Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to deliver your Mobile Video Surveillance (MVS) System?
Each MVS System is manufactured to order and the estimated delivery time is 6-8 weeks from the time of order.
How many people does it take to operate?
The MVS System weighs between 80-100 pounds (depending on mast selected) and can be deployed by one person. In addition, the MVS System is equipped with wheels which greatly simplifies operation.
What type of vehicle is required?
Just about any vehicle that has a 2x2" square (Class III) hitch receiver can be used. The system can also be adapted to suit common receivers types used in other countries. For military applications, a plate mount can be bolted to the standard pintle hitch location on a Humvee.
Does the telescopic mast require guy wires for support?
No, not for normal operation (under 50 MPH). The mast is supported by a steel vehicle mount that adjusts the tilt to achieve a vertical orientation prior to raising. In extreme weather, guy wires are recommended if winds exceed 50 MPH.
What are the advantages of elevated mobile video surveillance on a camera mast/pole?
The 32-foot vantage point allows unobstructed, longer range video surveillance - some uses include:
- Viewing upper levels of structures for tactical police use.
- Recording fleeing vehicles in DUI roadblocks.
- Outdoor events such as concerts, parades and sporting events.
- It provides outstanding monitoring/deterrent capability, sending a message to potential criminals that they are being watched and recorded.
- Investigative video of crime scenes, auto accident & stakeouts.
- Monitoring of highway construction sites.
- For Military users the system can provide all terrain threat recognition and identification.
- Especially suited for confined-area urban combat where viewing over structures or compound walls can provide timely, critical information to soldiers in the field.
Can the vehicle be driven when the MVS telescopic mast is raised?
No, the mast must be lowered before driving. However, the 360 degree PTZ camera (single or dual) can be used in the lowered mast position. This provides excellent situational awareness and recording for vehicle convoys and/or law enforcement escorts.
Why does it have a platform to stand on?
This allows quick and easy access to the top of the mast for changing, adjusting or removing the camera or other components atop the mast.
How high is the mast when it is lowered for driving and is the camera attached?
The camera can be quickly removed for traveling at high speed or on rough roads. The mast, with camera removed, is around 9 feet from the ground (7-foot mast plus the height of the vehicle's hitch from ground level). This provides ample clearance from all roadway hazards except parking garages. For comparative purposes, tractor trailers have a maximum height of 13' 6" in the United States.
Are there any limitations or warnings associated with the MVS System?
As with anything elevated and metal, the user must not operate in close proximity to power lines or when lightning is a possibility.
Does the camera move or sway when elevated?
On windy days, there is some movement depending on wind speed. However, it typically does not affect the quality of the mobile video surveillance nor the recordings. The MVS System utilizes an "o-ring" mast over other types given that they provide the best-in-class rigidity.
How is the MVS System powered and what is its duration?
The system uses 12-24 volts and a standard cigarette lighter outlet. It can also be purchased with a standard NATO plug for military applications. The system can operate with the engine running or with the ignition off. When the engine is running, it has unlimited duration.
Which is better for mobile video surveillance, a UAV/drone or a mast?
This greatly depends on your mission objective(s), a telescoping mast has several advantages over a UAV/drone such as no drone pilot required, no FAA licensing, no specialized training, no nighttime FAA waivers required, no risk of crashing device, unlimited duration, all weather, and a larger camera with better zoom capability. Also, it is much safer when operating near large crowds and is considered less intrusive than a UAV/drone.
Can video be sent to another monitor, DVR or wireless transmitter?
The primary PTZ Controller with Integrated Display has two RCA jacks allowing video to be output to other devices. This is ideal for command center use with external monitors.
Can the camera be used without the telescopic mast?
Yes, we offer a roof-mount option.