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Linux-based NVR offers remote mobile access

Feb 18, 2014 — by Eric Brown — 3438 views

Planet unveiled a Linux-based, 16-channel network video recorder called the NVR-1620, with dual HDD bays, dual displays, and up to 2560 x 1920 resolution.

Taiwan-based Planet has a long track record of making networking and surveillance appliances. Its latest NVR-1620 network video recorder supports 16 IP video channels, and up to 16 devices can be networked for 256 total channels accessible via a central monitoring site. In addition, most mobile platforms, including Android, are supported for remote viewing.

NVR-1620, front and back
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We know the NVR-1620 runs Linux, but no further details were supplied on the processor, memory, or Linux build. Judging from the 90 Watt power consumption and HD video support, we’re guessing the CPU is an Intel Core processor of the “Ivy Bridge” generation.

The NVR-1620 is capable of simultaneous dual displays via its HDMI and VGA ports. The system supports resolutions of up to 5 megapixels (2560 x 1920) per channel. There appear to be some tradeoffs required here, however. For example, the local display is said to be limited to 2-megapixel (1600 x 1200) resolution. You can also opt for low-resolution D1 video or accelerate 30 frames per second 1080p video up to 120fps.

NVR-1620 rear port detail
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Dual 3.5-inch SATA II hard disk drive bays accommodate backup HDD installation, and more storage options are available via a pair of USB 2.0 ports. A gigabit Ethernet port is supplied, as well as audio I/O and an IR receiver that supports an optional remote control and joystick.

The ONVIF compliant appliance is touted for its auto configuration and camera scheduling features. The rich features set includes 1, 4, 9, or 16 split- or full-screen displays, as well as view modes including sequenced and saved modes.

Conceptual diagram (left) and typical in-store network scenario
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Trigger events such as motion detection or camera shutdown can be linked to a variety of alarms and notifications. Other features include PTZ support for camera control, as well as VCR controls including frame by frame search by time or event only.

The camera loves you… maybe too much
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NVR-1620 specifications:

Specifications listed for the Planet NVR-1620 include:

  • Processor/memory — (unspecified)
  • Storage — 2x 3.5-inch SATA II bays
  • Display:
    • HDMI port
    • VGA port
    • Dual display support
    • Up to 120fps @ 1080p30 recording (3Mbps/ch., total 16-ch.)
    • Up to 480fps @ D1 30; up to 360fps @ 720p30
    • Up to 5-megapixel (2560 x 1920) per ch. (local display limited to 2-ch., 2-megapixel (1600 x 1200)
    • H.264, MPEG-4 , M-JPEG codecs; AVI output option
  • Networking — gigabit Ethernet port
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x USB 2.0 ports with KB/Mouse support
    • IR receiver with optional remote and joystick
    • Audio mic-in, line-in, line out (2-way audio with G.711, G.726)
  • Features:
    • Auto configuration
    • ONVIF compliant
    • Scheduled recordings for up to 16 cameras
    • Live view, playback, full, screen, sequence view, saved view modes
    • 1, 4, 9, or 16 split or full screen displays
    • Sequence mode with manually selected cameras in ¼ split with timer
    • JPEG snapshot
    • PTZ support, with auto pan, present point, etc.
    • Full VCR controls, including frame by frame search by time or event only
    • Timeline interface with bookmarks
    • Trigger events — start, shutdown, setting or camera modified, start recycle, disk full, motion/sensor detection
    • Trigger actions — red window, buzzer, disable or enable action, duration of action, recording, email or E-Map notification
    • Dynamic DNS and NTP server
    • DHCP server/client (auto detection) support
    • Admin. features with up to 7x groups, various privileges, etc.
    • Mobile remote view for Android, Blackberry 4.6, iPhone, Symbian S60, Win CE 6.1
  • Other features — LEDs; reset and buzzer stop buttons
  • Power — 100~240V AC, 1.4A, max. 50/60Hz; 90 W consumption
  • Operating temperature — 5 to 40°C
  • Weight — 4.6 kg
  • Dimensions — 220 x 215 x 81mm
  • Operating system – Linux

Further information

No pricing or availability information was supplied for the NVR-1620. More information may be found at the NVR-1620 product page.

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