Panasonic's Monitoring Camera Withstands Wind, Rain, Salt

Jun 29, 2016
Miki Morimoto
The "WV-SUD638" (source: Panasonic System Networks)
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The IR-LED unit (source: Panasonic System Networks)
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Panasonic System Networks Co Ltd will release a monitoring camera that can take images even in environments with a wind velocity of 60m/s.

The monitoring camera, "Aero PTZ Camera WV-SUD638," is targeted at places where monitoring cameras are likely to be affected by shaking caused by wind and rain and the structure of installation location such as coastal areas and areas near a river, road, skyscraper, etc.

The camera can be used in environments with a wind velocity of 60m/s and does not break in environments with a wind velocity of 80m/s. With a peculiar streamlined shape, it reduces air resistance.

In terms of dust and water resistance, the camera complies with JIS C 0920 and IP66/67. It is also compatible with ISO14993 and uses a glass-fiber plastic case. As a result, it can be used even in heavy salt damage areas.

According to Panasonic, images that are taken by existing cameras in places where strong wind or vibration cannot be avoided sometimes cannot be used due to the influence of vibration. Therefore, for the new camera, the company employed the "Hybrid Image Stabilizer" function, which combines two image stabilization functions.

Specifically, a "pan motor" (for horizontal shakes) and "tilt motor" (for vertical shakes) are used to compensate for slow, large vibrations while electronic vibration compensation is used to compensate for short-period vibrations.

The WV-SUD638 comes with (1) a wiper to remove rainwater and dirt, (2) a defroster to prevent frosting, icing and dew condensation and (3) a function to warm the front side of glass so that images can be taken even at a temperature of -50°C. As a result, the camera can take images under various conditions.

Furthermore, Panasonic System Networks will offer an IR-LED unit with a range of 150m as an option. There is no manufacturer's suggested retail price. The company will release the camera as a built-to-order product in September 2016.