The Camera Location
The camera is located on the outskirts of the market town of High Bentham in the county of North Yorkshire UK, and is pointing North East towards Ingleborough.
It is almost exactly 6 miles (9.66 kilometres) as the crow flies from the camera location to the top of the mountain, this means that any weather between the camera and the mountain can impact on the displayed images, as such you could experience a rain free day on the mountain and it can be pouring down near the camera site.
With this in mind please take the usual precautions when visiting the Ingleborough area and use a professional weather forecasting service, carry the appropriate equipment and wear suitable clothing. As you will see from the webcam the weather conditions can change within minutes.
How is it done?
The camera is located externally above the roof line; the camera is a 5 megapixel IP version from CCTV specialists Aercont Vision
The next piece of equipment in the chain is Windows based PC. I use a tiny single board computer from Latte Panda
It offers a small footprint and low power consumption. Here some software requests a still image from the camera; it then resizes it and adds the captions.
The software I use has remained the same since day one, and is called ImageSalsa , it is now well over 15 years old but I have yet to find a better alternative.
As well as the captions it calculates the Sunrise and Sunset times based on the camera location and saves an image every minute during daylight hours.
A second piece of software called Fling File transfer looks for the images being saved and uploads the image via the internet to a UK based server. I use Xilo communications in Sheffield for my hosting.
Finally, a third piece of software takes the individual still images and creates a time-lapse movie file of the day. This happens automatically 30mins after sunset, and once it is complete the Fling software detects that it has been made and uploads the movie to the server.
The software I use for the time-lapse is called IPtimelapse Pro from IP Timelapse and seems pretty reliable so far.
As you can see there are a lot of links in the chain, if any of them fail then so will the service, I now employ a piece of software to ensure all the programs on the Latte Panda are running and if one crashes then it will attempt to restart it. If you find the image has stuck and not updated then it normally means the internet connection has been lost between the camera site and server. Being in rural location this is often because of power loss.
Please note I do not monitor the site on a daily basis so if the image has stuck for more than a few hours please feel free to drop me a line, and I can investigate, thanks!
Use of the images
Please do not use any of the images without prior consent, this is especially true for commercial organizations. This website is not run for commercial gain and I take exception with people exploiting it for their own commercial gain.
Copies of the Images
I keep an archive of the images taken for a few days, if there is a particular image you would like a copy of for non-commercial use then please get in touch with the date and time and I will see what I can do.
Getting in touch
You can contact me by email or via twitter @inglebo_webcam