Product of the Week: Bosch cameras keep a watchful eye above Poland’s Czarne forests
Fri, 12 May 2017 11:01
Czarne Człuchowskie district
As the “lungs of the earth”, forests play the crucial role of cleaning the ever-
growing emissions produced by human industry. Once a forest fire strikes, timing is
vital to bring it under control. Unfortunately, such blazes are usually only detected
once they have already spread over a large area. To ensure the timely detection of
smoke, the forest inspectorate of Poland’s densely forested Czarne Człuchowskie
district turned to Bosch for modern, IP-based cameras.
Thanks to their full 360º rotation pan and 290º tilt control, two Bosch MIC IP 7000
cameras are all that is required to cover the district’s entire 25,000 hectares of
forest for signs of fire. Both cameras display clear images in conjunction with
precise coordinates. Once smoke is spotted by surveillance staff, a 30x optical
zoom lens enables confirmation of a fire. This ensures a timely response to a blaze,
thus greatly limiting damage.
The camera units, mounted on special 60-meter-high fire masts, provide full
awareness even in the most extreme weather conditions, and thanks to rugged
housing can operate in temperatures as low as -40°C or as high as +60°C. With a
High Dynamic Range (HDR) of 120 dB, the cameras can provide detailed images of
both bright and dark areas.
High winds are particularly challenging and can distort images. That’s why the
Bosch MIC IP 7000 camera incorporates an image stabilization algorithm, which
ensures reliable images, and is engineered to withstand high-impact or continuous