Camera #1 - Nest Camera
Camera video feeds have undergone hardware upgrades over the past 12 months and connection times have dramatically improved, however we're still testing various different software technology types as the use of Flash Player prevents connectivity to the likes of newer Android and Apple products. We will be pursuing alternatives over the next couple of months but won't be playing with the current streaming technology until after this breeding season has passed to avoid glitches at an important time of the year. Owing to high demand on the feeds we've had to cut stream refresh time down to about 60 minutes; apologies to all our viewers. This allows any server hangs or crashes to be reset automatically in quick time and unattended. Indeed the streaming server, a Windows 7-based core image, on a Core2Duo platform with plenty of RAM memory, has proven to be superbly stable since its upgrade in Jan 2014... if your feed stops just refresh the page.
This camera is an Axis 3344-VE model, a day/night very low-light, all weather, fully bird-proof model, supplied by the fantastic teams at CCTV Hire and Lan1. It's an older model than the new ledge camera but has proven itself to be a reliable & stable source and offers full clarity and contrast, in hi-definition, for both day and night images. With a little boost from an IR source in low light conditions we're not losing any image quality. Along with streaming to the Internet on these pages we also run our cameras through the impressive Milestone XProtect Essential surveillance package with motion sensor capability 24/7hrs, recorded on to large 2TB storage hard drives, which in low season can give us over a month's worth of hi-quality recording storage, but in peak season this cuts back to a few days storage owing to the extra visual activity.
For the technically minded this initial test phase is using Videolan's VLC player in streaming mode with transcoding switched on to create the streams. What you're seeing on this web page is courtesy of the Flowplayer Flash video player to embed the streams in to the page. Other platforms are being tested as we continue improvements.
The FalconCam Project team would like to thank the CSU DIT Web team and Orange Heads of Campus, Kevin Parton and Heather Robinson (former and present, resp.) for their continued support and co-operation in allowing us to stream these amazing pictures out to the Internet. Without them all this wouldn't be possible.