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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread post by MATTHYS » Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:44 am

Please see Danie's post here. Len.
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread post by Len Loader » Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:22 pm

Matthys, thanks for attempting to assist, however, all the links to Danie's explanation link up to his comment on the Nossob cam and not much is mentioned on the Orpen cam.

Don't bother, not a major issue.

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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread post by MATTHYS » Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:53 pm

Sorry, Len.
I should have rather reffered you to this post.

Danie wrote:News on Orpen Webcam:
We are very fortunate to have such loyal and caring cammers missing the Orpen webcam!

We at SANParks miss the Orpen webcam a lot as well! Orpen webcam had a severe malfunction and it could not be resolved remotely as said before. The webcam was removed from the water hole at Orpen in October 2016 and sent in for repairs. During the evaluation/repair it was found that the webcam was not economical to repair and we have decided that it must be replaced with a new one.

We don't merely want to replace the Orpen Webcam with the exact same model. Technology has also moved on and the newer cameras in the PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom)-range have lots of added features and better picture quality (higher definition images) which we are looking for to make it better for you or virtual visitors/cammers! :D The specification sheet for the webcam requires a lot and it is not "just another camera pointing at a waterhole". The camera should withstand very high temperatures in summer as well as temperatures below freezing point in winter, fluctuations in power, power failures, programming, "talking" to our website, it must be weatherproof, etc. Some changes might also be needed on our website processes (by our webteam) to ensure the website "understands" the webcam and vice versa.

As financial matters in SANParks are ultimately governed by National Treasury, we have to comply with all the supply chain rules, policies and procedures when procuring equipment/services to ensure good governance. This unfortunately adds some time to the process to ensure we comply with those (we don't want any negative findings on our audit reports!). This prevents us from going to the closest CCTV shop and just buy another camera.

The procurement process is underway as per policy. At this stage it looks like the Orpen webcam will unfortunately not be live by the start of the festive season but will only be live in January 2017 if all goes well :cry:

The wait will be worth the while! Patience and the other 3 webcams are the answers to survive this period of "missing Orpen Webcam" :D
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread post by kyknetta » Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:50 am

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Nossob 5 January
Beautiful rain .

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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread post by kyknetta » Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:53 am

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View from hide.
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:D

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Unread post by hilda » Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:58 am

Wonderful and wet! Thanks for sharing kyknetta! :dance: :dance:
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Unread post by Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:08 am

:gflower: Thank you Kyknetta for sharing these marvelous :cam: 8)
I have really being wondering how much rain Nossob had received lately...Toooooo beautiful!!! :clap: :dance: :clap:
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread post by kyknetta » Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:43 am

While we were there, they took the cam off to sent for repair.
We were there for 10 days, and it rained almost every day! :D :D :D
Some action from the hide:...
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Their mate was calling on the other side of the river, first they did not want to get their feet wet,
But curiosity got the better!
:D 8)

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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread post by kyknetta » Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:45 am

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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread post by ritad » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:12 am

kyknetta :k you are a star, thank you for this stunning pictures :dance: :dance: :dance: So great to see so much rain there :dance: :dance:
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Unread post by kyknetta » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:36 am

:gflower: :k :gflower:

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Unread post by lion queen » Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:17 am

:dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

Stunning Kyknetta!!! You are such a star for sharing!!! :gflower: :gflower:
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread post by kyknetta » Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:45 am

Wish I can go back there.
So curious to see all the plants flowering.
Plenty of new born :D

Almost mini TR!!! :redface:
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Re: Is the Cam Down?

Unread post by hilda » Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:54 am

How I wish to see and experience the Kgalagadi like that! Thanks again for sharing Kyknetta! :clap: :clap:
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