Google brings cameras inside Harrisburg businesses

Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter | Aug 8, 2013 11:13 AM

(Ithaca, N.Y.) -- Some businesses in Harrisburg are opening their doors to Google's cameras this week.

The Harrisburg Regional Chamber has helped arrange for the search giant's certified photographers to come into businesses to take photographs.

The shots will be digitally "stitched" together into virtual tours available when the business comes up in Google searches or on Google Maps.

Jim Hilker is the New York state-based sales and marketing manager who arranges for the photographers to visit shops, hotels, restaurants and other locations in Harrisburg.

He says the virtual tour is much like the Google Maps "Street View" feature.

"They're taking a virtual walk inside the front door and right on through the business to get a look at what it is," Hilker says. "They can zoom in close on objects and get a real good feel for what the products and displays are."

Firms pay a one-time fee for the service.

Hilker says demand has been high, and when this week's work is done the photographers are planning a return trip to Harrisburg.

He says they're headed to the Gettysburg area next week.

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