There are not many folks walking the floor of ISC West today who remember RCA tube cameras and DEC-based access control systems. Instead, there is a dazzle of high tech products ranging from megapixel cameras and networks to flexible card readers. Here are some Security’s Editor discovered.

From JVC -- the VN-X235VPU Fixed Megapixel Network Dome Camera features a 1.3 Megapixel High-Quality JPEG Stream with up to Quad VGA (1280x960) resolution for precise monitoring and a rugged, IP66 rated weatherproof, vandal-resistant design, the VN-X235VPU is an outstanding surveillance solution when reliability and accuracy are paramount. The VN-X235VPU employs a highly sensitive 1/3” progressive scan CCD with 1.3 megapixels, enhanced by a 3.0x variable focus lens. With its ability to provide images at up to four times the resolution of conventional VGA cameras, the VN-X235VPU delivers performance and peace of mind.

From Secura Key -- The e*Tag ET9 Midrange Reader is ISO 15693 compliant for the contactless smart card reader market. It provides up to an 8” read range for the same price as comparable wall-switch style readers. The ET9 Midrange requires only 100-200 mA of current at 5-14 VDC, making it compatible with most access control panels without requiring an expensive separate power supply. Typical low-wattage contactless readers in the $100-300 price range provide a 3”-5” read distance, while high-wattage readers in the $800 – 3000 price range provide 18”-36” of read distance.

From Canon -- The new high-performance VB-C500D Fixed Mini Dome Network Camera features a stylish modern design, a range of advanced features and outstanding image quality, making it a cost-effective means of capturing high-quality video for remote monitoring over IP. Central to the design are the camera’s Genuine Canon Optics and powerful DIGIC NET Processor. The camera features an 82-degree wide angle lens with 2.4x optical zoom (manual) and 4x digital zoom. When viewing moving objects, images remain clear thanks to a high-sensitivity progressive-scan CCD.