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Crissy Field Web Cam Upgrade!

$4,202 of $4,120 goal

Raised by 63 people in 8 months
Created July 15, 2018
Did you suffer last week without the Crissy Cam?  So did we, and it reminded us that it is time for an upgrade to the old technology!

The San Francisco Board Sailing Association (SFBA), along with generous sponsors, has supported the Crissy Field Web Cam at East Beach for over twenty years.  Maintenance and housing of the camera has been the result of a positive partnership with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.  This camera is a valuable tool to sailors, law enforcement, the Coast Guard, and other federal agencies, in addition to daily water users who check it many times a day!

The time has come for a complete upgrade of hardware and software.  This will result in a huge increase in performance, usability, and reliability.

The SFBA has identified a reliable vendor who has been approved by the Parks Conservancy to assist with the new install.  The $4120 cost for this upgrade will include the camera itself, updated software, and installation costs: 

$2500:  New camera -- the Axis Q6055 (HD 1080p and 32Xs zoom) PTZ camera
$1500:  Software and installation costs
$  120:  fundraiser expense

Thank you for your support!
San Francisco Board Sailing Association

P.S. – Join the SFBA!!!!  How often do YOU check the Crissy Webcam?! The Crissy Webcam is brought to you by the San Francisco Boardsailing Association (SFBA), a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to boardsailing access and safety.  Now would be a great time to join or renew your SFBA membership!  http://www.sfba.org/membership.html
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The existing camera has a relatively new enclosure, so the plan is to upgrade the software to the latest version. This upgrade provides some nice addtions, and the biggest one will be multiple video sizes available to our viewers. We plan to keep the 320x240 on the webcam list.. but offer a 640x480 size for people who want more clarity. I'm not sure how well this option will ultimately work given the camera's high usage as it is shared at the Crissy Field Center... so we'll have to see, and pending how seamlessly the swap works, perhaps make a choice at the time of install and live with the decision. For an example of the larger image, the St. Francis Yacht Club uses SiteProxy and they display the larger 640x480 image..... Here is the URL for a sense of what that looks like: http://12.201.135.206/Race%20Deck/siteproxy.html (their software version is from 2014).

The new camera will have larger still images, other additional features, better low light, and we plan to have exclusive PTZ controls for SFBA members (including camera contributors... to whom we should consider providing some length of membership to). Please note that we have not chosen a specific make/model camera yet, as we will consider all options and make a recommendation at a BOD meeting for concurrence as we get closer to confirmation of all the moving parts, at which time we can then purchase all the gear and installation services.

We plan to install the new camera on a new mast on the roof of the Crissy restroom; the implementation of which is more challenging than when we planned, designed and built the dog wash. To be fair, the last quarter of the Federal fiscal year, the Holidays and now the Govt shutdown haven't helped move things along. We are still working on the OK for the infrastructure (power to the roof, new mast, wireless equip at each end) and timing. Yes, timing. There will be some restroom maintenance upgrades in the near (?) future, and to-date the Master Coordination Meeting and the decision to wait or not remains a missing-link.

Our POCs at GGNPC are very supportive and are working to move it along as mindfully as they can.. and please continue to be patient (at this stage its a virtue!) and please be reminded that it is a federal project!!!
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Raised by 63 people in 8 months
Created July 15, 2018
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