Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. -Based on which country they are from, children can ask about Father Christmas, Papa Noel, St. Nick or Santa Claus.
But those who believe that everyone want to know one thing: in the world where jolly is old and full of gifts her sleep is on Christmas Eve.
For the 64th time, santa, a wildly popular program run by US and Canadian terrorists, is providing real-time updates to millions of people around the world for progress.
And this year, the North American Aerospace Defense Command is offering even more high-tech ways to comply with children and parents.
Operation Nord Tracks Santa evolved from a wrongful telephone call in 1955, for a trailer located outside the former lair of deep command inside Cheyenne Mountain, at Narad’s modern headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.
By the way, thousands of telephone calls made by NORAD volunteers in the region each year have been augmented by the explosion of technology that lets track millions of people from the North Pole to the Pacific and Asia, from Europe to the United States.
1,500 volunteers make tens of thousands of calls
This year’s portals include Alexa, Onstar, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and 3-D apps that have been developed for mobile devices by Cesium, a Philadelphia-based IT and defense contractor. The applications integrate geospatial and satellite-positioning technology with high-resolution graphics that display the actual position of the stars, the sun and moon, and the shadowcast at any point in Santa’s journey.
It takes a village of dozens of tech firms, including Google, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Bing Maps – with some 15 million visits to the website alone last year, to give extreme impact to global Santa trackers.
And it emails to the village of 1,500 volunteers and takes up 140,000 or so telephone calls to 1-877-HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6723). They are phone bank employees equipped with monitors inside a building in Peterson, which offers a view of snow capped peak peak in the west.
More volunteers and firms donate food, water and coffee on Santa Watch.
“Hi Santa Trackers! Many children are waiting to ask you about Santa,” reads a sign.
‘Off to the race’
Volunteers are equipped with an Operation Centre playbook, which helps ensure that each caller can sleep happy and satisfied on Christmas Eve.
Long time Santa trackers are familiar with Narad-Santa’s story.
In 1955, Air Force Col. Harry Shoure – a night on duty at Commander in Nord’s predecessor, continental air defense command – made a phone call from a child who dialed an incorrect telephone number in a newspaper department store ad, thinking he was calling Santa.
A fast-minded shop quickly assured his caller that he was. And a tradition was born.
Today, the earliest calls come from Japan and Europe. Volumes soar in the U.S. and Canada, program manager Preston Schlacher said. The callers of the United Kingdom ask about Father Christmas. The French people usually look for papa Noel’s whereabouts.
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