Alexandra streets added to video record

It's a long and winding road but every corner of Alexandra's streets are being filmed on video this week.

Terralink International is filming the view from every road in New Zealand with StreetCam, a van fitted with six video cameras to capture every angle.

The journey of 144,000km is expected to take two years to complete and this week it was Alexandra's turn.

Terralink's managing director Mike Donald said the resulting video record would provide organisations such as utility companies or local councils with up-to-date information that could help them manage assets, from power poles through to drainage covers.

‘‘This is the first time such detailed video data combined with GPS and road slope and corner ratio information has been collected from every corner of New Zealand,'' Mr Donald said.

‘‘It will give us a fuller picture and means emergency services will be able to use it to quickly and precisely locate properties and streets.''

Every road, street, cul de sac and avenue in Alexandra was being filmed yesterday and today.

‘‘We're filming the South Island while there are still lots of daylight hours and before the snow starts to fall,'' he said.

‘‘StreetCam will be travelling at up to 100km per hour on New Zealand's highways but the film it takes will be crystal clear.''

The data would be regularly updated and provide a unique historical record of changes to streetscapes, landscapes and shopping areas, he said.

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