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Web Cam Project

THE STON(E)Y LAKE WEB CAM PROJECT

 

Why a web cam project for the lake? If you were visiting the lake web site in the early 2000s you will remember we had a web cam on the Burleigh Channel. It was very popular and many people commented on how much they liked the web cam idea. There are currently 4 web cams on the lake that I know about. One at Eel's Creek Bay and 3 on the western part of the lake. Two of the cams are up all winter. Wth your help we can add more. I like to watch the weather and the changing seasons at the lake and web cams are an ideal way to enjoy the lake from afar.

I would like to add more cams to the present web site. lake. This has become more feasible with the availability of internet access to cottages. The use of wireless web cams make setting up a web cam at the cottage very easy.

Here is the overview of what I propose.

Cottagers who wish to participate will have wireless internet access at the cottage.

They will obtain a wireless web cam and install at the cottage.

They will then transmit the image to http://www.benlo.com/cottagecam/ (the current web cam site)

They will provide an approximate name for the image.

Here are my specs.

  • The cam must be up every day for at least July and August. Other months are an added bonus.
  • the image will be uploaded to the web site once every 5 to 20 minutes
  • the cam should be active from approximatly sun rise to sun set ( best images are from 45 minutes before sunrise to 45 minutes after sunset ( can be off over night)
  • if cam setup allows it, date and time imbedded in uploaded image
  • each cam image will have a name of approximate location or area of lake

Why wireless? I suggest wireless because a pc or laptop is not required on site. The wireless web cam would be in contact with the wireless router on site. The image is sent to the lake site via the router directly from the web cam. There is no pc involved.

Wired web cams are also welcome as long as you adhere to the specs above.

PRIVACY

The intent here is to showcase the beauty of the lake and not specific activity. Therefore I suggest that the web cam be placed in a location that minimizes people or boat traffic being captured.

THE DETAILS

With the wide availability of internet service at the cottage (Nexicom a few years ago and Bell more recently) many cottagers have opted for internet at the cottage. If you are with Bell they give you a wireless router as part of the package. Cottagers on nexicom may have purchased wireless routers for use at their cottage. I recently went around the Burleigh Channel and picked up 8 wireless networks with no trouble at all. I measured the bandwidth that is required to transmit an average of 144 images per day for a month and it used less than .5 gig. Most plans would handle that with no problem

If you are interested in participating in this project, please contact Paul Martin for more details. I can be reached at

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