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I'm developing a diagramming tool using aerial imagery as a reference layer. This tool should allow the user to zoom in quite close to a roadway or intersection. Unfortunately none of the public map services I have tested supports zooming in close enough. Are there subscription map services out there that have imagery with resolution high enough to zoom in quite close to the roadway?

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What Region,Area or Country are you wanting High Res imagery for? – Mapperz Sep 20 '10 at 19:15
Florida state-wide – nw1 Sep 20 '10 at 19:26
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It might be worth while to check out GeoEye, or alternatively NearMap (not sure if this works outside of Australia, but works with OSM XML connectors)

Hope this helps, CDB

Update 1/10/2010: NearMap does seem to only have some High Res imagery in Australia.

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The USGS seems to have 1ft imagery for all (most, many) of Florida's counties. They are available via WMS from

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There also is the ImageConnect service from Digital Globe. Spot Image is also preparing a similar service, SPOTMaps online, but I couldn't find a reference yet. Both are, will be, available as WMS.

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ESRI World Imagery service can be added to ArcMap as a base map layer and has a decent coverage of (1-meter or better) satellite imagery for most urban areas in North America.

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That's the one I've been using, but it doesn't allow us to zoom in quite close enough. – nw1 Sep 20 '10 at 19:26

You can purchase aerial photos of the entire state of Florida here:

Beverly Renard Technology Specialist FREAC/Florida State University C2200 University Center 296 Champions Way P.O. Box 3062641 Tallahassee, FL 32306-2641 850-644-2305 850-644-7360 fax

That will get you over 300 GB of MrSID files. Then you need to setup the infrastructure to serve those images.

My company offers a subscription service to this images as well as the aerial photos of other (US) states. E-mail me at J L a c a l /at\ d s c s ./ c o m


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