EarthCam to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 with Release of Time-Lapse Video Chronicling 9/11 Memorial Construction
New Time-Lapse Allows Viewers to Watch a Decade of Building in Minutes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York, September 7, 2011 -- EarthCam, the international webcam technology experts, will today unveil its official 10 year time-lapse video of the construction progress and rebuilding efforts at the World Trade Center in New York City. The video will premiere at this morning’s 11am ET briefing on the World Trade Center Development in collaboration with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, EarthCam’s partner in providing its exclusive webcam technology.
Within days of the September 11, 2001 attacks, EarthCam installed a live robotic webcam overlooking the World Trade Center site. The one-of-a-kind camera was mounted atop a location, provided by Riese Restaurants, adjacent to the site. Throughout the rescue and recovery efforts, people were able to rely on EarthCam to provide instant updates. For more than 87,000 hours, EarthCam has archived millions of images and continues to document the rebuilding effort using the latest webcam technology.
The first camera, installed in 2001, generated .07 megapixel (320 x 240 pixels) images that updated every 3 to 5 minutes using first-generation cellular wireless technology. As technology advanced over the years, EarthCam was able to add additional cameras that now provide streaming video and produce high-definition 288 megapixel images of the 16-acre site. One of several dedicated cameras atop the Millenium Hilton creates multi-layer widescreen megapixel panoramas (29376 x 9792 pixels), delivering an impressive aerial view.
EarthCam has donated this powerful and historic record of the rebuilding effort to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. EarthCam recently added another live camera located across the Hudson River in New Jersey to give viewers the opportunity to see the new World Trade Center towers as they rise in the lower Manhattan skyline.
"EarthCam’s lens, trained on the World Trade Center site for the past decade, has given people a unique and unprecedented view of the rebuilding,” said 9/11 Memorial President and CEO Joe Daniels. “Even after the Memorial is dedicated on the 10th anniversary, EarthCam’s footage will stand as an important historic record, evidence of our ability to come together and rebuild with strength and dedication in the wake of tragedy."
The World Trade Center cameras are available on a public web page that EarthCam created for the project to spread awareness about the Memorial. The web page offers multiple views of the construction site, allowing viewers to see the construction efforts for themselves and stay up-to-date on all progress.
To see these cameras live, visit www.earthcam.com/worldtradecenter.
"EarthCam is honored to be documenting the construction of the 9/11 Memorial and is proud to share this remarkable project with the world,” said Brian Cury, CEO and Founder of EarthCam. "10 years ago, we installed a camera to show the world a live view of the Ground Zero site and create a visual time capsule. Our goal was to not only ensure that people would ‘never forget', but also allow future generations to see how our great nation came together to rebuild this significant landscape to honor the lives that were lost on September 11th."
ABOUT THE 9/11 MEMORIAL
The Memorial will remember and honor the nearly 3,000 people who died in the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. The design, created by Michael Arad and Peter Walker, consists of two pools formed in the footprints of the original Twin Towers and a plaza of trees.
The Museum will display monumental artifacts linked to the events of 9/11, while presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning and recovery that are central to telling the story of the 2001 attacks and the aftermath. It will communicate key messages that embrace both the specificity and the universal implications of the events of 9/11; document the impact of those events on individual lives, as well as on local, national, and international communities; and explore the continuing significance of these events for our global community.
When the Memorial opens, construction will continue on the other World Trade Center projects and free visitor passes will be temporarily required. To plan a visit to the Memorial or learn how to contribute, go to 911memorial.org.