Anyone particularly interested or confused about this?
Not confused at all, by using a shared archictecture and commoditized components, one can drive costs down substantially. In this case the pairing of the three relatively unassuming tentacle cams with the standardized mass produced four two three??? channel encoder...
Ok, now I'm confused, where is the other tentacle? Is this really 3-off board or three seperate single channel encoders? Where's the shared architecture and cost/space savings there? Who makes a three channel encoder?
But wait, the Hydra has a unique capability that sets it apart, the ability to insult the intelligence of their customer to degree never seen before, like so:
With 3 PH-100Ah cameras attached to the VB-03, the PH-100Ah Kit can either monitor 3 different places simultaneously, or monitor a particular place from 3 distinct viewpoints.
They don't like to brag, but I should point out it also has the capability to monitor 2 different places where one of those places is monitored from 2 viewpoints! With any luck it auto-configures, I hate DIP switches... ;)
Any time I have had to install covert cameras, space or 'lack of' has been an issue. Currently, I have 3 separate deployments in San Francisco by landlords requiring proof to evict tenents due to the super-hot rental market. All that is available to be used in a typical multi unit Victorian front entrance is the landing light. No pictures, clocks, plants or junk to hide / disguise your device. Typically, I customize a Home Depot LED exterior light fixture with day/night sensor (most unused space in a light fixture that I could find) by installing an analog pin-hole camera with 420TVL, a mini DVR with motion sensor and micro SD and the stripped down power supplies (8VDC - CAM, 12VDC - DVR) hard wired to the light fixture conductors and the unit is ready for install. I could not find a similar solution in mega pixel format with similar parameters which was dissapointing. The 420 TVL are fine but there must be a solution that I was unable to find!
Three is useful for ATM requirements - in hand requested spec. Wide angle for face, one for over shoulder, one for wide scene overview when not in use. Where typically the whole assembly needs to be inside the ATM.
Previously did a proof of concept based on SDI as the camera to encoder interface for use in ATM's. Covert SDI cameras are cheap to make, small & low power and come in 1080, WDR, etc.
Have not had a chance to examine the crop of this type but expect the interface to be similar, which would make these heads expensive.
Vendors are coming out with 40mm square IP cameras now. But this solution is one box, one ethernet cable. For some ATM applications when the router only has 4 ports and is driving the ATM, alarm/HVAC monitoring/UPS, you get one left for CCTV and and no room for a switch.
This is only 720p @ 30fps from the spec.
Have to wonder if that is 30FPS total or for each camera?
IPVMU Certified | 05/19/14 04:33pm
Would like to know how long the extension cable is? This could work in a retail setting where you're trying to get a Hallway, manager office, and cashoffice shot. I tend to put most of my coverts in a wall vs a Prop.
IPVMU Certified | 05/19/14 07:54pm
Thanks John, I also see they are coming out with a 5m extension cable. If we get one I'll let you know what I think.
By the way, I forgot to mention: I am the Sales Director at Brickcom and this is a camera that we manufacture.
1. The cable detaches from just one side (the body side).
2. The cable is a mini USB connector (mini-B plug).
3. It appears as one IP. in order to view it in a typical software (or with the free software it comes wiht) you need to add the IP address three times and choose the different streams one, stream two and stream three.
4. As the last question "component level design": I am not sure if this answers your question but we do patent the technologies like in this case, the camera is unique design and patents filed and pending.
Haa no worries, i guess this is the purpose of the forum to get the people informed.
It cannot use any USB Extender. it comes with a 2 meter with a extendable cable of 5 meters. making it total 7 meter max. This is as of now, i am sure more upgrades coming on this as this is the first generation of camera of this type.