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NORAD Tracks Santa site goes live for 2012!

By: sclaypoole

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It’s that time of year again: time to track Santa with NORAD—the North American Aerospace Defense Command. And the fun has already begun at the NORAD Tracks Santa® website, www.noradsanta.org. It features a Countdown Calendar; a Kid’s Countdown Village complete with holiday games and activities; video messages from students around the world; and lots more! Here's our teaser trailer to get you in the spirit! The actual tracker itself, which follows Santa on Christmas Eve in 3D, goes live on December 24 and is built on software founded by AGI.  The 3D tracker uses Cesium®, an open-source web-based visualization engine that lets you interact with the globe by panning and zooming as Santa makes his annual trek. Clicking on video icons will play videos of where Santa was spotted, and clicking on other icons will tell you more about the location you selected. To ensure that your computer will be able to support 3D, see http://cesium.agi.com/tracksanta.html for system requirements. But, no worries if your computer falls short of the system requirements—an alternate, 2D tracker with the same information-gathering features as the 3D version lets you watch Santa. This year, as in years past, tracking opportunities will also be offered on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and more. Santa followers just need to type “noradsanta” into each search engine to get started. Between now and the 24th, there are plenty of things to do on the site. And, free apps from the Apple Store, Google Play and Windows Market extend the excitement on your smartphone and tablet. The games and activities change daily, making it fun to revisit the site time-after-time. Last year, 19 million people visited the NORAD Tracks Santa site during the holiday season; about 1 million people became fans of NORAD Tracks Santa on Facebook; and more than 100,000 followed them on Twitter. This year, we hope to break all records!  So, get your computer, smartphones and tablets up to speed, and start having fun at www.noradsanta.org today! Media can go here for more information on the history of the program and AGI's involvement, as well as information on interview opportunities.
Posted: 11/30/2012 8:18:37 PM


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