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NORAD SANTA TRACKER 2015 FOLLOWS FATHER CHRISTMAS AS HE DELIVERS PRESENTS AROUND THE WORLD


DECEMBER 24 -On the move: Santa is pictured in the 3D image as he is tracked around the world delivering presents Santa and his elves are busy at work making sure children around the world get their presents, so keep up with him by following our Santa Cam...There's just one day left before Christmas, and delivering presents to all the children around the globe ahead of the big day is no easy task. But thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command - or NORAD - we can witness the amazing work of Father Christmas in real time. NORAD began tracking Santa when a 1955 advert encouraged children to phone Santa - but gave the wrong number. When he realised what had happened, Colonel Harry Shoup - who came to be known as the “Santa Colonel” - quickly told his staff to answer the calls with an update on Father Christmas's current position. And the practice has continued ever since. It developed into a tradition where volunteers staff call centres on Christmas Eve and take around 70,000 phone calls each year from 200 countries. However the tracker has adapted with the times, becoming more advanced through the years. READ MORE...

ALSO ABOUT NORAD: North American Aerospace Defense Command


NORAD LOGO The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is a United States and Canada bi-national organization charged with the missions of aerospace warning and aerospace control for North America. Aerospace warning includes the detection, validation, and warning of attack against North America whether by aircraft, missiles, or space vehicles, through mutual support arrangements with other commands. Aerospace control includes ensuring air sovereignty and air defense of the airspace of Canada and the United States. The renewal of the NORAD Agreement in May 2006 added a maritime warning mission, which entails a shared awareness and understanding of the activities conducted in U.S. and Canadian maritime approaches, maritime areas and internal waterways.NORAD Mission The North American Aerospace Defense Command conducts aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning in the defense of North America.NORAD Missions
In close collaboration with homeland defense, security, and law enforcement partners, prevent air attacks against North America, safeguard the sovereign airspaces of the United States and Canada by responding to unknown, unwanted, and unauthorized air activity approaching and operating within these airspaces, and provide aerospace and maritime warning for North America. To accomplish these critically important missions, NORAD continually adjusts its structure to meet the demands of a changing world. The commander is responsible to both the U.S. president and the Canadian prime minister. The commander maintains his headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. The NORAD and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) Command Center serves as a central collection and coordination facility for a worldwide system of sensors designed to provide the commander and the leadership of Canada and the U.S. with an accurate picture of any aerospace or maritime threat. Three subordinate regional headquarters, located at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, receive direction from the commander and control air operations within their respective areas of responsibility. For the aerospace warning mission, the commander of NORAD provides an integrated tactical warning and attack assessment to the governments of Canada and the United States. To accomplish the aerospace control mission, NORAD uses a network of satellites, ground-based radar, airborne radar and fighters to detect, intercept and, if necessary, engage any air-breathing threat to Canada and the United States. In conjunction with its aerospace control mission, NORAD assists in the detection and monitoring of aircraft suspected of illegal drug trafficking. This information is passed to civilian law enforcement agencies to help combat the flow of illegal drugs into North America. The Command has developed an initial concept for implementing the new maritime warning mission. Through outstanding bi-national cooperation, NORAD has proven itself effective in its roles of watching, warning, and responding. NORAD continues to play an important role in the defense of Canada and the U.S by evolving to meet the changing threat. The events of September 11, 2001 demonstrated NORAD’s continued relevance to North American security. Today, NORAD provides civil authorities with a potent military response capability to counter domestic airspace threats should all other methods fail. While the national leadership of Canada and the U.S. continue to refine our response to the terrorist threat, NORAD’s proven abilities and unique capabilities will remain a vital part of homeland defense. READ MORE...ALSO: WHICH ONE, NORAD Santa tracker or GOOGLE Santa Tracker? READ MORE AND FIND THE ANSWER or prepare to track Santa yourself with your own camera, next year, that is :) .......ENJOY!

ALSO: Tracking Santa with Technology


A man dressed as a Santa Claus rides a float pulled by a kayaker, on the Mediterranean sea during the traditional Christmas bath at Nice, southeastern France, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Technology can bring magic to the Christmas season and some fun too! Internet users can find out if they are naughty or nice, follow Santa's journey, and play fun Christmas games.
Portable North Pole People can make online videos with a personal Santa message in English, Spanish or French at Portable North Pole, or PNP. Santa will say the names of users, show photos and talk about the user’s good behavior this year. Go to the Portable North Pole website and sign up with an email address, Facebook or Google account. There will be questions to answer to make the video personal. Users can add a photo of the person to whom the video will be sent. They can also add a picture of themselves as senders of the video. The PNP video can be shared through social media and email. It is free but you can also pay to put in additional photos, make a longer video or to download the video. NORAD tracks Santa vs GOOGLE Santa tracker, READ MORE...

ALSO: New mapping technology helps Santa deliver toys more efficiently


Below is a snapshot of the data Santa can integrate into the RippleNami platform to efficiently and safely deliver presents this year. This holiday season, Santa Claus is using innovative technology to become even more efficient. He will be using RippleNami, a cloud-based visualization platform, to efficiently and safely deliver presents. Our favorite jolly man is one busy fellow. Not only does he have to keep track of the naughty and nice kids all year long and make the appropriate number of toys and lumps of coal, he then has to visit the homes of children all over the world in a single night. There are many things Santa has to keep in mind as he’s planning his yearly trek across the globe — such as weather conditions, flight patterns of other aircraft, and which homes have chimneys. How does Santa possibly keep track of everything? RippleNami, a cloud-based visualization platform, allows users such as Santa to access data from countless sources and customize information layers into an easy-to-use map. Below is a snapshot of the data Santa can integrate into the RippleNami platform to efficiently and safely deliver presents this year. •Weather Conditions — Poor weather conditions can significantly impact Santa’s route. Fog in particular has traditionally been a difficulty, even with the help of Rudolph’s nose. RippleNami allows Santa to track fog in real time, so he knows when Rudolph’s nose is necessary, and when the reindeer can take a break. CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM (GPS) artist Yassan creates global message of peace on Earth


The daytime version of Yassan's world-stretching art message of peace. The daytime version of Yassan’s world-stretching art message of peace. Peace on Earth: That’s the message spelled out across the globe by GPS artist Yassan in time for the holiday season. Yassan created a massive, international work of GPS art around the theme of world peace and, in the process, is attempting to break his own Guinness world record for the largest GPS drawing. Yassan is the Guinness world record holder for the largest GPS drawing by an individual. GPS World previously reported on his “Marry Me” project.
Yassan visits Times Square in New York City. Yassan visits Times Square in New York City, at coordinates 40.7593 ° N, 73.9852 ° W. With the help of Japan Airlines and its partners, Yassan’s latest project covered 65,700 miles (105,734 km) around the globe, beginning in Tokyo and ending in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. He traveled through Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Americas, and visiting 24 cities on six continents. To create his GPS drawings, Yassan carries an iPhone and GPS tracker that records his GPS location data as he travels. He then uploads this information to create a drawing on a map. The finished piece of GPS art — a planetary-scale holiday message for the world — spells “PEACE” across the planet.


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NORAD Santa tracker 2015 follows Father Christmas as he delivers presents around the world

CYBERSPACE, DEC. 21, 2015 (mirror.co.uk)  00:01, 24 DEC 2015 BY JOHN SHAMMAS - Santa and his elves are busy at work making sure children around the world get their presents, so keep up with him by following our Santa Cam...There's just one day left before Christmas, and delivering presents to all the children around the globe ahead of the big day is no easy task.

But thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command - or NORAD - we can witness the amazing work of Father Christmas in real time.

NORAD began tracking Santa when a 1955 advert encouraged children to phone Santa - but gave the wrong number.

When he realised what had happened, Colonel Harry Shoup - who came to be known as the “Santa Colonel” - quickly told his staff to answer the calls with an update on Father Christmas's current position.

And the practice has continued ever since.

It developed into a tradition where volunteers staff call centres on Christmas Eve and take around 70,000 phone calls each year from 200 countries.

However the tracker has adapted with the times, becoming more advanced through the years.

READ MORE...

And now it is available right here, in 3D each year alongside its own Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts.


A big ask: NORAD show Father Christmas delivering presents around the world

Writing to fans on Facebook, NORAD said: "Thank you for letting us be part of the magic Santa.

"We can't wait to track you again this year and help the believers around the world follow your journey."


CLICK THE IMAGE TO CONTINUE live TRACKING SANTA!


FROM THE NORAD WEBSITE

ABOUT NORAD: North American Aerospace Defense Command


NORAD LOGO

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is a United States and Canada bi-national organization charged with the missions of aerospace warning and aerospace control for North America. Aerospace warning includes the detection, validation, and warning of attack against North America whether by aircraft, missiles, or space vehicles, through mutual support arrangements with other commands.

Aerospace control includes ensuring air sovereignty and air defense of the airspace of Canada and the United States. The renewal of the NORAD Agreement in May 2006 added a maritime warning mission, which entails a shared awareness and understanding of the activities conducted in U.S. and Canadian maritime approaches, maritime areas and internal waterways.

NORAD Mission

The North American Aerospace Defense Command conducts aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning in the defense of North America.

NORAD Missions

In close collaboration with homeland defense, security, and law enforcement partners, prevent air attacks against North America, safeguard the sovereign airspaces of the United States and Canada by responding to unknown, unwanted, and unauthorized air activity approaching and operating within these airspaces, and provide aerospace and maritime warning for North America.

To accomplish these critically important missions, NORAD continually adjusts its structure to meet the demands of a changing world. The commander is responsible to both the U.S. president and the Canadian prime minister.

The commander maintains his headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.


NORAD/USNORTHCOM photo NORAD/USNORTHCOM Headquarters, Peterson AFB, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The NORAD and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) Command Center serves as a central collection and coordination facility for a worldwide system of sensors designed to provide the commander and the leadership of Canada and the U.S. with an accurate picture of any aerospace or maritime threat. Three subordinate regional headquarters, located at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, receive direction from the commander and control air operations within their respective areas of responsibility.

For the aerospace warning mission, the commander of NORAD provides an integrated tactical warning and attack assessment to the governments of Canada and the United States. To accomplish the aerospace control mission, NORAD uses a network of satellites, ground-based radar, airborne radar and fighters to detect, intercept and, if necessary, engage any air-breathing threat to Canada and the United States.

In conjunction with its aerospace control mission, NORAD assists in the detection and monitoring of aircraft suspected of illegal drug trafficking. This information is passed to civilian law enforcement agencies to help combat the flow of illegal drugs into North America. The Command has developed an initial concept for implementing the new maritime warning mission.

Through outstanding bi-national cooperation, NORAD has proven itself effective in its roles of watching, warning, and responding. NORAD continues to play an important role in the defense of Canada and the U.S by evolving to meet the changing threat. The events of September 11, 2001 demonstrated NORAD’s continued relevance to North American security. Today, NORAD provides civil authorities with a potent military response capability to counter domestic airspace threats should all other methods fail.


The Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center is the heart of the missile warning and space track functions that support NORAD and the U.S. SPACE COMMAND, respectively. Figure courtesy USAF Space Command.

While the national leadership of Canada and the U.S. continue to refine our response to the terrorist threat, NORAD’s proven abilities and unique capabilities will remain a vital part of homeland defense.

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NORAD Regions

The Alaskan NORAD Region (ANR) conducts airspace control within its area of operations and contributes to NORAD's aerospace warning mission. With its headquarters located at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, ANR provides an ongoing capability to detect, validate, and warn of any aircraft and/or cruise missile threat in its area of operations that could threaten North American security.

ANR is supported by both active duty and Air National Guard units. Both 11th AF and the Canadian Forces provide active duty forces to the Alaskan Air and Space Operations Center. National Guard forces provide manning for the Alaskan Air Defense Sector to maintain continuous surveillance of Alaskan airspace with Alaskan Radar System long and short-range radars.

The Canadian NORAD Region (CANR) is headquartered with the 1 Canadian Air Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANR executes a variety of tasks to defend Canadian airspace, including identifying and tracking all aircraft entering Canadian airspace, exercising operational command and control of all air defense forces in CANR and operations in support of other government departments and agencies.

The 1 Canadian Air Division is responsible for providing CANR with combat-ready air forces to meet Canada’s commitment to the defense of North America and maintain the sovereignty of North American airspace. CANR CF-18 Hornet fighter aircraft are on continuous alert to respond to any potential aerial threat to the safety of Canada and Canadians.

The Continental U.S. NORAD Region (CONR) provides airspace surveillance and control and directs air sovereignty activities for the continental United States (CONUS). Co-located with Headquarters First Air Force at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, a Combined Air Operations Center coordinates CONR sector activities and executes the NORAD air sovereignty mission for the continental United States.

CONR plans, conducts, controls, and coordinates all Air Force forces for the Commander of NORAD. The best of the US Air Force and Air National Guard fighter inventory, the F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-22 Raptor, fly as CONR’s primary weapons systems. CONR is presently divided into two defense sectors: the Western Defense Sector, with its headquarters located at McChord Air Force Base, Washington; and the Eastern Defense Sector, with its headquarters located at Rome, New York. Within CONR is the National Capital Region (NCR) in the Washington DC area, which is protected by the NCR Integrated Air Defense System (NCR IADS) consisting of a system of radars, cameras, visual warning system, alert aircraft and Army air defense artillery assets.

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GOOGLE VS. NORAD: WHICH SANTA TRACKER SLEIGHS THE COMPETITION? By Dan Moren Posted December 2, 2014

THE 'JOLLY OLD ELF' ONCE AGAIN FAILS TO FLY UNDER THE RADAR


NORAD Santa Tracker @ http://www.noradsanta.org/


Santa Claus may be coming to town, but how are you going to know when?

Turns out there's not one, but two prominent trackers for jolly old St. Nick's progress on this upcoming Christmas Eve: one from Google, and a second from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

But with two competing Santa trackers, how do you know where to go to get the most up-to-date information about Father Christmas?

Let's consider the options, so you can make an informed Santa-tracking decision.


Google Santa Tracker @https://santatracker.google.com/#village

Earlier this week, search giant Google launched its Santa-tracking site, complete with a countdown clock. While you're waiting for the moment to arrive, Google invites you to visit Santa's village, allowing you to explore a different game or animation each day from now until Christmas.

NORAD also offers its own countdown clock (which, we should note, is three hours ahead of Google's) and a similar tour of the North Pole, including Christmas music from the U.S. Air Force Academy band, videos about NORAD tracking Santa, a library featuring information about the Claus and Christmas traditions around the world, and a new game each day.

Stalking stuffers

Google is somewhat coy about the technology it uses to track Mr. Claus. The company says only that it's tapping into Santa's dashboard, thanks to "one of Santa's many developer elves." (We highly suspect that the search company might be tracking him via his...cookies.) It also suggests that the old elf is using Google Maps technology to calculate his round-the-world route. We just hope the company let Santa opt in to sharing this information; we'd hate to see the "Don't be evil" folks end up on the naughty list.

While Google is a relative newcomer to the Santa-tracking scene, NORAD has a rich history of keeping tabs on the venerable sleigh driver, dating back to a wrong number in 1955. The Sears Roebuck store in Colorado Springs printed a newspaper ad inviting kids to call and talk to Santa. The only problem was they printed the wrong number, so instead, tots reached the operations hotline for the Continental Air Defense Command, NORAD's predecessor. Fortunately, the commanding officer was the understanding sort and directed his team to start providing radar updates on Santa's location for kids who called in.

As a military organization, NORAD brings a truly impressive amount of technology to bear; this is no fly-by-night operation (except in the most literal sense). Among its equipment NORAD counts some serious hardware: 47 radar installations across Canada and Alaska, geosynchronous satellites, high-speed digital cameras, and CF-18, F-15, F-16, and F-22 jet fighters.


BING TECHNOLOGY: MICROSOFT WINDOWS 10 'BING' BROWSER

It's also working with Microsoft, using its Bing technology to map Santa's progress. No shock there: With all the charity work Bill Gates does, he and Santa are probably besties.

'Appy Christmas to all

While Google's primary tracker HQ is browser-based, it's also offering an app for Android smartphones and tablets with support for broadcasting Kris Kringle's progress to the Chromecast—as well as a Chrome browser extension. The app offers most of the same activities available via the web browser.


GOOGLE CHROME CAST --'CHROME' BROWSER EXTENSION

NORAD, on the other hand, has taken a somewhat broader approach.

It does tout an official app for Windows 8, thanks to its partnership with Microsoft, but it's also offering apps for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. Its app is a little more limited, however, and doesn't have all the same features as the website. Only some of the games are available, and, in general, it lacks the overall polish of Google's endeavor.

The verdict

NORAD has the edge in experience and Santa-tracking hardware, but Google puts together a fun and attractive set of activities to amuse you in the lead up to the big day.

The good news is that you don't have to choose: you can spend your time checking out both.

Or, you can always opt for the good old-fashioned method of stepping outside and casting your eyes up to the sky to catch sight of a miniature sleigh and eight (or nine!) tiny reindeer.


You’d think that it would be easy to spot a big, jolly guy in a bright red suit with clunky boots, but he somehow manages to sneak in and out of houses with the stealth of a ninja. He has evaded capture for centuries- until now. Now YOU will be able to capture Santa when he comes to your neighborhood this year.
SORRY WE ARE TOO LATE, but for next year you can try with your own camera: Here's @ HOW TO CATCH SANTA


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Tracking Santa with Technology DECEMBER 24, 2015


A man dressed as a Santa Claus rides a float pulled by a kayaker, on the Mediterranean sea during the traditional Christmas bath at Nice, southeastern France, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

Technology can bring magic to the Christmas season and some fun too! Internet users can find out if they are naughty or nice, follow Santa's journey, and play fun Christmas games.

Portable North Pole

People can make online videos with a personal Santa message in English, Spanish or French at Portable North Pole, or PNP. Santa will say the names of users, show photos and talk about the user’s good behavior this year.


Portable North Pole

Go to the Portable North Pole website and sign up with an email address, Facebook or Google account. There will be questions to answer to make the video personal. Users can add a photo of the person to whom the video will be sent. They can also add a picture of themselves as senders of the video.

The PNP video can be shared through social media and email. It is free but you can also pay to put in additional photos, make a longer video or to download the video.

NORAD tracks Santa

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NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, follows Santa as he travels across the planet. It is the 60th anniversary of the Santa Tracker. It can be found on the NORAD website and free NORAD Santa apps.

The website is available in eight languages. It includes games, movies and other activities. Then, on Christmas Eve, visitors can watch as Santa makes his way around the world.

​ NORAD Tracks Santa for iPhone and iPad

NORAD Tracks Santa Android

Google Santa Tracker

Google also follows Santa on Christmas Eve at the Google Santa Tracker website and through apps.


Google Santa Tracker

Visit Santa's Village, learn about holiday traditions around the world, play games, watch videos, and more, all on on the Google Santa Tracker website.

To track Santa, use the website or the free Google Santa Tracker App for Android and Google Santa Tracker app for iPhone and iPad.

A call from Santa!

Parents can help their children behave with the app ‘A Call From Santa!' This app gives unlimited free calls from Santa.

Santa will praise a child for being nice or scold a naughty child. The app plays recorded voice messages from Santa. Children can also leave their Christmas wish list and a message for Santa.

A video shows how 'A Call from Santa!' works:



The free version of the app has advertisements. But users can pay a fee to remove the ads.

A Call from Santa! for iPhone

A Call from Santa! Android

ElfYourself

The ElfYourself app permits users to see themselves as elves. They can also make dancing elf videos. After the app creates the dance video, it can be shared on social media or email.

ElfYourself is also free. But users can pay if they want additional dance videos.

ElfYourself for iPhone and iPad

ElfYourself for Android

Hungry Santa

How did Santa get so plump? By eating lots of sweets!

Hungry Santa is a game that lets users fill up Santa with sweets and treats. They can move Santa around so he can eat cookies, candy and other sugary foods. Santa does not seem interested in healthful choices.

The free app keeps score so users can compare their scores with others around the world.

There is a Hungry Santa app

for Android, FOR  iPhone and iPad.

NOTE FROM THE SOURCE  WEBSITE:

I’m Caty Weaver.

Carolyn Nicander Mohr wrote this story for Learning English. Caty Weaver was the editor.

Have you ever used these fun tech tools at Christmas? Which are your favorites? Do you have any suggestions for fun ways to celebrate the holiday?


THE GPS WORLD

New mapping technology helps Santa deliver toys more efficiently
December 21, 2015 - By GPS World staff FacebookTwitterGoogleLinkedIn

This holiday season, Santa Claus is using innovative technology to become even more efficient. He will be using RippleNami, a cloud-based visualization platform, to efficiently and safely deliver presents.

Our favorite jolly man is one busy fellow. Not only does he have to keep track of the naughty and nice kids all year long and make the appropriate number of toys and lumps of coal, he then has to visit the homes of children all over the world in a single night. There are many things Santa has to keep in mind as he’s planning his yearly trek across the globe — such as weather conditions, flight patterns of other aircraft, and which homes have chimneys. How does Santa possibly keep track of everything?

RippleNami, a cloud-based visualization platform, allows users such as Santa to access data from countless sources and customize information layers into an easy-to-use map.

Below is a snapshot of the data Santa can integrate into the RippleNami platform to efficiently and safely deliver presents this year.

•Weather Conditions — Poor weather conditions can significantly impact Santa’s route. Fog in particular has traditionally been a difficulty, even with the help of Rudolph’s nose.

RippleNami allows Santa to track fog in real time, so he knows when Rudolph’s nose is necessary, and when the reindeer can take a break.

CONTINUE READING...

•Aviation Incidents — Santa’s sleigh isn’t the only thing flying on Christmas Eve. Tracking flight patterns and visualizing where aviation incidents have recently occurred help Santa avoid collisions and plan the fastest route.

•Naughty and Nice Lists — Santa is diligent in keeping track of which kids are naughty and which are nice. He makes a list, and checks it twice! But even Santa could use help planning how many toys versus lumps of coal he needs to pack in his sleigh before the big night.

And what if a child who has been nice all year long suddenly throws a fit Christmas Eve? With RippleNami, Santa will be alerted in real time and can pick up some extra coal accordingly.
Here is a visual of what Santa sees when he’s using the platform.

[RippleNami, the leader in collecting, organizing and visualizing global data, today announced the debut of rWAVES™. Designed to fundamentally change how customers interact with the world around them, rWAVES seamlessly integrates physical and digital information using maps to provide real time awareness, communication and operations anywhere around the globe. "Our technology indexes, categorizes and connects information to a map that adds depth and meaning, fundamentally changing how data is used," said Bill VanDeWeghe, president and CEO of RippleNami. "Users now have the ability to seamlessly aggregate data into a real-time, searchable visualization platform that enables better decision making not otherwise available on the market." It all starts with a map™]


THE GPS WORLD

GPS artist creates global message of peace on Earth December 22, 2015 - By GPS World staff FacebookTwitterGoogleLinkedIn 0 Comments

 
Above is the STORIES documentary video holiday card, which contains images of Yassan’s journey and the people and places he encountered along the way. https://youtu.be/OT2mqIuExLI


The daytime version of Yassan’s world-stretching art message of peace. Peace on Earth: That’s the message spelled out across the globe by GPS artist Yassan in time for the holiday season.

Yassan created a massive, international work of GPS art around the theme of world peace and, in the process, is attempting to break his own Guinness world record for the largest GPS drawing. Yassan is the Guinness world record holder for the largest GPS drawing by an individual. GPS World previously reported on his “Marry Me” project.


Yassan visits Times Square in New York City. Yassan visits Times Square in New York City, at coordinates 40.7593 ° N, 73.9852 ° W.

With the help of Japan Airlines and its partners, Yassan’s latest project covered 65,700 miles (105,734 km) around the globe, beginning in Tokyo and ending in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. He traveled through Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Americas, and visiting 24 cities on six continents.

To create his GPS drawings, Yassan carries an iPhone and GPS tracker that records his GPS location data as he travels. He then uploads this information to create a drawing on a map. The finished piece of GPS art — a planetary-scale holiday message for the world — spells “PEACE” across the planet.

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Yassan visits with Buddhist Monks in Colombo, Sri Lanka: 6.9165° N, 79.8568° E (Seen on the video)

While a relatively new art form, GPS art is a natural progression stemming from much older, large-scale art forms. “In tracing the history of GPS art, you can draw a clear line of artistic evolution,” said Yassan, “beginning with the ancient Nazca lines in Peru, through Michael Heizer and his work with motorcycle tracks in the Nevada desert, to Richard Long’s walks through the English countryside, to the modern GPS artists.”

Yassan continues, “Peace on Earth has proven very difficult to achieve, but is, at the heart of it, a very simple concept. I hope that this holiday message can convey this idea to the world.”

A stop in London near Parliament: 51.5007° N, 0.1226° W (Seen on the video)

Yassan makes a stop in Los Angeles with a visit to the edge of the continent, at 34.0074° N, 118.4966° W. (Seen on the video)

On this journey, a video production crew, led by director and STORIES creator client Mark Apicella, accompanied Yassan, documenting the creation of this artwork as well as the artist’s interactions with local people at each of the 33 stops along this epic journey.


Yassan celebrates at his final stop to complete the downstroke of the “P,” at a place appropriately named “El Fin de la Tierra” — the end of the Earth, near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: 22.8741° N, 109.8962° W.


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