AeroGRID adds full Aerial Coverage of France and Spain

INTERGEO, Cologne, 5th October 2010 - AeroGRID has signed agreements with two new partners, IGN, France (Institut Geographique National) and CNIG España adding full orthophoto coverage of France and Spain to its already impressive aerial photography coverage of Western Europe.

The Institut Geographique National (IGN, France) is the national mapping agency for France, with over 1,600 employees and a mandate to collect, integrate, manage and distribute reference geographical information for the whole country. IGN France has a year-on-year national update program for aerial photography and uses its fleet of aircraft to capture areas for public departments concerned with many scientific and environmental projects such as logging forest damage, flood and oil slick monitoring, surveys of archaeological sites and night flights to measure light pollution.

CNIG Spain is the commercial department for Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN-E, Spain). Founded in 1870, IGN-E is the national mapping agency, and, as part of the Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport, is responsible for the observation and maintenance of the national geodetic networks, producing and updating national cartography, producing and maintaining the Spanish Spatial Data Infrastructure and measuring and recording seismic and volcanic activity.

“AeroGRID is proud to be able to work with these two highly respected National Mapping Agencies and we are delighted to be able to add full online coverage of both France and Spain to our core datasets of Western Europe. This enables us to provide a continuous dataset of more than 1 million square miles (1.7 million km²) to our customers across the world” said Miles Taylor, General Manager. “Our role is to make all this imagery available to the multinational audience, thereby making the procurement of worldwide aerial imagery much more convenient and cost effective,” continued Taylor.

“IGN France is very satisfied by this agreement with AeroGRID, which will increase the wide dissemination and re-use of its national reference orthophoto collection and enable closer interoperability with IGN Spain,” said Patrice Parisé, General Director.

“CNIG Spain and IGN-E are glad of the cooperation with AeroGRID through this agreement, which is a good example of our data re-use policy for Spanish geographic information, in this case, national orthophoto coverage. These agreements together with IGN-E and IGN-F´s orthophoto data enable AeroGRID to provide a multinational offering and significant value add,” said Sebastian Mas, Director of CNIG.

About AeroGRID
AeroGRID was created to provide a one-stop-shop for aerial imagery. By marshalling partner resources, which include 12 survey aircraft and high-resolution digital cameras AeroGRID is able to extend coverage and engage in a regular revision programme that provides extensive and up to date aerial imagery for the market.

For further information please contact:
Miles Taylor
T: + 33 671 156 116 E: Email Contact

About IGN
The Institut géographique national (IGN) was founded in 1940. IGN is heir to the geographic department of the French Armed Forces, the Service Géographique des Armées (SGA), which was created in 1887. Transformed into a French state agency in 1967, the IGN now comes under the authority of the Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and the Seas.

For further information please contact:
Sophie Couturier, T: + 33 (0)1 43 98 83 05   Thomas Klimek, T: + 33 (0)1 43 98 85 91
E: Email Contact

About IGN-CNIG Spain
The Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN-E) of Spain was founded in 1870 and  is now a General Directorate of the Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport. The CNIG («Centro Nacional de Información Geográfica») is an autonomous institution.;;

For further information please contact:
Agustín Cabria, T: + 34 91 597 97 92   Juan Manuel Rodríguez, T: + 34 91 597 97 91 E: Email Contact

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