Changing the way businesses and government use maps

Back in September 2009, at the annual AGI conference, we launched our first new vector product for over three yearsOS VectorMap Local.  Fast forward two years and we are seeing the product deliver important efficiency and service delivery benefits to business and government users across the country. These include leading global insurers RSA and Aviva, the Welsh Assembly Government, West Dorset District Council, Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service and North Devon District Council. All government users have free access to the product under the Public Sector Mapping Agreement.

OS VectorMap Local provides an alternative to traditional raster mapping products, allowing users to completely customise the content, style and colour of the mapping to meet their own needs. Users can highlight and display specific features on the map as well as overlaying their own information, displaying exactly what they want. It is an ideal product to create bespoke mapping for any project or for web applications. 

Why not have a look at our new OS VectorMap Local video to see how you could use maps differently?

Since hitting the market in 2009 we’ve also seen the flexibility of OS VectorMap Local with the creation of colour-blind friendly maps. For many people, map reading can be a struggle, but for the hundreds of thousands that are colour-blind it can be an even more arduous experience.

The traditional rainbow of cartographic colours – green for grass-land and trees, red for main roads and public footpaths, and blue for motorways and rivers – can become indistinguishable, making map reading extremely difficult. With the introduction of OS VectorMap Local, maps can be altered and specifically styled to make mapping easier on the colour-blind eye.

Let us know your ideas on how customisable maps from OS VectorMap could also be used.

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