A new iPhone app for surfers that lets users check surf conditions, complete with camera control, was launched today by Axis Communications and Aussie surf website SURFit.com.
A range of AXIS Network cameras has been set up along Sydney’s most popular beachers, with which users can remotely control and interact. By tapping, swiping or pinching the iPhone’s touchscreen, users can pan, zoom and even tilt to get the best view.
“You’re in control and it’s fun!” said Julian Warne, SURFit founder. “The cams give you the best coverage of over 100 surf breaks and you can zoom in and find the spot that’s best for you.
“The SURFit iPhone app is packed with smart features like instant-on with no downloading; multiple users can share the cams; you can zoom straight to your favourite spots; or plan your whole surfing week with our exclusive 8 Day Surf Forecast. SURFit puts the whole ocean and beach lifestyle in the palm of your hand,” Warne said.
The cameras are enabled for advanced remote monitoring; for example, the AXIS P5534 Network Camera at Bondi complies with the SMPTE HDTV standards in resolution, colour representation and frame rate to deliver HDTV 1080i resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio in full frame-rate. It also has 18x optical zoom, 12x digital zoom and auto focus. The cameras are specially built with humidity and glare control to supply the viewer with a crystal clear picture.
The SURFit application is the first app in the world to stream live video optimised for both 3G and Wi-Fi. It offers users dual subscription and recharge options: for lite users it’s $2.49 for a monthly subscription that includes unlimited views and 20 control credits; for more hardcore surfers, control credits can be recharged at the same price.