gmn status

The purpose of this facility is to provide an overview of the Global Meteor Network's status by country and fast access to individual cameras and sites.

The design expects a large screen (typically a PC monitor). It does not work well on small screens.

All data displayed is extracted from the active weblog as the page loads. There is no delay.

When first opened on a new device your external IP address is resolved to determine what country to display. A strip menu at the bottom of the right hand side can be used to select an alternate country if required. The last country viewed should be sticky between browser sessions on the same device.

If gmnstatus is envoked with a country parameter this will always take precedence and become the new default.
i.e. gmnstatus.html?country=AU

The left hand side of the screen provides a map which identifies the public location (blurred for privacy) and colour coded state of each camera. The leg on the camera icon provides an indication of the direction the camera is pointing.

Multiple cameras on a site are stacked and will reveal on zoom-in. Clicking a camera marker provides a menu with options to open the camera's weblog, archive, latest capture image, latest timelapse, and display 25/70/100km field of views.

Double click on the map to drop a marker which on hover displays the latitude and longtitude of that point. Zoom map in (using mouse roller or +/- controls) before double clicking to ensure accurate placement. Double click a marker to remove.

The right hand side displays each camera's latest captured image as a thumbnail together with options similar to the map camera marker. Cameras are grouped by region, and then ordered by camera ID - except in the UK where there are no groups. Regions are sorted by name except some countries sort North/South. Regions are allocated automatically using an on-line service.

A "+" following a camera code indicates a multi-camera site.

Clicking the 3 character symbol under a region name will add 25km FOV for all cameras in that region to the map.

An explanantion of the camera status colour codes is provided at the top of the screen.

In the top right hand corner "more" and "less" buttons allow the right hand side display to be expanded or compressed. More could be potentially expanded to include additional items.

The divider between the left and right hand sides can be dragged to change the allocation of the screen between map and site thumbnails. This funcationality works well on a pc with a mouse but not consistently in a touch environment (such as a phone or tablet).

I hope this proves useful. Please provide any feedback you have in the discussion group. I'll look at all suggestions.

Steve Matheson

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