Remote Imagery Monitoring
BMT Oceanica has developed an innovative and cost-effective system to autonomously capture imagery in coastal and marine environments. Our remote imagery units can be deployed for extended periods to regularly capture time-stamped high-resolution imagery. The imagery is transmitted via the mobile phone network and made available via a slideshow on a secure web portal. This technology may be used to monitor a range of marine aspects, including: human usage, shoreline change, metocean conditions, wrack accumulation, construction works and coastal structure performance.
BMT Oceanica use rugged, fully-autonomous remote cameras to capture time-stamped, high-resolution images at pre-defined intervals. The units are fully self-contained and do not require access to an external power source or internet connection. This enables them to be easily deployed in remote locations. The captured imagery provides a time lapse sequence so that changes in conditions may be readily identified.
The remote imagery units are also able to capture imagery (stills or video):
- in response to motion within the field of view
- at night through the use of an infra-red flash
Each remote imagery unit transmits a daily image (including a status report) to BMT Oceanica's secure web portal, which is made accessible to selected users or user groups via a secure login. The secure web portal presents a slide show of the collected imagery to enable simple visual monitoring of changes to support effective coastal and marine management.
BMT Oceanica has also developed an autonomous, high-resolution webcam with full remote control of the pan, tilt and zoom functionality and streaming of high definition video via a portable modem. These units do not require external access to a power source or internet connection.
The stand-alone webcam system can capture both still images and video that can be streamed live via a secure web portal. The webcam can be programmed to capture imagery throughout the field of view at pre-defined intervals.
BMT Oceanica has successfully deployed remote imagery monitoring systems at over 35 sites around Western Australia over the past three years.
The imagery can be used to monitor:
- public usage of coastal areas
- vessel activity
- metocean conditions
- shoreline position
- wrack and sediment accumulation
- coastal infrastructure works
- environmental incidents
- dredging operations and turbid plumes.
All imagery is provided via a secure web portal with controlled access. Also, the resolution of the remote imagery units allows effective monitoring of site conditions without identification of individuals, so as to preserve public privacy. Areas within the field of view of the webcam can also be obscured using digital screening to further ensure any privacy concerns are effectively addressed.
Remote imagery units are generally installed on existing infrastructure; where necessary using staff trained in elevated work platforms and with 'Working Safely at Heights' certification. Alternatively, the units may be installed on hinged poles thereby reducing the need for working at height.