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Eyes on the volcano with the Vivotek IP7361 network camera

Published by Margeaux on December 20, 2010 2:45 PM

Volcanologists have yet to discover how to fully predict deadly volcanic explosions. Ingeominas, a Colombian institute dedicated to studying geology and mining, is monitoring seismic activity with Vivotek IP7361 network cameras. The institute captures video for scientific analysis and also to increase the safety of nearby people. With video surveillance, it's possible to alert surrounding populations of an impending explosion at the first sight of unusual activity.

Extreme temperatures, dust and corrosive gas make volcanoes an incredibly difficult video surveillance challenge. Ingeominas strategically placed 12 cameras near volcanoes in the South American country. Chosen for its ability to withstand severe weather and temperatures, the IP7361 is encased in IP367-rated housing. In addition, auto iris protects the lens from sun damage.

The IP7631 was also selected for its superior video quality and performance in variable light. With two megapixels, the video quality is high enough to support digital PTZ functions so users can view details during recording and playback. Also, its removable IR-cut filter and IR illuminators enable night-time and low-light surveillance by way of infrared light.

Interestingly, the cameras operate by way of solar-powered wireless networking equipment, allowing them to be installed in extremely remote areas.

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