Seazone Paves The Way For Government Access To Marine Mapping
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Seazone Paves The Way For Government Access To Marine Mapping

SeaZone Solutions Ltd, the UK’s leading supplier of marine mapping, is spearheading a collective licensing campaign that will enable government offices to have open access to its new digital data product, SeaZone Hydrospatial.

July 7, 2006 - Access to SeaZone’s definitive, high-resolution information will enable better-informed decisions when it comes to spatial planning, coastal risk management and environment assessment. Traditionally, the public sector has only had access to a generalised subset of marine information in the form of navigational charts. With the advent of new technologies, there is growing realisation of the importance of comprehensive base reference information for the marine environment and coastal zone.

A pilot agreement will run from April 2006 to March 2007 and has the support of many organisations including the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), English Nature, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Welsh Assembly Government. This pilot is an essential step in developing the business case for a wider licensing agreement that will run for three years, enabling government departments to share information and cut costs. As part of the agreement, SeaZone will be running a series of workshops and training days throughout the year to raise awareness of SeaZone’s marine geographic information and to ensure that its value is realised in the public sector.

Dr Mike Osborne, Managing Director of SeaZone, comments: “There is a recognised demand for more sophisticated and open access to data across the coastal zone. SeaZone’s information-rich baseline data will not only address the shortcomings of paper nautical charts but also provide a fundamental tool kit for future marine GIS planning, modelling and analysis. This will become increasingly important as the UK adapts to the huge environmental challenges it faces – an issue that has been put under the microscope in the Government’s planning policies and its draft Marine Bill.”

Dr Osborne added: “A key component of the collective agreement is to make government departments aware of the reliable and detailed data that is now available at its finger tips. This agreement ensures that the best possible information is used in decision making, at a time when our seas are coming under increasing pressure from development and the coastal zone is under threat from climatic and other changes.”

For more information contact:
Tim Read/Sophie Whittle on 01242 577277 or:
Email Contact/ Email Contact

General product and Technical enquiries:
Alison L Smith, Marketing & Customer Services Manager
Tel: 0870 013 0607, email: Email Contact

Issued on behalf of SeaZone by Camargue, Corporate and B2B Communications, Camargue House, Wellington Road, Cheltenham, Glos GL52 2AG.
Tel: 01242 577277 Fax: 01242 527277.