Finding a good, cost-effective, and user-friendly weather camera solution for the largest city on the west coast of Honshu, Japan, is no easy feat. When reaching out to CamStreamer’s partner Comworks Co., Ltd., Niigata’s city government asked for a solution that gives their citizens and visitors a perfect overview of the weather situation. Moreover, their ideal solution had to be easy to use and able to stream directly to YouTube without any additional software such as a PC.
The chosen solution was based on the CamStreamer App and CamOverlay App installed on an outdoor-ready AXIS P1448-LE camera with 4K resolution. CamStreamer App runs fully inside the camera and allows for 24/7 livestreaming in the camera’s highest resolution with custom music directly to YouTube. CamOverlay App was added for its ability to insert dynamic graphic overlays, namely weather widget with current temperature, info ticker, and picture-in-picture. The info ticker was further modified by uploading a custom font for displaying Japanese characters correctly. Picture-in-picture adds views from two additional AXIS P1445-LE cameras to show a complete overview of the weather situation.
The resulting 24-hour livestream with calming piano music accurately conveys the current weather situation in Niigata City from three points of view and fully meets the client’s requirements. “We are very satisfied. CamStreamer App and CamOverlay App met our expectations and the solution was implemented without any problems as the technical follow-up of Comworks is good,” said the official statement of the Niigata City government as translated by Christopher Aghedo from Comworks Co., Ltd.
Extending the coverage with CamOverlay App
Adding dynamic graphic overlays is a great way to keep the audience engaged. CamOverlay App offers a wide array of elements and widgets appropriate for most streaming topics. Weather livestreams such as Niigata City’s solution benefit from adding a weather widget, which sources data from AccuWeather and is available in several styles. Another handy feature for effectively sharing information is an info ticker, which can be customized with new fonts. Combining streams from two or more cameras can be done either through CamOverlay’s picture-in-picture element or through CamSwitcher App.
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Stream Directly to YouTube with CamStreamer App
CamStreamer App> is a smart application for livestreaming from an AXIS IP camera directly to personal websites or social media platforms without the need for additional software or a public IP address. After a quick and easy setup, CamStreamer App allows for direct streaming to YouTube, Facebook Live, Vimeo, Dacast, and others. Other features include automation, scheduled streaming, and adding custom music.
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About Niigata City
Niigata City is the capital of Niigata Prefecture situated in the Chūbu region of Honshu and is only a two-hour train ride away from Tokyo. Historically a port town, Niigata is now most known as Japan’s biggest producer of flowers, mainly tulips. Modern and efficient city infrastructure includes an international airport and a harbor.
Read more on city.niigata.lg.jp
Founded in 1995, the Japanese company Comworks Co., Ltd. specializes in cloud services, networking, and surveillance systems.
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