Reconeyez detectors

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.

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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.

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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.