Camera Locations and Specifications

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A number of decisions have to be made when installing a system such as this. A mistake can be expensive to rectify and we make a site visit to determine how to meet the various required parameters.

The biggest decision to be made would be where to mount the cams, and a number of factors come into play here. One is the distance to a power source and to a reliable Internet connection. Another is the location of the sun during the entire day, and still another is the ease of access for camera cleaning and maintenance. Aesthetics may also be considered, as well as protection from vandalism and theft.

It is possible to connect electronic devices over long distances with repeaters, or even connect devices wirelessly, but each added item increases the risk of introducing a failure point, and each item must of course be individually powered. Using simple technology, we can span large distances. Ideally we use a single Ethernet cable up to 300 feet in length to connect each camera to the PoE (Power Over Ethernet) switch, and can then connect the PoE switch with a similar single 300-foot Ethernet cable to the camera router. The camera router can then utilize still another 300-foot Ethernet cable to connect with the existing Internet connection. The camera router will require power at its location, as will the PoE switch to provide power to each camera over its Ethernet cable. No other cables are needed, and power is not required at the camera location. A group of cameras can connect to separate switches, and widely-separated cameras can even utilize different networks to upload their images.

Stepladder image An indispensable tool Cameras should be placed to prevent as little sunlight as possible from directly entering the lens, but this is not always possible to accomplish. Cameras generally have a sun shade, but that does not work when the early or late sun shines directly at the front of the camera. Images are pretty much useless when the sunlight washes out the scene, and bright lights could be a similar issue at night. Direct sunlight may also cause degradation of the image sensor.

A big concern is cam cleaning and maintenance. A dusty lens degrades the image, especially so during both very bright and very dim light. Air near the ocean will deposit minerals on the glass, creating images that are soft and diffused. Cams near any water will require cleaning more often due to the proliferation of insect hatches. Spiders love cams and will interfere with the view. A dirty lens that is also wet makes an image challenging to interpret.

The main impediment to a quality image is a compromised view through the front glass, and an individual should be assigned the task of cleaning the camera's viewport at least every ten days, more frequently in extreme conditions. Keeping the front glass clean is best accomplished by mounting the cameras at a convenient stepladder height, or at an easily accessible location.

Camera Specifications

Need a camera that works best under poor lighting conditions? Need one that sees in the dark? From a distance? Or store periodical images in the cam or on a hard drive? Or email them to you? And only when something in the picture moves? Need to keep your images private? Need to put a camera on a remote mountaintop where there's no power? Want to see your live images on your iPhone or Android device? Need a camera you can place under water? And is bomb-proof? Need a 24 gigapixel image you can print on the side of a building? Um, wait, we probably can't do that last one yet, but we can do all the rest.

There's a huge assortment of equipment out there that we can pick from. And we do more than just cameras. We install and maintain Davis weather stations which report the local weather data to the web. The data could include multiple soil or water temperature sensors. We provide and maintain equipment to send your audio stream to one of our streaming servers (easy, the little box has only an on/off button and connects between your sound source and your router). Think live church sermons. Put your scanner on line. Or did you want to be a DJ?

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