Wisenet cameras manufactured by Hanwha Techwin have been installed in the Slovakian National Park of Veľká Fatra, to enable animal lovers and students to remotely observe the behaviour of birds, bears, boars and foxes in the wild.
“Not everyone has the opportunity to spend long periods of time in a beautiful environment such as the National Park of Veľká Fatra in order to watch animals in the natural environment,” said Ivan Darani, a Network Engineer at Spoločnosť PROFI-NET,s.r.o and one of the founders of the Kukaj.sk project. “The high definition quality of the images captured by the Wisenet cameras means we can stream live video so that visitors to www.kukaj.sk are able to enjoy watching the wild animals in real-time as they go about their daily lives, from the comfort of their homes.
“An added benefit is that the cameras have an audio support feature which enhances the visitors’ experience by enabling them to hear background bird sounds.”
14 Wisenet cameras have been deployed in carefully chosen locations throughout a wooded area which is known to be a migration trail for large beasts. Some of the cameras are permanently sited, but others are regularly moved around to reflect the changing seasons and when, for example, storks leave their nests.
The cameras were installed by Spoločnosť PROFI-NET,s.r.o, one of Slovakia’s fastest growing network and infrastructure specialists. “For a number of reasons, including the remote location, this has been a technically demanding project,” said Ivan Darani of Spoločnosť PROFI-NET,s.r.o. “However, with the close cooperation of everyone involved in the project and with excellent support from the National Park’s administrators, we have been able deliver a robust video monitoring solution that everyone around the world can enjoy having access to.
“We tested cameras from a number of different manufacturers in terms of their ability to capture the required quality images in varying light and weather conditions. The Wisenet cameras stood head and shoulders above the others and our decision to recommend them to Kukaj.sk has been more than justified by their ongoing reliable performance.”
Ivan Darani and his colleagues at Spoločnosť PROFI-NET s.r.o worked closely with Hanwha Techwin Europe’s locally based technical team for Czech Republic and Slovakia, in order to specify the ideal Wisenet cameras for the projects.
Among the models installed are a number of Wisenet PNO-9080R 4K Bullet cameras which are able to capture 12 megapixel images. These cameras have built-in IR illumination as well as a Digital Auto Tracking feature, which during times of low activity such as night time, can be used to detect moving animals. They are also equipped with Defocus Detection which recognises when a camera is out of focus, as well as Lens Distortion Correction (LDC) to deliver optimised images in every situation.
To minimise network bandwidth requirements, the H.265 Wisenet PNO-9080R cameras feature WiseStream, a complementary compression technology which is uniquely available with Wisenet cameras. When WiseStream is combined with H.265 compression, bandwidth efficiency can be improved by up to 75% compared to current H.264 technology.
Other cameras installed include the 2 megapixel IP network Wisenet XNB-6000 . These true day/night cameras are able to capture Full HD colour images even when lighting is as low as [email protected] and feature best-in-breed Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), which performs at up to 150dB to accurately produce images in scenes that simultaneously contain very bright and very dark areas. They are also equipped with a ‘defogging’ feature which makes corrections to blurry images which are captured in foggy conditions and have built-in Gyro sensors to offer accurate stabilisation which comes into effect when a camera is disturbed by wind or vibrations, resulting in more stable images.
Live streams from one of the cameras can be viewed 24/7 at http://www.kukaj.sk/projekt/161-velka-fatra-ii
“We are delighted with the quality of the images captured by the Wisenet cameras and particularly so as they recently helped us save the life of a man who got lost whilst wandering around the Park,” said (Ivo Darani of the Kukaj.sk project “He had injured himself after falling over several times and was hypothermic. It would normally be very difficult to find someone within such a large wooded area, but fortunately one of our operators spotted him with the help of one of the Wisenet cameras. The man was exceptionally lucky as another camera captured images of a bear just 30 metres away!”
See the TV report: http://www.kukaj.sk/clanok/1118-zachrana-ludskeho-zivota