Melbourne, Florida, USA, 7 November 2006 – Harris Corporation, a provider of geospatial solutions for the visualization, mapping and GIS markets, announced that its RealSite 3D urban city models are now featured by Microsoft in the new release of Live Search Maps at http://maps.live.com. Live Search Maps is a free, online local search and mapping service that combines worldwide road and aerial maps with unique, bird’s-eye-view imagery for select metropolitan areas.
RealSite models are created using proprietary technology that utilizes data from a variety of high-resolution imagery sources as well as Laser Imaging Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) and other high-accuracy sensors. These photo-realistic, geo-specific 3D models can be created for virtually any location on the Earth to support a broad range of commercial or government applications, and can include a variety of imagery mosaic and elevation data options.
“The visually stunning Harris RealSite Pictometry urban models are perfect for our visualization applications for Microsoft Virtual Earth,” said Steven Lawler, General Manager of the Microsoft Virtual Earth project, a mapping and location platform.
Harris has conducted an extensive development effort using proprietary processing technologies to create realistic, accurate and affordable 3D urban models in support of the Microsoft project.
The imagery used by Harris to create the realistic urban environments was supplied by Pictometry International Corporation and is being used by Microsoft to depict large urban areas in the United States and international locations.
Harris, Pictometry and Microsoft have established a cooperative marketing alliance to serve their core markets and customers with products that blend the advanced Pictometry system with the unique geospatial expertise of Harris.
Three-dimensional models are available initially for 15 U.S. cities: San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Detroit, Phoenix, Houston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Denver, Dallas and Fort Worth.
– About Harris Corporation
Harris Corporation is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. With headquarters in Melbourne, Florida, USA, the company’s four operating divisions serve markets for government communications, RF communications, broadcast communications, and microwave communications. For more information, visit www.harris.com.