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Nickymara
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Webcam image storage

Unread post by 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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Nicky

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Re: Webcam image storage

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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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Addo web cam

Unread post by robj » Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:29 pm

Hi,
what's the problem with the Addo web cam, it has been offline for soma time ?

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Re: Addo web cam

Unread post by MATTHYS » Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:37 pm

Hi and welcome to posting @cams, Robj.

Please read here :
Danie wrote:We have received some bad news around Addo Webcam from the technician who was at the site :cry: .

It looks like the webcam at Addo has been damaged as it does not even switch on. It is difficult to assess what the problem is and the webcam is on its way to be evaluated and tested as all basic tests on site pointed to the webcam itself.

We'll keep you up to date with the progress as there might be involvement from our insurance company as well.

Thanks for your patience! Keep on camming as the webcams at Satara, Orpen and Nossob are still alive and well! :)

and here :
raychi wrote:Good Morning All :gflower:

Hope you all having a good morning.

We are aware of Addo webcam being down for a month now and we apologies for the inconveniences caused.

Please be informed that we are working to resolve the issue.

Thank you all for your understanding. :cam:

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C: +27-(0)71-986-9326
T: +27-(0)12-426-5316
E-mail: rachel.padima@sanparks.org
Website: http://www.sanparks.org
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Addo Camera (turnaround time)

Unread post by Olonana » Wed May 07, 2014 10:01 am

Hi,

With all due respect to the technical team working on the issue.

The Addo camera has been offline for many many days and weeks now. Could we get some sort of timeline as to when this will be resolved and rather drop the message until the repair is done - this must be a serious issue based on the time to resolve it.

Addo is surely the most "simple" setup, as it is just a few kilometers off the main road, has eskom power and telephone lines/signal (or network).
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Re: Addo Camera (turnaround time)

Unread post by MATTHYS » Wed May 07, 2014 10:27 am

Hi Olonana

Please see Raychi's post here :
we are in a process of sourcing a new camera to replace the damaged one.
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Re: Addo Camera (turnaround time)

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed May 07, 2014 10:55 am

SANParks apologised to the forum community at the recent Cricket@Skukuza event, for the length of time it is taking to get the cam online again. They seem to think it was a lightening strike that caused the damage.
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Woeful webcams

Unread post by wildlove » Thu Jun 12, 2014 7:04 am

The different webcams have been down most of the time for weeks now. This gives a terrible "picture" regarding the capability of Sanparks to the world out there.

Should this webcam project not be handed over to the honorary rangers? They still seem to be rather capable.


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