Q & A – Street-view imaging done in-house
Why would I want to do the job in-house?
Save money. Expect it to cost about half what it would cost to out-source.
Exercise complete control from day one. With Real Time Tracking, keep track of daily production. With Live QC, flag unacceptable images the day they’re captured. Use QC as a training tool, resulting in fewer unacceptable images as the job progresses and instills responsibility for work done.
Utilize staff whenever they have free time. Capitalize on the assessment cycle to keep everyone busy and productive year-round.
Where do I start?
You might want to focus your efforts on certain neighborhoods or just start at the beginning, and from the MA Lite Admin Module at the desktop, assign map tiles to crews. Following the Helpful Hints below, you’ll be surprised how one by one, block by block, the map tiles fill-in with green dots. Rejected images go right back to the ipad that captured the first image and turn the green dot back to red. When there’s no red dots, the map tile is done and the crew is ready for a new map assignment. MA Lite keeps track of every crew’s production. When production stops mid-tile, the work that’s been done is stored in the cloud, waiting for the crew to resume production where they left off.
Helpful Hints for collecting street-view images in production mode:
Crews never work alone. One person drives, keeps the crew safe and verifies address.
Image residential neighborhoods weekdays, commercial Sunday morning before noon, industrial Sunday afternoon and don’t even go out on the street on Saturday (production will be too low).
On sunny days, image the west side of north/south streets and the south side of east/west streets in the morning, and the east side of north/south streets and the north side of east/west streets in the afternoon.
In addition to verifying address, there are a couple of other attributes that are valuable and should be collected when crews are passing by each and every improvement . 1) Use code. It’s easy to check. 2) For rent signs indicating the property is not owner occupied. 3) And of course, flag those instances where the map’s parcel boundaries appear incorrect, or questionable in some way. For example, a parking lot composed of ten unique parcels and ten polygons. A street-view imaging project using a map with parcel boundaries is a great way to include an “audit” of the parcel layer at no additional cost.