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I've been told arduino cannot send images/video through a cellular shield so I guess my question is what can?  I plan on doing something like having a motion activated camera send images it has taken and been saved on an SD card.  Oh yeah and if the arduino can't do this, then what can this thing help me do? http://www.cooking-hacks.com/index.php/3g-gprs-shield-for-arduino-3g-gps-audio-video-kit.html  Why does it have a camera and video, does this mean I would be able to send images through this shield?  Thanks in advance.


Hi, and welcome

It's true the Arduino is not fast enough to do video processing (or even to stream decent quality audio in fact) however in this case the Arduino can control the shield without the data actually passing through it.

From the page you linked to:
On the other hand there is a bunch of actions can be made directly from the 3G module without having to go through the Arduino microcontroller. This means you will control all the action from the main program running in Arduino although the data may flow from the 3G module to the SD card or from the video camera to the 3G module without going through the UART avoiding a possible bottle neck and ensuring maximum speed performance given by your 3G carrier (~7.2Mbps download, ~5.5Mbps upload at max). Some of this independent actions include:

  • Uploading and downloading files to HTTP and FTP servers directly from or to the SD
  • Recording and uploading video and photos to the Internet using the video camera connected directly to the module
  • Recording ambient audio and sending to a web server

So, for the application you're thinking of it could be possible though I didn't read enough to determine if the camera could be motion-triggered.

But let's say it's not, by adding a simple motion detector under the camera that the Arduino can use to detect movement, it appears the Arduino could then trigger the camera to start streaming through this shield to a website, or to the SD for later upload.

Don't know the shield so I can't vouch for any of their claims...
Cheers ! Geoff
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Thanks for the info.  Surely there has to be a cheaper option somewhere?  That's pretty expensive in my opinion.  I don't really need to stream video or anything like that, just uploading images to a server.  I would love to hear some opinions from people who have tried to do something like this or even accomplished it!


It seems to me that what you're describing needs a PC to do motion detection and to handle the networking side. Although I'm sure you could get something working based on Arduino, it would only allow the most basic of motion detection and would make hard work of any networking. If you're uploading via a mobile data network this implies to me that you're connecting to a publicly accessible server and that brings requirements for security which would be very difficult for an Arduino to meet.

I suspect your best bet would be to stick an app on a smartphone; failing that, use a cheap PC with a 3G network card.
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Ok here's the thing.  The motion detection isn't what I'm worried about.  I guess there is 2 ways I could go about doing this.  First being I have a trail camera that takes images and saves them to an SD card.  Is there anyway I could make like an add-on and hack into the camera and pull the info from the card when I want via a cellular shield?  What type of board or shield would be able to do this?  Then the other way is I could just build my own but the problem always comes back to what exactly do I need to grab images from the sd card and upload via cellular?

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