Our potential new customer like many had never deployed this technology before. They required a powerful and reliable remote monitored timelapse camera system. One that would allow them to access their captured images whenever, wherever. They needed Ultra HD 4K resolution and wanted to control their own image marketing and post production. When we first spoke to the contact within their enterprise he stated that no power was available on site, this was shown to us as per the sample image below.
WHAT WE ADVISED
That we would make our cellular and networking hardware 12V DC Input ready and there is an upgrade cost of +£50 to do so. We advised they could source their own solar kit or we could help supply one.
12V DC TERMINAL BLOCK READY
Our system as standard is ready for 110V or 230V mains power. As easy as inserting your plug into a mains supply. For solar applications we make the hardware 12V DC Ready.
The image to the right shows the standard system. Mains power ready, for solar there are no plugs as these are swapped for low voltage cable and terminal blocks, prepared for the solar input. You need +£50 to your system price for the solar ready hardware upgrade.
WHAT GOES WHERE ?
If you use the above image as a reference, the “comms box” (grey enclosure) is usually near the battery. The battery is usually on ground level (you will need to think of an enclosure). You may wish to remove our enclosure and source a larger one to contain them and the battery. Your 4G Router and POE switch would be next to the battery. Then you would run out to the camera as standard with our included outdoor data cable. Its only our networking and cellular hardware that needs direct 12V power. The camera then powers and connects over the data cable, outputted from the supplied 12V DC terminal block POE switch (as also pictured above).
Something to consider: The camera does not need direct 12V Power, only our 4G Comms Box does. The camera connects and powers from the comms box and can be 100’s of feet away. With that in mind you could mount the panels to a nearby roof or wall with this type of mount. Then just run out to the camera with the data cable.
THE KIT LIST
YOU NEED TO BUDGET AROUND £500 for our Solar Kit. You can source your own kit and overseas customers may prefer that option. Our own kit will include:
- 2 x 12v 120w Monocrystalline Solar Panel Slimline
- 110ah Leisure Battery
- 20A 12/24v Solar Charge Controller
- Solar Pole Mounts
- Cables and Connectors
The above can be shipped within the time it takes for us to build and configure the camera system, which is around 1 week. All combined hardware has a maximum draw of 20Watts. However, when we tested the system it was more like 10Watts when “ON” and in standby and 12Watts when sending an image.
As standard our 4K UHD Time Lapse Camera System includes the following features. EVERYTHING IS CONFIGURED, AS SOON AS THE SYSTEM RECEIVES POWER IMAGE ARCHIVE IS INSTANTLY OPERATIONAL.
- Remote time-lapse cloud image folder accessed through FileZilla for image transfer
- Remote time-lapse cloud image folder accessed through password protected URL
- Full camera GUI access
- Remote focus, advanced focus & optical zoom
- 4G LTE Router Access
- Image grab snapshot command for health check and field of view check
- Live Camera View
- 4G LTE SIM Portal to manage usage and set alerts
- Remote IIP Time Lapse Portal, 4K & 16:9 A/ratio – ** UPGRADE
- Start of day and end of day site picture email – ** UPGRADE
- Surveillance Recording to on-board SD card – ** UPGRADE
IIP PORTAL UPGRADE
PLUG, POWER & CAPTURE
Using Solar is an exciting alternative, it supports green incentives and there is a rewarding sense of achievement from building your own off-grid solution. Also with Solar, you could potentially move the system around which will add changing angles to the time lapse creation. When your solar system is installed and our hardware receives power, there is nothing more to do. All the time consuming configuration is complete and image capture and archive is instantly operational.