Camera Choices for School Bus Video & Vehicle Camera Systems

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Different mobile vehicle camera surveillance applications such as; school bus video camera, vehicle camera systems, in-car video surveillance for taxi or police, transit bus video vehicle observation cameras may require a slightly different camera type with different attributes. Having stated this obvious point, it should be noted that some seem to be taking this to the extreme, and it might be wise to ask why they would need so many different camera choices?

Why some suppliers prefer to dazzle, baffle and bewilder potential customers with a plethora of odd shaped application-specific choices of cameras, is beyond me. Perhaps the wide selection of camera choices takes the customer focus off the fact their district is paying too much for their bus video camera system.

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Propriety Camera Connectors

American school districts have been getting ripped off for years now with this "propriety cameras" scam from both foreign and domestic manufacturers who will remain unnamed. It is time to send a clear message that American school districts have had enough of this raw deal and start exercising their freedom of choice by choosing to spec a system we will not be forced to pay up to 4 times more for a additional or replacement camera from some predatory manufacturer. 
By only accepting a non-propriety informal industry standard camera system, your district will never be tied to any product manufacturer for future camera replacements.а аа

Informal CCTV industry standard cameras incorporate BNC Video connectors, RCA Audio connectors and 2.1 mm DC power connectors.а

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The Environment

"Waste not" is a principal tried and proven for conservation of all things worth having, so the sheer volume of discarded and useless cameras I often find at customer locations is not only a example of wasted value and loss of capital for the customer, but an unnecessary example of waste brought on by over specialization of the cameras. This type of product waste is environmentally damaging and in most cases the reason they are discarding the cameras is they have such specific applications parameters they are simply trashed when that specific application is no longer required because they are not suitable for general use or utility.

Some examples might help to illustrate my point: One of the largest distributors of CCTV surveillance systems has no less than 56 different cameras to cover many different specific applications, including bullet cameras, pin hole cameras, wedge cameras, box, dome, turret, mini, some with built in audio, some with IR LEDs, some variable lens, some fixed, almost half of them with remote Pan Tilt Zoom features, and some are even explosion proof!

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Conservation Through Foresight

From a pragmatic and environmental viewpoint it makes more sense to offer a small number of camera choices that are well suited to a large number of applications. In this way the customer is not financing the manufacturers attempt to overcome their low self-esteem about their much higher product pricing.

We have over 24 years of experience in selling and servicing the mobile digital recording industries. In the last 10 years all vehicle camera surveillance customers were satisfied with one of 2 different camera models. Our customers do not suffer the same application specific camera problems when they try to move them from one vehicle to another as they are well suited for general vehicle camera surveillance and the primary difference between them related to the mounting requirements.

The only noticeable change we have made in the last decade to our cameras was changing the 6 or 8mm camera for front of school bus camera applications to a much wider angle 3.6 mm lens for greatly enhanced Field of View, as now more than 1 camera is being installed with 2-3 cameras the norm for a school bus sized vehicle. 
Past customers have moved their general purpose camera from bus to bus as they retire older buses, moved them into service trucks, some moved as shop video surveillance, and several customers now monitor their fuel island pumps with 15 year old cameras sold to them more than a decade ago, after they retired the bus they were originally purchased for. In the last year due to requests from taxi companies for smaller lower cost cameras, we added a very small "Mini Camera" (MC) as an option for very small vehicles.



Analog CCTV (Standard D1 resolution) Camera Choices

PD Camera
Named as such due to widespread application in police cars for recording of interior car activities.Very hi-resolution 700 TVL аfrom theа1/3" Sony Super HAD CCD, with a very wide angle 2.5 mm lens that provides an exceptional wide Field of view.аThe built in audio is very clear and the light sensor automatically switches the camera from color in normal ambient light to Night Vision via IR LEDS in low light environments. The heavy duty metal shell provides a much longer service life than the cheap plastic camera cases polluting the market.


BTC or Black Turret Camera

This camera is generically a dome camera with widespread application in school buses for recording of interior bus activities while protecting the camera with a metal vandal resistant shell. Vandal resistant qualities include built in microphone, metal shell or casing, metal shoulder and metal base for a very durable camera. Steel adjustment set screws provided making it rock solid when locked down and much less likely to be bumped out of adjustment during hostile assaults by children or in some cases prisoners as we have offered this camera to several prisoner transport services with zero complaints or damage to date.Very hi-resolution 600 TVL аfrom theа1/3" Sony Super HAD CCD, with a choice of 2 lenses for different applications in a vehicle: very wide angle 2.5 mm for rear of school bus or stairwell / driver cameraаoffering an exceptional Field of View and 3.6mm for all other applications in a large vehicle like school bus front camera, school bus middle camera, transit bus or train.аBuilt in audio recording, with customer adjustable gain on audio amplifier, light sensor automatically switches the camera from color in normal ambient light to Night Vision via IR LEDS in low light environments.

Side View Verticle camera

ExCAM Exterior аSide & Rear Turret аCamera
ExCAM is a weather proof IP67 rated vandal resistant‚ auto activating, infrared camera that can easily adjust to point in almost any direction‚ without need to disassemble the camera housing or worry about back reflection from the IR illuminators. It is the size and shape of a very small dome camera‚ but its versatile “turret” style system allows for faster installs and easier adjustments.аExCAM permits quick adaptation for Side vehicle camera with horizon leveling for proper image view, or conventional horizontal image for proper video playback from Side View camera applications.







720P-AHDаHigh Definition Camera Choices:

PD-A Camera

Named as such due to widespread application in police cars for recording of interior car activities. High Definition 720P-AHD, with a very wide angle 2.5 mm lens that provides an exceptional wide Field of view.аThe built in audio is very clear and the light sensor automatically switches the camera from color in normal ambient light to Night Vision via IR LEDS in low light environments. The heavy duty metal shell provides a much longer service life than the cheap plastic camera cases polluting the market.а10-Year Warranty Standard on all 720P-AHD & 1080P-AHD cameras.


BTC-A or Black Turret Camera

This camera is generically a dome camera with widespread application in school buses for recording of interior bus activities while protecting the camera with a metal vandal resistant shell. Vandal resistant qualities include built in microphone, metal shell or casing, metal shoulder and metal base for a very durable camera. Steel adjustment set screws provided making it rock solid when locked down and much less likely to be bumped out of adjustment during hostile assaults by children or in some cases prisoners as we have offered this camera to several prisoner transport services with zero complaints or damage to date.аHigh Definition 720P-AHDаwith a very wide angle 2.5 mm for rear of school bus or stairwell / driver cameraаoffering an exceptional Field of View аfor all other applications in a large vehicle like school bus front camera, school bus middle camera, transit bus or train.аBuilt in audio recording, with customer adjustable gain on audio amplifier, light sensor automatically switches the camera from color in normal ambient light to Night Vision via IR LEDS in low light environments.10-Year Warranty Standard on all 720P-AHD & 1080P-AHD cameras.

ExCAM-A аExterior аSide & Rear Turret аCamera

ExCAM-A is a weatherized IP67 rated vandal resistant‚ auto activating, infrared camera that can easily adjust to point in almost any direction‚ without need to disassemble the camera housing or worry about back reflection from the IR illuminators. It is the size and shape of a very small dome camera‚ but its versatile “turret” style system allows for faster installs and easier adjustments.аExCAM-A permits quick adaptation for Side vehicle camera with horizon leveling for proper image view, or conventional horizontal image for proper video playback from Side View camera applications.аHigh Definition 720P-AHDаwith a choice of 2 lenses for different applications in a vehicle: very wide angle 2.1 mm for rear view, or 12mm for Stop Arm Camera application on school buses or other applications concerned with capture of license plates on passing cars. A Rear Vision version is availabel with Mirror image to be used as a backup camera.а10-Year Warranty Standard on all 720P-AHD & 1080P-AHD cameras.

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CC-AF Ceiling Camera 360-degree Fisheye

Child Safety Ceiling Fisheye camera for use on the ceiling of a vehicle with polymer case with rounded edges and low profile stature that makes it less intrusive into the passenger compartment of a vehicle.а
HighаDefinition 1280x720 TVL а1MP аwith a very wide angle 1.7 mm Fisheye lens that provides an exceptional wide 360-degree Field of View.аThe built in audio is very clear and the light sensor automatically switches the camera from color in normal ambient light to Night Vision via IR LEDS in low light environments. Those who require vandal resistant metal case should choose the BTC-A cameras listed below. 10-Year Warranty Standard on all 720P-AHD & 1080P-AHD cameras.




1080P-AHD Full High Definition Camera Choices


BTC-AF аCamera aka Black Turret Camera

This camera is generically a dome camera with widespread application in school buses for recording of interior bus activities while protecting the camera with a metal vandal resistant shell. Vandal resistant qualities include built in microphone, metal shell or casing, metal shoulder and metal base for a very durable camera. Steel adjustment set screws provided making it rock solid when locked down and much less likely to be bumped out of adjustment during hostile assaults by children or in some cases prisoners as we have offered this camera to several prisoner transport services with zero complaints or damage to date. Full HD 1080p High Definition 1920x1080 2 Megapixel image quality with very wide angle 2.8 mm lens for front, rear of school bus, stairwell, driver cameraаoffering an exceptional Field of View forаinteriorаapplications in a large vehicle like school bus front camera, school bus middle camera, transit bus or train.аBuilt in audio recording, with customer adjustable gain on audio amplifier, light sensor automatically switches the camera from color in normal ambient light to Night Vision via IR LEDS in low light environments. а10-Year Warranty Standard on all 720P-AHD & 1080P-AHD cameras.


SAC-AF Camera aka Stop Arm Camera for 1080P systems

This camera is forаexteriorаapplications where the customer is looking to capture images of vehicle license plates passing stopped buses in violation of Stop Arm laws regarding traffic behind or in front of school buses loading and unloading children with Stop Arm Stop Sign extended to stop traffic to help proterct children entering and exiting the school bus.а
Full HD 1080p High Definition 1920x1080 2 Megapixel image quality with very tight angle 12 mm lens offering an exceptionalаdepth of field view for vehicles passing from the front or theаrear. Best if used with dual camera solutions for one SAC-AF facing forward and one SAC-AF facing rear to captuire the drivers face and rear vehbicle license plate at the same time.ааLight sensor automatically switches the camera from color in normal ambient light to Night Vision via IR LEDS in low light environments.а0-Year Warranty Standard on all 720P-AHD & 1080P-AHD cameras.аFree School Bus Stop Arm Violation Camera Upgrade forаHigh Definition 1080P vehicle license plate citations.

Note; 1080P-AHD DVRs can use all 720P cameras, as well as all Analog D1 cameras.а











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