HPWREN Partners with Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve for High-Res Camera Installations
Field researchers are now able to take high quality images of the Santa Margarita river crossing - thanks to a newly installed camera that overlooks the river. The Ricoh RDC-i700 camera delivers more than three megapixels per image, and is controlled from a remote server across the Internet.
"One of the areas of considerable concern relative to the consumption of network bandwidth is the desire of researchers to
utilize video cameras that are able to continuously consume large amounts of networking resources. These cameras create very limited quality images, typically with 640 by 480 (or fewer) pixels per images, with their interlace mode causing an additional issue," said Hans-Werner Braun, HPWREN's principal investigator. "We are pleased to see that high quality progressive-scan Internet capable cameras are now becoming available."
Automated Camera Control
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Easily Deployed in the Field
"A further application of such an Internet camera is a researcher in the field - connecting the camera to an Ethernet port in a laptop, and having the laptop function as a router with a wireless card - connected via a directional antenna to a remote receiver," said Braun.
Additional photographs regarding the SMER camera installation are available at http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/Photos/20011203/.
The HPWREN team continues to research cameras available for field applications. If you have insight regarding this area, please contact us.
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