Public sector to build cloud-based Wales map

Public sector bodies in Wales took another step towards the adoption of a cloud-based mapping service covering the whole of the country after appointing a supplier.

A notice in the Official Journal of the European Union announced yesterday that Getmapping is the sole supplier appointed to a framework to service 33 organisations including Welsh councils, fire and rescue and police services, national parks and Public Health Wales.

The framework will provide a hosted, cloud-based mapping service covering the entire geographic area of Wales, with a 2km buffer on the border with England.

The notice said: “The service will be used within desktop GIS, mobile or web mapping applications. The service will not host business data and will only be available to Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) members.”

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The PSMA is a partnership between the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and , Ordnance Survey and gives public sector bodies access to a selection of high quality digital map products.

A statement on the Getmapping website says: “Getmapping is a long established Ordnance Survey partner. We are dedicated to making geographic data more accessible and affordable to any level of user through an innovative range of data capture, manipulation, hosting, streaming and analytical services.”

The value of the contract was £ 224,000, and Getmapping was selected from a list of five companies which applied.

The procurement process was run by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, which had originally budgeted for the contract to cost up to £400,000.

Colin Marrs

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