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? No Internet? It really doesn’t matter as SolarCam has the ultimate solution. 3G/4G Solar Cam is deal for ANY location where security camera vision and recording is required but CCTV cameras are too difficult or costly to supply and install. Building sites love this camera as it can be easily mounted to a pole or post, the owner/builder can LIVE view the camera from any mobile phone, play back recordings, receive after hours email or text alerts to motion and take action if necessary but more importantly, having a motion activated 50W LED Flood light and audio warning speaker attached to the camera is a huge theft deterrent in itself. The LED Flood light not only spooks an intruder but allows the camera to record in HD colour at night rather than IR B/W.
Our 3G/4G or WiFi enabled HD Solar Camera can be mounted anywhere, provided there is at least some Telstra mobile phone signal. SolarCam is also suitable for international customers. If you have 3 or 4G mobile reception at the camera location then yes our Solar Cam will function. If mobile phone reception is weak we can even boost cellular reception with a high gain antenna if needed.
Motion activated recording plus 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 installation required. This is easy DIY as we look after the camera functions for you from behind the scenes.
3G/4G 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. The motion activated LED Flood Light and audio speaker are included as standard bu can be removed. Remember if you do happen to have power available on site, we have a scaled down version of the same camera and it’s cheaper.
How does it work?
If you need a live security camera view with motion detection HD recording, email alerts, night vision etc 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, running cable is simply out of the question, then Solar Cam & Hidden Camera Surveillance has the solution.
We have taken Solar Security technology to whole new level. Introducing our latest release 3G/4G HD 3.4 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 sun-shield and high visibility window. Also included is a 60W solar panel that powers the internal 12V deep cycle battery to keep the camera system fully functional indefinitely. Users can even live monitor battery levels.
Even in 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. 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 or 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. No software is needed although we do have a free mobile phone App if required.
Motion Detection & Time Lapse Recording?
Yes indeed! One of the amazing functions of this camera is the motion detection algorithm designed by us from ground up 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 trees and bushes are moving in the breeze causing the camera to record as moving pixels are considered motion. However, by remotely opening the camera motion detection tab, users can place the entire live image into a grid as pictured below.
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 will do it for you. 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 alerts are sent to you within seconds (picture attached) and stored on the Cloud so nothing is ever lost.
Time Lapse 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 required. In fact our 3G Solar Cam is so advanced it can record time lapse and motion detection simultaneously. Ideal for farmers, water troughs, cattle, gates, builders or any site that needs remote monitoring and scheduled recording.
Are there ongoing server costs?
Yes there is a small $1.00 per day monthly or annual Cloud server fee but that is the only fee we charge. The camera is entirely server driven in any event and won’t function without it so the server can’t be bypassed. Each camera requires a 3G/4G Data SIM card perhaps 1GB per month in most cases is quite adequate but we prefer the customer supplies the date SIM card.
If you happen to have WiFi available on site, a 3G data SIM card in that case is not required at all. If you have WiFi available then we supply a WiFi module rather than a 3/4G USB dongle so quite simple and no cost difference. Please note the camera is still using our servers for remote access etc so the small monthly or annual server cloud fee applies regardless.
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.
How fast is 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 2 images per second to 10 seconds per refresh image or longer. Users 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 server 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 20 images 1 second 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 and view the camera live. 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.
By way of a reminder 3G SolarCam supports both internal and external recording. Internal SD card recording can be as fast as 10 x 3.4MP images per second (cartoon speed) but when recording to the SD card, it using virtually no server data at all. Its only using 3G and server data when the users decides to playback the recording at the full HD resolution. For more information allow us to remotely demonstrate.
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 new and existing customers 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 camera control if needed.
So when we say you have access the camera we actually mean you access SolarCam through our secure cloud servers to view the camera LIVE, play back recorded events and remotely alter camera settings as desired. This camera is so smart, it can even record 3 seconds BEFORE motion was detected so you won’t miss a thing. Don’t forger we even include internal SD card recording all of which can be remotely accessed and played back without the need to ever touch the SD card.
Can Solar Cam Audio warn intruders?
Absolutely! With the inclusion of an external speaker (see the main camera image) we add a speaker to play pre recorded audio warning with words to the effect “Police have been alerted” or “you are being recorded” perhaps a dog bark or any other audio warning you choose.
• Construction Sites
• Industrial Sites
• Car Parks
• Remote Sites
• Display Homes
• Unattended machinery
• Bush Dumping
• Prohibited zones
• Fuel Bowsers
• Mine Sites
Recording Quality Examples
The images depicted on this page have been size reduced for demonstration purposes although it might be timely to point out the recording quality can be set to 3.4 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 in many cases read number plates from a distance.
In this instance the camera was needed for a work-site 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 multiple zones. Customers normally supply a mounting pole say 305m high and 100mm square otherwise the side of a building is fine. The solar panel should be mounted facing north at 30 degrees.
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 will 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
I live overseas will Solar Cam work anywhere?
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 their 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 is so to supply a 60W or larger solar panel and 12V 55A deep cycle battery (contact us for specifications)
A battery is heavy and a solar panel cumbersome so from a cost point of view it makes 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 nowadays will not transport certain types of batteries.