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11-16-2008, 09:21 AM
In the News

NBC Chicago Web Site Leverages Virtual Earth for New Traffic Application
On Oct. 14, NBC Chicago’s local affiliate Web site launched a beta traffic application that features Virtual Earth road-map views to share traffic flow, incident data, construction updates and news. The Virtual Earth road-map view allows visitors to quickly locate traffic hot spots and receive updated information on areas of interest. Clicking on pushpins embedded in the maps opens a small window with additional location information and data, with the added ability to zoom in on a bigger picture of the roadway. For more information, please visit
Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : NBC Local Affiliates Launch with Virtual Earth (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2008/10/14/nbc-local-affiliates-launch-with-virtual-earth.aspx).

Maps.ca Launches Beta Version of Yellow Pages Portal Featuring Microsoft Virtual Earth
Maps.ca has beta launched a new version of its Yellow Pages portal, utilizing Virtual Earth maps and imagery to help customers locate and save business and travel information. The “find on a map” feature uses Virtual Earth AJAX Control’s geocoding capabilities, and provides relevant results for address or place-of-interest queries. By searching through the new site, customers can quickly locate business information, and are provided with driving directions and updates, including Virtual Earth traffic data. In addition, visitors are able to customize maps, selecting and saving locations most pertinent to them for access later. For more information, please visit
Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Maps.ca (Yellow Pages Canada) and Virtual Earth (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2008/10/14/maps-ca-yellow-pages-canada-and-virtual-earth.aspx).

Microsoft Virtual Earth and DigitalGlobe Partner for Worldwide Imagery Updates
On Oct. 7, DigitalGlobe Inc. announced a new content alliance with Virtual Earth to provide high-resolution satellite and aerial imagery. Under the collaboration, Virtual Earth now has access to DigitalGlobe’s image library of over 460 million square kilometers of premium earth imagery, with new images collected daily by the DigitalGlobe satellite network. The alliance allows Virtual Earth to better backfill many areas around the world with up-to-date, high-resolution imagery. For more information, please visit
Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Virtual Earth & DigitalGlobe - Worldwide Imagery Improvement (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2008/10/07/virtual-earth-digitalglobe-worldwide-imagery-improvement.aspx).

Vehicle Tracking Solutions Incorporates Virtual Earth Technology for Its GPS Solutions
On Oct. 5, Vehicle Tracking Solutions (VTS), a leading provider of automatic vehicle location and fleet monitoring solutions, announced the acquisition of the industry’s first and only unlimited license to leverage Virtual Earth technology for its GPS vehicle tracking solutions. The new license allows VTS to integrate the most current Virtual Earth maps into the release of its latest automatic vehicle location product, Silent Passenger. Leveraging Virtual Earth maps within Silent Passenger gives VTS customers easy access to visually rich and interactive maps, augmented with automotive information including traffic data and turn-by-turn directions. For more information, please visit
GeoCommunity SpatialNews (http://spatialnews.geocomm.com/dailynews/2008/oct/06/news5.html).

Texas Natural Resources Information System Develops Texas Spatial Viewer Application Using Virtual Earth
The Texas Natural Resources Information System (TNRIS) has used the Virtual Earth platform to develop its new Texas Spatial Viewer application. The application provides TNRIS users with a means of collectively visualizing Strategic Mapping Program (StratMap) data layers, while incorporating data from Web Mapping and Web Feature Services from a variety of other sources. Because the Virtual Earth program allows the registration and inclusion of imagery onto Virtual Earth maps, leveraging Virtual Earth allows the agency to incorporate its own historical data, including archived aerial imagery, into the application. For more information, please visit
Virtual Earth For Public Sector: Microsoft Virtual Earth for Texas Emergency Management Support (http://virtualearth4gov.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!369B39F890CE30C1!2492.entry).

Masternaut Three X to Provide Currie European With Advanced Vehicle Tracking Solution Using Virtual Earth
On Oct. 6, Masternaut Three X announced it will develop a Europeanwide tracking solution for Currie European Transport to help improve the visibility of its vehicles and gain greater control of costs. Integrating Virtual Earth with Microsoft Dynamics CRM, the technology will enable Currie European to provide customers with real-time access to information about their freight. Masternaut’s system will offer Currie European comprehensive utilization reports, such as giving an instant view of vehicles with idle engines on the Virtual Earth map, helping to cut fuel costs and maximizing the efficiency of their vehicles. For more information, please visit
Vehicle and Asset Tracking - Masternaut Three X (http://www.masternaut.co.uk/Visitor/press-release.aspx?id=167).

alpharooms.com Enhances Online Customer Experience With Multimap and Virtual Earth Technology
alpharooms.com, voted a top 100 travel Web site in the U.K., has enhanced its Web site by integrating Virtual Earth maps and aerial imagery, viewed through the Multimap API, to give customers an improved online experience. For the ski section of the Web site, alpharooms.com has developed a worldwide ski map, allowing users to visualize the location of featured ski resorts, an information summary combined with Multimap’s widget that provides up-to-date local weather information. The technology helps viewers to visualize the ski resort and local information to fully inform them before making a booking decision. For more information, please visit
Cheap ski holidays, snowboarding holidays and ski deals from alpharooms.com (http://www.alpharooms.com/ski-holidays.aspx).

Multimap Launches Free Map Service Including Virtual Earth
On Oct. 15, Multimap announced the release of a new free embedded map service that includes Virtual Earth, in addition to new coverage and localization elements. Intended for small businesses, personal Web sites and hobbyists, the new service allows customers to cut and paste a draggable Multimap map into their own site for free. Not only do customers get a choice of map styles, but they also have aerial map access to locations across the world, courtesy of Virtual Earth maps and aerial imagery. Including the Multimap service on their Web sites allows customers to link directly back to Multimap.com for larger map views, bird’s-eye views, and directions to and from selected locations. For more information, please visit
Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Multimap Launches Free API (And It Includes Virtual Earth) (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2008/10/15/multimap-launches-free-api-and-it-includes-virtual-earth.aspx).

SpeedTree to Deliver Realistic Trees and Plants to Virtual Earth 3D
On Oct. 15, SpeedTree announced a collaboration with Virtual Earth to deliver realistic trees and plants to the Virtual Earth 3D platform. As Virtual Earth continues to add 3-D details, SpeedTree provides access to a library of hundreds of user-configurable tree, plant and marine models. For more information, please visit http://www.speedtree.com/press/PR_SpeedTreeRT_in_Virtual_Earth_3D_by_Microsoft_Oc t_15_08.pdf

Virtual Earth Presents U.K. Customer Day
On Nov. 18, Virtual Earth will host an event at the U.K. Microsoft Head Office in Reading for prospective customers. The event will provide a full day of useful sessions, including a presentation from Virtual Earth customer Signposter.com, and a technical session delivered by Johannes Kebeck, the Virtual Earth technology specialist in EMEA. The event will give customers innovative and practical ideas about how they can improve their online customer experience and enhance their business information systems. For more information, please visit
Virtual Earth: Use mapping for user experience to delight your customers (http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/EventDetail.aspx?culture=en-GB&EventID=1032386411).

Virtual Earth Sponsors BAI Retail Delivery Conference & Expo
On Nov. 18–20, Virtual Earth will be sponsoring the BAI Retail Delivery Conference & Expo with a Solutions Theater presentation, “Get an Innovative View to Increase Popularity,” featuring Virtual Earth customer Bank of Montreal. For more information, please visit BAI Retail Delivery Conference & Expo: Nov 18, 2008 - Nov 20, 2008 | See you in Orlando Florida in 2009 (http://www.bai.org/retaildelivery).

The Cincinnati Enquirer Leverages Virtual Earth for Online CinciNavigator
The Cincinnati Enquirer has launched its online CinciNavigator application using Virtual Earth. Leveraging the Virtual Earth platform allows the CinciNavigator application to provide customers with visual access to local Cincinnati information on topics including news, traffic, crime, entertainment, and even gas price and garage sale updates. With so much information available, the CinciNavigator allows customers to filter information based on subject or date, with event and information points located directly on a Cincinnati map with interactive pushpins. For more information, please visit
Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2008/10/27/the-cincinnati-enquirer.aspx).

Case Studies: Sungevity, FedEx, J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. and Leditore
Microsoft released several new Virtual Earth case studies this month, including these:
--- Bypassing a costly and time-consuming estimate process, Sungevity, which designs and installs home solar energy systems, uses Microsoft Virtual Earth to capture roof dimensions remotely. Customers are able to type in their address on Sungevity.com, identify their roof from aerial photos and get a quote within 24 hours. By using Virtual Earth to provide customer estimates, Sungevity is able to provide estimates around 27 days faster than the industry standard and at only 20 percent of the usual cost. For more information, please visit Microsoft Case Studies: Sungevity (http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=4000002793).
--- FedEx wanted to develop a more innovative online store locator to provide advanced information on each of its store locations. Integrating Virtual Earth technology into the store locator provides customers with location information, flexible location routes and driving directions. Customers can also search by location type, and get specific information on available services and business hours. For more information, please visit Microsoft Case Studies: FedEx (http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=4000002887).
--- Arkansas-based J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. sends trucks and drivers across the U.S. and Canada, and need to be able to quickly locate repair vendors. Integrating Virtual Earth mapping technology with truck computer and vendor information allows the company to automatically generate vendor lists sorted by quality and proximity, and is expected to save hundreds of thousands of dollars annually by cutting driver wait times and decreasing repair rework needs. For more information, please visit Microsoft Case Studies: J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=4000002775).
--- Leditore, the publisher of EuroMoto, a monthly European-focused motorcycle magazine, wanted to provide motorcycle enthusiasts with an interactive Web site as an additional resource for news and information. When developing EuroMoto.eu, the company used Microsoft Virtual Earth to provide innovative and interactive tools for examining reports and maps of European motorcycle tour routes. Leveraging Virtual Earth for its Web site enables EuroMoto.eu to differentiate itself from competitors by providing customers with interactive maps, including three-dimensional views that motorcyclists can use to review, create and share routes. For more information, please visit Microsoft Case Studies: Leditore (http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=4000002794).

Recent Updates — Microsoft Virtual Earth and Live Search Maps

Live Search Image Search Adds Virtual Earth
On Oct. 24, Live Search added Virtual Earth Bird’s Eye* imagery to the image search results presented for major cities and landmarks. When searching for images, customers are now presented with a Virtual Earth Bird’s Eye* image of the desired location, located directly above the standard image results. If a given location is not currently included, customers have the ability to include geospatially annotated image search results directly on Virtual Earth maps. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Live Image Search Adds Virtual Earth (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2008/10/24/live-image-search-adds-virtual-earth.aspx).

Live Search Maps China Gets New Features
This month, Live Search Maps China has been upgraded with new features and improvements. Live Search Maps China now features countrywide driving directions for mainland China, including intercity, intracity and multipoint directions. In addition, the Virtual Earth China API has been upgraded and Live Search Maps China now features improved traffic direction, real-time traffic, send-to-mobile and local search functionality. For more information, please visit
Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Live Search Maps China - New Features! (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2008/10/22/live-search-maps-china-new-features.aspx).

Live Search Maps Argentina Launch
The Live Search Maps Argentina beta site is now up and live. In addition to traffic and location information, the new site features road maps, satellite imagery and photography. Live Search Maps Argentina also features geocoding for places and addresses, and includes the Collections feature that allows customers to store pertinent information for easy retrieval. For more information, please visit
Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Live Search Maps Argentina is Live! (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2008/10/18/live-search-maps-argentina-is-live.aspx).