THE WORLD UNDER WEB SURVEILLANCE WITH
LIVE CAMERAS!
By Ralph D. Thomas
 
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"To my amazement, I was able to control the angle and zoom on the camera
right from my desk top from thousands of miles away!"
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It seems the whole world is under surveillance these days on the internet. If you have not had a chance to see some of these live cameras around the web, here is your chance. The other night at 2:30 in the morning I tuned into a live cam site in Japan (it's daylight at that time in this part of the world) and to my amazement, I was able to control the angle and zoom on the camera right from my desk top from thousands of miles away. So here I was in the United States at 2:30 AM in the morning viewing a live video of a college in Japan thousands of miles away and actually controlling the action on the camera. A click and 30 seconds later, I was on the other side of the world watching and remotely controlling a live web cam at the corner of Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood California. Another click and I'm on the other side of the country watching the streets in New York City. Click again and I'm watching people in Bourbon Street New Orleans and another click and I'm in Hawaii. A click again and I'm back at the Japan site. In a matter of minutes, I zoomed around the world, zig-zagged from one end of the USA to the other, made five short stops and watched and controlled live video cameras from my desktop along the way. The first link is the link to the Japan web site so you can see for yourself. If it's night time in Japan, it likely will not work. In the meantime, I have given you some links of some sites in the United States around the country where you can view live cameras. We have also reconstructed some of the controls so you'll see how easy this stuff works. If you are like me, you likely have all kinds of light bulbs going on in your head about how some of this stuff can have practical applications. After the links to see for yourself, I have listed other resources, articles, a huge site with more live-cam links, and links to software and hardware that make all this work. Have fun--let me know what you think.

"In a matter of minutes, I zoomed around the world, zig-zagged from
one end of the USA to the other, made five short stops and watched and controlled live video cameras from my desktop along the way."

 
Mt.Fuji Server at Keio SFC
http://www.flab.mag.keio.ac.jp/cgi-bin/fujicapture.cgi
 
THIS IS WHAT THE MT. FUJII AT KEIO CONTROL PANEL LOOKS LIKE
Camera Control Panel

 Zoom Control
WIDE TELE
Select zoom

 
Click This Image

Amazing Controls: The live picture sets above this one. You select your zoom control and then click anywhere in the image to aim the camera to view the area you wish to view.
 
Mt.Fuji Server at Keio SFC
YOU GOT''A TRY THIS!
CONTROL THE DIRECTION AND ZOOM RANGE OF A VIDEO
CAMERA IN JAPAN RIGHT FROM YOUR DESK TOP AND TAKE
A LIVE SNAP-SHOT OF YOUR SELECTION. CLICK HERE NOW
http://www.flab.mag.keio.ac.jp/cgi-bin/fujicapture.cgi
NOTE--RMEMEBER--THIS HAS TO BE VIEWED IN DAYLIGHT AND WHEN
IT'S THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT IN THE USA, IT'S DAYLIGHT AT KEINO.
 
   
 
By using the camera controls right from your desk-top, you can change the camera angle and
zoom on the other side of the world.
 

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HOLLYWOOD LIVE!
http://www.rfx.com/hollywood
 

 HOLLYWOOD AND VINE

 Camera Controls
 
HOLLYWOOD AND VINE
http://www.geocities.com/cgi-bin/main/BHI/camera1.html
 
At this site, you can click on what will soon be nine different cameras for different views.
Note the bottom controls in the control panel.

 HOLLYWOOD AND VINE

Camera Controls

A click control later and you are seeing the same street corner from an aerial prospective.
 
 
SAN DIEGO BAY
http://live.net/sandiego/
At this site, you can watch sail boats go by and aircraft land in the bottom corner.
 

 LIVE WEATHER PHOTO FROM SPACE
 
 
NASA'S LIVE CAMS FROM SPACE
http://www.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/countdown/video/video.html
You can select from six different cameras of NASA activity. During certain times, NASA will have live cams inside the space shuttle. Weather cams can also be viewed from space. You can control time lapse, size of frames and channels you watch.
 
BOURBON STREET: NEW ORLEANS
http://www.neworleans.net/carnpages/bourbocampage.html
You will be looking at the intersection of Bourbon Street and St. Peter Street in New Orleans' French Quarter. Thousands of people pass this spot every day. After 8 p.m. Central Time, the street is closed to vehicular traffic and becomes a pedestrian mall. That is when the biggest crowds can be seen living it up on the rowdiest street in the world! If you can't be there in person, this might be the next best thing! Page updates itself every four minutes.
 
LAS VEGAS PANORAMIC VIEWS
http://www.polotowers.com/images/pan5-lb2.jpg
You can scroll around and see a panoramic bird's eye view of the famous city.
 
POLO TOWERS Las Vegas Web Cam!
http://www.polotowers.com
The POLO TOWERS WEBCAM usually does a continuous sweep of the Las Vegas strip randomly snapping a picture every five minutes 24 hours a day. On occasion we leave the camera "zoomed" in on one of the casinos. Be sure to use your browser's "reload" to see the new picture every 5 minutes.
 
NEW YORK CITY
Three views you select from different angles from the top of the Empire State Building.
Great night-sites!
http://www.realtech.com/webcam/

 STREETS OF NEW YORK CITY LIVE!
 
ONLINE IN NEW YORK CITY
http://Zero.Tolerance.org/OnLineTv.htm
You can watch people live from the streets of NYC!
 
CHANNEL 9 WCPO CINCINNATI OHIO SKYCAM
http://www.wcpo.com/skycam/index.html
he image from Skycam 9 is updated every five minutes and has the ability to swivel 360 degrees.
The camera's rotational capabilities allow us to present images from the North, South, East and West. To see the latest Skycam 9 image, be sure to reload this page often. Click the Skycam 9 image on the right for a full screen version. You have the options of compas views and zoom views.
 
 

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HAWAIIAN EYE

CAMERA CONTROLS
Magnification

1X2X4X8X
Size
TinySmallMedium
Click anywhere on image to aim camera
 
HAWAIIAN EYE
http://planet-hawaii.com/ph/he.html
You control the view you get by clicking on the tile and then make your selections.
 
MEMPHIS VIEW
http://www.wmcstations.com/weather/high5m.shtml
 
DALLAS TEXAS
http://rampages.onramp.net/~gegomez/dencam.htm
 
WEST VIRGINA-MORGANTOWN: Courthouse Square
http://www.dmssoft.com/live.htm
 
DOWNTOWN PROVIDENCE RI
http://rhodeisland.com
 
AUSTIN TEXAS
http://taycam.cc.utexas.edu/
There isn't any controls here but this is my home town so I take the author's liberty of throwing
this one in.

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WINCAM LIVE
http://www.wincam.com/live/index.html
Featuring inside the offices of Wincam. Everyone is under web surveillance.
This site has nine live cams. You can controls on: Last ten images and 24 hours time laps.
 
WILMINGTOB, DELAWARE
http://www.trafficam.com/cam1.html
From Union Park.
 
WASHINGTON DC AREA TRAFFIC CAMS
http://www.erols.com/tvn/tvn2.htm
Talking about a town under surveillance, this site lists 18 operational cams with 29 more planned. Each live cam gives you a street map to go with it.
 
DISNEY WORLD, ORLANDO FLORIDA
http://www.disney.com/DisneyWorld/ThemeParks/Par49.html
Toggel between lives views of the Magic Kingdom, Disney-MGM Studios and Epcot.
 
PARIS FRANCE
http://visioconf.inforoute.cgs.fr/~VideoBin/visio.exe?
You'll get a panoramic view in which you select camera aim by selecting radio buttons and then click on a camera icon. You also have frame size option control with a pop-up window.
 
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY: ENGLAND
http://www.cam-orl.co.uk/cgi-bin/pangen
You'll get a rooftop panoramic view. Click anywhere for a closeup.
 
SYDNEY AUSTRALIA
http://spectrum.com.au/citycam.html
Nice skyline view of Sydney. Also a back window view of the waterfront.
 
BERLIN, GERMANY
http://www.bbtt.com/hundert6/graf/whwett3.jpg
If I could read German, I'd tell you more about it but I don't so I can not.
 
GREECE
http://www.topin.ch/gr/rhodos/
Delightful landscape--wishing I was there.
 
HONG KONG
http://www.hkstar.com/starcam.html
 
LA GRAND PLACE: BRUXELLES
http://www.arcadis.be/camera/s_mosaic.htm
 
 
SITES WITH LINKS TO LIVE VIDEO CAMS
 
SURVEILLANCE ON THE INTERNET AROUND THE WORLD
WebCam Central
http://www.cris.com/~jdholley/wcc/index.shtml
Cross indexed listing of several hundred live webcam sites available on the Internet.
 
RAY'S LIVE SPY CAM ZONE
http://pw1.netcom.com/~rayban1/spycams.html
Mainly indoor cams from around the USA.
 
TOMMY'S LIST OF LIVE CAMS
http://www.rt66.com/%7Eozone/cam.htm
This site is very good and has won several awards. Hundreds of links.
 
ANNA'S LIVE CAM TOUR
http://www.wp.com/ANNAG/cam.htm
Another link list of live cam web sites.
 
AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY CLICKS
http://www.asb.com/usr/swfuchs/ateydays/80clicks.html
In this frames web site, you click on a world as a starting point and then go all the way around viewing live cams in 80 clicks.
 
EYES OF THE WORLD
http://www.iwaynet.net/%7Ekwroejr/livecams.html
Another great link site page of live cams around the world.
 
USA'S LIVE CAM SITES
http://www.bridge.net/%7Emcrosn/denitek1.html

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Live cams fron around the USA.
 
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SOFTWARE RESOURCES
 
EMULive 2.0
http://www.jcs-canada.com
Windows software that makes these live web cams work.
 
QuickCam Third-Party Drivers
http://www.crynwr.com/qcpc/
Here you'll find aids to al kinds of software developing in this area and even a mailing list you can join.
 
Frame Server--The Live-Cam Software For Apple
http://reddwarf.wmw.utwente.nl/pub/www/persons/vertegaal/software/aboutframeserver.html
 
SnapCam
http://www.halcyon.com/artamedia/snapcap/snapcap.html
Web-cam software for znappy.
 
ISpy
http://www.unlimited.nl/cis/ispy/
More web cam software for windows.

MacWebCam
http://www.rearden.com/
Most web cam software for Macs.
 
HARDWARE RESOURCES
 
Connectix
http://www.connectix.com
 

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