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4G Outdoor remote monitored time-lapse camera system

In this post we are going to cover how a remote managed 4G time-lapse system works. Burgess Technologies LTD has been building remote monitored 4G time-lapse cameras systems for over 7 years (at the date of this post 15.10.21). We have welcomed many end user clients, but we mainly build camera systems for trade customers.

Typically, we get enquiries from traditional media service companies and drone operators. Usually our new client is a trade customer who is already providing some kind of video production service to construction sites. They have then been approached by their client to provide a long term time-lapse camera system, one that can be monitored remotely. This falls into 2 x categories, remote management so the 4G outdoor time-lapse installer knows the system is working. Also, a remote web-portal, so the end client of the construction build can monitor progression remotely, from a phone, tablet or computer.

4g outdoor time-lapse camera system

4G & 5G makes the Time-lapse camera remotely accessible.

If you think of our system as 2 main parts, these are the Camera & our Cellular 4G control box. Using a 5G network for the outdoor time-lapse camera is an option. However, the speeds available from a 4G LTE network architecture are more than adequate for image capture of a construction site. The camera is only sending an image every 10 minutes, therefore 4G is absolutely fine.

Within our 4G control box is a high speed M2M cellular router. In our pre-build and configuration service, we set the router up, so it's broadband ready when it gets to site. As soon as the system has power, the 4G outdoor time-lapse camera will start to send images off-site and to your cloud folder. What is a cloud folder ? The cloud folder is a directory on our own cloud hosted server. We set you up FTP access and this allows our customer to access the images remotely. More importantly, it allows you to download all your captured images, so you can make your time-lapse film.

long term 4g camera for time lapse

When the system is up and running, there are 3 x main features of remote access

1, REMOTE FILEZILLA FTP ACCESS - As mentioned above, we set you up as an FTP user to your image cloud folder directory. This would consist of an IP address, port number (always 21) and then your username and password. In the folder will be your captured construction site time-lapse camera images. They transmit from the 4G camera over a pre-set schedule. The FTP access is never given to the end client, It's something the time-lapse provider keeps private. Only he/she can download the images and make a time-lapse film.

See this external page on filezilla

2, REMOTE WEB-PORTAL - We have created our own built time-lapse image web portal. It's a web browser based interface, it allows you and your client to monitor the construction site progress remotely.

3, REMOTE SUPPORT ACCESS - Outdoor 4G Time Lapse systems are delivered as a true Plug & Play solution. Inside the 4G control box is a pre-configured High speed 4G LTE router. The SIM card we use is called a special VPN SIM. This allows burgess to log into your camera remotely and make any desired changes. After the time-lapse cameras are installed, it can run for months and years with no issues or remote support needed. However, at some stage through the build project, you may want to change the schedule. A milestone day or something happening with significance may need a higher capture rate, to make a short film.


Remote 4G Outdoor Time Lapse camera options.

Here are Burgess we like to keep things simple, we have spent years creating and perfecting out of the box 4G camera systems. There are several options of remote time-lapse options. They are:

8MP 4K Outdoor Time-Lapse over 4G

4K 8MP is the minimum resolution we offer for construction site image capture. 8MP at 4K is classed as Ultra HD @ 3840 x 2160 pixels. Although this is our most cost-effective time-lapse camera system, it's still very powerful in its offering.

12MP 4K+ Outdoor Time-Lapse over 4G

Our 12MP camera system offers 4 more Mega-Pixels, it captures images in 4000 x 3000 resolution. This camera also has a different type of lens. The first mentioned 4K system has a fixed lens of 105 degrees. The 12MP features a motorized varifocal lens. You can change the horizontal field of view from 35 to 105 degrees.

DSLR system

If your construction application requires a very high megapixel camera, then we can build you a remote monitored DSLR camera system. Typically, we would help deploy a 24MP canon camera. The DSLR camera would be integrated into our usual 4G box. However, it would also feature a mini PC. The above 2 systems use on-board technology, which allows the camera to send images off site. A canon camera does not feature that same technology, this is where the Mini PC comes into use.

Network camera or DSLR for long term time-lapse

Our out of the box 4K 8MP and 4K+ 12MP are network cameras, network (IP cameras) are much less maintenance compared to a canon camera. Network IP cameras are designed and manufactured to be outdoors in harsh environments for a number of years. As we know, a DSLR is not. Using a DSLR often results in more site visits as opposed to deploying a network camera for time-lapse.

How many Megapixels ?

Network cameras are advancing year-on-year. Certain network camera manufacturers have 1000s of staff in Research and Development. Cameras have superior lenses and sensor technology.


Click the link for our 4K/4G out of the box time-lapse system

We have sold 100's of 4K 4G network camera time-lapse systems. All systems are out of the box and plug and play solutions. Plug the Burgess 4G control box into power (12V/110V/240V) and the camera will auto send images to your cloud folder directory. You and your client can monitor on our web-portal.

Canon DSLR on 4G for Time Lapse of Construction Sites Image & Live Video

Canon DSLR cameras are a powerful choice for short term time-lapse and even long term time-lapse. For external construction projects, the Canon DSLR camera will require some further system parts. Construction sites are hazardous, dusty and suffer like we do from the UK weather. Each system we build is connected to back to our 4G and 5G control box. With a DSLR, you will also need an external housing unit. The housing unit for the DSLR time-lapse camera will also need a heater. This is used to demist the front screen in cold winter months. In this post we are going to cover the differences in set up and maintenance of a canon DSLR camera and network IP based camera system. Burgess Technologies provides trade customers and end clients with 4G/5G camera systems for construction sites. Each system ships pre-configured and is Plug & Play. No technical expertise is required. Plug our 4G/5G control box into the power, mount the camera and the installation is complete.

To Jump Straight to our DSLR 4G Time Lapse System - CLICK HERE

Canon dslr 4g time lapse camera
Remote managed Canon dslr 4g time lapse camera

Canon DSLR Camera or an IP based network camera for indoor time-lapse

The great thing about an internal project is you may not require an external housing unit for the Canon camera. “External housing” gives us this clue anyway, if you can locate the canon camera in a safe place there is no need to worry about housing the camera, after all there are no weather conditions to worry about. A network based IP camera is also a good choice for internal time-lapse projects too. The thing with internal projects, like re-builds and fit outs etc the camera does not usually need to record or capture an image of a large area. A 4K 8MP network camera may be best the choice. If the project benefited from a higher mega-pixel camera, then the canon dslr may be the best option. You can buy a canon 2000D for around £500 and this gives you a massive 22 mega-pixels.

Canon DSLR Time Lapse Camera for External Projects.

As touched on in the intro, for capturing images of an external construction project, the canon DSLR time-lapse camera would need an external housing. That housing also needs a heater. An IP camera is self-contained in its own housing, it's a more ready to go camera. The biggest issue with any external housing for a DSLR is that housing units scree misting up. In the UK we get some pretty cold weather, therefore you need a heater unit within the housing. In a nutshell, IP cameras are designed to be in the field for your years. They have a warranty of 3 years. A DSLR camera for time-lapse can still last as long, but there would probably be more maintenance involved, resulting in more site visits.

DSLR canon time lapse camera over a 4G network Power

A DSLR canon time lapse camera draws slightly less power than a network IP camera. A DSLR needs a constant power supply though. The batteries in say a canon camera only lasts a few days. You can purchase a mains power unit, which supplies the canon cameras with constant power. If you are thinking of using a network ip camera for time-lapse, then that camera uses POE. Power Over Ethernet is a technology which sends data and power over a data cable. For example, we send our network time-lapse cameras out with a 20MTR cat5e data cable. The data cable comes out from our 4G box and then into the camera. With POE you can run out to 100 mtrs which is is 330 feet. With network and POE extenders you can run out to 1KM.

Megapixel and Image Quality

The first Network IP cameras was invented by Axis in 1996. This groundbreaking technology opened up a host of advanced features over older analogue CCTV systems. An analogue CCTV system was closed, almost dumb. A network camera (also known as an IP camera) was based on an open architecture. This allowed customers for the first time to view their security camera systems remotely, and over the internet (IP) - Internet Protocol. In the first few years, cameras was released that could capture in 1080P, which is full hd at 2MP (mega-pixel). Today, network cameras go as high as 7K. Our own minimum resolution system is based on a 8MP 4K IP camera.


Using a DSLR for time-lapse is more cost-effective if your project requires 20MP and over. Many construction sites that need time-lapse cameras, opt for 4K resolution. 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition) is 4 x full hd @1080p. A 4K time lapse camera captures an image in 8MP. If your own project requires 4K only then a DSLR time lapse system is probably not the best way forward. Some projects do require image capture at 20MP and above, and this is where the DSLR is the best solution.

A 20MP network IP camera is 3 or 4 x as much money as say a canon eos 2000d. For example a Sony IP camera is near £2000 to buy. The canon 2000d with a decent lens is a 1/3rd of this price. This means we can build a 24MP canon construction site solution for under £2000.Using a Canon camera for time-lapse is a great choice, for the right application. Short term construction projects, indoor time lapse projects where a housing unit and heater is not required, mega builds where you need to cover large distances and finally, film creators who want to zoom in a lot on post-production. Typically though, most time-lapse applications only usually require 4K resolution which is 8MP. Those who want a little extra can opt for the 12MP system and both fall under the network IP solution. Generally, IP network cameras are much less maintenance, they are designed to be working continuously outdoors for a number of years. They also carry a 3-year warranty.

What every your time lapse camera needs, burgess technologies LTD has been building systems and supporting customers for over 6 years. If you have a project you would like to discuss, please contact our UK office in warrington.

BURGESS Product review: Reconeyez detectors & bridges

Trouble viewing on your mobile ? Click the "Reconeyez Detectors" link above or click here. Reconeyez by Defendec manufacturer a military deployed video verification system. A Reconeyez detector camera is 100% autonomous, it operates over a mesh type wireless network. The Reconeyez bridge is what we know as a cellular wireless router. Devices connect to the bridge and the entire system operates over a pre-configured 4G/5G broadband architecture. You can also add battery powered sirens. Defendec (Reconeyez) promote that their detectors and bridges last up to 400 days or 50,000 events. You can “install them in minutes with very low maintenance”, is the statement from Reconeyez.

defendec reconeyez detectors

Burgess Technologies has decades of combined experience in setting up remote monitored network cameras. Specialists in construction site monitoring and surveillance. Our systems are mains powered or deployed with renewable energy. Trusted in 20 countries, we are proud to have been involved in 100’s of prestigious projects around the world, including: Robert Dyson’s research centre in Wiltshire, ExxonMobil $10B mega plant in Texas & Heineken’s new build in Nigeria ! CLICK THIS LINK TO SEE OUR PROJECTS

4g 5g reconeyez cameras


The below image shows a live Reconeyez detector camera on the remote GUI. This detector, like all others has had 4 X BATTERY CHANGES IN 4/5 MONTHS. To date it has sent 4454 alarms. If we break this down over its required battery changes, we are getting around 1000 alarms (events) before the battery dies. The below screenshot if from a site that is only armed out of hours. Although Reconeyez state they used advanced AI technology, many false alarms are still sent.



Our findings on how long battery's are lasting is based upon each detector sending a small to medium image. Although the system is sold as high Mega-Pixel above 1080p, it's then later advised by Reconeyez, that it is not practical to have detectors send images in their maximum resolution.

To help sell the Reconeyez system you can invest in a demo kit, which costs around £2500.00, it features 2 x detector cameras, 1 x bridge and fittings etc. It comes in a sturdy pelican like case (shown to the left).


Most people looking to take on Reconeyez would more than likely have experience in installing network based IP cameras. If you work in this industry, you will be well aware of the usual IP camera manufacturers. Burgess Technologies is an approved partner of Axis and Dahua and both feature in many of our cellular based remote camera systems.

The first difference between a Reconeyez detector and a network camera is how you access the interface. If you are accustomed to setting up IP cameras than you will be familiar with configuring the cameras settings through a web-page. An IP camera uses DHCP technology to assign itself an IP address from the router. A Reconeyez detector unit connects to its bridge but there is no direct access into the detectors settings. There are various detector parameters you can change, but you do this from the cloud based alarm platform.

Reconeyez by defendec review


Reconeyez by Defendec state that their batteries last 400 days or 50,000 events. This is really impressive and was our main draw to the system. Standard POE (IEEE 802.3af-2003) provides up to 15.4 W, which most IP cameras use. Most 4K network cameras output around 10-12 watts on average. This results in quite a large solar power set up. Just a single IP camera would need a large 100-130ah 12V battery and 2 x 100 watt panels. Reconeyez remove the need for solar panels and a large battery, so installation is much simpler. However, the batteries do not last 400 days or 50,000 events. This results in needing to visit the site more often than you may expect.

The cellular bridge units seem to deplete the quickest and on average the battery pack lasts around 30-60 days. IF YOU SEE THE IMAGE BELOW. RECONEYEZ ADVISE THAT THE MORE DATA THE BRIDGE IS HANDLING, THE QUICKER THE BATTERY DRAINS. We found the 4G bridges was not sending a great deal of data. The below image shows 347MB in 42 days. To put that limited data into perspective, at that data sent rate, it would take 3780 days to send data that would equate to the memory of a tiny 32GIG SD card. 90 x 347MB = 32GIG, the bridge sent 347MB of data over 42 days. 90 x 42 days equals 3780 days worth of sent data. This calculations show us that there is not a great deal of demand or pressure on the Bridge units.


Our own findings of Reconeyez hardware such as detectors and bridges lasting only 30-60 days was on a construction site being monitored out of hours. The system would be alarmed from when work on the construction site stops and disarmed when work started the following day. A typical schedule would look something like the below image example.

If batteries are only lasting 30/60 days on a construction site that is set to only send images when the site it closed, then the system is not practical for any type of monitoring in the day time. The more images the system sends the quicker the batteries deplete. You cant just log in and view a Reconeyez camera, like you can an IP camera, images can only be viewed when its alarmed or on a scheduled setting. When monitoring a construction site through an IP camera, you have the flexibility to log into the camera and view a live feed. With Reconeyez detectors and bridges you simply don't have that functionality.

Construction Progress Results in more visits

The Reconeyez cameras connect to a wireless mesh bridge. This type of 4G/5G set up we have found to be not as reliable as having say a Teltonika Machine to Machine cellular router, and having your surveillance cameras directly plugged into the routers LAN ports. As the build progresses and the shape of the site changes the working wireless mesh can become problematic. If the site was being monitored from a solar set up and IP cameras then the build progression would not hamper on site cellular communications.


With an alternative solar set up and renewable energy powering your surveillance system, at the very most you may have to change your 12V battery say once a year. When the Reconeyez batteries deplete you are then faced with the challenges and logistics of completing the change and recharge. For medium and above sized construction sites this can be quite a headache. A typical site could need 20 detectors, 5 bridges and 4 sounders. Let's say around 30 Reconeyez units. Lets take a closer look at the number of batteries required.

20 x Reconeyez detectors = 20 x batteries
5 x Reconeyez bridges = 20 x batteries
4 x sounders = 4 x batteries

Therefore, a medium and above sized construction site would have 44 x batteries to monitor and then change. If you go off the manufacturer's website, its stated a battery pack will last 400 days or 50,000 events. Changing 44 x batteries once a year is not the end of the world but when batteries are lasting 30 to 60 days, travelling to the construction site and completing the change of a vast number of batteries is very, very time-consuming.

Our summary on Reconeyez (Defendec)

The battery powered surveillance system was first developed for the military. Army personnel with ease could quickly deploy a camera (detector) and monitor areas of interest, and in a lot of cases for a short amount of time. Defendec is the arm of the company that works with the military sector. Reconeyez is the spin off targeting construction and vacant sites. This is a good product for say fly tipping, or any application that only needs a small amount of hardware. For construction sites and large complex sites installing multiple detectors and bridges can be difficult to maintain, mainly due to the batteries not having a long run time.


Below is a Full HD network intruder camera system, powered by renewable energy, part of the BURGESS ECO SYSTEM range. This camera can be linked back to a monitoring station and live staff will verify any threats. The 4G/5G Solar camera is broadband ready through a pre-configured high speed cellular network. No drilling or cable runs, no mains power needed and removes the need for multiple site visits to change battery.


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 CLOUD SERVER STORAGE OR REMOTE PORTAL 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    
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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.