As a follow-up to the blogs on Geospatial Systems on Steroids, there is a posting concerning the iFactor Virtual Earth solution at Consolidated Edison of New York on the NY Times Blog site. The title is: Lost Power? Con Ed Tool May Help (if Your Battery Is Charged) You can find it at: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/06/12/lost-power-con-ed-tool-may-help-if-your-battery-is-charged/
Of course if you don’t have power then you won’t be able to view the site but then again, you already know you have a problem J. The point is that a lot of people uch as regulators and businesses need to monitor power outages and the site helps them stay informed.
So why is Virtual Earth ( (http://www.microsoft.com/virtualearth/ ) so attractive for these real world applications?
Here’s a few points about what VE offers:
the most up to date aerial (roof top) imagery
the exclusive Bird’s Eye imagery (45 degree super high resolution, rotatable imagery)
a 99.9 % guaranteed uptime service
the advantage of being in the Microsoft stack offering and part of the Enterprise offering
browser-based 2D and 3D offerings within the same set of application program interfaces.
These are just some of the reasons why VE is a very attractive offering to enterprises (weather channel is another example: http://www.weather.com/weather/map/interactive/) in need of an integrated mapping, imaging, search, and data visualization platform. – Jon