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If you are planning a system or need further information to help you understand how systems work, what ancillary equipment is required to facilitate you requirements or what people typically do when specifying cameras for their boats, we’ve put together a selection of schematic drawings with notes to guide you through the process. As we’re asked for different and new requirements we’ll upload the connection schematics to provide an intuitive insight in how the different types of on board cameras systems bolt together, be they traditional Analogue style systems, Network IP systems or remote access, wireless systems…

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IRIS295 NightRunner Camera & IRIS595 Controller

In this schematic, an IRIS295 NightRunner camera is being controlled by a single IRIS595 Joystick Controller.

The CAT5 cable from the NightRunner camera feeds into the Breakout Balun, which is a small adapter designed to feed power and RS485 serial data to the camera, and deliver the video feed from the camera.


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Typical ‘Fly-Bridge’ Style Setup

1 controllable (PTZ) camera, in this case our IRIS295 NightRunner, is being controlled by 2 IRIS595 joysticks with the video from the camera fed into an MFD at each of the helm positions using a Video Amplifier (in this case, our VDA0104 which splits a single video input into four outputs). A serial data distributor (EXP0204) is used to manage the data from the 2 controllers to the camera.


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Controlling 2 Cameras from 1 Joystick, and Using a Video Switcher to Select Video

This example shows how to control two PTZ cameras, in this case NightRunner cameras, from a single joystick. A serial data distributor (IRIS-EXP0204) is used to manage the control data and the two video signals from the cameras are fed into our IRIS604 Quad Switcher which allows you to select each of the video inputs individually or view them together on the screen.


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Multi Camera / Controller Setup with Matrix Switching and DVR Recording…

This example features a mix of PTZ and fixed cameras, and also multiple viewing and control positions. In this case, each control position must be able to select and control cameras independently of another position. For instance, the upper helm position can select and control one camera, whilst at the same time the lower helm can select and control another. A video matrix is used to handle the video switching. This is control via our 516 control joysticks and therefore the data line to the matrix connects via our serial data distributors.


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Another ‘Fly Bridge’ Style System, using a Quad Switcher to select multiple cameras and 516 Joystick to control PTZ’s

This example again is a very common scenario, whereby a boat with two control positions (upper and lower helm for example) can select and control cameras. The EXP0204 Serial Data Expander manages the data from the two controllers to the PTZ cameras, and the video from each camera is switched using an IRIS604 Quad Switcher, which allows up to 4 cameras to be viewed on one screen. In this scenario, the video displayed on the monitors will be the same at each control position. For independent video switching a Matrix is required (refer to the appropriate schematic for Matrix connection).


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Basic IP Camera Setup

Here two IRIS402 Hi Def IP cameras are connected to our new IRIS848 Hybrid Digital Recorder via an onboard router. As the router is WiFi, the cameras and the 848 which is also connected to the router can be accessed wirelessly from a smartphone, tablet or computer within range of the wireless network. The cameras are powered using our IRIS-PoE-1 Power over Ethernet injectors which have a voltage range of 8~36VDC. To view cameras across the internet, an internet connection is required using marina WiFi, cellular modem, on board broadband etc…