Introduction: Simple Workshop Activity Monitoring System

I made this system in 2011.

For 20 years I have been working all by myself in my workshop. Because I work on several machines at the same time, I decided to make my monitoring system .

I did this to protect myself and my machines. This way I can monitor my activity and see if and where things go wrong.

Step 1: Wiring and Components

Necessary components :

1. PC ( Used Dual Core Desktop Pc ~ $200 ) ;

2. 4 x Webcam ( I use 2M Pixel Webcam ) ( 4 x $20 = $80 );

3. 1 x USB PCI Card ( $12 );

4. 4 x 10m USB active extension cables ( 4 x $12 = $48 ) .

Step 2: Me and My System

Here I photographed the Webcam and the Webcam photographed me.

Step 3: Software

From 2011 until yesterday (2/2/2015) I used a software written by me .

From now on I'll be using this software : http://www.free-screencast.com/

I did some tests today and everything works fine .

Step 4: Example 1

Monitoring my CNC Mill.

Step 5: Example 2

Monitoring my lathe .

Step 6: Example 3

Monitoring me .

Step 7: Example 4

Monitoring me . Again .

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Mindmapper1 made it! (author)2015-02-03

very interesting, I have been thinking about this as my workshop is remote from the house so i would like from a safety point of view to be able to have my partner monitor what is going on. At the moment we use two way radios which are useful.

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Stefan Gales made it! (author)Stefan Gales2015-02-03

Thank you ! Maybe this can help : http://www.noip.com/support/knowledgebase/how-to-setup-a-webcam-and-access-it-from-anywhere/

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