I spy a Russian network camera

Two men in a government office somewhere in Russia.

An IP camera (or ‘network camera’) is, as the name suggests, a camera attached to a network. Who would have thought it?!

One of the advantages of a network camera is that its image can be viewed from a PC from anywhere on the network; one of the disadvantages of a network camera is that its image can be viewed from a PC from anywhere on the network, particularly if that network happens to be the worldwide international electric interweb.

It’s quite simple to search for certain IP camera feeds on Google: search for view/index.shtml

Someone has also created an open IP Camera Google Map.

But my favourite camera so far has been one that shows what looks like a local Russian government office within the city of Nizhny Novgorod. At the moment it looks like they’re about to have an early morning meeting:

Early morning meeting in a Russian local government office

I tell you, it’s more interesting than Big Brother! This is real people in a completely different country (unless you’re reading this on a PC in Russia) going about their every day job. Isn’t the internet an amazing thing!

Hands up if for a moment you secretly imagined that you were a member of CTU viewing something that Edgar or Chlöe had uploaded to your PDA. (It’s a 24 thing!)

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.

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