By S. Raman, Reuters IndiaThe first version of a ‘lion’ video camera is set to be launched in India, a major market where video surveillance is booming, and where the government wants to use the technology to help drivers monitor their surroundings.
The ‘Lions’ are equipped with a video camera with a range of 3.7-inch resolution, the latest in a trend of high-definition video cameras being sold by companies that offer a wide range of services to motorists.
But the cameras will only be used in the city of Hyderabad and not in the surrounding countryside, said Ravi Sharma, a senior director at the Hyderabad-based startup firm, Eye.
Eye sells a range the largest range of cameras, including ones that can record up to six hours of video at 30 frames per second, and the first version will cost around Rs20,000 ($3,000), Sharma said.
Eye, based in Hyderabad, will also sell the cameras for around Rs2,000 each.
The price is expected to go up over time.
The company, which makes the camera-equipped vehicles, has partnered with an automotive manufacturer, Tata Motors, to sell the technology, Sharma said in an interview.
Eye sells the cameras through a network of partners, including Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan Motor Co Ltd and Honda Motor Co. The company is also working with Google, the world’s largest video camera manufacturer.
The first iteration of the cameras that Eye sells in India will be able to record video up to 6 hours at 30fps.
The new camera, which is being developed at Eye, will record up the same resolution at up to four times the speed of the current generation, Sharma told Reuters.
The government is keen to develop a ‘digital-first’ system to allow motorists to monitor their environment from the road, and will require the use of a smartphone camera to record the footage.
The use of the technology is an area where India is still struggling to catch up with its rivals in the global market.
In August, Google launched a new version of its Chrome browser that lets users search on a map and get directions using only their voice.
It is also trying to expand its video-based search capabilities.
In January, the company announced plans to create an “Internet of Things” platform to enable connected devices to control and control devices, including cars.
India, however, has been slow to embrace the IoT, despite the government’s efforts to make it a leading market.
The country has seen a surge in road accidents and fatalities since last year, and has recorded more than 2,000 deaths so far this year, according to the Indian Automobile Association.
Sharma said Eye was not planning to build cameras for the country’s roads, but that it was looking at other use cases.
“The future of this product lies in other areas like in hospitals, in public transport, and in places where you want to capture video,” Sharma said, adding that Eye was exploring other industries, including manufacturing, to take advantage of the high-end technology.