October 26, 2005 10:05 ET

Live Webcam Captures the Beauty of the Pyramids

BUENA PARK, CA and GIZA, EGYPT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 26, 2005 -- The Pyramids of Egypt are arguably the most famous and grandest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, yet only a small percentage of people have ever viewed them live -- until now. provides the first live view of these ancient and beautiful monuments, seen through the lens of a high definition network camera (

Located on the Giza Plateau outside Cairo, the Great Pyramids have mystified, enthralled and captured the imagination of over forty generations since they were first built by the pharaohs Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure over 4,500 years ago.

Because of their great antiquity, complexity of construction, enormous size and physical grandeur, they elicit awe and mystery like no other man-made edifice. Their actual purpose and the way in which they were constructed remain two of the world's great mysteries -- theories abound, spanning the spectrum from the strictly scientific, espoused by mainstream archeology, to the truly offbeat, represented by some New Age postulations. But still the mystery endures.

"The Internet and network cameras make it possible for anyone with a computer to view the Pyramids during the daylight hours in Cairo in all their varying moods under changing light and local weather conditions," said Jim Sorenson of "Our main objective is to make the Pyramids visually available to the entire world on a real-time basis: to schools and universities; to those who cannot travel; and to those who only know them from pictures in books, from television or from scanned photos taken off the web."

"Our secondary objective is to stimulate interest in Egypt and Egypt tourism. Live cameras are a dramatic improvement over static imagery, but standing on the Plateau in the shadow of Khufu and looking down on the city of Cairo is an unforgettable experience. Nothing prepares you for the dominating physical presence of these mammoth structures or their wonderful symmetry and perfect harmony. We believe that making them available to all through live viewing and time-lapse video will encourage people to come to Egypt and see for themselves."

The high definition network camera used at is from StarDot Technologies (, a southern California corporation, best know for its high profile cameras seen on the Yosemite and Yellowstone National Park web sites. "This is such an exciting use of technology -- to be able to provide a live view of the Pyramids for the entire world to see," said Vance Kozik, StarDot's Product Manager. "Capturing the majesty of these great monuments is a perfect application for our high definition NetCam IP cameras."

About is a collaborative effort among three partners. Heading the project is Jim Sorenson, an American businessman, who has lived and worked in Egypt for 30 years. Siag Hotel and Travel are the local partners and furnish the ideal vantage point for viewing from the top of the Siag Hotel in Giza. Cameras, software and technical support are provided by U.S. partner, StarDot Technologies.

About StarDot Technologies (

StarDot is a manufacturer of rugged network cameras and video servers used for security, web attraction, construction & weather, as well as for a variety of scientific and military applications. StarDot network cameras are deployed at the North Pole, South Pole, Yosemite Park, Yellowstone Park, Niagara Falls and thousands of tourist attractions around the world.

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