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Re: Questions & Comments about the cams

Unread postby stevenjm » Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:56 pm

Hi,

You can see one but not the other two live cams?

What browser are you using?

Also - can you confirm that Addo IS working and the other two arent?
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Re: Questions & Comments about the cams

Unread postby Catherine » Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:32 am

Hi Everyone

Like Crested Val I also experience problems viewing the live cams. I have fast and reliable broadband and use Internet Explorer.

I can usually view the Addo live cam (which is great because I love to see the ellies and that giant tortoise!) but I am never able to view Satara and only get Orpen now and then. Deleting the cache and so on doesn’t help.

It has been like this with Satara since it came online. Sometimes I get Orpen but then seem to get pushed out and can never reconnect/restart no matter what I do. There have been a few occasions when I thought I was looking at Orpen live (the image was moving etc) but I was a bit suspicious when I thought I had seen the exact same thing twice and when I compared the live cam view I was seeing with what was on the still cams (and also posted on the highlights) it appeared that I was actually just looking at a “pre-recorded” loop, as the views simply weren’t the same. Sorry if that doesn’t make sense, I don’t know how else to explain it. The same thing also happened (just the once) when I thought I was looking at live images on the Satara live cam but on that occasion too I was simply viewing what had occurred in the past.

It is very disappointing. I do of course view the still cams but it would be marvellous if I could get Satara and Orpen live cams, sometimes at least. I often wonder if these problems occur simply because so many people are trying to view the cams.

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Nossob Webcam

Unread postby shfish » Sat Jan 11, 2014 9:41 pm

Can anyone in the know explain why this "technical difficulty" is taking weeks to rectify?

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Re: Nossob Webcam

Unread postby saraf » Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:57 am

Its a problem with the generator, have a look here.
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Re: Nossob Webcam

Unread postby Son godin » Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:16 pm

saraf,

Surely this cannot be a generator problem. If so it means Nossob visitors are without fuel and electricity for 3 weeks. The food in the shop fridge / freezers gone off and no changes can be done on the booking system.

No spot light at the hide either. I cannot believe this is possible as Upington is a mere 6 hours drive away in case the maintenance plan is run to failure. However I doubt that SANParks will follow that strategy. :hmz:

If it is an electronic failure on the camera a courier should not take more than a day to delivery. I've received a packet from Maun, Botswana within 18 hours and I am not even in a major city but 2 hours east of Jo'burg.

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Re: Nossob Webcam

Unread postby Jonkers » Thu Jan 16, 2014 10:37 am

I see it is back on again! :clap:

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Webcam image storage

Unread postby Nickymara » Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:05 am

Hi everyone!

I am doing my masters research at Nossob and I am from the University of the Witwatersrand. I am monitoring the images that are taken at Nossob on a daily bases and i receive the images at a 15 second interval. I was just wandering, where are the images stored? I am writing up my proposal and just need to find out how the images are stored, and what operating system is used? Do they get sent to a computer from the webcam?

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Re: Webcam image storage

Unread postby stevenjm » Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:48 am

Hi nickymara,

We use live streaming capabilities on most of the cams, in the event that the live streaming is not supported we fallback to still images.

These images are fetched by our servers directly off the webcam and stored on our storage devices.

The technical questions you raised, the webcam operates on its own operating system, however the server that fetches and stores the images is linux based.

If you need further questions answered, please drop me a mail or reply here.

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Re: Webcam image storage

Unread postby Nickymara » Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:59 am

Thank you so much for your reply. I really appreciate it.

What type of webcam is used to capture tees images? Also, is the webcam attached to a generator at the Nossob hide to power it?

Nicky

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Re: Webcam image storage

Unread postby MATTHYS » Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:05 pm

Hi Nicky

Until more info becomes available, you might find the info here of value to you :
Danie wrote:Please note that the power supply to the camera is provided by the generator at Nossob and the generator is not running 24 hours a day. The webcam should be operating during the following hours:


* Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri : 05:00 - 23:00
* Wednesdays : 05:00 - 24:00
* Saturday : 05:00 - Sunday 23:00
* (weekends thus Saturday 05:00 - Sunday 23:00)


The camera will thus not operate outside the above hours.


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Re: Webcam image storage

Unread postby Nickymara » Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:15 pm

This is really great! I really appreciate your help. Which year did the webcam become operational? Btw my co-supervisor is Dr. Dave Thompson. Do you know him? My supervisor is Prof. Stefan Grab from wits

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Re: Webcam image storage

Unread postby MATTHYS » Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:28 pm

I think Nossob cam became operational in December 2007.
Please also see Nossob Cam Highlights.

Sorry, I do not know either Dr. Dave Thompson or Prof. Stefan Grab, but I do wish you success with your research and with obtaining your masters :D
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Re: Webcam image storage

Unread postby PRWIN » Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:51 pm

Hi Nickymara,

Do you want to monitor the activity of specific species or animals in general including birds. You will find that the animals are not always within the range of the webcam and not captured. Will you be interest in other images taken from the hide?

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Re: Webcam image storage

Unread postby Nickymara » Wed Feb 12, 2014 4:36 pm

Hi Prwin,

Yes, I am monitoring animals (in particular mammals) water trough utilisation patterns. So it will be animals at the water trough only.

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Re: Webcam image storage

Unread postby Danie » Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:44 am

Nickymara wrote:Thank you so much for your reply. I really appreciate it.

What type of webcam is used to capture tees images? Also, is the webcam attached to a generator at the Nossob hide to power it?

Nicky


Hi Nicky

I will PM you the technical details and specs of the webcam. I see Matthys has already answered the generator question (Thanks Matthys!).

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