ZistosHD Motorized Pole Options

ZistosHD Pole Camera Systems are used in many applications where it is necessary to inspect or surveil an object or subject, in an environment that is difficult to access or dangerous to enter. This is accomplished by mounting one of our specially designed HD video camera heads onto one of our telescoping poles. One specialized telescoping pole option we offer is a motorized design.

The ZistosHD motorized pole utilizes a motorized articulating hinge that allows the camera head to be remotely positioned across its full range of +/- 120 degrees. Controlling this is accomplished by using the control keypad on the ZistosHD system handle, or the touchscreen overlay on the display unit.

The motorized articulating mount allows the camera to be positioned in any orientation when it is inserted into an environment and inaccessible to the operator. The articulation angle of the camera head is displayed on the handle, so the operator is never blind to the camera position even if the camera head is not visible.

The speed of articulation can be adjusted by the user, and the gear-head motor is designed with a special slip-clutch that protects it against mechanical shock if the motor is back driven by manually forcing the camera head. The motorized pole can be rotated to allow the camera to pan 360 degrees around an area. The motorized poles are available in 6ft (1.8M), 10ft (3M), 16ft (5M), 22ft (6.9M) and 30ft (9.4M) lengths.

The advantages of the motorized articulation design are vast. It allows the inspection of areas where openings are narrow and only accommodate the camera to be inserted in its smallest footprint orientation (usually 0 degrees, positioned straight). The motorized poles are also advantageous when the application requires inspection of a broad area where constant adjustments to the camera position are required.

The modular design and the broad variety of pole types and lengths, along with the different camera and display options available in the ZistosHD line of inspection and surveillance products, ensure that we have a customizable video pole camera system that will best fit your application and budget. If you need a video system for applications such as tactical surveillance, urban search and rescue, vehicle/cargo search or industrial inspection, please call us to get more information, or to set up a no-obligation product demonstration virtually or at your facility.

The ZistosHD Handle – Redundant Controls

The HD Handle is the common modular component of the ZistosHD family of products. It houses all of the controls, power, and WiFi transmitters for the system to function. The handle attaches to any ZistosHD camera pole or cable on one end, and the battery module is seated in the handle on the opposite end.

The ZistosHD handle is designed with an ergonomic hand grip and offers easily accessible keypad controls. These features allow the system to be operated by a single individual, with a minimal amount of training on system use and function.

The 9-button keypad on the handle module is designed to be actuated by the operator’s thumb. The 9 buttons include; Illumination Up & Down, Zoom In & Out, Motorized Pan Left & Right, Special Function, Snapshot, and Record Video Start/Stop.

The ZistosHD systems also offer full control redundancy. All of the keypad control functions from the handle are also available using the touch screen menu overlays on the display.

Two is always better than one. The control redundancy is beneficial in many ways. One way is ZistosHD systems can be used as a drop camera and the operator can control the camera using the display from a safe distance away from a potentially dangerous location like a doorway or confined space. Another example is it could be bad weather and the touch screen is wet and it is not registering your inputs with your gloves on, but the handle buttons will work.


  • Ergonomically designed, lightweight, impact resistant plastic construction
  • Attaches to any ZistosHD Pole or ZistosHD cable
  • Powered by easily replaced rechargeable Lithium-ion battery packs
  • Provides power to both the motorized pole and camera
  • Keypad allows for control of the motorized pole, camera and DVR functions
  • Internal Wi-Fi radio with dual antennas for optimal performance
  • Connector available for hardwired connection to tablet or network
  • Wireless Bridge available for wireless connection to other networks
  • 9 buttons – Illumination Up, Illumination Down, Zoom In, Zoom Out, Tilt Up, Tilt Down, Enter, Snapshot and Video Start/Stop

The rechargeable batteries that power the system reside in ZistosHD handle. The rechargeable Li-Ion batteries offer extended run-times up to 12 hours. They also feature an integral LCD display that can share the battery charge levels with the operator – even when the system is powered off.

The handle also contains the system’s WiFi radio that is configured with dual antennas. This design feature optimizes wireless performance and maximizes transmission and reception range.

All in all, the ZistosHD Handle is the module that allows full-control of our systems. It houses the control actuator buttons, power and transmitters needed for system function. Its impact resistant, lightweight and ergonomical design make all of the ZistosHD systems highly effective and easy to operate.

ZistosHD Optical Zoom & Camera Clarity

A valuable feature of any portable video system is the ability to view a clear 1080p image while zooming in to get a close-up of a point of interest without having the operator be in close proximity.

In some instances, getting close to the point of interest is not possible due to lack of access, or danger to the operator. Using a portable video system combined with a camera capable of true optical zoom and high resolution imaging can be a solution to these problems.

The ZistosHD systems offer a true optical zoom feature that utilizes lenses to magnify the visual image to many times its true size. This method has significant advantages over cameras that are limited to digital zoom capabilities. Cameras that utilize optical zoom have the ability to magnify an image without any loss of resolution, which is integral to many of these operators in order to perform their job.

By contrast, digital zoom expands the image by using software to magnify the image by increasing the size of the pixels and thus reducing the number of pixels that make up the image. This makes the image appear larger, but at the expense of resolution. Often the images will become too coarse, or pixelated to see any meaningful detail. The more digital magnification that is applied to the image, the worse the image quality gets.

Zistos’ zoom cameras are available in 10X (WPC-2.5Z-HD) and 30X (WPC-3.5Z-HD) optical magnification options. These cameras are housed in rugged, waterproof housings. Both have self-illuminating LEDs and provide high definition 1080p images & video, even when zoomed to their maximum optical range.

All in all, using a portable video system without optical zoom capabilities will limit the range of your system. ZistosHD systems not only have optical zoom options, but also have additional options such as true thermal cameras, under door cameras, IR illumination, snake cameras, specialty scopes and more. Check out the ZistosHD portable video systems and customize your system to your specifications.

Options?  With modularity comes options & customization. Make YOUR gear how YOU want it.

No matter the uniform, helmet or safety gear you wear, our video search & inspection products can help increase the safety and effectiveness of trained personnel by enabling them to gain access to areas considered inaccessible or potentially dangerous, while staying out of harm’s way. All of our systems are designed and engineered for dependability, rapid deployment and modularity with field-interchangeable components.

What applications could benefit from using a Zistos Camera System?

Industrial Inspection Operations:
Confined Space Inspections, Pipe & Vault Inspections, Tanker Inspections, Inspections at height, etc.

Tactical Surveillance Operations:
Look under a door in a barricaded scenario, looking into an attic for a subject’s heat signature, see around a corner in an active shooter scenario, etc.

Physical Search Operations:
Commercial and passenger vehicle searches, large facility sweeps, Inspecting containers on large cargo vessels, etc.

Search & Rescue Operations:
Victim location/extrication operations in a building collapse, industrial accident or natural disaster, etc.

Zistos Modularity Philosophy

ZistosHD Modular Components:
Any ZistosHD camera can work with any ZistosHD pole, handle, display and accessory

The ZistosHD Handle:
The centerpiece of the ZistosHD Line of products. It is where the system battery resides, push button controls exist and is the brain of the system

3 Display options:
5” Rugged Tablet
6” Tablet
10” Rugged Tablet
The displays have redundant touchscreen controls to match those on the handle

13 different Pole options:
3ft (.9m) Baton
6ft (1.8m), 9ft (2.7m), 11ft (3.4m) & 17ft (5.2m) Friction Hinge Poles
6ft (1.8m), 10ft (3m), 16ft (4.9m), 22ft (6.7m) & 30ft (9.1m) Motorized Poles
Dedicated Under Door Camera Pole
Dedicated Vehicle Search Pole
Dedicated Tanker Inspection Pole

12 different Camera options:
Compact Color Camera
Compact IR Camera
Right Angle Compact Camera
Wide FOV Right Angle Compact Camera
10X Optical Color Zoom Camera
10X Optical IR Zoom Camera
Color 30X Optical Zoom Camera
Thermal Camera
Dual Mode Thermal Camera (Thermal & IR Cam in one)
Single View Under Door Camera (Forward Cam)
Dual View Under Door Camera (Forward & Upward Cams)
Valve Inspection Camera

We also have taken on specialty engineering requests that have produced:
UV Illuminated 10X Optical Zoom Camera
4K Camera

2 different Specialty Scope options:
StealthSCOPE – Can be viewed on Tablet using WXMT-WiFi accessory
ExplorerSCOPE – Can be viewed on Tablet using WXMT-WiFi accessory

And countless accessories…

Feel free to check out our website to see all the ZistosHD components, customizable pre-constructed systems made for your application and all the accessories available.

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Confined Space Safety

Zistos manufactures a line of remote video inspection tools that can dramatically reduce the risk of industrial accidents, improve overall worker safety, and limit company liability. This is especially true when dealing with confined spaces.

Confined spaces are inherently dangerous places for people to work. Despite OSHA regulations and modern work methods that put an emphasis on safety protocol, there are still over 100 confined space fatal accidents every year in the United States. Most – if not all – of these accidents were avoidable.

Then why did these accidents still happen? One simple answer – people are people!

Even the most highly trained individuals will at some time in their career execute a lack of judgement, take a shortcut, or for some reason ignore training and end up a victim.

The best way to ensure that workers stay safe is to keep them out of and away from environments that can cause injury, especially confined spaces.

When the area of inspection is hazardous, the use of a remote inspection tool, such as the ones manufactured by Zistos Corporation, can help keep the individual situated in a safe environment outside of the space.

Examples of these operations are;

  • Inspecting the interior of a truck or rail tanker
  • Looking inside an underground vault
  • Inspecting a large processing vessel
  • Inspecting cargo holds on ships

By limiting the risk exposure to a worker, you minimize their risk of injury and increase overall safety.

The bottom line – in many instances, the use of Zistos remote video inspection tools can help keep your work force safe and reduce the potential for industrial accidents. Please contact us to learn how our equipment might help you maximize the safety of your operation.

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