Google Inc., today announced it acquired Keyhole Corp., a Mountain View based digital mapping company. Founded in 2001, Keyhole customers include consumers, large and small businesses and public agencies.
Keyhole’s technology combines a multi-terabyte database of mapping information and images collected from satellites and airplanes with easy-to-use software. With an Internet connection, users enter an address or other location information and Keyhole’s software accesses the database and takes them to a digital image of that location on their computer screen. Unlike traditional mapping technologies, Keyhole creates a dynamic 3D interface for geographic information.
“This acquisition gives Google users a powerful new search tool, enabling users to view 3D images of any place on earth as well as tap a rich database of roads, businesses and many other points of interest. Keyhole is a valuable addition to Google’s efforts to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” said Jonathan Rosenberg, vice president, Product Management.
A free, 7 day trial is available on the Keyhole website.