FEB 01] COVENTRY UNIVERSITY NEWS
World's Eye Looks On City With New Webcam
world is now able to peer into all parts of Coventry, including
stunning views of the cathedrals, following the installation of
a movable webcam by Coventry University.
A VIEW FROM
COVENTRY UNIVERSITY'S WEBCAM
to the university’s website can now operate the webcam to zoom
into views on the campus and other attractions in and around
idea for the webcam was conceived by the university's Web
Development Team, which includes an editor, designer and
is hoped that it will prove an extra feature in persuading
would-be students to come to Coventry.
camera has been put on the George Eliot building to give a
glimpse of university and city life, aiming for areas that
potential students would like to see.
camera has a two-mile view and a near 180 degrees sweep. It can
pick up both cathedrals and other city landmarks.
can also select particular University landmarks and the camera
will automatically adjust position to view the site.
webcam was launched in a restricted format for the graduation
ceremonies in November 2000, in a fixed position overlooking St
received more than 13,000 hits during this time, and viewers
commented on how exciting it was to be able to watch the
ceremonies live on the web. The webcam is now fully movable and
receives approximately 6,000 hits a month.
University’s Site Editor, Stephen Sangar, said he receives
feedback on the University webcam from all over the world,
usually from ex-pats and former students and staff.
is great when I receive feedback from people who are delighted
with the new webcam. I have had messages from people in
Australia who can't believe the weather, particularly the snow
university is planning to have a "gallery" of webcam
pictures which people can submit from their own homes.
A series of static webcams may also be located around the
University Campus to cover the areas which cannot be seen from
the George Eliot Building.
is a wonderful tool for both prospective and former students.
Using this technology people are able to see Coventry
University anytime they want."
webcam can be viewed by visiting www.coventry.ac.uk/webcam
also has a webcam, overlooking the Lady Godiva statue in
Broadgate. Running since 1996, it has built up to 67,000 views a
was particularly popular during the New Year’s Eve
celebrations in 1999 when thousands logged on to see the
tightrope walk between the old cathedral and Holy Trinity spire,
and can be seen at www.cwn.org.uk/webcams/index.html