When it comes to right-of-way patrol, whether you are flying over power lines, boating along the coast,
or driving along a railroad line, the VMS-333 is the ideal device for geotagging audio and video data in
With VMS-333, you can capture both what you see, via an off-the-shelf camcorder, video recorder, or
Nikon DSLR camera (with a memory card or hard drive), and what you say, via a headset and
microphone. You can even take still photos of points of interest and make audio notes about them, if
necessary. The VMS-333 automatically geo-tags the captured data with location and time information, using a GPS receiver.
Custom Named Features of Interest are an additional capability when using the VMS-Mobile application with the VMS-333. Upon decoding your video content, your custom named features of interest will be labeled on the map accordingly. Either color coded road conditions or single points of interest are just some examples of what can be accomplished.
VMS-333 works with various types of GPS receivers from hardwired external (NMEA) units to wireless
Bluetooth GPS devices. The GPS unit supplied with the VMS-333 is a wired “puck” style receiver
powered by the VMS-333 through a single cable. It also includes a magnetic mount for easy attachment to the outside of the vehicle.
When connected to a Nikon DSLR camera, the VMS-333 acts as an intervalometer that controls how
often, how long, and how many shots are taken to create a collection of continuous corridor image
strips. It provides three modes of intervalometry functions:
- Time. Triggers camera shots at specific time intervals.
- Distance. Triggers camera shots at specific distances as measured by GPS.
- Field of View. Triggers aerial camera shots that take in a specific coverage. For example, as altitude
decreases, more shots are taken, and as altitude increases, less shots are taken.
Note: Because the VMS-333 includes a Bluetooth wireless communications channel, you use an Android tablet running the VMS-Mobile application to set the parameters associated with intervalometry and camera control.
The GPS data and other metadata are encapsulated in the media files containing the captured audio and video data. These data files are stored on the hard drive or memory card of the video recorder. You can then transfer this data to your personal computer and display the results on a map through MediaMapper. All you need to do is select any video trail on the map to watch the video or click any marked point of interest on the map to view its associated still photo or listen to its audio notes.
This information can be very useful in corridor management of pipeline and electric transmission right of ways. It is also beneficial in managing riparian areas along rivers and streams and other types of corridors, both natural and man-made.