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SiteCloud provides several options for allowing the public to see pictures and video from your Sensera cameras.   By default, your cameras can only be accessed by logging into SiteCloud with a valid username and password.  However, if you choose to enable one or more of the Public Access features described below, web pages will be made available that anybody can visit without logging in, and view selected content from your cameras.  These web pages are hosted on Sensera’s servers and are available immediately when you configure them.

There are three different varieties of Public Access pages available:  The Single Camera Page, the Project Page, and the Multi-Camera Page.

Single Camera Page

The Single Camera public page allows you to make one of your cameras to the public on the web, in a form suitable for use as a standalone web page or embedded in your own web site.  It displays the latest picture taken by your camera, and optionally allows visitors to browse through older pictures, watch the Auto-Timelapse Video if your camera has one, and even view a live video stream from the camera.  The page allows panning and zooming, and even displays weather data at your camera location at the time the displayed picture was taken.

To enable the Single Camera Page for one of your Sensera cameras:

You must have already created a SiteCloud account and registered your camera to perform these steps.
  1. Log into SiteCloud and navigate to the View page.  Select the camera you want to work with.
  2. Click on the “Configure Camera” button .  Select “Configure Camera” if necessary (some camera models).
  3. The Configure Camera dialog will be displayed.  Locate the Enable Camera Page checkbox, and check it.
  4. Your Single Camera Page is now live.   The URL to view it is shown just below the checkbox, labeled Camera Page URL.  Click this link to visit your camera’s page.
  5. To configure which options are available on your Single Camera Page, click the Public Display Settings button right next to the Enable Camera Page checkbox.  The Public Access Settings dialog will be displayed.
    • The Project Page checkbox determines if this camera will be displayed on your Public Project Page (see below).
    • The Multi-Camera Page checkbox determines if this camera will be displayed on your Multi-Camera age (see below).
    • The Timelapse checkbox determines if visitors to your public page will be able to view this camera’s Auto-Timelapse Video.  (This option will only be available on camera models that support Timelapse.)
    • The LiveView checkbox determines if your camera’s LiveView Images will be shown on the public page.  (This option will only be available on camera models that support LiveView.)
    • The History checkbox determines if visitors to your public page will be allowed to browse through all images on your camera.   If unchecked, visitors will only be able to see the most recent picture.   If checked, they will be able to see older pictures as well.
    • The Streaming checkbox determines if visitors to your public page will be able to initiate and view Live Streaming on your camera.  Important Note:  Live Streaming consumes data from your SiteCloud Service Plan, and enabling this option allows anybody to do it.   Use this option with caution.
    • Note:  These settings are specific to cameras, not pages.  Any selections you make here will also apply to the camera’s Multi-Camera Page and Project Page.
  6. When you have selected the options you want, click the Save button.

To Embed the Single Camera Page in A Web Site

Your Single Camera Page is easy to embed in your own website.  This allows your web designer to construct a fully customized presentation of your camera’s content.
  1. Create an iframe and set the Camera Page URL as shown in the Configure Camera dialog above as the “source”.
  2. The Single Camera Page will resize responsively, but for best results the aspect ratio (width / height) of the iframe should be fixed at 16:9 (1.778:1).
  3. Example:
      <iframe scrolling=”no” noresize=”noresize” src=”https://www.senserasystems.com/public/embed/[serial]” style=”height: 405px; width: 720px;”></iframe>

(Substitute your camera’s serial number for “[serial]” in the URL above.)  In this example the width and height are hardcoded; if a resizeable view is desired we recommend using javascript to re-set the iframe size explicitly when necessary.  Here’s a helpful tip:  The Project Page and Multi-Camera page described below make use of embedded Single Camera Pages–check out those implementations for examples of responsive Single Camera Page embedding.

Project Page

If you have one or more Sensera cameras on a project and you’d like a web page that shows all of them, along with some information about the project and your company, then you might find the Project Pages useful.

To Enable the Project Page for one of your projects

  1. Log into SiteCloud and go to the Sites page.
  2. Make sure that all the cameras you want to appear on your Project Page are assigned to the same Site.
    • The Sites page shows a list of Sites in your account.  Clicking on one of the Sites will show the cameras assigned to that site.
    • To change the Site a camera is assigned to, click on the Gear button next to the camera, and select “Change Site”.
  3. Click on the “Public Access” link for the Site you want to create a Project Page for.
  4. If you have not previously set up a Project Page for this Site, you will get the Public URL dialog: 
    • In this dialog you will decide on the URL for your Project Page.  Pick a word or something containing only letters and numbers–no spaces or punctuation is allowed.  Using something resembling your project name is recommended.  Whatever you pick must be unique.  After entering something click the “Check Name” button to see if your choice is unique and otherwise legal.   Click “Save” when you are happy with your choice.  (You can always change it later.)
  5. When you are finished with that, the Project Page Configuration dialog will appear. 
    • Your Project Page URL is displayed at the top.   Click the Change button to change the URL you selected in the previous step.
    • The Enable Project Public Page checkbox controls whether your Project Page is available to the public or not.   Check this checkbox to turn it on.
    • The Configure Cameras button allows you to select which features of your cameras will be available on the Project Page (see below).
    • The other fields allow you to enter information about your project and company.   This information will appear on the Project Page.   Fields marked with an asterisk (“*”) are required.
    • The Show Map checkbox controls whether a Google Maps view of your project’s location appears on the Project Page.
    • You may upload up to three images that will appear on the Project Page, a company logo, a project logo, and an additional image of your choice.   These images will appear on the Project Page.   Images with transparent backgrounds work best, and there is a size limit of 5 megabytes per image.
  6. The Configure Cameras dialog is available by clicking the Configure Cameras button:  mceclip1.png
    • In this dialog you can control which cameras in your project appear on the Project Page, and which features are available on each camera.
    • The Arrow sliders allow you to manually adjust your camera display order.
    • The Public Viewing checkbox enables the Single Camera Page for the camera.   The Single Camera Page must be enabled for a camera to appear on the Project Page.
    • The Project Visibility checkbox controls whether the camera is included on the Project Page.
    • The Timelapse checkbox controls whether the camera’s Auto-Timelapse Video (if available) can be viewed on public pages.
    • The LiveView checkbox controls whether LiveView images as well as Timelapse images are shown on public pages
    • The Streaming checkbox controls whether a Live Video Stream from the camera can be started and viewed from public pages.
    • The History checkbox controls whether visitors to the camera’s public pages can browse through previous pictures, or can only see the most recent one.
    • Note:  These settings are specific to cameras, not pages.  Any selections you make here will also apply to the camera’s Single Camera Page and Multi-Camera Page.

Multi-Camera Page

The third option available in SiteCloud for allowing the public to access your Sensera cameras is the Multi-Camera Page.   This page is very similar to the Project Page, but it doesn’t require that all cameras on the page belong to the same project.  You can put any cameras registered to your account on the page regardless of what project they’re in.

You can have one Multi-Camera Page per account.

To Enable the Multi-Camera Page

  1. Log into SiteCloud and go to the Sites page.
  2. Click the “Multi-Camera Public Access” button.   
  3. If you have not previously set up the Multi-Camera Page in your account, you will get the URL dialog:  
    • In this dialog you will decide on the URL for your Multi-Camera Page.  Pick a word or something containing only letters and numbers–no spaces or punctuation is allowed.  Whatever you pick must be unique.  After entering something click the “Check Name” button to see if your choice is unique and otherwise legal.   Click “Save” when you are happy with your choice.  (You can always change it later.)
  4. When you are finished with that, the Project Page Configuration dialog will appear. 
    • Your Multi-Camera Page URL is displayed at the top.   Click the Change button to change the URL you selected in the previous step.
    • The Enable Multi-Camera Public Page checkbox controls whether your Multi-Camera Page is available to the public or not.   Check this checkbox to turn it on.
    • The Configure Cameras button allows you to select which features of your cameras will be available on the Multi-Camera Page (see below).
    • The other fields allow you to enter information about your project and company.   This information will appear on the Multi-Camera Page.   Fields marked with an asterisk (“*”) are required.
    • The Show Map checkbox controls whether a Google Maps view of your cameras’ locations appears on the Project Page.
      You may upload up to three images that will appear on the Multi-Camera Page, a company logo, a page logo, and an additional image of your choice.   These images will appear on the Multi-Camera Page.   Images with transparent backgrounds work best, and there is a size limit of 5 megabytes per image.
  5. The Configure Cameras dialog is available by clicking the Configure Cameras button:  mceclip2.png
    • In this dialog you can control which cameras in your project appear on the Project Page, and which features are available on each camera.
    • The Arrow sliders allow you to manually adjust your camera display order.
    • The Public Viewing checkbox enables the Single Camera Page for the camera.   The Single Camera Page must be enabled for a camera to appear on the Project Page.
    • The Multi-Camera Page checkbox controls whether the camera is included on the Multi-Camera Page.
    • The Timelapse checkbox controls whether the camera’s Auto-Timelapse Video (if available) can be viewed on public pages.
    • The LiveView checkbox controls whether LiveView images as well as Timelapse images are shown on public pages
    • The Streaming checkbox controls whether a Live Video Stream from the camera can be started and viewed from public pages/
    • The History checkbox controls whether visitors to this camera’s public pages can browse through previous pictures, or can only see the most recent one.
    • Note:  These settings are specific to cameras, not pages.  Any selections you make here will also apply to the camera’s Single Camera Page and Project Page.
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