Windy joins forces with Webcams.travel


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    Jörg Eugster is a visionary man from Switzerland. He had this brilliant idea of aggregating weather outdoor webcams. Switzerland is mountain country, with specific weather phenomena in each valley, and therefore checking webcam before trip become important part of any travel planning. Jorg founded webcams.travel website in 2007 and later on in 2013 sleek and modern lookr.com. Both websites gained its momentum soon and whoever wanted to go skiing in Alps, got in touch with webcams.travel.

    We, at Windy, also believe, that checking weather webcam is necessary part of each adventure.

    And we, at Windy, are committed to provide better and better service for people like myself. For pilots, kiters, adventurers, mountaineers and all the souls, who are rather outside, than inside the shopping mall.

    But not only that. We, at Windy believe, that checking outdoor webcams, before your adventure, for example before your flight with small plane, can significantly increase level of your safety.

    So after I have checked that weather is good on webcams, even in mountains, I have flown from Prague to Switzerland with small helicopter, to meet Jorg personally.

    I love to talk with clever people, so together with Jorg, we have immediately found common ground and later on we have agreed to merge all three projects (Windy.com, webcams.travel and lookr.com) together.

    desc: Jorg Euster, founder of Webcams.travel and Tomas Zamecnik, director of Windy

    Ingo Oppermann, main programmer of webcams.travel and lookr.com worked on both projects since 2007. He developed both websites, but not only that. He was able to manage all the technical stack by himself. And he did excellent job. Both websites runned smooth and fast, and webcams API that they provided was able to serve billions of requests with minimal delay. This is just called Swiss service.

    But since we want to actually merge projects together we had to abandon this legacy codes and convert it to the latest technology stack. And we are happy that Ingo helped us a lot to do this difficult job, not to mention a lot of Swiss chocolate he brought us to Prague. It took several months of hard work, but Ingo, Martin, Filip, Marek and David later on did really great job. But most of the work was done by Jan (snowkiter and VAKE 2019 winner) who coordinated it all.

    Our main goal is to increase amount of webcams in our database and also provide webcam pictures in a little bit more convenient format without advertisement and tracking cookie. As of now, both websites (webcams.travel, lookr.com) should be redirected to Windy.com/webcams so you can see yourself, if you like how we merged all projects together.

    desc:Webcams.travel - left - will is fully integrated into windy - right

    Webcams API

    webcams.travel provided popular API to developers so they can integrate their webcams to their website.

    We have full commitment to continue providing webcams API to other websites and developers, and we will not restrict anyone.

    Of course there will be changes in the API, like new conditions, API endpoints, change of API authorisation and also output JSON format will also slightly changed.

    All the changes will be announced in timely manner so developers will have time to adjust their services. Therefore please watch Webcams API category of our Community to stay informed in advance.

    Further info about Windy Webcams

    Enjoy new webcams on Windy and stay safe

    Ivo

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  • Excellent, sounds like an excellent pairing.



  • great idea, and superb job on the integration. Well done!



  • Great news! This really adds to the Windy ecosystem!

    Are you guys able to add cams like the ones on https://avcams.faa.gov/ ?



  • Just today I was checking webcams.travel as this is a great service I have been using for many years. Was pleasantly surprised when I saw that it had been merged with Windy 😃 Really excellent job guys, you are providing some unprecedented functionality here!



  • I'm not totally happy, unfortunately.

    Is there no way to get a full screen webcam image? If there is, it's not obvious.

    If there isn't, it would really help.

    Oh, by the way, some webcams are live streaming video, and that ability should be included in the viewing feature, but it doesn't seem to be at the moment.

    I really like the wind movements. It's truly amazing to see the patterns and shifting.


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    @ivo Sensacional, parabéns pelo empreendimento, onde todos nós seremos beneficiados!!



  • @BartKV is true, then the page of the new webcams inserted by the users is also missing. We hope for future improvements.



  • Maybe this is coincidental but where has the webcam layer gone?

    As well as being an active foot launch pilot and sailor I use the webcam layer every week as party of flight preparations as a transatlantic airline pilot. It’s a very useful tool for checking general enroute weather but also runway contamination at enroute alternates prior to departure.

    But today after updating the app the webcam layer has disappeared and doesn’t appear in a layer search.

    Is this a bug?

    Thanks and keep up the good work. Which has maybe gone a little sour?





  • @siim thanks!



  • Awesome idea!!! Thanks.



  • @MrBarnstormer Congratulations to you, you have done a very good job, just do one thing and do this type of services in my India too, especially in Prayagraj district which is in the state of Uttar Pradesh.



  • I would be afraid of the same story like Tomáš Valenta with his perfect app https://www.yetanotherview.cz/discontinuation-notice/
    But I suppose you can hire a lawyer in USA unlike him :/


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