European Commission Awards $1 million Contract to Indra Espacio's Subcontractor, Intermap Technologies, to Create New Pan-European Digital Elevation Model

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2 Mar, 2010

High-resolution dataset delivered with prime contractor Indra Espacio as part of agreement to support Commission's GMES program


DENVER & Munich, Germany — Intermap Technologies, the foremost 3D digital mapping and geospatial solutions company, today announced that its German subsidiary, Intermap Technologies GmbH, is providing a seamless digital elevation model (DEM) of the 38 countries comprising the European Environment Agency (EEA38). The new EU-DEM will serve as the elevation data component of the European Commission's Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) Geospatial Reference Data Program — supporting the GMES Land Monitoring and Emergency Response Services initiatives.

Under the terms of the $1 million contract, the freely accessible EU-DEM will be created using publicly available Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) and Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) data. Inconsistencies within the SRTM and ASTER datasets will be removed by adjusting them with the highly accurate NEXTMap Europe elevation dataset. In addition, a commercially available 1 arc-second NEXTMap Europe digital terrain model (DTM) will be provided for land monitoring services, as well as a 0.15 arc-second DTM for emergency response services. 

Intermap will provide access to this new, uniformly accurate DEM to the European Commission Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry via a set of middleware, OGC compliant, services over the next 3 years, beginning January 2010. These services will be implemented by Indra Espacio, Spain. The EU-DEM will provide the GMES user community with an underlying 3D geographic framework, upon which additional thematic datasets can be produced and distributed. The new DEM will also enable the rigorous assessment, analysis, and monitoring of geospatial relationships between multiple databases — significantly contributing to the European Union's spatial data infrastructure. 

"The challenges presented by the lack of consistency, coverage, and accuracy in the elevation datasets currently available from commercial and public sources presented a formidable technical obstacle to their individual consideration as the source for a new pan-European DEM," said Adam Denman, Intermap's vice president and general manager, Europe. "The new EU-DEM, with its precise and unambiguous x, y, and z location information, will be a significant improvement over the presently available free pan-European elevation datasets."

About Intermap Technologies
Intermap (TSX: IMP.TO) is a preeminent digital mapping and geospatial solutions provider that has set the industry standard for creating uniform high-resolution 3D digital models of the earth's surface. The Company has proactively remapped entire countries and built 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, GPS maps, insurance risk assessment, oil and gas, hydrology, renewable energy, environmental planning, wireless communications, transportation, aviation, and 3D visualization markets. 

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Intermap has offices in Australia, Calgary, Detroit, Jakarta, London, Munich, Ottawa, Prague, and Washington D.C.

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Adam Denman, Vice President & General Manager, Europe 
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