Complete Google Street View Services

Updating & Maintaining Exterior Street Imagery and Interior Tours

Proudly Serving Dallas / Fort Worth – Austin – San Antonio – Houston – Seattle

Google Street View is used by millions to learn about where your business is located and provides a critical first impression.

As a Google Street View Trusted Photographer, we offer both street level and inside panoramic photography to enhance your business listings.  

Street level photography updates how people see you on Google Street View while also feeding information to Google that improves the accuracy of their maps, adds new streets, improves positioning of businesses and imagery.  Street View imagery is used on residential and commercial real estate listing sites, event booking websites and municipal websites as a definitive source of visual information.

 

The New NCTech iStar Pulsar

  • Vehicle or Pedestrian Trekker Capture
  • Accurately Captured Imagery with GPS Data
  • Updates Google Street View Imagery
  • 11K 360 degree panoramic images
  • Developed by Intel, Google and NCTech.
  • Captures based on position for consistent spacing between each position of the tour.
The iStar Pulsar is the highest professional grade tool for updating storefronts, or mapping large outdoor areas such as parks, historic sites,  the interiors of apartment communities and new land development.

The Matterport Pro-2 3D Camera

  • 3D Interior Mapping
  • Imagery captured at every 4-5 Feet.
  • Posted to Google at 8192 x 4096
  • 3D Tour for your website at 16,384 x 8,192
  • 10 – 14 second 3D Video to post to Google.
  • Interior Floorplans available
  • Embed into a WordPress Site with our plugin!

The Matterport Pro-2 accurately captures high resolution imagery that is automatically and accurate positioned for inside tours using 3D Capture as GPS is inaccurate inside.

Metroplex360 founder, Chris Hickman with Charles Armstrong (Product Manager, Google Street View) and Alin Bugeag (GoThru, Owner) and at Google Street View Summit 2018.

We were invited to attend Google Street View Summit in 2018 in San Francisco and were among the first to be invited into the new ‘pro grade’ program.

“Street View Ready Pro Grade” uses certified equipment with accurate GPS to enhance Google’s actual street level imagery.  It is also used with deep learning to provide geospacial data to maps as well as statistics for computer learning.

Whether you are a business We are excited to provide our clients with the ability to add roads to Google Maps within private apartment and single family communities, new land development and update business store fronts (especially when their store front shows a former tenant).

We believe that providing pro grade capture to our clients will increase their visibility, solve accessibility problems and enhance existing imagery.

Google Street View Tour Pricing

Google Street View and Matterport 3D Tours are delivered within 48 hours.

Inside Tour

$ 299
  • Up to 2,000 SQFT
  • Captured in 3D
  • Free Matterport Tour
  • Floorplans - $15.00
  • Up to 8 Outside Panos

Inside Tour

$ 399
  • Up to 3,500 SQFT *
  • Captured in 3D
  • Free Matterport Tour
  • Floorplans - $15.00
  • Up to 12 Outside Panos

Business Exteriors

$ 195
  • Up to 1/8 Mile of Data **
  • 4 Meter Spacing
  • Hosted by Google
  • Panoramas Available
  • Updates Google Maps

Developments

$ 495
  • Up to 1/2 Mile of Data **
  • 4 Meter Spacing
  • Hosted by Google
  • Panoramas Available
  • Updates Google Maps

A $75 fee will be charged for each 100 miles beyond DFW Airport.  Services only available in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Use-Cases for Managed Street View

Maintaining the integrity of your development, home owner’s association or city online.

For Developers

During the development process of new residential and commercial areas, it is essential for customers, contractors and service providers to be able to locate sales offices, homes and businesses within your new development.

We capture streets as they are made accessible and ensure that street-level maps on Google accurately reflect the current real-world state of construction.  We maintain changes from the opening of sales offices and businesses to the expansion of streets and infrastructure.

We are also able to provide a “time-capsule” of the development process that can be viewed via Google Maps or accessible offline for internal use and presentations.

Imagery that is captured and integrated on Google Maps is used by Google’s algorithms to extract street names, street numbers and contextual information to help build maps that power search queries for sales offices, residential and business locations.

 

For Communities

Residential / HOA – We provide on-demand updates for single family communities to reflect capital improvement projects and remove unwanted imagery that does not reflect the values of your community.  We ensure that imagery is seasonally appropriate and that your Street View imagery attracts future residents and highlights the beauty of your community.   This also enhances imagery seen on MLS services to improve listings for homes for sale or rent within your community.

Multi-Family – We provide capture and on-demand updates within apartment communities to provide accessibility for service providers.  We assist with branding changes during management transitions and provide visual documentation for investors.

Retail / Commercial – We provide on-demand updates to maintain storefronts to reflect your current tenants and availability of spaces available for lease.  Changes are reflected on CRE listing services such as LoopNet and are helpful for management to communicate available retail spaces.

A $75 fee will be charged for each 100 miles beyond DFW Airport.  Services only available in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Google Street View Tour Gallery

Powered by Shortcode for Google Street View by Metroplex360.com

Frequently Asked Questions

A “Google Street View Tour” in the context of your business is a collection of linked 360 “panospheres” that can be found in the imagery gallery connected to Google Maps.  Panospheres contain connections to other panospheres and provide viewers the ability to take walkthrough tour.

There is a large range of cameras that can produce 360 panospheres.  The Ricoh Theta S and V are inexpensive consumer cameras that many low priced Google Street View photographers use.  Hallmarks include low resolution, lack of depth of field and substandard image quality. 

We use the Matterport Pro-2 3D Camera.  This amazing camera provide “DSLR quality” images (136 megapixel!) and generate a standalone 3D tour for our clients’ websites — and is the first and only camera on the market that uses 3D sensors to perfectly align panoramas accurately for accurate space 

With the Matterport Pro-2 Camera, each panorama is perfectly positioned and connected with flawless accuracy thanks to 3D technology. 

We publish our panospheres at 8,192 x 4,096 and optimize images for desktop and mobile.

We are thrilled that by using Matterport Pro-2 Cameras, we can provide our clients the highest quality walkthrough tour for their website as well as a lower quality, street view compatible version.

Yes!  We can update the imagery 

Yes, but surprisingly for Google, the statistics are anything but accurate.

Google will add a ‘view’ every time your business is loaded on maps and the image gallery appears.  Basically, the stats are based on the number of times a thumbnail image is ‘requested’.  What’s even sillier is that the thumbnail doesn’t even have to appear on a user’s screen – let alone be clicked.  Don’t trust Google’s statistics.

If your tour has been “viewed 10,000 times” — that’s really just the number of times that a thumbnail was pulled from a database query.  It’s not a useful metric.

Despite submitting a carefully positioned and strategically connected tour to Google, the ‘pancake navigation’ system will allow viewers to walk directly through walls.  This is a limitation caused by Google’s platform.  This does not happen with Matterport as Matterport’s 3D environment uses walls as barriers and obeys logical navigation.

We work with our clients to ensure that their tours are an accurate reflection of their advertising goals.

Google uses ‘Computer AI’ to automatically select the most relevant scenes for users to use as a ‘jumping point’ to step  inside of your business.

We have tools that allow us to limit the possible selections that Google will make. 

For example, an unforseen flaw in Google’s logic was that people would often use “Inside Tours” to locate and preview where bathrooms were.  This would result in bathrooms receiving priority status to customers’ dismay.

It can be hard for people to find your tour.  For years, Google would add a highly visible ‘See Inside’ thumbnail to a business’s listing when they had a Google Street View Business View tour.  This entry point had INCREDIBLE value and was the #1 angle that Google Trusted Photographers used to market their services.

Now, tours are mixed in with the photo gallery for a business.  As a community of photographers, we are hounding Google about this, but Google simply says that it’s not coming back.

One way to get around this is to use your Google Business (G+) page and post a new post every week containing the starting point for your tour.  This information will display first on your infograph for a limited time.

With all of these issues with Google’s platform, you may think twice about getting a GSV Tour.  While we do absolutely everything we can to create the best Google Street View tours that the platform currently allows — there are some issues with the platform currently.

We believe in being very honest about Google Street View and setting realistic expectations.  In fact, Google asks us to be transparent and accountable:

So with that being said:

The product that Google offered until Spring 2017 was excellent.  The product they now offer is not.

Google essentially killed off Street View for Businesses and migrated the imagery into the same bucket that anyone with a cell phone uploads their restaurant selfies through.

Panoramic imagery uploads do differ as they contain geo-coordinates and information about how they connect together.  These band aids allow what used to be Google Street View tours to still exist and function.

What’s different?

The new system is band-aided together.  Images are no longer optimized by Google and tilesets are no longer created — therefore, images must be uploaded pre-optimized for both desktop and mobile.  Thus, we favor mobile and the ideal size is 8,192 x 4096 or less.

From observation, nearby panoramas no longer preload and connections load as each panorama loads.

There’s no longer integration with your business’s infography and the entry point is now buried in Google Maps – or the image carousel for your business.

All panoramic images appear by default, and thumbnails are warped and strange.

However.

It is our HOPE that Google will address all of these issues and that any tours purchased from us and other vendors will increase in value over time as new features are rolled out.  We love what we were able to provide for clients and we’d like to be able to continue to deliver the same level of services in the future.

This is why we provide a Matterport Pro-2 with every Google Street View Tour.

Essentially, when you order a Google Street View tour from Metroplex360.com, we are selling you a Matterport Pro-2 tour and providing the Google Street View tour for free.  We believe that by doing this, we are delivering exceptional value to our customers.