IPVMU Certified | 08/12/14 01:55am
Is the purpose of the camera a general overview of what the driver sees, or who is behind the wheel?
Does that camera need to be live-viewable from a workstation, or is offline (forensic) recording okay?
Will this need to record to a VMS?
Wonder if this would be better suited to something like a GoPro? Nice wide view, up to 4K on some models... not VMS-capable, but easy enough for someone to pop the SD card out to download the video. Current models all have built-in WiFi, so while access throughout the building might be costly, maybe just a few hotspots near the areas they're normally parked? Impact and vibration resistant, and completely waterproof in a suitable case. I know lots of guys who have them hanging off the sides of their 4x4s going through all kinds of bush and puddles, so a forklift environment should be nothing.
If you wanted a cheaper option that is exactly the same as a GoPro without wifi and 90$
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Chesapeake & Midlantic | 08/13/14 06:13pm
Get a mobile DVR, like the SerVision MVG 400, with analog cameras and a 4G modem. You can get live view (with a short but noticable lag) without having to create a wireless mesh network or worrying about WiFi or whatever.
This will be the cheapest and easiest option. The MVG 400 is ruggedized and low power, too, and will deal with the surges and spikes from vehicle power. Outputs power for the camera(s), too.
Perhaps a tad late, but I was searching for an old topic when I noticed this one.
We haven't tried any of this with IP camera's, but if you're happy with analog I'd suggest you have a look at Orlaco. Those lads make camera's for this precise purpose.
this is Cosimo from Fluidmesh. We have done two systems like this last year. They had an on board NVR on the forklift and we set up the wireless network to do both live viewing as well as recorded video offload. Providing coverage of the warehouse was actually fairly simple. We used six FM3100 MITOs with Fluidity plugins to cover all corners. I believe we had a dozen forklifts on the floor at any point in time. The customer was also using the wireless to run vehicle diagnostics and monitor battery levels. Not sure what budget you have in mind but its really not that complex.
Hope this helps!