panasonic has made a “significant investment” in security technology to provide integrated solutions “that are easy to use across numerous key vertical markets including education, public safety, and transportation,” and said the company is committed to “delivering comprehensive, turnkey video surveillance hardware and software solutions that work together to keep cities, schools, and our communities safe.”

This year’s Unified Security Management Solutions exhibit demonstrated Panasonic’s VI 7 VMS Solution, MonitorCast Access Control, Transportation Solution and Advidia Cameras. The Unified Public Safety area highlighted body-worn-cameras, UEMS (Unified Evidence Management System) and the new FacePRO high-precision facial recognition software with deep learning technology.

The new I-PRO Extreme Products display showcased FacePRO facial recognition software and its integration with the new i-PRO EXTREME line of cameras (Multi-Sensor, 9 Megapixel 360, and 5 Megapixel camera series), as well as the cameras themselves, and a new network video recorder (NVR). The Strategic Partner Zone included v5 systems portable outdoor security solutions, Optex intrusion detection security demo, and integration between Genetec and FacePRO.

FacePRO Facial Recognition Software

New FacePRO facial recognition software features a “deep learning” core engine that boasts the world’s highest face recognition performance. FacePRO high-precision facial recognition software can identify faces that are difficult to recognize with conventional technologies, including faces at an angle of up to 45 degrees to the left or right or 30 degrees up or down, and those partially hidden by sunglasses.

FacePRO reportedly works even better with the feature “iA (intelligent Auto) mode,” in which the camera automatically adjusts settings to shoot optimal images best suited for facial recognition. When used with Panasonic’s i-PRO EXTREME series network cameras installed with “Best Shot feature,” only the best shots will be sent to the server for facial recognition. Using FacePRO with cameras equipped with the iA function enables image analysis to be performed on the camera instead of the server. As a result, only the best images are sent, reducing server and network load and total system cost, says Panasonic.

Video Insight VI 7.2 Video Management Software (VMS)

An integral component of any school or city safety solution is video surveillance management. Video Insight VI 7.2 is the latest generation of VI’s open-platform VMS and is faster and is reimagined from the ground up to be more intuitive, easy and powerful, while offering new premium functionality for key vertical markets:

  • Panasonic Body-Worn Camera Support — Ability to connect to Panasonic body-worn cameras and can transfer video and audio to VI MonitorPlus.
  • Vehicle Incident Detection (VID) — Capture and highlight video of stopped and wrong-way vehicles. Transportation Functionality — Transfer and review video and audio from Panasonic body-worn cameras.
  • LPR License Plate Recognition (LPR) Plug-in — Integrate with LPR cameras to capture, monitor, and review video associated with recognized license plates.
  • FacePRO Integration Plug-in — Detect registered faces and retrieve recorded snapshots and associated video.
  • Panasonic NVR Integration — Ability to connect Panasonic NVRs and cameras for live and recorded video.

i-Pro EXTREME H.265 Multi-Sensor Camera — WV-X8570N, WV-S8530N

The new i-Pro EXTREME Multi-Sensor cameras deliver extreme image quality — 4x4K (33 MP), 3840×2160, 15 FPS — for evidence capturing under the most challenging of conditions, which makes it well suited for use in safe city and traffic applications. i-Pro EXTREME Multi-Sensor cameras have four repositionable lenses and 4K image sensors, and offer sharp and clear images of fast-moving vehicles with iA (intelligent Auto) and ClearSight Coating. Durable, with outstanding low-light performance, the i-ProEXTREME Multi-Sensor works well for nighttime applications. i-Pro EXTREME Multi-Sensor features H.265 compression with new smart coding, self-learning ROI (Region of Interest), and a high level of data security.

i-Pro EXTREME H.265 9 MP 360 Degree Camera — WV-X4571LM, WV-X4571L, WV-X4171, WV-X4170

The i-Pro EXTREME 9 MP 360 line of video surveillance cameras is suitable for transportation, retail, logistics, campus, city and healthcare applications. With a clearer — and less distorted — image of faces and objects near the edge of the fisheye, the camera provides 9 megapixel fisheye images up to 30 FPS and instantly responds to sudden light changes. It also has Auto Shutter speed control for fast-moving objects, Super Dynamic 108dB for backlit situations and shadows, and built-in IR LED for clarity in zero lux conditions (outdoor models only). The i-Pro EXTREME 9 MP 360 camera features H.265 compression with new smart coding, self-learning ROI (Region of Interest), and a high level of data security encryption.

i-Pro EXTREME H.265 5 MP Fixed Camera — WV-S2550L, WV-S2250L, WV-S1550L

Well-suited for safe cities and campuses, as well as for transportation, retail and finance implementations, the new i-Pro EXTREME 5 MP fixed camera line offers Auto Shutter speed control for moving vehicles, sharp images of a person walking in daylight or at night, outstanding low-light performance, and Super Dynamic 120dB for backlit situations including headlights or shadows on streets. With 5-megapixel images up to 30 FPS, efficient H.265 compression provides longer recording and less storage compared to any other H.264 techniques. New self-learning ROI (Region of Interest) detects movement within an image and compresses areas with little motion to reduce transmitted data while maintaining the quality of the image. Full end-to-end system encryption with i-PRO EXTREME Recorder and devices provide protection from Internet protocol (IP) snooping, IP spoofing, and data alteration.

For more information on Panasonic’s network cameras or its full line of surveillance solutions, visit the company’s website.