Among the improvements are solar panels that are almost half the size of the originals and that trim 30 pounds off battery and solar panel weight—a reduction of approximately 33 percent—while maintaining a minimum of five days of autonomy for the cameras. Additionally, a redesign of the mounting system makes solar panels easier for customers to install and lock into place. The EZ-bracket mount system weighs 10 pounds, nearly 40 percent, less than the original.
Driving the enhancements are continual advancements in technology. OxBlue’s ability to obtain upgraded components with a lower power draw has, in turn, allowed the company to lower the power consumption of the OxBlue camera system—thus requiring smaller solar panels and batteries. For example, the switch from polycrystalline solar panels to monocrystalline panels, which are made out of the silicon, results in more power per square inch and a long panel life.
OxBlue released its first line of solar-powered systems more than ten years ago and has continued to refine and develop the technology. New versions include a wide range of solar products designed to power OxBlue construction cameras from smaller units to larger turnkey solar trailers. The company is fulfilling orders for solar trailers that can positon cameras up to 70 feet to provide a big picture view of the project. Many OxBlue solar units are deployed at project jobsites where power is not yet available or where solar is a convenient power source.