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Sony to bring 4K tech to surveillance cameras

TOKYO -- Sony plans to put its 4K-resolution technology in its surveillance cameras around 2015.

     With quadruple the resolution of full-high-definition video, the cameras will boast significantly improved picture quality. Even zoomed-in images will appear sharp, helping to identify suspicious persons, for example.

     Larger CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) sensors will be employed, and software to make effective use of the images will be developed.

     The global market for surveillance cameras came to about 700 billion yen ($6.82 billion) in 2013 and is seen growing to nearly 1 trillion yen in 2015 as cities worldwide step up measures against crime and terrorism. Sony aims to triple or quadruple surveillance camera sales in fiscal 2015 compared with fiscal 2012.

     The company is the world's largest provider of CMOS image sensors and is a leader in applying 4K technology to such applications as filmmaking, movie projectors and televisions. It will soon release 4K smartphones this month. With the 4K technology, Sony seeks to set itself apart from rival electronics firms.

(Nikkei)

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