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Vizrt Integrates With OpenStreetMap
Provides global street map graphics
BERGEN, NORWAY -- Vizrt announced that it has upgraded the map and
geographical animations tool, Viz World, to integrate with OpenStreetMap. With
the new integration, Viz World users can access OSM community data from within
the Viz World interface, allowing Vizrt’s customers access to vector street
data for “most of the world,” the vendor said.
OpenStreetMap is an open source online map database accessible at www.openstreetmaps.org. It provides a
free, editable global map through the efforts of many contributors around the
For Vizrt customers, OSM street data is converted to shape files by an OSM
approved third party. The shape files are then converted to a format that is
optimized for use in Vizrt’s rendering engine. The conversion makes it faster
to render the vectors and search the database. Using a downloader interface,
broadcasters load the data for their region or anywhere in the world where the
data is needed. The data is then searched by street, address, intersection or
point of interest.
Vizrt will update the extensive street data provided by the OpenStreetMap
community to its servers twice a year to provide the latest street mapping
information to its customers.
To recognize OSM for its pioneering work providing this global street map
database, Vizrt is requiring customers who use OSM data to place an attribution
on the screen with the text attribution of “OpenStreetMap.”