Friday, June 29, 2012

Beeline request for feedback on webcam

On June 19, Mike Carter from Beeline Services e-mailed a request for feedback on the webcam.  If you haven't had a chance to visit the webcam, contact me and I'll e-mail you  the connection information. 

The webcam can be viewed between 7:30 am and 7:30pm, Pacific Daylight Savings Time.  

If you have comments on the webcam for Mike, submit a comment to this blog, or e-mail one of us.  I'll post my response to Mike next.

Here's Mike's request:   

I'd like to get your candid views on how this tool has performed in its assigned role, and have you provide some insights and feedback on 'hits and misses' with the system now that its been in operation for a few months. 

While I don't expect the Sturms will be interested in spending any additional funds on the system, I'd like to wrap up my engineering documentation on the system with input from the end-user's point of view. Please also share this request with your associates, as candid input from them may provide a few additional insights we may not have considered in the requirements gathering / design phase.

From my own perspective, the system isn't as responsive as I'd like it to be. Unfortunately, the factors involved are fairly complex and not easily addressed without significant changes to cellular carrier infrastructure. Data performance can vary greatly based on weather, carrier loading (traffic) and RF path variances to the cell site. Ultimately, the local ISP would have been the best route, but as they appear to be incapable of correctly configuring their own equipment, that option is not available. 

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