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.

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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

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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.


How to stream an IP network camera live to YouTube & Facebook

One of the questions here at Burgess we get asked a lot is, “how do I live stream or broadcast an IP video camera to YouTube”. More so of late is people asking the same question but regarding social media, “how do I live stream HD quality video with an IP camera over Facebook ?”

In this post we are going to break down the system we build to give you a good overview of how streaming an IP camera to YouTube actually works. We will list the hardware we used to create the system. This will include a 5MP HD IP network camera, a mini PC, pre-loaded with Windows 10 Pro and our own advanced time-lapse and live-streaming software.

Of course, if you are just searching online for a quick product price, then you can jump to our actual YouTube & or Facebook live stream product page. Trade customers please contact us for your discounts. Prices listed on our site is RRP. Our main customer base is the trade, media and production people, but we also welcome the contact of end users.

The YouTube & or Facebook Live Camera system page and pricing is here.

YouTube & Facebook Live Camera Resolution

We use a mini 5MP IP camera. 5MP in resolution is 2560x1960, full HD 1080P is 1920 x 1080. So 5MP is a good option for YouTube stream and live broadcast. YouTube will stream 5MP video and above, but you need to consider bandwidth or SIM data usage if it's a 4G/5G SIM card solution. Streaming to YouTube in full HD is the best option. As sites such as YouTube and Facebook are viewed on laptops and phones then 1920 x 1080 resolution is adequate for most.


On-board recording for CCTV

We can send the system and camera out with an SD card on-board. The storage is configured to constantly record video on-board the device. As well as live-streaming, you also have a CCTV camera with a recording device. The HD video will loop every X amount of weeks. For example, you could have the SD card to record video looping every 2 weeks. What that means is every 2 weeks the camera will record over the previous 2 weeks. This works well, if there was an incident or intruder then you would usually be aware of that on the day, night or the next day. You can then log into the system, view the footage, export and share the video if needed.

The Live Stream YouTube Camera is also compact and light

Actually the entire system is compact and light. The 2 x main component parts are the mini PC and the camera. The body of the camera, which you can see on the picture is only 100 mm long, which is just short of 4 inches. The mini PC is also around 4 inches long and wide.

Streaming Programme pre-loaded to the mini PC

Most IP cameras use RTSP as their streaming protocol. However, Facebook & YouTube use RTMP. This is where the mini PC comes in. Our mini PC runs a software that converts the video stream into RTMP. We can also make changes such as re-stream in a different resolution and bitrate etc. This is a useful feature for time-lapse applications, especially those that are using a 4G data SIM and cellular router.

For example, the live stream camera can also be set to capture images for documentation and time-lapse creation. If you are using a 4K camera, or even a 12MP or 20MP camera system, you could capture the images for time-lapse in full resolution. Typically, for time-lapse you look to capture a high resolution image around every 10 minutes. So you would have effectively 2 streams. The camera capturing images is one stream and a lower resolution re-streamed to YouTube through an RTMP feed.

How to install a YouTube & Facebook Live IP camera

This first depends upon the application. Is it a construction site or is it for business promotion and tourism. Some construction sites have an available network but most of our systems go out 4G configured & broadband ready. The good news is we build 2 x systems, the more popular is our live broadcast camera solution that plugs directly into an available router and switch. This is a popular selection as the camera is deployed more for business promotion and tourism. Those sectors the customer or business usually has a network available.

Let's first have a look at a picture of how it goes together.

The image above shows the 2 x main components of our YouTube live stream and broadcasting system. The first is the mini 5MP IP camera and the 2nd is the mini PC. Simply plug the mini PC into your router or switch, as soon as the PC receives power and broadband it will automatically start to live stream the camera to YouTube & or Facebook.

The camera is a POE IP camera. This means you can power it from the same data cable you use for its broadband connection. We can include a POE injector if required. The most important thing is the entire system is Plug & Play. As mentioned above the camera is really light weight, you can even mount it with cable ties.

A clear, smooth and sharp video feed !

Business owners, project managers at construction sites and the tourism market have been using IP cameras for years to stream video. Broadcasting your business or sports event through a network camera is a technology that is still used today.

Network or CCTV cameras can at times be a little laggy, this is because when streaming video its doing so on someone's server, then their bandwidth and other network factors come into it. The single best thing about YouTube & Facebook live is how smooth the video is. This is because you are effectively streaming over Googles own servers and data centres.

The industry standard for Frames Per Second (FPS) in a movie we would watch on TV is around 24 FPS. Network IP cameras like Axis, can stream up to 120. Just by standard default settings in 2020 most IP cameras can stream full HD @ 25 FPS.

A Recap & What we do:

Burgess Technologies LTD is based in Manchester, England. We pre-build zero-config deployment IP Video & Imagery Solutions. As a customer you can bolt on CCTV, Intruder Systems and more. We build web-portals for our time-lapse and live broadcast cameras.

5G Remote Monitored time lapse & live video, benefits over 4G

It didn't seem that long ago that 4G was buzz word of cellular technology, enhancing time lapse cameras with the ability to be monitored remotely and making camera live video streaming less laggy.

5G is starting to roll out in 2019 and we are going to look into what benefits this will bring to time lapse camera installers. In particular we will cover image capture, live video streaming and the ability to log into the hardware remotely. All will be done over a ultra high speed 5G network.

If you happened to stumble upon this post and would like to look at current 4G LTE cellular time lapse camera system, then click that linked text to the left. This will take you to our 20MP Sony system.


live video and time lapse over 5G

5G Time Lapse Camera & Live Video: The benefits

Perfect image capture

As the resolution of time lapse cameras increase, so does the image size. Our network time lapse camera systems capture images in JPEG format. Today our highest mega-pixel solution is 20MP’s. This captures images in 5,472 x 3,648 resolution. In some instances and depending on cellular signal strength, images can transfer not 100% complete, when sending to the cloud. A 20 Mega-pixel will struggle to send complete images over 3G and needs a good stable 4G signal to be 100% perfect. With the upgrade to 5G, images will be sent pefectly.

5G will make large file size image transfer perfect. So this is the first and main benefit. The increased speeds of a 5G Time lapse camera system, will help images to be sent perfectly. 5G will offer speeds of around 1 gig per second which is 1000 MBS ( megabits per second ).

Live Video Streaming over 5G

First let’s look at 3 main advantages over a more traditional DSLR camera system:

1, Live Video Stream: The main advantage of deploying a network based time lapse camera system is the ability to monitor through a live video stream. This is something a DSLR camera could not do. Live video then falls into several feature areas. You can live view the time lapse camera through an app on your phone, direct through the camera, Video Management Software, emdedded to our own portal or on YouTube Live.

The below video example, shows live video embedded to our own built, white label, your brand and logo monitoring portal.

2, Live Video Recordings: Take our Sony 20MP Time Lapse camera for example, you can record video clips to use in your post production. This will allow you to make a final film that includes stitched images and also cutting into a live video shoot. This could be useful for certain days of importance at the construction site.

The below video shows a recording on-board the Sony Camera. This video is shot in 4K Ultra HD resolution at 25 Frames Per Second

Use an existing network:

Only a network based time lapse camera has the ability to utilise an existing networking infrastructure. Many construction sites now have their own network. Also not all time lapse camera installs are at brand new sites. Many are at end client premises where a network and IT infrastructure is already in place. So maybe the first question is, do you need a 5G deployment or can you use an existing Cat5e, Cat6 or cat6a structured cabling network.

4G SIM prices will reduce

An Ultra HD Time Lapse camera system over a 5G architecture will be the best solution available. However, if you don't need live video as a feature, then using a 4G SIM card will still be an option. You can get 3G SIM card deals now at a really good price. Now 5G SIM contracts are becoming popular, the older 4G data plans will become lower in price.

Where can you view Live Video ?

Here at Burgess Technologies we build our own time lapse and hd live video monitoring portal. This is a web-browser based platform that can be viewed from anywhere that has an internet connection and web-browser. Main features of the time lapse portal include:

  • Landing page is last 4 image capture in large view & click to open in full
  • The last 24 hours of construction site images captured in thumbnail gallery
  • A full image list in date order, click to open large
  • A callender search facility
  • Live video page, live HD feed from the camera embedded

The 5g time lapse camera portal is built after the installation of your system. Its 100% white label. The domain name ( URL ) is a neutral domain that can’t be traced. You hand over the login credentials to your customer and they can remotely monitor the project. We put your logo and brand on the portal so your end client links the entire camera system solution to you and your business.

5G Time Lapse & Live Video, the best camera ?

We pre build several variations of time lapse camera systems that can run over 5G. The most powerful construction site solution is our Sony 20MP camera system, this can be used for image capture and live video. The sony camera sends time lapse images to our portal in a massive 5,472 x 3,648 resolution.

20 megapixel is prefered if you would like to do more with the images in post production. You can zoom in and not lose quality on the 20MP system. There is a sample image here.

Sony Zoom Settings

Our impressive Sony Time-Lapse & Live Video Solution, on-board stores and off-site cloud archives images in 20MP resolution @ 5472 x 3648. Focal length: F = 8.8 mm to 25.7 mm. Optical zoom 2.9x, Clear Image Zoom 2.0x, Digital zoom 2.0x = Total zoom 11.6x.

The first image below is the camera in its default settings, no zoom has been used. As you can see its capturing some of the roof. The second image is with the optical zoom used.

The below picture is only a screen shot, in 1254 x 595 resolution. This has been zoomed in on our PC, like the similar zoom you can do in post production. If you look back at the very first picture and note how far away the white van in. Post zoomed in, it still holds its focus quite well.

The BOX – 4G Enabled & Optional 1TB HDD

The 4G BOX is the brains of our system. All hardware is DIN Rail mounted and more importantly its configured. This saves a vast amount of time on site and removes the need to outsource parts of the installation. No specialist camera installer, I.T technician or electrician is required. Its IP65 & External ready.

Finding local power on-site will always ensure a faster installation. However, a 12V DC input BOX can be made for Solar & Battery applications.


  • 4G Hardware.
  • Networking Hardware.
  • DIN Rail, Cable Glands, All Pre-built
  • 2 x Plug Sockets Trail out of 1 x 25mm Cable Glands


  • 4G Hardware.
  • Networking Hardware.
  • DIN Rail, Cable Glands, All Pre-built
  • Room for 1TB Hard Disk Drive & NAS.
  • Room for running power into the Box.
  • Room for a small Power Distribution Unit.

Your images will always be sent to the cloud through the pre-configured 4G architecture. The 1TB Local HDD is for a local and physical back up of your construction site images. You can store up to 1 million images.


The 1TB Local HDD is failover support if the camera is ever disconnected from the local cellular mast. Its safety and security you have an additional location backup of your Time Lapse Images. If your looking to save as much money as possible and your camera is in a city centre dense location then its not always necessary. We have found if a cellular mast fails in a populated area, the network ( EE, Vodafone etc ) seem to fix the problem quick. Remote locations with less error reports seem to be less priority. You may be working in a location where space is tight and you need the smaller none 1TB HDD BOX.


The 1TB HDD upgrade may only cost £5-£8 extra per month, based on a 2 and 3 year project. End users would usually opt for the extra level of backup for what is a small investment.

As with all our hardware the NAS and 1TB Hard Disk Drive is pre built and configured. As soon as the 4G enclosure has power, the camera will start to archive images to the local 1TB Storage. We can even check on the NAS remotely to ensure images are filling up.

NO REQUIRMENT TO GO TO THE CAMERA. At any time simply connect a provided USB cable to the NAS and the other end to your Personal Computer or MAC and transfer the images

<< Larger 4G BOX on the left is the NAS 1TB BOX and the smaller one is without. 


Our 4G BOX is installed at Point A, near or next to a power supply (Mains or 12V Battery). The camera location is Point B, this can be 100’s of feet away from the plug socket. Point A and B are connected together on a supplied outdoor data cable. The BOX outputs data and power over the Ethernet cable to the camera. You can run 100MTRS (330 Feet) as standard. The 4G BOX features 20mm cable glands and your outdoor cable is already cellular connected and ready to plug into your camera. AS STANDARD, the system ships with a 50 foot outdoor data cable, we can make this longer upon request.

Solar and Battery Support

Finding local power will ensure a faster installation. With our system its only our "comms box" that needs direct power. Within the comms box (grey enclosure) is a small POE switch. From that a single data cable (supplied) powers and connects the camera. Therefore the camera can be 100's of feet from a mains power supply.

For applications where solar is the only choice we make our cellular, networking and camera hardware 12V DC Input ready. The camera and router have a combined 20W output. This is the maximum, typically its much less. Even so, a single 120W panel would be a little on the light side so we advise on 2 x 120W panels, as pictured below. Pole mounting the Panels is also an option.

Remote Monitoring Portal

construction site solar time lapse camera



** Above are only header examples and are not the full image 


The 2 x Time lapse "videos" are designed and displayed as a visual overview. These are not full stitch time lapse films. Our own-created Linux based software selects a specific image number and runs it as an overview sequence. Example: The last 24 hours, our software selects image number 5. Therefore the overview video will stitch together image 5,10,15,20,25 and so on.


Clean images with no text on save to your remote cloud folder. The below image is cropped for on-page viewing. See this link for the original 4K resolution version.


Lets recap first of all. The portal is optional, for a relatively low price it adds a lot of value. Without it you can still access images remotely, the portal gives you a quicker and more interactive display of captured images. Our newer Phase 2 portal has the addition of image thumbnails in view and a calendar search tool, its more advanced.


With or without the Portal, your camera system will still feature the below and has full remote management.

  • Full camera GUI access
  • Remote focus, advanced focus & optical zoom
  • 4G LTE Router Access
  • Image grab snapshot command
  • Remote time-lapse cloud folder access
  • Password protection
  • Live Camera View
  • 4G LTE SIM Portal to manage usage


Our first portal which we have run for over a year now with no reported problems. This is slowly being phased out.

  • 16:9 Remote Time Lapse Portal
  • Last 3 x Captured Images
  • Click & Save Logo stamped images
  • Clean images sent to the cloud
  • Overview Sequences, last 24 hours
  • Overview Sequences, last 30 days
  • Image Archive Folder access
  • Password Protection


Available now but a steady roll out. This should be available for any systems bought after the middle of march 2018.

  • Latest image view
  • Last 24 hour view as thumbnails
  • Historical image list archive
  • Calendar search with date & time
  • Save images to share
  • Multi camera switch interface
  • Multiple simultaneous users, virtually unlimited
  • Dedicated RAID 1 server storage

Filezilla: Transfering your Time Lapse Images

FileZilla is a Free FTP Client. FTP = File Transfer Protocol, an easy method for transferring your Time Lapse images stored in the cloud, to your local PC. Below is an overview video on setting up FileZilla and transferring your images. FTP just like 4G, Network Cameras and IP, its probably all a bit new to you. However, once you have done this a few times its all very easy.

Look at your cloud folder as your archive and storage but not necessarily the library where you flick through and view images. It is best to do that and the post production when the images are on your local machine.

  1. Install the Filezilla Client Link here
  2. Use the Site Manager & Enter Host, Username, Password and Port – ( details on the excel sheet we sent you )
  3. Select images (all on the right) to your Local Documents (on the left)
  4. After you have done this a few times, see our tutorial on Filezilla Site Manager, this is a quicker way to access images.

BELOW: Enter your Host (domain name), User-name, Password & Port Number. These are on your provided Access Sheet 

  • Click the Site Manager within File ( top left )
  • Click new site & Name
  • Host, Port Number, User Name & Password are all on your excel sheet
  • Copy the rest of the info as per the image and click OK
  • Then go back in and press connect – You should now see your images

BELOW: The message box and prompt to skip images wont appear until all the new images have transferred first. If you navigate away from Filezilla (whilst its downloading new images), Make sure you come back to your PC as it may be waiting for the command. The Skip Prompt shows at around 34 seconds into the video below. 

EXAMPLE: You have transferred your first batch of images and a month has passed, remember that first batch will stay in your Cloud. You log into FileZilla again to transfer the last 4 weeks of images. Complete the above as usual and your local folder will start to populate with all the new images. FileZilla will then notice that you have transferred some of the images that are already in your Timelapse Folder. So, we simply command FileZilla to "SKIP" those images. Your Local Folder will now only populate with any new images since the last transfer. 



Your 50GIG Cloud will hold 10's of 1000's of images. However FileZilla sometimes can stop filling up when you have around 7500 - 8000 images in your folder. Don't worry your images will still be in the cloud. Here is how you select some to delete. Alternatively you could download a few thousand, zip file them locally and then upload back to your cloud folder as an archive.

The below video shows you an example of selecting to delete images. FOR TRANSFER: Just drag the selected to your local document folder on the left. You can also use "Ctrl" & "A" on your keyboard to select all.