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) 
    • 24/7 Support
    • 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