Silent Sentinel - Silent Sentinel Oculus fixed to cliff-face achieves unique view of sea-birds

Silent Sentinel Oculus fixed to cliff-face achieves unique view of sea-birds

In one of the most challenging CCTV projects anywhere in the country, one of Silent Sentinel’s Oculus high-speed ruggedised PTZ cameras has been fixed to a 90ft vertical cliff-face to capture unique live images of nesting sea-birds.

In one of the most challenging CCTV projects anywhere in the country, one of Silent Sentinel’s Oculus high-speed ruggedised PTZ cameras has been fixed to a 90ft vertical cliff-face to capture unique live images of nesting sea-birds.

The camera has been installed on a cliff-face 70ft above the sea at Portland, Dorset, with images of guillemots and other birds relayed back to a visitor centre at the nearby lighthouse. Jason Fathers, director of specialist wildlife-watching company Wildlife Windows, installed the camera by abseiling down the cliff. He was helped by two engineers from industrial roped-access company Vertical Technology who drilled into the cliff to allow the camera bracket to be securely fixed.

“I had never installed one of these cameras before but I’ve done a lot of abseiling and it was very straightforward, given the circumstances,” says Jason. “We had a special aluminium bracket made to resist corrosion and we chose the Oculus camera because it would stand up to the very tough conditions at the site.”

In this installation the Oculus is powered via Cat 5 cable from a power source 100m away, using a DC/DC converter. One major advantage of the camera design is its in-built wiper, which clears spray and rain from its distortion-free, optically flat glass. The Silent Sentinel Oculus is designed to deliver superior performance and cope with all weather conditions. With their IP67 rating, they deliver crisp, clear images in conditions where other models might struggle.