BUS345: M/W 11:45-1
November 8th, 2010
What is Google Earth?
• “Google Earth allows you to travel the world
through a virtual globe and view satellite
imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, and
much more. With Google Earth's rich,
geographical content, you are able to
experience a more realistic view of the world.
You can fly to to your favorite place, search for
businesses and even navigate through
directions. It's all up to you!”-
Birth of Google Earth
• Google Street View launched in 2007
Created as EarthViewer3D by Keyhole Inc.,
a satellite data company in 2001
Google bought Keyhole in 2004, renaming
the software Google Earth
Versions of Google Earth
-Google Earth Pro
Coverage and Features
– Discover the Earth
– Explore the Sky
– Dive in the Ocean
– Walk on the Moon
– Visit Mars
Recently in Google Earth
• “We hope this new imagery will help
people in Ireland, Brazil, and even the
penguins of Antarctica to navigate
nearby, as well as enable people around
the world to learn more about these
areas." Brian McClendon, vice-
president of engineering at Google
Earth and Maps
Launched street view in Antarctica
Launched street view in Ireland and Brazil.
Example : Volkswagen of
-Integrates with GPS and RFID systems,
-Easy to use
-Risky areas/areas of concern
-Availability of land and resources
-Assets of a particular region
-Scout out nearby competition
• Visit neighborhoods without having
to go in person to decide possibilities.
• Identify resources in a particular
– Example: A map can be created to show
how far a house is from local schools,
supermarkets, hospitals, etc.
• Poses a threat to national security
– Banned in many countries
So what are we waiting for?
Let’s go somewhere!
Pick a place. ANY place!