The Indian subsidiary of telecommunications giant Vodafone has partnered with security and video surveillance equipment developer Videocon Wallcam to launch the first-of-its-kind 4G-enabled CCTV system.
Among the systems rolled out by the Vodafone – Videocon partnerships are a 4G-enabled vehicle surveillance kit, and standalone 4G-enabled outdoor/indoor CCTV cameras, both with a 4G sim card slot to support fourth-generation cellular broadband connectivity.
The mobile vehicle camera kit, consisting of vibration resistant-, shock- and vandal-proof 2MP resolution CCTV cameras and vibration resistant DVR (digital video recorder), can be installed in buses, trucks, trains, taxi cabs or private cars. The DVR comes equipped with 4G/3G connectivity, GPS (global positioning system), wi-fi, and the option of recording the footage on a hard-drive and/or SD card. Available in 4/8-channel options, the DVR can accommodate up to 4/8 CCTV cameras as required.
The standalone 4G cameras available in 2MP resolution will be both 4G and wi-fi enabled, and the cameras will also support onboard SD memory of up to 64GB. The cameras will be available in weatherproof, all-metal bullet housings for outdoor use, and a plastic dome housing for indoor use. Included in the key features of both indoor and outdoor camera systems will be nightview, motion detection, wi-fi connectivity, and an alarm function.
Bundled with Vodafone 4G cellular technology, the systems will provide seamless connectivity to users for remote viewing of real-time/live footage and playback from recorded footage, from anywhere and anytime, through a smartphone application or internet-based (IP) monitoring system application. The system also works on 3G connectivity as a fall back.
“We are pleased to partner with Vodafone for this industry-first 4G-bundled CCTV solution. For any IoT-based (Internet of Things) solution, seamless connectivity for the connected devices is the key, and our obvious choice, based on their global IoT expertise and experience, was Vodafone,” explained Videocon’s CEO, Arvind Bali.
“4G connectivity will make CCTV solutions ubiquitous and will change the way this solution will be used. CCTV cameras will no longer be limited to stationary and wi-fi/broadband-enabled places. Now CCTV solutions can be installed in mobile units, such as buses, trains, trucks, tubes, cars/cabs, and public places like bus shelters, streets etc. where there is no wi-fi/broadband connectivity.”
Sunil Sood, CEO of Vodafone India, said, “We are delighted to introduce India’s first 4G-enabled and bundled CCTV solution. Our exclusive, proprietary platform for IoT, will deliver a convenient and seamless user experience.”