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Cell Phone + Web Cam = Know when to plow...

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Grn Mtn, Dec 20, 2006.

  1. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    I just noticed on the sprint website that I can have real-time web cams viewed on my cell phone and that got me thinking.

    Set up a web cam at strategic locations around your route, have them point at the parking lot or a ruler, whatever. But then all you have to do is check your phone to see if your trigger has been met.

    Now a question for the computer geeks on this site, what is the easiest way to set-up a web cam at a business without disturbing there local intra-net. How much would this cost?

    I'm thinking use and old laptop with a cell phone Internet card in it, put the hole thing in a locked box and run a weather proof cam out of it.
  2. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    You could do that, but I think you will find after all your costs, it's cheaper/easier just to pay one driver an extra $40 on snow nights to patrol. Especially when you salt. A camera won't notify you if it's getting icey, etc... There are 3-4 companies, we all work together. We take turns having one driver patrol the sites and he keeps in touch. If things start to get icey, snow, etc... he lets us know. And the best part of this service, we don't have to pay when it's +9 in the middle of December :)

    Cell phone data access, laptop cards, etc... can get expensive quick. Accuweather is also good for monitoring area specific sites.
  3. snyps

    snyps Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    Too expensive, and with the webcam you will not be able to tell the diffrence between 1" and 3". You will find that you need to be out there anyways.

    Good thought, won't work too well.
  4. GSE

    GSE Senior Member
    Messages: 108

    Personally, I like my customers to see my trucks on their property. . . . I make sure the guys have the warning lights flashing and do their best to be seen. Shows the customers (and potential customers) that we're on top of it. . . . .
  5. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    Sounds like alot of work too me.
  6. Daner

    Daner PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,187

    Ahhh ...Some ones getting anxious.
  7. carcrz

    carcrz Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    I just wake up around 2 & look out the window. On my shopping centers, I went & talked to the management of every store & asked them to call me if I hadn't been there yet. That way we could make sure the surfaces don't get slick.