ClearView offers surveillance throughout the world
With the ability to power cameras from the Canadian wilderness to the deserts of Saudi Arabia, ClearView Asset Protection works to defend well pads, medicinal marijuana growth operations and, potentially, drone attacks.
“We’re providing the mobility,” said Lance Thomas, president and founder of ClearView.
His surveillance towers are powered through a hybrid of solar energy — acquired through military-grade panels — and a methanol fuel cell.
Though the solar panels have a potential to provide an unlimited source of energy, that source of energy is more limited in the shade or northern regions and thereby also limits the number of places the tower can be erected.
Gas companies coming from Texas and Oklahoma first encountered this issue when trying to secure their well pads in Pennsylvania, said Thomas.
“They fail in the wintertime, ours has always been built to meet the PA standards,” he said. “That’s why we’ve been successful. Then when you add this hybrid system, it doesn’t matter how much sun we get, we can go days with no sun. I’m not gonna lose power at all.”
The only byproduct of the methanol fuel cell is water, which makes the security towers completely eco-friendly, he said. The hybrid system allows the cameras to switch when solar becomes non-viable, resulting in some systems staying in the field for 18 months with the possibility of staying out another 18 months or more, he said.
The well pads themselves have also shrunk their footprint over the years, however with the entire system fitting into a parking space, any gas company is able to get reliable surveillance.
“All the equipment and electronics inside to support operation has a high temperature variance,” said Thomas. “Most of that goes up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, and down to -40.”
The system’s rugged durability allows for both extremely desiccating and humid environments, he said.
“Now we can go to remote areas where before there was a lack of power, or there wasn’t a good source of power,” he said. “That’s what made us very unique and be able to provide that with the Saudi Arabia contracts.”
The towers have been fitted with a variety of plugs to allow for many kinds of technology.
“It’s like a multi-tool that has its own power,” said Thomas. “I can run cameras, I can run radar systems and I can run satellite communication.”
Of particular interest to the Saudi Arabia contracts are the defensive drone radar systems which notify the potential targets of impending danger.
“We’ve been able to create distance,” he said. “We’re about 510 miles from that facility now where there’s no power, and give them even more of an earlier detection of drones coming in.”
For law enforcement, ClearView offers a telescopic tower which allows for a vantage point above 25 feet and is useful for crowd surveillance. Rather than operating off of a loud gas-powered generator, the silent methanol fuel cell offers a more comfortable alternative.
The addition of a 110-volt inlet also allows for the system to be charged rather than relying on either solar or the fuel cell.
Secondary cameras operating out of a hard-shell case can also be deployed and offer a portable six-foot tall view of surroundings and operate seamlessly with the main tower.
Across all platforms, the ClearView surveillance towers don’t have the need for sight alignment with other cameras to work properly and users are able to view video from multiple cameras at the same time.
“Both systems are very simplistic, all the switches to turn on are on the outside and lock box, one person can set both the systems off and turn on,” he said Thomas.
Ease of use, durability and the ability to use several kinds of technology are all reasons why Thomas said the system is a wise choice for any organization to deploy.