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Getmapping celebrates extension of APGB contract

Getmapping is delighted to announce that, in partnership with BlueSky International, we have been granted a 21-month extension of the contract from the Geospatial Commission to continue to supply aerial photography, 3D height models and Colour Infrared imagery, to public sector organisations across Great Britain.

The existing Aerial Photography Great Britain (APGB) contract, signed in 2018, provides free at point of use access to high quality aerial data to 4500 UK local authorities, emergency services, environmental bodies and central government departments.

Getmapping was the first company to collect nationwide aerial photography of Great Britain in 1999 and the only company to have continuously maintained the imagery layer with regular updates ever since.

“We are delighted that the Geospatial Committee has awarded the contract extension, which will benefit our broad range of customers in the public sector at a time when resources are stretched. The APGB contract is updated on a three-year rolling programme and ensures users have immediate access to the latest aerial imagery.” Says Gavin Sullivan, Deputy Head of Europe at Getmapping.

Dave Horner, Getmapping CEO, added “Geospatial data is rapidly becoming a key technology enabler. More and more users, from a diverse range of public and private sector organisations, are turning to the Power of Where to enable their digital transformation strategies. We pride ourselves on delivering high quality data, data-derived insights and end-to-end solutions that help our customers to make better decisions and understand, analyse and plan for change.”

The extension, until March 2024, was awarded by the Geospatial Commission working on behalf of the English, Scottish and Welsh Governments to a consortium of Getmapping plc and Bluesky International.

APGB covers the supply of natural colour, orthorectified aerial imagery at both 12.5 and 25 centimetre resolutions for the whole of Great Britain and colour infrared at a resolution of 50 centimetres. Photogrammetrically derived national height data is also included in the contract including 5 metre Digital Terrain Model (DTM) or bare earth model and 2 metre Digital Surface Model (DSM) which includes ground features such as buildings and vegetation.

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