Intermap's 3D terrain data takes visual realism in the gaming industry to a new level
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
DENVER (February 12, 2008): Intermap Technologies today announced an agreement with FS Dreamscapes, a third-party provider of terrain mesh and photoscenery downloads optimized for Microsoft®Flight Simulator X. The agreement calls for the creation of highly detailed terrain modules for the United States and Europe called “NEXTMap® ProMesh™”. The ProMesh line is based on terrain data collected as part of Intermap's country-wide NEXTMap 3D digital mapping program. With a vertical accuracy of one-meter or better, the data will provide users with a uniquely realistic viewing experience.
“FS Dreamscapes has done an outstanding job creating a product that provides the most realistic viewing experience possible for Microsoft Flight Simulator X users,” commented Kevin Thomas, vice president of marketing for Intermap Technologies. “Taking our high-resolution 3D digital elevation data and using it to enhance a consumer application in the video game industry is an amazing use of our data.”
“We are thrilled to incorporate Intermap's uniformly accurate NEXTMap data in our Microsoft Flight Simulator X application,” said Dean Mountford, FS Dreamscape's president and CEO. “The terrain detail we're able to achieve on such a large scale is unprecedented,” he continued. “For the user, it will be like looking out the window of an actual aircraft in flight.”
FS Dreamscapes will first bring to market the flight simulator product for Hawaii, quickly followed by California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, and Florida. Data for Germany, Italy, and France is scheduled for delivery by the end of 2008. The remainder of the contiguous United States will be available in 2009. FS Dreamscapes' NEXTMap ProMesh products are available on the company's website atwww.fsdreamscapes.com/store and through distributors worldwide.
About Intermap Technologies
Intermap (TSX: IMP.TO, AIM: IMAP.L) is a preeminent digital mapping company creating uniform high-resolution 3D digital models of the earth's surface. The Company is proactively remapping entire countries and building uniform national databases, called NEXTMap®, consisting of affordably priced elevation data and geometric images of unprecedented accuracy. Demand for NEXTMap data is growing as new commercial applications emerge within the GIS, engineering, automotive, personal navigation device, insurance risk assessment, oil and gas, hydrology, environmental planning, wireless communications, transportation, aviation, and 3D visualization markets.
Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Intermap employs more than 600 people worldwide, with additional offices in Calgary, Detroit, Jakarta, London, Munich, Ottawa, Prague, and Washington D.C. For more information, visit www.intermap.com.
About FS Dreamscapes
FS Dreamscapes began as a visionary dream of its owner, Dean Mountford, to push the envelope in Flight Simulator design and innovation. The vision is not just to make scenery for Flight Simulator, but to make the best quality scenery and products possible and to build for the future of Flight Simulation. FS Dreamscapes officially launched their first product for Utah in September 2007, with the aim to create the highest quality mesh terrain available and build towards even higher resolution terrain in coming years. To that end, research and development is continuing into other unique products that will help enhance the experience within Microsoft Flight Simulator that will push the realism factor to new levels.
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