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There would probably be 4 or 5 cameras. I thought webcams would be a good idea. How difficult would it be set it up like this? On her end, she would need to link all those webcams to her computer. On my end, I'd need to set up a website to tap into all those webcams.
Any thoughts on this?
I may sound paranoid, but any other parent could capture the stream and do as they wished with it, and I wouldn't be entirely thrilled at this thought. Probably, it would be fine, but it would require the permission of each parent, and for practical purposes if even one said no it would be a non-runner.
I would be extremely cautious in being involved in putting any images of children on the web, however noble the intent and whether or not they are in a password protected area.
That aside, how difficult is it to install a single webcam feeding into a website? I've got a webcam on my computer which I use only on MSN. If I wanted to feed this live into my website (either continuously or only when I switch it on), what's involved with that? There would be no confidentiality considerations in this case, since it would be just for me, on my own website.
I think I'll pass on the daycare website though, or at least the webcam part of it.
I'm not sure about the webcasting, but I do a lot of remote wireless cam stuff with RC helicopters. :-) Look up the SecurityMan Air Watch, it's wireless, cheap (1-cam units $30 - $50 eBay, retail $99,) supports color and sound and the receiver has an auto-cycling function that swaps between up to 4 channels. The output is standard RCA jack video and audio output. For power you just need 800 mah/9 volt adapters for the cams and the receiver (comes with them.) I use two tiny 800 mah lipos in series for my helicams. :-D
With one of those in hand, all you'd have to figure out is a) do you have video input? If not, you need a card that will cost you $50-$200 to accept video in, and b) software to digitize and webcast the video from a computer. You can probably use any webcam software for this purpose, but you'd better have a hosting service that won't break the bank - live video feeds take up a lot of bandwidth.
Hunt around for articles on webcasting.
The other alternative is to look around for teen/children activity sites. One example I have seen is a roller skating rink that webcasts during open hours. Parents can log in and see if their kids are still at the rink.
You should have no legal problems if it's openly advertised and in the agreement when the parents open an account with a daycare facitity, and better yet if the service is passowrd-protected. In fact, most parents will appreciate it.
I'm still interested in setting up a webcam for myself to broadcast on my site (just one cam). Thanks for the tips!