January 12, 2001
High-Performance Database Research Center
School of Computer Science
Florida International University
Contact: Martha Gutierrez
Phone: (305) 348-6262 or (305) 348-1706 | Fax: (305) 348-1705 | E-mail:
Address: 11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33199
U.S. Congressional Delegation Experiences TerraFly
Dr. Naphtali Rishe and Martha Gutierrez of the High-Performance Database Research Center at Florida International University recently introduced the Center's TerraFly project to a U.S. congressional delegation. Said Representative Carrie Meek of the House Appropriations Committee (D-Florida), "I hope for great commercial potential for this technology."
TerraFly technology has also been presented to other leaders of local, state, federal, and foreign governments, including Spanish Prime Minister José Maria Aznar.
TerraFly is a new Internet-based technology that makes it possible for users to "fly over" vast land areas using only an ordinary Web browser. By using high-resolution imagery collected by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other sources, users can experience an overhead view of almost any location in the United States at a one-meter resolution-without the expense of standard GIS application software. The project, which is funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation, and IBM, can be accessed on the Web at http://www.terrafly.com.
Naphtali Rishe presenting TerraFly to a United States Congressional Delegation.
The photo depicts TerraFly presentation to Prime Minister Aznar of Spain.
N. Rishe demonstrating TerraFly to President Leonel Fernandez (Dominican Republic).
Naphtali Rishe delivering a TerraFly-produced image of Miami, Florida and the Everglades National Park to the Miami-Dade County Manager, Merrett Stierheim.