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UK, Saturday, January 1, 2000
BLOM LAUNCHES THE INITIAL STAGE OF THE FIRST EVER OBLIQUE AND ORTHOGRAPHIC IMAGERY DATASET OF THE MAJOR CITIES IN EASTERN EUROPE

The most recent, comprehensive and detailed aerial photography of Romania will form the first phase of this unique project.

Blom announces that it is the first company to have speculatively captured and processed orthographic and oblique imagery for the 12 largest cities in Romania. The data forms part of a unique imagery dataset that will cover all the major cities in Eastern Europe, to include Ukraine, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Hungary by the end of the year with Croatia, Czech, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Slovenia being captured in 2009.

This is a major achievement for Blom, which is the only company to speculatively capture data in some of these countries where there are major sensitivities and restrictions with both government and military organisations.

David Critchley managing director of UK which was responsible for capturing the imagery said; “After the accomplishments of the last two years in capturing over 900 towns and cities in Western Europe, our ventures into Eastern Europe, initially Romania, are generating new business opportunities for Blom”

The Romanian images were captured during April and May of this year and include cities such as Arad, Braila, Brasov, Bucuresti, Cluj-Napoca, Constanta, Craiova, Galati, Iasi, Ploiesti, Sibiu and Timisoara. The datasets were completed and made available to customers within 3 months with Braila municipality already taking delivery of the data set.

Ionut Savoiu, managing director of Romania commented; “this provides an excellent opportunity for Blom in Romania. With the multiple perspectives of the imagery we can satisfy the requirements for the municipalities, cadastre, utilities and security services whilst also creating the lead in Romania for navigation products and location based services”.

This unique dataset can be used in a wide range of applications, including assisting national cadastre organisations in creating their databases on land ownership and usage. In addition, it can provide a real world context for police and emergency response units, provide utility companies excellent tools for asset management and can be used by insurance companies to help them to understand in real time the risks they are underwriting. Furthermore, it can be used to provide valuable information for major infrastructure projects during the feasibility and planning stages.

One example of such a project is the 2012 European Football Championship which will be jointly hosted by Poland & Ukraine. These datasets will be invaluable for the planning and management of this prestigious sporting event.

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