Bluesky Supports Remote Workers with Latest Aerial Photography Online


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Leicestershire, UK, 19 May 2020 – The most up to date, accurate and high-resolution aerial imagery and height data is now available online for immediate download, providing users access to real world locations from the safety of their own home, office or mobile device.


“With remote working rapidly becoming the new norm it is essential that users can continue to experience and understand the locations, sites and environments they would normally operate in,” commented Rachel Tidmarsh, Managing Director of Bluesky International. “Geographic data provides this intelligence like no other solution. From the safety of a screen users can assess access points, make condition assessments and even plan the deployment of resources – without stepping foot outside or near another person.”


In the latest move by Bluesky International more than 100,000 square kilometres of aerial photography has been added to its digital Mapshop covering areas such as Newcastle, Exeter and Hull as well as parts of County Durham, Devon and Lincolnshire. The recent update also includes digital height data modelling both the earth’s surface as well as buildings and vegetation.


Bluesky is also adding ultra-high resolution (5 centimetre) imagery of London, Nottingham, Brighton, Cambridge, Newcastle and Oxford, captured using its CityMapper hybrid airborne sensor, and geographically accurate, photo realistic MetroVista 3D mesh models of several major UK cities including Birmingham, Bristol and the capital. To complement the digital imagery there are 25cm Digital Surface Models (DSM) and 5 metre Digital Terrain Models (DTM).


Different epochs of both imagery and height models have also been added to the Bluesky Mapshop, equating to more than a million square kilometres of data. These datasets, dating from 2016 to 2019, provide context for the most up to date solutions and can provide details for temporal change analysis or site history studies. 


Bluesky International is the leading aerial survey and geographic data company in the UK producing and maintaining seamless digital aerial photography and height data on a national scale in both Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. Bluesky also undertakes bespoke surveys, including LiDAR, for a range of public and private sector clients.


Bluesky International operates a range of aircraft and sensors including three Ultracam Eagle Mark 3s, a CityMapper which allows the simultaneous collection of vertical and oblique imagery as well as LiDAR data, and a Galaxy LiDAR which is mounted with a thermal sensor and survey grade camera. These systems put Bluesky International in the enviable position of being able to provide customers with unique and cost-effective geospatial solutions. 


As well as being an established and respected aerial survey company Bluesky International is also highly innovative and continually strives to develop new products and services by embracing new technology and methods. This has resulted in the development of some unique products such as the National Tree Map (NTM). 


These datasets underpin long term contracts with local and central governments and many major blue-chip companies from a range of market sectors including financial services, utilities, telecoms, web portals, construction and environment.  Bluesky International has offices in the UK, US, Republic of Ireland and a dedicated production centre in India.  

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