Swimming for the camera
USERS of the popular Parnell Baths can check out the busy facility online before they leave home, thanks to a live camera.
But one resident says the camera makes her feel uncomfortable and she questions why it is there.
The live camera operates at the baths and updates every six seconds.
It takes snapshots of the baths which then replay until the website is refreshed.
The resident contacted the Auckland City Harbour News about the camera, saying she wasn’t aware it existed until recently.
The woman, who did not want to be named, says she is concerned others may be unaware of it operating too.
Craig Carter of Community Leisure Management, which operates the Parnell Baths, compares the live camera’s purpose to that of traffic or surf beach cameras.
Swimmers can see if the pools or lanes are busy and what the weather is like, Carter says.
It was put in last October and is the only live camera at the baths.
The camera livestreams from 5.30am to 9.30pm and does not cost anything to operate, he says.
‘‘It’s worth noting that they are not high definition and photos are deleted every hour.’’
Carter says the company uses the Parnell Baths website and Facebook page to make patrons aware of the camera.
No complaints have been made about the camera, he says.
Over the 2013-2014 season the live stream clocked up 45,262 online views.
‘‘We have only received positive feedback up until this stage.
‘‘The camera is not pointing at any residential housing, the quality and settings are so that individuals aren’t identifiable,’’ Carter says.
Community Leisure Management runs the baths on behalf of Auckland Council. Leisure manager Rob McGee says council has no concerns about the camera.
‘‘It is far enough removed from the pool to not make out people.’’
Popular place: A live camera allows patrons to check how busy the Parnell Baths is before they leave home.