NORAD enhances Santa tracking abilities -- Washington Technology

NORAD enhances Santa tracking abilities

  • By Kathleen Hickey
  • Dec 02, 2009

Children of all ages have been now means to lane Santa live by a variety of amicable media services as well as OnStar, thanks to updates to a North American Aerospace Defense Command's annual Santa tracking public service.

New this year, young kids as well as a young-at-heart can lane Santa by mobile devices as well as a Internet around Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, as well as OnStar. To follow Santa upon these Web sites, users should type @noradsanta into a search engine. Dedicated Santa trackers who have been additionally OnStar subscribers can follow thejolly aged elfin their vehicles by pulling a blue OnStar symbol to get status reports upon Santas whereabouts.

The NORAD Tracks Santa Web site,, is now live as well as features legal holiday games as well as activities which shift daily. The Web site is accessible in 7 languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish as well as Chinese. On Dec. 24, a Web site will tide videos, prisoner by NORAD Santa Cams, from cities along Santas journey.

On Yuletide Eve, starting during midnight(Mountain Standard Time, which is 2 a.m. upon a East Coast), Web site visitors can watch Santa prepare his sleigh, check his list, as well as get ready for his journey. As shortly as Santa takes off from a North Pole, young kids can lane him with up-to-the-minute Google Maps as well as Google Earth reports.

Old-fashioned telephone as well as e-mail tracking will additionally be available. Santa trackers will begin answering phones as well as replying to e-mail during 4 a.m. MST (6 a.m. EST) upon Yuletide Eve. Children of all ages can call a NTS toll-free series 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) or send an e-mail to

The NTS modu! le began Dec. 24, 1955, after a child called a Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., requesting Santa's whereabouts. The call was from a internal youngster who dialed a misprinted telephone series in a internal newspaper advertisement. The quick-thinking commander in chief during Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colo., who answered a phone which night told a child where Santa was,and thus began a convention of tracking Santa.NORAD, formed in 1958, took over as well as carried upon a practice.

NORAD's Santa tracking Web site has grown to millions of unique visitors from hundreds of countries as well as territories since it debuted in 1998. The NTS Operations Center will be assigned for twenty-five hours with over 1,200 volunteers upon Yuletide Eve, who will be reception hundreds of thousands of phone calls as well as e-mails from family groups around a world.

The NTS module is assisted by Booz Allen Hamilton, Verizon, Time Warner, Avaya, PCI, OnStar, 5 Star Bank, Pepsi Distributing, as well as First Choice Awards as well as Gifts.

About a Author

Kathleen Hickey is a freelance writer for a 1105 Government Information Group.

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