For almost a decade, panoramic surveillance cameras have been promised as a 'next big thing' but has yet to meet its potential.
In that last few years, however, the situation is changing as megapixel and IP video systems become increasingly main stream - enabling easier, lower cost development and deployment of panoramic cameras.
Grandeye was one of the most well known panoramic camera manufacturers but suffered a major company restructuring one year ago raising questions on its future. In early 2009, OnCam Global announced that it acquired the "worldwide rights to Grandeye technology and products for security applications."
Adding to the hype for panoramic cameras is Mobotix's intense marketing campaign for their own panoramic cameras.
With this in mind, we tested the Oncam Grandeye Halocam IPC camera with Milestone's Enterprise 6.5f software to better understand its functionality and abilities.
We found using a panoramic, immersive camera to be significantly different than normal surveillance cameras - with both important strengths and weaknesses that should be carefully evaluated.