i-PRO video surveillance overview

i-PRO video surveillance overview
Panasonic i-PRO Video Surveillance
Table of contents
1. i-PRO video surveillance
2. Applications
3. i-PRO system components
4. Network cameras/microphone
5. 4K network cameras
6. Viewers
7. Network video recorders
8. Management systems
9. Face recognition system
10. IP migration support
11. VMS flexiblity
12. Conclusion
1. i-PRO video surveillance
The Panasonic i-PRO video surveillance system supports today’s demanding video surveillance,
including the latest 4K high-definition video and Intelligent Video applications. Security
departments are required to provide a higher level of security than before: proactive
prevention, better situational awareness, earlier detection, quicker identification and prompter
action. A solution with clear identification and intelligent assistance to enable security
personnel to quickly detect and identify suspicious people and objects to ensure a safe and
secure environment is needed. Furthermore, video surveillance is incorporating a new trend of
Business Intelligence (BI) that utilizes video to improve business including marketing, store
operations and more. The advanced i-PRO video surveillance system provides a solution for
meeting these challenges through reliable, flexible, scalable and cost-effective products and
services. With Panasonic’s global R&D, sales and support infrastructure, we can help you:
Plan and depoy the optimal video surveillance system
Integrate the latest technologies into your system
Continually enhance your system for better features, performance and availability
This document provides an overview of the features and benefits of Panasonic i-PRO video
surveillance products.
2. Applications
Whether you are in retail, education, healthcare, finance, manufacturing or other institutions,
Panasonic i-PRO video surveillance is designed for your safety and security. Panasonic helps you
make things better by translating technology into benefits that you can use. With advanced
i-PRO video surveillance, you can find a solution for your everyday and long-term challenges so
you can improve your operational efficiency, reduce costs and promote business growth.
2.1 Retails
Ensuring a safe environment for customers and employees,
reducing shrinkage and preventing loss are important. i-PRO
video surveillance maximizes store profits by deterring shoplifting,
sweethearting, employee theft, vandalism and other problems.
The Intelligent face recognition system makes surveillance
operation more efficient and also helps improve marketing by providing visitor statistics such as
people counting and heat maps.
2.2 Education
An education environment should be open and safe, while
maintaining student and teacher privacy. i-PRO video surveillance
is an essential tool to protect students, teachers, staff and visitors
from bullying, violence, vandalism, unauthorized entry and theft
on campus. Panasonic provides a privacy-conscious camera that
is ideal for schools and education. Mobile monitoring on smartphones and tablets enables staff
and teachers to share live and recorded videos, ensuring safety and good communication on
2.3 Healthcare
Nothing is more important than the safety and security of
patients, doctors, nurses, staff and visitors. Patient records,
medicine and medical equipment are to be protected as well.
Medical facilities have many places to monitor including
entrances, exits, waiting rooms, emergency rooms and parking
lots. i-PRO video surveillance is effective for ensuring security with intelligent detection features
such as intruder, loiterer and removed/left object detection. Clear recordings with irrefutable
visual evidence can prevent dishonest customer claims and resolve employee disputes.
2.4 Finance
Banks and financial institutes are one of the industries that need
video surveillance the most to improve protection against
robberies, prevent internal and external fraud and increase
security and safety for employees and customers. i-PRO video
surveillance provides a reliable and flexible system from the
parking lot to the bank vault. When analog CCTV is already installed, Panasonic protects your
existing CCTV investments, providing a scalable and cost-efficient migration path.
2.5 Factory and warehouse
Factories and warehouses are constantly threatened with the
theft of goods and raw materials like copper and steel. Robust
IP66-, IK10- and NEMA 4X-rated cameras are required for harsh
environments; wide coverage cameras such as 360-degree
cameras are also needed to cover broad areas with few cameras.
i-PRO video surveillance can help deter theft and vandalism and also protect employees from
harm near dangerous machinery. Network cameras can be used to improve quality control
faster and more efficiently.
3. i-PRO system components
As shown in the figure bellow, i-PRO video surveillance system is composed of cameras,
microphones, viewers, recorders, a management system and optional systems. The wide range
of i-PRO video surveillance products enables you to build up optimal video surveillance for your
Management system
4K/9MP network camera
Mobile viewer
Network camera
Analog camera
Video encoder
Network camera and microphone
(Hardware type)
(Software type)
Face Recognition System
Network Video Recorder
Figure 1. i-PRO video surveillance system diagram.
3.1 Cameras
A network camera is a networked surveillance camera that transmits images directly over an IP
network. Network cameras enable users to locally or remotely view and manage them from
anywhere on the network. Analog cameras can be used in IP systems by connecting them
through video encoders that convert analog video signal to IP video signal.
3.2 Microphones
Sound can make help operators to grasp what suspicious motion is, understand quickly what is
going on and respond accordingly. Audio-capable network cameras and network microphones
transmit audio on a single IP network.
3.3 Viewers
A viewer is a monitoring interface that displays video from the network cameras and recorders.
IP video surveillance enables viewing video on devices such as HD monitors, PC monitors,
smartphones and tablets from anywhere on the network.
3.4 Recorders
A Network Video Recorder (NVR) is an IP-based video recorder that stores videos directly sent
from network cameras and plays back the stored footage. NVRs can be categorized into
hardware and software. The hardware NVRs are robust, compact, fully featured all-in-one
solutions including viewing, recording, alarms, searching, networking and management. The
hardware NVRs provide easy deployment and ease-of-use. The software NVRs run on a PC
server, providing flexibility, high-functionality and scalability.
3.5 Management systems
Centralized management is essential to efficiently run a video surveillance system that has many
devices such as cameras and recorders, or multiple sites. Centralized management system
enables monitoring videos and controlling the system from operation centers locally and
remotely. Panasonic management systems provide flexible and scalable centralized
management for systems of all sizes.
3.6 Optional face recognition system
A face recognition system, which is one intelligent video system, improves surveillance accuracy
and effectiveness, enabling automatic detection such as finding wanted persons on live and
recorded footage. Another way to use the facial recognition is to change the video data to a
business gold mine. Statistics including visitor demographics provide valuable information to
improve marketing, store operations and more.
4. Network cameras/microphone
Panasonic offers a wide range of network cameras which are categorized into Fixed, Fixed dome,
360-degree and PTZ/PT types. Each type may have indoor, indoor vandal-resistant and outdoor
Camera types
Fixed dome
Table 1. Types of network cameras and network microphone. The pictures above show major
examples of each type.
4.1 Indoor/Outdoor cameras
Panasonic outdoor network cameras are ready for mounting outdoors, saving installation time
and costs. Integrated with weather- and/or impact-resistant housing with IP66-, IK10- and/or
NEMA 4X-ratings, external housing is no longer required for outdoor installation. Built-in
electrical dehumidification keeps the cameras in good running order for many years by
removing moisture from inside the housing. Panasonic indoor vandal-resistant cameras have
impact-resistant housing with an IK10 rating. Most outdoor/indoor vandal-resistant fixed dome
cameras maintain fine focus even when they are subjected to external mechanical shock.
IP ratings
The Ingress Protection (IP) rating classifies and rates the degree of mechanical casing
protection provided. IP66 indicates no dust ingress. The enclosure protects the
camera against harm from powerful water jets projected from any direction.
IK ratings
The IK code is an international numeric classification for the degree of protection
that enclosures provide for electrical equipment against external mechanical impact.
IK10 is the top grade.
NEMA ratings
The NEMA rating classifies and rates the grades of electrical enclosures against
environmental hazards. Type 4X indicates corrosion resistance in addition to the
waterproof performance equivalent to IP66.
Built-in shock absorber
In case the camera is subjected to mechanical shock, the built-in shock absorber
protects the optical system from the impact by moving the lens system backward.
The energy absorbing mechanism consisting of springs and a decelerator effectively
diminishes the impact.
Figure 2. Built-in shock absorber
The built-in electrical dehumidification keeps the camera dry inside, using
electrolysis to remove any moisture from the camera. This anti-humidity technology
is safe and green due to low power consumption and no heaters or mechanical fans
being used.
Figure3. Dehumidification device
Heater and cooling fan
The built-in power-saving heater and long life cooling fans protect the camera from
ambient temperatures. The outdoor cameras are also designed to cancel out effects
from thermal expansion and shrinkage.
Hydrophilic Coating
The hydrophilic coating on the camera dome keeps visibility in rainy weather,
sheeting water off instead of forming droplets that scatter light.
Figure 4. The left half of the dome is coated with Rain-Wash coating and the image
is clear. For comparison, the right half is not coated.
Sun shield
The shield protects the cameras lens from direct sun light.
4.2 Types of cameras
Fixed Network Camera
A fixed network camera is box-shaped and points in a fixed direction to
WV-SPN631 Camera
WV-SP105 Camera
monitor a specific area once the camera is mounted. Due to the visible
form, the fixed network camera is often installed where effective
deterrence and prevention are required. Indoor fixed network cameras
may have exchangable lenses and a suitable lens can be selected for the
desirable field of view. Panasonic also offers stylish cylindrical fixed
network cameras that have built-in lenses for easy installation.
The indoor/outdoor fixed network cameras may have built-in or optional
infrared (IR) illumination to produce clear monochrome images in low
light or complete darkness.
WV-SPW631L Camera
Fixed dome cameras
A fixed dome camera is a dome-shaped fixed camera. Due to its stylish
and less obtrusive design, the fixed dome camera is ideal for unobtrusive
WV-SFN631L Camera
installation for discreet monitoring. An optional smoke dome cover
makes it hard to see which direction the camera is pointing; fixed dome
cameras are usually mounted on a ceiling or wall. Panasonic also offers
compact, wide view fixed dome cameras that can be installed in vehicles
including buses and trains, as well as on ceilings and walls.
WV-SW158 Camera
Some indoor/outdoor fixed dome cameras are equipped with built-in
infrared (IR) illumination to produce clear monochrome images in low
light or complete darkness.
WV-SFV631L Camera
360-degree network cameras
360-degree network cameras provide a 360°/180° field of view with wide
area coverage from wall to wall and ceiling to floor. In camera dewarping
delivers clear fisheye, panoramic and dewarped images with an electrical
WV-SF448E Camera
pan-tilt-zoom. 360-degree cameras are ideal for surveillance that
requires wide area coverage such as at shopping malls, retail stores,
airports, railway stations, parking lots, factories, warehouses and offices.
With the latest 4K HD video technology, 9 MP 360-degree network
cameras deliver very detailed 9 megapixel images, enabling easy and
WV-SFN480 Camera
clear identification of people and objects in its 360° wide view.
Pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) / PT network cameras
The PTZ cameras, which pan from side to side, tilt up and down and
zoom in and out, enable conducting video surveillance over a large area
and zooming in to check details. Some PTZ cameras offer 360-degree
continuous panning. Advanced auto tracking enables the cameras to
automatically track a person or object; the network camera tracks the
WV-SW598 Camera
moving object until the target passes from its view. When the target
leaves its view, another camera uses Panasonic inter-camera notification
protocol to resume the tracking.
4.3 Key features and benefits
The main components of a network camera are a lens unit, image sensor, system LSI, Ethernet
(LAN) interface and input-output interface. The system LSI integrated with AV processors (DSPs)
and a high-speed CPU on a single chip provides image processing, compression, networking and
intelligent video. Panasonic network cameras may have SD memory card slot(s) for local
recording, and audio and I/O interfaces. Electrical power can be supplied through Ethernet cable
(PoE) or 12V DC.
I/O interface
SD memory
card slot
(PoE, DC)
Figure 5. Processes in the network camera
9 Capturing
- Advanced optical system
Clear images need clear input. The optical system including lenses and an image sensor is
precisely designed and manufactured for superior imaging performance. Aspheric lenses have
many advantages such as less spherical aberration, less distortion and smaller lens size, but
manufacturing aspheric lenses was difficult due to their high precision requirements. Panasonic
lens technology including ultra-precision machining and measurement achieves superior
imaging performance, now clearly capturing every square inch of the view area.
Figure 6. Parallel incoming rays converge at the same point after passing through the aspherical
Auto Back Focus (ABF) maintains a fine focus, automatically controlling the precise image sensor
position. The built-in shock absorber also protects the optical system from vandalism.
9 Capturing - High-sensitivity image sensor
Panasonic MOS image sensors with the latest semiconductor technology catch the incoming
light effectively with large micro-lenses and photo diodes, resulting in clear, low-noise images
even in difficult lighting conditions. The 120 fps-capable high speed image sensor and the
powerful UniPhier processor produce clear Full HD 1080p / HD 720p images even at a 60 fps
high frame rate.
Figure 7. Large micro-lens and photodiode effectively collect light.
9 Processing - Powerful System LSI
UniPhier is a high-performance chipset in which Panasonic
integrates its audio and video processing technology. UniPhier
packs a high-performance AV processor (DSP) and high-speed
CPU on a single chip and provides high-quality audio and video,
efficient data compression and intelligent video with low power
Figure 8. UniPhier system LSI
9 Imaging - Smooth 60 fps video
60 fps video provides non-jumpy, smooth monitoring. Analog video is smooth compared with 30
fps digital video due to the scanning difference: interlaced and progressive. Interlaced analog
video scans the display twice, using two fields, to complete a single frame. The interlaced
NTSC/PAL video scans around 60/50 fields per second, creating a perceptual illusion of smooth
movement. The 120 fps-capable high speed image sensor and the powerful UniPhier processor
produce a smooth and flickering-free 60 fps video.
30 fps progressive:
60 fps progressive:
Figure 9. 60 fps progressive provides smooth and flicker-free video.
9 Imaging - Advanced image processing
Coupled with the powerful processor and Panasonic image processing technology, the network
cameras provide a suite of advanced image processing such as Enhanced Super Dynamic,
resulting in clear images in difficult lighting. The major features are as followings:
Enhanced Super Dynamic, the latest Super Dynamic technology,
enables clear and easy identification in a high contrast situation,
delivering an industrial-leading 133dB wide dynamic range. High
Figure 10. Images with and
without Enhanced Super Dynamic
contrast is commonly found in video surveillance, which has very
bright and dark areas to cover. The 120 fps high-speed,
high-sensitivity image sensor captures four images per frame with
short and long exposures. The short exposures capture the bright
areas well and the long exposures capture the dark areas well. By
combining them into one frame, the Enhanced Super Dynamic
results in clear images.
Multi-process Noise Reduction (MNR) increases visibility in low
Figure 11. MNR produces clear
image at night.
light, effectively reducing the noise from images. The electrical
gain level is increased to amplify the video signal in low light but
the increase causes grainy video. Panasonic MNR produces clear
images, applying optimum noise reduction according to the
brightness of the part of the image.
Figure 12. Image to the right,
SCC recovers colors.
Super Chroma Compensation (SCC) recovers colors when the
built-in IR cut-filter is removed in low light, eliminating the effect
of infrared light.
High Light Compensation (HLC) enables easy identification in
areas next to bright spots such as headlights, compensating for
excessive light.
Figure 13. HLC example.
Panasonic network cameras are equipped with many other image processing features including
Adaptive Black Stretch (ABS), Face Super Dynamic, Fog compensation, Smart DoF, Lens
Distortion Compensation (LDC) and intelligent resolution technology.
9 Analyzing - Intelligent Video in camera
Intelligent Video helps security staff quickly detect suspicious individuals, objects and
movements, automatically analyzing the video stream and extracting useful information from
images such as detected intruders. Most Panasonic network cameras provide real-time,
camera-based intelligent Video Motion Detection (i-VMD). Camera-based Intelligent Video does
not require high-performance central servers, making the system easier-to-deploy.
Intruder detection detects people or cars trespassing
in restricted areas. Once they step into a pre-defined
detection area, the camera sends an alarm to the
Figure 14. Intruder detection
Loitering detection detects people who are loitering
in front of a camera. When a human-sized moving
object loiters for a specified period of time, the
camera sends an alarm to the operators.
Figure 15. Loitering detection
Direction Detection detects people, cars or moving
objects that go the wrong direction such as the
wrong way on a one-way street. When an object is
moving in an unauthorized direction, the camera
sends an alarm to the operators.
Figure 16. Loitering detection
Scene Change Detection detects tampering with
the camera view. When a network camera detects
interference or tampering such as spraying on a
camera dome, changing a camera direction or
covering a camera with a cloth, the camera sends
an alarm to the operators.
Figure 17. Scene Change detection
Object detection detects objects disappearing that should be present or something
left behind that should not be there. A network camera constantly keeps watch on
pre-defined areas, comparing current and past footage. When a left or removed
object is detected, the camera sends an alarm to the operators.
Figure 18. Object detection. The image to the left, a person left a suspicious backpack in
the corner. The image to the right, a person took a picture away.
Cross Line Detection detects people or objects
trespassing in restricted areas. When an object crosses
an imaginary line in a pre-defined direction, which can
be incoming, outgoing or in either direction, the camera
sends an alarm to the operators.
Figure 19. Cross Line Detection
9 Compressing - H.264 High Profile encoding
The H.264 High Profile dramatically decreases the bandwidth requirement. High Definition (HD)
video offers crisp images but required high network bandwidth. The H.264 standard has several
profiles with increasing complexity and performance. The High Profile is powerful and enables
efficient video coding, but needs a large amount of calculation for image compression. The
/ R e q u ire d p e r f o r m a n c e
C o m p le x ity
latest powerful UniPhier processor enables cameras to send out up to four H.264 High Profile
streams simultaneously.
Compression efficiency
Figure 20. H.264 profiles
9 Networking - IP Network friendliness
Panasonic network cameras send out streams appropriately sized for receiving devices and
networks. Monitors, recorders, smartphones and remote sites such as branches have different
requirements for image quality and network bandwidth. Panasonic network cameras enable
saving the network bandwidth by sending out multiple H.264 and JPEG streams appropriately
sized for each device requirement. The latest network cameras support up to four high Profile
H.264 streams.
Full HD
Full HD
Figure 21. Streams sized appropriately for each device requirement are distributed.
Network bandwidth can be used efficiently by setting a proper transmission mode from
Constant Bit Rate (CBR), Variable Bit Rate (VBR), Advanced VBR, Framerate priority and Best
effort. Each transmission mode has its own advantages;
Transmission mode
Usage example
Constant Bit Rate
Constant bandwidth
LAN: constant bandwidth allocation
Variable frame rate
Variable Bit Rate
Constant image quality
LAN: recording disk space saving.
Variable bandwidth
Advanced VBR
Constant image quality
LAN: recording disk space saving.
Constant average bandwidth
Better image quality than VBR.
Frame rate priority
Constant Frame rate
Variable bandwidth
LAN: constant frame rate required
Best effort
Depending on network
Internet, Wireless network
Table 2. Transmission modes.
IP multicasting effectively reduces the network bandwidth requirement when many end-points
such as viewers and recorders receive the same image. While IP unicast transmission uses a
stream for each end-point, IP multicast uses only a single stream for a group of end-points.
Figure 22. IP unicasting and multicasting.
Variable Image Quality on Specified area (VIQS) is one bandwidth saving technology focused on
the degree of importance in a view. Areas where operators have to watch cautiously require
high image quality, but the rest do not. VIQS enables assigning proper image quality to each
area in a view based on their importance, resulting in substantially reduced bandwidth
consumption. VIQS also saves recorder disk space; up to eight areas can be defined.
Low image quality to
unnecessary area
Figure 23. VIQS saves network bandwidth and recording disk space.
Cropping enables simultaneously sending out the full view and up to four areas cropped from
the full view. While recording the full view on the recorder, operators can watch the cropped
area closely with less network bandwidth.
Figure 24. Cropping enables close monitoring and full view recording.
9 Edge recording /Backup
Edge-recording and the redundant IP network design make surveillance systems more reliable.
Some network cameras have SD memory slot(s) for edge-recording that temporarily stores
captured images on the camera. This ensures video recording continuity even when the network
between the surveillance center and cameras is down. Images can also be stored on the SD
memory card(s) when an alarm is activated such as by a connected sensor or i-VMD.
9 Unique versatile design
Some indoor fixed cameras employ a versatile design that offers simplicity of choice, ease of
management and low total cost of ownership (TCO). By attaching extension units to the cameras,
their versatility increases, enabling them to handle new uses. For example, an IR-LED extension
unit turns a fixed camera into a fixed day and night camera.
With RS-485 Output unit
With IR-LED unit
Fixed camera with optional lens
Pan-tilt positioner
Figure 25. Versatile 6 series network camera
9 PoE/PoE plus
Power over Ethernet (PoE) makes it easy and simple to install IP cameras by providing electrical
power over a copper Ethernet cable. PoE provides up to 15.4W of power, while PoE plus allows
up to 30W of power which some outdoor cameras with built-in heaters require.
9 Audio communication
Sound can help operators to grasp what suspicious motion is, understand quickly what is going
on and respond accordingly. Most Panasonic indoor and outdoor network cameras have one- or
two-way audio capability. The cameras are easy to install because both audio and video are sent
on a single IP network; no additional cabling is required. Some countries and areas restrict using
audio in video surveillance. Panasonic suggests checking the relevant laws and regulations
before using audio.
4.4 Network microphone
A network microphone provides next-generation audio and video surveillance, featuring clear
pinpoint audio monitoring in any direction. As pan-tilt-zoom cameras capture videos where one
wants to see, the network microphones capture the sounds where one wants to hear.
Surveillance center
with a recorder / server
Network Switch
360-degree Camera
and Network Microphone
Figure 26. Network microphone system diagram
9 Pinpoint audio monitoring
Equipped with a 16-microphone array and Panasonic’s
advanced audio signal processing technologies, the
network microphone picks out sound in any direction at
6m (20feet)
20-degree directionality (half-width at half maximum).
Figure 27. Pinpoint audio monitoring
9 Easy operation
Audio monitoring starts by clicking on the screen where you
want to hear. All sounds are recorded on the Panasonic NVR
and any place can be selected as a monitoring point when
Figure 28. Operation Screen
9 Flexible and quick installation
The network microphone is designed to install with a 360-degree network camera. The camera
and microphone blends into interiors.
Figure 29. Network microphone and cameras
5. 4K network cameras
5.1 New era of video surveillance
The latest 4K HD video technology opens a new frontier of video surveillance. The 4K standard
provides 8-megapixel resolution which is four times higher than Full HD 1080p, six times higher
than HD 720p and 24 times higher than NTSC standard video. The 4K technology is becoming
popular because 4K televisions are penetrating into homes and offices. With its superb high
resolution, 4K surveillance cameras enable capturing wider areas and more detailed distant
people and objects. It is time to start 4K video surveillance.
4K (3,840 x 2,160)
Full HD (1,920 x 1,080)
HD (1,280 x 720)
720 x 480
Figure 30. HD video resolutions.
5.2. 9 MP 360-degree network cameras
The 4K technology and 12 MP image sensor clearly capture a wide area over hundreds of square
meters in its 360° view. Equipped with a new 4K Ultra Engine and 4K-optimized optical system
including a large diameter lens and a 1/2-inch high-sensitivity image sensor, the 9 MP
360-degree cameras enable more reliable identification of people and objects from the center
to the edge and from wall to wall.
9 All-new design for 360° Surveillance
The 9 MP 360-degree cameras have been newly designed for 4K
resolution. 4K resolution requires a highly-accurate optical system as
well as a high-resolution image sensor.
- Panasonic fisheye lens
Panasonic advanced lens technology solved the problem where the
fisheye image was distorted and blurred near the periphery of the
360° view, resulting in a clear image from wall to wall and ceiling to
floor. The new aspherical fisheye lens accurately leads light to the
image sensor.
Optical system with
fisheye lens and ABF
- ABF designed for 360-degree camera
Auto Back Focus (ABF) keeps a fine focus for 4K imaging, canceling
out the effects from day/night switching and thermal expansion.
12 MP image sensor
- 12 MP, high-sensitive CMOS Image sensor
The image sensor is designed for 4K-video surveillance. The 1/2-inch,
12 MP CMOS image sensor produces clear and detailed images with
high-sensitivity and low-noise performance. The 360-degree camera
uses 9 MP for fisheye view.
4K Ultra engine
Figure 31. All-new design
- Powerful 4K Ultra Engine
Equipped with a dual-core 1GHz processor, the new 4K Ultra Engine performs vast calculations
per second including Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), in camera dewarping and advanced
Intelligent Video features.
9 360° situational awareness with 9 MP resolution
Capturing the all-around view of the surrounding area, the 360-degree cameras provide total
situational awareness with detailed 9 MP images. The 360-degree cameras effectively reduce
the number of cameras, installation costs and maintenance expenses.
Figure 32. Fisheye view example in a store 40meters wide.
9 In camera dewarping
The high-performance 4K Ultra Engine offers real-time in camera dewarping, distributing images
in display formats such as fisheye view, single and double panoramic views, and single and quad
dewarped views with the electrical pan-tilt-zoom.
Single PTZ view
Quad PTZ view
Panoramic view
Fisheye view
Double Panoramic view
Figure33. In camera dewarping.
9 Business intelligence
Covering hundreds of square meters, the 9 MP 360-degree cameras track people flow in their
wide view and provide useful information which helps business improve operations and
customer service.
People count is an efficient measuring tool to know how many
people go through. The directional counting with up to 12
imaginary lines provides close analysis of customer flow.
Figure 34.People count
Heat Map enables you to quickly identify hot spots, high-traffic
areas, bottlenecks and dead areas, making customer traffic
visible. The color-coded traffic pattern helps you understand
where the customers stay and pass.
Figure 35.Heat Map
Protecting customer privacy is important in marketing surveys. Moving Object Remover (MOR)
maintains customer privacy, delivering translucent or transparent images of people for
marketing and clear actual images for security.
Marketing department
Security department
Figure 36. 9 MP camera simultaneously sends out translucent/transparent and actual images.
6. Viewers
6.1 HD display
Monitoring on an HD display is a simple way to view live and recorded images. Equipped with
HDMI output, Panasonic NVRs enable PC-less, HD display monitoring. The WJ-NV300 Network
Video Recorder supports up to two HD displays, providing extensive monitoring such as
multiscreen monitoring, dewarping and pan-tilt-zoom control.
Figure 37. WJ-NV300 Network Video Recorder
6.2 Web viewers
Equipped with a built-in web server, Panasonic network cameras and NVRs can be viewed on a
web browser. If you want to access many cameras and recorders, we recommend using a
management system.
6.3 i-PRO integrated viewers
Panasonic offers easy-to-use, full-featured integrated viewers as a part of i-PRO management
systems. If your surveillance system has many devices, this type of viewer is optimal. It enables
easy access and monitoring of many cameras and recorders. The WV-ASM200 i-PRO
management system is suitable for small to medium installations and the System 970 for
medium to large systems.
6.3.1 WV-ASM200 viewer
The WV-ASM200 i-PRO management system viewer provides an easy-to-use and feature-rich
integrated operator console, supporting up to six PC monitors that have one operation window,
up to four live windows for monitoring and one map window for intuitive layout information.
The details are described in chapter 7.
Figure 38. Operator console with WV-ASM200 .
6.3.2 System970 viewer
The WV-ASC970 IP Matrix Client of the System 970 i-PRO management system provides an
efficient, full-featured and scalable integrated operator console for a multi-operator system such
as a large and multi-site system. The WV-ASC970 supports up to four PC monitors with up to a
16-screen split and one operation display, resulting in 64 monitor windows per client system.
The details are described in chapter 7.
Figure 39. Operator console example.
6.4 Mobile viewer
The Panasonic Security Viewer, a viewer application for iPhone and Android devices, makes
video surveillance more efficient, enabling monitoring, playing back and controlling live and
recorded video from anywhere on the network.
Figure 40. Panasonic Security Viewer for mobile monitoring
Panasonic NVR’s re-encoding delivers smooth playback on a slow network such as the Internet,
converting the large-sized recorded video to a properly-sized stream when accessed.
7. Network Video Recorders
Panasonic offers two types of Network Video Recorders (NVRs): hardware and software NVRs.
Hardware NVRs such as the WJ-NV300 provide hassle-free setup and operation with robust,
highly-reliable, dedicated hardware. The WV-ASR500 software NVR provides an open and
scalable recording solution, running on a PC.
7.1 WJ-NV300 Network Video Recorder
The WJ-NV300 Network Disk Recorder is a 2U-sized, compact, robust, all-in-one IP-based
recorder that provides the user with full-featured video surveillance including viewing,
recording, alarm, searching, networking, management and optional intelligent video.
Supporting up to 32 network cameras, the WJ-NV300 is the perfect solution for small to
medium video surveillance. The NVR is also suitable for large systems by multi recorder
configuration with the i-PRO management system. The multi recorder configuration offers
easy-to-manage and highly-reliable recording capability.
Small system
Sub monitor
Main monitor
Figure 41. Small system configuration example.
Multi site system
Figure 42. Multi-site system configuration example.
9 Easy PC-less operation
Ease of use for all users is a key design feature of the WJ-NV300. Equipped with two HDMI
monitor outputs, the WJ-NV300 provides PC-less operation that enables users to monitor and
operate the system on the HD display with a mouse.
Supporting up to two HD monitors, the WJ-NV300 displays
the videos with up to a 32-screen split on the main
monitor and up to a 16-screen split on the sub monitor.
Main display
in the office room
In-store display
Audio from cameras also plays back on the monitor.
Figure 43. Installation example at a store
4K compatible
The powerful WJ-NV300 supports the 4K network cameras. Firmware upgrading enables existing
WJ-NV300s to handle 4K cameras and 4K display.
9 Long and secure recording
The WJ-NV300 supports up to 80 TB, which is large enough to store Full HD videos at 30 fps
from 32 cameras for over three months*. The WJ-NV300 has two hard disk drive (HDD) slots and
is expandable up to 20 HDD slots, adding two units of the WJ-HDE400 Hard Disk Extension Unit
that has 9 HDD slots, resulting in 80 TB recording capacity with 4 TB HDDs. Scheduled and event
recording can save disk space. A built-in calculator works out how many days the footage can be
stored based on the frame rate, image quality and HDD capacity.
* 6-series network camera, 3 Mbps at 30 fps, Fine image quality (FQ) and 24 hours a day recording. WJ-NV300
with two WJ-HDE400. 4TB HDDs.
With RAID technology, the WJ-NV300 protects the recorded video from hard disk failure. RAID
provides increased reliability through redundancy. The WJ-NV300 supports RAID 1, 5 and 6.
RAID 1 (Mirroring)
When one of two HDDs fails,
data can be recovered from
another HDD.
When an HDD fails, data can be
recovered from the rest. Over
three HDDs are required.
When up to two HDDs fails, data can
be recovered form the rest. Over four
HDDs are required.
Figure 44. RAID protection.
9 Quick search
The WJ-NV300 provides effective searching to find a video
quickly from a vast amount of videos. The calendar and
graphical timeline search provide intuitive search operation.
The picture is also searched for by logs such as intelligent
i-VMD and alarm inputs from external sensors.
Figure 45. Quick search example
9 In recorder dewarping
In recorder dewarping provides easy viewing of live and recorded 360-degree camera fisheye
videos. The powerful WJ-NV300 dewarps them on a real time basis without a PC.
Re-encoding for remote and mobile monitoring
Remote and mobile monitoring enables viewing live images and playing back recorded videos
on a PC, smartphone or tablet from anywhere on the network. The re-encoding transforms a
large recorded video to properly-sized data for the network, resulting in smooth playback, even
on a slow network connection such as the Internet or wireless.
9 Face matching
Optional Face matching makes the video surveillance more
efficient and accurate, enabling the real-time, automatic
detection of a person by their photo. One camera can be
assigned for face matching. When the registered person is
detected, the WJ-NV300 informs operators by icon, buzzer,
e-mail, external devices such as a light and Panasonic alarm
Figure 46. Visitor statistics
The face matching also helps businesses to improve marketing. The WJ-NV300 automatically
estimates visiter age and gender from facial characteristics and outputs staticstical reports.
Combining it with a POS system enables better understanding the correlative relationships
between customer behavior and marketing.
The WJ-NV300 is compliant with ONVIF Profile S for IP-based video systems. ONVIF makes it
easy to run with 3rd party ONVIF-compatible cameras.
7.2 WJ-ND400 Network Video Recorder
The WJ-ND400 Network Video Recorder is a robust, IP-based all-in-one recorder that provides
users with full-featured video surveillance including recording, alarms, searching, networking
and management. Supporting up to 64 network cameras, the WJ-ND400 is the perfect solution
for medium deployment. The NVR is also suitable for large systems by using multi recorder
configuration with the i-PRO management system. The multi recorder configuration offers
easy-to-manage and highly-reliable recording capability.
Figure 47. WV-ND400 Network Video Recorder.
9 Long and secure recording
The WJ-ND400 provides up to 216TB recording capability. Its HDD slots are expandable to 54
with nine HDD slots in the WJ-ND400 and five WJ-HDE400 Hard Disk Extension Units, which
have nine HDD slots per unit.
9 Flexible recording
The WJ-ND400 supports recording modes for secure and effective recording. Emergency mode
gives recording top priority. Scheduling recordings and alarm recording such as Pre-event and
Post-event enables saving disk space.
9 Uninterrupted recordings
RAID 5 and 6 protects the stored video from hard disk failure. In case of hard disk failure, the
hot-swappable HDD slots enable users to replace hard disks without having to turn off the
9 Quick search
The WJ-ND400 provides effective searching to find a video quickly from a vast amount of videos.
The search filter helps operators to quickly narrow down target videos by time, date and events
including VMD detection and cameras.
7.3 WV-ASR500 recording and video management system
The WV-ASR500 recording and video management system is a Windows server-based, open,
scalable, high-performance recorder. It features all the functionality required for recording and
video management for today’s and tomorrow’s business needs, including viewing on PCs and
smartphones, recording, alarming, searching and management. The WV-ASR500 is suitable for
middle to large video surveillance systems with the WV-ASM200 and System 970 i-PRO
management system.
9 Open and Scalable system
The WV-ASR500 offers an open, scalable and easy-to-use video surveillance system, supporting
up to 128 network cameras per server. Over 70 vendors’ camera are supported.
Long-term video storage
WV-ASR500 archiving enables storing important videos for long periods, saving disk space and
cost. It supports industry standard, high-capacity storage such as IP-SAN and DAS. IP-Storage
Area Network (IP-SAN) is an IP network-based storage, while Direct-attached Storage (DAS) is
connected directly to a server.
Scheduled and Event linking recording
Based on schedules or internal/external events such intruder detection, users can automatically
start and stop recording. The event linking also enables operators to set event-driven rules up,
resulting in prompt response in emergencies.
3rd party system integration
The WV-ASR500 works with over 20 vendors’ Entry Access Control system (EAC).
8. Management system
Panasonic offers two centralized management systems: the WV-ASM200 for small to medium
systems and System 970 for medium to large systems.
8.1 WV-ASM200 i-PRO Management Software
The WV-ASM200 i-PRO management System provides an easy-to-use, feature-rich operator
console that unifies monitoring, operation and management of i-PRO video surveillance devices
for small to medium users, running on a PC. It supports a configuration from one to six monitors
for one operation window, up to four live windows and one map window. The operation
window provides centralized operation and monitoring with efficient visualization and smooth
access to live and recorded video. The live windows provide multiscreen monitoring with up to a
64-screen split. The map window displays information such as alarms on intuitive maps.
Single display
Two displays
Multi displays
Figure 48. Monitor configuration.
The WV-ASM200 i-PRO management System manages up to 32,000 Panasonic network cameras,
up to 1,280 analog cameras with encoders and 500 Panasonic network and digital video
recorders. The WV-ASM200 offers secure access management; up to 32 users can be registered
with five customizable user access levels from viewer to administrator.
Mobile viewer
4K/9MP network camera
Network camera
Analog camera
with system controller
Video encoder
Face Recognition System
Network Video Recorders
Figure 49. WV-ASM200 system configuration
9 Centralized easy operation
The operation window offers centralized monitoring
and operation of live and recorded video. The optional
IP-based WV-CU950 system controller offers easy
control of cameras, recorders
and management.
Figure 50. Operation window
9 64 camera view
The live windows provide operators with up to 64
camera views simultaneously on up to four displays.
Figure 51. Live window
Intuitive map operation
The map window displays information such as alarms on
intuitive maps. Up to 64 cameras are indicated by
graphic icons on the map.
Figure 52. Map window
Consolidated alarm management
When a camera or exterior sensor detects an alarm, a red-colored icon with a pop-up message
notifies operators. The operation window is also switched to the alarmed camera’s view for
immediate visual verification.
Visibility enhancement
The WV-ASM200’s Visibility Enhancement produces clear images even in poor visibility such as
snowfall, heavy rain, high contrast and dark lighting. Combining GPU-accelerated computing and
high-speed image processing algorithms, it delivers clear moving images on a real-time basis
without losing important details such as color, contrast and movement.
Figure 53. Road on a snowy day. At left, there is almost zero visibility due to heavy snow. At right,
the visibility is greatly improved by Panasonic Visibility Enhancement Software.
Face Recognition integration
Integrated with the WV-ASF900 Face Recognition System, the WV-ASM200 provides automated,
real time face detection and search. Please refer to section 9 for details.
8.2 System 970 i-PRO Management System
The System 970 i-PRO Management System is a feature-rich, highly-reliable, scalable and flexible
IP-based management system designed for medium to large deployments and multi-site systems.
Its powerful central management interface enables operators to quickly and precisely respond
to incidents. The System 970 has two parts: the WV-ASC970 IP Matrix Server is a system
manager. The WV-ASM970 IP Matrix Client is a centralized operational interface.
Management system
WV-ASC970 IP Matrix Server
Mobile viewer
Video wall
4K/9MP network camera
Network camera
Analog camera
Main operation console
Video encoder
Sub operation console
with system controller
Network Video Recorders Face Recognition System
Figure 54. System970 diagram.
Multi site system
Figure 55. System970 multi-site diagram.
Flexible and scalable architecture
The System 970 enables a user to build a video surveillance system including over 60,000 i-PRO
devices such as cameras and recorders. The System 970 manages up 1,535 network and analog
cameras, up to 64 IP and digital video recorders and 1,024 monitors in one domain. A domain is
an area where one WV-ASC970 IP Matrix Server controls, making it easy to design and manage
the system by dividing it into easily-controlled sub systems. Up to 64 domains can be supported.
The WV-ASM970 IP Matrix Client provides centralized, efficient operation regardless of system
size or location.
High reliability
Hot standby server configuration provides operational continuity. The standby server takes over
automatically when the active server fails. System 970 with the WJ-ND400 NVR provides
recording continuity. When a WJ-ND400 fails, the standby NVR switches over automatically.
Effective monitoring
The WV-ASM970, a PC viewer of System 970, supports one Operation and Map window for
centralized operation and up to four Image Viewing windows for monitoring. The Operation and
Map windows offer a comprehensive overview of camera layouts and alarm information from
devices such as cameras, recorders and external sensors, enabling quick visual verification by
overlaying their icons on up to 100 maps. The Image Viewing windows provide operators with
up to 64 camera views simultaneously per WV-ASM970 client system.
Figure 56. WV-ASM970 screens.
9 Advanced search
The System 970 enables operators to quickly search for a video clip from large amounts of
recorded video. Time and date search, event search and VMD search make it easy and quick to
narrow down a search.
9 Consolidated alarm management
The System 970 provides a consolidated overview of security and system alarms for immediate
visual verification. The map window displays alarm information when cameras or external
systems such as a fire alarm system are detected. The programmable alarm management
enables operators to set up event-driven rules, resulting in prompt response in emergencies.
9 Face Recognition integration
Integrated with the WV-ASF900 Face Recognition System, the System 970 provides automated,
real time face detection and search. Please refer to section 9 for details.
9 Smooth IP migration
Supporting analog devices such as an analog matrix switcher, the System 970 offers a smooth
and cost-effective migration path from an existing analog video surveillance system to an
IP-based system.
9. Face Recognition System
Face recognition, which is an intelligent video application, improves effectiveness both in
security and business. The WV-ASF900 Face Recognition System provides a cost effective,
easy-to-deploy intelligent video solution for small to large businesses.
9.1 Surveillance efficiency
The WV-ASF900 Face Recogniton System helps operators to quickly find a target person from
live and recorded videos, automatically identifying the person by estimating the similarity
between the captured face and photos in data-bases. Early detection can prevent problems
from occurring. After an event, a quick search of irrefutable visual evidence can help avoid
dishonest claims and resolve disputes.
9 Real-time Face matching
The face matching of the WV-ASF900 provides real-time, automated detection of a target
person by their face. When a person is matched with registered photos in the data-bases, it
sends an alarm to the operators.
Figure 57. Real-time Face matching.
9 Advanced face search
The face search of the WV-ASF900 provides advanced search capability that enables operators
to quickly find a target person by their face from recorded footage. The operators can trace the
person with a glance at the history table that shows where they have passed by and what they
did. The operators can narrow down a target person from all visitors by a camera, a captured or
registered photo and day and time. The history table provides easy playback, working with the
Panasonic NVRs.
Figure 58. Advanced face search and playback.
9.2 Business improvement
Video can be used to improve business; Intelligent Video technology provides an innovative way
to use video information for better marketing. By automatically estimating visitor gender and
age from their faces, the WV-ASF900 Face Recognition System delivers helpful information such
as store traffic. Combining this with sales data on POS selling systems enables better
understanding the correlations between customer behavior and marketing.
Figure 59. Customer demographics analysis.
9.3 System configuration
Based on a hybrid architecture, the WV-ASF900 provides high-performance, scalable and
cost-effective face recognition. The camera detects, crops and sends a visitor face, and the Face
Recognition Server estimates the similarity between the face and photos in the data-base. This
hybrid architecture substantially reduces server and network overloads, enabling the
WV-ASF900 to estimate faces from 20 cameras on a real-time basis. The WV-ASM200 and
System 970 i-PRO management systems manage up to 100 WV-ASF900, resulting in a large
system configuration that includes 2,000 cameras.
Intelligent Video
(Face detection and clipping)
Clipped image
Operator console
Face Recognition System
20 cameras per server
10 servers per group
Up to 10 groups
Figure 60. Face Recognition System configuration.
10. IP migration support
If you are considering the enhancement of your analog video surveillance, upgrading your
analog system with the latest IP technology will increase effectiveness and efficiency. You have
two migration options: one-time migration and step-by-step upgrade. Both strategies include
advantages and disadvantages.
10.1 One-time migration
All analog equipment is removed and a new IP system is installed. By deploying the new IP
system at once, all IP video surveillance features are immediately available. One-time migration
is simple, but can present financial challenges, especially for medium and large installations.
9 Simple upgrade process
9 Lower total cost compared to step-by-step upgrade
Avoids problems that result from coexisting analog and IP systems
Financial challenge for the initial investment to purchase and install all the IP equipment at
Disposal loss of analog equipment that can be still used.
Downtime till the new IP system starts (The duration depends on the installation plan.)
Full IP system
Analog system
Remote sites
Analog monitors
Analog cameras
Matrix switcher
PC monitors
IP Cameras
Digital Video Recorders (DVRs)
IP Matrix Server with NVRs
or Video Management System (VMS)
Figure 61. One-time migration
10.2 Step-by-step upgrade
A step-by-step upgrade follows a gradual approach that enables you to enhance the existing
analog system at your own pace. Deploy IP equipment according to where it is needed, based
on the feature and functionality requirements. Running analog and IP systems during the
transition period, the video surveillance becomes a complete IP system. This scenario enables
starting small according to your surveillance requirements, easing the financial burden for the
initial IP equipment investment.
9 Enhancement at your own pace
Short downtime during migration
Effective use of the existing analog equipment
Ease of the financial burden for the initial IP equipment investment
9 Potential problems that may result from coexisting analog and IP systems
Expenses for migration equipment such as video encoders
Analog system
Analog cameras
Analog and IP systems
Analog monitors
Full IP system
Remote sites
IP cameras
Digital Video Recorders (DVRs)
Video encoder
PC monitor
PC monitor
IP camera
IP Matrix Server with NVR
or Video Management System (VMS)
IP Matrix Server with NVR
or Video Management System (VMS)
Figure 62. Step-by-step migration.
10.3 Equipment supporting IP migration
9 Video Encoders
Video Encoders enable integrating your existing analog system with a new IP system, converting
analog video signal to IP video signal. The WJ-GXE500 Video Encoder delivers clear images with
3D Interlace-to-Progressive conversion and cable loss compensation. The compact WJ-GXE100
Video Encoder can be installed where convenient, including in an outdoor camera housing or
outdoor power box, on a wall or ceiling or in a room.
Figure 63. 4-channel and 1-channel video encoders
Coaxial-LAN converter
A coaxial-LAN converter offers IP transmission over existing coaxial cables, when continuing
to use the analog cable infrastructure is necessary because of factors including past huge
investment for cable, limited cable space and distance between the IP camera and
operation center.
Analog camera
Matrix switcher
Existing coaxial cable
IP camera
Coaxial-LAN converter
Figure 64. BY-HPE11KT Coaxial-LAN Converter
9 Video Decoder
A Video Decoder enables viewing IP cameras without a PC, converting IP video signal to HDMI
or analog video signal. It is suitable for places such as remote sites.
Figure 65. BY-HPE11KT Coaxial-LAN Converter
11. VMS flexibility
11.1 VMS Partners
Many industry-leading video management system (VMS) companies participate in the
Panasonic System Developer Network (PSDN) partner program. These seasoned partners
provide excellent video management solutions with unique features and functionalities.
11.2 ONVIF
The ONVIF forum defines industrial standards for interfacing IP-based security systems so
products from different manufacturers can easily work together. ONVIF Profile S is for IP-based
video systems and Profile G is for edge storage and retrieval. Supporting the ONVIF as well as
i-PRO proprietary interface, the i-PRO products work with a number of 3rd party systems.
11.3 PS-API (SDK)
The Software Development Kit (SDK) enables developers to develop software applications that
work with Panasonic i-PRO products. The Panasonic Security-Application Programming Interface
(PS-API) provides a model-independent, common interface used for developing applications to
monitor, control and manage the network cameras and network recorders. PS-API and its
technical documentations are disclosed to the developers.
12. Conclusion
Technology drives business success more than ever before. The age of Internet of Things (IoT) is
upon us. The network is connecting everything; people and all devices are connecting with each
other on a large scale beyond all imagination. The world will become smarter, more efficient
and move convenient. Panasonic continues to work to provide better surveillance solutions
including 4K video, intelligent video and business intelligence for your security and businesses.
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