EarthCam, the leading provider of webcam technology, software and services, is proud to announce its twentieth year of business today. EarthCam, an early internet pioneer, has continued to grow for the past two decades thanks to constant product innovation, first-in-class services and a dedicated team of experts. Tonight, one of EarthCam’s partners, the tallest building in the western hemisphere, will join the celebration by lighting its spire in EarthCam blue and green.
Founded in 1996, EarthCam was created to encourage exploration, foster discovery and connect people through innovative live camera technology. Famous for installing their first cameras in New York City, EarthCam has continued that tradition by broadcasting live from major cities, landmark tourist attractions and events around the world. As a live webcam innovator, EarthCam delivered many of the world’s first webcasts, including New Year’s Eve in Times Square in 1996, the Intel New York Music Festival at iconic punk club, CBGB, in 1997, Super Bowl XXXII events in 1998, the red carpet at the 1998 Tony Awards, the famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade on 5th Avenue in 1998 and 1999 New York Fashion Week. Due to its high quality cinematic webcam technology, EarthCam has been installed on major movie sets, including Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean. The lens of EarthCam’s cameras captivated people around the world and led to the company winning the Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Tourism Website in 2006.
As a gift to its fans as part of the 20 year anniversary celebration, EarthCam launched a new, higher quality live streaming video camera where it all first began – in Times Square. This popular new camera joins other unique EarthCam webcam locations including cameras installed on the torch balcony of the Statue of Liberty in 2011, which has been closed to the public since 1916 and a partnership with the Jordan Tourism Board in 2013 to broadcast views from Petra, the famous archeological site inhabited over 2,000 years ago. Throughout the years, EarthCam’s streaming video quality has continually evolved to deliver the highest-quality webcam content, from still jpeg images updating once every 60 seconds in 1996 to full 4K ultra-high definition streaming video today.
“Twenty years ago we started with a camera that produced 1/12th of a megapixel and today we are capable of producing over 100 billion pixel images,” said Brian Cury, CEO and Founder of EarthCam. “Over the course of the last 20 years, we have expanded our network while continuing to provide free access so we can connect viewers with unique locations and famous destinations around the world they may never have a chance to visit in person.”
After 9/11, the demand for security increased and EarthCam utilized its technology purposed for tourism and entertainment to webcast the recovery and rescue efforts at the World Trade Center. This change led Cury to discover additional applications for webcam technology in the construction, transportation and sports industries, creating EarthCam.net. One of the first major projects EarthCam documented was the rebuilding of lower Manhattan, including One World Trade Center and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Time-lapse movies edited from the fifteen years of imagery created by these cameras have been viewed over 10 million times on YouTube and have been featured in documentaries and countless times on broadcast TV. Today, project teams around the world use these live streaming and time-lapse cameras to monitor, document and promote jobsites. From NASA to NASCAR, from Levi’s Stadium to the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, EarthCam’s webcams has been selected to document some of the world’s most recognized projects including the Panama Canal, six Super Bowl host stadiums and Jeddah Tower, soon to be the tallest super-structure in the world.
Over the years, EarthCam invented many world firsts: breakthrough cellular wireless webcam in 1999, the release of the world’s first user-controllable robotic megapixel video camera in 2005, the world’s first outdoor gigapixel camera in 2012, and most recently, EarthCam introduced EarthCam Air, groundbreaking aerial imagery which combines EarthCam’s powerful webcam technology with Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) services to produce geospatial images.
EarthCam is the global leader in providing webcam content, technology and services. Founded in 1996, EarthCam provides live streaming video, time-lapse construction cameras and photography documentation for corporate and government clients in major cities around the world.
EarthCam's all-weather webcams, innovative software and mobile applications enable users to showcase unique views, increase exposure and generate positive public relations. The Webby Award winning company hosts many highly trafficked tourism cams, with views of popular locations and landmarks such as Times Square, World Trade Center, Las Vegas, Bourbon Street, Eiffel Tower, Andy Warhol’s gravesite, Hollywood Boulevard, Miami Beach, Atlantis the Palm Dubai, Petra in Jordan and Abbey Road Crossing in London.
Projects documented by EarthCam include: 9/11 Memorial Museum, Atlanta Falcons’ Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Barclays Center, Statue of Liberty and Washington Monument Restorations, New NY Bridge, LaGuardia Airport, The Kingdom Tower, Panama Canal Expansion, Smithsonian Institution Restoration, Brickell City Centre, Minnesota Vikings’ U.S. Bank Stadium, San Diego New Central Library, Qatar Rail, Whitney Museum of American Art, Louvre in Abu Dhabi, Levi’s Stadium and National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Learn more about EarthCam’s innovative solutions at http://www.earthcam.net/.