The tips about installing the remote video monitoring for RAS farming.

The tips about installing the remote video monitoring for RAS farming.

The tips about installing the remote video monitoring for RAS farming.

From the experts at the Freshwater Institute

Video monitoring is an excellent tool with many uses for recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) farming, which allows observation without the usual disturbance and operators to assess positioning, behavior, and feeding activity to gain insight into fish health and performance.

At facilities where continuous water quality data is also recorded, stored video may provide clues to unexpected water quality parameter swings and allow corrective measures. Remote access to video monitoring is also useful when fielding off-hour alarm calls. Checking live video feeds may show water levels and flows are correct or confirm successful generator transfer.

A remote glimpse into a RAS status can prime responding staff and reduce triage time upon arrival.

Tip for Installing cameras

Mount cameras in a strategic location that protects them from splashing or being bumped by staff or equipment. Consider the vantage point of the mounting location and the angles the camera can be pointed. A well-positioned camera can provide a frame that includes views of swimming fish and key indicators of RAS operation like water levels, water channels, or fault indicator lights. Including a peripheral view of entry doors can also increase security around the facility.

About Storage

If there is only a consumer/prosumer system, a recurring fee to store and access the data will be likely charged. Pricing is generally based on the number of cameras and length of storage. There is often a standardized table of fee options, and the length of time for video storage before automatic deletion may be limited.

Onsite storage becomes desirable when there are many real-time cameras collecting image data. The internal network connection to onsite devices is likely to be higher than the connection to the internet, so with this approach maintaining the capability to continuously save large amounts of data locally, while still having access to specific video streams remotely when you need them.

In larger enterprise systems, storage can be more difficult to compute because of the variables involved. Through optimize storage and bandwidth consumption by modifying camera resolution, framerate, image compression, and storage time. Additionally, some camera systems give the option to record only during certain times of day, when there is motion in a specific zone or when a specific object type is in the frame. Because onsite disk storage is relatively inexpensive, buy more storage rather than spend the time optimizing the collected video.

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