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Ordnance Survey selects Leica Viva GS15 GNSS receivers

Milton Keynes, UK: Leica Geosystems Ltd announced that it has been awarded the contract to supply over two hundred survey grade Leica Viva GS15 GNSS receivers to Ordnance Survey, the National Mapping Agency for the UK. The contract also includes the supply of over two hundred Leica DISTO D8 handheld distance meters, plus options for multiple reflectorless Total Stations. 
This award follows previous successful tenders. In 2007, Leica Geosystems supplied over one hundred Leica GRX1200 GNSS receivers that provide the raw data to Ordnance Survey’s OS Net, to Leica SmartNet and to the other Network RTK services in Great Britain.
The Leica Viva GS15 receivers will replace the two hundred and fifty Leica System 500 GPS receivers supplied to Ordnance Survey’s field surveyors in 2002. 
Neil Ackroyd, Ordnance Survey Director of Data Capture and Management, said: ”For over 220 years Ordnance Survey has been surveying the changing landscape of Great Britain and I am proud that we are recognised as being  highly innovative in maintaining and enhancing one of the most detailed and up-to-date geographic databases in the world.” 
“It is core to our strategy that Ordnance Survey surveyors are equipped with the best tools to carry out their job. After a thorough procurement process, with strong competition, we are pleased that the new Leica Viva GS15 GNSS receivers are now being actively used across the country by our surveyors.“
“The geographic information industry is changing rapidly and it is important that National Mapping Agencies continue to invest to stay relevant to their customers both in and outside the public sector. Over the last ten years Ordnance Survey has invested substantially in technology, the quality of its data and its service to our wide range of customers.” The Leica Viva GS15 receiver selected offers flexible communication options, centimetre level accuracy and its built-in readiness for the future rise of the Galileo satellite constellation and we are confident it will meet Ordnance Survey’s demanding needs. However, it was not only the hardware which was sought for this complete re-equipping of the National Mapping Agency’s field data collection capability. The technical support of their surveyors in the field will pass from Ordnance Survey’s internal helpdesk to a best-in-class technical support facility at Leica Geosystems’ Milton Keynes headquarters. 
David Price, Managing Director, Leica Geosystems said, “With the capture and supply of digital mapping data accounting for around 90 percent of Ordnance Survey’s business, we are proud to have been selected for this prestigious contract twice in a row.”
Lawrence Dixon, Market Segment Manager, Leica Geosystems commented, “Seldom have our products and services undergone such a rigorous programme (18 months of tendering process) of scrutiny and assessment as part of a procurement process, but it is testament to the Leica Innovation Process and our commitment to the best in after sales care, that we have received the award of this contract.”
Source: Leica Geosystems