Bluesky and Getmapping have inked an agreement with GeoXphere, an on-line mapping specialist, to promote the wider usage of Aerial Photography for Great Britain (APGB) within the public sector.
The aerial photography suppliers to the UK government were given the APGB contract in 2018. Currently, more than 4,500 government organisations are provided by the duo with the latest and most detailed aerial photography, free of cost at the point of use.
GeoXphere developed a cloud-based, entry-level geographical information system (GIS) called XMAP to offer widespread desktop access to various mapping resources including APGB data. XMAP enables users of all technical abilities to access, analyse and share data for a range of applications used across local government.
GeoXphere managing director Chris Mewse said: “The APGB contract has the potential to revolutionise the adoption of aerial photography within the public sector by removing financial barriers to use.
“By also removing technical and financial barriers, through the use of XMAP, we can further support the Government’s Geospatial Commission aims and objectives.”
XMAP provides desktop access to resources through the cloud, thereby reducing the need to download and store huge volumes of data. Accessed through a simple web browser, the GIS offers functions such as search, print, measure, edit and analyse, among common mapping functions.
An administrator, by using the XMAP’s advanced administration dashboard, can give or deny permissions, editing rights and structure of the data.
Bluesky managing director Rachel Tidmarsh said: “We have already had excellent take-up and feedback from organisations that are perhaps more used to integrating geographic data within their daily workflows and decision making.
“By signing an agreement with GeoXphere we hope to extend this even further by making significant inroads into sectors such as town and parish councils that have previously been unable to afford appropriate software.”
For more specialist users, the APGB contract offers 3D height models, 5m digital terrain and 2m digital surface models (DTM/DSM), and 50cm colour infrared (CIR) imagery.