The risk of relying on equipment made for best-case scenarios…
This Zistos design philosophy stems from over a decade’s experience and the many lessons learned by our engineers and end users in building portable video inspection systems. As a result, instead of designing for a best-case scenario, Zistos equipment has always been designed to operate in a worst case scenario. In other words we do our best to ensure that, when you really need it, it will work as intended.
Zistos applications include physical security, tactical law enforcement, urban search and rescue, military and industrial inspection. This means rugged and dependable under any conditions. While they may not have the flashy look of some consumer-grade products, our design build, flexibility and reliability make the critical difference when the equipment used must perform in the field.
The Zistos design approach to building its equipment is based on key factors and problem avoidance:
Wireless vs. wired. Many of the wireless video systems on the market utilize analog video transmitters and receivers that are similar in design and performance to inexpensive consumer electronic systems wrapped around high tech looking enclosures. Many of these wireless solutions are of poor quality, easily detected and can be easily intercepted. They are also prone to a multitude of operational problems based on environment. There are many consumer products/technologies that can detect and intercept wireless video transmission. There are even applications for smart phones that can threaten wireless video security. Video signals can easily be detected, acquired, viewed and recorded by outside parties, media and even adversaries. Although we offer wireless as an option, the built-in wired configuration employed by Zistos avoids all of these risks.
A technical search specialist in a training once remarked that his job was a little like the popular children’s books “Where’s Waldo”; only with life and death consequences. The key, as he stated, is to be able to visually scan a scene with a victim location camera inserted into a void space and identify what seems out of place with the surroundings. This out-of-place visual detail can be key in identifying the presence of a trapped victim.
This is because, in a victim location operation following a building collapse, the technical search specialists rarely have the luxury of discovering a complete human form in the image. Often it is only a small detail or unusual pattern in the visual image that may indicate the presence of a victim. This process can be as difficult as the old saying, “like finding a needle in a haystack”. Collapse rescue–victim location operations can even be described in more challenging language. It can be described as, “like seeing a needle in a haystack” – from 30 feet away! Continue reading
In today’s technologically advanced world, the options of communicating have changed so rapidly it’s like a revolution taking place. We are embracing this movement whole-heartedly and are very excited to launch our new website.
Zistos has always strived to design and manufacture portable, rugged, reliable and cost effective specialized video tools for field use. But we had not always done an adequate job in educating our customers on the full array of our product offering, as well as on the capabilities of both our products and the company.
According to Bob Levine, President of Zistos Corporation, “Our new website goes a long way to address these issues. We have a product that is, by its very nature, visually oriented. The new website allows end users to visually explore the various tools that we have available and learn how they may be applied to help solve their problem, or accomplish their mission. Users can not only see the products as still images, they can examine specs, applications and actually view sample video from the different components.” Continue reading