Federal Computer Week explains how DoD and others (some named, some not) use Google Earth Enterprise (a collection of Google goodies) to fuse geospatial data. Base cost: $100,000. The good news? Client software is free.
I have a question on this:
Interviewed in the Google booth, which resembles the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, Painter [director of Google Earth Federal] said that although the public Google Earth uses commercial satellite and geospatial imagery, Google Earth Fusion allows federal agencies to manipulate and integrate their own geospatial imagery with the company’s software tools.
Imagery or software? Isn’t Google a member of OGC? Is it moving forward on implementing those standards such that it can do both with ease? Is that not the point of OGC? Is DoD pushing Google to implement such standards? See for example: NGA Announces Requirement for OGC and Complementary Standards