A new HD webcam, which can pan 180 degrees, as well as zoom in an out, has been installed at The New Holmwood Hotel, replacing an aging static camera. The new unit will change its viewpoint throughout the day, giving views of sailing and shipping activity as it looks towards Southampton Water.
The camera is the latest addition to www.isleofwightwebcams.co.uk, which aims to publicise the Island by offering a live look at daily life to viewers around the world. The website, which currently has 3 cameras in the Ryde area, has gained just over 13,000 new users in the past 3 months, and is recording around 500 visits per day.
David Titley, Owner of the The New Holmwood, says:
“We have a remarkable location overlooking one of the main sailing areas near Cowes, and the prospect of promoting it on a live camera was too good to pass up. The idea of giving potential visitors a look at what the Island has to offer will hopefully encourage more visits, especially with the increase in Staycation holidays in the UK.”
The idea came from Wight Media Services’ Managing Director – and former ITV Reporter – Dave Russell, who believes the cameras give people the chance to take a ‘try before they buy’ approach before visiting:
“The three cameras we already have running are getting a serious amount of views everyday from right across the UK and beyond. The ability to take manual control of the cameras also means that yachting events, cruise ships departing, or just about anything on the Solent can be watched anywhere in the world …or just down the road.”
The camera and videos can be viewed live at www.isleofwightwebcams.co.uk.