In 1991, researchers in a University of Cambridge computer laboratory sought a solution to a very practical question—was there coffee in the Trojan Room, which housed the only coffee pot in the building? They pointed a video camera at the pot, wired it to their network, and created the world’s first webcam.
On May 16, 2003, Boston College launched its first two webcams, offering views of the Gasson Quadrangle and O’Neill Plaza. Within four days, the webcams recorded 4,350 visits. The current seven Middle and Lower campus locations on view are typically visited remotely more than 75,000 times a month.