Purchase Standalone Microsoft Virtual Earth Photography


If you've ever had the need to acquire Virtual Earth aerial photography for uses outside of the Virtual Earth platform, your day has come. Starting today you can license Virtual Earth UltraCam (proprietary) aerial photography without having to license the Virtual Earth platform. This is great for offline use, wrapping your own client or creating an interface that allows for deeper zooming than the VE platform does today. You can purchase the photography through 2 vendors - Mapmart and i-Cubed. Here's the official announcement...

We’re pleased to announce that VE UltraCam orthos can now be licensed for offline use!

We’ve recently signed two resellers to offer our hi-resolution UltraCam imagery for offline applications.

These groundbreaking deals are the first milestone in VE’s monetization of MS-owned geospatial products.  


Why are We Doing This?

VE’s hi-resolution UltraCam ortho imagery is prized for GIS, urban planning, engineering and other applications that are often performed in an offline desktop environment, yet our existing VE offerings prohibit any offline use of our data. By offering our data in an offline mode, we complement our online VE web service offerings, increase VE brand awareness worldwide, and generate revenues.

How are We Doing This?

Our resellers will host the data and provide sales, marketing and fulfillment services. We selected i-cubed, LLC and Mapmart.com  as our resellers. Both are top-notch companies with proven leadership in the geodata markets, and we’re excited to have them lead our channel sales.

· i-cubed, LLC is a top-tier provider of imagery, data distribution software, and image processing services to governments and commercial entities worldwide. As the exclusive data provider for ESRI’s ArcGIS users who want to use data locally, they will offer VE’s UltraCam imagery through the ESRI platform (Beta) and through a standalone web site they’ll launch next week.

· MapMart.com is a high volume geodata provider with strong experience in the "prosumer" market. They just launched VE’s UltraCam data on their web site last week.

What’s Available and Who Needs it?

Currently we have over 200 cities of mosaicked color airborne imagery collected at 6”nominal resolution, averaging less than two years old. The 6” spatial resolution rivals any large-scale commercial source today, and our newest processing techniques produce orthomosaics with almost no building lean in the image- invaluable for unobstructed views into areas with tall buildings, etc.  As Microsoft acquires and processes imagery for more cities around the world, the archive is expected to grow substantially.

This imagery will be invaluable for urban planners, GIS analysts, and the prosumer geospatial market. We expect municipalities, engineering firms, emergency response agencies, and utilities to be core customers.  

Well, that's just groovy now isn't it?


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  3. Elisy says:


    can you describe the terms of use for this aerial photography. Can we publish them on our web-sites?

  4. Chris Pendleton says:

    Terms of use….


    These license terms are an agreement between ___________  and you (the “Agreement”).  Please read them.  

    By using the Product, you accept these terms.  If you do not accept them, do not use the Product.

    If you do not accept these terms, _______ is not willing to license the product to you and, if the Product was delivered to you in a tangible medium through a magnetic or optical storage device (e.g., cd, dvd, external hard drive), you must return the Product in its original packaging, without breaking the seal or using the Product, or if you accessed the Product in an electronic format, you must not download or use the Product.  

    The Product is generated using imagery, metadata, data and other intellectual property licensed by _________ from Microsoft, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399, and copyrighted by Microsoft or its suppliers.   You acknowledge and agree that Microsoft is a third party beneficiary of each of the rights, disclaimers, and limitations under this license and as such Microsoft may enforce each of the rights, disclaimers and limitations under the license, but, is not a party to this Agreement and has no obligations to you for the Product or under this Agreement.  ________ and/or Microsoft reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to determine whether your use of the Product is in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.

    If you comply with these license terms, you have the rights below.

    1. SCOPE OF LICENSE.  The Product is licensed, not sold.  This Agreement only gives you some rights to use the Product.   ____________ hereby grants you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use the imagery and data contained therein (the “Product”) downloaded from the website operated by ________ or provided to you by _______ in a tangible medium through a magnetic or optical storage device (e.g., cd, dvd, external hard drive), pursuant to the terms herein.  You shall use the Product for your own personal or internal business needs.  You may only make copies of the Product for your internal personal or business records.  You may create derivative works for your own personal or internal business needs only and all such derivative works shall be governed by the terms herein.      ___________  and Microsoft reserve all other rights.  Unless applicable law gives you more rights despite this limitation, you may use the product only as expressly permitted in this agreement.

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