Archive for February, 2015

Janus drivers provide full, two-way integration with Crestron for all compatible network cameras, as well as one-way control of DVR/NVRs.  Offering a full complement of pan, tilt and zoom controls, as well as monitoring of MJPEG streams on the Crestron panel, this driver provides all the CCTV control functionality the client will need.  For the security conscious, motion and tamper variables can be programmed to alert the user, initiate recording, and/or trigger any appropriate action within the Crestron system.  The ability to save and recall preset camera positions at high speed, and with accuracy is an added bonus.  The DVR/NVR driver provides a complete set of one-way commands, providing the user with the ability to easily navigate through the on-screen menus and review recorded camera footage.

How does it work?

crestron and janusThe Crestron processor communicates directly with cameras and NVR/DVRs connected to the network.   The following features are supported:

  • Full PTZ control of network cameras.
  • Save and recall preset camera positions.
  • Alarm / motion monitoring.
  • One-way IP control of NVR/DVR.

The driver comes packaged with a demonstration panel design, enabling easy integration and testing with your existing system.

Crestron have now added and certified the drivers on their website.

lilin_cctvMerit LILIN has been in the CCTV business for three decades but it’s only been in the last few years that the company has come on strong in the custom integration business.Initially partnering with Control4 for home automation, LILIN now offers Crestron drivers for its cameras and NVRs, and the rest of the major home control companies will have them soon.One of the most recent drivers is for Lilin’s new 360-degree camera. But don’t call it a driver. The term irks group vice president Jason Hill, who told us at ISE 2015 that integration doesn’t require laborious “drivers” to make the product work with third-party control systems.That’s because all of the data-crunching for the camera—including some pretty complicated algorithms for video analytics and de-warping—occurs in the camera itself, meaning the technology is attached to any LILIN “driver” written for third-party controllers.LILIN has the hooks for companies like Control4 – and most recently Crestron – to latch onto LILIN cameras and their software.

LILIN Loves the Custom Install Channel

Well established in the security industry, LILIN kind of lucked into the integration business, Hill says.

“I guess we’re really good at this but we didn’t really know it.”

While Panasonic used to dominate the CCTV category among home systems integrators, their disappearance opened the doors wide for a good surveillance company that would pay attention to the channel.

“We’re the only manufacturer really putting an effort into this sector,” Hill says. “We love it.”

At ISE 2015, LILIN is showing its new custom-finished camera housing (like camouflage), the new 360-degree product, and a pinhole camera that few others offer.

“There are only three pinhole cameras that use IP,” Hill says. “And no one else has one that supports custom integration.”

The cameras came in two parts: the head and the base, where the video is processed. One wire connects the head and base, which can be powered via PoE or standard electric.


Credits: Julie Jacobson, Co-Founder, EH Publishing / Editor-at-large, CE Pro