Zistos Backwards Compatibility Philosophy and the WXMT-WiFi Module

Zistos Corporation has always tried to keep a philosophy of backward compatibility for any new product that we have ever released. Our feeling is that our customers should not have to throw out their old model product when a new one becomes available. The backwards compatibility design philosophy has allowed our customers to build on their previous investments in our technology and add additional capability to their existing Zistos video tools.

This strategy was possible to implement from a design standpoint, because for many years the analog video technology remained the same across the spectrum of video systems and accessories designed and built by Zistos Corporation. This all changed with the introduction of the ZistosHD line of products. These wireless video systems were designed around digital HD video technology. Digital video has many benefits over analog systems, such as the increased resolution and its ability to transmit encrypted video to other displays and across networks. The very nature of the digital video signals makes them inherently incompatible with our older analog systems.

This is why we designed our WXMT-WiFi module for our older systems that may still be in use by our customers and still have many more years of use left. The WXMT-WiFi module acts like a bridge between our older systems and our newest ZistosHD systems. The WXMT-WiFi can plug into the video output of our older analog WalkAbout display. The device digitizes the analog video and makes it compatible with the newer digital displays that are used on our newest ZistosHD line of video products. This allows the older systems to still have value and allows them to be used to generate wireless, encrypted, digital video images that can be viewed on our wireless 5” and 10” displays.

Our WXMT-WiFi module was designed to provide a way for customers with older systems to benefit from some features of the ZistosHD advanced technology, without having to make a significant investment in an entirely new system.

Features of WXMT-WiFi Module:

  • Small accessory that allows for the connection of wireless HD Tablets to the wired WalkAbout system.
  • Creates wireless a network and allows for the addition of up to 3 HD tablets (running ZistosHD application) in addition to the WalkAbout monitor.
  • Works with ANY Zistos WalkAbout system and connects to ANY ZistosHD Tablet.
  • Connects to our StealthSCOPE & ExplorerSCOPE as well.

Benefits of WXMT-WiFi Module: 

  • No additional system batteries or components required. Only the WXMT-WiFi Module and an HD display.  
  • It allows for a dedicated observer that is focused on the image to decode and report what they see to the operator from afar.
  • The HD tablets, used with the WXMT-WiFi, will work with any future ZistosHD gear purchase.
  • Whether looking for a suspect in a dangerous location, searching for a victim in rubble, checking cargo and vehicles for contraband or industrial inspections, having an untethered second set of eyes is always beneficial.

ZistosHD Specialty Tactical Cameras

ZistosHD Tactical Cameras have been designed with the dangers of law enforcement operations in mind. These cameras allow law enforcement to establish “visual dominance”, it allows tactical teams to see their subjects without being seen themselves. This ability gives them a distinct advantage in any tactical mission.

All ZistosHD cameras are modular with all ZistosHD kits and components. This allows the system to be dynamically configured in different ways and allows the systems to be used to maximum benefit in many different tactical situations and environments. They also feature encrypted wireless video streaming. This enables the video to be shared in real-time amongst other team members, or with a command location. If needed, the system can also be used in a wired video mode with the transmitters disabled. The system batteries are rechargeable and have a battery life of up to 10 hours, depending on configuration and use, allowing the system to be used during lengthy missions without the need to worry about system power issues.

Some of the uniquely designed cameras and their capabilities are listed below:

Under Door:

The ZistosHD Under Door Camera (ZDV-HD) is designed to slip under a door and give operators both visual and audio (can be disabled) surveillance into a room during a tactical mission. If the door doesn’t have the necessary quarter inch of door to floor clearance, an air jack is provided in the system to lift the door enough to slip the camera underneath. This special camera actually has 2 cameras recessed within its tongue. One looks forward into the room for a subject and one looks up to check for booby traps or barricades on the back of the door. These two cameras are easily switched between with the push of a button. This camera has IR LEDs to covertly light up a room without being visible to the human eye. The specially designed telescoping pole for this camera facilitates horizontal panning of a room, while the operator remains out of the fatal funnel of the doorway. For long term surveillance operations a cable can be used, allowing the operator to set the camera and view the image from a safer location. This tool is excellent to support jobs that involve a barricaded subject, or to help minimize collateral damage when explosive breaching techniques are utilized. 

Ultra Low-Light:

The ZistosHD Ultra Low-Light Camera (ULC-2.0IR-HD) is a high-definition, 1080P camera. It can see in complete darkness for distances that surpass the range of most other low-light tactical video cameras.  The camera’s IR LEDs are completely invisible to the human eye and allow for team members to covertly search for a hidden subject in potentially dangerous & dark environments. The camera’s internal high gain microphone can be used to listen for the subtle sounds emanating from subjects that are trying to remain hidden. This microphone can be capped using the supplied mic screw when audio surveillance is forbidden. The Ultra Low-Light Camera can be used in any weather event due to its weatherproof housing. With the mic screw installed this camera can be complete submerged in water.

Dual Mode Thermal:

ZistosHD Dual Mode Thermal Camera in Thermal Mode (Left), B&W IR Mode (Right)

The Dual Mode Thermal Camera (THC-51D-HD) is a single camera module that has 2 cameras within. Not only is there a thermal camera to look for heat signatures, but there is also a black & white IR camera to gain more detail. This is an important capability because thermal images are great at detecting the presence of individuals in dark environments, but the images can sometimes be ambiguous. The dual mode video capability gives you the best of both worlds. The operator can switch between the two modes by changing the illumination levels of the camera without the need to change any components. This dual camera is ideally suited to look for subjects in wooded areas, bushes, attics, crawl spaces and other dangerous, dark or unknown environments. The thermal resolution for this camera is 320×256, which generates a meaningful thermal image. This is unlike than most thermal fusion cameras on the market today that offer very limited thermal resolutions and are ineffective when used in thermal only mode. The Dual Mode Thermal like most ZistosHD cameras has an internal microphone for audio surveillance and can be turned off by installing the provided mic screw when audio surveillance is forbidden.

IR Zoom:

ZistosHD 10X IR Zoom Camera – Same Scene – 1X Zoom on Left, 10X Zoom on Right

The 10X IR Optical Zoom Camera (WPC-2.5ZIR-HD) is a high resolution, 1080P camera with the ability to zoom in, optically, 10 times without losing ANY resolution (which would be the case for digital zoom cameras). This allows the operator to see greater detail, at greater distances. It is ideally suited for looking down from high rises, viewing large void spaces for subjects or and more distant surveillance operations. The IR Zoom is also provided with self-illuminating IR LEDs but isn’t a strictly black and white camera. This camera operates as a color camera until the IR illuminators are turned on. At that point, the picture transitions to a low-light sensitive, black and white image. This camera housing is weatherproof and submersible up to the ZistosHD handle. This camera is also audio capable and is provided with the mic screw when audio surveillance is forbidden.

Zistos Corporation COVID-19 Update

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Zistos Corporation is taking every precaution necessary to both protect our staff and keep our lines of communication open between each other and our customers. We have already started shifting our workers to working from home to protect them and will be keeping the office open with a small crew to keep certain business moving for now. In this time, we will be available via phone and email just as we usually are to deal with any issues, questions or opportunities you may have.

Zistos is based in NY and may have to deal with a shutdown at some point moving forward. If that does occur, we are prepared and still commit to having our phones and emails open to you. If anyone has any questions or concerns about orders, demos, T&Es, or any other Zistos business please do not hesitate to reach out to us and we are committed to taking care of our customers in any way possible.

We will be keeping you updated via our blog and email. Again, if there are any questions about anything Zistos related please do not hesitate to reach out, our phones will always be on.

Thank You,

The Zistos Team

Phone: (631) 434-1370 | Email: info@zistos.com

5 Reasons to Use ZistosHD Rescue Tools

1.        High Capacity Batteries
2.        Motorized Articulation
3.        Low-Latency Video  
4.        Wide Array of Interchangeable Accessories
5.        Connectivity to External Networks

High Capacity Long-Lasting Batteries

Rescue teams are often positioned in out-of-the-way locations and in time-critical situations. Being able to quickly swap out a battery and know it will last for the duration of a much-needed rescue mission is vital. 

ZistosHD Rescue Systems all use long-lasting, rechargeable Smart Lithium-ion batteries. The Extended Capacity Battery (BAT-15XL) is included with all of the ZistosHD Rescue Systems. The BAT-15XL can typically run for 6-12 hours, depending on camera options and illumination settings. The battery also has an easily viewable, built-in five segment LCD charge level indicator, which displays the charge level even when it is not connected to the system.

Articulating Motorized Poles

Lightweight, easy-to-use rescue tools are essential for technical search teams. The ZistosHD telescoping poles offer the flexibility and durability needed for real-life conditions.  The HD motorized series are weatherproof, lightweight carbon fiber poles, which makes using them excellent for extended time, and in any environment. 

The ZistosHD motorized poles allow the operator to adjust the camera position remotely. This is important when the pole is extended and the camera is not accessible to the operator, or it is inserted into a collapsed structure or void space in rubble.

These poles terminate with an articulating camera mount and enable the operator to remotely rotate the camera to pan +/- 120°. The motion is controlled using the buttons on the HD Handle, or using the touch screen controls on the display. The operator can control zoom, video capture, illumination and more. The HD Poles use easy twist collars to expand and collapse, and are available in lengths from 3 to 30 feet. Unlike many existing articulating pole cameras, our camera has a specially designed slip-clutch that provides protection against damage to the motor assembly if the camera is forced backwards when in use.

Low-Latency Wireless Video Streaming

For rescue missions, low-latency video supports operations that require near real-time access to quickly changing conditions. Many other digital video systems are plagued by slow response that can create a delay of many seconds between the event and the viewable video image. The low-latency performance of the ZistosHD systems allows the video images to be viewable without a significant delay.

The system can also be utilized in a wired configuration when wireless operation is not feasible. The ZistosHD system will directly support up to three different wireless viewers concurrently. The encryption of the video stream helps ensure that sensitive information will not be intercepted by unauthorized parties. The system supports WPA2-PSK (AES) encryption for secure video transmission. It also can be configured for fully-wired operation for situations where wireless operation is not practical. The system’s video is also compatible with commonly used ATAK compliant external radios.

Wide Variety of Interchangeable System Options

ZistosHD’s modular design allows maximum flexibility for the rescue team in the field. One system can be configured to serve multiple applications, and added to as needs arise. Interchangeable poles — different types and lengths — can be paired with an array of camera technologies such as ultra low-light, 10X zoom, and dual mode thermal that generates both standard B/W video and thermal imaging. Maximizing the usefulness of a system also enables rescue departments to get the most from their investment in Zistos equipment. ZistosHD components are deliberately designed to be compatible with new and future system options.

External Network

Video images can be shared with others to view situations as they unfold in real-time, on multiple displays. Zistos offers an optional WiFi network bridge attachment, which enables multiple ZistosHD systems to be simultaneously viewed on a single computer via a common external network at a command location.