Intermap in strategic deal to provide national mapping to UK local authorities

Posted by Rich Mohr

May 26, 2005 9:00:00 AM

Local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland will soon be using a completely new type of computerised map that shows the world in 3D. It follows a strategic national mapping deal brokered by the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA), with the internationally recognised firm Intermap Technologies, Inc. Intermap has used their revolutionary aerial radar mapping technology to create the 3D map, making Britain the most accurately mapped country in the world. Called NEXTMap Britain, Intermap's computerised maps show the rise and fall of the land to sub-metre accuracy across the length and breadth of Britain. Local Authorities can combine this data with traditional maps and aerial photography to create realistic 3D visualisations at any location. Staff can view any scene on their computer screens as if they were actually on site and undertake detailed analysis for activities extending from planning to highways, environmental services and tourism. 

Called NEXTMap Britain, Intermap's computerised maps show the rise and fall of the land to sub-metre accuracy across the length and breadth of Britain. Local Authorities can combine this data with traditional maps and aerial photography to create realistic 3D visualisations at any location. Staff can view any scene on their computer screens as if they were actually on site and undertake detailed analysis for activities extending from planning to highways, environmental services and tourism. 

The deal is highly significant as Intermap has become one of the first private sector companies to become a preferred supplier to local government under the Mapping Services Agreement (MSA). The MSA is a best bulk purchase deal for Mapping Services brokered by the IDeA aimed at reducing the cost of complying with European Procurement Law for local government as a whole. 

"The expertise that Intermap brings to the Mapping Service Agreement will be of great benefit to local government," said Lucy de Groot, Executive Director of IDeA. "The Intermap system will allow people to see three-dimensional views of land in detail, which will be essential to planners and emergency services," continued de Groot. 

"This is a significant win for the NEXTMap Britain project," said Eric DesRoche, Vice President of Intermap's NEXTMap program. "This is the first time a privately funded mapping initiative in the UK has become the de facto standard for mapping of this type. 

NEXTMap Britain was created using our own specially developed 'IFSAR' airborne radar technology with the backing of Norwich Union who is using the data as the basis for their flood model throughout England, Wales and Scotland." 

Intermap's NEXTMap Britain project has been one of the world's most ambitious mapping projects capturing, the whole of Britain electronically in 3D. Using a specially equipped Learjet flying at night and at an altitude of 20,000-28,000 ft, the data was captured every 5 metres to provide sub-metre accuracy. NEXTMap Britain has become the elevation data of choice for Norwich Union, the Environment Agency, the National Assembly for Wales, the British Geological Survey, the Scottish Executive, and through the LGIH, Mapping Services Agreement, Local Authorities across Britain. 

Notes to editors: 
NEXTMap is the name given to Intermap's national program for mapping the terrain of whole countries in unprecedented detail. This program, which employs Intermap's radar (IFSAR) mapping technology to capture elevation and imagery data, is the industry benchmark for accuracy and affordability. The data is obtainable for areas as small as 2 sq km and available at different resolutions and price points for use with a wide variety of computer software, including CAD, GIS and modelling. The data can be used in a wide range of commercial applications, including engineering, transportation, navigation, flood mapping, environmental assessment and management, mobile network planning, simulation and 3D visualisation. Major NEXTMap Britain data users include the Environment Agency, Norwich Union, and the National Assembly for Wales, the Scottish Executive and the British Geological Survey. 

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Intermap employs more than 250 people worldwide, with offices in Calgary, Ottawa, Munich and Jakarta. Intermap is publicly traded on the TSX Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol IMP. For more information, visit www.intermap.com 

IDeA has brokered this agreement through Local Government Information House (LGIH) a wholly owned subsidiary of the Agency, working in partnership with the local authority community developing national infrastructure projects that enable councils to deliver local services more effectively. As an intermediary between the public and the private sector, Information House is in a position to negotiate with private companies on behalf of local authorities. 

MSA (Mapping Service Level Agreement) The LGIH is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the Service Level Agreement that entitles all local authorities to use digital mapping products from the Ordnance Survey and other private sector companies. These products are used for planning, highways, emergency services, statistical analysis, command and control. These help to support joined-up government and services for citizens, provide backing for multi-agency and partnership agreements, and offer improved data processing and information reporting for organisations. 

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Topics: NEXTMap, New Partner

INTERMAP ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Posted by Rich Mohr

May 24, 2005 8:00:00 AM

Denver, Colorado (May 24, 2005): Intermap announces retirement of long-time board member as well as the addition of a new board member. Having served on the Intermap board of directors since October 1998, Everett Koeller has announced his retirement from the board effective May 2005. Mr. Koeller's strong background in founding public companies and negotiating venture capital placements has proved beneficial to Intermap as it has successfully raised over C$40 million since 1998. 

The vacated position will be filled by Jerald S. Howe, Jr. Mr. Howe has over 20 years' experience in corporate and business law specializing in aerospace law and transactions. His background includes serving as senior vice president and general counsel for Veridian Corporation (NYSE:VNX), a leading provider of information-based systems for national security programs, and as a partner at Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, a Washington, DC, law firm. Currently, Mr. Howe is employed as vice president, intelligence solutions for SRA International, Inc. (NYSE:SRX), a leading IT solutions provider to the national intelligence community. In addition to his role on the Intermap board, he will also serve as a member of the Corporate Governance Committee. 

"Everett served his role with dedication, participated actively in the affairs of the Company and made a lasting contribution to Intermap through his understanding of business and technology. His service to the Company deserves our utmost thanks and appreciation," said Intermap President and CEO Brian Bullock. He added, "Jerry also brings a deep-rooted understanding of both business and technology to the Intermap board of directors that is well suited for our future growth and markets. We are very pleased to have him join our board. His experience and background will strengthen and expand our position as we continue to grow under our NEXTMap business model." 

"I am honored to have been a part of such an outstanding organization at the forefront of technology," commented Mr. Koeller. "Intermap's leadership position within the mapping and GIS industry will be instrumental to its success, and I am proud to have assisted Intermap with its growth and evolution from a project mapping company to an off-the-shelf data provider." 

About Intermap 

Intermap is digitally remapping entire countries, building unprecedented national databases, called NEXTMap, of highly accurate digital topographic maps (including elevation). Customers purchase Intermap's high-quality, low-cost data to facilitate better decision-making for numerous commercial, governmental, military and consumer applications. 

Demand for NEXTMap data is growing as new commercial applications are emerging, including geographical information systems (GIS), engineering planning, transportation, automotive, navigation, flood, irrigation, environmental management and planning, telecommunications network planning, aviation, simulation and 3D visualization. Internet applications include virtual tours, topographic maps and computer games. The products are also used to add interactive intelligence to airborne and satellite images. 

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Intermap employs more than 270 people worldwide, with offices in Calgary, Ottawa, Munich and Jakarta. Intermap is publicly traded on the TSX Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol IMP. For more information, visit www.intermap.com. 

Biographies and photographs are available upon request. For further information, please contact: 

Monica Moore 
Director of Marketing 
(303) 708-0955 
mmoore@.intermap.com
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Topics: Board of Directors

Intermap's 3D Terrain Data used to Explore, visualise and evaluate in 3D

Posted by Rich Mohr

May 12, 2005 8:00:00 AM

Accurate measuring and analysis of footpaths in Powys is just one innovative use to which Intermap's NEXTMap Britain digital landscape map is being put. When using the NEXTMap digital terrain model, Environment Systems, a leading geographic and environmental information consultancy were able to measure paths in 3D and identify a 50km difference when compared with the same analysis undertaken with normal topographic maps. 

Under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, local authorities now have to look after the network of public access rights of way that criss-cross their territory. In Powys, these responsibilities are brought into sharp focus by virtue of its size. The county covers an area of 519,700 hectares, approximately a quarter of the area of Wales and includes the popular tourist areas of the long distance Offa's Dyke Path and scenic mid Wales uplands. Intermap's NEXTMap Britain digital landscape maps can help the governmental authorities manage their network of public access rights of way. 

The NEXTMap Britain dataset enables the rise and fall of the land to be viewed in software and calculations can be made from cross sections. The data set includes an orthorectified radar image or 'ORI' which provides a greyscale image of surface features. The key advantage of this type of image is that it is derived from RADAR pulses, which accentuate features, such as vegetation, trees, embankments, buildings, etc. far more than is possible with aerial photography. In predominantly rural areas this proves invaluable, making it easier to correlate with maps and aerial photography to highlight areas, which might otherwise require a site survey. The time saved by being able to do much of the analysis from behind a computer screen in the office makes the use of this technology compelling. 

"We are so enthusiastic about NextMap Britain because it has allowed us to offer so much more to our clients," said Katie Medcalf of Environment Systems. "Not only does it allow us to interrogate the landscape in three dimensions from the comfort of our offices, but it can also be combined with current and historic aerial photography to provide 3D visualisations. One aspect of the data, which was particularly rewarding was to produce visualisations and analysis for remote and difficult to reach areas such as islands and uplands. The Disabled Ramblers Association and others are enthusiastic about using this data to increase access and awareness of our countryside. NEXTMap data can also be combined with other datasets such as those provided by the Quickbird earth observation satellite for landscape and habitat assessments". 

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Notes for editors 
NEXTMap is the name given to Intermap's national program for mapping the terrain of whole countries in unprecedented detail. This program, which employs Intermap's radar (IFSAR) mapping technology to capture elevation and imagery data, is the industry benchmark for accuracy and affordability. The data is obtainable for areas as small as 2 sq km and available at different resolutions and price points for use with a wide variety of computer software, including CAD, GIS and modelling. The data can be used in a wide range of commercial applications, including engineering, transportation, navigation, flood mapping, environmental assessment and management, mobile network planning, simulation and 3D visualisation. Major NEXTMap Britain data users include the Environment Agency, Norwich Union, the National Assembly of Wales, the Scottish Executive and the British Geological Survey. 

NEXTMap Britain data is sold under license directly through Intermap's own online store at www.intermap.com or through its network of distributors. 

About Intermap 
Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Intermap employs more than 270 people worldwide, with offices in Calgary, Ottawa, Munich and Jakarta. Intermap is publicly traded on the TSX Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol IMP. For more information, visit www.intermap.com. 

About Environment Systems 
Environment Systems is a geographic and environmental information consultancy. The company delivers innovation in the application of geographic information to the environment, agriculture, land and property sectors. Environment Systems is a reseller and developer of the NEXTMap Britain data products. For more information on Environment Systems, please visit www.envsys.co.uk. 

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Topics: NEXTMap

Intermap Notice: First Quarter Conference Call

Posted by Rich Mohr

May 11, 2005 8:00:00 AM

Calgary, Alberta - May 11, 2005 - Intermap Technologies Corporation, (TSX:IMP) issued notice today that it will release first quarter financial results for the period ended March 31, 2005 after the close of trading on Monday May 16, 2005. 

A conference call to review the results will take place the same day 4:45pm., ET (2:45pm MT). Brian Bullock, President and CEO and Richard Mohr, CFO will speak on behalf of the Company. A question-and-answer period will follow a review of the financial results and update on the Company's strategies and progress on its NEXTMap business model. 

To participate in the call, please dial 416-695-9702 or 1-888-333-4519 approximately 10 minutes prior to the conference call. A recording of the conference call will be available through May 27. Please dial 416-695-5275 or 1-888-509-0081 to listen to the rebroadcast. After this date, the recorded call will be available at www.intermap.com. 

Annual Meeting of Shareholders 
Intermap also invites its shareholders and members of the investment community to attend the Intermap Technologies Annual Meeting of shareholders at 3:00 p.m. (Calgary time) today (Wednesday May 11, 2005) in the West Winds Conference Room, 2nd floor, 555 - 4th Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta. 

Intermap is digitally remapping entire countries, building unprecedented national databases, called NEXTMap, of highly accurate digital topographic maps (including elevation). Customers purchase Intermap's high-quality, low-cost data to facilitate better decision-making for numerous commercial, government, military and consumer applications. 

Demand for NEXTMap data is growing as new commercial applications are emerging, including geographical information systems (GIS), engineering planning, transportation, automotive, navigation, flood, irrigation, environmental management and planning, telecommunications network planning, aviation, simulation and 3D visualization. Internet applications include virtual tours, topographic maps and computer games. The products are also used to add interactive intelligence to airborne and satellite images. 

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Intermap employs more than 270 people worldwide, with offices in Calgary, Ottawa, Munich and Jakarta. Intermap is publicly traded on the TSX under the symbol IMP. For more information, visit www.intermap.com. 

For further information, please contact: 

CANADA
Corbet Pala
Investor Relations
E-vestor Communications Inc.
(416) 657-2400 
cpala@evestor.com


UNITED STATES
Budd Zuckerman
Investor Relations
Genesis Select Corporation
(303) 415-0200
bzuckerman@genesisselect.com
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Topics: Financial Results

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