Ruggedised cameras for mining

June 2012 CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Mining (Industry)

In the mining industry, environmental conditions are extremely harsh. Video cameras are playing an increasingly important role in surveillance and management of mining systems and controls. Nowadays mines also use digital cameras to monitor the flow of products on conveyor belts, equipment surveillance in yards, and prepared blast sites.

Cameras operating in these severe environmental conditions above and underground, must endure the destructive effects of dust, dirt, fine particles, dampness and corrosion, which threaten the camera’s performance. Given these environmental risks, it only makes sense that these cameras must be exceptionally rugged and durable. That is why investing in a high-quality, rugged camera, designed for use in harsh environments is a wise business decision.

Consider, for example, the deleterious effects the following common environmental conditions can have on a camera:

* Temperature extremes.

* Chemical exposure.

* Humidity levels.

* Physical hazards.

Rugged conditions call for ruggedised solutions and even the best conventional cameras are not made to handle such conditions over time. The only problem is – where to find a video camera that operates reliably under such conditions?

Mobotix Cameras are designed to be robust in order to operate in a harsh mining environment where large amount of dust, and temperatures reaching up to 50°C (122°F), are common. Sturdiness is one of the core design principles of these cameras. To achieve this, the cameras do not have any moving parts such as zoom, pan or tilt mechanisms.

Without any moving parts, these cameras are so robust that maintenance is reduced to a minimum. Their unique temperature range from -30°C to +60°C is achieved without heating or fans and with a consumption of only three to four watts, ensuring their reliability and keeping the operating costs low. Another important criterion is the solid, integrated design of the Mobotix cameras. All outdoor camera models fulfil the requirements of the IP66 equipment protection category.

The intelligent Mobotix M24 IP camera can survive even under the most extreme of industrial environments. The M24 is capable of providing clear indoor and outdoor as well as day and night visualisation without missing a beat. Key specifications for these ruggedised cameras include:

* IP66 rating requires no additional heating or housing.

* Robust and weatherproof with temperature operation of -30° to 60°C.

* No moving parts.

* PoE (Power over Ethernet).

* Video motion detection and event triggers.

* 3 megapixel resolution.

* Day and night image sensor.

* Integrated DVR with high-resolution video recording without network load.

For more information, contact Raine Sadie, IAC, +27 (0)12 657 3600, raine@iacontrol.co.za



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