[ISN] A Webcam Watchdog

From: mea culpa (jerichoat_private)
Date: Sat Aug 29 1998 - 03:28:19 PDT

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    [Moderator: I actually know of a few companies/people that have
     used Quickcams in place of security cams. Overall opinion is that
     they are a more viable solution in some regards.]
    
    
    Forwarded From: phreak moi <hackereliteat_private>
    
    http://www.wired.com/news/news/technology/story/14709.html
    
    A WebCam Watchdog
    Wired News Report
    
    4:00am  28.Aug.98.PDT
    
    Pentax Technologies, on Thursday unveiled its VersaCam Web camera. The
    device can be programmed to automatically take surveillance pictures that
    can be transmitted via the Web to a variety of destinations: a Web site,
    LAN, email account, closed circuit TV network, or PC. 
    
    The camera can be configured for use with a modem, ethernet, or cellular
    network, and images can be compressed and resized to maximize transmission
    rates. Once the camera is configured, all it needs is a phone line and a
    power source, and surveillance workers can view the images on a Web
    browser. 
    
    "Itís a pretty versatile thing," said Carl Shushan, project manager at
    Pentax. "If you have a fire truck, you could put these on the dash, and
    plug them into the cigarette lighter so the fire chief could see whatís
    going on without being at the site. Or if you have a railroad, and you
    know that certain crossings have a tendency to wash out with flash floods
    ó itís a whole lot cheaper to have a snapshot come in every hour than have
    a train go off the track." 
    
    It can also be used to monitor traffic and road conditions, remote
    pipelines or bridges, common vandalism sites, ski conditions, hazardous
    facilities, and construction sites. 
    
    The VersaCam weighs less than a pound, measures 3 x 3 x 6 inches and has a
    quarter-inch CCD (charged-coupled-device) color camera, with a resolution
    up to 640 x 480 pixels. 
    
    The camera can be configured with software on a PC to adjust the pixels,
    frequency of photos taken, and where the images are to be sent. The camera
    can also use triggers -- such as opening a window or stepping on a
    pressurized pad under a welcome mat -- to prompt a photo. 
    
    Pentax will demonstrate the camera's capabilities from 1-3 September at
    the International Security Conference tradeshow at the Jacob K. Javits
    Convention Center in New York City, and from 14-16 September at the
    American Society of Industrial Security tradeshow at the Dallas Convention
    Center. Pentax expects the camera to be available by the end of this year. 
    
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