Denver, CO – 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.
“One of the most exciting aspects of helping make this solution available,” said Adam Denman, Intermap’s vice president and general manager for Europe, “is it will increase the safety of flights for crews and passengers by significantly reducing errors in the terrain and obstacle dataset here in Europe and by removing current issues associated with utilizing data in different coordinate systems from neighboring countries.”
About Intermap Technologies
Intermap (TSX: IMP.TO) is a preeminent digital mapping company 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 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, environmental planning, wireless communications, transportation, aviation, and 3D visualization markets.