First Live Streaming Webcam in the Washington Monument Showcases Nation’s Capital
EarthCam and National Park Service Provide Live Views
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York, October 1, 2014 -- Starting today, visitors can explore America’s capital from over 500 feet in the air with EarthCam’s live streaming webcam embedded in the Washington Monument’s pyramidion. Through its ongoing partnership with the National Park Service, EarthCam installed a custom camera so anyone can experience the amazing views from the observation deck.
This unique WAMO Cam (Washington Monument Cam) offers one-of-a-kind live views of national memorials, such as the WWII Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool.
“We’re proud to partner with the National Mall & Memorial Parks to create the WAMO Cam,” said Brian Cury, CEO & Founder of EarthCam. “The challenge was to be nonintrusive while recreating the unbelievable view from the top of the Monument. We hope Americans enjoy our technology and continue to support the wonderful programs our National Park Service offers.”
It took over a year, but EarthCam engineers came up with the solution of designing a small, yet powerful, HD camera enclosed in a cylindrically formed aerospace polymer material that has zero impact on the 130-year-old stone structure. The all-weather system was engineered specifically to fit within a pre-existing hole in the Monument and utilizes 4G cellular bandwidth to stream the 24/7 video broadcast.
From October 1-31, viewers will also notice a face staring back at them from the National Mall. The 10-by-6-acre landscape portrait is by Cuban American artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada and was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery. Titled “Out of Many, One,” the facescape is situated between the WWII and Lincoln Memorials and required 2,000 tons of sand and 800 tons of soil to create.
Presented by the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, the camera was installed to coincide with this occasion, and will allow individuals from all over the world to experience Washington, D.C., in a new way.
“Sand is a key component of ‘Out of Many, One’ and we are proud to support this endeavor to highlight such an important resource,” said Bailey Wood, spokesman for the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association.
For an exclusive live view from the top of the Washington Monument, visit www.earthcam.com/washingtonmonument.
EarthCam has installed webcams in additional National Parks, including the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, Flight 93 National Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Gettysburg Battlefield, Sandy Hook Lighthouse, Paterson Great Falls, Steamtown National Historic Site and, most recently, Fort McHenry for the 250th anniversary. Visit www.earthcam.com to see these cameras and more.
EarthCam is the global leader in delivering webcam content, technology and services. Founded in 1996, EarthCam provides live streaming video and time-lapse construction cameras for corporate, tourism and government clients in major cities around the world. EarthCam's revolutionary gigapixel camera systems deliver superior billion pixel clarity for monitoring and archiving the world's most important projects and events. EarthCam's all-weather webcams, innovative software and mobile applications enable users to showcase unique views, increase exposure and generate positive public relations. EarthCam launched EarthCamTV, a 24-hour “TV channel” devoted to live views of scenic destinations around the world.
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 Strip, 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.
To experience more of EarthCam, visit www.earthcam.com.
ABOUT NATIONAL STONE, SAND AND GRAVEL ASSOCIATION
NSSGA is the leading voice and advocate for the aggregates industry. Our members – stone, sand and gravel producers and the equipment manufacturers and service providers who support them – produce the essential raw materials found in homes, buildings, roads, bridges and public works projects and represent more than 90 percent of the crushed stone and 70 percent of the sand and gravel mined annually in the United States. Production of aggregates in the U.S. in 2013 totaled more than 2 billion metric tons at a value of $18.6 billion. The aggregates industry employs approximately 100,000 highly-skilled men and women. Learn more at www.nssga.org.