Ordnance Survey is to offer a new, accurate location information service to energy, infrastructure and other customers.
The national mapping agency has teamed up with Mobileye, an Intel company, to collect high-precision location data across Britain.
Using Mobileye’s automotive camera-based mapping capabilities, vehicles will gather location data on road networks and roadside infrastructure. This data will then be cross-referenced with existing geospatial data sets, such as OS MasterMap, to help develop new maps of Britain’s roads and surrounding areas with a high level of detail and precision.
Ordnance Survey and Mobileye plan to offer customised solutions derived from the location data.
For example, utility companies could use the service to maintain the precise location of their assets on the ground, such as manhole covers, lamp posts, network boxes and telephone poles. By enabling a stronger view into overground and underground assets, companies can more efficiently plan and manage maintenance needs, support or other necessary work, Ordnance Survey explained.
The new data will also support the rollout of technologies such as 5G, intelligent mobility and connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs).
Neil Ackroyd, Ordnance Survey chief executive, said that detailed and accurate geospatial data is “a must” for the success of projects like CAVs, Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G.
“We envisage this new rich data to be key to how vehicles, infrastructure, people and more will communicate in the digital age,” he added.
According to Mobileye, the deal demonstrates how its mapping capabilities can extend the value of location data to businesses in new market segments, such as smart cities.
“Using maps to improve operations between businesses and cities will help bring us closer to the realisation of smart cities and safer roads,” said Professor Amnon Shashua, president and CEO of Mobileye.
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