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Camera allows people to check McAlister's line length

by UofL Today last modified Nov 12, 2009 08:55 AM

Hungry University of Louisville faculty, staff and students who don't have time to stand in line are in luck. Sodexo and the university have partnered to create Line Cam.

Simply put, Line Cam is a tiny camera that streams images of the line at McAlister's Select in Miller Information Technology Center via the UofL Today website.

The idea is to give people a chance to better plan their time, said Beaumont Rand, a senior from Bedford and student worker in the Office of Communications and Marketing. Rand conceived of the project and worked all summer with Sodexo and the Office of Information Technology to make it happen.

A signature feature of the new UofL Today news and information website, "the Line Cam is a perfect example of our efforts to give employees information they need and want," said John Drees, associate vice president for communications and marketing. "This student-driven idea will save students, faculty and staff time and will eliminate some of the frustration they feel when they find long lines at the on-campus restaurants. It's a great – and simple – idea. And we already know some people are checking it every time before they head over to McAllister's, so it’s working."

The pilot is working so well, he said, that Rand and Sodexo are working to add Line Cams soon at other popular campus eating locations.

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