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Military agency to use Microsoft's Virtual Earth

Microsoft is collaborating with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), a division of the US Department of Defense, on its Virtual Earth technology.

The NGA wants to use the Virtual Earth technology "to provide geospatial support for humanitarian, peacekeeping and national security efforts", Microsoft said in a statement on Thursday.

In return, the software giant hopes to gain from the organisation's established knowledge of geospatial information and geodetics, the math and science of measuring portions of the Earth's topography, magnetic and gravitational variations, and geodynamic phenomena.

The NGA is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, and "provides timely, relevant and accurate imagery, imagery intelligence and geospatial information in support of national security objectives", according to the government agency's Web site.

Microsoft also announced an agreement last week to provide its Virtual Earth technology to Real Tech, a provider of real estate tools. Similarly, the software giant in April signed a deal with Zillow to provide the real estate comparison Web site with Virtual Earth technology. At the time, Zillow explained that the Virtual Earth platform would provide it with both satellite and bird's-eye imagery.

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