Oncam is a leader in 360-degree network cameras and recently launched a 360-degree dewarping preview tool and a visualisation tool to give users a way of virtually sampling its signature innovations.
To find out more about the company’s latest products and strategy for growth, we spoke to Simon Reed, regional sales director for EMEA at Oncam.
IFSEC Global: Hi, Simon. So how did IFSEC 2017 go?
Simon Reed: It was a super busy show for us. We were, for the first time, exhibiting in the main hall, as one of the partners featured on the Milestone Systems stand.
Over the course of three days we did 70 presentations to individual companies, so we felt we had a really good response from the people coming to the booth and hearing about our technology and vertical market offerings.
An Oncam 360-degree camera can cover an entire gaming table up close – or several gaming tables – while still maintaining picture quality and retention rates
While retail is one of our strongest vertical applications, we have made significant strides within the casino and gaming industry, as well as hospitality, transportation and manufacturing. So overall, the show was good for us as a brand and a team.
IG: Interesting that you have a strong present in gaming and manufacturing; they must have quite specific requirements?
SR: Yes, they typically do – and this applies to the global market. There are stringent regulations in place that have to be met when implementing security technology, such as video surveillance cameras, and the 360-degree camera we produce does lend itself well to the environment.
An Oncam 360-degree camera can cover an entire gaming table up close – or several gaming tables in an area while still maintaining picture quality and retention rates. Within a manufacturing environment, larger areas can be monitored with fewer cameras – which isn’t the same with fixed and pan-tilt-zoom cameras that only cover specific focused areas.
Additionally, the day-to-day mechanisms in use within the plant can be seen using the advanced picture quality found in Oncam cameras, so security managers can be made aware if people are putting foreign objects into food being processed, for example; so the development of this camera has been a big win for us in these applications.
IG: Did you launch any new products at the show?
SR: While we didn’t launch new products, we did demonstrate a rewritten version of our software development kit (SDK) as it works with products from Milestone Systems. As they released their upgraded version of their product line, we delivered our updated SDK, ensuring that our products integrate seamlessly with one another for customers.
As a result, we’re able to speak with Milestone customers about our technology, and they are able to recommend panoramic cameras like ours to their customers.
Over the last year, we introduced our new Evolution Stainless Steel camera in both 5MP and 12MP solutions, which has opened up a world of possibility within the pharmaceuticals, food processing, industrial/chemical plants, ports and marine industries.
It was specifically designed to meet the needs of customers operating in more extreme environments, with special attention to ensuring the casing is resistant to corrosion from power washing and extreme heat/cold.
NSF International recently certified the camera in the United States with the NSF mark for food service, and it’s the first video surveillance camera to have such a distinction. It also boasts IP69K/IK10 ratings, which make the enclosure resistant to high-pressure water jets, dust and vandalism.
It’s a very unique offering with multiple uses across applications.
IG: What’s the company’s strategy? Where are the most auspicious areas for growth?
SR: As we continue to grow and add more technology to our portfolio, there are several vertical market applications that are natural fits for our technology.
We have a strong client base in retail, and anticipate adding to that in the coming years, while adding significant presence in the hospitality sector, such as on cruise ships and hotels/resorts. These facilities – with their wide-open expanses – are ideal for the 360-degree technology we offer. We will also continue to grow within the casinos and gaming market.
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