At GaugeCam, we’ve followed along as the “NCSU Eagle Cam” has taken on a life of it’s own. Several sponsors are involved, but the Departments of Biology and Computer Science have taken the initiative at NC State. Their website details some of the technical expertise, equipment, and hard work that has gone into the project.
The Eagle Cam serves live video. At GaugeCam, we’re currently capturing environmental data using still images. However, many of the same barriers to entry exist regardless of the final image product. That’s why we’re so focused on providing a comprehensive, robust, and easily installed camera package. This system can be set up in very remote locations with a small up-front investment and minimal maintenance. We’re doing the hard work behind the scenes so you can focus on the environmental data you desire.
The Abstract, North Carolina State University’s online newsletter, has an article that provides an overview of GaugeCam - Water Flow: A Picture’s Worth More Than A Thousand Words:
“From mitigating flood damage to managing water resources during a drought, tracking water flow is important. But tough budget times make maintaining data collection systems more difficult than ever. Researchers may have found a way to ease the problem, using a remote imaging system called GaugeCam.” Read the entire article at The Abstract’s web site.
Automated systems that measure water level usually rely on flow, pressure or ultrasound sensors. This approach, however, often return invalid results, as debris or sediment easily gets caught up in the sensors.
This motivated Dr. François Birgand of North Carolina State University to design an entirely new type of water level measurement system, based on The Imaging Source cameras. It is highly affordable and can record the water level of streams, rivers and even the ocean.