ZistosHD Optical Zoom Cameras

A valuable feature of any remote video inspection system is the ability to zoom in and get a close-up of a point of interest without having the operator be in close physically proximity. In some instances, getting close to the point of interest is not possible because it is either impossible to access, or getting into a close inspection position is dangerous to the inspector.

The ZistosHD systems offer a true optical zoom feature that can magnify the image to many times its true size. Optical zoom uses a series of adjustable lenses that are controlled by the operator to magnify an image. Digital zoom cameras magnify an image by artificially increasing the number of pixels to make an object appear larger. Digital zoom cameras reduce the resolution of an image when they magnify its size. Optical cameras maintain the highest image resolution, even when they are at maximum magnification. The ZistosHD zoom cameras utilize optical zoom and maintain full resolution at maximum zoom settings.

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 audio listening capabilities, self-illuminating LEDs, and provide high definition 1080p images and video. Our 10X camera has both white light and IR (WPC-2.5ZIR-HD) illumination options. The cameras can be fixed with additional side illuminators.  The systems can also be equipped with a talkback speaker box for full duplex audio. This allows the operator to listen and communicate back with others who may be in the inspection location. These zoom cameras are compatible with all ZistosHD systems.

The ZistosHD wireless bridge accessory allows the system to interface to a standard cell-modem, (a product that is offered by most major cellular carriers). This allows transmission of real-time video from anywhere that has cell coverage – to anywhere that has internet access!

We would welcome the opportunity to set up a virtual product demonstration so you and your team can see the ZistosHD Portable Pole Camera System with our optical zoom camera in operation. These sessions can take as little as 15 minutes and can be scheduled at your convenience.

ZistosHD Tanker Inspection System Accessory – The Valve Inspection Camera

The Valve Inspection Camera (VIC-2-HD) is the ideal tool for searching drop valves of tanker trucks and rail tankers. This accessory is the perfect complement to the ZistosHD Tanker Inspection System (HDTI-5AR-TIP6-3.5Z)

The ZistosHD Tanker Inspection System has been designed to perform a safe visual inspection of the interior of a tanker trailer or rail tanker car for hygienic conditions, residual heel, foreign objects, cracks, and corrosion. This uniquely configured video pole camera inspection system is inserted into the tanker hatch. It allows an inspector to visually assess interior conditions inside of a tank, without the need to enter into the confined space. The ZistosHD Tanker Inspection System features a self-illuminating, 30X optical zoom camera mounted on a telescoping pole that can be positioned in any orientation for a thorough tank inspection.

The Valve Inspection Camera is a self-illuminating, high resolution, color camera on a 2-foot, semi-rigid gooseneck that attaches directly to the ZistosHD System handle. It can be manually manipulated to any desired position and can be interchanged with the pole camera portion of this system to visually inspect the drop valve and piping for hygienic conditions, missing gaskets, and other issues, from the back end of the tanker. This area is not usually visually accessible for an inspection and can be a source of contamination.  

The images produced by the system are displayed locally on a 5” or 10” display. Still images and video clips can be recorded for later review. The wireless display has a removable SD card for easy image archiving, but images can also be uploaded to cloud storage, if desired. The wireless video produced by the system can be viewed locally by the inspector, or over a network to others who can be situated in a remote location.

The ZistosHD Tanker Inspection System with the Valve Inspection Camera accessory, allows an operator to conduct a thorough inspection in critical areas of a bulk transportation or storage vessel, in a safe and efficient manner.

ZistosHD Under Door Camera System

The ZistosHD Under Door Camera System (HDTS-5AR-ZDV) is designed to help operators conduct both visual and audio (which can be disabled) surveillance into a room, through the space under a door, during a tactical mission. The system includes a specially designed, hand held pole mounted camera that is approximately .25” thick and can be inserted into the space between the floor and a closed door. The pole camera transmits encrypted, low-latency (delay), Wi-Fi video images that are viewed on a rugged 5” display. The system also supports wired operation in situations where wireless operation is not feasible.

This special dual view camera has 2 cameras recessed within its tongue. One looks forward into the room for a subject and the other looks up to check for booby traps or barricades on the back of the door. The two images generated by the forward and upward looking cameras can be toggled on the display with the push of a button. This camera has IR illumination to covertly light up a room without being visible to the human eye. If the door doesn’t have the necessary quarter inch of door to floor clearance, an air jack is provided in the system to lift the door enough to slip the camera underneath.

The specially designed, dedicated 8’ telescoping pole with universal joint for this system facilitates horizontal panning of a room while the operator remains out of the fatal funnel of the doorway. For long term surveillance operations a drop cable can be used, allowing the operator to set the camera and view the image from a safer location.

The 5” display included in this system features a rugged, industrial design, excellent screen brightness and resolution. The tablet features a removable battery that is hot-swappable. This negates the need to take the display out of service if its battery gets low. The display can be worn on the wrist, chest, neck or can be pole mounted at the user’s preference.  It also has a removable SD card that can be removed to archive captured images and video clips.

The ZistosHD wireless bridge accessory allows the system to interface to a standard cell-modem, (a product that is offered by most major cellular carriers). This allows transmission of real-time video from anywhere that has cell coverage – to anywhere that has internet access!

This tool is excellent to support jobs that involve a barricaded subject, hostage situations or to help minimize collateral damage when explosive breaching techniques are utilized. 

5 ways ZistosHD Industrial Inspection Systems Make Confined Space Operations Safer and More Efficient

ZistosHD Industrial Inspection equipment is designed to help make confined space entries safer and more efficient. This is accomplished by allowing a single individual to perform a visual inspection of a confined space, without the need to perform a potentially dangerous confined space entry that would require a second worker to fill the role of attendant. If, upon completing a confined space inspection it is determined that a confined space entry is required, these systems can also be used to increase safety. The system can be used by the OSHA mandated, confined space entry attendant who remains outside of the space, to visually observe the confined space entrant.

ZistosHD blends in wireless, high definition (1080P) video, with a system configuration that facilitates remote access into difficult to access or dangerous locations. High capacity, extended life, rechargeable batteries will keep the system operational for up to 10 hours. When power is drained, a battery can easily be switched out. Also available are optional, specialty cameras with thermal imaging and optical zoom capabilities.

Features and Benefits of ZistosHD Industrial Inspection Systems:

1) It is not necessary to enter a confined space in order to do a visual inspection of conditions.

The first step of any maintenance/repair operation is a visual inspection of the environment and conditions of a space. With a ZistosHD Industrial Inspection System you are able to inspect interior conditions of a confined space – from outside the space. Whether the confined space is a tanker truck, rail tanker, storage vessel, or underground vault, these systems keep workers away from many of the confined space hazards that can cause injury and death. With the use of 1080p, 10X and 30X Optical Zoom HD Cameras these kits can help pick out any hazards, structural issues, cracks, corrosion, delamination, contaminants or foreign objects that may be present.

2) If an entry is necessary, advance intelligence has been provided about conditions and hazards. 

If a confined space entry is required to remedy a problem, the entrant has advanced knowledge to potential hazards and conditions in the space. In addition, the entrant will know in advance of entry, what materials and tools may be required to attend to the issue. This allows for a faster, more efficient maintenance/repair operation reducing time in the confined space as much as possible and potentially reducing the number of times a confined space entry needs to be conducted.

3) The same ZistosHD system can then be used to monitor the entrant.

If the confined space entry is necessary, you can use the same ZistosHD to visually assess the wellbeing and progress of the entrant.

Many confined space accidents occur when an entrant is injured or overcome by hazards such as a toxic atmosphere. In many instances, additional injuries and fatalities occur from would be rescuers who fall victim to the same hazard after going into the space to investigate. Individuals tasked with monitoring the wellbeing of the entrant can respond quickly to visual conditions, such as an entrant collapsing or becoming non-responsive. In addition to the video monitoring, the system is also equipped with audio capabilities.

4) The wireless video images can be viewed by others. 

The digital video signal that is produced by the ZistosHD system can be viewed by the operator as well as other work associates. These other viewers would need to be in proximity to the wireless signal and be equipped with their own display system. In addition, the system can be configured with a wireless bridge option that allows the real-time video to be streamed onto a company wide network, or even a cellular connection. This allows an individual anywhere in the world to view real-time inspection video on a computer system or mobile device that has internet access.

5) Cloud Based Storage is available for archival purposes as well as instant sharing, no matter the physical location of the viewer. 

Captured images and video clips can automatically be uploaded to cloud based storage for later review, or for archival purposes. The system display can be configured to transition to a secondary network with internet access when the camera system is turned off. The system will then automatically upload any newly acquired video images, with a time and date stamp, to a cloud storage resource. This allows the inspection images to be reviewed by anyone, anywhere, as long as they have the cloud storage account login information. These images can be downloaded at a later time for inclusion in reports, or other documentation. 

ZistosHD Specialty Tactical Cameras

ZistosHD Tactical Cameras have been designed with the dangers of law enforcement operations in mind. These cameras allow law enforcement to establish “visual dominance”, it allows tactical teams to see their subjects without being seen themselves. This ability gives them a distinct advantage in any tactical mission.

All ZistosHD cameras are modular with all ZistosHD kits and components. This allows the system to be dynamically configured in different ways and allows the systems to be used to maximum benefit in many different tactical situations and environments. They also feature encrypted wireless video streaming. This enables the video to be shared in real-time amongst other team members, or with a command location. If needed, the system can also be used in a wired video mode with the transmitters disabled. The system batteries are rechargeable and have a battery life of up to 10 hours, depending on configuration and use, allowing the system to be used during lengthy missions without the need to worry about system power issues.

Some of the uniquely designed cameras and their capabilities are listed below:

Under Door:

The ZistosHD Under Door Camera (ZDV-HD) is designed to slip under a door and give operators both visual and audio (can be disabled) surveillance into a room during a tactical mission. If the door doesn’t have the necessary quarter inch of door to floor clearance, an air jack is provided in the system to lift the door enough to slip the camera underneath. This special camera actually has 2 cameras recessed within its tongue. One looks forward into the room for a subject and one looks up to check for booby traps or barricades on the back of the door. These two cameras are easily switched between with the push of a button. This camera has IR LEDs to covertly light up a room without being visible to the human eye. The specially designed telescoping pole for this camera facilitates horizontal panning of a room, while the operator remains out of the fatal funnel of the doorway. For long term surveillance operations a cable can be used, allowing the operator to set the camera and view the image from a safer location. This tool is excellent to support jobs that involve a barricaded subject, or to help minimize collateral damage when explosive breaching techniques are utilized. 

Ultra Low-Light:

The ZistosHD Ultra Low-Light Camera (ULC-2.0IR-HD) is a high-definition, 1080P camera. It can see in complete darkness for distances that surpass the range of most other low-light tactical video cameras.  The camera’s IR LEDs are completely invisible to the human eye and allow for team members to covertly search for a hidden subject in potentially dangerous & dark environments. The camera’s internal high gain microphone can be used to listen for the subtle sounds emanating from subjects that are trying to remain hidden. This microphone can be capped using the supplied mic screw when audio surveillance is forbidden. The Ultra Low-Light Camera can be used in any weather event due to its weatherproof housing. With the mic screw installed this camera can be complete submerged in water.

Dual Mode Thermal:

ZistosHD Dual Mode Thermal Camera in Thermal Mode (Left), B&W IR Mode (Right)

The Dual Mode Thermal Camera (THC-51D-HD) is a single camera module that has 2 cameras within. Not only is there a thermal camera to look for heat signatures, but there is also a black & white IR camera to gain more detail. This is an important capability because thermal images are great at detecting the presence of individuals in dark environments, but the images can sometimes be ambiguous. The dual mode video capability gives you the best of both worlds. The operator can switch between the two modes by changing the illumination levels of the camera without the need to change any components. This dual camera is ideally suited to look for subjects in wooded areas, bushes, attics, crawl spaces and other dangerous, dark or unknown environments. The thermal resolution for this camera is 320×256, which generates a meaningful thermal image. This is unlike than most thermal fusion cameras on the market today that offer very limited thermal resolutions and are ineffective when used in thermal only mode. The Dual Mode Thermal like most ZistosHD cameras has an internal microphone for audio surveillance and can be turned off by installing the provided mic screw when audio surveillance is forbidden.

IR Zoom:

ZistosHD 10X IR Zoom Camera – Same Scene – 1X Zoom on Left, 10X Zoom on Right

The 10X IR Optical Zoom Camera (WPC-2.5ZIR-HD) is a high resolution, 1080P camera with the ability to zoom in, optically, 10 times without losing ANY resolution (which would be the case for digital zoom cameras). This allows the operator to see greater detail, at greater distances. It is ideally suited for looking down from high rises, viewing large void spaces for subjects or and more distant surveillance operations. The IR Zoom is also provided with self-illuminating IR LEDs but isn’t a strictly black and white camera. This camera operates as a color camera until the IR illuminators are turned on. At that point, the picture transitions to a low-light sensitive, black and white image. This camera housing is weatherproof and submersible up to the ZistosHD handle. This camera is also audio capable and is provided with the mic screw when audio surveillance is forbidden.