updated 12:10 am EDT, Wed October 22, 2008
iRa iPhone surveillance
Lextech Labs has introduced iRa, a remote surveillance viewing and control application for the iPhone or iPod touch. The app goes beyond the simple video feed function by allowing full control over pan, tilt, and zoom (PTZ) functions of monitoring equipment. Users can define groups of cameras containing an unlimited number of feeds even across several geographic locations. The camera views can be tiled across the screen and then switched to a single camera by touching the appropriate feed.
The technology requires a WiFi connection to access the content, and automatically discovers configured network cameras. The app has been tested to work with all Axis video and PTZ devices, any IP enabled Pelco-D PTZ unit, the Quickset GeminEye, and more.
The iRa app for the iPhone or Touch is available from iTunes for $900. Users that download the app must have a knowledge of network and camera system configuration. Lextech provides a list of capable installation and integration partners on its website.