Vexcel and Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Virtual Earth Server 2.0, the on-premises intranet mapping platform designed for those customers who’re interested in using Bing Maps, for example defense/intelligence customers or first responders (police, fire, etc), but’ve concerns about a dependency upon, or connection to, the internet in order to access this service. Either their application is too critical to rely on internet connectivity, they don’t have an internet connection, their internet connection isn’t sufficiently reliable or fast, or they have other security concerns. The Virtual Earth Server allows these customers to take advantage of the Bing Maps platform without the need to have an internet connection. It comes with: Silverlight Map Control – in addition to the AJAX Map Control for the Virtual Earth Server V1, you can now view your data in Silverlight; 3rd Party Data Aggregation – add new types of data directly to SQL Server 2008 including GeoTIFF and KML; Web Map Service Integration – a simple template allows you to ingest OGC WMS-compliant image server maps; Geocoding – address geocoding support for North America and Europe
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