Stringent terrain and obstacle requirements mandated by eTOD initiative addressed in new comprehensive system for European civil aviation agencies
Monday, January 25, 2010
DENVER — Intermap Technologies, the foremost worldwide 3D digital mapping company, today announced its high-resolution NEXTMap digital elevation data, currently available in numerous regions around the world including Europe and the United States, is being used to develop an advanced terrain and obstacle solution in advance of the ICAO's eTOD (Electronic Terrain Obstacle Data) initiative. The process for collecting the NEXTMap dataset is currently undergoing certification by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). NEXTMap data will ultimately enable an eTOD solution, which will help address cross-border harmonization issues in an effort to satisfy the need for uniformity and consistency in the provision of aeronautical information.
Developed in concert with several European-based air navigation service providers, the solution can potentially reduce the risk of collision with terrain and other obstacles by satisfying new reporting and accuracy requirements within well-defined distances surrounding aerodromes throughout Europe.
Available as early as Q2 2010, the solution will be compatible with existing planning tools and software, enable low upfront costs to the member states, and provide easy access to a seamless terrain and obstacle database that is centrally located.
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