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Unidata has received many requests for enhanced remote monitoring with images for remote measurement sites.
These requests are driven by the need to see what is happening on the sites to confirm measurement instrument readings. The need for images will only increase as health and safety regulations are now mandating many operational requirements for visits to remote sites. These new requirements are making it harder and more costly to send maintenance teams into the field to check remote equipment.
Effective high resolution images and some video reduce the need to visit remote sites. Reduced site visits represent significant cost savings.
Unidata has both low resolution and high resolution Neon Camera systems. Both systems provide cost effective low resolution images of measurement sites, with a very small image resolution, and a very small bandwidth load on the transmission system.
With the availability of the higher capacity networks, this higher resolution, on demand service is now practical and reasonably priced. The Neon Applications Software includes support for different camera types. The low resolution camera is very cost effective, and the high resolution camera can be configured with different resolutions as required.
For remote image / remote video capture, higher bandwidths are needed and a higher bandwidth telemetry system is needed. This is more likely to be satellite as cell tower coverage is limited in remote areas. Also, as the bandwidth demands are high, and requiring an always on service, a low earth orbit satellite system or an older 2G cell phone system would not be suitable.
The system also supports video, with the ability to capture an immediate or scheduled high resolution image and an immediate video capture for a defined period, from 1 to 5 minutes, and to set up a suitable frame rate and resolution. For most applications a slower frame rate of 5 frames per second, similar to security camera frame rates will provide a reasonable video performance reducing the bandwidth requirements.
The Neon Applications Software maintains the hi res and video files in the same SQL database and these can be viewed on the web interface and or reported out of the neon system in the same way data logging files are reported out. For example by ftp, email and web services or by direct SQL database access.
The screenshots show how the Unidata Neon High Resolution Satellite Telemetry Cameras are added to Neon via the Cameras tab on the Loggers tab, and how the resolution and frame rate and encoding can be selected via the web interface at a central location, while the equipment is located at the very remote location.
Multiple camera buttons may be added so that different resolution images and videos may be captured from the same camera without the need to reconfigure the camera. Simply press the appropriate capture button to take a photograph or video at the required resolution or frame rate.
Photographs and captured videos may be viewed on the photographs tab. An historical list of photographs is presented. Photographs and videos may be previewed on screen or downloaded for viewing at full resolution.
|Options for Neon Telemetry - NRT / RTU / Field Units||Unidata Part Number||Description|
|Cellular RTU 3G||2013F-AB03||Neon Metering Module 3G with Antenna and Li Battery|
|Cellular RTU 4G||2013F-AB04||Neon Metering Module 4G with Antenna and Li Battery|
|Cellular RTU 3G - Industrial||2016F-AB03||Neon Remote Terminal 3G with Antenna and Li Battery|
|Cellular RTU 4G - Industrial||2016F-AB04||Neon Remote Terminal 4G with Antenna and Li Battery|
|Low Earth Orbit Satellite Globalstar||2015E-AB0||Neon Remote Terminal - Satellite Globalstar Modem with Antenna and three Li Batteries|
|Ethernet||2017E-0B0-1 or 3||NRT Ethernet with single or triple Ethernet Ports|
with three Li Batteries
|Equatorial Orbit Satellite - Inmarsat||2018E-AB0-1 or 3||NRT Ethernet with single or triple Ethernet Ports|
with three Li Batteries
|LCD Display||2500E||NRT LCD Display|
|NRT Field Termination Strip||2103F||2015E,2016F,2017E, and 2018E NRT FTS|
|NRT Firmware Option||2303A-8M||8M Extended Memory Option|
|NRT Firmware Option||2303A-8M-CAM||8M Extended Memory & Serial Camera Option|
|NRT Firmware Option||2303A-CAM||Serial Camera Option|
|Options for Neon Application Software - Customer Server||Unidata Part Number||Description|
|Neon Application Software||2302A||Neon Server Software Licence Incl 5 NAL |
|Neon Application Software||2302A-10||Additional 10 NRT Access Licences|
|Neon Application Software||2302A-20||Additional 20 NRT Access Licences|
|Neon Application Software||2302A-50||Additional 50 NRT Access Licences|
|Options for Neon Application Software - Unidata Server||Unidata Part Number||Description|
|Neon Application Software||2301A||Neon Data Initial Subscription Setup Fee|
|Neon Hosting Service||2301A-01||Neon Data Service Fee for 1-50 NRTs|
|Neon Hosting Service||2301A-02||Neon Data Service Fee for 51-100 NRTs|
|Neon Hosting Service||2301A-10||Neon Data Service Fee Metering|
|Options for Conventional Dataloggers / Field Units||Unidata Part Number||Description|
|Standards Starlogger||6004D-11||Red Logger 512K with Alkaline Battery|
|Display Starlogger||6004D-21||Blue Logger 512K with LCD and Alkaline Battery|
|Prologger||7001D-11||Green Logger 1M with LCD and Alkaline Battery|
|Starlogger Field Termination Strip||6103E||6004D FTS|
|Prologger Field Termination Strip||7100E||7001D FTS|
|Starlog V4 Management Software||6308A-AUE||Starlog V4 Full Licence Key|