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Mobileye and OS combine to deliver location intelligence

Vehicles will gather data on road networks and roadside infrastructure, which will be cross-referenced with existing geospatial data sets

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OS and Mobileye are extending the value of location data. Picture: Ordnance Survey
OS and Mobileye are extending the value of location data. Picture: Ordnance Survey

The UK national mapping agency, Ordnance Survey (OS), is combining its geospatial and technology expertise with Mobileye’s automotive camera-based mapping capabilities to offer a location information service to OS customers across energy, infrastructure and other sectors. It made the announcement at the CES 2019 electronics show in Las Vegas, which runs 8-11 January.

 

It means utility companies, for example, can use the service to maintain the precise location of their assets on the ground, such as manhole covers, lamp posts, telephone poles and more. By enabling a stronger view into overground and underground assets, these companies can more efficiently plan and manage maintenance needs, support or other necessary work.

 

How the service works

 

Using the Mobileye technology, vehicles will gather sizable volumes of location data on road networks and roadside infrastructure. The collected data is then cross-referenced with existing geospatial data sets, such as OS MasterMap, to help develop accurate maps of Britain’s roads and surrounding areas with great detail and precision. The data is anonymised.

 

The agreement enables Ordnance Survey and Mobileye to extend the value of location data to businesses and governments in market segments such as smart cities. It follows a successful year of pilot projects by the two organisations.

 

Ordnance Survey has worked with data collected by Mobileye and successfully integrated it into the geospatial database for Great Britain. In addition, a number of Ordnance Survey vehicles have been fitted with Mobileye 8 Connect to collect data on the roads of Britain.

“We envisage this new rich data to be key to how vehicles, infrastructure, people and more will communicate in the digital age”

The new service will also support 5G, intelligent mobility and additional digital services, enabling "a fully connected, digital Britain", said the two companies.

 

“At OS we work hard to enable an environment that supports new technologies and data services across the public and private sector,” said Neil Ackroyd, CEO, Ordnance Survey. “OS appreciates its role as a trusted advisor in existing and new market opportunities and will continue to invest and innovate to support our utility customers and in new discovery projects such as CAV, 5G and IoT.

 

He added: “One key, and common, learning is that detailed and accurate geospatial data is a must for the success of these projects. We envisage this new rich data to be key to how vehicles, infrastructure, people and more will communicate in the digital age.”

 

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