Johns Creek works with Google to provide images of parks, rivers


Recently, Johns Creek worked with Amazon to make a skill for the company’s Alexa system that helped residents access city information easier and quicker.

Now, the city in north Fulton County is working with Google.

Johns Creek announced earlier this week that it had teamed up with Google’s “trekker” team to capture 360-degree images of several parks in the city and 14 miles of the Chattahoochee River.


READ | Grammy-winning singer to perform this summer in Sandy Springs

READ | Culver’s is now open in North Fulton

READ | Doctor who lived to be 114 has street named after her in Sandy Springs


These images are available to users on Google Maps, allowing people to see from their phone or computer what sort of amenities and trails are in Johns Creek.

Nick O’Day, the city’s chief data officer, added that these images will also help local fire departments respond to emergencies along the Chattahoochee River.

If you go to Google Maps and click on an area of the Chattahoochee River near Johns Creek, you can zoom in to the “street view” and see images that were captured in October 2017 from a boat. An image provided by the city shows Google’s “trekker” device mounted on a Johns Creek Fire Department boat.

The “trekker” device is a 50-pound, backpack-mounted version of the same camera setup that Google mounts on top of cars to collect images for its “street view” feature on Google Maps.

The spherical device is made up of 15 independent cameras that take a photo every 1.5 seconds. The 15 photos from each capture are then assembled into one panoramic photo by Google and then made available in Google Maps and Google Earth so that users can virtually travel down roads — and in this case, parks, trails and the Chattahoochee River.

A press release from the city says that this project is the first of its kind in Georgia and the Google “trekker” captured panoramic photos of Newtown, Ocee and Shakerag parks, the Rogers Bridge trail and the Linear Park trail.


Like North Fulton County News Now on Facebook | Follow on Twitter


MORE...


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Group on scooters confronts, shoots man in downtown Atlanta
Group on scooters confronts, shoots man in downtown Atlanta

Police are looking a group of four who left behind scooters and a bicycle after a shooting Tuesday on a busy downtown Atlanta street, Channel 2 Action News reported. The four confronted the 21-year-old victim outside the Yumm Teriyaki restaurant on Peachtree Street about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Atlanta police told the news station. The man was shot multiple...
Milton changes course, rolls back millage rate
Milton changes course, rolls back millage rate

The Milton City Council has opted to partially roll back the city’s maintenance and operations millage rate after all, to 4.390 mills from 4.731 mills for 2018 property taxes. Earlier this summer, officials indicated the millage rate would remain unchanged. Their reasons included capital projects pushed back a year because of Fulton County&rsquo...
8 kids taken to hospital after pool chlorine malfunction in Johns Creek
8 kids taken to hospital after pool chlorine malfunction in Johns Creek

More than a dozen people, including eight children, have been taken to a hospital after a pool chlorine malfunction in Johns Creek Tuesday night, police confirmed to Channel 2 Action News. The Johns Creek Fire Department said a chlorine mixer malfunctioned at a Life Time Fitness pool, causing kids to vomit and have trouble breathing, Channel 2 reported...
Fayette County plans two more roundabouts
Fayette County plans two more roundabouts

Fayette County is moving forward with plans for two more roundabouts at busy intersections. The Board of Commissioners voted 4-0-1 (with Steve Brown absent) on Aug. 9 to approve funds for preliminary engineering work for a project at the intersection of Redwine Road and Peachtree Parkway/Bernhard Road, and another where Brogdon Road meets New Hope...
Forsyth releases reports on government, fire department
Forsyth releases reports on government, fire department

Two key Forsyth County government documents, providing information on recent projects, accomplishments and statistics, are now available online and in print. The 2017 Forsyth County Annual Report lists government projects and progress, highlights of the year and recent financial data, officials said. The 2017 Forsyth County Fire Department Annual Report...
More Stories