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Canon Network Cameras Capture Live Video for Dotworkz

VB-C50iR Pan/Tilt/Zoom Network Cameras With 26X Zoom Lenses (January 30, 2006)

The phrase ?surfing the Web takes on new meaning at the Dotworkz Group and its service company USrelay. Specialists in delivering and servicing advanced remote video-surveillance systems, the company has installed scores of Canon VB-C50iR Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) Network Video cameras at surf beaches and ski resorts across the United States to provide live, high-quality, viewer-controllable Web video that surfers and skiers can access at home to determine if conditions are right for heading out to hang ten or catch air.

?The Canon PTZ cameras are unique in the fact that the user interface is completely intuitive; it allows people of all different Internet skills, levels, and interests to interact with it immediately, explained William Ferris, president of San Diego-based Dotworkz companies. ?And these cameras are a great tool to boost business and get people to come to your Website because theyre network-addressable. People can easily control and move the Canon cameras online from their Web browser and see the results live. Other manufacturers have not yet been able to replicate this type of user-friendly interface. Thats why I think we see a much bigger push in our Canon sales for these types of applications.

Canons industry-leading Network Video cameras, which include the new Two-Way Audio-equipped VB-C50i Pan/Tilt/Zoom and VB-C50FSi Fixed Network Video camera with Power Over Ethernet, provide the performance and versatility professionals demand. These cameras not only can capture fine detail from far distances, they provide compact, remote video-monitoring solutions over IP in the areas of security, distance learning, and telemedicine. Canons Network Video cameras include such features as an advanced 26X Canon Optical Zoom Lens, a 12X Digital Zoom, and a 340K effective pixel CCD that delivers crisp 640-by-480-pixel resolution video with up to 30 frame-per-second quality. This?together with their ability to transmit high-quality video through the Internet or a LAN connection for viewing by multiple clients?has made these Network Video cameras a leading choice for Web video origination. And with Canons WebView Livescope screen-monitoring software, camera pan, tilt, and zoom adjustments can be controlled remotely via the Internet as well.

Canons Network Video cameras combine high-quality image capture with powerful low-light (1 Lux at 1/30 shutter speed) capabilities. In addition, a Motorized Infrared (IR) Cut Filter can be turned off to significantly brighten the viewing area in dark conditions. These cameras offer simultaneous video distribution in various frame sizes, including (640 x 480, 320 x 240, and 160 x 120). Canons new VB-C50i PTZ Network camera provides a wide-ranging pan of +/-100 degrees and tilt of +90/-30 degrees to quickly survey any site (the VB-C50iR is the cameras reverse-mount version, which features a pan of +/- 170 degrees and tilt of +10/-90 degrees).

?We mainly spec the VB-C50iR camera for Web monitoring, which produces the most professional results in this market, Ferris continued. ?We do recommend the cameras are sold with our custom line of outdoor protective domes. We have many dome options such as stainless steel domes, bullet-resistant domes?a full range of products and services designed to tailor-fit each customers needs. Our dome options are specific to these IP cameras. Canons VB-C50iRs fits very nicely with our accessory line in both quality and performance. Each camera system is tested and configured for ?plug-and-hang installation before they leave our hands.

Canons new VB-C50i PTZ camera and VB-C50FSi Fixed Network camera include both bundled and optional viewing software. Optional viewing software for both cameras includes Canons WebView Livescope MV 2.1 LE and WebView Livescope MV 2.1 for display of up to 16 Canon NVS cameras at a time on one computer screen. WebView Livescope Viewer for Pocket PC software allows cameras to be accessed and controlled from a handheld PDA. Canon also offers a Software Developers Kit that permits developers such as Dotworkz to expand the functionality and performance of its Network Video cameras. These customized software applications may then be shared or sold independently amongst the community of users.

?We started Dotworkz based on using viewer-controlled camera systems to provide live content for Websites, Ferris recalled. ?We now have three divisions: Dotworkz (engineered products), US Relay, and WebCamproShop. US Relay ensures that the cameras, which are IP-addressed devices on a network, are fortified for heavy Internet traffic to stream at 200Mbps via USrelay server farms. is a major distributor for network cameras, protective housings, software, mounting towers, and wireless accessories. We just launched for test-driving the Canon Network cameras against other brands based on similar features and optics, all side-by-side. This site really lets the camera shopper see why Canon is such a successful Web broadcasting tool.

?We had the first online PTZ camera on the West Coast in 1999, at Mission Beach in San Diego, Ferris continued. ?It was a good introduction to Canon and the Web stats quickly showed us the popularity of the user interaction with the ability to control the camera system. From there it just grew, and we focused on providing professional live content. We now have Canon PTZs at all the major surfing spots up and down East and West coasts and two in Hawaii. If you go to you can see some of these locations.

?As for ski slopes, after we installed four of our systems at the 2002 Winter Games it didnt take long for major ski resorts in North America to see what a clear, interactive streaming presentation can do to benefit their mountain resorts Web presence, Ferris revealed. ?It was like a chain reaction. Live Web video on the ski slopes does wonders to enhance a resorts online experience and attract clientele from all over the world. We now have Canon PTZ cameras at almost all of the major ski resorts in North America and several in Europe. Once they buy the cameras we provide them with tech support and?very often?installation and streaming services.

?The Canon name means something, Ferris concluded. ?Their products have a certain level of quality and intuitiveness. Its obvious that Canon spends a lot of time on design and engineering. Their level of detail and end product usability are years ahead of others in this market. Theyre not only easy to use but they convey a level of quality and useful features that the others havent been able to replicate. Canon is well positioned to dominate the network camera market for many years to come in all aspects of reliability and end-user experience.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortunes Most Admired Companies in America and is rated #35 on the BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." Its parent company Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) is a top patent holder of technology, ranking second overall in the U.S. in 2005, with global revenues of $33.3 billion. For more information, visit

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