Google helps federal, state and local agencies get accurate, current maps into the hands of the people who need them—quickly.
Google’s geospatial platform gives decision-makers relevant, real-time geospatial information in ways that are easy to use and understand.
Maps are a convenient, understandable way to convey vast amounts of location-specific data. Mapping tools aren’t always fast, accurate, or easy to use, however, and accessing static data or data in geographic information systems (GIS) can be difficult. Agencies need to incorporate current data into their maps so their employees can do their jobs. For many government employees—including scientists, first responders, law-enforcement personnel and servicemen and women—getting timely, accurate maps is critical.
Over one billion people use Google Maps services each month. Google Earth has been downloaded more than one billion times. Enterprise versions of
A wide range of government agencies use Google geospatial solutions in many ways:
U.S. Forest Service The agency’s Automated Flight Following (AFF) system consolidates data transmitted by GPS devices and displays real-time locations of Forest Service and contracted aircraft in Google Earth. GIS data also can be imported into the AFF system. "All of our core corporate data is created with ESRI tools and shared as shape files," says Robert Roth, U.S. Forest Service program manager, "but the end user wasn’t heavily involved in knowing where the data was, getting access to it, and viewing it. That revolution really came about with the incorporation of Google Earth."
Air Force Weather Agency Pilots and operators no longer have to grab a fistful of paper to get weather information. With one viewer and two clicks, weather forecasters can overlay Air Force satellite and radar shots over a background map. "It’s definitely easier to get your mind around everything that’s going on," says Captain Perry Sweat. "Nearly everyone is familiar with Google Earth."
International Space Station Astronauts without Internet access use Google Earth Portable to get rich data about what they’re seeing from hundreds of miles above the Earth.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Flood-response teams capture video, photos, and other data on mobile phones, which they can share in near real time with other collaborators and decision makers via Google Maps.
NASA To understand possible terrains on other planets, NASA scientists use Google Earth Portable in small submarines hundreds of feet below the surface of remote Kelly Lake, British Columbia, and create 3D models of the lake bottom.
Google Geospatial Products
Google Maps API—add immersive experiences to your external site, internal site, or proprietary software, from mobile applications to 3D web views
Google Maps Engine—build and publish your agency’s maps on Google’s infrastructure, and take advantage of a highly scalable, powerful and secure platform
Google Maps Coordinate—improve efficiency of teams in the field by assigning tasks, tracking progress and collecting field data
Google Earth Enterprise—create maps and globes behind the firewall by synthesizing terabytes of imagery, terrain and vector data into your agency’s own virtual globe. A portable solution allows you to take your maps anywhere, even when disconnected
About Google Geospatial Solutions for Government
Google’s geospatial solutions connect geographic data to your people, work and processes by providing a fast and simple to use interface for non-specialist users to explore and interact with massive data sets of your own geospatial data. Data only gets used if people can find and consume it—and there’s no better way to find and visualize it than with Google Earth & Maps.