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Solar powered installation

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:20 pm    Post subject: Solar powered installation Reply with quote

I currently have several solar-powered IP cams operating up to 4 miles from my main building using Tranzeo 2.4 Ghz radios and Toshiba IK-WB15A's. They have been operating reliably for several years. At this point, I would like to upgrade and add additional units for more coverage.

I am having trouble finding cameras that will function in the low temperatures (-40 degrees) that we experience, during the winter. Anything rated for extremes requires 24v AC and more amperage than the usual solar installation can provide. The WB15's are no longer available. The replacement has an inferior digital zoom. I'd like to get something with a higher zoom capability as the monitored areas are roughly a quarter of a mile square.

If anyone has good ideas, I am open to suggestions.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mobotix use very little power, 4W I believe and operate in extreme cold conditions., rated down to -22F. Actually the Toshiba model you mention is only rated down to -4F. Like you said, most cameras won't work at that cold without heat and that means more power required.

The Axis P5534-E I reviewed will do the same temp range as the Toshiba, real optical zoom, 720P resolution.

The ACTi KCM-5611 I reviewed goes down to -22F, same as the Mobotix, but uses more power. It has an 18X optical zoom but no pan/tilt but can be done with an external motor. The good thing is that it's 1080P and is relatively cheap compared to the Axis and Mobotix.

I can only imagine temps that low, you must be in Antarctica? I was visiting Ushuaia and want to find a charter flight to Antarctica but was not able too in March, to late in the season.
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