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Raytec - POWERS E-book 06/06/2017

DOWNLOAD NEW E-BOOK

Raytec are delighted to release a new e-book which is dedicated to helping our customers fully understand and use our new ‘POWERS’ lighting standard for video surveillance. Explore the fundamentals of lighting for surveillance, our recommended benchmarks, and the scientific methods behind how we calculate our illumination distances. Learn how to use POWERS to reliably compare different illuminators, achieve a consistent level of performance and specify with confidence – and know the TRUE performance of your illuminator. DOWNLOAD E-BOOK DOWNLOAD E-BOOK (Deutsch)

02/06/2017

VARIO2 GOES ON WILDLIFE SAFARI

Raytec illuminators have been installed in some of the most challenging and exciting global environments, everywhere from the Arctic circle to the jungles of Borneo. Most recently WildEarth, a specialist team of wild-life film makers, turned to Raytec’s VARIO2 Infra-Red illuminators at the greater Kruger National Park in South Africa to capture the nocturnal habits of some rather large animals! In an application where outstanding illumination was crucial, Raytec’s VARIO2 covert Infra-Red illuminators enabled the high megapixel cameras to capture outstanding detail and live activity at night. The low voltage... Read More

02/06/2017
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SUPERCHARGE THE NIGHT-TIME PERFORMANCE OF YOUR BULLET CAMERA

Bullet cameras offer a cost effective and compact solution for general surveillance applications and many also include integrated LEDs to deliver short range night-time images. But now with the latest developments in LED lighting, you can supercharge the performance of your bullet camera with even the smallest Raytec VARIO 2 illuminator and cover impressive distances at night. Despite their popularity, bullet cameras do have some significant disadvantages. Generally their night-time performance is limited to 15-20m. The in-built LEDs also don’t have the same heat management as dedicated external illuminators which... Read More

Identify in Low Light - Raytec Video 25/04/2017

IDENTIFYING IN LOW LIGHT

The quality of your illumination is a critical factor in achieving good recognition and identification from your video surveillance system at night. Even low light cameras which can produce an acceptable overview of a scene in relatively low light conditions need dedicated surveillance lighting to identify a subject at night – especially when zooming in over long distances. LED surveillance lighting is the number 1 choice for empowering your maximum zoom function. It delivers targeted and powerful illumination exactly where it is needed so that your camera is able to... Read More

Identify in low light 25/04/2017

ACHIEVE OUTSTANDING SUBJECT IDENTIFICATION AT NIGHT

The quality of your illumination is a critical factor in achieving good recognition and identification from your video surveillance system at night. Even low light cameras which can produce an acceptable overview of a scene in relatively low light conditions need dedicated surveillance lighting to identify a subject at night – especially when zooming in over long distances. LED surveillance lighting is the number 1 choice for empowering your maximum zoom function. It delivers targeted and powerful illumination exactly where it is needed so that your camera is able to... Read More

Calculating Illumination Distances 24/04/2017

HOW WE CALCULATE OUR ILLUMINATION DISTANCES

The security industry has historically suffered from a lack of any accepted standards for the measurement of illumination distances. Methods for measuring achievable distances have typically been left to the subjective interpretation of individual manufacturers without any scientific basis – resulting in varying claims. It is not uncommon to have two illuminators with a similar light output, that are quoted with wildly different maximum distances – because each manufacturer has a different opinion on what is classed as an acceptable image quality at their maximum distances. The first problem is... Read More

VARIO2 Long Range Illuminators 24/04/2017

EXPLORE LONG RANGE ILLUMINATORS IN THE VARIO2 FAMILY

The i16 and w16 series illuminators boast the greatest distances in the VARIO2 family. A single LED panel delivers up to 500m/1640ft (Infra-Red) and 250m/820ft (White-Light), guaranteeing outstanding light levels on scene for the best night time images at the greatest distances. They make illuminating long distances easier than ever before – watch the video and see for yourself! Explore VARIO2 i16 Long Range Infra-Red Illuminator  Explore VARIO2 w16 Long Range White-Light Illuminator 

VARIO2 - More Light For Your Money 07/04/2017

WHY THE EVOLUTION OF LEDS MEANS MORE LIGHT FOR YOUR MONEY!

Over time technology improves, and the cost of that technology comes down. We can certainly see this with surveillance cameras where there has been some price erosion. This means that lighting manufacturers must also respond with lower cost solutions. If the cost of a video surveillance camera falls, then it follows that the price of lighting must also fall to support that camera. LED lighting is a global growth technology attracting lots of investment. Consequently, the performance of LEDs is constantly improving and developing. Modern illuminators that are purpose designed... Read More

Lighting for Low Light Cameras 06/04/2017

MYTH BUSTER: WHY LOW LIGHT CAMERAS NEED LESS LIGHT – NOT NO LIGHT

There is little doubt that cameras are getting better in low light conditions. All of the major camera manufacturers now have low-light models that are highly sensitive to light. These cameras are designed to maximise any available light on scene to produce images at night. But remember, these are low light cameras, not no-light cameras. All cameras need light to see, whether that’s in the security industry, photographic industry, televisual industry or integrated into your smart phone. Good lighting and a noise free image will also lower your bandwidth and... Read More

Raytec Panoramic Illumination 04/04/2017

HOW 1 ILLUMINATOR CAN REPLACE MULTIPLE ILLUMINATORS

The increased use of multi-sensor cameras also creates a demand for more powerful illumination. With multi-sensor cameras, huge areas can be monitored by stitching together multiple images, so that the end user can deploy fewer cameras to save on installation costs. A multi-sensor MP camera can cover the whole scene effectively and its digital zoom enables investigation of areas of interest. The challenge from a lighting perspective is that huge areas need to be illuminated from a single location – close to the camera. When you are replacing multiple cameras... Read More