A student’s recent suggestion resulted in the installation of a Campus Live Cam in the Union Food Court. “Gus” Maples, Freshman Public Policy Leadership major from Lucedale, MS, says, “I think that a Live Cam in front of the Student Union Food Court would be a handy tool for students who are in a rush. You don’t want to show up only to realize that you don’t have time to eat before your next class or appointment.” Jonathan Parker, Resident Manager of Ole Miss Dining Services, states, “On a typical day this past fall, we served up to 5,000 customers in the Union Food Court area.” Parker adds, “We think the Live Cam is a great addition to allow students to view the Food Court during the day.”
On March 7, 2011, the new Union Food Court Live Cam began broadcasting on the University’s Web site. “Within 2 hours, we had already received positive, unsolicited feedback from a viewer,” states Webmaster Robby Seitz.
Before the decision was made to add the camera, Office of Information Technology (IT) staff researched, evaluated, and collaborated with parties in the responsible area to discuss the possibility, necessity, and feasibility of installing camera equipment. “There are many factors to consider before initiating the installation of Campus Live Cams,” explains Johnny Price, Classroom Technology Specialist. “Security, necessity, point of view, network connectivity, power, technician accessibility, interior/exterior placement, and responsible party approval are just to name a few.”
Live Cam Views
To see the Union Food Court Live Cam view as well as other targeted campus views via computer or mobile device, visit Campus Live Cams. The views are refreshed once every second.
IT encourages the UM community to offer input and suggestions regarding the expansion of technology. Visit the Comment/Suggestions/Assistance area to offer comments, share ideas, or request assistance. Who knows? Your idea may be chosen for a future project.