EarthCams are not primarily for surveillance, a fact stressed by Lisa. They are useful in observing building sites and special occasions like the construction of the boardwalk or the Washington Monument, but are also used for tourism observance and outdoor parking lots. One unique example was given by Sharp concerning Route 17 through the Paramus area. It was used to help discover traffic flow and lane usage. Another use would be for the owner/manager of several strip malls or apartment houses where they could all be kept under observance from one office. This would cut down on the expense of having to travel there on a regular schedule.
Joshing with them, I explained that I spared every expense taking my friends to Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Times Square, Gettysburg, Washington, DC, Hampton Beach, Wildwood and Myrtle Beach. All done from through the comfort of sitting at my computer and watching the items either being constructed or visited. Of course one could use their time lapse offering and go back and check on construction at a given time in the past.
While in Bill Sharp's office, there was an interesting display of cameras and technology used in the past. He then took us to see an actual camera and also a trailer mounted construction site camera setup.
When asked about an approximate price for installing cameras on a large location such as a shopping mall, we were told that even though the cameras start at $2500.00 and up to more than $25,000.00, giving a guesstimate was not feasible. They would rather send out an engineer to view the areas and then come back and put together a proper proposal.
And here's some time-lapses I hope you like: