2015 July 2 — Control computers built


Based on the experience of the CAMS team,we know a single computer can be used to capture and process all 16 channels of standard definition video at 30 frames per second. So we set out to build a custom computer for this purpose, with the goal of hitting a price point under $1000. A custom build machine will make it easier to upgrade or replace components in the future. Thanks to input from the IT group at Lowell we met our goal and put together a powerful machine to handle the requirements of our 16 camera stations. We built two machines, one for each LO-CAMS station, with the following specs: 4.0 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of memory, one 128GB solid state drive for running the system software, a pair of hot swappable 2TB SATA drives for data storage, a DVD drive, and two 8-channel Sensoray frame grabber boards.