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VIVOTEK’s Rugged Durability of Network Camera Lands a Hand in Chile Miner Rescue Mission

DATA 2015.11.19

Taipei, Taiwan. – Five years ago, a collapsed mine in Chile made news headlines around the world, once 33 miners were discovered to still be alive trapped 200 stories underground, the world became captivated by the rescue mission. Official and authorized film rights to the Chilean miner’s stories were sold, leading to the production of the movie which was released across Latin American in August and United States in November.

VIVOTEK’s fixed dome network camera played an integral role in the rescue operation and was able to connect the trapped miners to life above ground while rescue efforts were underway. VIVOTEK Distributor, Tecnologias IP LTDA recommended a vast selection of reliable cameras to aid in recovery endeavors, but it was ultimately the VIVOTEK FD8134 1MP fixed dome network camera that was selected.

VIVOTEK’s FD8134 was lowered down to the miners through a small tube providing real-time surveillance while supplying video feeds to multiple points. This fix dome network camera was also installed onto the actual rescue capsules used to transport the miners above ground. With its built-in IR illuminator, the FD8134 was able to provide the rescue team and the media with clear footage of the miners living conditions, despite the lack of light 700 meters underground. Designed for use as an indoor network camera, the FD8134 was durable enough to withstand the harsh environment of the collapsed mine, where temperatures ranged from 32° to 34°C and relative humidity of 90%. With its H.264 high definition video quality and weighing in at only 479g, this camera was perfect for this mission. The FD8134 was able to provide the recovery team and the media with multiple video streams, thereby allowing simultaneous viewing at varying frame rates and resolutions as needed.

In order to keep up with technology advancements, VIVOTEK has since improved the FD8134 by replacing it with FD836B-EHTV and FD9371-EHTV outdoor fixed dome network cameras. Both models feature robust IK10 and IP66-rated housing, WDR capability, remote focus functionality and offer a wide operating temperature range from -50°C to 50°C. In addition, FD836B-EHTV delivers 2-Megapixel resolution with a cost-effective performance. FD9371-EHTV, a 3-Megapixel outdoor fix dome camera, adopts the latest H.265 video compression technology with VIVOTEK’s Smart Stream II technology, which can reduce bandwidth and data storage demands by up to 80%. Moreover, VIVOTEK’s new models inherit FD8134’s clarity, reliability, reputation and will continue to provide uncompromised image quality with advanced camera functions.

“With release of the movie the Chilean rescue mission is in the spotlight once again including the brave efforts of the rescue team, but most of all the 33 brave men who survived the long and torturous ordeal. VIVOTEK is proud to have had the opportunity to aid in this important rescue mission by being able to provide equipment that was durable, reliable and rugged enough to withstand the conditions,” said VIVOTEK USA President, David Liu.

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