Colorado, USA, 10 August 2006: Intermap Technologies Corp. – headquartered in Denver, Colorado, USA, serves a growing digital elevation model (DEM) and GIS marketplace – announced on August 10 that it has accelerated its plan for creating a high-resolution, three-dimensional map of Western Europe.
Driven by demand within the European automotive, government, and insurance sectors, the company’s plans include the mapping of twelve Western European countries in their entirety by the end of 2007. Once completed, these datasets will be the most accurate elevation models of Western Europe in existence.
As part of the company’s NEXTMap Europe plan, last year Intermap announced that it would map Germany by the end of 2007 and the remainder of Western Europe by the end of 2009. With the increased demand in the European market, the company is now scheduled to complete Germany in 2006 and the remainder of Western Europe in 2007.
By the end of 2007, Intermap expects its NEXTMap database to contain countrywide maps of Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and United Kingdom.
Intermap will add two airplanes to its current fleet to collect geospatial data this year, bringing its collection capacity to five aircraft by the end of 2006. Combined with optimized flight scheduling plans for the winter months, this added capacity will enable Intermap to shorten the project completion time. By utilizing this expanded capacity during the winter to map southern European countries, Intermap will be able to leverage the increased data collection capacity during this year.
In addition to enabling traditional GIS applications for the newly created elevation models, Intermap will create 3D road vector data products to improve Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) applications to drive active safety devices, fuel performance improvements and in-car navigation. To serve this growing ITS market, the Company will continue to solidify joint development agreements to combine its highly accurate geospatial databases with the automotive engineering and development expertise of leading German automotive companies.