Panasonic is a rather large player in the world of professional video surveillance, which remains a relatively large business that require a certain level of quality, administration and certifications. But it’s also clear that consumer-level cameras can be extremely competitive, so companies such as Panasonic continue to see where they can make a difference, and Education could be one of these areas.
At Inter Bee 2015, the Japanese company was demonstrating how it could use existing cameras with additional software to stream university-type courses to help broaden Universities audience. Obviously, anyone could build a simple streaming setup, but it would not look very professional, but more like having a webcam in a room.
Panasonic’s solution can continuously track the professors using facial recognition to frame the video to look more like something that one would expect from a university course video…
There are simple ways to frame closer or further away from the professor, thanks to a simple PC application from Panasonic. This would require having one operator at the helm, but this still simplifies the task when compared to having someone behind the camera.
This works on standard Panasonic professional surveillance cameras, which are mounted rather discreetly, to the ceiling for example. Panasonic is said to be in talks with several American universities to install this system.