The Spinning Camera Mount Reviewed

By John Grocke, Published Sep 06, 2013, 12:00am EDT (Info+)

It is often said that necessity is the mother of invention. Not long ago, Canadian integrator Lanoptic Video Solutions won a contract to install a large amount of surveillance cameras for a chain of distribution centers and faced a challenge of how to mount them from web-joist ceiling trusses quickly and conveniently to minimize installation time.  

They found that no camera manufacturer had an ideal mounting solution for this specific application and noticed other integrators modified standard pendant mounts with plumbing fittings or cobbled together mounts from hardware store parts. They developed their own solution to the problem, the Novattach quick-mount truss bracket, and are now marketing it to other integrators facing the same problem. In this note, we examine this mounting system and its applications.

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Comments (11)

Seems like a great idea. Typically I have seen metal toggle bolts used, they also go through the middle of the beam and will pinch the mount against it, that way there is no drilling into the beam.

My main hesitation with this product is how the conduit attaches. It is relying on set screws, where the Axis T91A63 allows the mast to be threaded into the mount and a nut on the backside prevents the mast from falling out. Buildings do vibrate and set screws can come loose.

Tyler - According to the manufacturer, there is a port on the side opposite the set screws which accomodates a self-tapping retainer that penetrates the conduit and prevents it from coming off should the set screw loosen.

This is UL listed? I mean, when is it acceptable to mount a digital signage display in a commercial space with a non UL listed piece of hardware? What happens when the mount fails and a monitor falls on a patrons head? Cameras? Same thing. Seems a bit shotty. Are J Hooks rated for this type of install and static weight?

According to the manufacturer, the J hook was tested to a failure point of 1500 lbs., which UL allows no more than 20%, hence the 300 lb. rating and they are in the process of obtaining a UL listing.

This kind of installation also recommended when you want to have panoramic view with 360° 3M or 5MP fisheyes and Speed dome coupled to Fisheyes, to make sure lenses are exactly at the same level for good optical calibration. (Ptz dome slaved to Fisheye in manual or auto tracking mode) For fun my personal garden demo kit (see Fisheye and SD heads with same horizontal levels to get good tracking results) Real life recommended heigth between 3 and 6 meters to cover large areas

Needs a way to keep the base from loosening from the J hook. It needs a set screw or some other way to keep the J hook tight and secured. Even if it moves just a few mm, that could greatly affect motion zones and the like.

Jon - It's a valid concern, but I think if the base is tightened a little more by hand than what is shown in the video, the chances of it rotating even slightly would be greatly reduced.

Full disclosure I work for Clinton Electronics but I do feel this is relevant: Telescoping Ceiling Mount Poles

Dan, thanks for disclosing your affiliation. I see the video is from a week ago. Is it a new product? Also, is there a product page on your website?

John, it's actually a product we have sold for a couple of years now - with about 40-50k installed in various retailers throughout the nation.The video is new.

Here is a link to our CM Series (telescoping monitor mount poles)

And here is a link to our CP Series (telescoping camera mount poles)

We like this product for rapid deployment scenarios in warehouses and offsite events. One piece of advise is to ensure the cameras have compatible pendant mounting systems.

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