updated 08:30 pm EDT, Wed August 27, 2008
3G phone surveillance
Swann Communications today announced its latest security solution, the IP-3G ConnectCam 1000. This camera allows users to access the live video from their 3G phone. Video feeds are transmitted through 802.11b/g to the home wireless network, where it is made available on the internet using SSID filtering and 64/128 bit WEP encryption to ensure privacy. MJPEG and MPEG4 compressions are supported, the former for higher quality and the latter for sending over the internet.
Monitoring at night or in dark rooms is possible using infra-red LEDs with a 15 foot range. A microphone and speaker allow two-way communication from the 3G device. The system can be set up for scheduled recording, constant feed, or motion detection with email alerts, each with a resolution up to 640 x 480. Up to 16 cameras can be linked together for larger security systems. The IP-3G ConnectCam 1000 is compatible with Windows systems and will cost $300. An official ship date was not provided.