He adds that in conjunction with work for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement he is planning to use VAC bricks on police aircraft that are having problems with video deficiencies. “This is sort of an adopted standard, Blalock says. “You know, if something works well, you stay with it.” In a land-based border protection application, Gary Warren, an engineer and consultant, is working on a proposal for Columbine Cable Co., Inc. (CCCI) of Arvada, CO. A provider of advanced cable-based data communications and telecommunications solutions, CCCI has proposed the installation of a network of video cameras along the Southwest border. The cameras will mostly be located in remote areas and fed back either wirelessly or via fiber or some other CCCI connection. “The use of standard analog video recording equipment has been a stumbling block in border surveillance due to unpredictable mechanical failures of VCRs,” Warren explains. “The CCCI proposal is to use digital recording equipment that will operate 100 percent of the time.” In addition to facing the expected environmental challenges, the proposed system also requires a non-traditional DA interface between the cameras and DVRs. “We plan to use infrared cameras that are non-interlaced and record to DVRs that require a 2-to-1 interlace in order to record,” Warren says. “But CCCI wants to be able to record all video images, whether they’re photographed in infrared or normal imaging, and be able to record them all to a DVR.”
Warren says the only supplier he knows of that can provide the DA brick to meet those requirements is VAC. “They have a very nice device that gives us the flexibility we need as well as the reliability, and this supplier has been very cooperative in working directly with us to make sure that we get the solution we need.” VAC offers over 300 video DA products with a wide variety of features and options in a compact, mount-anywhere package. Popular sizes with up to 16 outputs are available and individual custom bricks can be built when needed. Because these bricks are epoxy encapsulated, there is no heat problem generated by the power source, which means that the bricks are not only rack-mountable, but may also be affixed to virtually any surface.