Codelco (Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile), which was given the responsibility of developing and implementing a rescue plan for the trapped miners, sought out VIVOTEK distributor Tecnologias IP LTDA, looking for a suitable surveillance camera. In addition to being able to provide real-time surveillance video, this camera needed to be able to provide video feeds to multiple points. After consultations, Codelco eventually settled on the VIVOTEK FD8134.
Soon after the miners were discovered to be still alive after the mine’s main access tunnel collapsed on August 5, one FD8134 camera was lowered to them through a small tube and installed in the shelter where they were trapped. With its built-in IR illuminator, the FD8134 was able to provide members of the rescue team and the public with clear footage of the miners’ living conditions, despite the lack of light 700 meters underground.
Though generally used for less demanding indoor applications, the FD8134 proved durable enough to withstand the harsh environment, where temperatures ranged from 32° to 34°C and relative humidity were stuck at around 90%. Critically, the FD8134 provided support for multiple streams allowed simultaneous viewing by different members of the rescue team and the media at varying frame rates and resolutions as needed.