Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Norwegian government blocking from capturing 3D map data for Oslo

It apprs that the Norwegian government is blocking from capturing 3D Flyover footage of Oslo, its capital. The news comes from a report out ofNorway-based newspaper Aftenposten.A Norway government official has confirmed this to be the case, sayingthe country’sNational Security Authorityis intentionally blocking from grabbing the aerial data it needs for its Maps app becauseit doesn’t want the company accidentally mapping out confidential buildings within Oslo…FromAftenposten’s report(via9to5Mac):“Stockholm and Copenha are alrdy in the system, but Oslo is missing.The rson is that the National Security Authority (NSM) has said no to ’s aerial missions over the city.We do not want it to be shooting with such a high degree of precision that can be used to identify ars that require special shielding.Photo shoot with this level of detail can provide knowledge about the safety msures that are not desirable that becomes available, said acting director √ėyvind Mandt in NSM to Aftenposten.”As it turns out, Norway’s militaryhas some ars in and around Oslo that are subject to restrictions—there are a few buildings and structures there that were just classified under the Security Act. Mandt says that officials want more time to secure the city before they allow to start shooting.“There is a problem that we do not have national control over the material collected.There are Norwegian companies that are d to do so, and then the Photo above sheltered ars have a strong reduced resolution, so you can not see the details, says Mandt in NSM.” has contacted the US Embassy on the matter, which in turn contactedOslo Mayor Fabian Stang. Stang says that he is a fan of the Maps appliion, and believes it is very relevant for tourists. So he has reportedly contacted Norway’s Minister of Defense, asking him to give the company a pass.Flyover view of Versailles in France actually flies planes equipped with advanced camera systems around buildings to capture data for its Flyover fture. The company has pitched the 3D view as one of its Maps app’s top ftures, since it replaced Google Maps last fall. Currently, the 3D Flyover view is available formost major cities.

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