Microsoft partnered with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to provide satellite imagery for its Santa tracker this year. NORAD worked with Cesium to develop a 3D Santa Tracker that uses satellite imagery provided by Bing Maps.
For devices that may not support the 3D version of the tracker, a 2D map has been developed that also uses the Bing Maps APIs to provide various features. Those who access the tracker starting December 24th will be able to track Santa’s current location. As he travels the world, you can upload Wikipedia articles about his current location to learn more about the place and watch Santa Cam videos.
As mentioned, the tracker won’t go live until closer to Christmas but if you want to access it noradsanta.org Now you can do it to listen to Christmas music, play games, read books about Christmas, learn about NORAD and more. There are also links to Android and iOS mobile apps if you prefer to access the materials on mobile.
While in recent years NORAD’s Santa tracker have Becoming more digital, the service has actually been around since 1955 and families could call a phone number to learn Santa’s whereabouts.