Ruggedized Mobile H.264 DVR - Real-Time Disp./Rec. up to 16 ch Audio/Video, live remote viewing through cellular EVDO REV A
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The Firmus Boxer-S Ruggedized h.264 Mobile Digital Video Recorder by WECU Surveillance.com feature the power of most full-function high-end DVR's but with a portable Ruggedized profile that is specially designed with anti-shock and vibration mechanisms, that ensure peak uninterrupted performance.
Unlike any other system our Mobile DVR can operate under the most extreme operating environments. From arctic to desert temperatures the DVR runs flawlessly. These Mobile DVRs are designed for harsh environments, it includes a built-in Intelligent power switcher that can operate from +7V ~+28V DC-IN. The On / Off delay switch allows automatic system shut down.
This mobile digital video recorder is the world's only system utilizing h.264 hardware compression technology, which fully sync’s and plays back the audio on each individual channel. The audio can be configured to record via the user interface or during operator initiated events that are activated by a switch that is connected to an alarm input sensor on the device.
Click here for the H.264 white paper.
The mobile digital video recorder has the capacity to tag up to 8 events. A covert panic button can be installed in case of emergency. Upon expansion of the system proposed, the panic button can send out a signal via GPRS or via wireless LAN using GSM to a remote location such as police or other agencies. (GPS / GRS optional).
Impact sensors can be programmed (optional) to respond to changes in acceleration on both X and Y axes. The mounting of the sensor can be placed in the nose of the vehicle and be connected to a G-force sensor that is connected to the sensor input of the mobile digital video recorder. The impact required to activate the sensor can be set according to the defined requirements on the accelerometer, plus many more...
The mobile digital video recorder can accommodate up to four (4) analog vehicle inputs, which are user-defined and programmable.
The Firmus Boxer-S network mobile digital video recorder adopts a high performance PC based / embedded system incorporating Windows XP Professional Operating System to perfectly implement all the functions needed to build a Professional Powerful surveillance system.
The Firmus Boxer-S utilizes our Power Concert Hybrid DVR / NVR recording software; our Concert software suite is a powerful integration group of software. Concert is a scalable software solution capable of monitoring and controlling a wide range of applications from small business to global systems. The Concert platform offers modular add-on capability allowing customization to suit the client’s exact requirements.
This unit uses h.264 Video compression (MPEG4 Part 10). This is a next generation codec offering compression ratio’s far higher than equivalent MJPEG/MPEG1/2 and wavelet systems. Full control over encoding bit rate (user settable from 32-2Mbps) and encoding type (variable or fixed), unmatched recording times and an astonishing MTBF rating greater than 50,000 hours
- Voltage range:
- DC Input -- Internal DC-DC Converter (Default) Input voltage: 9V DC ~ 30V DC
- AC Input -- External Power Adapter (Optional) Input voltage: 100V AC ~ 240V AC @ 50 ~ 60Hz
- Equipped with over voltage protection
- System draws less than 15ma when off
- Power Draw: 25-35W typical (# of channel dependent), w/ heater on 70W typical
- Protection circuitry to prevent the system from locking up and draining battery systems dead
- 4-16 recording video channels (DVD quality) with synchronized audio on all channels (MP3 quality) PLUS 4 channels of IP video/audio
- Real Time high-speed recording (30 fps per channel) Video Frame Rate adjustable from 1 fps to 30 fps per channel, see below specifications for further details
- Eight (8) models available
- Standard Resolution Model (VSRM0037): 4-Channel PC based, Audio/video, 4x CIF @ 30fps each, 4x 4CIF @ up to 15fps each (no sub-stream), with 4GB CF Card for O/S, No HDD (2.5" & 3.5" HDD options available)
- High Resolution Model (VSRM0038): 4-Channel, Audio/video, 4 x 4CIF@30fps each, 4GB CF Card for O/S, No HDD (2.5" & 3.5" HDD options available)
- Standard Resolution Model (VSRM0039): 8-Channels PC based, Audio/Video, 8x CIF @ 30fps each, 8x 4CIF @ up to 15fps each (no sub-stream), 4 x 4CIF (D1) @ 30fps each, 4GB CF Card for O/S, No HDD (2.5" & 3.5" HDD options available)
- High Resolution Model (VSRM0040): 8-Channels, Audio/Video, 8 x 4CIF@30fps each, 4GB CF Card for O/S, No HDD (2.5" & 3.5" HDD options available)
- Standard Resolution Model (VSRM0041): 12-Channels, Audio/Video, 12x CIF @ 30fps each, 12x 4CIF @ up to 15fps each (no sub-stream), 6x 4CIF (D1) @ 30fps each, 4GB CF Card for O/S, No HDD (2.5" & 3.5" HDD options available)
- High Resolution Model (VSRM0042): 12-Channels, Audio/Video, 12 x 4CIF@30fps each, 4GB CF Card for O/S, No HDD (2.5" & 3.5" HDD options available)
- Standard Resolution Model (VSRM0043): 16-Channels, Audio/Video, 16x CIF @ 30fps each, 16x 4CIF @ up to15fps each (no sub-stream), 8 x 4CIF (D1) @ 30fps each, 4GB CF Card for O/S, No HDD (2.5" & 3.5" HDD options available)
- High Resolution Model (VSRM0044): 16-Channels, Audio/Video, 16 x 4CIF@30fps each, 4GB CF Card for O/S, No HDD (2.5" & 3.5" HDD options available)
- The 2.5inch HDD options (fit inside the Firmus main chassis)
- The 3.5 Inch HDD options (requires the 3.5 inch HDD Kit) This kit allows the 3.5” HDD to be attached to the Firmus and bolts to the bottom of the Firmus.
- Continuous Mode: Continuously record video files to local Hard Drive
- Trigger by Sensor Mode: Record video files only when any specific programmable sensors trigger
- Trigger by Motion Mode: Record video files only when motion is detected by Camera. Six levels of motion sensitivity are available
- Trigger by Sensor/Motion: Record video files only when either sensors or Motions are triggered
BNC Pigtail Connectors
- Four Inputs are available for connecting sensors. Each sensor can be assigned with a name, programmable to trigger special event for recording
- Four Outputs are available to be used as Alarms. Alarms are programmed to link to various events such as video signal lost, motion detection, video recording, storage running low, over speed detection etc... End-Users can also define their own alarm states. The Firmus Boxer-S DVR can be configured to send email on alarm, which can be motion detection or by external sensor triggers.
- Remote notification via e-mail on alarm
- Internal HDD: 2.5" 40g Ruggedized, 80, 120, 500 GB or 128GB Solid State
- External HDD max size via USB: 1 TB Ruggedized (optional) (standard HDD we do not recommend more than 4 external HDD at one time)
- Solid State Thumb Drives: Max 4, largest available on the market
- Construction: Rugged Aluminum Alloy chassis
- Color: Mustard
- Mounting: Wall mount, Desktop, Any
- 1 PCI: 214mm(W) x 94.75mm(H) x 237.8mm(D)
- 2 PCI: 214mm(W) x 117.5mm(H) x 7.8mm(D)
- Net Weight:
- 1 PCI: 2.41lb (5.63kg)
- 2 PCI: 13.69lb (6.21kg)
- Gross Weight: 21.21lb (9.62kg)
- Operating Temperature:
- 5F - 131F (-15C - 55C) (P-M 1.6GHz,CFD)
- 5F - 122F (-15C - 50C) (P-M 1.6GHz, Automotive HDD)
- 5F - 113F (-15C - 45C) (P-M 1.6GHz, Normal HDD)
- Optional environmental enclosure offers high-temperature resilience up to +80C / 175F
- Storage Temp: If unit is subjected to storage temps below -20°C (-4°F) or above +60°C (140°F), damage may occur.
- Operating Humidity: 5-95% @ 40C, non-condensing
- Vibration: 1 grms / 5-500Hz / random operation (Internal Hard Disk Drive active Module)
- 50 g peak acceleration (11 msec. duration)(CFD)
- 20 g peak acceleration (11 msec. duration) (HDD Module)
- EMC: CE/FCC class B
Completely manufactured in North America, the Firmus Boxer-S digital video recorder has been designed to meet the most rigorous requirements. Providing ease of operation, a feature rich environment, reliable embedded operating system Windows XP, and an overall intuitive design packed into an aluminum shock mount housing; the Firmus BOXER-S is an unparalleled digital mobile recording device.
The use of the H.264 compression codec facilitates the highest quality video while utilizing the lowest possible bandwidth. Now capable of sending streaming video over cellular network at speeds up to 300-400 Kbps in EVDO REV-A cellular coverage area. This capability makes the Firmus BOXER-S DVR the ideal solution for all high quality mobile video applications:
- Law Enforcement Patrol Units
- EMT/Paramedic Vehicles
- Private Security Vehicles
- Schools Buses
- Public Transit Systems
- Bait Cars
The small size, extreme environmental resilience, hard disk capacity (1,000GB+), and ultra-low current draw, and remote notification on alarm via email and LAN/WAN make the Firmus Boxer-S DVR the professional’s choice when confronted with a need for high quality remote surveillance video/audio. Able to withstand temperatures from -35C to +80C (-31F ~ +175F) (with optional enclosure) allows the Firmus Series to operate in environments well beyond the limits of most DVRs. The low power consumption lends the Firmus BOXER-S to alternative power sources such as Solar, Wind and small generator. The industry leading compression codec allows the Firmus BOXER-S ruggedized mobile DVR to provide excellent video over wireless transmission systems needed in many such applications:
- Law Enforcement (Border Protection, Remote Surveillance Operations)
- Ranching & Farming
- Oil & Gas facilities
- Illegal Dumping
- Construction Sites
Specifications are subject to change without notice
Let's talk a bit about the end solution; there are lots of places on the net to get a Mobile DVR however 99.9% of them only offer CIF resolution with MPEG4 or MJPEG resolutions. We use the Next Gen Technology H.264 which will allow you smaller file sizes, 40-65% savings in HDD space, lower latency and fast connection speeds. IF you want 4CIF @ 30 FPS you can have it, but with a cost at this High-Resolution and quality of video you won't find anywhere else on the Net in a small ruggedized platform.
Using our H.264 technology, will give you same resolution as our competitors but give you 10 x the quality in video. Now you can pay a little more for the Hardware in the beginning or pay a lot more HDD space in the end, along with more HDDs you will also be looking at more failures and more physical space to put it all in and cooling issues!
Now moving right along to the bigger picture, 99 % of the time our Firmus Boxer is used in a mobile application where there are several vehicles, possibly an Ad Hoc network (we can provide), there is usually a central building a warehouse etc... You will need a system that will work seamlessly and connect all systems from the cars to the main building with cameras, to other buildings etc.. with cameras to a Complete Solution. We have developed software that will allow you to connect all these units into one (1) easy to use platform.
If you can give us the scope of your project and think farther down the lines, we can take everything from the Central Control station to DVRs in other buildings where you want surveillance to the DVRs in the Cars with Ad Hoc network and combine everything together into a complete solution and be able to offer you lower costs on the Hardware. Also if there is something that you need specifically in the software we offer development at a cost.
If you choose one of our competitors mobile DVRs, you will not be able to tie it all together meaning the cameras located on the streets, the mobile application, the control room, the IP cameras and networked video encoders etc.. etc.. are not going to be compatible and will leave you fumbling with equipment, software, your budget and time.
Give us a call, let us simplify it and offer you a complete, seamless, upgradeable and expandable Solution based on your needs, wants, and budget!
Quick Q & A
- CIF - 352 x 240 pixels
- 2CIF - 704 x 240 pixels
- 4CIF - 704 x 480 pixels - has the best resolution
- QCIF -176 x 120 pixels - Is almost never used
- DCIF - 528 x 320 pixels
- 2CIF and DCIF have the same # of pixels but the DCIF has a better aspect ratio (3x4)
- D1 - 720 x 480 pixels - Is basically the same as 4CIF, different manufacturers apply different pixel x pixel but it is usually 16 pixels wider than 4CIF which is unnoticeable to the naked eye.
- CIF: 4fps: 160-320 kbps | 8fps: 224-448 kbps | 16fps: 320-640 kbps | 20fps: 384-768 kbps | 30fps: 448-896 kbps
- DCIF: 4fps: 192-384 kbps | 8fps: 256-512 kbps | 16fps: 384-768 kbps | 20fps: 448-896 kbps | 30fps: 512-1024 kbps
- 4CIF: 4fps: 320-640 kbps | 8fps: 512-1024 kbps | 16fps: 640-1280 kbps | 20fps: 896-1792 kbps | 30 fps: 1024-2048 kbps
Compression is a separate setting and in our hardware is independent of the resolution and frame rate setting. The three settings must be set with each of the other two settings in mind. Too much compression will result in a poor image, too low a frame rate setting will result in lots of missed action and too low a resolution will not deliver the image quality you desire.
Bear in mind that if there is a PTZ or high motion, higher bit rates (lower compression) should be set.
Further on the HDD space
HDD space required is directly fixed to the bit rate and only the bit rate. Bit rate should be determined by the fps, resolution and image quality desired. We can set any bit rate 32kbps-2048kbps with any fps or resolution. The bit rate chosen with a given fps and resolution will dictate the image quality. So you see bit rate is what controls the HDD space needed, but we need to select a bit rate that will give the image quality desired at the programmed fps and resolution.
For example you can set 4CIF, 30fps, 32kbps - useless video
4CIF, 30fps 2048fps - best video
The bit rate selection is what affects the image quality and the HDD space, the fps and resolution do not come into play on the actual calculation, but they are used to determine the bit rate required.
So not factoring fps, resolution or image quality the h.264 system, HDD space per hour per channel ranges from 14.4MB to 921MB; Obviously the higher the bit rate the better the image quality. The higher the resolution and fps the higher the bit rate needs to be to get the desired image quality.
With the Firmus we have a couple of options for recording. In both these following scenarios no internal HDD is required. The O/S and software can be put onto a CF Flash card as mentioned above:
- Direct recording to external HDD or HDDs. To do this the HDD/s need to be formatted by the DVR software. Each new HDD needs to be formatted. HDD should not be changed while recording.
- Recording using our Backup software, copies the files on the main HDD to the backup HDD. The main HDD needs to be formatted by the DVR software. The backup HDD need to be NTFS formatted and empty when connected to the DVR. Videos are copied to the backup HDD from the main HDD, when the HDD is full is stops recording to the backup HDD and sounds an audible alarm prompting the user to change the HDD. The backup software allows multiple backup HDD to be connected and writes to one at a time moving from one to the next when as the HDD fill up. This method also provides recording in two locations for a period of time. IE until the main drive is full and overwrites. The Backup software is optional and can be added at any time and is an additional cost.
- Port 80 for the web-server
- Port 5100 for the Concert Client software - remote viewing
- Port 5101 for the PDA
- Port 5300 for the output alarm
- Port 7100 If your using DNS
- Desired image quality
We can push any resolution in real-time (30fps) at bit rates as low as 32kbps, the video is totally unusable, but we can do it. On the other extreme we can push 2MBps in real-time (30fps) at the lowest resolution, but in practical use, only 512kbps is needed to get the highest image quality at that small resolution. See the table below for our recommended bit rate for excellent image quality.
Please see the H.264 HDD calculator above for more information.
- H.264 is the most advanced codec with the best image quality
- H.264 has very low latency
- H.264 has the lowest file sizes and lowest bit-rates for any video codec
- H.264 does not have artifacts
- H.264 does not have mosaics
- H.264 offers CIF, 2CIF, DCIF and 4CIF resolution
- Up to 30 fps recording and streaming per channel
- There are many more advantages which can be found in the H.264 white paper
H.264 is used for HDTV, so we can be assured it is well tested and deemed the most suitable to high quality, low error video. We will require details on the installation application, the number of channels, the wireless system to be used, the range of that wireless system, etc.
We are confident that the wireless system will induce many more times the latency then what is created in the video encoding and decoding process simply due to TCP/IP network issues. If the internet is used, latency will be exaggerated in that transport medium. No matter what is done the TCP/IP network will be the bottle neck, and the MAJOR contributor to any latency.
There are 2 basic ways to reduce the latency in the network.
- Get a faster, lower latency network
- Use a video encoding system that will provided the lightest load on the network
H.264 uses 30-65% lower bit rate for the same image quality as compared to MPEG-2 or MPEG-4, therefore with the same number of cameras on a given network, we can expect since the network is taxed less, there will be lower network latency.
In summary, our H.264 systems will deliver the highest quality recorded and remote video with the smallest storage file size and the lowest bit rate. There is a 30-60% savings in file sizes and bit rate with H.264 over MPEG-2 or MPEG-4. The savings over MJPEG is 10X plus. Even at these lower bit rates, our image quality is superior. Since our bit rate is much lower, we put a much lower requirement on the IP network, no matter what type it is, therefore we are able to stream 30-65% more channels of video or the same number of channels with lower latencies and bottleneck potential.
Our software enables us to configure 10’s of thousands of cameras in a single network environment for enterprise solutions. The fact we have a model to fulfill the requirement of all clients in all environments whether is it in the desert, arctic, Air, Land or Sea.
Contact us at 1.403.668.4758 or Click here for our Online demo to show the difference our systems make!
A 3-4 week lead time is required.
We offer complete customized solutions!
Give us a call or send us a E-mail with your specifications and what you need in your application, we will customize a system based upon your applications needs, we also offer custom installations, testing and training for these Mobile DVR solutions (some conditions apply)
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