Garmin VIRB camera kit and FEMA Image Uploader

Garmin VIRB camera kit and FEMA Image Uploader
 Garmin VIRB camera kit and FEMA Image Uploader FEMA Project Goals: ●
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Fast Delivery of Imagery Sufficient Detail for Initial Damage Assessment Simple to use system of Cameras and mounts Ability for use with all Disaster Types Stand alone Application for loading imagery Web site for advanced support of imagery loading Support for Geo­Tagged Support for Non Geo­Tagged images with NEMA track log file (Web­Application only) Simple kits including a camera and mounts to be issued to wings Fast online evaluation of damage ○ Wind, Flood, Fire, Earthquake Ability to verify damage levels ○ Destroyed / Leveled ○ Major Damage ○ Minor Damage ○ No Apparent Damage The imagery will provide a fast evaluation to determine if the homeowner should receive emergency payment for shelter, food and clothing. The imagery is not for the determination of payment on the structure / automobiles etc. Crowd Sourcing (lots of online available people) to review and grade the images Garmin VIRB Kit Deployment ● CAP will be deploying 142 units by the end of November 2015 and then another 233 in early January 2016 once all of the remaining parts arrive. ● We will be making an even distribution across the aircraft fleet. ● The goal is to have these kits deployed to 68% of the fleet by the end of January 2016 ● NHQ will coordinate with each Wing Commander to determine where these resources will be assigned. ● Each Wing command staff will coordinate which squadrons will have these units. Flight Profile: Aerial Nadir The ​
Nadir​
is the point vertically beneath the camera center at the time of exposure, or the point directly below an observer. Aerial Oblique = taken at an angle Aerial Nadir = taken from straight above CAP Flight Profiles: Flight Profile #1 ●
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2500 AGL 100 KTS Ground Speed (+/­ 5 KTS) Suggest 1 notch of flaps for wing level flight Camera at 10 Second intervals ½ mile grid or “line to line” spacing or As Briefed Profile Yields: ● 2500 AGL, 100 KTS, => ~57% Endlap ○ Endlap​
is overlap ALONG the flight path. ● ½ mile grid (line to line) => ~100% Sidelap ○ Sidelap​
is overlap flight path to flight path Flight Profile #2 ●
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1500 AGL 100 KTS Ground Speed (+/­ 5 KTS) Suggest 1 notch of flaps for wing level flight ½ mile grid or “line to line” spacing Camera at 10 Second intervals Profile Yields: ● 1500 AGL, 100 KTS, => ~24% Endlap ● ½ mile grid (line to line) => ~61% Sidelap Equipment ­ Garmin Virb Kit The Garmin Virb kit contains the following items: ●
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Garmin Virb Elite Additional mounting pads & batteries, Memory card (64GB), USB charger, dive case. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Cover Pelican Case Accessories Manual(s) From our experience, the Samsung Tablet must remain charged,or it will lose its charge rapidly. There are three (3) sets of batteries for the Virb Camera. Each unit should ensure that all batteries are charged prior to a mission sortie. Garmin Virb Kit ­ Accessories: Each kit will contain the following equipment and accessories: Garmin Virb Kit ­ Tablet The Samsung Galaxy Tablet provided with the Garmin Virb Kit is used to control the Camera from inside the aircraft using a wifi connection between the two devices. Each tablet has been assigned an individual CAP ID which is labeled on the back of the case as shown on the image below. This is used to configure each tablet, and to establish a unique Google Gmail account for each tablet. Tablet ​
User ID​
is the same as the label on the back (i.e: CAP2051196​
) The ​
Password​
is in the following format: “cameraXXXXXXX” where XXXXXXX are the numbers ONLY from the label (i.e. ​
camera 2051196​
) When you receive your kit, Wing Operations will have properly configured the tablet to work with the camera provided with each kit. The gmail account for the Tablet is the same as the label with @gmail.com appended to it. Setting up Communications with Virb Camera: The Samsung Tablet will have the Garmin Virb app installed on it. The app icon looks like this: To start the Garmin Virb app, simply tap the icon on the screen with your finger. The app will open with the following screen: Make sure the Garmin Virb Camera is on and within range. Select ​
“Connect”​
. The Tablet should have been setup with the Virb Camera prior to your unit receiving it. In the event that you are unable to connect initially, the Samsung tablet will open a list of available Wifi networks (shown below). You will want to select the “​
VIRB­XXXX​
” network. If the network prompts you for the wifi password, type in: garminvirb ​
(all lowercase letters) Click on the small wrench icon at the bottom of the screen within the app to verify that the following settings have been configured: Camera​
: ● Locate Camera ­ Ignore Video​
: ● Mode: ​
Time Lapse ● Interval: ​
10 Seconds ● Field of View: ​
Wide ● Loop: Off ● Auto Record: Off Stills​
: ● Resolution: ​
16 MP ● Burst Mode: Not Selected ● Self Timer: ​
10 Seconds ● Repeat: SELECTED ● Date Stamp: Not Selected Advanced​
: ● Lense Correction: Not Selected ● Digital Stabilizer: Not Selected ● Flip Camera: Not Selected ● GPS: ​
ON ● Recording Light: ​
SELECTED ● Tones: ​
SELECTED ● Power Save: Not Selected ● Microphone: Not Selected Once you have verified the settings are configured properly, you can return to the main app screen by selecting the return button at the bottom of the device: Once you return to the Main Screen, you are ready to start taking photos. To start taking photos at 10 second intervals, press the Camera icon on the bottom of the screen: DO NOT PRESS THE RED DOT located in the center! This will initiate the VIDEO recording feature. We don’t want to record video. Once you select the Camera icon, the camera will begin taking photos at 10 second intervals. To verify that the camera is working, the bottom of the screen will turn green as shown below: Garmin Virb Kit ­ Assembling the Mount Garmin Virb Kit ­ Adhering to the Wing External Camera Mounts ●
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Clean area of all bugs, wax, oxidation etc. Clean with soap and water, dry completely Clean with alcohol, dry completely Adhere pad, applying pressure to center of pad and around all sides. Allow to cure overnight. External Camera Mounts ­ Temperatures ●
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Mount Install: 70 – 100 F (21 – 38 C) Camera Operating: 5 – 140 F (­15 – 60 C) Charging: 32 – 113 F (0 – 40 C) Do Not Use Base below: 5 F (­15 C) External Camera Mounts ● FAA Memo(s) on External Camera: ○ Not considered Major Alteration ● Logbook entry similar to: “​
Installation of Garmin Virb mounting pad to right wing, 2 inches inboard from the right wing tip assembly. The mounting pad and when attached the Garmin Virb camera cause no change to flight characteristics of the aircraft. <Name of installer, date>​
” ● NO Suction Cup mounts ● NO “safety wire” ● Replacement of mounts with annual inspection ● Replace mounts if they indicate wear / separation ● Mounts ​
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be removed and re­used Mounting the Camera with the Dive Case: A more secure mounting option is to insert the Garmin Virb camera into the Dive Case provided in the kit and attaching it to the rest of the assembly rather than using the Camera Cradle shown previously. This provides a watertight seal for the Camera, and protection from debris and the elements. Notes ➢Maintain Batteries Full Charged! (Camera and Tablet) ➢Approximately 3 hours per battery (~1080 photos at 10 sec) ➢Clear Memory on Camera after downloading. ➢Adds to Photo Capability, not replacing existing ➢Do NOT upload images taken with Personal Equipment – same rules as any AF mission Image Uploader Application The FEMA ImageUploader application was developed in order to create a simple, standardized image upload procedure and a common upload location. The application was developed so that only those with the proper authorizations can access and upload imagery on the server after a mission. Only FEMA missions should be loaded using this application. Software Version: ● The latest version of the FEMA ImageUploader is IEUploader082.zip (​
v0.82​
) Prerequisites: ● It requires Adobe AIR to run, you may have to download the Adobe Air application at​
http://get.adobe.com/air/​
(Mac and PC) Setup: ● After installing the App, go to the “Settings” tab and change the URL to https://apps.femadata.com/ImageEventsService/API.svc ● Your token is: <assigned to your wing by the NOC> ● Make sure there are no spaces at the end of the token or URL when you add them. ● After adding the URL and Token, click “Save Settings” and close the App. ● Close and Re­open the application and you should see events listed in the “Event” drop down list. Uploading Images: 1) Step 1​
­ Fill in the Mission Details: a. Event (​
can only be created by Managers): ■ For Training Missions, use ​
Event​
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CAP Training​
(unless instructed to do otherwise) ■ For Actual Missions use the supplied Event from National Operations Center (NOC) b. Team​
: ■ Enter the ​
MISSION NUMBER​
you were assigned c. Mission​
: ■ Enter the ​
SORTIE NUMBER​
from your flight 2) Step 2​
­ Optional: a. Browse to the folder on your computer that contains your ​
NEMA GPS files. (Only NMEA files are currently supported. Not GPX or KML) b. Select the appropriate file and upload. 3) Step 3​
­ Loading images: a. Browse to the folder on your computer that contains your mission photos b. Select and upload (Note: it will upload all files in the directory you select) 4) Step 4​
­ Upload images: a. Depending on the numbers of photos taken, this can take a long time even on a high speed internet connection, obviously longer on a slower speed connection. Remember the images taken in ​
JPEG Fine​
resolution are in the neighborhood of 4 Megabytes each. (No need to be shooting RAW images or any other format.) b. All files being uploaded will be listed. Any errors will be listed with an alert symbol (yellow triangle with a “!”) c. After the upload completes, you can click ​
Retry Errors​
and Upload. d. Once it uploads images, it will remember which ones are uploaded and not try them again. If you add any more images, it will upload those new images only. *Note: The grey satellite image to the left of the loading bar will change to a green image if the photos are geotagged. * Tip: Do not rename files prior to uploading them as the names will be altered during the uploading process. Upon completion of the image upload, all images should have a green check mark to the left of a full loading bar. At this time, the images can be viewed and processed in the web­based Image Uploader. Refer to “Viewing Images Through the Image Uploader” for directions on finding images. If the images do not appear when viewing the web­based application, refresh the page. Uploading in the desktop application is complete. 
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