Plus, the calculator is much more responsive and smoother in operation. Try it out now.
The map is now 25% larger to make it easier to see more and more easily move cameras.
The controls and previews have now been centrally organized on the right hand side.
Auto Save and Remembering
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Now, the Calculator will automatically save every time you make a change and will automatically remember where you were the last time you were using it, regardless of whether you are switching from your work to home computer or to your tablet, etc.
This eliminates the need to manually save and the warning prompt when you close the tab about remembering to save.
Improved Night Mode Previews - IR and 'Super'
Now, we have added an 'IR' preview and 'super low light' preview to our original 'night / dark' preview, as shown below:
In the past few years, integrated IR has become commonplace plus more and more cameras support 'super' low light.
Intelligent Night Previews
The new 'IR' previews will automatically be selected for camera models that have integrated IR and will be shown when within specified IR range. Outside of range, it will switch to the traditional 'dark' / 'night' image as shown below.
Now, you can copy cameras, so if you are using the same model at different spots, just right click and duplicate, as shown below:
Improved PTZ Displays
Now, PTZ models simultaneously display the AoV and distance cone plus a surrounding circle that shows the panning potential of the camera, that automatically updates as the cameras is adjusted, as shown in the demo below:
Embedded Video Tutorial
For those new or needing him on the calculator, we have embedded a YouTube video tutorial right on the right side of the calculator displayed as soon as the Calculator is opened and no cameras are selected, as shown below:
The web based IPVM camera calculator is now significantly easier to control and use on mobile devices, in particular tablets.
Missing Temporarily - Elevation
We have removed the beta elevation feature as there were some problems with it and we want to re-implement it. All existing elevation data from previous projects is saved and will re-appear when re-implemented in the next few months.
Upcoming IPVM Calculator Features
We spent the last year re-building the entire IPVM calculator with a new foundation for more ambitious expansion. Some upcoming features include:
Mobile apps to allow for taking pictures on site and doing site surveys.
Off-line / 'secure' desktop app for those who are designing systems for secure facilities that cannot have any data sent back to the 'cloud'
Walls feature to better show / represent coverage area when walls or other obstructions limit a camera's coverage.
What do you want us to add? Provide us your suggestions.
The responsiveness is greatly improved. I have a project with a few hundred cameras and sizable PDFs that was cumbersome to zoom out with the old calculator as it refreshed. While the floorplan locked notation pops up when panning around a PDF background it no longer obscures critical items and disappears rapidly. Autosave is nice too. These changes alone will save countless hours next time.
We've heard the suggestion before but we have never seriously considered it. The main concern for us would be to be ensure that 'chapters' would be independent of manufacturers. The fear would be that a manufacturer would use the 'chapter' to promote or favor their products. Since I am not confident of a way to have chapters without such a risk, it is something that we have not seriously pursued.
That noted, it would be nice to have more local / in-person interaction but that has always been a secondary priority to our research, reporting and testing.
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Had done a test with HIKVision and DAHUA bullet cameras with IR range of 120mtrs, 4.7mm-94mm and 5.3mm-64mm motorized lens respectively. The actual test results were better than what was displayed in the calculator. General finding is that IR throw did go beyond 100mtrs and it was possible to detect a target (person) 80mtrs away in darkness in an open area with the lens at the shortest focal length, while recognition was also possible at 60mtrs with the lens fully zoomed in (Optical Zoom).
#3, thanks for feedback. The calculator is providing a general projection, sometimes the actual results are going to be darker or brighter.
Btw, for the IR ranges you mention, what was the max specified IR range for those cameras? And what was the light reading with a lux meter at those distances? Those would be the 2 factors that most typically impact such results.
Note: the calculator low light images were taken in near darkness, in the range of 0.1 lux with a lux meter.
Great tool, but I'm running into a couple of issues with the new camera calculator. When adding labels, the larger the area covered by cameras, the larger the labels become when exported to Powerpoint.
The other issue is that when adding a camera, the calculator selects generic as the default instead of the last camera type selected.
I had multiple cameras and instead of deleting them, I dropped their distance to 0 so I could easily reapply them if needed. I think the 0 distance parameter caused the export to fail. (I deleted the 0 distance cameras and export to PDF was successful)
The Verkada D80 does 360 when flat mounted on a ceiling looking down? When we add it to the floor plan, it only shows 180 degrees, which is the panoramic option. Would it be possible to make the 360 option available?