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Motel 6 Releases New Hotel Finder With Virtual Earth
On Feb. 5, Motel 6 launched its new hotel finder application, using the Virtual Earth platform to provide customers with detailed maps and data for motel locations. Customers can search by city and quickly find Motel 6 locations, which are marked with Motel 6 logos for easy identification. Once customers locate a motel, they are presented with contact information and a direct link for directions. Motel 6 also embraced point-of-interest data in Virtual Earth, including tens of millions of listings, to provide an added source of information to customers. For more information, please visit
Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Motel 6 and Virtual Earth (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/02/05/motel-6-and-virtual-earth.aspx).

Virtual Earth Presenting at MIX09
March 18-20, Virtual Earth Technical Evangelist Chris Pendleton will be presenting as part of the Virtual Earth presence at the MIX09 conference. Chris will be hosting a session titled "The Next Generation of Microsoft Virtual Earth — More Experiences, More Places and Exciting New Capabilities," which will focus on sharing the latest developments and updates from Virtual Earth. In addition, there will be a coinciding session for the U.K., titled "Developing With Virtual Earth," that will be hosted by Johannes Kebeck from Virtual Earth and will feature similar content. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Virtual Earth at MIX ?09! (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/02/23/virtual-earth-at-mix-09.aspx).

Silentnight Beds Introduces Live Delivery Fleet Tracking Using Virtual Earth
On Feb. 16, Britain’s largest bed manufacturer, Silentnight, announced that it gained round-the-clock visibility of its delivery operations following the introduction of a system that links its digital tachographs with Masternaut Three X’s vehicle tracking service, which uses Virtual Earth. Silentnight can instantly see who is in transit, idling, taking a break or making a delivery. Using the service gives the company a full and complete view of its fleet, with precise location and movement details. For more information, please visit Silentnight beds in live tracking for delivery fleet | News - Masternaut Three X (http://www.masternaut.co.uk/press-release.aspx?id=187).

IDV Solutions Integrates Visual Fusion Product With Virtual Earth
On Feb. 23, IDV Solutions announced the integration of its Visual Fusion software platform with Virtual Earth Server to provide customers with on-site geospatial visualization solutions, providing an offline mapping solution. By using the Virtual Earth Server, IDV Solutions enables customers to access an offline mapping platform from their own network with confidence in the security of their system. For more information, please visit IDV Solutions Announces Integration of its Visual Fusion Product with Microsoft Virtual Earth - Windows Live (http://virtualearth4gov.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!369B39F890CE30C1!3183.entry).

MetroPCS Expands Use of Virtual Earth for Coverage Map Application
On Feb. 13, MetroPCS expanded its use of Virtual Earth, integrating the platform for its coverage map application. Customers can now visually see the reach of cell coverage based on service and have the capability to specifically view home areas, extended home areas, roaming zones and areas of future expansion. By color coding the raster overlays, customers can quickly identify coverage areas. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : MetroPCS and Virtual Earth (Cell Coverage Map) (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/02/13/metropcs-and-virtual-earth-cell-coverage-map.aspx).

State of Ohio Buckeye Traffic Portal Expands Service With Virtual Earth
On Feb. 16, the State of Ohio Buckeye Traffic Web site upgraded its portal to include Virtual Earth 3D* views of cities around the state. Customers seeking up-to-date information on road conditions in Ohio are now presented not only with 2-D road map and imagery layers, but they can now also view Ohio cities in 3-D. The Virtual Earth API allows Buckeye Traffic to quickly publish updates in 2-D, 3-D or a combination of both for customers. For more information, please visit
Ohio Buckeye Traffic Gets a Microsoft Virtual Earth 3D Upgrade! - Windows Live (http://virtualearth4gov.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!369B39F890CE30C1!3171.entry).

Genes Reunited Put Brits on the Map Using Virtual Earth
On Feb. 16, Genes Reunited Ltd., the U.K.’s leading genealogy site, launched a unique maps feature that enables people to see where their ancestors lived up to 168 years ago using Virtual Earth. Now, when members search census data, not only can they view their results as they appear in the original records, but their findings also are brought to life on a detailed and high-quality map. For more information, please visit Genes Reunited – Family History and Genealogy Press Information (http://www.genesreunited.co.uk/genesreunited.asp?wci=grstatic&type=PressReleases).

Virtual Earth Presents New Webcast Series
Starting Feb. 18, Virtual Earth began a new webcast series focused entirely on the Virtual Earth platform. Hosted by Virtual Earth evangelist Chris Pendleton, the series provides customers with an overview of the industry and technology, and highlights new and compelling features and announcements from Virtual Earth. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Virtual Earth ? The Webcast Series (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/02/04/virtual-earth-the-webcast-series.aspx).

Developing With Microsoft Virtual Earth
On March 19, the Virtual Earth team will be holding an event in the U.K. to help developers take working with Virtual Earth to the next level. The event will include a platform update to bring them up to speed on the latest version of Virtual Earth followed by a session presented by Johannes Kebeck, Tim Warr and Alexis Harakis on how Virtual Earth interacts with other Microsoft technologies to create a powerful tool that can be used for much more than placing pins on maps. For more information, please visit Invite only event (http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/InviteOnly.aspx?EventID=FF-BF-03-A1-51-58-EB-8E-F3-4E-92-D5-11-F3-56-F7&Culture=en-GB) and enter 3C27C2 as the invitation key.

Louisiana Department of Transportation Adopts Virtual Earth
In early February, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development integrated the Microsoft Virtual Earth platform in three different applications on its Web site. The traffic application helps citizens estimate the average daily traffic; the ferry and moveable bridge application displays status information, including open and close schedules; and the traffic cam feed application enables commuters to view real images of traffic before heading to where they need to be. For more information, please visit Microsoft Virtual Earth in Louisiana DOT - Windows Live (http://virtualearth4gov.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!369B39F890CE30C1!3160.entry).

Océ Improves Service Output With Masternaut Three X Using Virtual Earth
On Feb. 10, global printing and document management company Océ announced that it successfully completed a trial of Masternaut Three X’s vehicle tracking service, which leverages Virtual Earth. The implementation of the Masternaut Three X solution enabled the Océ planning team and regional service directors to locate vehicles in real time, resulting in a 15 percent increase in productivity, improved performance management and monitoring, and it has facilitated better resource allocation and usage. For more information, please visit Océ improves service output with Masternaut Three X | News - Masternaut Three X (http://www.masternaut.co.uk/press-release.aspx?id=186).

Case Study: Bombardier Train Engineers Rejuvenate Fleet Management With Virtual Earth Mapping Technology
Bombardier is a global transportation company that manufactures and maintains trains and planes in more than 60 countries. The organization recently transformed its train management software in the U.K. by implementing Microsoft Virtual Earth mapping technology. Employees now gain a deeper visual insight into their business, helping them analyze data far easier than before, leading to more efficient maintenance and services. To read the entire case study, please visit Microsoft Case Studies: Bombardier Transportation (http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=4000003521).

Virtual Earth Scandinavia Road Show
From March 31 to April 3, the European Virtual Earth team will be travelling around Scandinavia to host a series of free seminars to provide businesses with all the information they require to integrate Virtual Earth into their Web sites to create a user experience that will delight their users. Never before has it been so easy to track assets, find customers, analyze business information and manage a mobile work force. For more information, please visit Sweden, March 31, WWE - Home page - Non-Authenticated (http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032401763&Culture=sv-SE;) Denmark, April 1, WWE - Home page - Non-Authenticated (http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032404103&Culture=da-DK;) Norway, April 2, WWE - Home page - Non-Authenticated (http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032401298&Culture=nb-NO;) and Finland, April 3, please e-mail i-calyon@microsoft.com.

Case Study: United Biscuits Saves 275,729 Dollars a Year With Satellite Tracking System That Uses Virtual Earth
United Biscuits (UB) is a leading European manufacturer of biscuits and snacks. It operates a fleet of trucks that transport goods from 11 factories in the U.K. and four in Northern Europe. In January 2006, the company implemented a vehicle tracking solution based on Microsoft Virtual Earth mapping technology. Since the implementation, employees can locate and direct their vehicles efficiently in real time, reducing operating expenses and carbon emissions. To read the full case study, please visit Microsoft Case Studies: United Biscuits (http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=4000003777).

Analytical Graphics Uses Virtual Earth to Visualize Data
On Feb. 24, Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI) announced that it would incorporate the Virtual Earth platform into its software products to allow customers to better visualize data. AGI is a developer of commercial analysis software for the space, defense and intelligence community. Using Virtual Earth allows AGI customers to incorporate their analysis into the Virtual Earth platform and access Virtual Earth high-resolution imagery and maps directly from AGI’s 3-D software products. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : AGI Visualizes Geo-Physics on Virtual Earth (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/02/27/agi-visualizes-geo-physics-on-virtual-earth.aspx).

Virtual Earth Launches Developer Contest
From Feb. 16 to April 16, a competition is being run through the Via Windows Live community space giving developers the chance to showcase their skills and teach us something new with Virtual Earth. To enter, please submit a written article or video demonstrating an innovative Virtual Earth solution or application, and you could see your material featured on the Via Windows Live site. All contributors with valid submissions will receive a free T-shirt and the top winners will receive a Virtual Earth clock. The community also will elect an overall winner who will receive a Virtual Earth glass globe. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth Contest (http://www.viawindowslive.com/VirtualEarth/VirtualEarthContest.aspx).

Case Study: Laser SB3 World Championships Organizing Committee Generates New Interest With Mobile GPS Tracking Technology Using Virtual Earth
The organizing committee of the Laser SB3 World Championships sailing event wanted to use a low-cost tracking system to promote the race. It chose a solution based on Microsoft Virtual Earth mapping technology, which locates the position of boats on a map in real time and produces a live video broadcast of the crew. The tool generated new interest in the sport and saved the committee 20,679 dollars compared with competing solutions. To read the full case study, please visit Microsoft Case Studies: Laser SB3 World Championships Organising Committee (http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=4000003622).

New York City Trip Planner Upgrades With Virtual Earth
On Feb. 18, New York City Transit announced the addition of an interactive map to its Trip Planner application. New York City Transit previously used Virtual Earth for its online itinerary service, and it is expanding the service by allowing customers to interact with its online maps, with the added capability to search and quickly locate points of interest, plan trips, personalize and share maps with others, and more. Visitors to the site can switch between road map and aerial views, including an added subway map that allows customers to find nearby stations. For more information, please visit New York City Transit Trip Planner Gets Microsoft Virtual Earth Upgrade - Windows Live (http://virtualearth4gov.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!369B39F890CE30C1!3179.entry).

travelplanet24.com Chooses Virtual Earth to Enrich User Experience
Greek travel site travelplanet24.com has introduced Multimap maps and Virtual Earth aerial and Bird’s Eye* imagery to its Web site to improve the customer experience. Other benefits include the ability to make bookings directly through the Web site’s maps. For more information, please visit travelplanet24 - ??????????, ?????????? ??? ?????????? ????????? online (http://www.travelplanet24.com/gr/).

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Integrates Virtual Earth in Mapping Solutions
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH), the largest mental health service system in the U.S., has integrated Virtual Earth in its mapping platform, providing an online resource to the approximate one-quarter of a million residents it serves each year. The Virtual Earth platform is a perfect solution for the DMH as customers do not need to download any software to quickly access the DMH Community Resource Directory and find services in their area. For more information, please visit Microsoft Virtual Earth Provides Mapping for LA County Department of Mental Health - Windows Live (http://virtualearth4gov.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!369B39F890CE30C1!3182.entry).

Subaru Canada Dealer Locator Uses Virtual Earth
Subaru Canada now integrates Virtual Earth to help power its online dealer locator. Using the Virtual Earth platform allows Subaru Canada to quickly present customers with a visual map that highlights dealer locations. Subaru dealerships are clearly marked for customers using red pushpins, and the site provides additional information from customized rollovers that give driving directions and contact information for each location. Of added benefit are the re-centering and update features in Virtual Earth, which enable customers to quickly center the map on any selected location and receive updated results based on movements on the map. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Subaru Canada and Virtual Earth (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/02/12/subaru-canada-and-virtual-earth.aspx).

ABC News Australia and BBC News Use Virtual Earth to Report on Australian Fires
To provide support of their coverage of the Australian wildfires, ABC News Australia and BBC News used the Virtual Earth platform to provide customers with interactive mapping applications to share updates and find current information. Visitors to the ABC News Australia Web site can click on the Latest News for a constant flow of current news feeds mapped directly onto Virtual Earth maps. In addition, customers can select Current Threats to specifically find information on fires that are currently out of control. The BBC News Web site allows customers to mark a Virtual Earth-powered map with pushpins, adding comments and updates on how the fires are affecting the community. Integrating Virtual Earth allows the BBC News site to help people share information broadly on the impact of the fires. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Australia on Fire (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/02/10/australia-on-fire.aspx).

RealtyTrac and Foreclosure.com Use Virtual Earth to Map Home Foreclosures
Foreclosure sites RealtyTrac and Foreclosure.com are using the Virtual Earth platform to better map, visualize and present foreclosure information to customers. By integrating Virtual Earth they enable their customers to take advantage of multiple data layers, with map-based searching to quickly locate different types of homes based on foreclosure status. Customers also can search based on home features and filter results based on the number of bedrooms, bathrooms and more. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Mapping Foreclosures = $marter Home $earches (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/02/05/mapping-foreclosures-marter-home-earches.aspx).

Speedtrap Uses Virtual Earth to Help Drivers Pinpoint Speed Traps
To help customers locate speed traps in their area, Speedtrap uses Virtual Earth to visually map known speed traps and to warn drivers and help them avoid speeding tickets. Customers who launch the application are immediately taken to their general location on a Virtual Earth-powered map and presented with visual indicators marking where speed traps are currently located. Speedtrap also integrated the Virtual Earth traffic feature, allowing customers to not only find speed traps but also look at current traffic conditions to map the best route to their destination. For more information, please visit Identifying Speed Traps in Microsoft Virtual Earth - Windows Live (http://virtualearth4gov.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!369B39F890CE30C1!3167.entry).

Photosynth Powers New "Angels & Demons" Promotional Game
To help in the promotion of the upcoming movie release of "Angels & Demons," Microsoft Photosynth is powering a new game to build interest in the release. Hosted by MSN, "Angels & Demons, The Path of Illumination Contest and Game" allows customers to tackle complex puzzles and collect clues for a chance to win prizes, including a trip to Rome, Italy. For more information, including official rules, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Angels and Demons?and a Photosynth Game (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/02/04/angels-and-demons-and-a-photosynth-game.aspx).

Texas Department of Transportation Extends Use of Virtual Earth
The Texas Department of Transportation began using Virtual Earth in September 2008 to help power its traffic sites and provide customers with pertinent updates and information on road work projects. Since then it has expanded its use of the Virtual Earth platform to include visualization of tabular data. Now, data provided on current road work projects can be mapped by customers directly onto Virtual Earth maps, allowing them to view the location in addition to receiving the data. For more information, please visit Texas DOT Extends its use of Microsoft Virtual Earth Mapping Platform - Windows Live (http://virtualearth4gov.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!369B39F890CE30C1!3176.entry).

Utility Companies Use Virtual Earth to Better Inform Customers
Utility companies Pepco, Georgia Power, Con Edison and Entergy all integrated the Virtual Earth platform for their online applications, better presenting important utility information to their customers. Pepco, for example uses Virtual Earth for its Storm Center application, allowing customers to see current outages and get information on the number of affected customers and estimates on when the outage may be resolved. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Utilities Leveraging Virtual Earth for Data Visualization (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/02/13/utilities-leveraging-virtual-earth-for-data-visualization.aspx).

Recent Updates - Microsoft Virtual Earth and Live Search Maps

February Virtual Earth Imagery Release
In early March, the Microsoft Virtual Earth team announced the February imagery release, including 55 terabytes of worldwide imagery and mapping data. The update includes Bird’s Eye* imagery for Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S. in addition to providing additional road map data for select locations. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Virtual Earth Imagery & Map Data Release, February 2009 (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/03/04/virtual-earth-imagery-map-data-release-february-2009.aspx).

Live Search Maps Belgium Expands to Include New Features in French and Flemish
On Feb. 4, Live Search Maps released an update to the Live Search Maps Belgium site to include both French and Flemish language features. The new site provides customers with local data and listings, in addition to an expanded feature set that includes 3-D views,* the ability to share map links and more. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Announcing Live Maps Belgium?in French and Flemish (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/02/04/announcing-live-maps-belgium-in-french-and-flemish.aspx).

Live Search Maps India Update Includes New API
On Feb. 3, Live Search Maps India released an update to the Live Search Maps India consumer site at the Map World Forum in Hyderabad, India, in addition to an API that specifically allows developers and platform users to access Indian map tiles in their applications. Customers now have access to expanded Street Maps, Driving Directions and more. For a full list of new features and data updates, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Live Maps India v2 Released (with an API) (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/02/03/live-maps-india-v2-released-with-an-api.aspx).

Import 3-D SketchUp Models Into Microsoft Virtual Earth With trueSpace
Virtual Earth has released an update to the platform that allows customers to import 3-D models from SketchUp directly into Virtual Earth via trueSpace for use in Live Search Maps Collections. In addition, customers can host models on their own servers and import files directly into the Virtual Earth 3D Control using the API. For more information, please visit Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog : Importing Google SketchUp Models into Microsoft Virtual Earth (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtualearth/archive/2009/02/06/importing-google-sketchup-models-into-microsoft-virtual-earth.aspx).