Kampsax India Ltd, the Indian division of Denmark-based geographical information systems (GIS) firm Cowi A/S, has managed to secure a lion’s share of a Euro 35m contract from the Ordnance Survey of Britain to digitalize its maps of the UK.
The contract is worth around Rs 35m crore ($7.7m) over the next five years to Kampsax, which specializes in photogrammetric mapping or three-dimensional mapping.
It is considered to be the world’s largest mapping deal to date.
Copenhagen-based Cowi originated the contract with the British Ordnance Survey to improve the positional accuracy of maps (up to 1.2 meters) of Britain’s rural areas.
Under the terms of the agreement, Cowi will supply updated maps of the UK and also to create value-added databases sourced from digital map data. While Cowi will provide aerial photography support, it has bought in New Delhi-based Kampsax to engage in the digital conversion process.
Cowi took over Kampsax of Denmark, the original promoter of Kampsax India, in 2002. Subsequently, Cowi obtained a controlling stake in the Indian subsidiary by increasing its holding to 51%. The Industrial Fund for Developing Countries-Denmark (IFU) has 24% and Mumbai-based IL&FS Technology Services Ltd 25%.
Kampsax says it has over 200 digital mapping, photogrammetry and GIS experts on staff and has created similar digital databases for Denmark, Romania, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Argentina, Russia, and Saudi Arabia.
This article is based on material originally published by ComputerWire