New maps of Central America for risk management

New maps of Central America for risk management


Germany: GfK GeoMarketing released new maps for Central America offering comprehensive coverage from Mexico to Panama. These digital administrative and postcode maps provide a precise foundation for regional risk analyses.

The countries that border the Gulf of Mexico are particularly at risk from natural catastrophes such as hurricanes. An up-to-date, digital cartographic basis is now available for all of Central America, providing insurers and reinsurers support for risk management activities. Detailed and seamlessly fitting maps of postal and administrative units are available for all Central American countries from Mexico to Panama. The new maps also fit seamlessly with the worldwide, official CRESTA natural disaster zones. GfK GeoMarketing is the official provider of the worldwide CRESTA maps.

All of GfK GeoMarketing’s maps of Central America were digitised and refined using the latest cartographic sources. The level of detail corresponds to a scale of at least 1:100,000 when compared to conventional paper maps. In many places – such as coastlines – the coverage is significantly more detailed.

Klaus Dittmann, head of cartography at GfK GeoMarketing, said, “Special postcode maps provide the basis for geocoding locations relevant to insurers, including residential structures, hotels, manufacturing plants, refineries, etc. Also, the highly detailed coastlines comprise a distinguishing feature of our maps and are absolutely indispensable for evaluating risk in the insurance and reinsurance industry.”

GfK GeoMarketing’s new maps of Central America comprise 100 map layers – a significant increase from the 70 layers available in the previous edition. A map of Mexico’s two-digit postcodes is now available for the first time. Administrative boundaries have been comprehensively updated and reflect the latest status of 2,456 municipalities and 32 states. The maps now feature around 3,500 cities and municipalities, organised into five population size categories with coverage down to a size bracket of under 10,000 inhabitants. The 2010 maps of Mexico also depict the most important streets and bodies of water, providing a detailed cartographic basis for all possible applications in the insurance industry.

Maps for other Central American countries have been updated and expanded in the same way, including Belize, Bermuda, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama as well as all Caribbean islands and states.

All map objects feature both native and international place-name attributions. As such, the new maps fit seamlessly with the worldwide labelling schema used by GfK GeoMarketing.

Like all of the digital maps provided by GfK GeoMarketing, the new maps of Central America are available in all standard digital map formats, including *.shp (ESRI), *.mid/*.mif (MapInfo), *.gdb (Geodatabase) and Oracle-compatible formats. Some of the features of the new map editions include comprehensive coverage, seamlessly fitting and overlap-free boundaries and map levels, national and local place-name attributions and infinite zoom capability.

Source: Gfk GeoMarketing