9 Replies Latest reply: Dec 31, 2010 8:29 AM by Darryl B RSS

Looking for a 3G enabled wireless camera for remote monitoring purposes

Newbie

Hi!

 

I am looking for suggestions on products which fit these requirements. Basically, this is for a remote monitoring unit which will have access to battery/electrical power, and be within range of a 3G phone network (but NOT wifi). I need a camera that can take images and upload them onto an ftp site every 5-10 seconds or so.

 

I did try looking up a few Chinese suppliers, and "may" have located a few products, but the language barrier is too limiting. I'm hoping someone in this forum can redirect me to something useful, ie something that is ready-to-use and is reasonably priced (~$200 for the 3G camera).

 

Essential camera  features:

1.        Camera must function  independently WITHOUT a PC connection, or a WiFi connection for  transmission

2.        Camera must be able to  transmit jpg files periodically (eg: 5 second intervals) via 3G GSM SIM  card

3.        Camera must be able to  upload these images to an ftp site with pre-specified location and  login/password

4.        Images must be sent  immediately or as soon as possible (no more than a 5-10 second  delay)

5.        Camera must be able to  function on battery power through appropriate connections

6.        Camera must be able to  function outdoors (within a protected box shielding from  rain)

 

Since I'm new to this field, if what I'm asking for sounds impossible to do, please do comment and enlighten me. For instance, I do not know how exactly the camera will "ftp the image" to a site. Is that even possible? If there are companies here that can develop such products at reasonable prices, feel free to contact me.

 

Regards,

Sid

indiatrade10@gmail.com

  • Re: Looking for a 3G enabled wireless camera for remote monitoring purposes
    Newbie

    Sir:

     

         Three way :

     

    1.

     

      I can offer  a 3G camerca  and  a  WCDMA router   meet  your  require .

     

      you can read  this  "WAY"  in  my  company  web:   

     

          智能3G无线路由器 在远程监控中的应用

     

          http://www.kindetech.com/fangan_Info.asp?fanganID=109

     

     

    2.  Use  a  camer  + 3G 车载录像机  (3G mobile DVR):

          3G车载录像机/视频服务器、车载摄像机应用

     

         http://www.kindetech.com/fangan_Info.asp?fanganID=118

     

     

    3  WAY:

     

        I  can  offer you a  3G/WCDMA   MODULE ,  you  could  DIY  and  make a 3G camer .

     

          If  you have any question ,please  email  to  me : worldm2m@gmail.com

  • Re: Looking for a 3G enabled wireless camera for remote monitoring purposes
    Newbie

    check this out   http://ecamnet.com maybe you can find

    something which meets your requirements.

    • Re: Looking for a 3G enabled wireless camera for remote monitoring purposes
      Newbie

      hey ecamnet, it looks like you have hacked together a pretty cool solution!!!

      http://ecamnet.com/services

       

      I was asking for ideas on how to do this months ago!!!

      http://m2m.com/message/1045#1045

       

      couple of questions for you:

      -how reliable is it using MSN Live Messenger to create the camera network?  I actually like to try to use mass market consumer solutions whenever possible, they usually work a lot better than custom enterprise solutions because they have to work for millions of people!!

      -how weather resistant is that Logitech pro camera, have you tried it inside a NEMA box? 

      -for local storage do you just slap in whatever size drive the customer wants?

      -instead of emailing/sms'ing an image or video file based on event detection can you send them every 5 seconds like m2m2010 was looking for?

      -what's cost for your average outdoor unit with two cameras? the vortex minicomputer itself is approx $250...Logitech camera $100 each...car battery $50 minimum ;-D...probably $150 for an outdoor NEMA box with room for all that and a camera port.

       

      -db

      • Re: Looking for a 3G enabled wireless camera for remote monitoring purposes
        Newbie

        oh and by the by, ecamnet, m2m2010 wanted a camera that would function independently without a PC...even a miniPC like the vortex!!!

      • Re: Looking for a 3G enabled wireless camera for remote monitoring purposes
        Newbie

        DarrylB,

         

        couple of questions for you:

        -how reliable is it using MSN Live Messenger to create the camera network?  I actually like to try to use mass market consumer solutions whenever possible, they usually work a lot better than custom enterprise solutions because they have to work for millions of people!!

        ecamnet: It is very reliable and you always know that system is online or not  just by looking into your messenger.

        -how weather resistant is that Logitech pro camera, have you tried it inside a NEMA box?

        ecamnet:Logitech is not weather resistant I am testing more USB cameras, some of them weather resistant. The camera should be UVC compliment.

        -for local storage do you just slap in whatever size drive the customer wants?

        ecamnet:Local storage USB flash drive or CF card upto 16GBytes.

        -instead of emailing/sms'ing an image or video file based on event detection can you send them every 5 seconds like m2m2010 was looking for?

        ecamnet: The images from cameras are streamed live with 1FPS to  browser. I will put demo on http://ecanmet.com soon. The video recording can be done on event or endless. From the browser the user can access USB or CF drive and simply download video and/or images. there is also FTP function which user can simply enable from settings page. E-mail/SMS serve for notifications. Of cource the software can be customized for the specific customer needs.

        -what's cost for your average outdoor unit with two cameras? the vortex minicomputer itself is approx $250...Logitech camera $100 each...car battery $50 minimum ;-D...probably $150 for an outdoor NEMA box with room for all that and a camera port.

        ecamnet:I think your question is  about price of the system and not about how much the company spent on  hardware and software development, testing, software licenses etc.

         

        Message was edited by: ecamnet

  • Re: Looking for a 3G enabled wireless camera for remote monitoring purposes
    Harald Naumann Expert

    I already started several projects on embedded Linux (GE863-Pro3 or UC864-G + BeagleBoard). There are camera applications on GPRS and 3G as well.

    Maybe you can design your own 3G camera by using of the BeagleBoard http://www.beagleboard.org. The BeagleBoard is an open source single board PC. In cooperation with the Symbian Developer Community we developed an extension interface with UMTS module. The Beagleboard is supporting Symbian, Linux, Android, QNX and Windows XX. The adapter board with UC864-G plus Beagleboard can be used by the embedded Linux community easily. Anyhow at the Symbian blog is a 3G camera extention in the wish list as well.

     

    Further information on the Symbian project here:
    http://blog.symbian.org/2010/04/14/build-your-own-phone
    http://developer.symbian.org/wiki/index.php/Wild_ducks_project/Hardware
    http://blog.symbian.org/2010/07/20/wild-ducks-is-at-oscon
    http://planet.symbian.org/?cat=408
    http://www.ubervu.com/conversations/developer.symbian.org/wiki/index.php/Wild_ducks_project/Hardware

    At www.beagleboard.org you will find 180+ open source projects.

    Beagleboard with adapter board for UMTS module

    Beagleboard with extension interface board for GSM, UMTS and UMTS+GPS module

    Beagleboard with LCD Touch Panel

    Beagleboard with LCD & Touch Panel

     

     

    Further projects on GE863-Pro3:
    - GPRS camera
    - Tracking device
    - RTU
    - and more

     

     

    Along with the extension interface integrating UC864-G and/or GC864-QUAD to the BeagleBoard nearly any M2M application can be possible.

    For further information just send an email to harald.naumann (at) gsm-modem.de

  • Re: Looking for a 3G enabled wireless camera for remote monitoring purposes
    Harald Naumann Expert

    1.        Camera must function  independently WITHOUT a PC connection, or a WiFi connection for  transmission
    HN: The GPRS camera solutions listed here:
    http://www.gsm-modem.de/M2M/m2m-faq/m2m-module-embedded-linux-gprs-module-usb-arm9/

    is based on an embedded Linux PC plus GPRS module.

    Technical data of M2M module

    • Controller with periphery
      • CPU ARM9 AT91SAM9260  (200 MIPS)
      • RAM for 64 MB application
      • Data Flash (Non volatile) 4 MB up to 128MB Flash
      • SD card / MMC card
      • GPI0 Pins , AD / DA converter
      • UARTs, USB Device, USB Host, I2C, SPI
      • JTAG Interface
      • Charging circuit for LIPO Battery
      • DC/DC Power Supply, input voltage 6 to 32V
      • Microphone for listen in and detection of alarm
      • Option:Ethernet is supported by plug on PCB to adapter board with Ethernet plug
    • Radio modules 
      • Quad-Band GSM/GPRS Module incl. SIM card holder
      • Option on USB: GPS, 6LoWpan, ZigBee, ANT, MIWI, Bluetooth, WiFi, Bluetooth LE, RFID and further
    • Operating system
      • Embedded Linux Kernel Version 2.6.24
    • It supprts 168 different USB camera like Intel PC Camera Pro, ViewQuest M318B, Kodak DVC325, DLinkDSC350, Creative PCCAM300, Aiptek                  Mini PenCam 2 M, Genius VideoCAM Express V2, Hama USB Sightcam 100, Petcam, Arowana 300K CMOS Camera ....

     

    2.        Camera must be able to  transmit jpg files periodically (eg: 5 second intervals) via 3G GSM SIM  card

    HN: No problem at all.

    3.        Camera must be able to  upload these images to an ftp site with pre-specified location and  login/password

    HN: The source code for forwarding the picture by email was included free of charge. FTP was supported as well, but I moved to email, bcause this is easier to handle in demo applications. Anyhow, you can rewrite the code to FTP.

    4.        Images must be sent  immediately or as soon as possible (no more than a 5-10 second  delay)

    HN: No problem at all.

    5.        Camera must be able to  function on battery power through appropriate connections

    HN: No problem at all, as long you charge the battery all the time. Worst case the device will transmit with 2 Watt power all the time. In GPRS class 10 you will have up to 480 mA in average plus the power for the embedded PC.

     

    6.        Camera must be able to  function outdoors (within a protected box shielding from  rain)

    HN: Just ***** the PCB in a water profed box and you are finished. It is up to you, to place an order for a redesign of the PCB or to make an own PCB.

    The PCB was developed by a German team. You can talk to them in English or German language. The latest order for this camera development kit was shipped to Panama.

    Picture of the PCB

     

    http://www.gsm-modem.de/M2M/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Single-PC-with-GPRS-module.jpg

  • Re: Looking for a 3G enabled wireless camera for remote monitoring purposes
    Newbie

    Hi,

     

    I think this product could fit you well

     

    http://www.option.com/en/products/products/mobile-security/viu2/

     

    If you are interested, let me know and I will put you in contact with our sales team

     

    BR,

     

       Juan

  • Re: Looking for a 3G enabled wireless camera for remote monitoring purposes
    Newbie

    hey m2m2010 Sid or whoever you may be, what unit did you end up selecting??

     

    happy new year everybody! 

     

    db