Google Street View Capturing Arlington National Cemetery, Swaziland
The emotional power of thousands of military graves is being captured at Arlington, as are the first Street View images from Africa's Swaziland.Google's Street View image collection project is always finding new fascinating and unique destinations to capture and present online for viewers around the globe. Right now Street View crews are in the field at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia and have recently completed collecting images in the countryside of Swaziland in Africa to add to the company's growing collection. The Arlington National Cemetery project began Oct. 20, according to a Google spokesperson, with a Google photographer walking through the honored cemetery area by area, equipped with one of the special panoramic Google Trekker cameras mounted on a backpack. "We'll be using one Trekker backpack plus Street View cars on this project," the spokesperson told eWEEK. Once captured, the images will take a fair amount of time to be processed digitally and stitched together into panoramic images so they can be viewed through Google Street View and Google Maps. After the photo-stitching process, Google technicians will then applying the company's face blurring technology that helps make sure that passers-by and license plates in the photographs can't be identified, according to the spokesperson.
The project is slated for completion by May 2014, just before Arlington National Cemetery will commemorate its 150th anniversary. Literally millions of photographs are being collected.