ArcGIS Online basemap services are freely available to all Esri users for internal and external use. These map services include ArcGIS Online basemaps, reference maps, specialty maps, and demographic maps. The only limitation is a high-volume transaction limit of 50,000,000 transactions in a twelve months period that most likely very few users will reach.
Local, state, and federal government users, as well as educational institution and NGO users have been able to freely use ArcGIS Online basemaps and are not affected by this change and will not have a transaction limit. As before, they can continue to make unlimited use of ArcGIS Online basemaps regardless of transaction volume. Developers also have unlimited access to ArcGIS Online basemaps for development and testing purposes via the ArcGIS Web Mapping APIs.
Users who are concerned about reaching the high-volume level in a twelve months period should contact their local Esri office to discuss alternatives. Or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
To connect to ArcGIS 9.3 Service Pack 1, ArcGIS 9.3.1, ArcGIS 10, or ArcGIS Web Mapping.
Yes, you can get a local version of the ArcGIS Online map services. Data Appliance for ArcGIS provides much of the same data and is delivered on a preconfigured network storage device that connects to your existing network.
DataDoors for ArcGIS is another option. Through this application, you can place an online order for most of the raster data available in ArcGIS Online, then download it locally to your desktop or have it shipped to you.
Yes. ArcGIS users have direct access to Bing Maps through the Internet.
ArcGIS for Desktop (9.3.1 and 10), ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS Explorer, and ArcPad 10 users can access Bing Maps at no additional cost for internal use.
ArcGIS 10 for Server users have free access to Bing Maps for internal use with a limit of 2 million transactions per 4 cores, per year. If you want to include Bing Maps in an externally facing application, you must obtain a Bing Maps key directly from Microsoft.
ArcGIS Web Mapping APIs users who do not also have an ArcGIS for Server license must obtain a Bing Maps key directly from Microsoft.
It depends on the transaction type.
The following APIs can consume Bing Maps map tiles: