Mobotix cameras celebrate their tenth year at a German Antarctic research station

Company’s cameras monitor radio telescope at site to ensure its functioning properly


In addition to the five cameras at the GARS O'Higgins research station, three more MOBOTIX cameras are installed at the Alfred-Wegener Institute's Neumayer III facility (see http://www.awi.de/NM_WebCam/ ). The station began regular operation on 20 February 2009 after a project time of nearly ten years. Scientists at the Neumayer station study meteorology, geophysics, atmospheric chemistry, infrasound and marine acoustics. In 2010, the temperature at the station fell below -50°C for the first time since Neumayer scientists began their regular synoptic studies.

Extreme Temperatures Challenge People And Technology

In mid-summer, the inland temperatures at the South Pole reach about -25°C and in winter, the temperature is around -65°C. The lowest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica was -89.2°C, as measured at the Wostok Station. The Antarctic coast is slightly warmer: -20°C to -30°C in winter and up to 0°C in summer. These extreme temperatures, combined with the icy wind, present enormous challenges for people and technology. Here, the MOBOTIX cameras really have a chance to shine: They have no mechanical motors for lenses or for movement. Without any moving parts, these cameras are so robust that maintenance is reduced to a minimum. Their unique temperature range from -30°C to +60°C is achieved without heating or fans and with a consumption of only three to four watts.