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Eric Frost
02-11-2010, 06:20 AM
Bing Maps and ESRI partnership enables better visualization of geospatial data.
Bing Maps and ESRI are working together to share online geospatial data and ensure the growth of the GIS community. Two February events—the ESRI Federal User and Petroleum User Group Conferences—will explore ways to enhance your business using GIS technology together with the Bing Maps Platform. Get event details.
Read more about the partnership between Bing Maps and ESRI.

Track Haiti recovery progress through new Bing Maps satellite imagery.

In response to the recent earthquake devastation in Haiti, the Microsoft Bing Maps team is working with satellite imagery provider, DigitalGlobe, to publish current satellite imagery of the area. See imagery of Haiti on the Bing Maps site.

Bing Maps Silverlight site no longer in beta.

The beta tag has been removed from the Bing Maps Silverlight site, and the Bing team is continuing to invest in new innovations. The beta tag removal was in parallel with two new additions to the Bing Maps Application Gallery, including Destination Maps and Local Events. . Read more about the Bing site improvements.

Moneysupermarket.com innovates with Bing Maps to offer vouchers at local U.K. businesses.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day shopping, U.K. site Moneysupermarket.com has launched a new service that uses Bing Maps to bring local voucher deals to customers. By entering their postcode, a place, or attraction, customers can search thousands of discount vouchers to ensure they get the best deals in their area. Some of the current offers through Moneysupermarket.com include: 15% off all orders at Virgin Experience Days and Serenata Flowers; free pizza at Revolution Bars; and a special Valentine’s discount menu at Wolfe's Bar and Grill. Read more about this new voucher service.
MapMyClimate uses Bing Maps for modeling and visualizing the effects of climate change.

MapMyClimate is a new interactive portal that uses Bing Maps to give people the opportunity to better understand the effect of their individual behavior on the environment and climate. The project includes some of the latest climate impact calculations produced by research institutes in Denmark. These calculations show how climate changes over the next 50–100 years could affect air pollution as well as the natural and water environment. Read more about the project.
Bing Maps and Masternaut road gritting innovation helps keep U.K. highways open.

In the U.K., vehicle tracking from Masternaut Three X, in conjunction with Bing Maps, is helping authorities and gritting contractors keep ice and snow under control on major roads. Bing Maps online street mapping records the vehicle’s position, which is then available to the gritting managers in real time, for accurate reporting or incident management. They also receive a daily e-mail for historical monitoring. Organizations making use of the Masternaut innovation with Bing Maps include the London Borough of Newham, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, Trafford Council, South Wales Trunk Road Agency (SWTRA) and Traffic Wales, U.K. highway maintenance specialist Ringway Infrastructure Services, and winter risk management services company GRITIT. Learn more about this vehicle tracking innovation.
U.K. caravanning organization offers customers an intuitive route-planning experience.

The Caravan Club, which provides caravan services and activities for one million customers in the U.K. and Ireland, recently implemented a route-planning tool on its site using the Bing Maps Platform. After considering Google Maps, the organization chose Bing Maps for its ease of customization, and has seen Web traffic increase by 30 percent since going live in March 2009. Read more details.
See how your industry can benefit from Bing Maps.

The Bing Maps Platform is designed to enable a broad range of consumer, enterprise, and government applications. Various industries are using the platform to help them improve business insight, speed response times, and connect with customers. Take a look at updated industry brochures.