Swimming for the cam­era

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS ETHERIDGE

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.’’

Photo: DANIELLE STREET

Popular place: A live cam­era al­lows pa­trons to check how busy the Par­nell Baths is be­fore they leave home.

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