Off Grid Security
Off Grid Security can be very challenging but with extensive research, we will find all the parts and pieces needed to secure just about any location. Utilizing solar and cellular we can secure your location and record all alarms off-site utilizing the internet. Each job is custom designed to meet your needs.
One of my most recent projects is right in Charleston. It was July 2016 and I received a phone call from someone asking me if was interested in designing a security system for a private island. Well, just the fact that he said private island that caught my attention. He informed me that he recently purchased an island in Charleston and was concerned that people were trespassing and would like to get some sort of security. Then he informed me there was no power on the island and would like me to come see it for myself that upcoming Friday. He told me to meet him at the marina and we would take his boat to the island for a survey. It was a gorgeous morning and and view was amazing.
We went past Charleston Landing and there was a replica of a very old boat which was really cool. I never even knew this place existed and I look forward to taking my family there to learn some more history of the area. As we got closer to the island I was amazed by the trees, moss, birds, and wildlife all around us including dolphins. Once we got to the island I immediately started to visualize what I was going to propose. The first thing that he wanted was a camera system viewing the 2 areas where boats can pull up. Then he started asking me about installing some sort of motion detection that can sound alarms. As he was telling me what he wanted I just took in all in and took a bunch of notes. I knew the biggest challenge was going to be power and communication. Therefore this was not something I was able to quote right on the spot. While I was there I noticed a nice big tree perfect for mounting some sort of solar system. I took some pictures and measurements and told him I would have him a price within a week.
After hours of gathering specifications, talking to engineers and suppliers, and designing a system that I felt would meet all of his needs gathered some numbers and wrote my proposal. I sent him some general information and some sample pictures from the vendors sites to show him what the system would look like. I also did a little sketch to show him was proposing to install.
To my surprise the next day he contacted me and gave me the approval to go ahead and place the order. Three days later I had my deposit and started setting up accounts with some new vendors and contacted my other suppliers to let them know I was awarded the project. Most of the system was built in my shop including all of the solar panel mounting brackets. I wanted to have everything ready to go once we got to the island. One of the things my client requested is to have the system record locally and off-site. Therefore I purchased a 4G wireless modem/router and utilized Verizon Wireless.
DH-Vision who I use for my cameras and recorders helped me tremendously by having me send out the modem to them. Once they received it they configured it and made all the magic work. We utilized HD/CVI cameras and converted them to IP and made the island recorder the host sending all the video off site upon alarms.
And the journey begins...
We ended up installing a system with 200 amp hours of backup which seemed to be what all the engineers were informing me I needed. However I was having some issues with the system holding a charge for more than a couple of day. So back to the computer I go to do some research. It turns out that I needed to adjust the angle of the panels to 60 degrees. I guess learning something new is not a bad thing because now it seems to be ok with the exception of the clouds over the past couple of days. Following are some pictures of the system as described.
In addition to the solar and the cameras we also installed solar powered photo beams that trigger sirens and strobes as well as a device to send text messages multiple numbers. At that point whoever gets the text can open the app on their phone and view live video. The messaging device also has a power monitor and send a text on batteries if power is lost to the system. There is a lot of redundancy in this system and I mixed quite a few technologies to make it work. The last thing that we did was installed an external keypad to turn off the beams when people are visiting or working at the island.
I have designed entire prison systems, I was commissioned by the pentagon to design CCTV, I have secured multiple college campuses and had 400 cameras on one network, and I even installed mass notification systems for entire military bases. But I must say this has been one of the most interesting and challenging projects of my career and I love it.
The Possibilities are Endless