It's funny how coincidences happen. Recently, I obtained some IP cameras for an upcoming review. About the same time, I got an email from Synology announcing an IP camera surveillance station in the form of the VS60.
Synology® Launches Synology VS60, a Power-saving Security Appliance for IP Camera Live-viewing
Taipei, Taiwan—November 16, 2009—Synology® Inc. today launched Synology Visual Station VS60, a live-view appliance which saves power and easily monitors multiple IP cameras managed with a Synology Disk Station.
Synology VS60 is designed to provide a live-view of IP cameras managed with a Synology Disk Station and displays it on a connected LCD monitor or TV screen. The built-in DSP (Digital Signal Processor) efficiently processes images, lowering power usage down to only 5.2 Watts for the entire system, providing an economical solution for smaller scale setups. In addition, Synology VS60 offers the convenience of live-viewing cameras in a multi-screen wall format for large-scale deployments.
“Synology VS60 is Synology's next step in the security market after the debut of Synology Surveillance Station, a digital video recording application in Synology Disk Station's system firmware, Synology DSM 2.2,” commented Edward Lin, marketing director of Synology. Given the proliferation of smaller organizations moving to incorporate IP surveillance solutions, Synology VS60′s timely debut is an easy-to-use, low-power surveillance solution.
Synology VS60 supports the essential features of IP cameras: PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom), snapshot, and two USB ports for mouse operation and external disk connection. All operations are done with clicks of the mouse. As a result, no complex training is required and individuals like cashiers in small stores can easily use it to monitor their stores.
Synology VS60 starts shipping today.
Synology at a Glance
Founded in 2000, Synology is a young and energetic company dedicated to developing high-performance, reliable, versatile, and environmentally-friendly Network Attached Storage (NAS) products. Our goal is to deliver user-friendly solutions and solid customer service to satisfy the needs of businesses, home offices, individual users and families.
In the announcement, “today” was November 16th. A little late, but I’ve been busy with NAS reviews. No word on the expected cost of this device, and it may go beyond what a home consumer might need or want for a surveillance station, but it sure looks cool! Of course, by the time I get done with my IP camera review, I might find this solution quite appealing…
A potential setup for the VS60, as envisioned by Synology. hmm. I can see it now. A bank of LCD screens in the wall, a series of IP cameras all around, interfaced by the VS60 as envisioned below.
Vegas, here I come!