Bosch cameras have been placed inside the biggest cave chamber in the world, after the Mulu National Park Management in Borneo asked CTG Security Matrix, a Bosch Integrator, for advice on how to best monitor the area’s remote sites and wildlife including bats as well as to provide real-time surveillance. Conditions could not be more challenging than in Borneo’s tropical rainforest, where temperatures reach up to +30 degrees Celsius and humidity can be as high as 100 percent. Accessible only by boat or plane, the wilderness of Mulu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Area since 2000, covers about 544 square miles, an area equal to the size of Singapore.
It is home to some of the largest documented cave systems on the planet, and populated by bats and other rare wildlife. After a former successful collaboration, the National Park Management asked CTG Security Matrix, a Bosch Integrator, for advice on how to best monitor the area’s remote sites and wildlife including bats as well as to provide real-time surveillance.
Extremely robust cameras were required, to function reliably 24/7, in extreme heat, humidity and darkness. The cameras were to be placed inside the biggest cave chamber in the world, which is 175 metres wide and has ceilings as high as 120 metres. Regardless of the challenging conditions, the images needed to be of sufficient quality to appear on a monitor at the park’s Bat Observatory. Three Bosch MIC IP starlight 7000 HD PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) cameras were an effective choice for this environment.
Now, park visitors, National Park management, and scientists can observe bats and other wildlife within the deepest, darkest stretches of the caves without disturbing the wildlife’s natural habitat.