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  • Blog Post: OnStar Enhances Emergency Response with Microsoft Virtual Earth

    OnStar (a part of General Motors) today announced their new application to integrate Microsoft Virtual Earth into their emergency response system as a data visualization function to better serve their customers. And, do you blame them? What a huge value add this will be for helping them sell their service...
  • Blog Post: IDV Solutions Releases Visual Fusion 4.0…And, It Is Awesome!

    I just want to give IDV Solutions a huge shout out today. I dragged myself in to work after waking to another dreary Seattle morning. Hoping the coffee would perk me up…bring out the fail whale. However, this morning I finally got some time to investigate the latest version of IDV’s Visual Fusion (4...
  • Blog Post: REonomy’s Innovative Launch with Virtual Earth

    The Knowledge of Real Estate – REonomy – launched May 1 leveraging Microsoft Virtual Earth as the first online information provider to integrated parcel data and comprehensive property research tools with a MLS and advanced marketing tools in one location ( press release ). REonomy.com serves the needs...
  • Blog Post: AT&T Launches Child Locator Service with Virtual Earth

    AT&T just launched a great new service to keep an eye on your little ones when they’re not with you. The new application dubbed “FamilyMap” allows parents to track their child’s whereabouts anytime via AT&T’s location framework. Parents will give their children an AT&T device, then login...
  • Blog Post: Caterpillar Launches on Virtual Earth

    Looking for some heavy duty equipment? Caterpillar just launched their new global dealer locator leveraging Microsoft’s Virtual Earth platform . The dealer locator application allows users to search by address, dealer name or latitude/longitude pair. Within each search type, there is a number of attributes...
  • Blog Post: The City of Seattle Traveler’s Information Map

    The City of Seattle just added another Microsoft Virtual Earth application to their site – The Traveler’s Information Map features a Virtual Earth canvas illustrated with with lots of useful traveler information (also read as, commuter information). After launching their first Virtual Earth application...
  • Blog Post: Yum Brands’ Taco Bell and Pizza Hut Launch on Virtual Earth

    Making a run for the border? Hungry for 4th Meal? Thinking outside the bun? How about trying a pan of that new grubbulous looking pasta served up by Pizza Hut? If you choose to find your way to a couple of your favorite eateries there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be using Virtual Earth. Both Taco Bell...
  • Blog Post: AGI Visualizes Geo-Physics on Virtual Earth

    I may have to quit my job. I want to go out on top like John Elway. Once I’ve seen everything, I don’t know what else will light a fire under me to get up in the morning. Analytical Graphics, Inc. ( AGI ) has just changed my world by demonstrating how Microsoft Virtual Earth can be used to visualize...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth + SharePoint = Business (Location) Intelligence

    In many of my discussions with customers I talk about the value Virtual Earth plays in data visualization, especially around business intelligence and visualizing that information on maps for analysis. Now, even the iPhone is making its way into enterprise applications hosted by SharePoint with IDV Solution...
  • Blog Post: Hyatt and Virtual Earth

    Hyatt just launched their new hotel finder application with Microsoft Virtual Earth . The application is accessible from their home page by searching for Hyatt hotel locations around the world. Now, this is in NO WAY anything but a coincidence that one of the March, 2009 Virtual Earth web casts is focused...
  • Blog Post: Utilities Leveraging Virtual Earth for Data Visualization

    A couple weeks ago I presented at the EUCI (Electrical Utility Consultants Inc.) GIS 2.0 Conference in San Antonio, TX. As a result of this conference and the work of our partners and field sales folks, we’ve seen a significant uptake in utility companies adopting Microsoft Virtual Earth for their applications...
  • Blog Post: MetroPCS and Virtual Earth (Cell Coverage Map)

    Last August, I posted an entry about MetroPCS and store locator leveraging Microsoft Virtual Earth to find locations for products and services. Well, MetroPCS has extended their use of Virtual Earth to their coverage map application so you can see where their cell coverage is for their services. When...
  • Blog Post: Subaru Canada and Virtual Earth

    Eh, Subaru Canada just launched their new dealer locator and it’s pretty great don’tcha know? The new dealer locator features a Microsoft Virtual Earth map with Subaru branded icons for highlighting their dealerships. Check out the slick navigation bar, eh? Opaque grey with all the controls needed to...
  • Blog Post: Mapping Foreclosures = $marter Home $earches

    I just heard home sales were actually up for the month of January, 2009. Hmm. Considering bank loans are tight and everyone’s budgets are supposedly tighter how can this be? Interest rates are down, prices are down, and foreclosures are up. There’s the sweet spot. Sadly, people lose their homes to foreclosure...
  • Blog Post: Motel 6 and Virtual Earth

    Motel 6 (a part of Accor Hotels ) just pushed their new hotel finder application to the web and it features Microsoft Virtual Earth as its mapping platform. The site operates as you would expect allowing users to enter a city – a little AJAX magic (auto-complete) kicks in to help you finish your city...
  • Blog Post: The City of Seattle

    Thank you Mayor Greg Nickels! The City of Seattle has embraced Microsoft Virtual Earth for their “ My Neighborhood ” mapping application and WOW – I’ve never seen so much useful data in such a simple format with a map-based interface. You want to talk about a central web site to get some truly local...
  • Blog Post: Qdoba

    To those of us who live in the Pacific Northwest it’s no secret that there is a HUGE opportunity for any of the Southern states to bring their Mexican restaurants up here and make huge bucks – we’re waiting, nay dying. Please? Growing up in San Diego with the likes of Super Sergio’s and Roberto’s not...
  • Blog Post: Coldwater Creek

    Coldwater Creek just launched their snazzy new store locator using Microsoft Virtual Earth just in time for the post holiday bargain shopping rush. Once getting to the store locator page you’ll get a static map image with each state being clickable (or you can select the state of interest from the pull...
  • Blog Post: Vodaphone Releases Pocket Life Mobile with Virtual Earth

    The beta release of Vodaphone’s Pocket Life is now available for free download . Pocket Life is a web and mobile service that offers a seamless, integrated experience for communication, social networking, location based services, street and satellite mapping. Pocket Life was designed around your group...
  • Blog Post: Kansas Department of Transportation

    The US state of Kansas DOT just rolled out a huge improvement to their 511 site . The site has a built in dashboard around a Microsoft Virtual Earth map interface for super easy access to information pertaining to roadways. Specifically, the application highlights activities that are planned (yellow...
  • Blog Post: Tracking the Spread of Diabetes in Australia

    The Australian National Diabetes Services Scheme has published an interesting Virtual Earth map application illustrating the spread and penetration of diabetes across the country. The Australian Diabetes Map allows users to select a specific area type – National, State, Postcode, Federal Electoral Zone...
  • Blog Post: Tracking Wild Fires with Pitney Bowes and Virtual Earth

    Some may be thinking Public Enemy prophets with their song “Burn Hollywood Burn” after seeing some of the destruction in Southern California. Chuck didn’t mention Montecito or Sylmar in the lyrics, though. Sadness to my peeps who still live down there. Come on guys! It happens somewhere in SoCal every...
  • Blog Post: Community Weather Reporting with Virtual Earth

    Weather Central has just launched a new beta community site called ReportStorms.com that let’s you report storms in your area. This is an interesting approach to social networking with weather on a micro-local scale. The site, built with Microsoft Virtual Earth and a Silverlight interface, allows you...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth and Microsoft’s Single View Platform

    There’s a new initiative at Microsoft to bring together different parts of the company under a single umbrella to prove the whole is greater than the sum of all it’s parts. The Public Sector initiative, dubbed “ The Single View Platform ” brings several different Microsoft products together to form a...
  • Blog Post: The Cincinnati Enquirer

    Well, the Bengals are once again the Bungles but that doesn’t mean the city can’t celebrate something else…how about their new launch of Microsoft Virtual Earth into Cincinnati.com ?!? That’s right, Cincinnati – a beautiful downtown city, I might add – has just added the ability to view all kinds of...
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