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DENVER, (November 1, 2006) Intermap Technologies, Corp. (IMP:TSX.TO, AIM: IMAP.L) today announced that its Intermap Federal Services, Inc. subsidiary has received a US$1.3M contract to provide digital elevation data to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The contract will deliver data collected as part of Intermap's ongoing NEXTMap® USA mapping program for various applications, including assistance in preparing soil surveys.
NRCS provides soil surveys for the privately owned lands of the nation. Via its National Soil Survey Center, the agency provides scientific expertise to enable its National Cooperative Soil Survey program - a partnership led by NRCS of Federal land management agencies, state agricultural experiment stations, and state and local units of government - to develop and maintain a uniform system for mapping and assessing soil resources; thereby ensuring that soil information from different locations can be shared, regardless of which agency collects it.
Intermap's highly accurate and cost-effective elevation models, based on the company's Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (IFSAR) technology, will be used primarily by the NRCS to speed up and improve soil survey mapping by reducing time spent in the field.
According to George Rohaley, national remote sensing leader, NRCS (USDA), "NRCS has obtained the Intermap NEXTMap® USA elevation product because it is an unusually good value for the price, considering the amount of coverage and accurate representation of today's landscape. Initially obtained for application in our soil survey work, we believe the data will only increase in value by allowing us to pursue other application areas as we become more experienced using the data."
The agreement is contracted through AERO-METRIC and includes data for all of Hawaii and significant portions of Texas, Wyoming, California, Arizona, and Oklahoma. Much of the data is contracted for immediate delivery, with the balance being procured through 2007 as new data becomes available.
"One of our organization's core objectives is to help solve problems that make a positive difference for society," states Brian Bullock, Intermap's president and CEO. "Knowing that our data enables the NRCS to cost effectively assist farmers and ranchers with improved soil production and land conservation techniques means a lot to our employees and shareholders."
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