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A pioneer among ski resorts in its embrace of Internet and interactive marketing, Park City Mountain Resort, a 3,300-acre Utah ski and snowboard facility, was the first such resort to feature a live "mountain cam" video on its website, www.parkcity
Five years ago, Park City mounted two static cameras on the mountain to give its website visitors a first-hand look at snow conditions. Today, there are network cameras stationed year-round. The original static cameras were replaced with Canon IP Network PTZ cameras streaming video at approximately 3-4 frames-per-second, but that can go up to 10 frames-per-second for near broadcast quality.
"We currently have two cameras on the mountain that are hardwired to our LAN and another two on the base area that use our point-to-point wireless system," explained Eric Hoffman, Interactive Marketing Manager for Park City Mountain Resort.
Given the harsh environment, the four cameras must be protected within enclosures. At the summit, where temperatures dip below zero with extreme high winds, a Dotworkz D2 environmental enclosure is being employed. The D2's patented Ring-of-Fire heating system will prevent cameras from freezing in climates down to -40° F.
Park City's camera system was engineered by US Relay (San Diego, Calif.), an innovator in IP video monitoring technology solutions. The system is designed around US Relay's eLiveStream video rebroadcasting service with a customized flash interface. Designed to reduce local bandwidth demands by up to 98 percent, eLiveStream is a fully scalable, easy-to-administer service that requires no plug-ins or downloads for clients to remotely view video using only a standard web browser.