The Technical Stuff
The River Lodge web camera
Sony SNC-RZ30N pan-tilt-zoom model, mounted inside a
weatherproof dome along with a thermostat which controls a fan to
prevent overheating and a heater to prevent condensation.
The dome is about 25 feet above
Material costs (in 2003) were approximately $2,400 and the installation
and setup took
around thirty man hours.
In 2010, several components on the camera
motherboard failed and the unit was no longer able
to pan by itself nor send its images to the server.
A temporary workaround was quickly instituted for
the images, but it was not possible to fix the
panning function. Estimated repair costs were at
80-90% of a new camera. A funding drive was held,
sufficient donations were received from the viewers,
and in the spring of 2011 the camera itself was
replaced with a slightly different model.
The camera does not
require a computer except for the setup and administration. It has a built-in FTP client which uploads
its images to the web site during daylight hours. The web server sends
to the viewers (that's you) an average of 2 GB of pictures every day, and that number may increase
five-fold during times such as the New Year's Day 2006 high-water event.
During daylight hours the camera is on a pre-programmed tour, moving to a different view every
twenty seconds and uploading a new picture to the web server every ten seconds. Each
new image overwrites the older one and your browser's web page
automatically fetches it, replacing the image that's on your monitor.
The camera sends around thirty thousand images to the server every
week, that's a million and a half images per year! This camera is a
popular Internet destination, and the image
downloads to the viewers account for a tremendous amount of server
bandwidth, well over a million images per month.
Images are not saved nor archived on the server
and disappear forever when they are overwritten.
In addition to being a very popular destination
during periods of high water, this camera also shows scenes
and live battlefield action throughout the entire
War Days event held behind the River Lodge in September.
This camera complements the
other webcams in Fortuna, including those that bring you images of
Fortuna's events and festivals.
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