The University of New England (UNE) is working with Telstra to develop wireless cameras that can be controlled and monitored via the internet.
The wireless camera system, known as RMCam, uses Telstra’s Next G network for wireless connectivity. The cameras can potentially be viewed and controlled from any computer with an internet connection.
"This provides businesses with a huge potential to improve efficiency, reduce operational costs and provide superior real time information," said Gary Goldsworthy, director of Telstra’s Country Wide.
He said UNE’s RMCam has the potential to slash the travel time and personnel expenses associated with setting up and using a wired camera.
Remote monitoring services such as the RMCam could have applications in the farming industry, including the viewing of aquaculture sites, livestock in paddocks or for security purposes.
Telstra is trialling a number of applications with developers. Businesses are monitoring data such as rainfall, wind speed, soil moisture and water temperature.
More information about the RMCam and a controllable demonstration camera can be found at www.rmcam.com.au.