Infoterra develops an online geographical asset management system for Stanfords

November 20, 2008 -- Infoterra, a leader in the provision of geospatial products and services, has partnered with Stanfords Business Mapping, a leading retail supplier of paper mapping and map data for businesses, to develop a cost-effective new geographical asset management system - Stanfords GIS - for organisations managing property portfolios. This new system incorporates mapping and aerial photography in a secure, web-based management interface to provide an integrated geographical property database.

Stanfords GIS is ideal for housing associations and local authorities enabling management of their property stock in a geographical context. Within an easy-to-use browser-based application Stanfords GIS integrates geospatial data with property specific information, such as maintenance records, site plans, photographs and financial reports.

Under a single annual Stanfords GIS licence, organisations can upload addresses that are then matched against Ordnance Survey Address Layer 2 to determine geographic location. Detailed aerial imagery and OS MasterMap® are provided for visualisation of the immediate surrounding area of each property. Additional mapping data provides a wider context to the entire portfolio. This management tool then allows the user to annotate maps, populate data tables, and generate reports.

“We recognise that geographic information management can be daunting and expensive due to the complexities of sourcing technology, staff and data. Therefore we now offer a simple service from one online resource, with charging based on actual data usage, aimed at delivering real business benefits. To date feedback from potential users has been very positive,” commented Geoff Blissitt, National Sales Manager of Stanfords Business Mapping.

This new management tool builds on Infoterra Ltd’s successful partnership with Stanfords in developing the Stanfords GeoStore offering, which provides online access to aerial photography, height data and Ordnance Survey mapping. It is based on Infoterra’s portal, GeoStore® and its state-of-the-art geospatial data hosting capability.

Further information about Stanfords GIS is available at

About Infoterra
Infoterra, wholly owned by Europe’s leading space company Astrium, is a leading provider of geo-information products and services for managing the development, environment and security of our changing world. With entities in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain and Hungary, its customers include international corporations, governments and authorities around the globe, and organisations such as the European Commission (EC) and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Infoterra operates across a comprehensive range of markets - communications, environment, security, agriculture, defence, oil & gas exploration and many more. Furthermore, Infoterra holds the exclusive commercial exploitation rights for the high-resolution radar satellite TerraSAR-X, and plays a leading role in geo-information services within the European Kopernikus initiative of the EC and ESA.

Infoterra, together with Spot Image, form the Earth Observation Division of Astrium Services.

About GeoStore®
GeoStore® is Infoterra Ltd’s state-of-the-art geospatial data online portal which allows consumers and business customers to browse the company’s huge resource of national data for immediate delivery.
GeoStore provides instant delivery of high quality, accurate aerial imagery, height data and Ordnance Survey mapping, making geospatial information even more accessible for supporting property development, environmental management, infrastructure planning and location illustration.

GeoStore is a service provided by Infoterra Ltd which operates the largest commercial geospatial hosting facility in Europe.

About Stanfords
Stanfords is the UK's leading specialist retailer of maps, travel books and other travel accessories, having been established in 1853 by Edward Stanford. Its flagship store in Covent Garden, London, first opened its doors in January 1901 and can justly claim to offer the world's largest stock of maps and travel books under one roof. Stanfords Business Mapping is also one of the country’s leading retail suppliers of both paper mapping and map data for businesses, which can be supplied either through the company’s national service centre, online / direct through our desktop mapping and Stanfords GeoStore services.

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