viaEuropa hosted map service adds British National Grid system and WMS-C support

September 17, 2013 -- Europa Technologies has today announced further enhancements to the viaEuropa hosted map service. The pioneering service which enables organisations to utilise complex Ordnance Survey digital map data as a hosted base map, now adds support for the British National Grid system in addition to the popular "spherical Mercator" projection. The combination of support for these two systems enables widespread use across internal desktop and server mapping applications, together with broad deployment using web mapping APIs such as Bing Maps and Google Maps. Importantly, the ability to consume the service using either of these systems means that organisations do not have to reproject their own asset data to fit the base map, a process which can often lead to offsets between assets and the real world features they should align with on the base map.

At the same time, Europa Technologies is pleased to confirm support for the WMS-C standard in the viaEuropa service. WMS-C is a constrained version of WMS which allows the use of a cache to optimise performance. This extends the list of standards that can be used to exploit the service (already including TMS and WMTS), thereby enabling organisations to quickly and easily consume the service using reliable and documented standards. Importantly, support for WMS-C enables users of legacy applications which support WMS (but not the more modern TMS or WMTS) to make use of the viaEuropa service.

Duncan Hill, Business Development Manager of Europa Technologies, comments: “We are delighted to announce these further enhancements to the viaEuropa service. Together with our recent inclusion in the G-Cloud III programme, we believe that these developments will make it even easier for our clients to use and re-use the service, making further cost savings and efficiency gains in the process.”

About viaEuropa

viaEuropa is an online service from Europa Technologies for the delivery of high quality digital maps direct to your application. viaEuropa bridges the chasm between raw data delivery and a finished map product ready for deployment, making it ideal for any organisation needing to deliver location intelligent applications whilst saving time, saving money and improving customer service. For more information on viaEuropa from Europa Technologies, visit

About Europa Technologies

Europa Technologies is an award-winning specialist in digital maps and associated services for a wide variety of market sectors and applications. Our resources allow organisations with international interests to better understand their customers, assets and markets, in a geographic context, to gain a competitive or strategic advantage. Mapping products and services from Europa Technologies are used by many Fortune Global 500 companies, governments and missions of the United Nations. The company has global licence agreements with a number of leading Internet-based service providers including Google. Through deployment via Google Earth and Google Maps alone, our world data products have been seen by over 700 million people, approximately 1 in 10 of the world's entire population.


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