FlashBack-2 rugged digital video recorder is put to sea with the RNLI
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FlashBack-2 Puts to Sea with the RNLI


Ovation Systems FlashBack-2 digital recording system has been successfully deployed with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to make dramatic video recordings of their daily rescue missions and routine training operations, in some of the harshest sea conditions in the world.

The RNLI is a charity which provides a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the coasts of the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

  RNLI Padstow Tamar Class Lifeboat

The RNLI Lifeboat crews, who are mostly volunteers, come from all walks of life; giving up their time and risking their lives to carry out rescues at sea in often dangerous conditions.


In 2008 the RNLI began to use the FlashBack-2 digital recording system to make video recordings of their operations at sea. The video is used for training purposes but is also used in the important work of raising public awareness of the difficult work being carried out by the charity in saving lives at sea. This is important because the organisation receives no funding from the UK government, so relies on charitable donations from members of the public and businesses to continue this vital work.

For this role the FlashBack-2, which is a compact and rugged digital video recorder (DVR), has been combined with a side-mounted helmet camera. The system is connected to the camera by use of a specially designed cable and is carried with a battery in a plastic waterproof case which is mounted on a crew member’s belt kit.

Gordon Moore, UK Sales Manager for Ovation Systems said “I was very impressed by the way the RNLI’s in-house engineering department integrated the FlashBack-2 with the other products to create a highly durable and effective man-pack system able to operate in the most extreme conditions.”

The RNLI now have over 300 Flashback-2 systems deployed at more than 230 lifeboat stations throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland.
RNLI Crew Member wearing the Waterproof Belt Kit


FlashBack-2 FlashBack-2 Single and Dual Covert
Video Recorders

FlashBack-2 was specifically designed for covert surveillance applications but continues to show its versatility in a range of roles where video quality, compact size and rugged constructions are key requirements.

FlashBack-2 utilises broadcast standard MPEG-2 video compression to record high quality real-time video and audio to one or two Compact Flash (CF) memory cards. Once a recording has been made, the flash cards may be removed and immediately viewed on a hardware CF media player or PC. As FlashBack-2 files are fully MPEG-2 compliant, standard applications may be used to view and archive recordings to disk or DVD. This compact and rugged recorder is DC powered and has stereo audio inputs at microphone or line level. 




A charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland.



RNLI Burnham on Sea Atlantic
RNLI's Sea Atlantic

RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. For more information on their work visit www.rnli.org.uk


Click here for a compilation of footage taken by the RNLI Camera Project, which includes footage recorded using their "man-pack system".



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