Hardened video encoder/decoder matches extreme environments

ComNet (Danbury, CT) has introduced a video encoder/decoder device designed for applications where temperature extremes, vibration, shock, voltage transients and humidity with condensation are present.

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ComNet (Danbury, CT) has introduced a video encoder/decoder device designed for applications where temperature extremes, vibration, shock, voltage transients, and humidity with condensation are present. The company says its new CNVETX1 video encoder/decoder is industrially hardened for use in the most extreme operating environments.

The single-channel video encoder or decoder is especially suited for use in in the physical security and intelligent transportation system markets, says ComNet. The CNVETX1 device accepts an incoming baseband video signal, with duplex audio, and serial data for camera PTZ control, encodes it to H.264, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, or MJPEG video compression standards, and inserts it onto an Ethernet network.

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"There was a gap in generally-available IP video encoding product offerings, and finding an encoder that would operate reliably in difficult industrial environments was nearly impossible,” contends ComNet COO and president Andrew Acquarulo Jr. “The solution was simple; we developed our own. The CNVETX1 also provides an analog video-to-IP encoding and decoding solution for use with our new wireless transmission products,” he adds.

The CNVETX1 is user-configurable as an encoder or decoder, or the decoding may be accomplished with the decoding software supplied. It is operable as a PoE (IEEE 802.3af) powered device or from any source of +12 VDC, and also contains ComNet IVS software for simultaneous video streaming and onboard content management.

“The addition of a hardened video encoder/decoder allows our customers to build a complete solution for transporting video over any Ethernet-based network. ComNet now takes all of the interoperability challenges away," concludes Skip Haight, ComNet's VP of marketing. "We now can offer a complete IP video transmission solution when combined with our Ethernet switches, media converters, CopperLine, and our new NetWave wireless Ethernet products."

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