With a variety of network-ready products, Sony is leading the way into the new world of network-based surveillance and monitoring applications. In 2002, Sony introduced the SNC-RZ30N/RZ30P Pan/Tilt/Zoom IP camera, offering the flexibility to view scenes from anywhere across the globe over a standard IP network. With the SNC-RZ30N/RZ30P clearly demonstrating the advantages of network cameras, Sony now explores the possibilities of remotemonitoring applications even further with the introduction of its new network camera, the SNC-Z20. The SNC-Z20 incorporates a highly sensitive 1/4 type CCD with Exwave HADTM technology for superb picture quality. Images are compressed using the industry standard JPEGcompression format for efficient distribution over a network. Equipped with an auto-focus 18x optical zoom lens, this camera can zoom in on small or distant objects with exceptional clarity. Frame rates of 30 fps*2 at VGA resolution is just one of the many capabilities of the SNC-Z20. Its built-in web server allows images to be viewed and controlled from a PC running a standard web browser or the optional Sony IMZ-RS Series Intelligent Monitoring Software. The SNC-Z20 also offers a variety of other sophisticated features such as Day/Night mode, Slow Shutter, and Activity Detection functions, ideal for remote monitoring operations. With its network functionality, superb picture quality, and sophisticated features, the Sony SNC-Z20 is the right choice for network monitoring applications.