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Axis promotes green efforts on Baltimore's Inner Harbor

Axis promotes green efforts on Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Since construction of the original Water Wheel along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the Healthy Harbor Initiative has seen strong support from the public for its efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. A large machine that operates on solar and hydro power to collect garbage from the local river, Mr. Trash Wheel has become a staple talking point around town. Because the device operates optimally during heavy storm conditions when the water flow is strong, the Healthy Harbor Initiative set out to give remote viewership of the action taking place.

The Healthy Harbor Initiative called on local Axis Communications' partner Skyline Technology Solutions to integrate a live streaming camera onboard the Water Wheel in order to capture any action that comes through. The team selected an AXIS P3384-VE Network Camera to give a steady and high definition image while simultaneously being able to withstand the weather conditions faced out on the water.

The live stream from the camera is sent directly to Skyline’s data center where the video is transcoded and then released to the Water Wheel website. Consequently, site visitors pull data from the data center rather than creating a heavy load of traffic on the camera connection. 

Though the camera stream operates 24/7, the images captured during a storm show Mr. Trash Wheel at its best as rubbish is driven downstream by rain, allowing operators and viewers to watch when the machinery is working at its peak. These images can be shared across the web where people can see the full scope of what is occurring. Despite the outdoor conditions being very well known at the onset of the project, Skyline used only a basic enclosure for AXIS P3384-VE as it comes out-of-thebox already IP66- and NEMA 4X-rated.

Reaction to the camera stream has been overwhelmingly positive. Not only has the Axis camera withstood strong weather conditions including being completely submerged underwater without losing power or connection, it has drummed up interest for fundraising and led to the construction of a second Wheel at another point on the river. Fans of the project capture unique objects coming through each day, and Mr. Trash Wheel has become a big hit across social media thanks to the images from its camera.

Product Adopted:
Network Cameras

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