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4G or 3G based HD Time Lapse for Construction Site Monitoring

If you are looking to install a HD Time Lapse Camera at a construction site, using a cellular architecture offers several benefits. The system can be built as a stand alone solution and using the provided internet, you can store Time Lapse Images off site.

When embarking on this type of project the first thing to consider is which mode of cellular network to use. Our 2 main systems cover 3G and 4G. Both are then split into sub divisions to include 3G HSPA and 4G LTE.

Sometimes the specification will be driven by the End User. Your client may request a 4G Construction Site HD Time Lapse Camera, as they want the best technology. 4G and 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution ) at this moment in time, offer the fastest speed.

Remember though, for a 4G or 3G based time lapse camera, you are not constantly downloading and uploading a live feed. We set the Camera to capture a construction site image every x amount of minutes.

You can contact us now to discuss your own time lapse project, or read on. Below we will cover in more detail, image size, bandwidth and which is the best option. In a refreshing approach we like to down-sell ! We believe 3G is more than adequate for this type of application. Let’s explain why.

The Speeds of 4G Time Lapse & 3G Time Lapse

So, you possibly know that 3G is the third generation and 4G is the 4th Generation. The main thing we need to look at is upload and download speeds. 4G is around 4/5 times faster than 3G. However, for our time lapse projects 3G works great. We have more 3G Time Lapse Camera Systems at construction sites, than we do 4G.

Lets take a close look at those speeds:

We provide Static IP SIM cards from all the main cellular network providers. For this example let’s take a look at EE and their 4G Network.

EE’s 4G Network now, offers speeds of 12-15Mb/second
With an enhancement to their 4G network, very soon that will be an average of 24-30Mb/second. Top speeds are up to 60Mb/second.

Now if we look at 3G, on paper it will look incredibly inferior to the speeds of 4G.

A 3G Network, including EE, plus 02, Vodafone etc gives you an average speed of 1.5Mb/second.

Not that impressive, but it will work and it works well. Our HD Time Lapse cameras are capturing a JPEG image. This is not all that demanding on uploading and downloading bandwidth.

  • 4G Speeds now, 12-15Mb/second
  • 3G Speeds now, 1.5Mb/second.
  • Size of a 4K Image, 1Mb

Our 4G and 3G Construction site cameras can be used for live viewing. Whilst using the cellular network, this is not really advised. A high resolution network camera will power through your data allowance (if constantly live viewing). In the camera’s most natural set up, it will capture an image and send it to a remote server.

3G and 4G network speeds


The Cellular network is growing all the time and speeds are getting faster and faster. This is all to accommodate you and i, the mobile phone users. These higher speeds of the 4th Generation, makes downloading music and watching videos much smoother.

Our 3g and 4g Time Lapse Camera captures an image over a set schedule. One of the most popular is every 10 minutes or 6 per hour. This type of network operation does not really require 4G.

3G contracts are more flexible and a little less money. For example, we can provide a 3G Static SIM card on a 12 month contract. The minimum contract for a 4G Static SIM is 24 months.

So, a 4G Time Lapse Camera will cost a little more and we are not saying rule it out. We just want to stress the point that 3G will be fine.

Fixed SIM, not a Mobile SIM

Here at Burgess Technologies we programme the entire system. One very important aspect of the build, is the SIM card. We configure this to the 3G/4G Router so the camera is operational from the minute it receives power.

If you tried to operate the 4G time lapse camera and router with a mobile phone SIM card, it would not work. The SIM in your mobile phone does not allocate you a fixed IP address. The IP address of your Mobile SIM will change, this will alter and quickly corrupt any remote links and paths.

What we need is a Static IP address, which a special machine to machine Fixed SIM card will give you. These are available from all the main mobile operators. These include o2, Vodafone and EE. If you ask someone in a high street store, chances are they will not know what you are talking about.

Burgess Technologies is a re-seller of Fixed SIM Cards. We can assist with the procurement and then incorporate the SIM into your system.

Image of the HD Camera on the 3G router

Solar Powered, Construction Site HD & 4K IP Time Lapse Camera

This is a recent Rapidly Deployed, Solar Powered Construction Site HD & 4K IP Time Lapse Camera System, we designed and built. We wanted to showcase the end to end and simple to install solution. Most importantly, we wanted to share our partners project from a customer industry sector that we get a lot of requests from.

Our new customer is a traditional photography company. An ever growing market place, one that we at Burgess Technologies are asked for assistance for sales and support. Ian was currently buying a DSLR based Time lapse Camera System. He would procure and ship this in from America. This had the option to add solar PV panels and a battery, for an off-grid solution.

There was two main reasons Ian reached out to Burgess Technologies. Reason number one: Was because he wanted to work with a local partner. America is a leading country, in regards to emerging technology but not so great if its 10am in the UK and you need to phone someone. Reason number two and probably the most relevant: He wanted to deploy a Cellular, Ethernet based HD Time Lapse Camera.

In this post we are going to look at how we built the system, what technology we used and document the entire journey with images along the way. Alternatively, if you just want to jump straight to the Solar Powered Time Lapse Camera, for specification and pricing, see this link here or click the image below. 

Blog image of the Solar Powered Time Lapse Camera

^ Click image for the 4MP, 2688 × 1520 Camera, Solar Off-Grid is an easy and cost effective add-on

Solar Powered 3G Time Lapse: The Main Benefit

NO MORE TRIPS TO SITE. With his old DSLR Time Lapse System Ian was still traveling to site to retrieve his images. There was several main drawbacks to this. First of all, the time, money and effort associated with having to drive to the construction site. He would usually have to book a day to go down and physically export the images from the camera. Our now new customer sometimes found that the cameras had not been working for long periods and he had no way of knowing.

For our Solar Powered HD camera, we could list feature after feature. Without any doubt, the main one is that with our Ethernet and Cellular Systems, you can check your image library remotely. This could be from your home or office. Anywhere around the globe that has an internet connection and web-browser.

Furthermore, we can have our HD Time Lapse Camera email you, if a connection is ever lost the camera and software will send you an email. How good is that ! This is one of many ways to remotely check in on the site and your images. You can have your own cloud server where your image library is, log into that remotely. Alternatively you could upgrade to the BT remote Portal. This will automatically place and refresh a HD image of your construction site, every X/Number of minutes.

Cloud Based Construction Monitoring

Solar Powered IP Time Lapse: The Camera

We give our partners several choices when it comes to the selection of the HD IP Time Lapse Camera. Our standard is HD. What we mean is the minimum resolution we provide is High Definition. The lowest option of megapixel we build our systems around is 4MP. This is a popular choice with installers and provides a construction site image of 2688 × 1520 pixels. This gives you a bit of freedom and flexibility over full HD. 1080P has a resolution of 1920 x 1080.

We also offer a 4K Solar Powered HD IP Camera and this offers a resolution of 4096 × 2160 pixels. Although the 4K camera is more money, we advise people to go for the 4MP. It’s less money and will capture an image that is more than adequate to produce clear and detailed images.

However, there are times when our partners end user requests 4K. This specific construction is one of those times. Ians Time Lapse Project involved the construction of a large bridge. For Burgess technologies this was heaven, we love bridge builds and the feats of engineering that make them happen.

There was two Off Grid locations on-site that needed image capture and archiving. One of those areas was more high profile than the other. For this location the End User wanted a larger resolution that 4K offers.

So, that is exactly what we did. We provided and Pre-Programmed 2 x Ethernet based HD Cameras. One was 4MP @ 2688 × 1520 pixels. The other was 8MP (4K) @ 4096 × 2160.The BT OFF Gridder

The next part saves you Time & Money

Before we added our Rapid Deploy Service, you would receive the hardware and then the work would just start. You would have a SIM card, 3G/4G Router and High Powered, High Resolution Network Camera. Also, like this Time Lapse Project, you would have all the Solar Equipment to figure out.

We found traditional photography customers and other partners we work work, architects and Contractors and more, would outsource all the IT and Network work associated with setting up the Cellular based system. Even then, you would need to find someone who has the expertise in those areas. Then when you had found someone, you would need to get them to site.

This older and less sophisticated setup would cost you a lot of time and money. Now with the included BT Rapid Deployment, we configure each and every networking, cellular and surveillance part. As this is a 3G and 4G based Solar Time Lapse System, it’s effectively a stand alone solution. This allows us to complete all the configuration framework from our workshop.

We dont like the term Plug and Play, but out systems are pretty much that !

On site you have several parts to install, but we have had partners complete this in 30 minutes. Remember, everything has been configured, so it’s just a case of plugging things together. There is a little more to the Solar equipment, but this can be installed in under 1 hour.

Solar Time Lapse: The Off-Grid Parts

Reference the Solar Kit, we provide everything apart from the Pole. Usually the installer would use some scaffold pole available on site. We are one of very few people who provide a Pole Mount Adaptor for the PV Solar Panels. Most Panels are made for ground and roof mounting, which is not ideal for construction sites.

In a typical set up and as you can see in the image below, the Time Lapse Camera would be mounted on the top of the pole. The PV Panels would be mounted further down and there would be an enclosure at the foot of the pole. The enclosure would house the deep cycle battery and 3G/4G Cellular Router.

Solar powered 3G Time Lapse Camera image


You now have your Solar hardware and 3G Time Lapse Camera set up and the system is capturing images. Next you need to consider how you want to monitor the build, store and view images. The most popular and cost efficient way is to store HD images to the Cloud. We can set the camera to capture and image and send it to the Cloud. This is ideal if you just want to log in every month or so to download images. You can upgrade to the BT Time Lapse Portal, this is a more iterative viewing and project management experience.

For video examples on the Cloud & Portal, please see this page here.

Project Update

Frame Line LTD are now around a month into the Project. Ian is capturing a new Bridge which is being built in New Ross in Ireland. Its the worlds longest Three Tower Extradosed Bridge and will stretch 3000 Feet. Its part of a £250 Million new bypass project.

The below image is from our Solar Camera, this has been cut down in size though. For more images, see the full Solar Time Lapse Camera page.

Credit: Frame Line LTDThe



image of 3G PTZ IP Camera

3G, Indoor HD PTZ IP Camera on a Fixed 3G PAYG SIM

The Pre-Built and Configured, 3G HD PTZ IP Camera is becoming one of our best sellers. This is available in both indoor and outdoor options. It’s a perfect choice for Trade customers and Installers. Especially those who don’t have the time to search through user manuals and complete multiple settings . An ideal choice for anyone who doesn’t want the hassle of setting up multiple hardware parts, associated with a 3G PTZ IP Camera System.

We work with you as your Programming Partner. This can save you money from having to find specialist 3G IP Camera installers. We provide and configure the following parts.

  • Indoor or Outdoor 1080P, Full HD PTZ IP Video Camera
  • High Speed 4G LTE Router (backwards/compat to 3G)
  • Static SIM Cards which give your 3G PTZ Camera the Fixed IP address it needs

There are many fiddly configuration settings to complete, if you have never done this before, this could take you days. To save on that time, a lot of trade customers would hire a specialist installer. This could cost you up to £500 per day.

In this post we are going to look at the individual system parts that make up the 3G HD PTZ IP Camera System. We will go over the technology we configure for you and explain how this can save you time and money. Each and every IP Video Systems we build is centred around 3G and 4G Cellular networking. Burgess Technologies Specializes in IP Video systems for End User & Construction sites that have no internet connection available.

Blog image HD 1080P PTZ IP Camera

^ All Pre-Built, Pre-Set Up and Ready for instant and remote operation.

The 3G PTZ IP Video Camera

There are two options we can provide, this is dependant on where you plan to locate the device. We supply an Indoor PTZ IP Camera and an Outdoor PTZ IP Camera. Both IP video camera systems are built with a 3G and 4G Cellular Machine to Machine Router. The network camera boasts a high resolution of 1920 x 1080. It also features a remote operated endless 360 degree pan, 90 degree tilt, and 20 x Optical Zoom.

  • HD 3G PTZ IP Camera Configuration

One of the most time consuming elements of setting up an ethernet based system with remote view, is port forwarding. In a snapshot, this involves changing the HD PTZ IP Cameras IP address from a DHCP assigned one, to a static one. Subnet, Default Gateway configuration, Internal Port Number change and nominate an external port number.

The latter is the most important, the network cameras now static IP address and internal port number are set as a rule within the router’s firewall settings. The rule is as follows, when anyone attempts to the Access the SIM Cards Public IP Address, combined with an external port number. The Routers Firewalls grants permission to the IP PTZ Cameras internal port number.

If this sounds a little complicated, well it is, but do not worry it’s all taken care of. When you receive the camera and networking hardware, everything has been configured. This removes all the hassle associated with searching through user manuals and quick start guides. Just power up the hardware and the camera is immediately available for remote viewing and remote PTZ control.

PTZ network camera

^ Setting the 4G/3G Router up with a PAYG Fixed SIM Card

High Speed 4G LTE M2M Router

We don’t want to confuse things in this post, as we are referring to a 3G and 4G network. For this specific customer and application they used the 3G network. However, the Router we provide and configure is a 4G LTE Router. This is backwards compatible to 3G. So, for this setup, the customer was happy with a 3G Fixed SIM deal, but we provide the 4G router with future proofing in mind.

When using the cellular network we have several options. They are as follows:

HSPA is High Speed Packet Access and LTE is Long Term Evolution

The 4G router we build with the system will work with all options of connectivity, but is steered by the SIM card that is activated within.

  • Router & 3G PTZ IP Camera Configuration

We provide the fixed SIM card, you decide which deal is best for you and we take delivery of the SIM. For a network based IP camera, a SIM card you have in your mobile, will NOT work. You need a Machine to Machine (M2M) Fixed SIM card. This will give the Ethernet based IP camera the static IP address it requires. You will also get a public IP address which is used for remote viewing.

Cable Cat5e

^ You can opt to place the Cellular Router in an on-sie cabin. Then run a cat5e cable to the camera

On-Site Set Up & Installation

In the way of IT and network based configuration there is nothing left to do. We configure everything, so you don’t have to. There are various mounts available for the 3G PTZ IP Camera. These include wall arm and corner brackets. Position your camera in the location you desire, then run a data cable back to the router.

Burgess Technologies supplies Pre-Built external cable. This is effectively a long Cat5e Patch lead, with RJ45 Plugs terminated at each end. Usually you would place the Cellular M2M Router in a cabin on site, or somewhere similar. Then run the cable out to the camera. This now completes the hardware installation.

Recording & Remote View

There are several options for recording and storing footage. This is all dependant on how you want us to set your System up. One of the most popular methods is to store video footage to an internal memory device on the 3G PTZ HD IP Camera. We can fit the camera with a Micro SD Card. The maximum you can use, is a 128GB. However, recording constant full HD footage will rapidly fill this up. We can Pre-Programme motion zones, which means the camera will only record and store video footage, if and when movement in a designated area is detected. Other options include recording to the Cloud or even a NVR on site.

As part of our included Pre-Build service, you will be emailed a Excel sheet with all your log in details and URL’s for remote access.

LETS RECAP: We build High Resolution IP Video Camera Systems. Our technology is designed for End User sites, where no fixed landline or broadband is available. This post is relating to HD PTZ IP Cameras. There are two within this range, covering internal and external options. We offer a full turnkey system with end to end configurations.