The State of Texas is Teaming up with Google to Bring Government Entities Affordable Imagery
BIS caught wind of the Texas Google Imagery Service Pilot Project and wanted to make sure all of our clients are aware of this opportunity! This project will provide government entities with six-inch ortho aerials that can be utilized in our Web Maps and in our GIS Maintenance. Government entities can also download a copy to their local server, if needed.
The benefits of this imagery project include:
- Updated imagery from Google for web maps that is current and allows government entities to work with the imagery, making your maps more accurate in doing GIS Maintenance.
- Download your own copy for use in your own applications.
- Affordable up to date, clean images.
- Historical images for the past couple of years.
This project makes Google Imagery free until August 21, 2017 for government agencies. We spoke to TNRIS and they are projecting that the price after the pilot is over will vary between entities, but will come out on average between $7,000 – $12,000 per year to have access to current and past imagery that is very clean and accurate.
The current restriction is that it is a service definition and the file types make it to where only mapping software can use it. Another restriction is that the agency is not allowed to give access to the imagery to anyone except the vendor they apply for, otherwise it is only allowed to be used in the county appraisal district.
How to get it
For more information, you can go to https://tnris.org/texas-imagery-service/. If you would like to signup you can go to https://tnris.org/google-request/ and put BIS Consulting as your vendor. Since this is a government project we cannot request this data, it will have to be requested through your office on our behalf. We hope that you will sign up for this so the state will keep the project open and continue in the future! When Google sends you the information after you signup, please forward it on to us and we will get it in use ASAP! If you have any questions, email Kenneth firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call (800)247-9045.