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Illustra Flex next generation 3MP cameras advance the current portfolio with superior image clarity, edge-based failover redundancy, and Illustra® IntelliZip video compression capabilities for unprecedented bandwidth management.  The new cameras take the Flex line to a higher level of video quality while maintaining the lower price point customers have come to appreciate.



  • IntelliZip provides optimized bandwidth management
  • Edge-based, seamless failover redundancy with TrickleStor
  • P-Iris for image clarity in changing light conditions
  • Part of Tyco Security Products Cyber Protection Program
  • True WDR 120dB for superior image clarity in challenging light conditions
  • True Day/Night functionality for quality video recording in low light conditions
  • Motorized lens for ease of focus and zoom operator control
  • Excellent options for indoor or outdoor surveillance
  • Easy to install and set up
  • A Product Portfolio with cameras for any application

Illustra Flex Features:

IntelliZip provides superior bandwidth management

All of the Flex 3MP cameras feature IntelliZip compression technology which provides powerful bandwidth management beyond H.264 and H.265 to reduce network bandwidth and video storage requirements. This embedded technology continuously monitors and optimizes system streaming parameters to match the level of activity within the camera’s field of view. When the camera detects motion, IntelliZip automatically adjusts the video quality to ensure every detail within the region of interest is captured clearly. When the scene becomes static, IntelliZip continues to optimize bitrate.

TrickleStor technology provides edge-based failover redundancy

The new TrickleStor feature allows video recording to continue when an outage occurs. If communication between the NVR and cameras is interrupted, the camera automatically detects the anomaly and begins recording to its internal micro SDXC card, storing up to 128GB of video. Once the connection is restored, the recorded video is then seamlessly transferred back to the NVR’s hard drive.

Included in Cyber Protection Program

The next generation 3MP cameras adhere to the rigorous standards set forth by Tyco Security Products Cyber Protection Program (CPP). The CPP mandates an extensive and systematic approach to developing, configuring, and supporting physical security products and systems that help manage the risks associated with cyber-attacks and meet IT security demands. The new Flex 3MP cameras meet these requirements and employ multiple user access levels, IP address filtering, user access logs, and IEEE 802.1x for additional security.

True WDR 120dB for superior image clarity in challenging light conditions

Illustra Flex 3MP cameras deliver superior HD 1080p video at 60 frames per second using H.264, H.265, MJPEG, or IntelliZip compression technologies and feature a P-Iris lens for optimal image clarity. The box, bullet and outdoor mini-dome include an integrated IR illuminator that provides high-quality video up to 25 meters in even the worst lighting conditions.

True Day/Night functionality for quality video recording in low light conditions

Using the very latest True Day/Night technology, the cameras maintain image detail in scenes of varying light conditions (e.g., doorways and windows) with, and automatically switch between color, and black and white mode depending on the ambient illumination level allowing the camera to maintain crystal clear images day or night.

Motorized lens for ease of focus and zoom operator control

The cameras feature a motorized lens which makes it very easy to focus and zoom, eliminating timely and error-prone manual adjustments.

Excellent options for indoor or outdoor surveillance

All of the new Flex cameras feature motion detection that instantly alerts operators of any intruder activity, and blur detection to ensure the cameras are in focus at all times. Additionally, the new mini-domes are IK10 rated ensuring they can withstand external impacts that might occur if an intruder was attempting to take the camera out of operation. The outdoor mini-domes and bullet cameras are IP67-rated which ensures protection against dust and water, making them ideal for outdoor applications.

Easy to install and set up

The Illustra Flex 3MP cameras use a built-in web server for easy configuration. When used with the Illustra Connect software tool, discovery, snapshot, configuration, IP address assignments, diagnostics, and firmware upgrades take no time at all. The camera use Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.af) which eliminates the need for cables and reduces installation time and cost. Other time-saving features include:

  • Motorized focus and zoom
  • Easy-to-remove recessed mount
  • 375°pan and 3 axis gimbal (mini-domes)

A Product Portfolio with cameras for any application

Because of its compact design and affordable price, the Flex 3MP Box Camera is best suited for small to medium size offices, retail boutiques, schools, and bank branches looking for a cost-effective camera.

Featuring a tough exterior, the Flex 3MP Bullet Camera is ideal for exterior applications of small to medium size offices, retail boutiques, schools, and small bank branches looking for a rugged camera that can withstand harsh environments

The Flex 3MP Mini-Domes feature a recessed mounting option, allowing them to be covertly installed in a variety of both interior and exterior locations such as the cash register terminal at a retail store or above a drive-thru ATM.

Learn more about the Illustra IP camera portfolio

Illustra Pro 30x is “Recommended” in Benchmark Testing

After completing its independent testing and field-based analysis, Benchmark Magazine has “Recommended” the Illustra Pro 30x PTZ.


Against a field of similar PTZ cameras, the autonomous testers noted Illustra’s intelligent guard tour function, integral motion tracking, and enhanced low light performance during their real-world field trials.

While Benchmark points out that “some installers and integrators still think that latency makes it difficult to track targets with the devices”, the Illustra Pro PTZ 30x dome has exceptional speed coupled with ultra-low latency. The camera tracks a scene with the precision you would expect from an analog PTZ camera.

During their testing, Benchmark had some difficulty changing the default password during initial login.  While we’ve been unable to replicate the issue in our labs and there have been no reports of this issue in the field, it further strengthens our belief that password changes should be forced by all manufacturers, something we practice and promote in our rigorous six-step Cyber Protection Program.


Overall, Benchmark noted that the camera ‘delivers a good quality image with high levels of detail, good colour fidelity and greyscale replication and motion is smooth and clean’.

Lastly, Benchmark points out an upcoming version of our cameras with an embedded exacqVision VMS, which we are pleased to report has already been released.

To read more about the camera Benchmark reviewed, watch our video or visit our website.

New Illustra Video Analytics

The new video intelligence analytics are now available on Illustra 2, 3 and 5 megapixel mini-dome IP cameras. These video analytics improve searching and reduce critical response time to key suspicious events with automatic detection of alarms.

Watch this video to learn more.

How It Works
Illustra video intelligence analytics uses an algorithm to analyze surveillance video and provide advanced video analytics capabilities for object detection and tracking.


  • Select up to any 3 analytic rules types to trigger at once
  • Automatic detection and notification of suspicious events to simplify security operations
  • Saves expenses and network load with intelligent analytics on the edge, no dedicated server needed
  • Compatible with exacqVision NVRs and VideoEdge recorders for easy configuration
  • Minimize search time with video analytic alarms including:
    • Object detection
    • Abandoned/Removed
    • Direction
    • Linger
    • Dwell
    • Enter/Exit
    • Crowd
    • Queue

Learn more about Illustra video analytics.

New Regional Sales Manager – Midwest

American Dynamics introduces Dan Howard as the new Area Sales Manager for the Midwest. He will oversee sales activities for American Dynamics VideoEdge video recorders, victor video management system, storage solutions and monitors in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania. Dan resides in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dan brings a vast knowledge of video surveillance systems and IP cameras. Most recently, he was a regional sales manager for a video security company.

Dan Howard

Dan Howard

If you have any American Dynamics questions, please contact Dan. We look forward to working with you.

The PC & Wireless Shop Selects Tyco Security Products Edge Solution


The PC & Wireless Shop located in Canandaigua, NY is a leading local retailer and service provider in cellular phones, custom-built computers and laptops, IP security cameras, PBX phone systems and customer service.

The PC & Wireless Shop needed to upgrade its video surveillance system. With the new system, they wanted to better utilize space and find a cost-effective way to capture high quality video.

PC & Wireless Shop


Illustra-fisheye-camera_PC-Wireless-SHopThe PC & Wireless Shop selected Tyco Security Products edge technology with Illustra IP cameras pre-installed with exacqVision Edge video management system (VMS) software installed directly on the IP camera. Each IP camera acts as its own server, recording video to an onboard SD card. Tyco’s edge recording solution eliminates the need for a server while saving bandwidth and expenses.
The Illustra Edge cameras fully cover the 5,000 square foot space in the shop including the sales floor, warehouse and backroom. The
new Illustra IP cameras drastically improved the image quality.

The onboard exacqVision VMS software gives the Shop owner and employees a full-featured, intuitive VMS software to quickly search video.



Tyco’s edge solution improved image quality, installation and configuration, while saving store owners time and money.

  • Eliminates the need for server
  • Saves money on hardware and installation costs
  • Install faster with pre-configured VMS software directly on IP camera
  • Improves  reliability with video stored on SD card
  • Betters image quality to see critical details

Read the entire case study

See How Illustra Edge Works

ISC West 2016 Recap

ISC West, held on April 6 – 8, 2016, drew large crowds to the Tyco Security Products / Illustra IP camera station. We hope you had the opportunity to learn more about our full range of new Illustra domes, PTZ, fisheye, boxes and bullet cameras.

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New Illustra 2MP Mini-Dome Featuring UltraVision Low Light

Illustra showcased its new Pro 2MP mini-dome IP camera with its new UltraVision low light technology to maintain better quality color video.  Beyond the exceptional low light performance, this new mini-dome features true wide dynamic range of 100 db and minimizes bandwidth usage and storage requirements.

Illustra UltraVision Lowlight                       Noise Reduction

UltraVision low light technology drastically improves the ability to identify people and objects of interest in environments near total darkness and removes the need to install supplementary lighting. Ideal for alleyways, parking lots, warehouses, and other challenging lighting settings, Illustra UltraVision provides more

Easy Installation with Tyco Security Products NVRs and VMS Software

American Dynamics VideoEdge and Exacq demonstrated their VMS software running Illustra IP cameras. Illustra cameras combined with another Tyco Security Products solution, whether it is American Dynamics or exacqVision, provides the easiest, high quality, high definition video surveillance solution.

Illustra Pro 2MP 30x PTZ Camera

The new Illustra Pro 2MP 30x PTZ camera shown in the booth at ISC West displayed its powerful optical zoom and high definition video quality to deliver critical details.

Booth visitors had the opportunity to see the new area zoom support for Illustra cameras in exacqVision in action. In live view, users can utilize area zoom for pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras. This allows users to draw a box around a specific region to instantly optically zoom in to see greater detail on objects or people in the distance. In case you missed the booth demo, watch the short recap below to see how it works.

If you didn’t attend ISC West or attended and want to learn more about our Illustra IP camera line, contact your local sales representative. 

Edge-Based Video Surveillance Recommended Approaches & Considerations

Edge Technology Options

Server vs. Serverless Recording

Edge recording eliminates the server from the network. This type of edge recording decreases the bandwidth load and saves on hardware. While these benefits do result in several limitations to the capabilities on the camera. This application can also be challenging to implement with legacy devices.

Hybrid Approach

Local recording can be used in conjunction with a video recorder to make the system more robust. A system may have a network recorder and also have edge recording capabilities to provide fault tolerance in the event of a network failure. In an event of an outage, the system would record to the cameras on the edge to avoid losing video completely.

Illustra Edge

Video Management System (VMS) Software on the Camera

The VMS software can be installed directly on compatible IP cameras. This edge installation saves bandwidth but also retains most of the benefits of a full-featured, sophisticated VMS. High resolution video is recorded directly to an SD card on the camera. See how Illustra Edge using exacqVision Edge VMS software pre-installed works.

Typical Applications

Edge technology works best in environments where network bandwidth is constrained or space or budget limitations impact the use of physical recorders. In isolated environments where the network and WAN connectivity is unreliable such as power substations, mobile facilities, edge technology can provide a better way for video security.

View how the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California implemented the exacqVision Edge solution to successfully receive high quality video in their ground breaking Ocean Technology Development experimentation tank.

SD Card Key Considerations

SD cards come in a variety of types and capabilities. To most effectively store your video directly on the edge remember these key considerations when purchasing an SD card:

  • Quality matters: Select high endurance SD cards
  • Speed matters: Recommend at least speed class 10 or UHS Speed Class 1 rated cards for full HD continuous recording
  • Ensure SD cards are capable of functioning in the camera’s environment
  • Leverage record-on-motion features of the VMS software or the camera to maximize the retention of useful video and the life of the SD card

Download the Edge-based security whitepaper.

View the recorded webinar:
Moving to the Edge: Leveraging Edge-Based Technology in Every Environment.

New Illustra Pro 2MP 30x PTZ For Improved Searching & Identification

The new Illustra Pro 2 megapixel 30x PTZ camera offers powerful 30x optical zoom to deliver better forensic details from even greater distances. The combination of the PTZ’s advanced optical capability and high quality HD resolution video allows users to identify critical details such as reading license plate characters at distances of more than 1,000 away from the camera.

Watch this video to see how.

Available in indoor and outdoor models, the new Illustra Pro PTZ delivers a greatly improved true wide dynamic range performance ensuring premium quality surveillance is maintained in the most challenging of lighting conditions. These camera’s clear video quality is maintained during rain, fog or snow through the advanced auto defog feature, while the whiteout highlight reduction feature ensures that car headlights or street lamps do not compromise the image during nighttime surveillance. The 30x PTZ also supports electronic image stabilization for lower effects of vibrations from wind and other sources when using long range optical magnification.

Illustra ProSuperior Image Quality

  • See the most important details with powerful 30x optical zoom and 12x digital zoom
  • Exceptional video quality in high contrast lighting with true wide dynamic range
  • Lowlight Color Video at 2 Lux with low noise and highly efficient bandwidth use

Exceptional Responsiveness

  • Industry leading low latency performance for precise real-time control to accurately track subjects
  • Intelligent Guard Tour feature using embedded video intelligence to automatically track, zoom in and record events or suspicious activity
  • Quickly identify subjects and suspicious activity at distances of up to 1000’ from the camera

Advanced Video Features & Reliable Operation

  • Easily identify details since camera moves into position at 512 degrees per second delivering 835 pixels per degree
  • Produces clear video in the most complex environments with auto defog and frame noise reduction
  • Easily configured with American Dynamics VideoEdge and exacqVision VMS software and recorders

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Illustra Pro 2MP 30X PTZ Infographic

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