It's a BASH
Vehicle for city wide and remote location video monitoring/recording
- By William Ferris
- Aug 01, 2016
A vehicle with the ability to remotely
monitor and record has
been rolled out for city wide use.
The prototype, created by Dotworkz,
was designed for use at construction
sites, high profile events and
even search and rescue missions.
The vehicle is based on a 2015 Sprinter 4x4 that
features 7 Ballistic Anti Shock Housing (BASH) camera
systems. BASH enclosures are uniquely designed
for versatility in multiple uses, as they cover and hide
their micro mini-domes, 4K, megapixel and night vision
BASH is an all-environment-ready camera protection
and is designed to work flawlessly with all specialty
cameras. The housings are 100 percent waterproof
and are able to withstand any amount of road
vibrations, dust, dirt, wind, snow, ice, heat and even
rock or bullet impacts. They provide hyper durable
mobile camera protection for any on or off road vehicle
including cars, boats or submarines.
As for the cameras, security details and construction
operatives use 4K rolling shutter cameras, which
provide a fast image capture, sharp ultra HD picture
quality and the ability to zoom in up to 4x without losing
any resolution. This function gives a clear view of
what is or was going on at any given time on the site.
All of the Sprinter’s camera systems are 100 percent
self-powered from Dotworkz’ Solar Solution
kits. This means that once it’s on site, the vehicle’s 360
watt solar array will power all cameras, NVRs and
uplink communication hardware 24/7 for more than
a month without needing any outside power sources.
HD Relays back-end platform allows users unprecedented
control with options for recording and using
images, video and audio taken from the vehicle. Image
size, recording settings, camera positions, view and
more can be set from any computer with Internet access.
This is made possible by HD Relay’s video uplink
system, which connects the cameras to major networks
like Sprint and Verizon in order to take the footage online
for live streaming and rewinding the footage.
The platform also allows for creative, fun and useful
features like quick downloads of time lapses, panoramic
auto capture and more. Time lapses are great
for viewing long projects, from start to finish, in just
a few seconds. These are extremely useful for keeping
organized records, fundraising, sharing progress and
celebrating successful large projects.
Internally, the live-event vehicle features over four
recording computers, Relay PCs and VMS controllers.
The video is both recorded and pushed out to
HD Relay’s distributed server up-links and YouTube
Live (at the user’s discretion).
Why it Works for Security Details
The vehicle prototype is the ultimate security van
for protecting buildings, event areas, sporting events,
wildlife events, and other client requests.
The BASH camera enclosures are sturdy enough
to protect against vandalism and/or extreme environmental
factors. They can be placed at multiple sites
on the vehicle for a complete and custom 360-degree
viewing of any site. PTZ cameras create a long-range
360-degree view, so no one misses a thing.
Video screens within the van are optimal for security
details, allowing quick mobile streaming in any
area with an Internet uplink.
Use in Construction Projects
The vehicle is an ideal video surveillance option for
keeping construction records and protecting large, valuable
equipment on job sites during on and off hours.
During work hours, video records are taken for detailed
reports about progress and events that occur at
any given moment. 4K cameras allow for 4x optical
zoom without the loss of sharp ultra HD video quality,
allowing viewers to assess the video in great detail.
Offsite managers will appreciate that live video
feeds and recorded video footage can be accessed
from anywhere, anytime via HD Relay’s secure, userfriendly
online back end system. The time lapse features
offered by HD Relay are another popular tool
for construction projects. Time lapses creatively show
a quick, visual record of the project from start to finish,
in just a few seconds.
The Vehicle for Police Events
As a fully functional security vehicle, the live event
prototype works flawlessly for events with a need for
any range of high security detail.
The vehicle is equipped with state-of-the-art security
features such as a new fog based product called
Valley 10 Smoke Cloak. The Smoke Cloak is in place
to protect the van when the operators leave the vehicle
or park it in dangerous areas when the Smoke Cloak
is active. This gives security professionals an advantage
during events where a lot of security is needed.
The camera systems can be custom developed and
placed for the specific needs of the user. Options include
360-degree viewing of any event and 4K PTZ
cameras for panning, tilting and zooming into any
point in a long range, 360-degree view.
The van provides instant on, mobile, HD video
footage for both ultra HD live streaming (security
during event) and recording (for records and playback
The HD Relay/Dotworkz live event vehicle prototype
is suitable and customizable for additional purposes
like news vans, search and rescue operations,
protection of wildlife areas, theme park security, mobile
business security, large event and concert security,
mobile city security and more.
When combined, the many high tech features of
the van make it the most specialized, rugged, capable
security vehicle that can be deployed instantly.
This article originally appeared in the August 2016 issue of Security Today.