4G is the abbreviation of fourth generation, it's the current popular mobile telecommunications technology. Just back to several days ago, Panasonic released standalone 4G-powered IP camera - Nubo. The new camera can broadcast video stream over Internet without traditional Wi-Fi/Ethernet connection. This is a great leap in today's wireless high definition video surveillance industry.
3G network launched and deployed for many years, 3G cellular signals have been covered in many places around the world, but why we only see few 3G based IP cameras in the market? To answer this question, we need to know the difference between 3G and 4G. We should know that similar to 2G, 3G network is designed primarily for voice communication rather than data transmission. A 3G network has average speed range between 0.5 Mbps to 1.5 Mbps. As we know, HD video streaming requires huge data bandwidth transmission; for example, one 1.0 megapixel IP cameras will occupy at least 2.0 Mbps for real time video streaming, meanwhile a 2.0 megapixel IP camera will require approximate 4 Mbps bandwidth. Obviously, the current data transmission of 3G network can't allow IP camera to broadcast video stream in real time.
On the other hand, 4G is designed especially for data transmission rather than voice. 4G offers faster access to data using mobile phones, 4G LTE offers up to 1 Gbps download and 500 Mbps upload speeds. Currently, there are mainly two 4G standards: Intel WiMax (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) standard, supports the farthest distance 4G communication, it allows the maximum downlink and uplink speed of 75 Mbps. The second generation WiMAX (IEEE802.16m)'s downlink and uplink can reach a maximum speed 300 Mbps. The another standard is LTE Enhanced, which is fully backward compatible with LTE, the LTE Enhanced standard supports peak download 1 Gpbs, upload 500 Mbps. Apparently, The 4G network's data transmission speeds can effectively support the video transmission of HD IP camera.
Nubo is the first 4G connected camera in the world, it can connect to Internet through 2G/3G/4G/LTE cellular network and Wi-Fi. It's IP66 rated weatherproof IP camera which delivers full high definition 1080P video. This camera is equipped with a wide angle 140°Lens to allow it cover large area. Aside its 4G mobile connectivity, it supports advanced video analytics, user can receive smart notifications when your camera detects a human. The video footage can be stored on built-in MicroSd card, or Nubo's Cloud server.
With purpose of establishing 4G mobile connectivity, Nubo is cooperating with world pioneer cellular carrier - Vodafone. The Nubo will use the 4G M2M (machine to machine) network in Europe to offer 4G connectivity, data and cloud storage. As a result, Nobo can provide a ready-to-go camera, a mobile data plan, as well as a smartphone App for controls and alerts, which is a complete platform for the consumers. Now Nubo is still on developing process, users can pre-order it from Panasonic Nubo official website.
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