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Canon U.S.A. Intros Streaming Cam Trio

Canon has introduced three new complementary camera/server products for live event Web casting, security monitoring, interactive homepages and worldwide remote control.

The VC-C4 is a compact video camera with remote control options, including pan, tilt and zoom. The VB101 network camera server permits streaming real-time video over the Internet or an Intranet. WebView Livescope 3.1 is a software solution for streaming video over the Internet or an Intranet.

"The VC-C4, VB101 and WebView Livescope 3.1 software represent Canon's commitment to deliver video imaging solutions for the Internet or an Intranet," said Yukiaki Hashimoto, vice president and general manager, Photographic Products Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "We recognize the need for Web sites and businesses to incorporate video to enhance communication, overcoming the barriers of distance and language. This combination of Canon products makes it easy and affordable."

The VC-C4 video camera delivers remote control operation over pan/tilt/zoom (P/T/Z) features in a compact, lightweight design. It can operate four ways: independently, as part of an integrated video system, with Canon's VB101 network camera server, or with WebView Livescope 3.1. A built-in infrared receiver and RS232 port permit hands-free operation via a supplied wireless remote control or a personal computer. A reverse ceiling-mount model, VC-C4R, also is available for video imaging overhead, in a room corner, or other inconspicuous places.

The Canon VB101 network camera server is designed to transmit real-time video over an Ethernet connection in a Local Area Network (LAN), a Wide Area Network (WAN), or through an Internet connection. It is appropriate for applications requiring real-time video over a network or the Internet, including web pages, live-event web casting, security monitoring, and worldwide remote monitoring and camera control.

WebView Livescope 3.1 is a PC-based application that requires Windows NT 4.0 operating system and controls up to four VC-C4 cameras, depending on the capture card, with up to 100 viewers simultaneously. It is an alternate software-only solution for those who desire to stream live video over the Internet to a web site with heavier traffic demands than provided by the VB101 network camera server.