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Harrier IP Camera Interface Board

Part Number: AS-CIB-IP-001-A, AS-CIB-IP-002-A, AS-CIB-IP-003-A, AS-CIB-IP-004-A

  • LVDS to H.264 compressed video over IP (RTSP stream)
  • Wide range of cameras supported (Tamron, Sony FCB-EV-series and Harrier 10x/36x/40x/55x AF-Zoom cameras, and other compatible LVDS cameras)
  • Support for 1080p60/30 video, with 1080p30 low latency mode
  • ONVIF Profile S compatible for video stream and camera control
  • Additional direct camera control (VISCA) over IP or RS-485
  • Supports adding text and graphics (overlays) to the video
  • Built-in website for setup and configuration
  • Options for wireless IP and PoE support
  • Fast set-up and evaluation with evaluation kit and Quickstart guide (incl. video)
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Description

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The Harrier IP Camera Interface Board is an interface solution from Active Silicon’s Harrier series of camera interface boards. It provides IP (Ethernet) output for a range of LVDS cameras including Harrier 10x/36x/40x/55x AF-Zoom cameras, Tamron (e.g. MP3010M-EV) and Sony FCB-EV series cameras (e.g. FCB-EV9520L and EV9500L).

The Harrier IP Camera Interface Board is based on a powerful SoC processor that delivers a low latency H.264 video stream over RTP; a wireless version is available. The block camera and interface board are connected via a KEL 30-way cable. The interface board can be mounted on the side or back of a block camera and is usually connected to the Harrier Ethernet Connection Board via an FFC cable. The Ethernet connection board can either be mounted on the back of the camera or stacked on top of the Harrier IP Camera Interface Board (see product image). The two boards are available as a set or already mounted on a chosen camera (see ordering info).

The interface board compresses (H.264) the camera LVDS video signal, converts it to an RTP stream and sends it to the Ethernet connection board. The latter carries magnetics that enable physical connection to external Gigabit Ethernet systems using CAT5/6 Ethernet cables. A version of the Harrier Ethernet Connection Board that supports Power over Ethernet (PoE) is available (Harrier PoE Connection Board).

The high-performance processor device on the Harrier IP Camera Interface Board supports ONVIF services and a system administration website. Application examples of how to add text/graphical overlays to the live video stream and send VISCA commands to the camera via the ONVIF media service are available in the Harrier IP Example Software.

The Harrier IP Camera Interface Board, and Harrier IP cameras based on this board, can be easily evaluated using the Evaluation Kit for Harrier IP. Also, check out our tutorial video on “How to set up a Harrier IP camera” under the Video tab.

As latency can be an issue in Ethernet IP imaging systems, Harrier IP camera hardware and firmware has been optimized to reduce latency to a minimum. Read more about how to obtain the lowest latency with your Ethernet IP autofocus-zoom camera and IP interface board system. For more details (and measured latencies for our Harrier IP AF-Zoom modules) please download the Technical Note: Obtaining the lowest latency from your Harrier AF-Zoom IP camera.

Harrier IP Camera Interface Board - Specification

Video input

Standard camera LVDS video signals at 1080p30 (single LVDS mode) or 1080p60 (dual LVDS mode).

Video resolution/rate

1080p 60/30 fps

Video compression

H.264

SD card

Up to 512GB

Camera control

ONVIF profile S, VISCA (via Ethernet connection and ONVIF DeviceIO service)

Protocol support

ONVIF Profile S, IPv4/v6, HTTP, HTTPS, RTSP, RTP, TCP, UDP, RTCP, ICMP, DHCP

Wireless Protocols

802.11 a b g n and ac
Dual 2.4 and 5GHz bands

USB 2

OTG (in development)

Audio

Mono microphone

Harrier IP Camera Interface Board - Connector specification

Power connector (J1)

The Harrier IP Camera Interface Board is fitted with a 2-way JST connector for connection to an external power supply. When the camera interface board is connected to an Ethernet Connection Board the J1 connector is not used, as the J2 connector on the Harrier Ethernet/PoE Connection Board is used to power the camera.

Ethernet connection board connector (J2)

The Harrier IP Camera Interface Board is fitted with a 24-way 0.5mm pitch vertical FFC connector (with clamp) for connection to an Ethernet or a Power over Ethernet (PoE) connection board via FFC cable.
Note: Power from the Harrier IP Camera Interface Board is also connected to the attached block camera, please ensure you do not exceed the maximum voltage specification of the attached camera.

USB connector (J3)

The Harrier IP Camera Interface Board is fitted with a 10-way 0.5mm pitch FFC connector for connection to external devices.

Micro SD socket (J5)

The Harrier IP Camera Interface Board is fitted with a standard micro-SD socket.

External Micro SD extension socket (J6)

The Harrier IP Camera Interface Board is fitted with a 12-way 0.5mm pitch FFC connector to enable connection to external/remote SD card sockets.

PELCO/microphone connector (J7)

The Harrier IP Camera Interface Board is fitted with a 10-way 0.8mm pitch connector to enable connection to a PELCO controller and microphone. (in development)

KEL30 camera connector (J8)

The Harrier IP Camera Interface Board is fitted with a 30-way miniature connector that is used to connect to compatible LVDS cameras.

Harrier IP Camera Interface Board - Operation and features

Board options

A Harrier IP interface solution is usually composed of two boards – a SoC processing board (AS-CIP-IP-SOC-001-A) and an Ethernet connection board (AS-CIP-IP-IFETH-001-A).  These two boards are connected by an FFC cable and can be mounted directly on to a block camera or stacked on top of each other.  The boards are available separately, as a set or mounted on a camera (see product image).

A version of the SoC board that supports wireless connectivity is also available (AS-CIP-IP-SOC-002-A).  There are also two versions of the connection board, the Ethernet connection board (AS-CIP-IP-IFETH-001-A) and a Power over Ethernet enabled version (AS-CIP-IP-IFPOE-001-A). Specifications of the Ethernet or PoE connection board are found in the datasheets available for both boards (see download tab).

Operation

When connected to a suitable power supply the Harrier IP Camera Interface Board will boot and then power-up the camera. Once the camera has initialized it will start transmitting a video stream; the camera interface board will compress the video (H.264), convert it to RTP format, and stream it to the Ethernet port. Any RTP/ONVIF compatible application (e.g. VLC media player or GStreamer) can then receive and display the video. ONVIF services can be used to control the camera and video stream settings.
When the camera interface board is connected to the network, any ONVIF compatible application, such as the ONVIF Device Manager (https://sourceforge.net/projects/onvifdm/), can be used to discover the IP address of the board/camera and control the camera/video settings.

Setting an IP address

By default, the Harrier IP Camera Interface Board is automatically assigned an IP address using DHCP, but it can be set to a fixed IP address using the Harrier IP Website or the ONVIF Device Management Service.

When setting fixed IP addresses please ensure that the address is correct and that you make a record of the new address before making the changes as it can be very difficult to locate a device at an unknown/incorrect IP address.

ONVIF and RTSP Services

The Harrier IP Camera Interface Board platform supports an RTSP server for streaming video and the ONVIF profile S standard for camera control. The RTSP/ONVIF servers enables connected host devices to receive and control the H.264 video stream.
ONVIF is a SOAP webservice that standardizes the network interface for network video products. The ONVIF services include the following areas:

  • IP configuration
  • Device discovery
  • Device management
  • H.264 encoder configuration
  • Camera control

The ONVIF and RTSP services can be consumed from many programming languages and several software frameworks already exist to use those services.

For example:

  • ONVIF can be readily used from C# using Visual Studio’s ‘Add Service Reference’ utility.
  • There are several Python modules available to consume ONVIF services
    –  Valkka – “Python Media Streaming Framework for Linux” – supports both ONVIF and RTSP https://elsampsa.github.io/valkka-examples/_build/html/onvif.html
    –  Zeep is a SOAP client for Python, which can be used to consume the ONVIF WSDL files. https://docs.python-zeep.org/en/master/client.html
  • The GStreamer library includes an RTSP client and can be used to decode and display the live video. GStreamer is a C library with C# and Python bindings.

Visual Studio can load the WSDL files that describe the various ONVIF SOAP services and generate a C# class with methods for the various ONVIF functions.

The ONVIF services supported are listed below:

  • Device Management service: allows control of the platform (e.g. set time and date, etc.).
  • Media service: Media configurations are used to determine the streaming properties of requested media streams; this enables control of the H.264 encoder and on-screen displays (OSD).
  • Imaging service: provides configuration and control data for imaging specific properties.
  • Device IO service: provides direct communication to the camera serial port (this enables VISCA communication with an attached camera to allow full control of the camera and all its features).

For detailed information on these services please see the ONVIF documentation at https://www.onvif.org/profiles/specifications/.

Encoding Interval – Low Latency 1080p30

The Harrier IP camera interface board can be configured to receive a low latency 60Hz video and convert it to a 30Hz video, reducing the latency, network bandwidth and recording space required.

Harrier IP Website

The Harrier IP Camera Interface Board hosts an administration website, the Harrier IP Website, which can be used to control the board and camera.

When the board is connected, the website can be accessed by connecting to the IP Address of the camera using a web browser.

For more information see the Harrier IP Camera Interface Board datasheet (download tab).

Block Camera Control Over Ethernet

The camera video mode and H.264 compression parameters can be managed using the ONVIF media service. The ONVIF Imaging service enables any ONVIF-compliant third-party software/application to control the camera settings.

However, most AF-zoom block cameras have many more settings than those available through the ONVIF Imaging service. These additional settings are usually managed using VISCA commands sent over a serial interface. The Harrier IP Camera Interface Board supports direct serial communication with cameras; applications can access this serial interface via the ONVIF DeviceIO service.

RS-485 Interface Control Over Ethernet

The Harrier IP Camera Interface Board supports direct RS-485 serial communication with external devices. Applications can access the serial port via the ONVIF DeviceIO service.
Function GetSerialPorts() is used to query the list of available serial ports. The Harrier IP has two ports.

  • SERIAL_PORT_000: this port is connected to the block camera (VISCA communication).
  • SERIAL_PORT_001: this port is connected to the RS-485 port on connector J7.

Function SendReceiveSerialCommand() is used to send and receive data to the port.
This function allows applications to send, and optionally receive, data to/from RS-485 devices attached to the RS-485 port. Please refer to the ONVIF DeviceIO specification for the complete documentation of this function. For serial port examples, please refer to the Harrier IP Example Software.

RS-485 VISCA Service for Camera Control

The RS-485 VISCA service enables direct control/VISCA communication with the block camera from an external host attached to the RS-485 port of the Harrier IP Camera Interface Board.

The RS-485 VISCA service runs at start-up; when connected it receives data from the RS-485 port and will forward valid VISCA messages to the block camera (VISCA address 0x81), or to the Harrier IP board (VISCA address 0x82). When running, the RS-485 VISCA service has full ownership of the RS-485 port; this means that other services (e.g. ONVIF DeviceIO calls) cannot use the RS-485 port while the service is active.

Find more information in the datasheet for the Harrier IP Camera Interface Board (download tab).

Video Graphical Overlay Control

The Harrier IP Camera Interface Board is able to superimpose graphics and text on the live video stream. This includes graphics with transparent/alpha blended pixels. The application manages these overlays using an API from the ONVIF Media service. The overlays can be stored in system memory (volatile) or in the flash on the platform (non-volatile). The flash has a high but limited number of guaranteed writes, hence in applications where the overlays are frequently changed it is recommended that the volatile setting be used. The functions CreateOSD() and SetOSD() of the media profile have had an optional boolean element added to select if the OSD should be volatile (saved to memory) or not (saved to flash).

More in the Harrier IP Camera Interface Board datasheet (download tab).

SD Card Interface

The SD card interface supports all standard micro SD cards (up to 512GB) and operates them in SDR25 mode.  High data rates that come with UHS II cards are not supported and UHS II cards will operate in UHS I modes (lower data rate).  The SD card can be used to store video from the camera.

Harrier Example Software

The Harrier IP Example Software from Active Silicon contains sample application code that shows how to use the ONVIF services for adding text and graphical overlays to the live video stream and sending VISCA commands to the camera to enable full camera control.

Status LED ("LED1/2/3/4")

The Harrier IP Camera Interface Board is fitted with several multi-color LEDs to indicate camera status.

  • LED1 – ACT – indicates activity on the Ethernet link (flashing=activity, steady on=no activity).
  • LED2 – LNK – indicates the state of the Ethernet link (Green=1G link OK, Red= 10/100 link OK, Off=no link).
  • LED3 – Wi-Fi – [to be implemented].
  • LED4 – STAT – indicates the status of the board system (steady green=board has booted successfully).

Wireless/Wi-Fi Interface

If your Harrier IP interface board supports Wi-Fi it will have a wireless module fitted and will have a serial number that starts with 724. The title of the Harrier IP Website will also indicate that the board has Wireless/Wi-Fi support.

To receive Wi-Fi signals there must be at least one antenna fitted to the wireless module. The antennae fit to the small microcoaxial MHF4 connectors (A and B) on the module. The connection to a wireless network is achieved using the Wireless page on the Harrier IP Website. On the Wireless page you can scan for available wireless networks, select a suitable network/SSID and enter the password. The Harrier IP will then connect to the network and update the Wi-Fi status on the page. The network SSID and password will be stored and used next time the Harrier IP is powered up. Only one SSID and password is stored.

The wireless network you connect to must be running a DHCP server as, by default, the Harrier IP wireless connection is set to obtain its IP address from a DHCP server. This can be changed by accessing the Harrier IP Website, opening the ‘Network Setting’ web page, selecting the wireless interface, changing the appropriate settings and then clicking on Select. When setting fixed IP addresses please ensure that the address is correct and that you have a note of it before changing it, as it can be very difficult to locate a device at an unknown/incorrect IP address.
Note: when you click on ‘Submit’ the IP address will change, and you will need to use the new address to access steaming video and the Harrier IP Website.

Evaluation Kit

An Evaluation Kit for Harrier IP is available. This kit enables fast and effective evaluation and testing of the Harrier IP Camera Interface Board, and IP cameras based on this interface board.

Harrier Ethernet/PoE Connection Board - Features

Ethernet support

On board magnetics for 10/100/1G Ethernet support

Versions

The board is available in two versions, the Harrier Ethernet Connection Board (AS-CIB-IP-IFETH-001-A) and the Harrier PoE Connection Board (AS-CIB-IP-IFPOE-001-A); the latter allowing Power over Ethernet.

Connection to Harrier IP Camera Interface Board

The Ethernet connection board connects to the Harrier IP Camera Interface Board via a 24-way FFC/FPC that also carries power to the Harrier IP Camera Interface Board (and any camera connected to it).

Mounting of the Ethernet connection board

The Ethernet/PoE connection board can be mounted on the back of a camera, or stacked on top of the Harrier IP Camera Interface Board. See product image and views of the boards mounted in the Harrier IP Camera Interface Board datasheet (download tab).

PoE power delivery

On the Harrier PoE Connection Board (AS-CIB-IP-IFPOE-001-A) the PoE power delivery board is an isolated, regulated, DC-DC converter with an output of 12V, an input range of 37-57V DC, a typical efficiency of 84% and full 2250 Volt DC isolation. The board is PoE class 0 IEEE 802.3af compliant powered device with input undervoltage lockout and output current limit.

To guarantee optimal heat dissipation, a heatsink is attached to the Harrier PoE Connection Board.

Harrier Ethernet/PoE Connection Board - Connector specification

Harrier IP Camera Interface Board connector (J1)

The Harrier Ethernet/PoE Connection Board is fitted with a 24-way 0.5mm pitch FFC connector for connection to the Harrier IP Camera Interface Board (SoC board).

Connector type: Samtec ZF5S-24-01-T-WT (PoE board).

Mating cable: 24-way 0.5mm pitch FFC
A suitable cable can be supplied with the boards (see ordering information)

Ethernet connector (J2)

The Harrier Ethernet Connection Board (AS-CIB-IP-IFETH-001-A) is fitted with a 9-way connector for connection to external devices. For pin out see the datasheet.

Connector type: JST – BM09B-SRSS-TB(LF)(SN)

Mating cable: JST – SHR-09V-S-B connector
A suitable cable can be supplied with the evaluation kit (see ordering information)

The Harrier PoE Connection Board (AS-CIB-IP-IFPOE-001-A) is fitted with a 9-way connector for connection to external devices. For pin out see the datasheet.

Connector type: Molex Picoblade 9-way socket 53398-0971

Mating cable: Molex PicoBlade – 0510210900 connector and cables
A suitable cable can be supplied with the evaluation kit (see ordering information).

Power Connector (J3)

The Harrier Ethernet/PoE Connection Board is fitted with a 4-way connector for connection to a power supply.

Connector type: JST – BM04B-SRSS-TB(LF)(SN)

Mating cable: JST – SHR-04V-S-B connector
A suitable cable can be supplied with the evaluation kit (see ordering information)

The power for the Harrier PoE Connection Board (AS-CIB-IP-IFPOE-001-A) can be supplied via this socket, or from the Ethernet connection and the on-board PoE power converter.

Harrier IP Camera Interface Board + Ethernet/PoE Connection Board - Physical and environmental details

Dimensions

Harrier IP Camera Interface Board (AS-CIB-IP-SOC-001-A/-002-A):
58.1mm x 40.5mm

Harrier Ethernet Connection Board (AS-CIB-IP-IFETH-001-A):
32.8mm x 40.5mm

Weight

Weight of assembly:
AS-CIB-IP-001-A (components AS-CIB-IP-SOC-001-A + AS-CIB-IP-IFETH-001-A):
21g

Weight of individual boards:
Harrier IP Camera Interface Board (AS-CIB-IP-SOC-001-A):
12g (interface board and SD card only).

Harrier Ethernet Connection Board (AS-CIB-IP-IFETH-001-A):
5.5g
Harrier PoE Connection Board (AS-CIB-IP-IFPOE-001-A):
15g, without heatsink

Power Supply

Harrier IP Camera Interface Board (AS-CIB-IP-SOC-001-A/-002-A):
9V to 16.5V

Harrier PoE Connection Board (AS-CIB-IP-IFPOE-001-A):
48v/12W (PoE) or 9V to 16.5V (J3)

Power Consumption

Harrier IP Camera Interface Board (AS-CIB-IP-SOC-001-A/-002-A):
1.9 – 2.1W (1080p30)
2.6 – 2.8W (1080p60)

Harrier Ethernet Connection Board (AS-CIB-IP-IFETH-001-A):
~ 0.0W (Note: does not include camera or SoC board power)

Harrier PoE Connection Board (AS-CIB-IP-IFPOE-001-A):
~ 15% of load current (1.8W max)

Storage Temperature

-20°C to +70°C

Operating Temperature

0°C to +60°C (ambient environment).

Relative Humidity

10% to 90% non-condensing (operating and storage).

Conformance

Ethernet

Harrier IP Camera Interface Board (AS-CIB-IP-SOC-001-A, AS-CIB-IP-SOC-002-A) is compliant with:
IEEE802.11, POE, RT, ONVIF Profile S

The Harrier Ethernet Connection Board (AS-CIB-IP-IFETH-001-A) is compliant with:
IEEE802.11, GigE, POE, RTP, ONVIF Profile S

The Harrier PoE Connection Board (AS-CIB-IP-IFPOE-001-A) is compliant with:
IEEE802.3af, IEEE802.11, GigE, RTP, ONVIF Profile S

Approvals

Active Silicon makes the following approval statements:

CE
In accordance with the CE Marking regulations, the Harrier IP Camera Interface Board and the Ethernet/PoE Connection Boards are not a finished product and are supplied for further integration into a finished product that will be CE marked by the final manufacturer/integrator. Therefore, no CE marking or Declaration of Conformity is required or allowed.

RoHS3
This product is compliant with the RoHS3 requirements (Directive 2015/863/EU).

REACH
Please contact Active Silicon for the latest formal REACH declaration (EC 1907/2006).

EMC
This product is designed to be compliant with the following requirements when housed in a suitable enclosure:

  • EN 55022:2010 (Class A) and EN 55024:2010 (EU Directive 2014/30/EU Electromagnetic Compatibility
  • FCC Rules for Class A digital devices

UL
All printed circuit boards used in this product are manufactured by UL recognized manufacturers and have a flammability rating of 94-V0.

Ordering Information

Part number Description

AS-CIB-IP-001-A

Harrier IP Camera Interface Board system.
Contains: AS-CIB-IP-SOC-001-A (SoC board), AS-CIB-IP-IFETH-001-A (Ethernet Connection Board), FFC cable

AS-CIB-IP-002-A

Harrier IP Camera Interface Board system; wireless.
Contains: AS-CIB-IP-SOC-002-A (SoC board with Wi-Fi module), AS-CIB-IP-IFETH-001-A (Ethernet Connection Board), FFC cable

AS-CIB-IP-003-A

Harrier IP Camera Interface Board system; Power over Ethernet.
Contains: AS-CIB-IP-SOC-001-A (SoC board), AS-CIB-IP-IFPOE-001-A (Ethernet Connection Board PoE), FFC cable

AS-CIB-IP-004-A

Harrier IP Camera Interface Board system; wireless, Power over Ethernet.
Contains: AS-CIB-IP-SOC-002-A (SoC board with Wi-Fi module), AS-CIB-IP-IFPOE-001-A (Ethernet Connection Board PoE), FFC cable

AS-CIB-IP-001-EVAL-A

Evaluation kit for the Harrier IP; to evaluate the Harrier IP Camera Interface Board and IP cameras based on that board (does not include boards or cameras). Contains power supply, a power adapter cable (AS-CBL-549-503Y), a 30-way micro coax KEL cable (AS-CIB-USL30-100MM, for connecting a camera to the camera interface board), 2 Wi-Fi antennas (AS-M-026-935G) and Ethernet adapter cables (AS-CBL-935-153S for non-PoE boards/cameras and AS-CBL-020-731U for PoE boards/cameras).

AS-CBL-935-153S

Ethernet interface adapter cable, JST to RJ45 socket

AS-CBL-020-731U

Ethernet interface adapter cable, Molex to RJ45 socket – for use with PoE enabled products

AS-CBL-549-503Y

Power adapter cable, barrel socket to 4-way JST connector

AS-CIB-USL30-100MM

30-way micro-coax cable for connecting the interface board to the camera. Length 100mm [Manufacturer: KEL]

AS-M-026-935G

WiFi 4/5/6/6E antenna with MHF-4L plug, 100mm

How to set up a Harrier IP camera

Watch this video to get started with your chosen camera assembly based on Harrier IP Camera Interface Board technology. What you need for the set-up, how it works and how to control the camera.
 
 

Harrier AF-Zoom cameras

The Harrier IP Camera Interface Board is compatible with all our LVDS output cameras. Watch this video to learn more about Harrier AF-Zoom cameras: