Nautitech’s thermal camera was the product Peabody’s Metropolitan Mine recently implemented when the mine site won the 2014 Global Energy Safety Innovation Award (see announcement). The thermal camera also later featured in the Daily Telegraph in March 2015 (see article)

Encouraged by the early progress made, Nautitech’s engineers have decided to create a second and more enhanced version of the product. The thermal camera comes in a kit that includes a local 3.5”colour display as standard. This allows the machine operator to view thermal video live whilst at the machine. Nautitech received multiple requests to enable the video to also be viewed at other locations including on the surface. Nautitech’s engineers did not hesitate in making the camera IP enabled. This means mining customers can now view thermal video on the surface or anywhere on their mine sites Ethernet network for easy monitoring and recording. Connection to the network is possible via either power-line modem or Wi-Fi router.

gen2The new IP enabled thermal camera also comes with two software options as standard: Client and Server software.

Client software
A ‘one to many’ live stream connection from the thermal camera to one or more PC’s
This method is limited to one camera per PC (or client)

Server software
A ‘one to one’ or ‘peer to peer’ connection
Allows for up to 4 videos streaming simultaneously
Single viewing location

Technical information
The IP thermal camera was built around a GIGe vision system, (GenIcam standard), enabling interoperation with third party equipment in a multi-vendor environment. The camera interacts seamlessly with other existing IP devices in networked or point to point digital video systems. The hardware converts video packets with consistent low latency.

The camera is equipped with triple speed Ethernet that can auto negotiate to the network infrastructure that it is connected to. The current wiring specification of the IP thermal camera is wired to communicate over the network at 100Mbps maximum (the maximum available Mbps using underground approved cables).

Local recording
Nautitech is also field testing local recording functionality. We are so far achieving 144 hours of continuous recording (640 x 480 analogue) from two thermal cameras operating on a shuttle car. Recording starts when the vehicle alternator starts and time stamping is also enabled.

 

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If you have any questions regarding these new features of the thermal camera please contact our Head of Engineering, Gert on 02 9899 6857 or gert@nautitech.com.au