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05-03-2009, 03:31 PM
What’s Happening With Virtual Earth?
Each month we bring you global news highlights about Microsoft Virtual Earth, including regional events, new product releases and product enhancements, recent customer deployments, customer evidence such as case studies and testimonial videos, and important partner news.

In the News

iSynth Brings Photosynth Experience to the iPhone
In early March, Apple Inc. released iSynth, the unofficial Photosynth iPhone application. Developed by an independent developer, Greg Pascale, iSynth enables iPhone customers to search, browse and explore synths directly on their phones. People can view the synths by tapping arrows on the screen to move to a different photo in normal mode or drag their fingers in the direction they want to rotate in orbit mode. The application is available to download at the iTunes Store now. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : iSynth ? The Photosynth Browser for iPhone (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/03/12/isynth-the-photosynth-browser-for-iphone.aspx).

Emirates Unveils E-Zone in Business Class Lounge
On March 10, Emirates unveiled a unique dedicated entertainment corner called e-zone, located in the Business Class Lounge at Dubai Airport’s Terminal 3. E-zone features exclusive technologies developed in association with Microsoft Gulf at the Dubai Innovation Lab, including gaming from Xbox 360 and the latest Microsoft Surface computers, which include Microsoft Virtual Earth. Destination Guide, an application on Microsoft Surface, is built on the Virtual Earth platform and allows customers to interact with a moving 3-D globe. Exclusive to Emirates, Destination Guide lets customers zoom into any location on earth and view general destination information and location photos. For more information, please visit Emirates | About Emirates | News | Emirates Unveils E-Zone In Business Class Lounge (http://emirates.com/english/about/news/news_detail.aspx?article=417117).

Livetime CoverageChecker Uses Virtual Earth
On March 16, Metricell Ltd., a provider of high-technology solutions and services to wireless network operators and communications service providers, announced the commercial release of Livetime CoverageChecker, which uses Virtual Earth. CoverageChecker provides a public-facing portal accessed via a network operator’s Web site where subscribers and prospective customers can access detailed information regarding the operators’ predicted 2G and 3G coverage. Livetime CoverageChecker combines the feature-rich detail of Microsoft Virtual Earth with its own DataCentre to provide a coverage-mapping solution. For more information, please visit Coverage Check (http://www.livetime-online.co.uk/CoverageNew).

Virtual Earth Makes It Easy to Find an Xbox Retailer
Xbox recently launched an Xbox locator that helps consumers easily find their nearest Xbox retailer. The tool, powered by Virtual Earth, is operational in the U.K. and will be rolled out regionally during the next three months. For more information, please visit Xbox.com | Xbox Buy Now - Store Locator (http://www.xbox.com/en-gb/buy).

Leicestershire Constabulary Uses Virtual Earth to Improve Public Confidence
Leicestershire Constabulary wanted to use its mapping technology to help deliver a new level of transparency in its policing service to the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The iR3 tracking system uses the Microsoft Virtual Earth geospatial mapping environment to access retrospective data for analysis, the results of which can be shown to the public as evidence of effective service. The mapping tool has enabled Leicestershire Constabulary to boost citizen confidence in police, increase police visits to crime spots, cut police force mileage, reduce costs and more. For more information, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=4000003880.

Ada County Uses Virtual Earth to Map Crime
In late March, Ada County, Idaho, launched a crime-mapping application on its county Web site. The developers were able to layer datapoints on law enforcement incidents reported within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Boise Police Department and Meridian Police Department over a three-month period. Residents can find information on a wide range of crimes, including homicide cases, burglaries, vandalism and more. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth Maps Crime in Ada County - Windows Live (http://virtualearth4gov.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!369B39F890CE30C1!3197.entry).

Virtual Earth Powers Seattle DOT Travelers’ Web Portal
On March 26, the Seattle Department of Transportation launched its Traveler’s Information Web site, which includes an interactive map built on the Microsoft Virtual Earth platform. The map includes roadside camera images, updated incident and planned event information, and mass transit resources such as Metro Transit. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : The City of Seattle Traveler?s Information Map (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/03/26/the-city-of-seattle-traveler-s-information-map.aspx).

Pizza Hut and Taco Bell Launch Virtual Earth Locators
In late March, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, both owned by Yum! Brands, launched new mapping locators using the Microsoft Virtual Earth platform. The Pizza Hut locator allows customers to filter searches by delivery, carryout and dine in. The results provide an Order Now link that enables customers to make an online order for delivery or in-store pick up. The Taco Bell locator generates up to five results per search within the radius of the postal code the customer provides. The results indicate whether the Taco Bell restaurant has a drive through or a dining area as well as point-to-point driving directions to get to the location. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Yum Brands? Taco Bell and Pizza Hut Launch on Virtual Earth (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/03/26/yum-brands-taco-bell-and-pizza-hut-launch-on-virtual-earth.aspx).

Falk Online Adopts Virtual Earth to Offer High-Quality Services for People on the Move
Falk Online uses Virtual Earth in combination with its own maps and through its own Falk Map API to offer high- quality services for people on the move, such as route planning and town and city maps. Later in 2009 Falk will also integrate Microsoft’s Bird’s Eye and satellite imagery to its online portal. For more information, please visit FALK: Online Maps and Route Planner (http://www.gofalk.com) or FALK: Routenplaner und Stadtpläne (http://www.falk.de).

Live Search Maps Makes the CNet Webware 100 Nomination List
On March 31, CNet announced its nominees for its Webware 100 nomination list. Live Search Maps is one of the nominees in the location-based services category. Other Microsoft products and services that made the list include Live Search, Live Search 411 and Live Search Farecast. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Live Search Maps Nominated in CNET Top 100 (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/03/31/live-search-maps-nominated-in-cnet-top-100.aspx). For voting, please visit Webware 100 2009 - CNET (http://www.cnet.com/html/ww/100/2009/categories.html?tag=snav).

Virtual Earth and SQL Server Event in London
On April 16, Virtual Earth will hold an event in London, split into two sessions, covering the end-to-end story of spatial data in Virtual Earth and Microsoft SQL Server. Johannes Kebeck, technology specialist, Microsoft Virtual Earth, will look at the sources of data and how you can manage different types of data, and Simon Sabin, independent consultant, SQL Know How and SQL Server MVP, will look at the internals of SQL Server. For more information on the afternoon session, please visit UK SQL Server User Group (http://sqlserverfaq.com/events/154/Using-Spatial-Data-in-SQL-Server-and-Virtual-Earth-Afternoon.aspx). For more information on the evening session, please visit UK SQL Server User Group (http://sqlserverfaq.com/events/155/Using-Spatial-Data-in-SQL-Server-and-Virtual-Earth-Evening-Event.aspx).

April 2009 Microsoft Virtual Earth Webcasts
On April 16, Microsoft Virtual Earth partner Steve Milroy of OnTerra Systems LLC will show how Virtual Earth is being deployed in fleet and asset management solutions to reduce costs and increase fleet utilization, in a session titled “Manage Fleets Cost-Effectively with Virtual Earth.” In addition, on April 23, Virtual Earth Evangelist Chris Pendleton will dive into the next release of the Virtual Earth platform, focusing on upcoming features for the AJAX control and the recently released Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Virtual Earth in Hospitality Web Cast Playback (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/04/01/virtual-earth-in-hospitality-web-cast-playback.aspx). To view previous webcasts or sign up to attend a future webcast, please visit Microsoft Virtual Earth: Quality mapping solutions delivered by Virtual Earth to help boost profitability in today's economy (http://www.microsoft.com/virtualearth/webcasts/learnmore.aspx).

Recent Updates — Microsoft Virtual Earth and Live Search Maps

Microsoft Releases Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP at MIX09
On March 18, Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president at Microsoft Corp., announced the new release of Microsoft Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control CTP during his opening keynote address at MIX09. Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control was made available to developers the following Friday, March 20. The map control provides a smoother transition between zoom levels and when panning the maps, while significantly improving the load time required to render maps. For more information, please visit http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/03/18/introducing-the-virtual-earth-silverlight-map-control.aspx.

ESRI Expands Microsoft Virtual Earth in ArcGIS
On March 26, the Environmental Systems Research Institute announced the expansion integrating the entire Microsoft Virtual Earth platform in all the ESRI ArcGIS products. All ArcGIS users will have access to high-quality base map layers with rich aerial and hybrid views for enhanced analysis, interpretation and visualization of the geographic data. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : New ESRI / Microsoft Virtual Earth Partnership Announced (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/03/26/new-esri-microsoft-virtual-earth-partnership-announced.aspx).

March 2009 Microsoft Virtual Earth Imagery Release
On March 27, the Microsoft Virtual Earth team announced the March 2009 imagery release, which totaled to 21 TB of data. The release included orthos imagery in cities in multiple countries, such as Brazil, Canada, China, France, India, Mexico, Russia, Turkey and the United States. For a full list of the cities and countries where new imagery is available, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Virtual Earth Imagery Release, March 2009 (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/03/27/virtual-earth-imagery-release-march-2009.aspx).