UK: 1Spatial – providers of intelligent data quality and integration solutions, announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide software and services to support the delivery of Ordnance Survey’s (OS) Multi Resolution Data Programme (MRDP). This contract win follows a procurement process lasting over six months which included three days of benchmarking workshops against a set of demanding generalisation scenarios.
The Framework Agreement between OS and 1Spatial represents a partnership in which both parties are committed to driving automated generalisation forward within an orchestrated enterprise production workflow process. The framework agreement will run for four years to 2015 with an initial value of GBP 595,000 and longer term. 1Spatial estimates it will be worth over a seven figure sum in additional development, licenses and services.
Under the agreement 1Spatial will be providing expertise around the development of automated generalisation software. The generalisation algorithms that are created for the software are developed internally at OS.
According to 1Spatial press release, National Mapping and Charting Agencies (NMAs) are globally facing a set of demands that require flexible and rapid deployment of highly accurate data in near real time to their customers. This comes during a time in which they are striving to redefine their roles and as crowd sourced communities are developing their own fit-for-purpose solutions. Automated generalisation, as a goal of the NMAs, requires a huge effort on their part as they customise commercial solutions to fulfil specific requirements. Additionally, the growth of crowd source data will be essential to progress in the automation of generalisation.
Peter ter Haar, Director of Products at OS said, “We were impressed with the capability of the 1Spatial team to apply innovative thinking to the challenges presented by automated generalisation”.
Dr Michael Sanderson, Strategy Director at 1Spatial added, “This contract underlines that our generalisation strategy is attractive to NMAs as they move to meet the information on demand requirements being driven by the emerging intelligent industries. Enterprise knowledge rules will form the basis of both the maintenance of the OS databases and the product line”.