Placer County, California

THE CHALLENGE:

Cellular Public Webcam Helps Visitors of Popular Destination
Placer County, California offers 1,400 square miles of the most beautiful and diverse geography in Northern California, reaching the High Sierras of North Lake Tahoe and the Nevada state line. Placer County boasts a wide range of outdoor activities including several very popular state, county and local parks.

Hidden Falls Regional Park is a 1,200-acre park located between the communities of Auburn and Lincoln, north of the Ophir/Newcastle area. It includes approximately 30 miles of public multi-use trails for hiking, running, biking, and equestrian riding, as well as observation decks, waterfalls, picnic areas, swimming areas, and fishing access. Due to the popularity of the park, it sometimes becomes over-crowded, with parking lots filling up quickly.
Municipal Cameras
Placer County staff wanted to help in a more orderly parking process and visitor experience by having a real-time camera available to the public to check conditions before heading out to the park. A key challenge was that there was no power or internet in the remote parking area. In addition, the team did not have a large IT budget to integrate the cameras into the County’s large public website.

THE SOLUTION:

Solar/Wireless camera with real-time imaging and built-in public web page
The Placer County team worked with their local systems integrator, Capture Technologies to identify the Sensera MC78 model as a possibility. Capture Technologies was already a Sensera Authorized System Integrator Partner and understood that the MC78 would be a great fit for Placer County’s requirements.


“We felt that having a live camera accessible to the public would be a great way to mitigate the parking situation and give the public a better visitor experience. But we did not want to spend a fortune on a custom solution that would require design, engineering, and maintenance. When Capture Technologies showed us the Sensera Solution, it seemed a perfect fit for our needs. Once we got a pole in place, installation of the camera was a breeze and the public web page feature dropped right into our website, allowing the public to see real-time status of the parking areas. We have been very happy with the Sensera camera solution and expect that we will find other applications for the technology.”

—Dieter Wittenberg, IT Manager, Placer County, CA