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Google (s goog) is looking into upgrading its Google Maps Engine with the large supply of satellite images available on Google Earth Engine, according to a company engineer. The move would enable businesses to perform comparative mapping analytics and show changes over time on the fly, without having to build out new infrastructure.

After giving a talk about Google Earth Engine at the Strata conference in Santa Clara, Calif., on Thursday, Louis Perrochon, a Google engineering director, said engineers are working on the project, although there is no planned release date and it’s quite possible such capabilities are never released. A Google spokesman said he could not confirm the plans or provide a timeline for implementation.

Every day Google downloads terabytes of satellite images from the U.S. Geological Survey and maintains the files on spinning disks in data centers. With so much data, Google Earth Engine “allows you to…

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