About 3G Surveillance


What does 3G camera do?

Only a few years ago, a small covert camera providing live access to video and audio, whilst on the move, over any distance from almost anywhere in the world would have been science fiction. Now a camera has been produced that can do exactly this.

How 3G camera works

This simple to use but very effective camera system can be accessed by making a video call to it from a mobile/cell phone. The surveillance system makes use of the latest 3G (Third Generation) mobile phone transmission signal. The now commercially available 3G Camera Unit is a multifunctional, portable, stand alone device, available in many covert enclosures and specifications that is easy to install, and use.

Once deployed, it can be set up remotely to receive and answer video calls from prescribed numbers. In addition to live video and audio, it can be requested to send back instant photo snap shots, or can be used as a standard GSM bug by dialling in to the camera using a voice call.

Furthermore, this UK designed and manufactured product has one more trick up its sleeve. Linked wirelessly to any type of sensor, the camera will make a call to a mobile handset with a live video upon the trigger of an alert.

All the settings, such as adding access numbers, requesting still images from the camera unit etc are done by using SMS commands in combination with a PIN code from any mobile phone.

The 3G camera unit won’t break the bank either, with the basic model very affordable.

How does it work?

3G technology has been used by the mobile phone industry for over 6 years now as a way of passing high volume data wirelessly across the wide bandwidth, UMTS wireless networks.

This technology, along with some innovative software and design features, has enabled the new patented product range to penetrate the covert surveillance market, with the introduction of capabilities never before available.

Each deployed camera can be set on a speed dial video call – providing live access at the press of a button on the handset.

Making a video call

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A wide range of off-the-shelf products are available suited to all types of environments. Cameras are manufactured with Internal or external cases, dial-in only systems or with additional dial-out remote alerts linked wirelessly to sensors.

The basic unit has the full functionality of Video/Audio/Photo/SMS communication options and the smallest possible size, this unit can be delivered inside a soft plastic cover (110mm x 55mm x 22mm) with a front facing 2mm hole for the camera lens, and is also available in the hard ABS plastic case (122mm x 58mm x 22mm).

The camera unit requires a standard SIM card that can be from any 3G enabled telecommunications network worldwide. The SIM card is accessed by removing the 1,000 mAh backup battery that compliments the mains power supply.

There are a range of enhanced units that include a 12V power adaptor, allowing it to be wired to a standard car battery suitable for vehicle monitoring. Tailored back up battery’s can be requested with the large capacity 18,000mAh able to provide up to 3 months standby time or approximately 40 hours constant video calling time. The battery and 3G camera unit can be packed neatly inside a camouflaged waterproof casing, along with a 2 meter extended IP44 rated camera, making it an excellent choice for external covert applications.

Microphones and camera lenses can be supplied at extended lengths of up to 2 meters. This means that cameras placed under a car seat can have lenses placed in the side panel, the dash or the head rest. Permanent power can be supplied using the vehicles battery. Applications for this product include Police “bait” vehicles, fleet management and tracking system enhancements.

Video Voice or Still Pictures

Although 3G signals are widely available throughout most built up areas in the world, it is not blanket coverage. For instances where there is no 3G signal available, there are two possible solutions: firstly, to use a signal booting antenna or secondly, to purchase the preset dual mode version that automatically switches between 3G and 2G depending on the strongest available signal. The latter solution will allow video calling to be made only when the signal is 3G and enables requests for still pictures or voice calls to be made when the dominant signal is 2G. The dual mode is the perfect solution for vehicle monitoring where a moving target is constantly in and out of a 3G area.

Off the shelf covert Camera’s

The 3G cameras are available in many guises suited to different requirements and budgets. PIR movement detectors, air fresheners and smoke detectors are old favourites whilst a variety of top of the range DAB radios are also expertly adapted to provide a clear image from an almost undetectable 2mm lens, and sound pick up from the embedded mic. Because of the frequencies used, there is no interference with the FM or DAB signals.

BiBCOM has also provided many bespoke solutions including a fully integrated external IP rated motion detection / 3G camera system providing alerts from a Philippino jungle, to monitor insurgents.

Picture frames and clocks can be ordered to suit any environment and in the required size and style, and again can be delivered as integrated 3G camera/motion detection or dial-in only versions.

Other sensing devices such as pressure mats, magnetic reed-switches and panic buttons open up a whole raft of possibilities, especially for panic room and witness protection schemes.
Disabling voice and video mail on your mobile phone handset are also recommended, as you may not want the camera leaving you messages, when it calls out to you.


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