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What makes up a complete Long Range Camera System?
A complete Long Range Camera system is comprised of an HD or 5MP Starlight IP camera, large focal length power zoom lens, heated and cooled camera enclosure, heavy duty tripod, NEMA 4X fiberglass control enclosure, pan/tilt head, PTZ controller, 5-Port high power PoE+ switch, and all the needed cables. In essence, a ready to deploy system that will be fully functional. (Top)

What lenses are available?
There are numerous power zoom and varifocal lenses that can be selected. Lenses feature megapixel rated glass and IR correction. Power zoom lenses in the 400mm, 750mm and 1500mm ranges are available. Numerous MP and IR corrected varifocal lenses are also available up to 120mm. (Top)

When do I need an IR corrected lens?
First, it is important to know that IR correction on long focal length lenses is expensive, however, it prevents defocusing as lighting levels drop. So if your application requires surveillance in both bright sunlight and dimly lighted areas such as a parking lot after sunset, the IR correction pays off. (Top)

Which controllers control the power zoom lens?
We only offer one controller at this time that will control both the zoom and focus motors of a power zoom lens; the JPTMC-01 PWM IP Based PTZ Controller. This is an advanced IP based controller that incorporates a closed loop DC servo system which both controls the power zoom lens and offers Preset positions (this requires a power zoom lens that has Preset potentiometers built into ti for position feedback). (Top)

What can I see at a distance of 1-mile?
As an example, a 400mm lens can yield a Horizontal Field of View (HFOV) of about 85 feet across. In comparison, a 1000mm lens will produce a HFOV of about 34 feet. If your mission is to determine if a vehicle has entered your property, either lens will work. On the other hand, if your mission is to identify someone, then neither lens would be a perfect solution - move the camera closer. If your mission is to determine if someone has entered your property, then the 1000mm might be the best choice. If you have a specific distance to identify a person or object, please give us a call and we can tell you the best lens to select. (Top)

What can these systems be powered from?
The Long Range Camera systems can be powered from 85-265VAC power or 10 to 30VDC. The native voltage for all our equipment including PoE switches is 12VDC making these system adaptable for mobile applications.. (Top)

Can these systems be controlled remotely?
Yes, all the Long Range Camera systems can be controlled across ANY IP network. This could be a cellular, WiFi back haul, or LAN connection. The Long Range Camera systems can be controlled using the built in Web interface of the PWM PTZ controller and the camera. In general, these systems can also be controlled using a local joystick that outputs Pelco D protocol. (Top)

Do you offer systems with cellular or WiFi connectivity?
Yes, we offer both cellular backhaul and WiFi (microwave) link equipment. Cellular has the advantage that if your cell phone works where the camera system is located then you should be able to achieve control. The disadvantage of cellular is the monthly cost and bandwidth limitations imposed by the various carriers. The bandwidth restrictions will drive monthly costs up and/or limit the usefulness of the camera system. Using cellular as the backhaul pretty much precludes recording live video remotely (can be done using a camera with a built in micro SD card). WiFi links can extend miles, use license free bands and require no monthly billing expense. The WiFi link offers good bandwidth, but as distances grow so does needed elevation and antenna size. Generally, when we ship a WiFi link, it is shipped out pre-configured so that it will automatically link up in the field. (Top)

What is the price range for these systems?
Every system seems to vary in price as lens and other options are selected. A basic system with a 400mm power zoom lens that is both three megapixel rated and IR corrected will run approximately $18,000 to $22,000 depending upon options. . (Top)

What are some typical applications for these types of systems?
These systems were generally designed as fixed or rapid deployment PTZ camera systems. Since they can be shipped via UPS or FedEx, they can be shipped to a location as needed. Some typical applications we are aware of are law enforcement ad hoc long range video surveillance to monitor criminal activities, large public gatherings, and drug activity. While they have not beet tested, the Pelican cases may provide sufficient protection for even a parachute air drop. (Top)

Can I control these systems with a joystick?
Yes, these camera systems can be controlled both locally and remotely using any joystick that outputs Pelco D protocol. In fact, simultaneous joystick and IP control is possible. Using special joystick serial servers it is possible to control one camera system remotely from multiple joysticks OR control multiple camera systems using a single or multiple joystick from a remote location. This flexibility allows numerous command and control locations to manage multiple long range camera systems. (Top)

FAQ's - - - - Long Range Camera Systems

What makes up a complete Long Range Camera System? Can these systems be controlled remotely?
What lenses are available? Do you offer systems with cellular or WiFi connectivity?
When do I need an IR corrected lens? What is the price range for these systems?
Which controllers control the power zoom lens? What are some typical applications for these types of systems?
What can I see at a distance of a mile? Can I control these systems with a joystick?
What can these systems be powered from?