|Many of the projects we are asked to do have an interesting component to them.
Below is a list of some of our more interesting projects. New projects are added to this page is we feel they would create an interest amongst our customers.
Snowgrass Solutions was approached to install one of their rental solar powered time-lapse cameras to record remotely, the construction of a solar power farm in Western Samoa.
The above YouTube movie has excessive compression applied. The original 720HD movie was crisp and very clear.
Snowgrass Solutions installed a network of cameras surrounding the Justice Precinct construction site.
In 2012, Genesis Energy began the substantial project of remediating the Tekapo canal that delivers the water from Lake Tekapo between the Tekapo A and B power stations.
Snowgrass Solutions was asked to install a number of their rental cameras along the canal with the purpose of recording the process.
The entire system was operated remotely. The cameras, wireless hardware and 3G Internet connection, all operated autonomously on solar power and were distributed over a 6km section of the canal. This allowed Snowgrass to provide the entire service without having to liaise with other IT teams, etc.
At the completion of each stage, the images and a series of time-lapse movies created from the images were provided to Genesis Energy and their contractors for reviewing the progress of the project.
Visit Genesis Energy's web site for further information about the project.
Visit Tekapo Tourism's Feature Page on the project.
Snowgrass Solutions was approached by the Department of Conservation about installing a camera at the top of a cliff overlooking the Franz Josef Glacier.
In addition to being installed in a region where the annual rainfall is measured in metres, another major consideration for the project was Kea, New Zealand's inquisitive and destructive mountain parrot. Their sharp beaks can strip cables, tear plastics and they can generally cause havoc with technology at high altitude.
Access to both the camera and wireless repeater sites was by helicopter. The equipment was delivered to each site underneath the helicopter and final assembly was made on site.
Click here to view the Franz Josef HD web cams
Click here to view the Fox Glacier HD web cams
Having installed cameras to watch the controlled deconstruction of the Christ Church Cathedral in Christchurch's Cathedral Square, Snowgrass Solutions was asked to install one of their rental cameras and wireless link at the new "Cardboard Cathedral" site to monitor and record the construction of the new cathedral.
The camera serves two roles, with one being to act as a webcam by uploading regular webcam shots to the cathedral's website and to record another series of images for creating a timelapse movie of the project.
Click here to view web site of Cardboard Cathedral including webcam
Having installed a PTZ web cam for Ohau Snow Fields several years ago (see details below), Snowgrass Solutions was approached about upgrading to a new HD camera. The camera chosen was a full HD camera with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The same resolution as an HD TV transmission.
Click here to view the Ohau Snow Field's web cam page
With much of central Christchurch cordoned off following the February earthquake of 2011, Snowgrass Solutions was approached and asked to provide a number of 5 mega-pixel cameras for monitoring/recording the Christ Church Cathedral.
Click here to view the Cathedral web cams
In 2011 Meridian Energy contacted Snowgrass Solutions regarding the supply and installation of a web cam at one of their projects in the Pacific Island kingdom of Tonga.
Snowgrass Solutions installed a very high definition, 5 megapixel network camera with the role of sending 1280 x 720 pixel images back to Snowgrass' server at 10 minute intervals, for the creation of a time lapse movie of the project.
The project is an alliance between Tonga Power Ltd, the Government of Tonga and renewable energy developer Meridian Energy, with the support of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade.
Several years ago Snowgrass Solutions installed two web cams for Lake Wanaka Tourism. A fixed camera for providing regular image updates for their web site and a PTZ camera for providing interactive views of the lake in live video.
View actual image from the Lake Wanaka Tourism HD web cam
View the Lake Wanaka Tourism web cam (images displayed at reduced size)
SHF Petroleum is a family owned and operated company that provides a fuel and petroleum product delivery service in the Canterbury and South Canterbury areas.
A joint venture between the Twizel Promotions and Development Association (TPDA) and private promotions company, Tekapo Tourism Ltd (TTL), has seen the installation of a tourism web camera close to the township of Twizel.
Being remote, the system operates on a solar/battery power source and the connection to the Internet is via a 3G mobile connection.
The camera's views include the majestic Mt Cook, and the lakes, Pukaki, Ruataniwha and Benmore.
Images will be published on the TPDA and TTL owned websites.
View the Mt Cook images on the Mt Cook web site
View the full set of images on the Twizel Promotions web site
Located on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, the Globe Progress is an opencast gold mine that operates seven days a week. The mine is subject to challenging temperature and precipitation conditions. Annual rainfall is 2,100mm. While snowfalls are regular during the winter, summer temperatures can reach around 35 degrees centigrade.
Given the challenging weather conditions of the area and rugged environment associated with gold mines, the camera system would have to ensure protection from the elements and particularly from moisture creep within the camera itself, which would lead to fogging.
Snowgrass Solutions designed a wireless network solution with a long range data radio link and solar derived power system, based on the AXIS 213 PTZ Network Camera, which was chosen for its proven reliability in several of Snowgrass Solution’s previous installations and its ability to operate well on a solar charged battery system.
The camera orientation is controlled by the desktop in the Supervisor’s office while eight remote logins have also been set up so that a number of staff can access the camera and manage it remotely, if necessary.
Efficiency was the main driver for implementing the camera system and since its introduction in early August 2010 the solution has already identified deployment methods that are improving the effectiveness of mine operations. The camera enables operations supervisors to see if a project is running as it should and whether the allocation of resources is optimised. For example, the camera can identify if there are multiple trucks being loaded by a digger in one area of the pit, while another digger in different section may have no trucks to load, and quickly balance their deployment.
This project was featured in an article by Axis, the camera's manufacturer.
Click here to download the article
Snowgrass Solutions was contacted regarding the possiblity of delivering an Internet connection and telephone line into a remote, solar powered cottage in the foothills of the Mackenzie Country.
A long range radio link operating at around 24Mbits/sec was installed between a broadband connection at the village and the hill above the cottage. Power and data for the radio on the hill above the cottage was provided through cable laid in a 90 metre trench from the cottage. An Internet connection and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) telephone system was installed at the cottage. The system was monitored for several months following installation and continued to operate through all weathers, including heavy snow.
Roundhill Ski Field is set into the base of the Richmond Range, overlooking Lake Tekapo. They first approached Snowgrass Solutions in 2008 regarding the possibility of installing a sophisticated webcam near the top of the ski field, where the views were the best.
The camera is an Axis 213PTZ camera operating on a solar charged battery. The camera is loaded with customised code that instructs the camera to autonomously capture a series of images at a resolution of 704 x 576 and upload them to the Roundhill website.
The camera's enclosure includes a fan forced heater to clear any ice that may be blown on to the dome. The heater is operated by the camera's operating system and activates automatically for 20 minutes twice a day, but can also be triggered manually by a remote connection to the camera.
The connection to Roundhill's web server is through a high speed 900MHz 3G mobile connection. The 3G router was developed by Snowgrass Solutions and has an external antenna for increased signal strength in remote areas. In addition to supporting remote camera connections, the router can also be used to connect any remote computer user to the Internet. With an optional wireless module, the router can share a mobile broadband connection with multiple users.
This installation is refered to on Axis, the camera manufacturer's website.
Pegasus Town, north of Christchurch, is an exciting project involving the building of an entirely new town, complete with lake and golf course, on the Pegasus Bay coast.
The camera uses a medium range radio data link to the nearest network with an Internet gateway.
An established South Island based
developer approached Snowgrass Solutions regarding a camera system that would allow them to monitor remotely, a major construction project.
Snowgrass Solutions was contacted by a reputable Environmental Consultancy company in Auckland, regarding the design and installation of a remote video recording system for monitoring an area of interest, where power and an Internet connection was not available.
A system was designed using a high resolution miniature camera, Digital Video Recorder (DVR), timer, solar panel and high capacity battery.
Approximately once a month the site is attended and the DVR's Hard Disk Drive (HDD) swapped. The HDD is then courier to the consultants in Auckland for review.
Several years ago we were contacted by a well established aviation company with regard to designing and installing a runway lighting system for their rural airport.
There were several considerations in designing the
Because of the rocky terrain, a low voltage system
was required, as the deep trenching required of a high voltage system,
was not possible.
Several essential components were imported and
aluminium components were designed by Snowgrass Solutions and manufactured locally.
A system of 23 lights was installed at the airport, comprising of 21 white and 2 red LED lights, one at each end of the runway.
Completed, the entire runway lighting system
requires only 80 watts of electrical power to operate. Less power than
is required to operate a single incandescent lamp used in a domestic
house, but with a
horizontal night time visibility of approximately 15km.
part of a major upgrade to Ohau Snow Field in 2008, Snowgrass Solutions
installed a P-T-Z webcam with spectacular views from the upper regions
of the mountain.
The camera is loaded with customised scripts that instruct the camera to autonomously steer through multiple views and upload the resulting series of images to a website via FTP upload.
The ski field's 230v power is derived from diesel
generation. The camera and its associated network equipment, radio
link and the climate monitoring for the field's new snow making
system, had to continue operating on 230v for around 24 hours when the
generator was shut down.
Alpine weather conditions at Ohau required substantial modification to the camera's enclosure to assist in rapidly clearing ice and snow from the camera's dome.
This camera has since been upgraded to an HD camera. See info above.
Click here to view the Ohau Snow Field website.
The project was done in conjunction with renowned tourism website design company, Cabbage Tree Creative
To further market the airport in New Zealand's picturesque Queenstown, the management at Queenstown Airport approached us here at Snowgrass Solutions to provide them with a Pan-Tilt-Zoom PTZ camera solution to allow visitors to the site to view the local beauty and for pilots to get a better idea of the local weather conditions.
Views include the Airport runways, the Remarkables mountain range, Coronet Peak ski area, Frankton Arm, the Crown Range and many others.
Click here to view the Queenstown airport webcam
To improve the quality of the original Wanaka
webcam, Snowgrass Solutions were contacted by Lake Wanaka Tourism to
recommend and supply a high quality fixed webcam to provide high resolution
images for the Lake Wanaka Tourism website.
Click here to visit the Lake Wanaka tourism website.
Web designers, Cabbage Tree Creative incorporate the images from the fixed camera into a user controlled time-lapse movie.
With the demise of Telecom NZ's analogue 025 network
and the forecast demise of their current CDMA digital network, A
Lyttelton based fishing company required reliable company communications in the harsh and
remote environment off the South Island's East Coast.
Vessel safety was also taken into consideration
with the addition of GPS tracking to enable shore based management to
track the vessels and their daily history. GPS position data is stored
on a small data logger on the vessel and intermittently transmitted over the same coastal network used to provide the voice
As part of providing visitors to the
Mount Dobson website with a true representation of the current snow
conditions, an Axis 221 day/night camera was supplied to upload large
640x480 pixel images to the Mount Dobson website.
Snowgrass Solutions did not install this camera. It was self installed by Mt Dobson.
To help provide a superior Tekapo experience, Tekapo Tourism Ltd wanted to provide visitors to their website with up to the minute information about what it was really like in Tekapo.
To achieve this, an
Axis 213PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) camera was installed on the summit of a
nearby mountain and using a high speed radio data link over 3
kilometres to the village, the camera connects directly to a broadband
connection for access.
The camera operates in two modes.
FTP image upload. The camera uploads regularly updated images
of the surrounding area to the Tekapo Tourism website. The views are
updated whenever the camera looks in a particular direction.
Live video mode. In addition to uploading still images, the camera also provides
visitors to the site with live 1 frame per second video. Visitors have
a list of twenty views from which they can click on. Once a view is
selected the camera will pan, tilt and zoom to a preset view memorised
into the camera.
The camera has also been used to create a time lapse movie of the conditions in Tekapo over seven months.
> Click here to view the 11.1MB Flash movie on their site.