Ticket #1107 (new)

Opened 6 years ago

Last modified 6 years ago

Mesh powered observatory

Reported by: DustWolf Owned by: Musti
Priority: normal Milestone:
Component: telemetry Version:
Keywords: Cc:
Related nodes: os-bicevje Realization state:
Blocking: Effort: normal
Blocked by: Security sensitive: no


On the roof of the primary school Bičevje, there is an unused observatory (more or less just the chasis, with a dome and swivel mechanism – visible in the panorama).

The idea is to use the sensor platform's actuator interface to control two electric motors to turn the dome (left/right and up/down) and connect an IP camera with suitable optics, over the point's wireless network (or wired yellow ports). The equipment could be mounted inside the dome, which has a roof and square room. There is a functioning 220V power outlet nearby.

School representatives have mentioned the desire to use such an image transfer for educational purposes. Letting children to the roof would be dangerous as there is no fence, but monitoring and controlling the cam from a classroom would be something they'd use.


bicevje-panorama-observatory.jpg (72.2 KB) - added by DustWolf 6 years ago.

Change History

Changed 6 years ago by DustWolf

comment:1 Changed 6 years ago by DustWolf

It is worth mentioning that the dome has been dissused for years and is in pretty bad shape, the swivel mechanism might be rusty... Hopefully it can still be salvaged and used.

comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by mitar

Hm, I am not sure if this is really something which could be integrated into nodewatcher. Maybe telemetry circuit can support that, but nodewatcher data collection is currently read-only.

So probably it is better if the circuit would support controlling the observatory, but then we would have a stand-alone CGI script on the node itself to control this circuit. This script can then be exposed with HTTP proxy to the Internet. (In a similar way we currently have webcams in the network exposed.)

This could be a nice project for children at school to do.

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