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02-15-2009, 05:25 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

CSI: Miami Features Photosynth and Virtual Earth
In early January, Microsoft Photosynth and Microsoft Virtual Earth were featured in the CBS hit show “CSI: Miami” in the episode titled “Head Case” — season 7, episode 12. The Virtual Earth team spent some time on the production set taking pictures for the Photosynth featured 12 minutes and 30 seconds into the episode. In addition, Virtual Earth was used to show the movement of one character from location to location. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Photosynth Featured on CSI: Miami (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/01/18/photosynth-featured-on-csi-miami.aspx).

eSpatial Releases iSmart Demonstration Using Virtual Earth
In early January, eSpatial developed a demonstration of its iSmart application using the Microsoft Virtual Earth platform. The application enables geographic information system (GIS) developers to provide, modify and save GIS information into a server-based database. For more information on the demonstration as well as how to use the application, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Web 2.0 GIS with eSpatial (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/01/13/web-2-0-gis-with-espatial.aspx).

Wilfreda Beehive Coaches Take the Satellite Route to Improved Efficiency Using Virtual Earth
On Jan. 9, coach travel group Wilfreda Beehive announced that it has invested more than $65,500 in the latest Web-based vehicle tracking system from Masternaut Three X, which leverages Virtual Earth, for its entire fleet of vehicles. At a time of rising fuel costs and the need to reduce carbon footprints, the new tracking system detects fuel wastage through reports that show if vehicles are left running idle and for how long. The system also gives a Bird’s Eye view of where the Wilfreda Beehive team is, and what they’re doing at any given moment. For more information, please visit Wilfreda Beehive coaches take the satellite route to improved efficiency | News - Masternaut Three X (http://www.masternaut.co.uk/press-release.aspx?id=183).

MSNBC Publishes Inauguration Map Using Virtual Earth
In mid-January, MSNBC posted an interactive map for the inauguration of President Barack Obama using the Microsoft Virtual Earth platform. The map highlights the path of the inaugural parade to the White House in addition to other points of interest. Some of the pushpins on the map provide informational pop-ups as well as pictures. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : MSNBC?s Interactive Inauguration Map (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/01/18/msnbc-s-interactive-inauguration-map.aspx).

CNN’s “The Moment” for the Presidential Inauguration Integrates Photosynth
In mid-January, CNN published a Photosynth experience, titled “The Moment,” in collaboration with Microsoft Corp. The site allows people to contribute and upload personal photos from the inauguration of President Barack Obama that the program creates into synths. With the integration of the Photosynth technology, which is part of the Microsoft Virtual Earth product family, people can create detailed 3-D environments of photos that are identified by minute similarities and then fused together. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Inaugurating President Barack Obama in Photosynth (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/01/16/inaugurating-president-barack-obama-in-photosynth.aspx).

Port Metro Vancouver Develops Interactive Map With Virtual Earth
In mid-January, Port Metro Vancouver in Canada released an interactive map on its Web site on the Microsoft Virtual Earth platform and using Microsoft Silverlight. The application has the ability to search and locate vessels using multiple data feeds. To track ships, people can use the “Search for a ship” option, select the vessel and click “Track.” The map then zooms in on the specified vessel. Other features include current and forecasted weather, locating assets — such as terminals, facilities, automobiles and cargo containers — and provide additional vessel information. For more information, please visit Tracking Vessels in Microsoft Virtual Earth - Windows Live (http://virtualearth4gov.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!369B39F890CE30C1!3121.entry).

Navman Wireless Expands Tracking Solution With Virtual Earth
On Jan. 28, Navman Wireless Holdings announced it will expand the presence of Microsoft Virtual Earth as its mapping platform for its OnlineAVL2 fleet tracking solution. The expansion enables operators to view clear imagery of vehicle positions in relation to surrounding roads and structures. For more information, please visit Navman Wireless Expands - Navman Wireless (http://navmanwireless.com/root/phase-2/corporate/press-releases/untitled/navman-wireless-expands#J1ebb1VQAXA0Dai5mvVbNA).

Virtual Earth February Webcasts
On Feb. 18 and Feb. 25, Microsoft Virtual Earth will host two webcasts to show how retail businesses can use Virtual Earth to help increase customer connections, gain important business insight, manage assets and grow through innovation — even in a tight economy. The webcasts are titled “Show Your Customers the Big Picture with Microsoft Virtual Earth” and “Virtual Earth Empowers Developers to See and Show the Big Picture.” They are hosted by Chris Pendleton, Microsoft Virtual Earth technical evangelist. To learn more about the webcasts, and to register, 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

Automatically Upgrade From Virtual Earth Map Control 6.1 to 6.2
On Jan. 7, 2009, the Virtual Earth team announced that the Virtual Earth v6.1 application would automatically upgrade to v6.2 on March 5, 2009. The upgrade requires no action from the customer. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Auto-Upgrade of Virtual Earth 6.1 to 6.2 (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/01/07/auto-upgrade-of-virtual-earth-6-1-to-6-2.aspx).

Live Search for Mobile Update
On Jan. 7, Microsoft published an update to the Live Search for Mobile client for Microsoft Windows Mobile that leverages Virtual Earth. The release includes Virtual Earth Bird’s Eye view imagery, LocateMe (a location detection feature for GPS-enabled phones), walking directions, local search, movie show times, Share Locale with SMS (a feature to send places of interest with its address to friend via text message), gas prices, query projection and more. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Live Search for Mobile Updated (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/01/20/live-search-for-mobile-updated.aspx).

Virtual Earth Road Data Update
In mid-January, the Microsoft Virtual Earth team updated the road data for North America, Europe and Asia. In addition, the postal codes for the countries of these continents that Virtual Earth has coverage in received an update as well. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Map Data Release ? January, 2009 (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/01/19/map-data-release-january-2009.aspx).

Live Search Maps Finland and Live Search Maps Netherlands Launch
In mid-January, Live Search Maps Finland and Live Search Maps Netherlands launched. Both sites feature cities in Bird’s Eye view, 3-D, Collections, driving directions and walking directions. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Live Maps Finland Hits the Web (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/01/10/live-maps-finland-hits-the-web.aspx) and Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Live Search Maps Netherlands?Geboren (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/01/15/live-search-maps-netherlands-geboren.aspx).

January Virtual Earth Imagery Release
In early February, the Microsoft Virtual Earth team announced the January release of 37 terabytes of imagery worldwide. The imagery updates includes Bird’s Eye imagery for cities in France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the U.K. The release also updates high-resolution orthos imagery in Scotland, U.K.; Greece; Japan; Norway; Portugal; and Spain as well as satellite imagery in multiple countries. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Virtual Earth Imagery Release, January 2009 (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/02/03/virtual-earth-imagery-release-january-2009.aspx).