Following the successful launch of The GeoInformation Group’s Historical Air Photo product recently held at London’s Imperial War Museum, BBCi has taken on historic imagery in support of its media activities to commemorate D-Day. The launch, which saw the archive of The GeoInformation Group’s historic air photos unveiled for the first time, played host to over 60 attendees from key industry sectors including the press, government organizations and professional bodies. The value of such remarkable imagery capturing the events and sites of the WWII era has already been recognised by the media. BBC Online published an informative feature on their website providing a moving account of six personal experiences of veterans who fought in the battle at Omaha Beach on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The actions of this day have been caught on the supporting aerial photograph which clearly illustrates the eastern section of the beach cluttered with tanks and beached ships. See this feature at www.historicairphotos.com
Further media coverage of the newly published digital image archive has included a Special Report by BBC Look East and two interviews with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. The reports specifically focused on the background of The GeoInformation Group, the sourcing of the historic imagery archive and the extensive role the photography plays within industry. Further features on the historic aerial photography are planned for future trade publications including New Civil Engineer, Geomatics World, Geographical and GI News.
The GeoInformation Group is a privately owned geospatial imagery company based in Cambridge, England with offices in South Africa and partners in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland and Japan. The GeoInformation Group is one of Europe’s leading providers of high-resolution ortho imagery products. Its aerial imagery products are published under the brand name Cities Revealed. Orthorectified aerial imagery is available on CD-ROM from over 250 cities including London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin, Tokyo, Johannesburg and many other major urban centres across Europe and Africa. It also provides mapping services for specific client needs and has undertaken contracts to provide bespoke image databases across the world.