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  • darrelthomas@cableone.net
    I guess if nothing else, maybe we can keep an eye on the solar panel and brush the snow off it when we go by. Anybody got a push broom they could leave out
    Message 1 of 3 , Feb 5, 2010
      I guess if nothing else, maybe we can keep an eye on the solar panel and brush the snow off it when we go by. Anybody got a push broom they could leave out there?

      Darrel Thomas
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      On Feb 4, 2010, at 2:51 PM, "Steve Linane" <stevelinane@...> wrote:


      Here is my last correspondence with Tony sounds like I.T.D.  is  doing everything they can . so for now that's as good as it gets .
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: 511
      Sent: Thursday, February 04, 2010 2:15 PM
      Subject: RE: Web Comments



      As I mentioned before, the problem with the Pine Turnoff is not site hardware, nor even software issues, so much as it is power and communications reliability.


      With regard to power, the Pine Turnoff site has no access to a commercial power source.  The site is equipped with a solar panel, and sufficient battery power to last for days even if that power source is cut off.  But this has not worked out as well as we might have hoped, between the lack of sunshine and snow covered panels in the winter.  The good news here is that we hope to have commercial power available there in the medium term, so with luck that will not be a problem next winter.


      With communications, we are currently at the mercy of the local telecommunications company.  And while the quality of the regional network may be more than adequate for voice communications, we are finding it less than reliable for the transmission of our images.  As it currently stands, the next best option for this particular site is the prohibitively expensive continuing cost of satellite based communications.  We are continuing to explore all options for an adequate, cost effective communications solution for Pine Turnoff.


      We appreciate the offer of additional private funding, but currently there exists no mechanism for ITD to accept direct contributions from the general public for this project.


      This problem is very troubling to us for a number of reasons.  The reliability of the Pine Turnoff station, and indeed all of our RWIS sites, is very important to us.  Not only does public reliance on the system make this critical, but our own personnel rely on the weather data from these RWIS sites to help allocate snow plows and other winter maintenance assets during winter storms.






      Tony Ernest
      Travel Services Coordinator
      Idaho Transportation Department





      From: Steve Linane [mailto:stevelinane @clearwire. net]
      Sent: Wednesday, February 03, 2010 1:56 PM
      To: 511
      Subject: Re: Web Comments



      Thank you for your reply . You sited budget limitations as one of the problems maybe we can help . I represent a user group and we have I.T. guys and other technicians in our group that mite be able to help . or if it is a expenditure maybe we can pass the hat . though I don't know if a government agency can except help or funds from the general public . If so please describe the problem and we will see what we can do ..

      Thanks agin Steve

      ----- Original Message -----

      From: 511

      Sent: Monday, February 01, 2010 9:11 AM

      Subject: RE: Web Comments




      Thank you for contacting the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and your interest in the 511 traveler services information system.


      We mount our roadway cameras on our Road Weather Information System (RWIS) sites.  Several RWIS sites statewide are located in very remote areas, and one of our major and costly challenges is getting dependable power and telecommunication services to these sites.  Unfortunately, “Pine Turnoff” is one such site subject to both communication and power interruptions more often than we would like, and we are working within our budget limitations to get the problems resolved. 


      We understand your frustration and apologize for the inconvenience.  Please bear with us, as it may take some time before we get this site working in a more reliable manner.  We encourage you to use the 511.idaho.gov website for road report information in that area.


      I hope that I have adequately answered your questions.  Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to be of service.






      Tony Ernest
      Travel Services Coordinator
      Idaho Transportation Department



      From: stevelinane@ clearwire. net [mailto:stevelinane @clearwire. net]
      Posted At: Friday, January 29, 2010 3:17 PM
      Posted To: Webmaster
      Conversation: Web Comments
      Subject: Web Comments


      Name: Steve A Linane

      Phone Number: Blank

      Email Address: stevelinane@ clearwire. net

      Comments: Dear Sir This camera is down much of the time . other cameras in the same area work when this one does not . Is there something that can be done ? Thank you for your reply .Steve http://hb.511.idaho.gov/ cameras/Pine_ Turnoff.html

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