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Sourcing an IP camera for specific application (to read an electricity meter remotely)

JT31

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Hi

I am trying to source an IP camera to read an existing electricity meter remotely.

I already have a secure remote connection to the location and have the option to connect to the camera via HTTP or HTTPS.

Ideally I do not want a camera that I need to pair with a software or account to see what the camera sees. I would like to use the IP address of the camera in a browser and see what the camera sees.

I have achieved this with a Foscam C2M already.

As the electricity meter is in a dark enclosure I need a light on the camera but not an IR/night light type (like the Foscam) as it just shines off the screen and/or doesn't display the digits.

Ideally this would be a wired solution on RJ45 but I can work with wireless also.

Can anyone help?

Thanks

JT
 

Phil

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I have known customers to use the little Hikvision cube cameras for this sort of application in the past.
The IR issue hasn't been mentioned.

Hikvision DS-2CD2455FWD-IW | 2.8mm 5MP Cube Network Camera

Hikvision's latest ColorVu cameras use a white light LED (in case that'd work better for you):
 

JT31

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I have known customers to use the little Hikvision cube cameras for this sort of application in the past.
The IR issue hasn't been mentioned.

Hikvision DS-2CD2455FWD-IW | 2.8mm 5MP Cube Network Camera

Hikvision's latest ColorVu cameras use a white light LED (in case that'd work better for you):
Hi Phil

Thanks

The Hikvision Cube and ColourVu are 2 that I was actually looking at yesterday. I might be able to get my hands on one start of next week to have a play with, will give feed back how I get on.

I have attached 2 screen grabs of the Foscam in the light and dark for reference.

It would be good to have a couple of options available.

Thanks again

JT
 

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Phil

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Thanks for sharing the screenshots - those make the problem very clear.
It'll be interesting to see how you get on,
thanks.
 

JT31

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I also see that the Cube can use POE which could be a neater solution.
I have 24VDC available for my remote access unit. Are you aware of a POE adapter that can be supplied by 24VDC?

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I have 24VDC available for my remote access unit. Are you aware of a POE adapter that can be supplied by 24VDC?

They are as scarce as hen's teeth! :eek:

Now that I have written that somebody may take on the challenge of finding such a thing! :D
 

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Update: I have got a Hikvision Cube and although there does seem to be quite a few settings for the lighting, I am still getting a blank display coming through.

Would anyone have recommendations to the type of changes I should make to the lighting settings?

See attached for reference.

Thanks
 

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