LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Panasonic today announced that its latest plug-and-play and wireless IP network cameras will be available this month, making it possible for consumers to monitor their homes remotely using select models of Panasonic's Internet-enabled plasma HDTVs, as well as PCs and cell phones*.
Boasting a sleek new design, the BL-C210, with proprietary one-wire, plug-and-play installation, and the wireless BL-C230 are suitable for a home or business setting. The integrated Internet connection allows users to view camera output in real time full motion video from anywhere in the world using a personalized secure web address (provided for free). It is even possible to pan, tilt and zoom remotely.
The cameras employ H.264 video compression which provides higher video quality and uses half the amount of bandwidth compared to other formats. Built-in sensors detect body heat, sound and motion. The sensor settings are customizable so they can be used separately or all at the same time. They can also be set to be active at specific times of the day. When a sensor is triggered, an image is captured and can be sent via email or to a VIERA CAST enabled TV**. There is built-in memory to store images and the included recording software connects up to 16 cameras.
"Panasonic is committed to providing communications products that help provide peace of mind for homeowners and small business owners," said Bill Taylor, President of Panasonic Systems Network Company of America. "The BL-C210 and BL-C230 provide a convenient solution for people who want to keep an eye on what's happening while they're away."
As with other Panasonic network camera models, a state-of-the-art integration kit ensures compatibility with many solution applications, including automation products from Control4, Crestron, HomeLogic, Life Ware, Netstreams and others, as well as recording systems such as IPConfigure, Milestone, OnSSI and Quadrox.
Other features of the BL-C210 and BL-C230 IP network cameras include:
- Built-in microphone
- SSL support for secure Internet communication
- Privacy Mode
The Panasonic BL-C210 IP network camera carries a suggested retail price of $199.95 and the BL-C230 carries an SRP of $299.95. Both will be available from select Panasonic authorized dealers including Amazon.com.
*Certain mobile phones are not compatible with Panasonic Network Cameras
**The following Panasonic HDTVs will support BL-C210 and BL-C230 Network Cameras: TC-PG10 series with 42, 46, 50, and 54-inch screen; TC-PG15 series with 42, 46, and 50-inch screen; TCPV10 series with 50, 54, 58, and 65-inch screen, and TC-P54Z1.
About Panasonic System Networks Company of America
Based in Secaucus, NJ, Panasonic System Networks Company of America is a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. For more information about Panasonic System Networks Company of America and its business solutions please visit: www.panasonic.com/psna. Additional company information for journalists is available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.