Swann PlatinumHD security system packs four 1080p cameras, 2TB DVR for $1,600

We don't follow the surveillance space as closely as we do, say, smartphones or tablets, but this four-camera HD system from Swann Security does in fact seem to be the first 1080p-capable consumer product of its kind, so we're here to bring you the news. "Coming soon" to Fry's Electronics and BestBuy.com, the complete rig nets you four 1080p cameras with 30 fps recording, complete with infrared for night shooting and power-over-Ethernet connectivity, letting you get each cam online with a simple CAT5E cable. 1080p may seem like overkill for home or small business use, but the cops will certainly thank you when they're able to feed a high-res frame grab to the evening news, rather than the fuzzy perp shot we've grown accustomed to.

The Platinum-HD DVR includes a 2TB hard drive for up to 45 days of continuous footage (at lower resolutions, we presume) and smartphone streaming through the SwannView app. The quad-cam package will set you back $1,600 whenever it does hit stores -- in the meantime, find a few more details in the PR after the break.

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Protect your home or business like never before, with HD video streamed over the Internet to your smartphone or tablet

Santa Fe Springs, Calif.– January 17, 2013 – Swann, a global leader in do-it-yourself security monitoring solutions, announces the release of its new state-of-the-art high definition 1080p Network Video Recording (NVR) security systems, known as Platinum-HD. The Swann NVRs are capable of full HD video with real-time (30 frames per second) live viewing and video playback. Initially there will be two versions: 4 Channels (NVR4-7200) with 4 x 1080p (NHD-820) Cameras and 8 Channels (NVR8-7200) with 4 x 1080p Cameras.

Where HD security systems in the past have required a trade-off between resolution and video frame rates, these new solutions are unique in that they combine 1080p video resolution with real-time (30 frames per second) live viewing and video playback allowing end-users to see every detail, color and activity.

The systems include 4 of the latest NHD-820 surveillance cameras, each capable of producing 1080p HD video or, using security industry terminology, 1000 TV lines (2.1 Megapixels) lines; image quality far in excess of typical security cameras. The cameras also have powerful night vision up to 115 feet and can be used indoors or outdoors. The new Platinum-HD NVRs also have power over Ethernet (PoE) so that the cameras take their power and transmit video using CAT5E network cable, making them easier to set-up as they do not need a separate power connection for the cameras.

The Platinum-HD also allows viewing of live or recorded video in high definition on HDTV, LCD and Plasma screens with an HDMI cable included in the pack. The intuitive user interface means you can monitor and record multiple cameras on a split screen, as well as select any camera for full screen real time viewing or playback of pre-recorded footage. With a 2TB hard drive, users have the ability to record approximately 45 days of continuous surveillance or even longer when using the motion detection settings. With easy to use menus you can easily locate incident video and then transfer it to the network or a USB drive.

The free SwannView app offers convenient remote viewing functionality to the Platinum-HD kits allowing you to set up live remote viewing on your mobile device. The set-up is extremely easy with Swann's customizable network configuration. Once the kit is installed, simply download the SwannView app from your smartphone's application store or go to www.swann.com/swannview for the latest version of the SwannView app. Once the app is installed on your Smartphone or tablet, put the DVR's IP address into the browser and in minutes you can view live video from your cameras.

Available

Swann's Platinum-HD Full High Definition Security Systems are coming soon to Fry's Electronics and BestBuy.com. The 4 Channel 4 Camera versions (Swann code SWNVK-472004) have a MSRP of $1599.99 and the 8 Channel 4 Camera version (SWNVK-872004) has an MSRP of $1699.99.