FalconCam Project - live Nest Camera

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FalconCam Project - Nest Cam

With recent technology upgrades we are now able to bring you the full camera feeds - audio and video - which we stream through YouTube Live. A full screen feed can be achieved by mousing over the above feed and clicking on the bottom right corner square frame icon. Make sure you have your sound turned up when the falcons are at home, and moreso during eyas season (Oct - Dec). Barring the irregular campus power and/or data outages we're live and in higher definition & falcon-screeching audio, 24/7/365.

About the software

Within our recent upgrades has come an amazing little piece of software that fits inside our Axis cameras from a company called Camstreamer. This really clever software plugin provides both of our the fully-compatible Axis cameras with the capability to stream full audio and full video directly from the cameras, via CSU's high-speed data network, to an online location such as YouTube Live. We no longer have to rely on old Flash technolgoy, which is being abandoned by the main web browsers. It also means that all platforms that can see YouTube videos can now also follow the streams; this now includes Android and Apple devices!

About the hardware

With the new Camstreamer plugins we can now turn off our old but very hardworking VLC/Flash streaming server, which can finally take a breath after years of 24/7/365 work. It means one less link in the chain between the Axis cameras and the final streaming location.

This nest-facing 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, SD-level resolution, 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.

Internally we connect the cameras through the impressive Milestone XProtect Essential surveillance package with motion sensor capability 24/7hrs. It records camera feeds 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 down to a few days storage owing to the extra visual activity.

CSU's network is now gigabit internally, including the water tower infrastructure (home to the falcons). Both cameras feed in to a PoE-capable network switch which is then sent out in to the Interweb via a fibre backbone.

The FalconCam Project team in Orange would like to thank the CSU DIT Web & systems teams, 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 Project wouldn't be able to showcase these amazing peregrine falcon images.

Axis cameras logo Camstreamer logo Milestone Systems logo

For more information:

Project website: http://falconcamproject.org

Contacts: Scott Banks (technical), Ph: 0414 914 949, Dr Cilla Kinross, Ph: 02 6365 7651

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