UL Standard 2802 Gives Customers Insight to Differences in Digital Cameras

s.SND-1080_FVideo surveillance is on of the fastest growing industries.  According to a recent publication by Underwriters Laboratories, “Video technology has been used to defeat potential acts of terrorism, in local law enforcement and fire protection activities, and in commercial and industrial security programs.”  Customers looking for quality, high-resolution security cameras can be easily overwhelmed.  A recent figure estimates that video surveillance products and systems account for approximately 10 billion dollars annually.

Customers are looking for cameras with the greatest number of megapixels, best resolution, lowest distortion and fastest processors.  Manufacturers have flooded the market with a large selection to meet those needs.  This has made the choice of selecting the best camera for the specific application even more difficult.  However, UL Standard 2802 was designed for Performance Testing of Camera Image Quality and establishes a quantitative benchmark that can be sued to compare critical parameters related to camera image quality.

Using UL 2802, cameras are assessed to nine image quality attributes including:

  • Image resolution
  • TV distortion
  • Relative illumination
  • Maximum frame rate
  • Sensitivity
  • Veiling glare
  • Dynamic range
  • Grey level
  • Bad pixel

The rating process for cameras uses a quantitative rating system, which translates these parameters into easily comparable numbers.  The goal of this standard allows customers to better assess whether a certain camera will work for a particular situation.

The security professionals at Reliable Fire Equipment Company work with the latest technology and participate in several manufacturers and industry training events to keep up to date with the most advanced products and services.  To read more about UL 2802, please visit this link.