How can a battery or Solar powered security camera help me?

Most security cameras of any description need 12V/240V power to function but not so our new Graffiti Solar Security Camera.  No Power, No Cables, No Internet, No Lighting……….NO PROBLEM! Common CCTV & IP cameras need to be cabled to a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) all of which needs a constant power source.  If remote access is required, then users also require on-site Internet plus a modem or router and so it goes. A somewhat costly exercise when taking into account the amount of hardware required, trenches, cable and conduit, not to mention installation plus ongoing maintenance.

For more permanent installations where multiple fixed cameras are needed such as homes, offices, buildings and factories etc then a DVR or NVR security system makes sense. Hidden Camera Surveillance supplies CCTV cameras as well. However, what if only one or a few cameras are needed in remote locations where NO POWER is available, what’s the solution?  Pictured below is our all new Graffiti Cam.   It takes 12 x AA batteries such as Energizer or the more powerful Lithium Ion so without any external power, Graffiti Cam can function in motion detection mode for months, depending on the number of motion activations.  Of course if longer duration is required, our mini solar panel can keep the camera functioning for up to 12 months with just one set of AA batteries.  More about that later.

By day, when motion is detected (within approx 15m range) Graffiti Solar Security Camera captures very high resolution 2-12 megapixel colour time and date stamped pictures then auto saves those pictures to the built in SD HD memory card. Graffiti Cam accepts SD cards anywhere from 2-32GB so to put this into perspective, if the camera is set to 2MP quality, it would use about 1GB of memory per 1000 images.  The higher the resolution set the more memory it uses.  An 8GB SD card can store approx 8000 x 2 megapixel colour time & date stamped pictures. The LCD camera MENU set-up (No PC Required) offers two options, STOP recording then the SD card is full or RECYCLE recording meaning when the SD card is full, it will auto over write from the earliest recorded images.  It doesn’t mean that all recorded images are lost.  Quite the contrary, if you are certain there have been no events worth looking at during the pasts few days or weeks, allow the camera to recycle recording over and over again. Depending on the recording speed, image quality and the number of images the Graffiti Security Cam takes per day, it could take weeks or months to actually fill the SD card.  Still concerned, use a larger capacity SD card, even a 32GB.

Graffiti Cam with “No Glow” IR

Graffiti Cam

Note the dark blue/black LED’s pictured.  This is commonly referred to as 940nm or invisible NO GLOW IR.  850nm is a dull red glow and a more visible IR.  850nm IR can illuminate further than 940nm and basically the only difference but from a covert point of view, No Glow IR is the most preferred within our Graffiti Cam range.

So who can benefit from our Solar & Battery Graffiti Camera?

How long is piece of string more to the point but a good question just the same? What about Construction Companies, Builders, new Home Construction, Logging Companies, Farms, identifying Ferral animals, Unattended Machinery vulnerable to vandalism, keeping a watch on your car at night, Trespassers, Property Owners, Driveway access, National Parks & Wildlife, Fuel Depots, Sheds, Storage areas, Vandalism and not forgetting of course discreetly identifying the common THIEF. 

The list of applications is virtually endless and we haven’t yet touched upon the problems faced by Federal, State and local Govt Councils. Identifying illegal “bush dumping” in remote or non patrolled areas is just one of many concerns for rate and taxpayers alike.  We all know theft, graffiti and vandalism is out of control and in many instances, the same culprit is doing it over and over again. So how can one identify vandals and thieves at minimal cost without the need to attend upon the camera daily?

Our Graffiti Security Camera could be hidden in a garbage bin, pot plant, perhaps strapped to a tree trunk (belt provided) or mounted anywhere inconspicuous. It will silently and discreetly record pictures and/or high resolution video whenever any person or vehicle moves within the camera motion activation zone and that can be up 15- 20m away. The 80 degree wide angle lens will see any movement within that zone and save the recorded time and date stamped pictures to the internal SD memory card.  A wide angle view is important and for that reason, motion detected beyond 20m would make identity quite difficult  The camera needs to be discreetly placed in an area where you know there is likely to be activity.  This is quite important when mounting or hiding the camera.  Remember, Graffiti Cam can record at very high resolution up to 12 megapixel so the ability to enhance or zoom in on any recorded image is sensational.

Many of our customers need a security camera such as this to record high resolution colour images by day but also record at night.  This is where our Graffiti Security Camera is an a field of its own. Not only can it record day and night but it can record in complete darkness using the built in NO GLOW IR (Infra red) Illumination. Graffiti Cam functions have been enhanced.

In some circumstances, customers have been concerned that IR illumination from the camera could be a dead give-away.  In other words a potential thief may see the dull red IR glow and either destroy and take the camera.  The IR in this security camera is invisible or No Glow allowing the camera to record at night without revealing its location with an IR glow.  The IR is not on constantly but during motion detection only thus conserving battery power.  That’s why Hidden Camera Surveillance offers two camera options visible and non visible IR.  There is no camera cost difference just a personal preference.  The main difference between the two cameras is visible IR “dull red glow” can see twice as far as non visible NO GLOW IR. 

To put this into perspective, our NO GLOW IR camera would need to be no further that 10-12m from a person or object in order to ID someone in complete darkness. It’s not an issue by day, only at night. Graffiti Cam auto switches to B/W mode at night as colour cannot see IR.  The built in auto filter function mode switches the camera from colour by day to B/W mode at night or in low light.   940nm is invisible IR whereas 850nm is visible but only if looking directly at the camera. IR is not like a camera flash. Peripheral vision will not see IR anyway.  With our optional invisible No Glow IR feature, its less likely the camera will be detected or seen at night no matter where it is mounted or hidden.