Daytona Beach Airport

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) is a private, coeducational university with a history dating from the early days of aviation. Students are enrolled in one of two residential campuses located in Daytona Beach, Florida and Prescott, Arizona or in Embry-Riddle Worldwide, composed of over 130 non-residential campuses and online programs. The residential campuses provide education in a traditional setting while Embry-Riddle Worldwide serves civilian and military working adults.

Embry-Riddle began in 1925 as the Embry-Riddle Company, an aircraft dealer and airmail provider, founded by Talton Higbee Embry and John Paul Riddle in Cincinnati, Ohio. Embry-Riddle was eventually incorporated into what is now American Airlines, before reforming during the buildup to World War II in Miami, Florida as the Embry-Riddle School of Aviation, and later, the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute. Embry-Riddle moved to Daytona Beach, Florida in 1965 and was renamed Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1970. The Prescott, Arizona campus opened in 1978. Read the rest of this entry »

The Webcam Chat Roulette Phenomenon

Webcam Chat Roulette is a new style of chatting online that connects site users with webcams to other webcam users at random. A number of sites specializing in this type of online chatting are now available, with varying degrees of popularity. Some sites connect visitors at random with others from around the country, or even from around the world, while others allow the user to input specifics regarding what type of person he or she would prefer to chat with online via webcam.

This new trend has both good and bad points. On the positive side, webcamchatroulette participants can be introduced to a never ending stream of people from all races, age groups, countries and walks of life. A willing webcam chatroulette participant in the United States can easily meet people from countries all over the world with just a few clicks of a mouse. This new style of chatting also does away with the need for hours of endless typing on a keyboard. Rather than inputting messages to another individual, which in no way relate the sender’s emotions or tone of voice, the people chatting can talk directly to one another. This allows everyone involved to get to know one another on a more personal level. A final positive point is that webcamchatroulette takes away the mystery and concern of never really knowing who you are talking to on the other end of the internet. Traditional chat and e-mail users who connect with someone far away while online cannot know without actually meeting that person face-to-face if he or she is who they claim to be. With webcamchatroulette, everything about the person is out there for viewing upon first meeting. Read the rest of this entry »

Strand webcam set to move in Hermosa Beach

A webcam offering worldwide viewers real-time looks at the Strand and Pier Plaza will go dark Friday for the first time since it went up 14 years ago.

The HD webcam, mounted at Hennessey’s Tavern by web designer and photographer Daniel Sofer of Hermosa and viewable at Hermosawave, is looking for a new home as Hennessey’s undergoes some construction. Sofer hopes to find another spot on the Hermosa Strand within a few weeks.

Meanwhile, hungry eyes can feast on other seaside views through webcams such as those operated by Good Stuff restaurant Eatgoodstuff and at lifeguard stations.

Sofer’s webcam is peeped by area residents who want to see whether it’s sunny at the beach, tourists who have been to Hermosa and want to reminisce, idlers goofing off at work, and folks who just like to gaze at sunny places. In addition, people often position themselves in front of the camera as they talk on the phone, so they can be seen and heard at the same time by far-flung friends and family.

Police officers sometimes express interest in the camera’s-eye view as well, just as they do with private security video, although Sofer has saved the images from the webcam only for the past year.

“People all over the world contact me,” Sofer said. “A lot of people contact me to clean it when it gets dirty. With the salt and fog, and wind blowing everything around, I have to clean it all the time.”

Sofer figures the webcam gets anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 page views per day, but he said the figure could be misleading, because the page frequently refreshes, and some people leave the camera up on their computer screens all day. The webcam drew 45,000 page views during Monday and a bit of Tuesday, from 1,500 “unique people.”

Sofer first put the camera up when a Japanese business was promoting e-greeting cards with images of worldwide landmarks. The company made use of the webcam for about six months, then Sofer decided to keep it up and running: All webcam from Hermosa Beach.


Safer stores with Axis’ solutions

Axis video servers reduce incidents of theft in retail store:

Through Swedish security specialists, Securitas, the company was introduced to the Trygg Butik (Safe Store) concept, an initiative involving IP-based network solutions that are aimed at preventing crimes before they happen.

As part of the initiative, Stadium chose a solution that included an analog camera, an AXIS 2401 Video Server and a broadband (ISDN) modem connection. The solution required very little investment in new hardware since the AXIS 2401 enables the transformation of analog video into high quality digital images that can be transmitted over an existing IP network. 

Safer stores with Axis Webcam

Safer stores with Axis Webcam

When a situation feels threatening, shop staff can request Securitas’ attention by simply pressing a fixed or portable button that activates the surveillance camera. From its emergency center, Securitas can monitor the situation and take suitable action.

The result:

Since the installation at a ‘problem’ store in Stockholm, not a single incident has been reported. Staff found the system easy to use, and feels more secure and comfortable with their working environment. 

“Each and every security arrangement helps fight crime and makes our stores less attractive for break-ins and robberies. The extra confidence our staff gains through ‘Trygg Butik’ makes it easier for them to control situations that might have gone out of control before.”– Peter Claeson, Security Manager, the Stadium Group

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