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Patent US9058706


Issued 2015-06-16

Motor Vehicle Camera And Monitoring System

A camera that is mounted on a vehicle is used to monitor the vehicle, the driver and the contents therein. The camera includes an external housing, a camera module having a camera lens, a lighting component, a dimmer switch and a transmission medium. The external housing may be made of alloy. The camera module may capture video data and the transmission medium may be coupled to the camera module to transmit the captured video data as a live video stream to an external device. The lighting component included in the fleet camera apparatus may include LEDs and have infra-red capabilities to provide a night vision mode. The dimmer switch is included to control the LEDs' brightness. Other embodiments are disclosed.


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4 Independent Claims

  • Independent Claim 1. A camera apparatus for monitoring of a vehicle, the camera apparatus comprising: an external housing having a front side, a back side, and a base for mounting theapparatus on the vehiclea camera module including a camera lens, the camera module capturing video dataa lighting component including a plurality of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and having infra-red (IR) capabilities to provide a night vision modea dimmer switch controlling a brightness of the lighting componenta transmission medium coupled to the camera module to transmit the video data as a live video stream to an external deviceand a mirror trigger that includes at least one threadedsealed hole and a screw-magnet, wherein the mirror trigger activates and deactivates a mirror function of the camera module.

  • Independent Claim 13. A system for monitoring of a plurality of vehicles, the system comprising: a plurality of cameras, wherein each of the cameras includes: an external housing having a front side and a back side, the external housing being made of an alloymaterial, a camera module including a camera lens, the camera module capturing video data, a lighting component including a plurality of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and having infra-red (IR) capabilities to provide a night vision mode, a dimmer switchcontrolling a brightness of the lighting component, and a transmission medium coupled to the camera module to transmit the video data as a live video streamand the network device including: a communication interface coupled to the transmission mediumof each of the cameras to receive the live video stream from each of the cameras, and coupled to a cloud storage to transmit the live video stream to the cloud storage, and a recording unit to record the live video stream, wherein the cloud storage isaccessed by at least one client device coupled to receive the live video stream, and wherein the cloud storage is accessed by the at least one client device to receive, upon request, video data corresponding to a time and a date from the cloud storage.

  • Independent Claim 26. A system for monitoring of a plurality of vehicles, the system comprising: a plurality of cameras, wherein each of the cameras includes: an external housing having a front side and a back side, the external housing being made of an alloymaterial, a camera module including a camera lens, the camera module capturing video data, a lighting component including a plurality of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and having infra-red (IR) capabilities to provide a night vision mode, a dimmer switchcontrolling a brightness of the lighting component, and a transmission medium coupled to the camera module to transmit the video data as a live video streamand the network device including: a communication interface coupled to the transmission mediumof each of the cameras to receive the live video stream from each of the cameras, and coupled to a cloud storage to transmit the live video stream to the cloud storage, and a recording unit to record the live video stream, wherein the network device isfurther coupled to the plurality of vehicles on which the plurality of cameras are mounted, respectively, and the network device further receives data from a plurality of vehicle sensors included on the vehicles.

  • Independent Claim 28. A system for monitoring of a plurality of vehicles, the system comprising: a plurality of cameras, wherein each of the cameras includes: an external housing having a front side and a back side, the external housing being made of an alloymaterial, a camera module including a camera lens, the camera module capturing video data, a lighting component including a plurality of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and having infra-red (IR) capabilities to provide a night vision mode, a dimmer switchcontrolling a brightness of the lighting component, and a transmission medium coupled to the camera module to transmit the video data as a live video streamand the network device including: a communication interface coupled to the transmission mediumof each of the cameras to receive the live video stream from each of the cameras, and coupled to a cloud storage to transmit the live video stream to the cloud storage, a location tracking unit that receives the location of the network device, and arecording unit to record the live video stream, wherein the recording unit included in the network device records the location of the network device in association with the live video stream, and the communication interface transmits the location of thenetwork device with the live data stream to the cloud storage.