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DBKLCam

Last Updated 3rd May 2004

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What is it?

This is a program that allows Internet connected Pocket PCs or Smartphone 2003 devices to query images off the Malaysian DBKL traffic webcam system. Definetly not of use for people who aren't staying in Kuala Lumpur. ;) If you don't know what I'm talking about, first visit the original DBKL webcam site.

OK, so now you know what the site is. Anyway that site isn't particularly well designed to be accessed by portable devices. So I was thinking what use is a traffic camera site if I can't view the cameras on the go? So necessity being the mother of all invention... I made this program. ;)

Oh just so you know... this program is not endorsed, supported or in anyway affliated with DBKL

Download

Download the appropraite file for your device, then copy the CAB file over to your device and then use the File Explorer on your device to run the file to install it.

  • Smartphone 2003 Devices (O2 XPhone tested)
    • When you first run the program you'll get two prompts telling you that the component is not signed, that's normal cause I can't afford to buy certificates to sign freeware programs :P It should only prompt you the first time you run it.
  • Pocket PC 2003 Devices (not tested at all!)
  • Pocket PC 2002 Devices (not tested at all!)

How To Use

Usage is simple enough for both devices. Essentially it goes something like this.

  1. Best to establish an Internet connection first if you're using GPRS even though the program will connect for you if you're not. Why connect first then? Cause our Malaysian telcos ain't all that reliable at times... at least Maxis isn't! ;)
  2. Select the camera you wish to update from the list on top.
  3. Hit the Refresh button! For the PPC is the camera like icon, and for the Smartphone it's the left soft key.
  4. If you're on GPRS.. you'll be waiting.. waiting.. waiting.. roughly about 5~15 seconds... maybe more... cause you're pulling down a image that varies in size from 8k~16k. On GPRS.. ack... that's expensive... AND big! ;)
  5. If everything goes well the picture will be updated! :) Oh yeah.... if you get a blue square that means that the camera is down.. ;)

Should an error such as argument exception ever pop up, go into your My Documents folder and delete the dbklcache folder you see there, incidently that's where all the pictures are stored.

What's Not Planned.

There's no chance of me implementing live streaming.. first of all it's currrently running through a Java applet on the actual site so it's pretty much proprietary. Second of all... video streaming... on a GPRS connection that's charged based on packets transmitted?? Wah.. I got better ways to spend money. :P