City of Bergen Norway Makes Smart Business Move in Google Earth

According to OgleEarth, the city of Bergen in Norway has just made a deal with Google to provide Google Earth with high resolution aerial photos of their city. According to a local paper, the city is sending the photos to Google Earth for free as long as there’s a free version. As you would expect, the reason is simple: tourism. The Bergen tourism director was involved in the deal. The current resolution of Bergen is pretty poor (estimated 15 meter/pixel), so the 20 cm/pixel resolution photos they submitted should be a big improvement. According to the paper, the images should be available soon. However, Google may take a while before they update the database.
This isn’t the first time I’ve heard of such deals. Last summer I had read a rumor that the town of Carrboro, North Carolina (just west of Chapel Hill – home of the University of North Carolina) had made a deal with Google which is why Carrboro has 3 inch/pixel resolution photos. Maybe there’s some truth to the rumor. We may start seeing a trend where popular travel destinations get sponsored high resolution content. Who knows? Maybe that’s why Las Vegas got 3 inches/pixel resolution photos a few days back. This may not be a bad thing, although I hope Google sets up some standards so we don’t see edited content being submitted.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was released. He worked in 3D graphics for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank left in 2009 to circumnavigate the earth by sailboat as part of the Tahina Expedition.



Comments

  1. I agree, this is a clever deal. It will likely result in more people accessing tourism information.
    It would be interesting to follow the growth in economic activity over time, and the development of map related products originating from the new aerial images.

  2. Makes sense to me. I told my mother about Google Earth and the first thing she wanted to look at was Washington DC so she could plan her vacation for this summer.
    Honestly, if I was traveling to someplace I hadn’t been, or hadn’t been to in a while, I would want to take a look. Then pick out a few places I didn’t want to miss out on while I was there.

  3. Very stupid, now we have more of these English assholes in our country. Thanks.

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