3G HD Solar Security Camera

Do you have a need for CCTV camera security at a remote location but have no power or Internet on site? Perhaps camera cabling is out of the question or too costly, have little or no technical knowledge (specially IT) and other security companies simply don’t know what to do?  Then look no further because Hidden Camera Surveillance has the ultimate Solar security camera solution which is brilliant and extremely cost effective.  Our 3G/4G HD Solar Cam only needs to be mounted to a sturdy pole or building structure.  The Solar 3G Security Camera immediately becomes active as soon as the solar panel & battery are connected.  Simple and quick to mount within any mobile or cell phone network coverage area. It doesn’t matter whether the camera is located here in Australia or Internationally provided you supply an 1-2GB Data Sim card and that’s it.  Professional security camera installation in NOT required.  No IT setup needed (we do all of that for you) , No power is needed, No cabling is required. Ready to LIVE VIEW & remotely playback recordings on any web enabled smart phone, PC, Iphone, Ipad, Mac etc. What could be easier!

The user only needs a cell phone or PC…. and nothing more!!  Our 3G/4G or WiFi enabled HD Solar Camera can be mounted anywhere, provided at least some mobile phone signal or WiFi is available in the camera location. If your mobile phone has cell phone coverage within the camera location, then our Solar Cam will function. We can even boost cellular reception with an optional high gain antenna but in most instances it’s not necessary.

Motion activated or time lapse recordings are saved to our secure SSL servers (similar to the Cloud) meaning no matter where you are, you have up to the second user name & password controlled LIVE remote camera access(including multiple cameras) various motion detection alarm notifications, email or text alerts and scheduled recording.  Easy to move from one location to another.  This is all DIY as we take care of everything else behind the scenes and offer free support if needed including local warranty.  All Australian owned and designed. The software used to drive this camera from our servers is “cutting edge” and easy to use.

The latest addition to our 3G/4G Solar Security Camera is the option to add onboard motion or time lapse recording at HD resolution with the ability to remotely access those recordings meaning far less data bandwidth being required.  Read more below.

We also offer an optional a 12V motion activated 50W LED Flood Light for superb night vision and/or an audio warning speaker.  The LED Flood light will auto illuminate upon motion however users may now simply login to the 3G camera at night and the LED flood light will auto activate then switch off when you log out.  Please call or email our office for pricing, further information or live demo. Read more below.  Call our office any time 1300 76 32 35 (Australia only) for a LIVE Solar Cam demonstration. International enquiries just email our office to make a live view demo appointment.

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How does it work and why so much interest?

If you have a remote property, mine site, unattended valuable machinery, parking lot, building or construction site, fuel bowsers etc no matter what it is, and you need security cameras but don’t have power or Internet, cabling is just too difficult or costly, then look no further as Hidden Camera Surveillance (HCS) has the solution for you.  Our Solar Security Camera isn’t covert or hidden by any means nor intended to be.  If you want the ability to live view your site and keep an eye on your valuable assets, all directly from your mobile phone, PC, Ipad or Mac any time, and be email or text alerted to motion after hours, look no further!

3G/4G HD Solar Camera is not an ordinary CCTV camera by any means.  We do supply and install IP CCTV Cameras and NVR systems Australia wide but more often than not, the cost to provide a security camera solution in otherwise remote locations is often out of the question. CCTV or IP security cameras are fantastic although onsite Internet is required to view the cameras and playback recordings.  That also means the need for power, cabling to all cameras (or WiFi) local NVR storage and so on.  CCTV Camera systems need to be professionally installed and maintained thus somewhat costly.

With no Internet onsite, perhaps power is too far away or simply not available or cabling means digging a long trench, conduit or ducting is needed so sometimes it’s just not worth it.  You may be on the one site only temporarily but still need to leave expensive tools and machinery onsite unattended in the dark.  What an opportunity for a cash strapped thief!  Worry not as we have a security camera solution that is so advanced, you simply need to see it to believe it!  As far as we know nothing like this system exists anywhere worldwide and if it does, cost would be horrendous.

What’s more you don’t need power, you don’t need internet, you don’t need cables or conduit, you don’t need to dig cable trenches,you don’t need a professional installer and you don’t need to have any IT knowledge.  You can on the other hand pack the 3G Solar Cam up and take it home with you or move it from one site to another ay any time.  All you need is a make shift pole or structure to mount the camera, the ability to switch it on and the job is done.  If you do happen to have power available at the camera location we can dispense with the solar panel altogether but still have battery backup…and it’s cheaper.  Did I mention having the ideal security solution for you??  Our 3G HD Solar Camera solution is so good.

Need more convincing?

Our 3G/4G Solar powered surveillance security camera is 2 Megapixel (new model will be 8MP with vary focal lens) and amazing quality both day and night.  Our IP security camera uses Solar energy to charge a 12V battery and that keeps the system functioning indefinitely.  It can work for up to 4 days with no solar power whatsoever.

Whenever motion is detected it saves the recorded event to our Cloud servers via the Telstra or Optus 3G/4G mobile phone network, so nothing is ever lost or damaged. International users only need a local data SIM card supplied by your own mobile Telecommunications company so call or email our office if you have any questions in this regard.

Secure user name and password access to our Cloud servers (not a Google Cloud) stores all recordings safely and allows for full remote camera access and not just to recordings, but to every camera feature and function.  If you ever need technical support or assistance, we can help any time at no cost.

Introducing our latest release 3G/4G HD 2 Megapixel Solar Security Camera. A pre-paid 3G/4G Data SIM card with 1-2 GB of Data is all you need. We can supply the data SIM with each camera or you are most welcome to supply your own. If you have WiFi available onsite, even better as our solar cam can use either the mobile phone Telstra (or Optus) network or WiFi meaning we have you covered either way. Everything you need is included.

This system is designed and built in Australia ready to go in a powder coated, weatherproof enclosure (as pictured below) with sun-shield and high visibility window although we have a range of camera housing and mounting options (see additional pictures below) from which to choose.  Also included is a 40W solar panel to power the internal 12V gel-cell battery thus keeping the HD camera system fully functional indefinitely. Even in times of poor weather, the internal battery has sufficient power to keep the camera working for at least 4-6 days although the battery is still being trickle charged even during inclement weather.

If you require a longer battery duration, a larger capacity or daisy chained battery is not a problem. We find even in poor weather, the solar panel will still feed power to the battery and in most cases a larger battery isn’t necessary. Perhaps in southern Australian states, if the camera is being used frequently in Winter time, perhaps it may be necessary to consider a larger battery and slightly larger solar panel due to less sunshine although in northern states that won’t be necessary.  It simply becomes a matter of how often the camera is used and for what purpose that determines power consumption. In the unlikely event that the battery does go flat, the camera will auto reboot as soon as the battery begins to solar charge. In other words there is no need to physically touch the cameras once installed.  We recommend a pole mount or side of a building, perhaps a sturdy structure about 2-4m in height.

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How do I remotely access the camera?

The advanced SSL secure Cross Platform interface (like a Could) allows for remote access to the HD 3G/4G Solar Cam via PC, Mac, Iphone and any other web enabled device.  User name and password protected for authorized access only, owners are not limited to the number of users permitted to access the camera however password access can be altered remotely at any time to prevent access. In fact, every feature and function of our Solar Cam can be remotely accessed WITHOUT the need to physically touch the camera.  This ultimately means very few service calls other than a quick glass clean every now and then.  No software or Apps are required just your unique user name and password.

What about Motion Detection & Time Lapse Recording?

Yes indeed! One of the amazing functions of this camera is the motion detection algorithm which is so easy to use. A picture is basically pixels to the camera. We might have a situation where the camera is aimed at an area where there are trees and bushes moving in the breeze causing the camera to record as moving pixels are considered motion. However, by remotely opening the server software motion detection tab, users can place the live image into a grid as pictured below.

Lapse Record

In those areas where motion is causing the camera to record (areas of the grid flash red upon motion) simply highlight the trees and bushes to delete that particular area in the camera motion detection zone.  Movement in those “selected” areas will NOT trigger motion or record but in other zones not “masked out” within the grid, if motion is detected, yes it will trigger recording.  The setup is actually very easy so once we know where motion is likely to occur, the question you need to ask is how fast do I need to record (how many images per second) and over what interval and at what quality…low, medium or high resolution.

For instance, a person or vehicle may move past the camera.  We can even program the camera to record a few seconds BEFORE motion was actually detected. How we do it doesn’t matter but the fact is motion was detected, the recording can be set to take one or two images before motion, followed by the actual motion event and then another 10-20 seconds or more, after the motion event.  So if motion was only 2 seconds or so, we have recorded 2 seconds before and 10 seconds after so nothing is ever missed.  If motion continues for an extended period then the camera will continue to record but users may want to enter an “interval” between motion detection events.  The interval theoretically could be a gap of say 10 seconds more or less so we don’t have a long and continual recording.  All of these features and functions can be altered remotely once the camera is in place. We make those changes for you behind the scenes. 

If still not sure how to make basic camera function change, don’t worry we can do it for you..no problem.  By setting the desired motion detection zones, the camera will only concentrate on areas of concern. Algorithms are so advanced they can tell the difference between a shadow and vehicle or a cat and Cat Burglar. In other words the motion sensitivty can be fully adjusted to compensate for what is or is not actual motion.  Alarm emails or text messages are sent to you within seconds (picture attached) and the motion event stored on the Cloud for months.  Cloud storage cannot be lost or tampered with.

Email & Text Alerts

In “scheduled recording mode” set to say 5.00pm to 6.00am weekdays, 3G HD solar camera will auto switch to motion detection mode. It may be that you don’t need to record any motion during a normal work day as there is a great deal of building activity going on.  Live view and record at any time if you want but some users are mainly concerned about what happens after hours which is where we set a schedule.  The schedule recording (one touch on or off) enables the camera to auto arm recording mode at set times and dates and that might include every weeknight from 5.00pm to 6.00am, all day and all night on weekends and all state public holidays.  Even if you forget about public holidays, the camera certainly won’t.

If motion is detected during that time frame, not only will any movement be recorded but at the same time our servers can email or text an alert to one or more preset email addresses and/or mobile numbers. You receive what we call an “alarm alert” which is basically a heads up that movement has been detected during a time where there should not be movement.  The email alert will include an actual recorded JPEG image so you can then decide whether to take the matter further by logging into the camera live to see for yourself, viewing any “alarm event recording” that occurred at the time of the alert and if warranted calling for Police or security guard assistance.  If you have security patrols, alerts can be sent to a back to base monitoring company or direct to the guard patrol person.  Either way you have the time and date stamped recording available at your fingertips ready to take any action.  Not sure if the alert is genuine or not, login to the camera to see a live view and at the same time, the optional LED Flood light will illuminate the area for you.  users can also replay the motion activated event to see what or who it was that triggered motion.

Time Lapse Recording

Time Lapse recording is often required on Construction sites.  Time lapse is basically the camera taking a high resolution image once every few minutes, or so many times per hour or just a few daily but you have the choice as to how fast or slow the camera records during this mode.  Set the camera to Time Lapse mode by day and then after hours when the site should be vacant and unattended preset “scheduled recording mode” where the camera will auto arm into Motion Detection Mode.  This mode can be armed or disarmed at any time you choose.  As mentioned, scheduled recording will take into account weekends and state by state public holidays.   We will set this feature up for you, just advise us what you want the camera to do.

Ideal for farmers, water troughs, cattle, gates, building sites, mine sites or any area that requires remote monitoring and scheduled recording.  After all, if something happens on your site, you want to know about it.

CAN 3/4G HD SOLAR CAM SEE IN THE DARK?

This is where other CCTV security cameras tend to be obsolete but we have this aspect covered.  Our optional 50W LED Flood light is amazing at night.  12V powered just like the camera or it can be an totally independent  LED Flood light.   Consequently, when motion is detected (up to 15m or more away) the floodlight will illuminate for a set period of time allowing the camera to record in high quality 2 megapixel quality at night and in colour.  When motion ceases, the LED will switch off thus conserving power.

The latest advance in night vision technology is the ability to remotely switch the flood light on or off at any time you choose.  For instance, you may want to see what is happening on your site at night regardless of motion.  If night lighting on your site is poor 3G HD camera interfaced flood light will auto activate as soon as you login.  This feature can be switched on or off. Night will become day so you can see in colour at night and so will the 3G Cam.  When the user logs out, the LED flood light will switch off.  In other words the light is NOT ON all night, only when you login or when motion occurs.   The LED Flood light is also a huge theft deterrent as a thief prowling about at night doesn’t want to be seen or attract attention.

Add an audio warning speaker as well to let the prowler know that you are right onto him. If he/she doesn’t run off, then you have a really desperate thief to deal with. At the end of the day, you already know there will be a robbery attempt at some point but as soon as the culprit knows that you are onto it just as quickly, the game is up.

Some customers ask can the camera be fitted with an IR (infra Red) illuminator rather than a flood light? An IR CCTV or camera must stay illuminated all night, which constantly consumes and wastes power.  For that reason alone, CCTV cameras are not suited to solar power.  The key to our system is power conservation versus power generation.  Furthermore only a B/W camera can see or use IR (not a colour camera) and if you compare IR vision to true flood lighting, there is no comparison whatsoever, LED wins hands down.  IR offers a distorted on unrealistic view where a persons eyes glow or appear to be florescent, clothing and skin tone has no colour or definition and more often than not, in terms of positive identity, it can be difficult to determine whether the person is even male or female.  Not the best option for security and personal identity where IR recordings are used as evidence.

Our 3G HD Solar Camera is available with an optional LED Floodlight, which can be connected to the camera battery or be independent altogether with a separate smaller solar panel and internal battery.  These 12V Solar floodlights are 50W and from 60 to 120 degree angle.  Basically the wider the angle the less illumination distance as higher LED wattage does necessarily compensate.

It’s no secret that outdoor lights (12V or 240V) can be triggered by motion as many homes & business use them.  In this instance, we have two options if night vision is needed.

  1. Order the camera with a 50W LED Floodlight interfaced with our Solar Cam battery as pictured above
  2. Order our independent 50W battery operated, motion triggered and solar powered floodlight.  This option means there is no added drain on the camera battery. If the LED Floodlight is triggered it will also cause the camera to record anyway.

Provided the area under surveillance is already reasonably well lit at night, it may not be necessary to add any additional floodlighting but those are the choices, not to mention our 3G Solar Cameras records in colour at night.  The end result, higher quality recording and positive ID.  LED lighting is optional so it can always be added later if needed.

The following images have been quality reduced for web use however they do provide an insight into the quality and clarity.  The camera pictures clearly demonstrate night vision under typical street lighting with no LED lighting assistance. The second image depicts the same camera in total darkness with LED activated.

This night scene is a true Solar Camera image with no lighting assistance whatsoever other than street lighting.  The overhead bridge is approximately 100m from the actual camera.  Please also note the quality of all images have been lowered for internet use. If you want to see the true 2 Megapixel image quality, just call or email this office.

This picture below depicts a scene in total darkness and the only illumination is our 50W LED Flood light.

This picture below depicts a scene in total darkness and the only illumination is our 50W LED Flood light.

3/4G HD SOLAR CAM SEE IN THE DARK

Are there ongoing monthly or annual costs?

Think of the 3G HD Solar Camera as you would a mobile phone.  Yes there are ongoing monthly or annual 3G Data SIM fees (customer may supply their own supply a SIM normally 1GB data per month) plus there is a small remote access Cloud fee but both are minimal and just a few dollars per week. Call for more information.

As a customer, if you choose to purchase your own 3G/4G data SIM, you are most welcome although a small monthly or annual Cloud or remote access server fee will apply regardless as the dashboard service is required for both storage and camera control.

International customers must supply their own data SIM card although our camera will function on any mobile phone network or WiFi if available.  International customers will need to provide HCS with information about the SIM card to be used so we can setuop remotely.  If power happens to be available at the camera location, there may be no need for a solar panel etc thus less overall cost.  For this reason we don’t price the actual camera online because there are a range of optional devices that need to considered before ordering and they include;

  • LED Floodlight for night recording
  • Audio warning speaker
  • 3G or WiFi
  • Power or no power
  • Type of camera housing preferred
  • Who will be supplying the 3G SIM card
  • Any special request such as RFID interface

How fast is the live view & recording?

This is what makes 3G HD Solar Camera unique and quite unlike any other similar or “copy cat” security camera.  Years and millions of dollars have gone into the development of both the hardware and software driving this 3G/4G camera. In terms of “LIVE VIEWING” it’s simply a matter of logging in and selecting a preferred viewing speed and visual quality. Remember, just like visiting any other remote access service, data is being used even when viewing.  The refresh image rate can be anywhere from 2 frames per second to 10 seconds per frame or longer. Users may select low, medium or high resolution all of which has a bearing on data usage so it’s important not be online live streaming for extended duration unless your mobile network plan is on the larger side.  View and playback recordings when needed but it should not be used as a permanent live viewing cameras as such.  The camera is still active and recording regardless of whether you are remotely logged in or not.

For Control Room live viewing, yes we do have customers who prefer that option.  Its simply means that we need to slow the refresh rate to about 1 image every 30 seconds or so in order to avoid unnecessary data usage.  Short term live viewing does not matter but long term live viewing is different.  We can assist with that and do the data calculation for you.

The same applies to motion detection recording.  Resolution can be set to low, medium or high whilst the recording speed and number of images taken during motion is adjustable to suit individual needs.  For example, when the camera senses motion, you might want the camera to save 2 images in the seconds BEFORE motion was detected (pre-recording) and during the next 20 seconds (post recording) another 10 images 2 seconds apart.  The recording speed, quality and duration can be altered and easily adjusted at any time to suit requirements. The resulting playback looks more like a video clip rather than just a few pictures.  The 2MP JPEG images are much higher quality compared to an AVI video clip.  Freeze framing an AVI or video clip and then attempting to zoom or enhance will often result in a substantial lack of detail or distortion.  Motion JPEG images on the other hand are crisp and clear, can be enhanced, saved and emailed much easier than video and of course it has the added benefit of far less bandwidth and server storage. Sending a video clip via a 3G network is data costly and slow whereas JPEG images transmission is fast and much less costly.

An email alert or text can be sent to you when alarm mode is active thus notifying that motion has been detected. From your mobile phone or PC, access the server and replay that recording.  Any images that need to be saved to your PC hard drive is simply a matter of selecting the desired recording and save.  The image/s will be saved to desktop or folder at the recording quality pre selected.

Am I able to zoom in on a live view or recording?

Absolutely and this is one of the advantages of having a high 2 Megapixel display and recording. Customers can use the zoom function in the right hand corner of the main view to digitally zoom or enhance up to 14X and the same applies to recordings.  In this regard, should you wish to zoom onto a number plate (provided the vehicle or plate is not too far away) the registration number can be read without pixilating. Try to do that with a non megapixel camera and its next to useless.  Any required image/s can be downloaded to PC and archived for future reference.

Tell me more!

Our 3G HD Solar Camera is constantly being updated with the latest technological advances but don’t worry, you won’t be left behind. Firmware upgrades are available to all customers at no extra cost.  Nothing for you to do as we take care of the lot.  As demand for more and more features increases, our system designers and IT experts will be right there.  If you need any technical support or assistance, we are here to help you and with permission take remote control of your camera settings before delegating back to you.

One new customer recently asked whether it was possible to interface an RFID alert system with our Solar Camera.  The company was not so concerned with motion but more with all staff carrying RFID devices or tagging which is similar in some respects to anti theft devices attached to stock in clothing stores.  The person carrying the RFID device would be scanned which in turn creates an “alarm type” recording that can be easily archived for future reference. Not only is the RFID activation recorded, the identity of the person actually carrying the device is positively identified.  May not be something you need but the point is, we have the expertise to interface other technology as well.

Our Solar security camera relies upon 3G/4G or WiFi services (not the GPRS/GSM/2G older networks) to reliably deliver recordings to our Cloud severs which happens in an instant. Nothing is ever lost and with a better than 99.9% up time, nothing to worry about.  So when we say you access the camera, we actually mean you access our secure SSL Cloud servers to see the camera LIVE, play back recordings and remotely change camera settings as desired. This camera is so smart, it can even record seconds BEFORE motion was detected meaning you won’t miss a thing.

Is 3G HD Solar Camera available with Internal memory?

By way of the most recent development, we have released our internal HD recording which is tantamount to an NVR (Network Recorder). With USB Flash Drives now offer hundreds of gigabytes of memory, as a customer option, we can now add camera internal memory to record motion in super high resolution with easy remote access, playback or save recording to PC without physically touching the memory stick at all. This basically means that onboard camera storage can now be quickly and remotely accessed at the touch of a button. View and upload the onboard recordings remotely and any images you need to retain, simply save to PC. So now you have a complete solar security camera solution anywhere, anytime and power isn’t needed. If you just happen have power handy great, no problem as the same system can be supplied without the solar components but otherwise it will be exactly the same albeit less cost.

Can Solar Cam warn off intruders?

Absolutely, are we ticking all the boxes?  With the inclusion of an optional external speaker (see the main camera image) the speaker can be added to play any desired pre-recorded audio warning with words to the effect “Police have been alerted” or “you are trespassing on private property” etc.  This is not a two way communication device it simply broadcasts an audio warning if motion is detected within a specified schedule but the audio warning can be remotely switched on/off as you choose.  In the event of a text or email alert where perhaps an intruder is known or thought to be onsite, by logging into the camera, the LED flood light will illuminate and the audio warning can manually activated as well.

Ideal for:
• Schools
• Construction Sites
• Farms
• Industrial Sites
• Car Parks
• Sheds
• Remote Sites
• Display Homes
• Unattended machinery
• Councils
• Bush Dumping
• Prohibited zones
• Fuel Bowsers
• Mine Sites
Car Camera

3G SOLAR CAM RECORDING IMAGE EXAMPLES

This is a medium resolution 1 Megapixel day picture. Quality and size has been reduced for web use. The recording quality is tantamount to that found in most mobile phone cameras where quality, colours etc can all be adjusted.   Easily zoom onto the car to see the number plate with clarity.

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This image is recorded at higher 2 Megapixel resolution and despite the adverse lighting conditions late in the afternoon, there is no mistaking identity or number plate.  Please note all images depicted are true but used for demonstration purposes only.

Car driving Camera
In this image we can typically see a shipping container in the background, sheds and machinery so any person moving about in this area would indeed be positively identified.  During scheduled recording, email (picture attached) or text alerts may be sent to multiple email or mobile numbers as a heads up warning to motion being detected.  Car driving

The 3G Solar Cam image depicts an early morning car park office view actually through a glass window.  Here we can see some sun reflection in a worse case scenario yet picture quality is still quite good despite the adverse lighting conditions.

Solar Cam new all in one (Case Option 1)

Pictured below is our latest release all in one 2 Megapixel Solar Cam system ready to mount and switch on. The battery, camera, circuit board etc are securely housed within the single lockable metal enclosure for easy access and no exposed cables.  As an added deterrent, the blue and white Police like emblem is a visual warning that the premises may be monitored and not to be under estimated.  The emblem is optional.

The optional LED motion activated flood light serves two purposes, Illuminating the area at night when motion is detected, assisting the camera to record in high resolution colour at night and startling any intruder which in many cases is all the deterrent you need. The intruder will be recorded, often he/she will look directly at the light or camera and a nice facial ID recorded.

The pictured optional speaker on the side of the metal enclosure will announce a warning if motion is detected during a “scheduled alarm recording mode” with words to the effect that you are being recorded and Police alerted. Ideal for pole or wall mounting.

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Solar Cam CCTV Case (Option 2)

Pictured below is the same 2 Megapixel Solar Cam system ready to mount and switch on. Once again the battery, camera, circuits etc are securely housed in the one lockable metal CCTV type enclosure. Pictured is the motion activated LED Flood light and speaker.  Again the Solar panel can be moved away from the actual camera for added security or to a sunnier position.  The same applies to the optional LED Flood light but in this instance the camera battery and solar charger are within the metal lockbox and away from the actual camera. External cables between the devices can of course be inside the metal pole for added security.

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If you have an questions about our fantastic 3G Solar Camera or you would like to see an actual camera demonstration, give us an hour or so notice, be in front of you’re PC and we will provide you with a temporary remote user name and login.  You will be able to see our test camera live, ask any questions and at the same time, show you the camera features and functions and how easy they are to learn and use.

I want to know more about the new onboard CCTV Recording and how it works.

Depicted below is a full page of motion detection events in this instance all saved to the internal camera memory. Each thumbnail depicts a time and date and by simply selecting any thumbnail, the image will be displayed full screen followed by a long series of additional thumbnails all a fraction of a second apart.  Any or all images may be played like a video clip, saved or backed up to PC HDD.  The memory stick may also be removed from the camera to download via USB to PC.  Any non required images can be remotely deleted by ticking a box and tapping “delete marked” otherwise when the memory capacity is depleted, it will auto over write from the earliest date.

One of the main advantages of using an internal memory stick is the speed and recording capacity. With enormous recording potential, each thumbnail is still quite visible from out servers but at just 9kb, virtually nothing in terms of date.  As you play through the recordings (perhaps not all but some that are of interest) only then are you using more data as the recordings are then being uploaded at the higher resolution and larger size.  The end result means far less SIM and Cloud data being required.  We suggest a 1-2GB data SIM card is all that is needed and for that relatively small amount of data requirment per month, the cost is actually quite minimal.  SIM data is easily adjustable anyway and you may find that even 1GB is too much.  It all depends on how often the camera is being remotely monitored and how much is saved to our severs.  Either way its very minimal indeed.

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With a memory stick interfaced with the camera, here we have an event playback using a MAC although it’s exactly the same using a Windows PC or mobile phone, in fact any smart device.  In the top left hand corner of the screen, note that the EVENTS tab is highlighted orange.  Motion detection alarm events are depicted vertically on the left hand side so by simply clicking the event, the recording will be displayed full screen.  The main full screen view will be displayed in a lower resolution (conserving data) however, by simply touching the “zoom” tab in the bottom right hand corner, the image depicts its full 2MP recording quality.  The difference in quality is quite noticeable even in this lowered resolution web demonstration.

In this playback, motion was detected and the camera was programmed to take 7 images over 10 seconds.  The 7 thumb nails at the base of the image depict the motion event.  To playback, press the play tab in the centre of the main screen and all 7 images will display rapidly in a “video like” display although any of the thumbnails can be highlighted to freeze frame in full screen mode.  In full screen mode users have the option to enhance or zoom into the picture up to 14 x digital or save the 2MP picture to PC Hard drive for future reference. 

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This image is the same as above however, note the 1.7x digital zoom image enhancement which is conducted remotely.  The digital zoom can be enhanced to 14x.  Note the CCTV tab highlighted orange.  That means we are actually playing back a recording from the internal memory rather than a saved Cloud recording.  Even if internal memory is preferred, our Cloud servers can still remotely record and save “alarm events” so nothing is ever missed. Internal memory can record as fast as 10 images per second which is about cartoon speed.  Also note that each thumbnail at the base of the main image is actually a 2 megapixel picture all time and date stamped.  The “sequence” tab on the right hand side depicts a date or calendar so by touching the calendar users may select any time and date within hours, days, weeks or months previously depending on the memory capacity selected which could be hundreds of gigabytes. 

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Same as above except here the zoom is normal 1x digital or a wider angle view.

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What does it cost?

Our 3G/4G or WiFi Camera is a fraction of the cost of any installed IP camera, specially when one takes into account the cost to run cables, setup IP addressing, interfacing into a new or existing network, plus customers need an NVR system with HDD installed and so it goes.  In terms of installation of our pre built 3G Solar Camera, customers only needs is a sturdy metal pole perhaps 3-4m in height to attached the camera casing, or the side of a building or structure.  The solar panel needs to face in a N/E direction at about 30 degrees. The solar panel can be separated from the camera and roof mounted if desired more or less away from the camera but you need to let us know the cable length required between the solar panel and the camera. 

With multiple orders we can offer better discounts and in some instances, customers may prefer to supply their own 40W Solar panel and/or 12V 55A Gelcel battery etc and if that’s the case, then prices can be further adjusted. The more of the heavier components the customer is prepared to supply the less it will cost to freight all of which needs to be taken into consideration. Otherwise simply order the full kit with or without the LED flood light and warning speaker.  For that reason perhaps its a good idea to call or email our office for pricing based on whether we supply a system all ready to go or just certain components and you supply the rest.

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3G/4G HD 2 Megapixel Motion Activated & Time Lapse Solar Security Camera

Live view in real time from any web enabled PC, Mac or mobile phone from wherever you are. Unable to run cable? No power available? It really doesn’t matter!

Our 3G/4G or WiFi enabled HD Solar Camera can be mounted anywhere, provided there is at least some Telstra mobile phone signal. If you’re mobile phone has cell phone reception at the camera location, our Solar Cam will function and we can boost cellular reception if needed.

Motion activated or time lapse, the recorded images are saved to our secure SSL servers) (similar to Cloud) meaning no matter where you are, there is always up to to the second remote camera access including various alarm notifications, email or text alerts. Pole mount the camera and solar panel, aim and switch it on. Nothing more to do…..simple, cost effective, easy to move from one location to another and no professional costly installer required. This is DIY!

3G HD Solar Cam is available in a range of mounting options including this latest release featured below. Note the solar panel, LED Flood light and audio speaker.  LED Light and audio is optional.

Solar Camera

How does it work?

If you need a live view and/or motion detection remote recording HD security camera, and standard CCTV cameras are out of the question due to cost, prohibitive labour fees, power is too far away or worse still not available and running cable is simply out of the question, then Hidden Camera Surveillance has the solution for you.

We have taken Solar Security technology to whole new level.  Introducing our latest release 3G/4G HD 2 Megapixel Solar Security Camera.  A pre paid 3G/4G Data SIM card with 1-2 GB of Data is all you need. WE can supply the SIM or you are most welcome to supply your own.  If you have WiFi available onsite, even better as our solar camera can use either the mobile phone Telstra (or Optus) network or WiFi meaning we have you covered either way.

Everything you need is included.  The system is built in Australia ready to go in a powder coated, weatherproof enclosure (as pictured above) with sunshield and high visibility window.  Also included is a 40W solar panel that powers the internal 12V gel-cell battery to keep the camera system fully functional indefinitely.

Even at times of particularly poor weather, the internal battery has sufficient power to keep the camera working for at least 4 days. If you need longer battery duration, a larger capacity battery is not a problem.  We find that even in poor weather, the solar panel will still trickle feed power to the battery and in most cases a larger battery isn’t necessary.  It simply becomes a matter of how much the camera is used and for what purpose that determines power consumption.  In the unlikely event that the battery goes flat, the camera will Auto reboot as soon as the battery begins to solar charge.

How do I remotely access the camera?

The advanced SSL secure Cross Platform interface (like a Could) allows for remote access via PC, Mac, Iphone and any other web enabled device. User name and password protected for authorized access only, owners are not limited to the number of users permitted to access the camera however password access can be altered remotely at any time. In fact, every feature and function of this Solar Camera can be remotely accessed WITHOUT the need to physically touch the camera.

What about Motion Detection & Time Lapse Recording?

Yes indeed! One of the amazing functions of this camera is the motion detection algorithm which is so easy to use. A picture is basically pixels to the camera. We might have a situation where the camera is aimed at an area where there are trees and bushes moving in the breeze causing the camera to record as moving pixels are considered motion. However, by remotely opening the server software motion detection tab, users can place the live image into a grid as pictured below.

Lapse Record

In those areas where motion is unnecessarily causing the camera to record, simply highlight the trees and bushes and remove them from the motion detection zone. Movement in those “selected” areas will NOT trigger motion or record but in other zones not “masked out” within the grid, if motion is detected, yes it will trigger recording. If not sure, we can do it for you..no problem. By setting the desired motion detection zones, the camera will only concentrate on areas of concern. Algorithms are so advanced they can tell the difference between a shadow and vehicle or a cat and Cat Burglar. Alarm emails or text messages are sent to you within seconds (picture attached) and stored on the Cloud so nothing is ever lost.

Time Laspe recording is often preferred on Construction sites. It’s therefore quite easy to set the camera to Time Lapse by day and then after hours (scheduled recording mode) the camera will auto switch to motion detection mode with email alarms if wanted. Ideal for farmers, water troughs, cattle, gates, buiders or any site that needs remote monitoring and scheduled recording.

Can our Solar Cam see in the dark?

This is where other CCTV security cameras tend to be obsolete but we have this aspect covered. Many LED Flood lights are 12V powered, same as our 3G HD Solar Camera. Consequently, when motion is detected, with a floodlight interfaced to the camera, the floodlight will illuminate for a designated period of time allowing the camera to record high megapixel quality at night and in colour. When motion ceases, the LED will extinguish thus conserving power.

An IR CCTV type camera on the other hand must stay illuminated all night, which constantly consumes and wastes power. For that reason alone, CCTV cameras are not suited to solar power. The key to our system is power conservation versus power generation.

Infrared (common with outdoor CCTV cameras) is only good to a certain degree. IR has a number of disadvantages compared to proper LED bright lighting. IR is of no use to a colour camera because a colour camera cannot see Infra Red. The camera needs to auto switch to B/W mode at night for the IR to work. IR offers a distorted on unrealistic view where a persons eyes glow or appear to be florescent, clothing and skin tone has no colour or definition and more often than not, in terms of positive identity, it can be difficult to determine whether the person is even male or female. Not the best option for security.

Our 3G HD Solar Camera is available with an “optional” LED Floodlight, which can be connected to the camera battery. These floodlights are available from 30-50W and from 60 to 120 degree angle. Basically the wider the angle the less distance illumination distance as higher LED wattage does necessarily compensate.

It’s no secret that outdoor lights (12V or 240V) can be triggered by motion as many homes & business have them already. In this instance, we have two options if night vision is needed.

1. Order the camera with an LED Floodlight as pictured
2. Order our independent 50W battery operated, motion triggered and solar powered floodlight. This option means there is no added drain on the camera battery. If the LED Floodlight is triggered it will also cause the camera to record anyway.

Provided the area under surveillance is already reasonably well lit at night, it might not be necessary to be concerned about extra floodlighting anyway but those are the choices, not to mention we now have the camera recording in colour at night. The end result, higher quality pictures and positive ID. LED lighting is optional anyway so it can always be added later if needed.

Are there ongoing monthly or annual costs?

Think of the 3G HD Solar Camera as a mobile phone. Yes there are ongoing monthly or annual 3G Data SIM fees plus there is a small remote access Cloud fee but both are minimal and just a few dollars per week. Call for more information. We provide the camera with a 1-4GB data plan pre installed so the camera online.

As a customer, if you choose to purchase your own data SIM, you are most welcome although a Cloud or remote server fee will apply regardless as the dashboard service is required for both storage and camera access. Our 3G/4G SIM data rates are competitive due to purchasing power and it’s easier from an installation point of view if it’s all done in house ready to go. International customers must supply their own data SIM card and our camera will function on any mobile phone network or WiFi if available. If power is available at the camera location, there may be no need for a solar panel or battery at all thus reduced costs. Call for more information.

Car Camera

How fast is the live view & recording?

Those features make this camera unique. In terms of “LIVE VIEWING” it’s simply a matter of logging in and selecting a preferred viewing speed. Remember, just like visiting any other website, data is being used even when viewing. The refresh speed can be anywhere from 1 second to 10 seconds or longer. Users may select low, medium or high quality all of which has a bearing on data usage so it’s important not be online live streaming for extended periods if possible unless your plan is on the larger side.

The same applies to motion detection recording. Resolution can be set to low, medium or high whilst the recording speed and number of images taken during motion is adjustable to suit individual needs. For example, when the camera senses motion, you might want the camera to save 2 images before motion was detected and during the next 20 seconds, record another 10 images or 2 seconds apart but that can be altered to less images and shorter or longer duration. The resulting playback looks like a video event rather than just 1 or 2 pictures.

An email alert or text can be sent to you when alarm mode is active thus notifying that motion has been detected. From your mobile phone or PC, access the server and replay that recording. Any images that need to be saved to PC is simply a matter of selecting the desired recording and press save. The image will be saved to desktop or folder at the recording quality pre selected.

Tell me more!

Our 3G HD Solar Camera technology is becoming ever more advanced but don’t worry, you won’t be left behind. Software changes or additions will be available at no extra cost to all of our customers as well, provided the change is not hardware related. As demand for more and more features increases, our system designers and IT experts will be right there. If you need any technical support or assistance, we are there to help you and take control if needed.

This camera does not carry any internal recording, it relies upon the 3G/4G services to reliably deliver recordings to our Cloud severs which happens in an instant. So when we say you access the camera, we actually mean you access our cloud or secure remote server to see the camera images LIVE, play back recordings and remotely change camera settings as desired.

This camera is so smart, it can even record 3 seconds BEFORE motion was recorded. It means you won’t miss a thing.

As an added bonus, if you wanted to add a DVR or recording device to the actual camera, it too is quite possible with remote access to the DVR (Digital Video Recorder) files and recordings. Ask us for more information about this option.

Can Solar Cam warn off intruders?

Absolutely! With the inclusion of an external speaker (see the main camera image) we can add an optional loud speaker to play pre recorded audio warning with words to the effect “Police have been alerted” or a dog bark or any other audio warning you choose.

• Schools
• Construction Sites
• Farms
• Industrial Sites
• Car Parks
• Sheds
• Remote Sites
• Display Homes
• Unattended machinery
• Councils
• Bush Dumping
• Prohibited zones
• Fuel Bowsers
• Mine Sites

Car Camera

Recording Quality Examples

Car driving Camera
Car driving
Outstanding quality night vision with no LED assistance other than typical street lighting!
evining view

Same camera in a different location in total darkness with Solar Cam LED illumination
night view
The images depicted in this brochure have been size reduced for demonstation purposes although it might be timely to point out the recording quality can be set to 2 Megapixel quality which is much larger than depicted below. Recording in such high quality means you have the ability to zoom in and in detail to identify people and and in many cases read number plates from a distance.

In this instance the camera was needed for a worksite broad view in a remote location however mounting the camera in the correct location is fundamentally important and in some cases perhaps a few cameras are needed to cover more area or miltiple zones. Customers normally supply a mounting pole otherwise the side o a building is fine. The solar panel should be mounted N/E direction.

If you have a need for cameras in various sites either city, state or country wide, our software allows for the user to view all cameras live at any time. The main camera will be depicted full screen whilst other cameras may be small thumbnail size although by simply touching upon the smaller thumbnail camera, full screen viewing and playback is enabled. Its what we call an advanced cross platform interface.

In other words, one login to view all cameras everywhere. Safe and secure as a bank and no unauthorized access.

Typical daytime image set at medium resolution
daytime-view

This is an early morning car park view facing east at medium resolution
morning-view

I live overseas can I still buy Solar Cam & will it work?

In a word..abolutely! 3G/4G Solar Cam will function as intended worldwide provided you have a mobile phone service in the camera location. There is a small monthly or annual Cloud server fee for remote storage and to access the camera however, the customer will need to provide theor own 3G/4G Data Sim card (voice is not necessary) with at least 1-2GB data allowance per month. This could be a pre paid or annual plan but a SIM card is not something we can provide to international customers.

In order to save freight cost, the better option for international customer so to supply a solar panel and 12V battery (contact us for specifications)

A battery is heavy and a solar panel cumbersome so from a cost point of view it makes practical sense to at least provide those two items locally which are easy to purchase anywhere. Consequently cost is saved on both the purchase price and freight cost as airlines nowdays will not transport certain types of batteries.

Solar Cam New All in one : Option 1

Pictured below is our latest release all in one 2 Megapixel Solar Cam system ready to mount and switch on. The battery, camera, circuits etc are securely housed in the one lockable metal enclusure for easy access and no exposed cables.

As an added deterrent, the blue and white Police like emblen is a visual warning that the premises may be monitored and not to be under estimated.

The LED motion activated flood light serves two purposes as well. Illuminating the area at night assisting the camera to record in high resolution colour, and startling any intruder which in many cases is all the deterrent you need. The intruder will be recorded, often he/she will look directly at the light/camera and a nice facial ID recorded.

The pictured optional speaker on the side of the metal enclosure will announce a warning if motion is detected during a “scheduled recording or activation mode” with words to the effect that you are being recorded and Police alerted. Ideal for pole or wall mounting.
solar pannel

Solar Cam Lockbox : Option 2

Pictured below is our 2 Megapixel Solar Cam system ready to mount and switch on. Once again the battery, camera, circuits etc are securely housed in the one lockable metal enclusure. Pictured is the motion activated LED Flood light and speaker, both of which are optional.
solar pannel2

Solar Cam CCTV Housing : Option 3

Pictured below is our 2 Megapixel Solar Cam system ready to mount and switch on. Once again the battery, camera, circuits etc are securely housed in the one lockable metal enclusure. Pictured is the motion activated LED Flood light and speaker, both of which are optional.
solar pannel3

 

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