Scout - Trail Monitoring System
The Scout is a completely weatherproof, very rugged camera trapping trigger designed to be deployed in the field for months at a time all with no user intervention. Incredibly easy to use and all of the configurable features you will need for your next camera trapping project. The Scout includes directional triggering, active and sleep time windows and it is all powered from AA batteries. The system is available with two different transmitters, a base transmitter for lower cost, or the standard transmitter for the most flexibility. See comparison.
Scout Highlights and Features
- Creates a beam that when interrupted fires your camera.
- Very Rugged UV resistant polycarbonate housing.
- Can be set up for directional triggering in order to avoid the infamous "butt" shot. (requires standard transmitter)
- Will not trigger due to temperature changes or rain.
- Components powered by 6AA Batteries
- Battery life on one set of Eneloop rechargeable batteries is at least 100 Days
- Includes an external power jack for longer term assignments.
- Easy to read OLED display.
- Camera control is completely customizable.
- Use the trigger with video or still cameras - even those that need to be "kept alive".
- Flash hardware control.
- Real Time Clock
- Two active time windows - Program the times of day you want the system to be active
- Included 1/4-20 tripod mounting plate
- Housing is weather proof - designed to be left in the weather.
- Features all weather proof connectors.
- Can be locked up by optional Python cable for security.
- Equipped with USB to facilitate firmware updates.
- PIN based lockout system to prevent the mischievous from changing your settings.
- Part of a larger system that will include wireless camera and flash control - more information coming soon!
- Length: 140 mm (5.5 in)
- Width: 89 mm (3.5 in)
- Height: 38 mm (1.5 in)
- Weight: 0.318 kg (11 oz) (not including batteries)
- External Input Voltage: 5 to 20 VDC
- Max Range: 40 m (130 ft) (transmit power set to high)
- Battery Life: >100 days
- Operating Temperature: -40 to 80C (-40 to 176F)
- Response Time: 25mS max (max transmit speed)
Most often when camera trapping you will use Scout to control the camera and the camera to control the flashes. This is the use case the above diagram shows. If you are interested in using Scout to sync the flashes you can visit here. The unconnected RCA connector in the diagram is Flash-Sync-In and is not used in this connection scheme. The default timing will assert the camera shutter and 1/2 press simultaneously so for most cases no additional configuration is required. The camera shutter cable can be selected from a drop down list at the time of ordering.
Shown to the left is the Scout transmitter strapped to a tree with our optional tree bracket - both are then locked to the tree with a Master Lock Python Cable (5/16") Lock. Scout will accept cables up to 10 mm in diameter
Scout can be configured so that a 4 digit PIN is required to make any settings changes. Once the PIN Lockout is enabled Scout can not even be turned off without the PIN. Cognisys must be contacted to unlock the sensor if the PIN is forgotten.
Long Range and Timing Windows
Of course the best security is keeping the system hidden. Scout has long enough range that it is not necessary to place the transmitter or receiver right on the trails edge. Put them off the path to keep them hidden. Then the timing windows can be set so the system is active only when humans are less likely to be around.