For a quick overview video: YouTube Link
We heard these:
- “ I want to turn on my pumps remotely, but I want to see its pressure gauge climb, since I trust that….been with me for so many years”
- “I want to start and stop my motors remotely, but I want to ‘see’ the shaft spinning/stopped”
- “I have turned on the circuit breakers remotely but I want to see the ammeter dial there in the panel. I also want to see its handle up”
- “The factory is in maintenance mode. I want to charge the gas pressure by remotely controlling the pump. But I want to see the pressure gauge directly”.
- “This sequence happens quickly- I want to be able to start shooting it from a remote location and store high resolution images of the sequence as it progresses. I also want to be able to browse those images- all from my pc/phone and remotely so”.
- “I want the whole sequence shot and stored in high resolution for a week. Frames shot at 500 ms interval (that is a lot of data)”.
- Connect to the microscope or the telescope and watch from a distance on my laptop or tab- or even do a live presentation on a Projector.
- Even turn on lights on the target side for that “special photo capture” and turn them off subsequently.
- I have a liquid tank right up 100 feet. It is difficult to know its level and is difficult to climb up there to see the liquid level. But I need to know the level for me to turn on my equipment. I can not lay wires to it. Solution: Just place this unit inside the tank and facing the liquid scale. If it is dark inside there, connect a LED light to its relay, so it can be turned on ONLY when you want to watch the liquid level. That’s it! No wires ! Connect to the device wirelessly over the WiFi link and get a precise reading of the liquid level from the camera. Turn on the LED light if it is dark there in the tank!
- Its a hazardous location but I need to see what is happening there. I need to deploy something immediately and REAL FAST: Solution: This portable WiFi-Camera-Controller solves your problem. Just place it there and watch on your screen (you can even push it in with a hoist/rope)
We did a reality check and here is what we found:
- Several readings are required from several live instruments: Ammeters, voltmeters, Power meters, Phase meters, indication lights, pressure gauges, stylus indicators, humidity & temperature meters, circuit breaker switch position….the list goes on.
- The industry still trusts these simple but rugged instruments that are panel mounted in the control room or the shop floor.
- The need is to be able to read these remotely and with minimum or no wiring.
Here are some sample pictures of actual usage:
…so many instruments to read! …and several contactors to switch!
With one WiFi-Camera-controller device. This entire panel can be read off remotely and even controlled!…..no wires to the remote control cabin.
His job is to report the readings on each dial to the main control cabin over phone, every 1 hour. With a WiFi Camera controller device, placed in front, all the dials can be read remotely. No person is required to be present and readings can be had real time- anytime.
This is a more modern installation. However not all readings are being transmitted over the SCADA automation equipment. People still have to come over to read the meters and check out the indicator lights (they still trust them highly). With 2 WiFi Camera controller devices, the entire panel can be remotely watched.
In the following instance they needed to see the circuit-breaker switch status/switch position remotely: For this, the WiFi Camera controller device was just what they needed.
…and we made the WiFi-Camera-Controller to solve such challenges:
You have a Camera and a Relay controller bundled together and you can control these and watch live over a wireless-WiFi link. Its usage is limited by imagination only!
Following is a generic usage pattern…..but by no means limited to these:
- Field based meter readings via the camera: For example reading pressure gauges, temperature meters; ambient light sensors; moisture sensors; Electrical readings: Voltages, currents, frequency, power etc. In most such cases, where installing smart sensors that transmit these parameters electrically is either expensive or unreliable or not possible (wiring limitations). With one of these Camera based controllers (which are essentially portable), the user can simply direct its camera to the instrument displays and read them off his cell phone/lap top sitting in his office. Also record on its local storage
- Monitoring of positions of objects or fluid levels: Direct the portable Camera controller to the target and watch it on your cell phone/laptop – right in your office. Also record on its local storage. It can also be used to remotely control (turn on-off) lights or control motors/pumps- over a Wi-Fi link
- Monitoring of inaccessible places: For example inside a narrow shaft; or deep inside a tunnel. This unit can function like a robot.
- Factory maintenance: The cleaning and the overhauling of machinery needs close observation. Instruments used are local in nature and cannot be wired to the office. This unit provides all the readings from these instruments to the comfort of your office
- Inventory management and verification: Its high resolution camera allows for actually counting of inventory items in the store bins and in inaccessible locations: It is portable: just hoist it up where you want to “see” and see it on yr tab/cell phone/laptop. Or just record it on the device.
- Execute control algorithms: The device has the ability to read status (digital and analogue values) and execute local tight loop controls, with algorithms written for the purpose.
- Scientific applications: (with suitable adaptions).
- Attached to a microscope, it can stream out live sample readings right on to the laptop/tab/phone or to a conference for live general display. It can also record high resolution images. Its relay controls can be used for various and miscellaneous tasks: alter position of the test sample, change the ambient light, temperature. It can also control the microscope itself: All remotely over a wireless link.
- Astronomy: Attached to a telescope, it can view and stream out live video and high resolution images. It can also control the position of the telescope itself, via its control outputs.
- Wildlife observation on the fly and for long durations and from long distances: When physical presence is either impossible or dangerous or intrusive. Connected to local lights, these can be turned on remotely and exactly when the target is to be see in more light (as opposed to keeping them on permanently)
- Construction and factory maintenance: Where the requirement to watch and control objects at heights is immediate but temporary. Laying of wires is not an option or is prohibitively expensive.
For a quick overview video: YouTube Link