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Pictometry to provide aerial images for MSN Virtual Earth

Pictometry International Corp., provider of digital, aerial oblique imagery, announced that it has signed a five-year agreement with Microsoft Corp. of Redmond, WA. Under terms of the agreement, Pictometry will license existing and new nationwide aerial images to Microsoft to be incorporated into MSN Virtual Earth and other MapPoint product offerings.

Primarily used by government and private businesses, Pictometry captures up to 12 different views of any building, highway, or other land feature in an area. While traditional satellite and aerial photography is primarily straight down, or orthogonal, Pictometry’s all-digital images are taken at an angle, called oblique. This presents aerial photographs in a 3D-like manner. As a result, Pictometry’s image databases of cities, counties, and states provides a more information-rich source of visual data for its customers, and at a significant cost savings compared to computer modeling systems of municipalities.