James Brown statue snaps to camera-ready

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After four months of planning and a few technical wrinkles, James Brown is finally ready for his close-up.

At 6 p.m. today, a cell phone-activated camera at the James Brown statue on Broad Street, opposite Augusta Common, will be unveiled.

The camera takes a picture when a cell phone number is dialed, allowing fans to be photographed with the statue. The image is loaded to a Web site within about 10 minutes.

"The way this came about was (Greater Augusta Art Council Executive Director) Brenda Durant was at a conference and saw that there was a similar thing being done at the arches at the University of Georgia," said Roger Duke, the project manager for the camera. "She thought doing it with the James Brown statue would be good because it is a unique and appealing landmark."

The project went from inspiration to completion in less than four months and cost less than $5,000.

Mr. Duke said local expertise made it possible to complete the project quickly and inexpensively. Project Management Institute, The Augusta Chronicle , RedWolf and CSRA Security Solutions collaborated on the project.

The original goal was to have the camera up and running by the Masters Tournament, but the radio technology used for camera communication proved a little tricky.

"We had our challenges," Mr. Duke admitted. "It's a very unique application of technology. Instead of going on a wireless network, we went with a radio frequency. That means having the transmitter and receiver in line of sight, and the trees around the statue were causing a problem with that."

Eventually the problem was solved with a new antenna. Mr. Duke said the radio technology is low-maintenance and runs independently, without networks or service providers.

The James Brown camera will be free, but Mr. Duke said the Greater Augusta Arts Council still hopes to reap some rewards from the project. The photos taken at the statue will be posted on the Arts Council's Web site, and the idea is that it will drive people to the site and encourage patronage of the attractions and events listed there. Mr. Duke said the combination of technologies, goals, and James Brown make the camera unique.

"I can't find another application of these technologies for something like this anywhere," he said. "I think this might be the only one."

Reach Steven Uhles at (706) 823-3626 or steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com.

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 05/02/08 - 03:42 am
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I think this is a good idea

I think this is a good idea and should be fun. However, why didn't the writer of this article, Steven Uhles, include one of the most important pieces to this entire process....the Arts Council's web site???

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patriciathomas 05/02/08 - 03:49 am
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Great idea! I wonder why a

Great idea! I wonder why a sample picture wasn't included with the article? Seems like a natural to me.

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Just My Opinion 05/02/08 - 03:55 am
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If you look further on this

If you look further on this online edition, you'll find another small article that does list the website and the phone number that needs to be accessed to get a picture. Don't know why it wasn't included in this article, but, oh well.

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johncapes 05/02/08 - 04:08 am
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I think this is a great idea!

I think this is a great idea! this is the type of thinking we need at the James Brown Arena! more brains less brawn!

debby
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debby 05/02/08 - 04:08 am
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And where, exactly, is the

And where, exactly, is the James Brown statue?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/02/08 - 04:32 am
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Welcome to Augusta, debby.

Welcome to Augusta, debby.

fd1962
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fd1962 05/02/08 - 05:04 am
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This'll have a lifespan of
Unpublished

This'll have a lifespan of about two weeks in downtown Augusta. Nice idea though.

story1
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story1 05/02/08 - 05:10 am
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Great idea for downtown

Great idea for downtown Augusta. Is this the same Mr. Duke that led the project for a new, beautiful marquee at the Imperial Theater? We need more creative ideas like this downtown.
Hats off.

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ccrcresident 05/02/08 - 05:17 am
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now i can take a picture

now i can take a picture while my dog pees on it!! I love it!!

karmakills123
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karmakills123 05/02/08 - 05:28 am
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It does sound like a good

It does sound like a good idea.........but like fd says it will most likely be destroyed within a few weeks. Heres hoping it works out.

kai@reasontostand.org
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kai@reasontostand.org 05/02/08 - 06:21 am
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I read "James Brown statue

I read "James Brown statue snaps" and got all excited. Still, it sounds like a cool project. Hopefully this is a herald of things to come. Perhaps on more worthy targets next time through :-P

2tired2argueanymore
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2tired2argueanymore 05/02/08 - 06:29 am
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Great Job Roger! Go Class of

Great Job Roger! Go Class of 2007 Best class ever

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 05/02/08 - 07:07 am
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CCRCRESIDENT, why not save

CCRCRESIDENT, why not save time, and let your dog pee on you? I am sure the smell will be an improvement.

What a Day
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What a Day 05/02/08 - 09:17 am
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There is always a negative

There is always a negative comment when someone tries and do something good for the community. This is an excellent way to bring business to Augusta. Since Mr. Brown passed on Christmas Day 2006, his statue has been filled with people from all around. I pass that area at least twice a week and there is always someone there. Excellent idea for Augusta. Way to go Brenda Durante! I look forward to seeing you again in September.

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devilishlymad67 05/02/08 - 11:10 am
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Sounds like a total waste of

Sounds like a total waste of money, money that could and should have been used to pay for necessities that are in need in this county.

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carlyle 05/02/08 - 12:59 pm
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Yes, Roger Duke is

Yes,
Roger Duke is responsible for the marquee at the Imperial Theater, not Ms. Plocha who took all the credit. Good job Roger!!!

ccrcresident
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ccrcresident 05/02/08 - 01:26 pm
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ahhhhhhhhh

ahhhhhhhhh

ccrcresident
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ccrcresident 05/02/08 - 01:27 pm
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how about spend some money on

how about spend some money on repaving the streets downtown!!

hmmh...
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hmmh... 05/02/08 - 01:35 pm
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thanks ccres! i am with ya

thanks ccres! i am with ya on that one...spend the citys money wisely..lets honor that man who had dozens of unwedlocked kids, a wifebeater/killer...need i go on?

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pointstoponder 05/02/08 - 01:59 pm
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Sorry to rain on your

Sorry to rain on your complaintfest, but no taxpayer dollars were used to pay for the camera.

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 05/02/08 - 02:55 pm
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No HUMMH, you just need to go

No HUMMH, you just need to go and take pee man with you.

pointstoponder
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pointstoponder 05/02/08 - 04:46 pm
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How long will it be before

How long will it be before someone manages to get some "suggestive" poses on the web?

Pinchgut
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Pinchgut 05/02/08 - 07:51 pm
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How long will it be before

How long will it be before somebody moon's the camera?

ccrcresident
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ccrcresident 05/02/08 - 08:25 pm
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will it be taxpayer dollars

will it be taxpayer dollars to maintain the camera ??? i say p@#$ on it!!!

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Haddock 05/02/08 - 09:20 pm
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You player haters are sick.

You player haters are sick. Get a life and learn how to love your neighbor. You got to much hate in your heart.

Haddock
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Haddock 05/02/08 - 09:20 pm
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You player haters are sick.

You player haters are sick. Get a life and learn how to love your neighbor. You got to much hate in your heart.

Haddock
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Haddock 05/02/08 - 09:20 pm
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You player haters are sick.

You player haters are sick. Get a life and learn how to love your neighbor. You got to much hate in your heart.

ccrcresident
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ccrcresident 05/03/08 - 07:34 am
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haddock -- do you ever find

haddock -- do you ever find yourself repeating? repeating? repeating? or does your button stick?

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