The VIUcam pilot project was initiated in Spring of 2008 by Facilties Services & Campus Development and was developed together with VIU's Communications & ITS Departments as a tool to give the VIU community virtually live feedback on weather, parking and other interesting activities & events on campus. Research was performed on systems used by other organizations, including municipalities & alpine resorts. VIUcam #1 was officially running as of Fall 2008.
From 2009-2011, Facilities Services and Campus Development used a similar camera set-up, called the Cowichan "ConstructionCAM", to monitor and track construction of the New Cowichan Campus, which officially opened in September 2011.
Due to the success of the VIUcam #1 - Nanaimo Campus, the Cowichan ConstructionCAM & positive feedback from the VIU community, two additional cameras were added in 2011: VIUcam #2 - Cowichan Campus, and VIUcam #3 - Deep Bay Marine Field Station.
The web-based, Digital IP, "PTZ" [pan, tilt, zoom] camera operates continuously on a pre-determined patrol sequence, publishing multiple frames to VIU's website approximately every 5 minutes. This information is particularly useful for daily commuters, but also for the university's publicity on a local, regional, national & international level.
For privacy purposes, information obtained by the camera is not stored in any way. As the camera runs through its patrol sequence, each image is overwritten by its corresponding successor & published to the web. The VIUcam is subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), and complies with Commissioner’s Order #02-46. For more information please contact the Office of the University Secretary/Senior Policy Advisor at 250-740-6564.
ConstructionCAM's will continue to be used by Facilities Services & Campus Development in the future to monitor and track the construction of Major Capital Projects. Additional VIUcams may also be explored in the future for institutional publicity, information, special events, projects and other points of interest.
Last updated 4-Nov-2011