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U.S. Department of Energy Selects EarthCam Technology for 2011 Solar Decathlon


New York, September 29, 2011 -- EarthCam, the webcam technology experts, were selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to supply their solar-powered webcam technology to monitor, document and promote its annual Solar Decathlon held on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

The DOE selected EarthCam for its excellence in solar-powered webcam technology and its extensive knowledge in documenting the construction of public exhibits. EarthCam will utilize its unique Megapixel TrailerCam – a mobile camera system most commonly deployed by Departments of Transportation to monitor and document road and bridge jobsites. The 3G wireless trailer features 4 efficient 120-watt solar panels, 12 AGM batteries and a 30 foot mast mounted robotic camera, which is capable of panning 360° to capture HD megapixel images of all the structures on site. In addition, the unique camera automatically stitches 36 images together to create impressive 288 megapixel multi-layer panoramas.

"As an enthusiastic advocate of the use of solar power in camera technology, EarthCam is proud to see our systems used to document and promote this important event", said Bill Sharp, Vice President of Technology for EarthCam. "Being a part of the Solar Decathlon has offered us a unique opportunity to illustrate how 'green' technology is working today with a completely autonomous, solar-powered TrailerCam platform that has proven itself as practical and efficient in a real-world environment."

Situated at the National Mall's West Potomac Park, the camera has the perfect view of the competition and will provide a 24/7 real-time view of the houses on display. The public will be able to check in on the competition by visiting the web page that EarthCam created for the event, which will include wide screen panoramas and time-lapse movies that are continuously updated, so what took 5 days to construct will stream by in just seconds.

The Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. Visitors will be able to tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money.

Other EarthCam projects currently being documented on the National Mall include the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial and the Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building Shell Revitalization.

EarthCam is the recognized global leader in providing webcam content, technology and services to business and government agencies. The company, which started in 1996, offers construction webcam technology and services to some of the largest international construction companies and developers in the world. 36 State Departments of Transportation and 80 of the Top 100 construction companies rely on EarthCam's expertise to monitor and document their projects. Additional projects currently being documented by EarthCam include: Flight 93 National Memorial, National September 11 Memorial & Museum, The Panama Canal Expansion, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Madison Square Garden, Hong Kong Disneyland, Los Angeles International Airport, Ivanpah Solar Generating Field, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Denver Union Station, George W. Bush Presidential Library, National Institute of Health, The Guggenheim and The Louvre Museums. Government clients include the Canadian Ministry of Transportation, NASA, US Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Defense and the GSA (#GS-35F-0719P).

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