Google Earth Enterprise takes to the intranet

Google has announced that business and government users of Google Earth Enterprise will be able to view their organisation’s geospatial data in 2D on a browser, behind the firewall.

Using a special version of the Google Maps API, this data can also be embedded into any web application, much like a Google Map. It can then be supplemented to create mash-ups with information from external databases, spreadsheets and other data sources.

Google also provides a search framework that supports integration with multiple search services through Java plug-ins, including the Google Search Appliance.

There is a regions-based KML imagery data processing tool for creating super-overlays that enable organisations to easily publish large collections of images. And this can now be done more quickly, with faster data processing and serving performance that produce up to tenfold time savings for vector processing – points, lines and polygons.

The new release also improves processing of images and mapping information, as well as enhanced support for industry-standard security protocols such as LDAP and SSL.

“Not only is it now easier for employees who need to access their organisation’s geodata – whether it be satellite images, terrain and elevation data or aerial imagery – to do so from almost anywhere, but they can integrate additional layers of information within their existing web applications without ever having to leave the browser,” says Matthew Glotzbach, product management director, Google Enterprise.

“Because businesses and government organisations can leverage the browser in addition to the downloadable Earth Enterprise client, they can share their geodata more easily across teams and departments, create mapping overlays for improved data analysis and ultimately, deliver a greater return on their technology investment.”

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