Hanwha Techwin unveils new chip set

Wisenet name to replace Samsung on products moving forward
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

TEANECK, N.J.—Hanwha Techwin unveiled its latest chipset, Wisenet 5, on Jan. 20, announcing that the company is also moving forward with a branding initiative that will put the Wisenet logo, instead of Samsung’s, on all its cameras and products moving forward.

Tom Cook, vice president of sales for North America at Hanwha Techwin, noted that the company has been cobranding with Samsung and its Wisenet chips since 2007, including the release of Wisenet 3 in 2013.

“Wisenet has become a strong enough name that we are going to start utilizing it as our brand for our cameras, which starts with the X series immediately and follows through in the future on all product releases,” Cook said during the press announcement. “We will ultimately fade out the Samsung name as we go in time.”

The new Wisenet 5 chipset “will define a new standard in the market on video cameras—this is the next revolution of video surveillance in cameras,” Cook said. “Our R&D team, which is about 650 strong, have been developing this new chip set that we are proud to say will take the video market to another level.”

The new chipset powers the Wisenet X series, a new product line that features 27 models split up between 2MP and 5MP camera lines.

Wisenet X series offers 150dB WDR performance and clear images in extreme low light conditions. A convenient USB port is also available for easy setup and installation.

Other notable key features include license-free audio and video analytics, dual SD card slot for increased onboard storage and image stabilization using gyro sensors.

Wisenet X cameras also combine H.265 compression and WiseStream II, a complementary compression technology that “dynamically controls encoding, balancing quality and compression according to movement in the image,” according to the company.

“Data reduction of up to 99 percent can be achieved with Wisenet X series cameras,” said Cook. “We are very proud of that!”

The analytics include audio analysis function that recognizes critical sounds, such as gunshots, explosions, screams, and broken glass, and then immediately issues an alarm.

By adding the Wisenet X series to the recently released Wisenet Q and P series, Hanwha Techwin offers a comprehensive lineup of video surveillance solutions, from affordable entry level to competitive high-performance products that satisfy the needs of projects and customers in all market sectors.

“Hanwha can support an end-to-end solution, not only in our cameras but also in our NVRs and our software,” Cook explained. “And most of our VMS partners that we are working with today, such as Salient, Genetec and Milestone, all have progression plans to support H.265, if they aren’t already. Genetec, for example, is already supporting our H.265 products and their next release will have our entire camera line, supporting not only H.264 but H.265 as well, so the industry is migrating to and taking advantage of the newer compression, especially with the higher resolution cameras.”