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Synology launches its own IP cameras with AI capabilities

By Ken Wong - on 27 Mar 2023, 1:28pm

Synology launches its own IP cameras with AI capabilities

Note that the BC500 doesn't rotate. Image source: Synology.

Synology has broken away from the norm by announcing not one, but two IP-based, all-weather cameras that feature advanced AI capabilities, and seamless integration with the Surveillance Station video management system, the BC500 and TC500.

Lori Hsieh, Product Manager for Synology Cameras, said:

From deployment to monitoring and archiving of footage, advanced functionality is made easily accessible to customers, ensuring that their security needs are met at all times.

The BC500 and TC500 feature 5MP sensors that record at 2,880 x 1,620 resolution at 30 frames per second (FPS) and have a 110° horizontal viewing angle for wide area coverage. With an IP67 dust and water resistance rating, a night vision range of up to 30 meters, and multi-exposure HDR capability, both cameras are suitable for indoor and outdoor use alike. They allow users to monitor corridors and hallways, large open spaces like warehouses and parking lots, and diverse environments like museums at any time of the day.

Note that the BC500 doesn’t rotate, so any viewing angle the user wants it to show would have to be determined at installation.

As I said earlier, both the BC500 and TC500 are designed to integrate seamlessly with Synology Surveillance Station (SVS). SVS is a built-in package that can be installed on every Synology NAS. SVS is compatible with more than 8,300 camera models and 140 camera brands on the market however users will need to buy a camera licence when installing the third camera. The first two are free because of the built-in camera licence that comes with the purchase of a Synology NAS.

The in-camera AI in action. Image source: Synology.

Synology claims that the BC500 and TC500 come with in-camera AI capabilities that provide users with timely and accurate alerts, enabling faster incident response. Features including People and Vehicle Detection, Intrusion Detection, and Instant Search allow users to more reliably identify potential threats, investigate areas of interest, and track down and retrieve relevant footage. 


Pricing and availability

The TC500. Image source: Synology.

Both cameras come with a three-year warranty and the BC500 is available now at S$399 while the TC500 will be available in April. We will update this article with the pricing when we receive more information. Interested customers can check out the link here for more information

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