Choices of Vehicle Cameras


Different mobile vehicle camera surveillance applications such as; school bus video camera, in-car video surveillance for taxi or police, transit bus video vehicle observation cameras may require a slightly different camera type with different attributes. Having stated this obvious point, it should be noted that some are taking this to the extreme, and it might be wise to ask why they would need so many different camera choices?

Why some suppliers prefer to dazzle, baffle and bewilder potential customers with a plethora of odd shaped application-specific  choices of cameras, is beyond me. Perhaps the wide selection of camera choices takes the customer focus off the fact their district is about to be taken advantage of by some high pressure commission sales rep more interested in a fat monthly bonus than the customers ability to recycle the cameras in other application in the future if necessary.


Propriety Camera Connectors

American school districts have been getting ripped off for years now with this "propriety cameras" scam from both foreign and domestic manufacturers who will remain unnamed. It is time to send a clear message that American school districts have had enough of this raw deal and start exercising our freedom of choice by choosing to spec a system we will not be forced to pay up to 4 times more for a additional or replacement camera  from some predatory manufacturer.
By only accepting a non-propriety informal industry standard camera system, your district will never be tied to any product manufacturer for future camera replacements.    

Informal industry standard cameras incorporate BNC Video connectors, RCA Audio connectors and 2.1 mm DC power connectors. 


The Environment

"Waste not" is a principal tried and proven for conservation of all things worth having, so the sheer volume of discarded and useless cameras I often find at customer locations is not only a example of wasted value and loss of capital for the customer, but an unnecessary example of waste brought on by over specialization of the cameras. This type of product waste is environmentally damaging and in most cases the reason they are discarding the cameras is they have such specific applications parameters they are simply trashed when that specific application is no longer required because they are not suitable for general use or utility.

Some examples might help to illustrate my point:
One of the largest distributors of CCTV surveillance systems has no less than 56 different cameras to cover many different specific applications, including bullet cameras, pin hole cameras, wedge cameras, box, dome, turret, mini, some with built in audio, some with IR LEDs, some variable lens, some fixed, almost half of them with remote Pan Tilt Zoom features, some are even explosion proof!


Conservation Through Foresight

From a pragmaticv and environmental viewpoint it makes m ore sence to offer a small number of camera choices that are well suited to a large number of applications. In this way the custoemr is not financing the manufacturers attempt to overcome their low self esteem  about their much higher product pricing.

24 years of selling and servicing the mobile digital recording industries, and in the last 10 years all vehicle camera surveillance customers were satisfied with one of 2 different camera models. Our customers do not suffer the same application specific camera problems when they try to move them from one vehicle to another as they are well suited for general vehicle camera surveillance and the primary difference between them related to the mounting requirements.

The only noticeable change we have made in the last decade to our cameras was changing the 6 or 8mm camera for front of school bus camera applications to a much wider angle 3.6 mm lens for greatly enhanced Field of View, as now more than 1 camera is being installed with 2-3 cameras the norm for a school bus sized vehicle.
Past customers have moved their general purpose camera from bus to bus as they retire older buses, moved them into service trucks, some moved as shop video surveillance, and several customers now monitor their fuel island pumps with 15 year old cameras sold to them more than a decade ago, after they retired the bus they were originally purchased for.




Standard D1 Resolution CCTV Camera Choices

PD Camera

Named as such due to widespread application in police cars for recording of interior car activities.
Very hi-resolution 700 TVL  from the 1/3" Sony Super HAD CCD, with a very wide angle 2.5 mm lens that provides an exceptional wide Field of view. The built in audi is very clear and the light sensor automatically switches the camera from color in normal ambient light to Night Vision via IR LEDS in low light environments. The heavy duty metal shell provides a much longer service life than the cheap plastic camera cases polluting the market.


PD2 Camera

PD2 Camera

Dual Lens version of the above PD camera, for use as a Forward Road facing camera, and Driver camera in a single unit. Forward Road Facing camera has 3.6mm lens, IR LEDs disabled to prevent “ghosting” when the IR light is reflected back into the lens and creates a fog-like refraction that degrades image clarity. Sun Shield included for use in the forward facing lens to block unwanted sun that can cause glare in the early morning or late afternoon.

Very hi-resolution 700 TVL  from the 1/3" Sony Super HAD CCD, with Driver facing very wide angle 2.5 mm lens that provides an exceptional wide Field of view. The built in audio on the Driver Facing camera is very clear and the light sensor automatically switches the camera from color in normal ambient light to Night Vision via IR LEDS in low light environments. The heavy duty metal shell provides a much longer service life than the cheap plastic camera cases polluting the market.


BTC or Black Turret Camera

This camera is generically a dome camera with widespread application in school buses for recording of interior bus activities while protecting the camera with a metal vandal resistant shell. Vandal resistant qualities include built in microphone, metal shell or casing,  metal shoulder and metal base for a very durable camera. Steel adjustment set screws provided making it rock solid when locked down and much less likely to be bumped out of adjustment during hostile assaults by children or in some cases prisoners as we have offered this camera to several prisoner transport services with zero complaints or damage to date.
Very hi-resolution 700 TVL  from the 1/3" Sony Super HAD CCD, with a choice of 2 lenses for different applications in a vehicle: very wide angle 2.5 mm for rear of school bus or stairwell / driver camera offering an exceptional Field of View and 3.6mm for all other applications in a large vehicle like school bus front camera, school bus middle camera, transit bus or train.

Built in audio recording, with customer adjustable gain on audio amplifier,   light sensor automatically switches the camera from color in normal ambient light to Night Vision via IR LEDS in low light environments.



Side View Verticle camera

ExtCAM Exterior  Side & Rear Turret  Camera

ExtCAM is a weather proof IP67 rated vandal resistant‚ auto activating, infrared camera that can easily adjust to point in almost any direction‚ without need to disassemble the camera housing or worry about back reflection from the IR illuminators. It is the size and shape of a very small dome camera‚ but its versatile “turret” style system allows for faster installs and easier adjustments.

ExtCAM permits quick adaptation for Side vehicle camera with horizon leveling for proper image view, or conventional horizontal image for proper video playback from Side View camera applications.




High Definition 720P-AHD CCTV Camera Choices

PD-A Camera

Named as such due to widespread application in police cars for recording of interior car activities.
720P-AHD High Definition 1280x720 TVL, with a very wide angle 2.5 mm lens that provides an exceptional wide Field of view. The built in audi is very clear and the light sensor automatically switches the camera from color in normal ambient light to Night Vision via IR LEDS in low light environments. The heavy duty metal shell provides a much longer service life than the cheap plastic camera cases polluting the market.



BTC-A or Black Turret Camera

The BTC-A is a 720P-AHD High Definition camera is generically a dome camera with widespread application in school buses for recording of interior bus activities while protecting the camera with a metal vandal resistant shell. Vandal resistant qualities include built in microphone, metal shell or casing,  metal shoulder and metal base for a very durable camera. Steel adjustment set screws provided making it rock solid when locked down and much less likely to be bumped out of adjustment during hostile assaults by children or in some cases prisoners as we have offered this camera to several prisoner transport services with zero complaints or damage to date.

720P-AHD High Definition 1280x720 TVL, with a choice of 2 lenses for different applications in a vehicle: very wide angle 2.1 mm for rear of school bus or stairwell / driver camera offering an exceptional Field of View and 2.8mm for all other applications in a large vehicle like school bus front camera, school bus middle camera, transit bus or train.

Built in audio recording, with customer adjustable gain on audio amplifier,   light sensor automatically switches the camera from color in normal ambient light to Night Vision via IR LEDS in low light environments.


ExCAM-A Exterior  Side & Rear Turret  Camera

ExCAM-A is a 720P-AHD High Definition weather proof IP67 rated vandal resistant‚ auto activating, infrared camera that can easily adjust to point in almost any direction‚ without need to disassemble the camera housing or worry about back reflection from the IR illuminators. It is the size and shape of a very small dome camera‚ but its versatile “turret” style system allows for faster installs and easier adjustments.

ExCAM permits quick adaptation for Side vehicle camera with horizon leveling for proper image view, or conventional horizontal image for proper video playback from Side View camera applications.



ExCAM-A Exterior  Backup Camera (Mirrored)

ExCAM-A is a 720P-AHD High Definition is a weather proof IP67 rated vandal resistant‚ auto activating, infrared camera that can easily adjust to point in almost any direction‚ without need to disassemble the camera housing or worry about back reflection from the IR illuminators. It is the size and shape of a very small dome camera‚ but its versatile “turret” style system allows for faster installs and easier adjustments.

ExCAM has built in “mirror” function to reverse the image orientation for backup applications.




HD-SDI Full HD1080p High Definition Camera Choices


BTC-SDI  Camera aka Black Turret Camera for HD-SDI systems

This camera is generically a dome camera with widespread application in school buses for recording of interior bus activities while protecting the camera with a metal vandal resistant shell. Vandal resistant qualities include built in microphone, metal shell or casing, metal shoulder and metal base for a very durable camera. Steel adjustment set screws provided making it rock solid when locked down and much less likely to be bumped out of adjustment during hostile assaults by children or in some cases prisoners as we have offered this camera to several prisoner transport services with zero complaints or damage to date. Full HD 1080p High Definition 1920x1080 2 Megapixel image quality with very wide angle 2.8 mm lens for front, rear of school bus, stairwell, driver camera offering an exceptional Field of View for interior applications in a large vehicle like school bus front camera, school bus middle camera, transit bus or train.

Built in audio recording, with customer adjustable gain on audio amplifier, light sensor automatically switches the camera from color in normal ambient light to Night Vision via IR LEDS in low light environments. Requires ABV sourced 75-5 HD-SDI camera extension cables, use of inferior low quality cables will damage the HD DVR and void warranty. 



School Bus Stop Arm Violation Camera Image for High Definition 1080p vehicle license plate citations

SAC-SDI Camera aka Stop Arm Camera for HD-SDI systems

This camera is for exterior applications where the customer is looking to capture images of vehicle license plates passing stopped buses in violation of Stop Arm laws regarding traffic behind or in front of school buses loading and unloading children with Stop Arm Stop Sign extended to stop traffic to help proterct children entering and exiting the school bus. 
Full HD 1080p High Definition 1920x1080 2 Megapixel image quality with very tight angle 12 mm lens offering an exceptional depth of field view for vehicles passing from the front or the rear. Best if used with dual camera solutions for one SAC facing forward and one SAC facing rear to captuire the drivers face and rear vehbicle license plate at the same time.  Light sensor automatically switches the camera from color in normal ambient light to Night Vision via IR LEDS in low light environments. Requires ABV sourced 75-5 HD-SDI camera extension cables, use of inferior low quality cables will damage the HD DVR and void warranty. 

Free School Bus Stop Arm Violation Camera Upgrade for High Definition 1080p vehicle license plate citations.



PD-SDI 2 Megapixel High Definition 1080p 2.8mm camera

PD-SDI Camera for HD-SDI systems

This camera is generically a RV camera with widespread applications for smaller vehicles that do not require the much larger heavy-duty BTC-SDI cameras. PD-SDI camera is also recommended for forward facing cameras mounted inside the vehicle as the camera comes with a removable Sun Shade cover that can greatly reduce the glare from driving in the direction of early morning or late afternoon sunlight.

Vandal resistant qualities include metal shell or casing, metal shoulder and metal base for a very durable camera. Steel adjustment set screws provided making it rock solid when locked down and much less likely to be bumped out of adjustment. Full HD 1080p High Definition 1920x1080 2 Megapixel image quality with very wide angle 2.8 mm lens offering an exceptional Field of View for interior applications in a vehicle like car, pickup, tractor as well as forward facing road camera. Built in audio recording, with customer adjustable gain on audio amplifier, light sensor automatically switches the camera from color in normal ambient light to Night Vision via IR LEDS in low light environments. Requires ABV sourced 75-5 HD-SDI camera extension cables, use of inferior low quality cables will damage the HD DVR and void warranty. 



HD-SDI Camera Extension Cables with Video, Power & Audio 75-5 Coaxial 

As off the shelf commercial accessories for cameras with built in audio do not seem to be easily available for the new Full HD-SDI cameras, we offer them as available accessories should they be required. Custom manufactured HD-SDI camera extension cables for camera cables requiring power and audio to be incorporated into a single cable housing. These are professional HD-SDI cables for mobile applications, they are much larger and heavier than the low grade cables offered by others, and they contribute greatly to the higher cost of the HD-SDI systems we sell.

5 meter HD-SDI 75-5 camera extension cable witrh Audio, Video & Power

5 meter HD-SDI 75-5 camera extension cable witrh Audio, Video & Power
SDI Video, audio, power supply, 75-5 coaxial power AWG22 + 2 + 2 core audio AWG24


20 meter HD-SDI 75-5 camera extension cable witrh Audio, Video & Power

20 meter HD-SDI 75-5 camera extension cable witrh Audio, Video & Power
SDI Video, audio, power supply, 75-5 coaxial power AWG22 + 2 + 2 core audio AWG24