Vehicle observation systems — referred to by many as “back-up cameras” — have been available for several years. Elkhart, Ind.-based ASA Electronics ramped up the technology at the recent National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., as the company unveiled its new Voyager wireless camera-and-monitor system.
“This is new digital wireless — we’re calling it Wi-Sight technology — where there is no cabling or wiring between the camera and the monitor, both of which run on 12 volts,” noted Pat McCullough, vice president of sales for the Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier. “The camera is simply mounted on the back of the unit and you would run your 12 volts from your vehicle running lights or wherever to the camera to give it power. Inside the vehicle, the 5.6-inch LCD monitor plugs into a 12-volt accessory plug which makes it very portable from vehicle to vehicle.”
Realizing, perhaps, that the unit’s wireless technology might have some expressing concerns about interference, ASA rigged the system’s camera to a remote support and mounted its monitor inside the company’s exhibit.
“We’re running more than 100 feet between the camera and monitor — a much farther distance than between a tow vehicle and the rear of a trailer or fifth-wheel — and there’s no interference whatsoever,” McCullough pointed out. The camera and monitor are locked-in to one another, but according to McCullough, if they ever are mismatched each has a reset button. The system goes on sale in April.
For more information, contact ASA Electronics, 2602 Marina Dr., Elkhart, IN 46514; (877) 305-0445, www.asaelectronics.com.