Canpages Inc.

Canpages Inc.

August 11, 2009 06:00 ET

Canpages to Begin Street Scene Shooting in Toronto

Canpages.ca Street Scene search functionality will soon provide panoramic views of Toronto at street level

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 11, 2009) - Canpages Inc., Canada's fastest growing local search firm, announced today that it will capture images of downtown Toronto streets between August 12 and August 24, 2009 for its Street Scene directory search feature on Canpages.ca.

Street Scene provides 360-degree street-level views of the city for people conducting local business searches on Canpages.ca. The technology enables users to pinpoint their search results on a map as well as see high resolution images of the results in the context of the local environment. For example, users can take a virtual "drive" down a city street to find out whether a restaurant offers parking or to see what a particular storefront looks like. Street Scene views are currently available for local businesses searches conducted in Vancouver and Whistler, BC. Once Toronto shooting commences, Canpages expects to provide Street Scene functionality people searching Toronto businesses in the fall of 2009.

"The response to Street Scene functionality in Vancouver and Whistler has been overwhelmingly positive-especially with the upcoming 2010 games," said Olivier Vincent, Canpages' President and CEO. "In addition to enhancing Canpages.ca's local search platform, we've been able to offer anyone with Internet access an incredibly immersive visual experience of these cities online and we're excited to bring the same experience to Toronto search."

Canpages has taken a proactive approach when it comes to ensuring security and privacy in Street Scene by blurring out all identifying information including license plates and faces as well as destroying all original captured images. In addition, Canpages has included a "report a concern" link on every image to allow users to provide feedback. These measures have earned Canpages acknowledgement from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada for the company's efforts to protect the privacy rights of Canadians.

"We encourage Torontonians to keep their eyes peeled for the car taking photos and have some fun with it," continued Vincent. "Canpages is the first to offer Street Scene in Canada and so it's a great chance for the world to see and explore Toronto virtually."

About Canpages Inc. and Canpages.ca

Canpages is the largest independent local search and directories publisher in Canada. Its website, Canpages.ca features a national residential and business database and more than 3.5 million unique visitors come to visit it every month with their local search requests. With 80 publications and over 80,000 customers, Canpages reaches more than 8 million households and businesses across Canada. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canpages employs 600 people and has offices in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. For more information visit: www.Canpages.ca.

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