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by msecadm4921

An American manufacturer of highway and traffic control products, Wanco, Inc has chosen Vicon Industries to provide cameras for their new portable surveillance units.

These compact, self-contained units provide a deployable solution for temporary remote surveillance needs at construction sites, outdoor events and other locations where there is a temporary need for surveillance, it is claimed.

Up to four Vicon SurveyorVFT 23x day/night camera domes are mounted atop a 26 foot telescoping tower attached to a portable trailer body. The tower collapses and folds to a horizontal position over the trailer body for towing.

When deployed, the cameras on the portable units provide high-resolution surveillance video that may be monitored via wireless communication from either a central monitoring station or from any computer with internet connection and loaded with Wanco’s client software. Camera functions, including pan, tilt and zoom, can be controlled from the monitoring location.

SurveyorVFT camera domes were chosen by Wanco after product testing. Because the cameras are being used in a mobile platform, Wanco says that it faced many challenges that do not exist in a typical installation. The cameras need to perform in a range of environmental conditions, including heat, cold, vibration and dust, as well as operate on the finite amount of power provided by the trailer’s battery.

According to Silas Campbell, Sales Coordinator at Wanco, Vicon’s customer support was also a factor in its selection. "The cameras tested among the best that we looked at, and the company’s service was far and away better than the others." The portable surveillance units are geared towards surveillance needs of utilities, construction firms, local authorities and entertainment/event site managers, the firm adds.

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