GuardianUTM Cloud Chosen for Ordnance Survey Flight Planning Platform 

By Phoebe Grinter / 01 Mar 2022
Ordnance Survey - Altitude Angel

Ordnance Survey will incorporate Altitude Angel’s GuardianUTM Cloud platform into its in-house survey planning software, which is used to determine whether it is suitable for its Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) team to carry out a survey using a UAS, or whether one of the company’s 230 surveyors should go instead. 

Mapping Britain since 1791, Ordnance Survey (OS) are the benchmark in the collection and presentation of mapping and geospatial data, recording and maintaining over 500 million geospatial features to keep the OS national geographic database up to date. 

The benefit to OS of incorporating the GuardianUTM Cloud platform will be considerable savings in time and resource through the survey planning phase. GuardianUTM Cloud will provide the OS survey team with the most up-to-date and relevant aeronautical information as well as ground hazard data.   

A detailed area report and hazard score can be generated through Altitude Angel’s innovative Area Report API, providing further information crucial for ensuring safety and mitigating risk. 

“Within the field of mapping, there are few organizations to rival Ordnance Survey. As such, it is true testament to the quality of GuardianUTM Cloud that it will be an integral part of the Ordnance Survey’s in-house flight planning platform,” said Richard Parker, Altitude Angel, CEO. “Like OS, we understand the importance of detail, and getting it right. By taking a meticulous approach to our data and delivering to the highest standards, we allow our customers to make the best possible evidence-based decisions.” 

Matt Farthing, Technical Consultant with Ordnance Survey, added: “At Ordnance Survey, we probably have a better understanding than anyone of the topology of Great Britain. Combining this with Altitude Angel’s detailed temporal and regulatory view of the potential impediments to flying UAS offers significant benefits to our capture operation.  

“The GuardianUTM Cloud platform supports our national surveying activity and will further enhance the speed in which we capture change and update the database ultimately benefiting the thousands of customers who use and rely on OS data.” 

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