30 Aug '12, 4pm

Bing Completes “Global Ortho” High Resolution Imagery Project For US

Bing Completes “Global Ortho” High Resolution Imagery Project For US

Back when Bing Maps was called Microsoft Virtual Earth (2006) the company bought Vexcel , a US Defense Department contractor that specialized in high resolution aerial photography and automated 3D image rendering. That acquisition became the basis of Bing Maps’ subsequent ambitious aerial imagery and 3D mapping efforts. Microsoft then improved upon the camera that Vexcel had developed. In 2010 Microsoft embarked on what it calls its Global Ortho (GO) project . For the past two years Bing has been “collecting every square inch of the Continental United States and Western Europe at 30cm resolution (1 foot = 1 pixel).” A Blog post today announces the completion of the project for the Continental US. Here’s a image of Hoover Dam as an example: To convey the “volume” of data collected during the project, Bing gives some sense of what it would look like “if you lined up all the ...

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