IPVMU Certified | 06/06/14 06:53pm
Idea: Find a piece of pipe that fits the outside diameter of the housing, slide it around the camera, and notch it where it meets the bars/frame in the back.
Essentially you can close whatever gap exists between the camera & bars with a steel sleeve.
I may be missing something, but what about the Axis P3364-VE?
+1 How did I miss that.
That should do the trick!
IMHO, this is an absurd design for a high security application like prison and jail-cell CCTV.
You should consider ceiling-mount low-profile vandalproof dome cameras, with secure metal conduit boxes at each end to conceal any cable looms. The best choice could be a full-HD fish-eye dome camera.
If Axis doesn't have above solution, then look around for a best suitable cam.
The key-words are "don't settle", until you find a best fit.
They have never had a issue with someone hitting the cameras It is very hard to climb the cell. I even tried. . They are not in there for more then a few hours maybe overnight. They just want to be able to have a clear view of the detainee for complaints or other reason.
With 105 degrees to work with we do not see a issue with missing anything.
IPVMU Certified | 06/06/14 11:09pm
The jail cells I've seen (professionally, of course) typically have solid concrete ceilings and walls, so getting to a spot good for a centered 360 would be really tough.
Looks to me that the Vandal-proof cameras should be ceiling-mounted close against the bars, with steel pipe (not EMT!) coming thru the bars to run cables against the walkway ceiling. And no custom-fab brackets or covers. You'll also benefit from a more flexible gimble the get the view you want.
Honestly, I'd give this design one weekend with meth'd up detainee. Too much to grab ahold of here!
FLIR Security | 06/06/14 11:11pm
Could you expand a little on why you chose that model of camera - and the installation method you chose - beyond it being the model 'that you priced out'?
Aesthetically, I can't really say I like it - but operational concerns trump good looks in many applications.
Were there physical restrictions that ruled out a ceiling mount as suggested by Sharvil? I'm just curious - I never install anything ITRW. :)
Have you looked at the Vicon Cell camera as an option?
In Canadian federal prisons, we use both the Vicon and the Bosch corner cameras as they provide complete room coverage from a single camera. They also include integrated IR illumination so they provide 24/7 coverage. The cameras are vandal resistant, however they end up being washed regularly to remove "other" things blocking the lens. We have a privacy related feature we have to add which is an LED to indicate that the camera is being observed by a correctional officer. The cameras are recorded 24/7 even when not being live viewed.
Canadian inmates are very polite. :)
I am not sure if the LED is a must for us but sure is a nice feature.
I have to agree with others about the suitability of domes versus other more vandal-resistant form factors. In my experience, the dome bubble is the weakest point of the structure and can be fairly easily broken, revealing the camera's innards.