NSTIx OpTech Co-Creation Space: Seeing in the Dark Webinar

9 March
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Plexal are hosting a webinar to provide additional context and information about the most recent NSTIx Optech Co-Creation Space challenge.

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras frequently use infra-red (IR) illumination to see in low-light conditions. As such they are susceptible to IR light sources within their view, and there is general awareness that they can be dazzled by attaching IR light sources to items or people that the cameras were placed to surveil.

An applique protection system is required to protect these cameras from IR sources while still providing the benefits of night sight. During exposure to these sources, there should be the ability to alternate between the direct view and protected view to ensure maximum information can be retrieved from the camera output.

There is guidance below to assist narrowing down the Challenge. It is however noted that these are not set requirements and these criteria could be pivoted during a project.

  • It is highly desirable that the applique can automatically detect a light source and respond quickly (within a fraction of a second)
  • The applique must have a manual override capability
  • The applique must be able to work with typical small screw-mount CCTV lenses
  • The applique must be a standalone unit, to allow a simple retrofit to existing installations (separate power packs are acceptable)
  • The applique must be as lightweight and inconspicuous as possible, whilst being sufficiently robust to carry out a large number of actuations
  • The applique must be low-power
  • The applique must be robust against damage

All enquiries from this session will be collated, and responses sent to all parties in an FAQ document by close of business on 24/03/23.

The deadline for proposals to be submitted is close of business on 31/03/23. To find out more about this challenge and to submit your proposal, please click here >>

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