New Web cams provide real-time view of activities on AU campus

AUBURN – Want a bird’s-eye view of Samford lawn? Ever wonder what Jordan Hare Stadium looks like on a weeknight? Thanks to Auburn University’s new Web cameras, visitors to the university’s Web site can log on and view in real time what is happening on campus from several different locations.

Ten new cameras provide feeds of high-traffic, popular sites around campus including Cater Lawn, Toomer’s Corner, Jordan Hare Stadium, Samford Lawn and the Harrison School of Pharmacy. Seven of the cameras are operated by Auburn’s Office of Communications and Marketing while three cameras, such as two that provide interior views of Ross Hall, are operated from other sources. All 10 cameras can be viewed at http://www.ocm.auburn.edu/webcams.

“These cameras are the window back to a place many alumni and friends remember fondly,” said Mike Clardy, manager of News and Web Services with Auburn’s Office of Communications and Marketing. “Through our lenses people can get an idea of how much the campus has changed and how beautiful it is today.”

The cameras will also serve as a recruiting tool for future students. “We’re in competition with many other universities to gain the attention of prospective students,” Clardy said. “The Web cameras give them another way to view our campus and hopefully entice them into making a visit.”

Auburn previously featured three Web cameras on its Web site. However, heat and age put them out of commission. The new cameras feature the latest technology and were installed with weather conditions in mind. Most are located inside, where temperatures are controlled. Those that are outside reside in special weather housings for long-term protection from the elements.

Auburn’s Web camera offerings will expand still more during the upcoming academic year. Clardy said the university’s new Student Center will provide many interesting possibilities and attractive locations for additional cameras.

Contact: Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)