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Sanborn to Begin Acquisition for Arkansas Statewide Orthoimagery Project
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The Sanborn Map Company, Inc. (Sanborn) aerial acquisition team will mobilize to Arkansas to collect high-resolution imagery to map the entire state of Arkansas under the 2017-2018 Statewide Orthoimagery Program. The firm will collect more than 60,000 4-band, 12-inch and 6-inch resolution images covering 55,000 square miles via 375 flight lines.

The Statewide Orthoimagery Program fulfills the requirement for the Arkansas GIS Office to update the Arkansas statewide imagery base map. The resulting imagery products will be an important resource for state and local governing entities and forms the foundation that enables accuracy and consistency for geospatial products and data produced in and for the State of Arkansas.

The Sanborn team, which includes local Arkansas-based subcontractors, will collect imagery during snow-free, cloud-free and leaf-off conditions, which make the final product ideal for a variety of products and applications. In addition, for cities and / or counties that are interested, Sanborn is set to offer value-added products for purchase on an a la carte basis, including among others: resolution upgrades, planimetric mapping and contours.

"This imagery will be a major update for the State's Geographic Information System base map," says Shelby D. Johnson, Geographic Information Officer from the Arkansas GIS Office. "It will provide imagery data in a format that will be a dramatic improvement in quality over the imagery currently available for many areas. We also know that many of our rural 9-1-1 centers in the state have not had this kind information before and they will be able to put it to use for public safety. It's a springboard for them on the steps toward next-generation 9-1-1 capability."

On February 2nd, officials from the Arkansas GIS Office met in Batesville to present a complete overview of the project to end-users in the first areas to be flown. They discussed the impact of the new, high-resolution imagery and provided information on the acquisition of complete coverage for each county at this level of base map quality.

About The Sanborn Map Company, Inc.

Sanborn is an innovator in the modern geospatial industry, delivering state-of-the-art mapping, visualization and 3D solutions for customers worldwide. The firm operates a fleet of aircraft located strategically across the United States. Embracing cutting-edge technology, Sanborn specializes in oblique aerial imagery, aerial and mobile LiDAR, aerial orthophotography, 3D modeling and visualization software and services, SPIN indoor mapping , unmanned aircraft system (UAS) sales, services and image processing, and a host of geospatial software products.

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