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Innovation awards video – thanks again to everyone for your support!

SnapIT won the People's Choice award at the 2014 NZ Innovators Awards. We have developed an integrated video observation unit for New Zealand fisheries using innovative camera hardware, software and cloud storage systems that will replace on-board human observers The unit collects information for fisheries research, management and enforcement using its 360 degree video and built in GPS. Video of Chris Rodley CEO of SnapIT talking about innovation and what the people Choice Award means to the company.

The People's Choice - AWARDED TO: Snap Information Technologies from NZ Innovation Council on Vimeo.


Vote for us!


Snap Information Technologies is up for this year's New Zealand Innovator Awards as part of our fisheries monitoring service.

We are pretty excited about the possibility of winning in our category - but there is also a peoples vote so we are making a bit of noise right now to try and get some votes from you.

Vote by visiting the link below:

Many thanks!

If you can vote that would be great!
If you can push it out on your social media and vote that would be super great!

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Snap Information Technologies is a finalist in the NZ Innovators Awards 2014.

Snap Information Technologies have been fortunate enough to be finalists in the 2014 New Zealand Innovators Awards - Innovation in Agriculture & Environment category.
Click below for a link to the list of finalists and other information:



New Zealands majestic Sourthern Alps and Aoraki Mount Cook.

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Wellington sunrise. WOW



TSS Earnslaw, Queenstown sporting her new SnapitHD webcamera.

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New Zealands amazing Southern Alps featuring Aoraki Mount Cook.



SnapITs latest ski field cam is live at the Porters ski field, Springfield, inland from Christchurch.



Snap IT feature in #gigatownNSN Future Technologies #gigabusiness


Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes National Park, first snow of the season.

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Glentanner: Low snow.



A great way to see the Southern Alpes.



Storm in Auckland. View live action.

Check out the Auckland live streaming camera below for real-time action.


Right royal botch-up

A right royal botch-up with the Wellington weather today, even the Wellington wind has failed to turn up. Not sure where the Royal flight will go now but Paraparaumu airport is looking clear.


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New streaming video and timelapse Auckland cameras

We have just finished a long awaited upgrade of the Auckland City live cameras.
Part of this upgrade has been adding live streaming features - these should go live across all our syndication partners shortly.

Auckland City - 90 degrees:

Auckland Harbour / Bridge in the distance - 130 degrees: - Waterfront Auckland Development.

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2014 New Zealander of the Year Awards finalist.

Snap Information Technologies CEO Chris Rodley has been nominated for the 2014 Innovator of the Year in the New Zealander of the Year Awards and has been selected amongst the top 5 semi-finalists.
The winners will be announced at the New Zealander of the Year Awards Gala dinner which is to be held in Auckland on 26th Feb 2014.


Christmas Greetings



First New Zealand Falcon release, html5 player release, live streaming camera release!!

Yesterday was an exciting day!!

History was made as Wingspan Birds of Prey Trust transferred three NZ falcon chicks to their new home at Rotorua Museum as part of the first ever urban release of an endangered species in New Zealand.
A SnapitHD, 130 degree camera has been installed in the nesting box so the chicks can be viewed live on the web as well as on a screen in the Museum as part of the 'On the Wing' exhibition.

History was also made with the launch of the new SnapitHD html5 player and live streaming video camera.
The html5 player will work on all modern browsers (Firefox latest, Chrome latest, Safari latest and IE latest), iPhone / iPad, Android browsers with html5 support.
Flash will still be served if html5 support is not available and a latest live jpeg will be displayed if flash is not available or is an older version.

This means we can serve live content to every user who views the camera, regardless of the age of their computer or operating system they are running.

On top of this SnapitHD cameras are now capable of live streaming video!
This is something we have been working on for a long time and there is no system *to our knowledge* that is capable of delivering live video from the same code base that is truly cross platform and works on all modern browsers and mobile devices.

The camera is able to stream live from an ADSL connection (even dial-up) and uses very little bandwidth.
If no one is watching then it won't stream from the host site and as soon as a user clicks to open the player then the live stream will begin transmitting. This means that bandwidth from the camera is minimized.
We have found that even though we are live streaming from a camera on our ADSL office connection the internet is still very usable for browsing and downloading - in a busy IT office.

You will also notice that we have added some social media buttons to the left hand side with Google+, Facebook and Twitter integration directly into the player. This will allows users to post easily onto their timelines without leaving the site to do so.

As always, we are keen on your feedback.
This is a beta, early adopter release - if you see any bugs or have any issues let me know by emailing

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Taupo Airport: Out with the old – in with the new #gigatownnsn

One of our new SnapitHD cameras with a 130 degree lens has replaced the previous SnapitHD model. Note the difference in the shots.




“Man lights fire” or “Mt Cook Erupts”

What a good media story this could make!