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In a blog post on its official enterprise blog today, Google announced that it is opening up its collection of Google Earth data to businesses. Businesses and governmental organizations will now have the ability to purchase imagery collected by Google and use them for whatever they need. Since it launched 9 years ago, Google Earth has built up an incredible collection of image data, and it only makes sense for the company to continue to profit off of it.

Today, we’re launching Google Maps for Business imagery, offering businesses the chance to purchase and use Google Earth imagery for the first time. This gives them access to high-resolution aerial imagery covering the continental U.S. And it will help customers like government agencies get the imagery they need without collecting their own aerial photography.

Organizations who purchase imagery from Google will save a considerable amount of money by not having to maintain their own data centers and collect their own images. The ability to purchases imagery, however, is restricted to the continental United States for now. Businesses interested in purchasing Google’s imagery can contact the company’s sales team for more information.

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