BALTIMORE, Maryland, — June 29, 2009 — Fans planning to visit the Baltimore Orioles' famed Oriole Park at Camden Yards can now take a realistic virtual 3-D tour of the area — including the ballpark, surrounding attractions, traffic routes and parking options — from the comfort of their own homes. The Orioles are the first professional baseball team to employ this new virtual 3-D geospatial visualization technology to enhance their fans' experience.
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, created multiple 3-D flyover videos of the Camden Yards vicinity, which are now available on the Orioles' Virtual Birdland web site ( www.orioles.com/virtualbirdland). The videos provide visitors with realistic views of the ballpark and surrounding areas, which are visited annually by millions of fans. The 3-D videos allow anyone with a computer and Internet connection to 'virtually' fly over the park, adjacent parking lots, entrance roadways, and the nearby Inner Harbor.
"Virtual Birdland provides Orioles fans with a clear view of what they will see prior to arriving at Oriole Park, and helps familiarize them with traffic patterns, ample parking options, and other area attractions surrounding the ballpark," said Greg Bader, Orioles Director of Communications. "This is especially convenient for first-time visitors who are unfamiliar with the area and want to become more comfortable with where they are going, and how to get there. We are confident that Virtual Birdland will demonstrate the ease and convenience of attending a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and we're very excited to offer this capability to our fans."
Still photos of the video are available by clicking at the links below: Skyline View, Stadium View, Harbor View
Harris, which provides geospatial visualization technology and models to business, government and military customers, used its patented geospatial RealSite® solution to transform aerial data and ground-based imagery into an extremely accurate model and videos of the ballpark and neighboring downtown Baltimore area. Along with Camden Yards, Harris also recently produced 3-D virtual models and videos of Washington, DC, the Presidential Inauguration Parade route, the National Memorial Day Parade route, Arlington National Cemetery, and the U.S. Marine Corps Marathon route.
Built from ground, aerial and satellite imagery using technology developed for government customers, 3-D urban models like the one of Baltimore's Camden Yards are geospatially accurate. Harris has developed nearly 500 global 3-D models during the past five years as a prime contractor for the U.S. government. These applications are used in a number of important areas:
Mission Site Familiarization and Planning
Regions that are difficult to access can be modeled and analyzed quickly and affordably, with minimal risk to personnel and resources.
Facility and Event Security Planning and Monitoring
Accurate, photo-realistic data provides the knowledge necessary for planning the location of security cameras, sensors, motorcade routes, and other vital security information.
Disaster Mitigation Planning and Response
Modeling and simulation can be used to forecast, simulate and prepare for events in advance. Complex situations can be evaluated using real-time data integration to promote a quick and comprehensive understanding of what is happening as events take place.
Communications Network Planning and Monitoring
Placement of satellite communications equipment can be preplanned, effectively lowering installation costs and reducing miscalculations.
The Baltimore Orioles are a Major League Baseball franchise steeped in tradition and have been an integral part of Baltimore, the State of Maryland and the entire Mid-Atlantic region since 1954. The club's much heralded ballpark, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, continues to serve as a destination for baseball fans from across the region and around the world, having recently become the fastest ballpark ever to reach the 50 million fan milestone. Off the field, the Orioles and their community relations team, OriolesREACH, have established numerous new community support initiatives while also partnering with several existing charities and organizations. The Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation and Baltimore Orioles, Inc., have donated more than nine million dollars to charities since the ownership group headed by Peter Angelos purchased the team in 1993. On the field, six members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame — Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken, Jr., and Earl Weaver — have worn the Orioles uniform and entered the Hall of Fame representing the organization. Thanks to these players, the team has won three World Series championships: 1966, 1970 and 1983. Under the current leadership of President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail, the Orioles are positioning themselves for sustained success moving forward.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and 15,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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