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WebCams for site checks???

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Plow man Foster, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. Plow man Foster

    Plow man Foster PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,153

    Just wondering if anyone has ever placed a web camera of some sort on a commercial site so that you could see what the site looks like from a mobile device like a laptop or blackberry? In theory seems like a pretty cool idea especially f the account was an hour/ hour and a half away, definitely wouldnt want to go all the way out there to check...Come to find out that its still clear or vise versa!
  2. csi.northcoast

    csi.northcoast Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    in ohio, the state put up web cams on the highway.. www.buckeye traffic.org i have used them from time to time .. esp when lake effect is happening
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I thought about these a long time ago,but the problem is cost. A good costs a lot then you need to have an isp for it. Most places won't let you hook into their place for security and liability reasons.
  4. pabaker66

    pabaker66 Senior Member
    Messages: 117

    We have exterior security cameras at work that I can view from my laptop from anywhere. I live 15 min. from work and all of my acounts are by work so I use it alot to see how much snow we are getting. Wish I had more locations with cameras.
  5. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    Who in the Detroit area would drive an hour and half to a job site?

    That could be expanded a little. Does anyone drive that far? That's nuts
  6. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    An Hour and a Half from Detoilet....Thats almost to Grand Rapids.....:eek:
  7. Plow man Foster

    Plow man Foster PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,153

    Would you mind posting or PM'ing me the name of it? I assume they plug into your internet system at work right?

    We got a couple leads on a few accounts from a workers family member...and it will pay PRETTY well if we can land them... which shouldnt be hard! But its like 45 mins away from the shop. The pay makes it worth it though! Also its only like 20-25 mins from the 3 workers who will be primarily working on these sites. So a Onsite camera would be nice for the protection of the equipment we will be leaving plus it would be a nice little weather snow cam!
  8. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    Well I could see this being used also for people doing any kind of lot with dedicated equipment there. You could get a storage container to leave there, a cheapa$$ laptop, and then get one of the WiFi things from Verizon/Sprint or whoever. Hook it to a camera (webscam) mounted to the top of the container and your good.

    This idea is really good for those who have a big commercial lot to do with no nearby (or close enough) buildings. Plus you could put extra equipment/materials in the storage container too.
  9. dixiejwo

    dixiejwo Junior Member
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  12. fernalddude

    fernalddude PlowSite.com Addict
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  13. Plow man Foster

    Plow man Foster PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,153

    Nice links guys!
    fernalddude that must be the rain that was supposed to come north and hit us.... Hope it stays south!
    We're still debating...
  14. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    I use trafficland, you can pick up all the traffic cameras in the US. I wish stores wold let us monitor with their cameras but yet to have it happen. I was at the SIMA show a couple years ago, there was a contractor out of western Canada that had portable setups, didn't give any info about them though, just kept saying propitory blah, blah. I have never seen so many people walk out on a education session it the middle of a session, probably half the class it seem all she was trying to do was say look what we have, ha, ha, ha, big disappointment of a session.
  15. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,980

    Those are the accounts that you need to have an employee close too to inform you of the conditions.....i use weather underground ....there are 5 weather stations within 1/2 mile of our lots in one area....oh! and i'm the hired hand thats calls the boss to pull the trigger :gunsfiring: