Castelluccio’s webcam has a story to tell. For nearly 10 years, everyday, it has shown on the web the extraordinary colours of the flowered landscape and the snowy country’s silence. It has become a reference point for the lovers of these areas, a virtual window to admire the scenery of this evocative corner of Umbria and the Sibillini Mountains.
Over the years it has created a link to their own land for who was far, a way to discover the beauty of these places for those who had never been there, an active window to keep on the desktop for those who couldn’t go without admiring the sunrise from Mount Vettore.
The webcam has been, above all, a technological challengedue to the absence of connection and electric energy. But, more importantly, it has been a life experience, based on the relationship with the local community; a way to show the web this ‘’little Tibet’’, with the village perched on a hill at 1,452 meters above sea level, which rises on the Pian Grande and has scrutinized for centuries the steep slopes of Mount Vettore and the ‘’Road of the Fairies’’, the ancient fracture on Vettore’s ribs, which remembers us that the Earth is alive and occasionally shakes.
Right, the earthquake. The terrible jolt on the 30th of October 2016has reduced the village to rubble, the church, the alleys, the words in dialect written on the walls and the access roads were completely destroyed. The inhabitants were removed from the ‘’red zone’’, the entire village was isolated, inaccessible. Our webcam suffered from the damage too: one of the solar modules and even the hardware were damaged. For some weeks, however, it continued to transmit images, as if guarding the town. A lookout in the harsh winters and fearsome snow blizzards, though, this time it too had to surrender to the shaking earth.
We managed to reach it shortly after the earthquake through secondary roads, we repaired some of the components on the spot, so it could continue to transmit images, to show not the wounded village, but the wish for rebirth, to come back and relive these places, as soon as possible.
Now, we need your help!We will activate a new webcam to obtain pictures and generate spectacular timelapses, short videos from dawn to dusk to enhance the landscape’s beauty, observe the clouds, meteorological phenomena, the seasons and the time that flows.
We want to give Castelluccio it’s webcam back, we want it to go back being the sentinel of the town, to show it’s rebirth.
How funds will be used
It is necessary to replace the equipment and to find a new location for the webcam; with your contribution we will buy:
a new photovoltaic system with 300 watt solar module, a charging regulator, a gel battery for low temperatures, mount for wall equipment, wiring, a router and a 3G/4G kit for internet connection.
We will activate a next generation webcam, a compact system with wide-angle optics for 110° horizontal vision and low energy consume, suitable for standalone activations and adapted to function in extreme weather . We will also activate a cloud server, storage, a display player and a web platform. The images and multimedia content will be freely distributed, accessible to all through a web page linked to our portal www.scenaridigitali.com.
Thanks to your help we will reactivate the webcam , the images will be available to all again, on-line; we will activate a cloud server with a guaranteed internet band, without access limits. A visualization player will be available with the ability to share the images on the web and social channels. We will take care of the installation, the strumentation’s configuration and the workstation’s management.
Who's behind the project?
‘’Scenari Digitali srl’’is an innovative startup based in Umbria, which operates in the area of Information Technology, composed of 4 partners: Agnese, Leonardo, Luciano and Massimiliano. We crossed paths immediately after the earthquake, in this difficult situation, we rolled up our sleeves and created job opportunities with innovative solutions. Thus we developed a web platform with which we can generate multimedia content from stand-alone webcam systems.
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Scenari Digitali Srl
Scenari Digitali is an innovative startup created by a team of professionals who have decided to combine their skills and their experience with the aim of developing innovative technologies in the field of territorial and emotional marketing.