City of North Bend launches webcam
November 10, 2012
By Michele Mihalovich
North Bend’s new webcam, available at http://188.8.131.52/northbend.html, can serve multiple purposes.
The camera, set up on Rattlesnake Ridge, allows citizens a live view of the city, Interstate-90, Mount Si and the Cascade Mountains, but because it can pan, zoom and tilt, the city says it can be used to follow traffic or a helicopter rescue on Mount Si.
Citizens can also check weather conditions, watch a neighbor fix their roof, or observe fireworks during the Mount Si Festival.
The city of North Bend’s citizen Economic Development Commission has worked for more than a decade to bring economic benefit to North Bend, and has long recognized the value of showing off some of what the city has to offer, according to a press release from the city.
The press release states that this year the commission and city staff collaborated to launch the webcam, and after many technical and environmental challenges, the camera is now operational.
Total cost for the equipment, software and installation was $10,142, and annual data streaming runs $1,470, said Cheryl Proffitt-Schmidt, administrative services director for the city.