Denver, USA, September 24, 2007: Intermap Technologies, announced that its commercial initiative to create a uniform high accuracy 3-D map of all of Western Europe called NEXTMap Europe can enable geospatial professionals to meet mandates spelled-out in Directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament. The EU Directive mandates the establishment, within the next several years, of an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE) in an effort to provide a higher level of environmental protection that takes into account the diverse regions within the community.
Directive 2007/2/EC emphasize the importance of organizational coordination and the sharing of spatial data between public agencies across municipal, regional, and national borders within the EU. It further states the importance “that the infrastructures for spatial information created by the Member States are compatible and usable in a Community and trans-boundary context.”
Intermap’s countrywide digital elevation models and geometric images are characterized by a level of accuracy and uniformity currently non-existent within the EU. The integrity of NEXTMap Europe data has been validated by eleven independent agencies, including the University of Stuttgart, the Environment Agency of England & Wales, University College London, USGS, and NASA. The entire data set will be collected for most of the EU Member States by early 2008 and all of the data will be processed by the end of 2008. When complete, the data set will cover over 17 countries and include more than 80 billion elevation measurements and 1.3 trillion image pixels.