Silent Sentinel - Silent Sentinel Oculus are best choice for Ireland’s town centre cameras

Silent Sentinel Oculus are best choice for Ireland’s town centre cameras

The 300-plus Silent Sentinel Oculus cameras that were chosen for Ireland’s latest town centre installations have earned a reputation for robustness, high image capture and economic pricing, and they are being used in many other public space CCTV applications.

The 300-plus Silent Sentinel Oculus cameras that were chosen for Ireland’s latest town centre installations have earned a reputation for robustness, high image capture and economic pricing, and they are being used in many other public space CCTV applications.

In the case of these latest projects they were selected in preference to traditional PTZ cameras and alternative ruggedised speed-dome options.

The advantages of the Oculus were confirmed following careful assessment by the Garda technical team, says Michael Grufferty of CBC (Europe) Ltd. “The Oculus performed particularly well in low light conditions, and captured clearer colour images than our main competitors from ambient street lighting,” he says.

“The configuration of our cameras means they operate particularly well with scenes lit by low pressure sodium lighting, and give images that are clear enough to allow suspects and individuals to be identified.”

With their neat, compact design the Oculus are also noted for robustness, giving both IP67 resistance to harsh weather conditions, and resilience against vandalism and malicious attacks.

As a result of this toughness they can, when required, be installed closer to ground level than more vulnerable cameras. This not only makes maintenance easier, it gives system designers more flexibility for sitting, and a better field of view with less viewing from above.

In most cases the new project involves the cameras being installed without any lighting, and at these sites they have proved up to the task of delivering crisp images just with the ambient light on the scene.

However in some instances Silent Sentinel's Oculus LED based illuminators are also being used, to give extra clarity in areas that are poorly lit.

In particular the Oculus infra-red lamps have been selected to allow near-covert surveillance and avoid the problems of light-pollution at sites where it was decided that ‘invisible’ lighting was preferable. These include riverside areas, parks and other open spaces.

“The Oculus LED illuminators also have the advantage of being a more efficient, eco-friendly solution because they use less power, and have a longer bulb life which results in a lower maintenance overhead costs,” adds Paul Elsey, Managing Director of Silent Sentinel.