Intermap Technologies receives first NEXTView contract
By UAV Canada Staff
By UAV Canada Staff
Intermap Technologies of Denver, Colorado, has been awarded its first contract for its new, high-resolution aviation terrain dataset announced in December. An international drone operator which delivers medical supplies has signed a multi-year contract in which Intermap will deliver its new Lido/SurfaceData NEXTView terrain dataset to improve flight efficiency, navigation and safety.
Intermap’s location data will enable payloads to be delivered within a landing zone of less than five metres in remote environments, where mountainous geography and poor road conditions make an aerial delivery system most efficient.
NEXTView, developed through a partnership with Lufthansa Systems GmbH & Co KG, provides global situational awareness for aviation applications. The company explains NEXTView combines high-resolution terrain, obstacle, and aerodrome information into a single coherent and uniform global dataset with military-grade acuity. NEXTView will be certified to relevant industry standards and covers 100 per cent of Earth’s land area with three metre vertical accuracy.
The NEXTView product is one of a suite of elevation-related software solutions based on the Intermap’s NEXTMap elevation terrain dataset. Intermap explains it has been building its portfolio of analytic solutions, including flood-risk mapping and telecommunications link planning, to expand into broader markets.
“NEXTView will help our customer shorten flight times and reduce the chance of crashes, while delivering emergency medical supplies to rural populations,” said Patrick Blott, chairman and CEO, Intermap. “In many austere environments, drones can substantially cut costs and save lives. This high-tech supply chain can be faster and more reliable than traditional aviation or motor vehicle means, and our NEXTView product is advancing its mission to improve situational awareness, efficiency, and save lives.”
Intermap generates revenue from three primary business activities, comprised of i) data acquisition and collection, using proprietary, multi-frequency, radar sensor technologies, ii) value-added data products and services, which leverage the Company’s proprietary NEXTMap database, together with proprietary software and fusion technologies, and iii) commercial applications and solutions, including a webstore and software sales targeting selected industry verticals that rely on accurate high resolution elevation data.
“After over a year working together with Intermap, we developed this unique terrain product specially designed for the needs of the aviation industry. We are very happy that after testing our dataset, an international drone operator was convinced that this solution would suit their specific needs and signed a contract for Lido/SurfaceData NEXTView,” said Fabio Fornallaz, product owner for Lido/SurfaceData at Lufthansa Systems.