This camera stream is being broadcast from Ely,
MN inside a black bear den. The bears in this
den, Lily and her 1 year old cub, Hope, are part
of a research study by Dr. Lynn Rogers of the
North American Bear Center,
PixController, Inc. designed, manufactured, and
installed a custom camera system for this
project. The bear den location is in a very
remote area without power or Internet access.
The camera system we designed is battery powered and solar
charged, and the video is being streamed to the
Internet via wireless 3G cellular link. The
hardware and data plan are being provided by
There are (2) cameras connected to the system.
One camera is a small camera that is placed
inside the bear den. This is a day color/night
infrared (IR) camera which can see in complete darkness.
The second camera is installed outside the den
and is a pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera, which will
be used to watch and follow the bears if they
come out of the den site.
Only one camera will be streaming at a time, and
these cameras can be selected and remotely
controlled by members of the Bear Center or
PixController, Inc. Engineers. The camera system
is also equipped with custom electronics which
will monitor the systems battery supply. Daily
emails are sent to the engineers with systems status
information in order that we can keep the stream
running smoothly throughout the project.