Monday 26 November 2018

Great British Scaleup: emapsite

emapsite logoThis is the fifth in a series of short profiles of the companies featured in our fifth Great British Scaleup event held earlier this month.

Farnborough-based emapsite supplies mapping services, location data and applications to a wide variety of customers across land and property, engineering and environment, energy and infrastructure, utilities and telco, insurance, finance, and the public sector.

The business was founded by CEO James Cutler and Justin Saunders a matter of weeks before the dot-com bubble burst in 2000. It was one of our Little British Battlers four years ago (see LBB emapsite: finding a place for geospatial data) and now joins the ranks of our Great British Scaleups.

GBS logoemapsite has developed a number of online applications that provide access to geospatial data, including custom map extracts, site plans, reports for site assessment, marine mapping, and tools that enable licensed data to be shared more efficiently between contractors. An increasingly important part of the business are managed data services, where it provides APIs across three core areas: location search, data visualisation and data query.

For any business operating in the geospatial sector, data currency is key. emapsite's automation investment has enabled it to refresh data within three days of receipt from suppliers. The company also continues to expand its supplier network to widen the use of earth observation data in its products and services.

The UK has some of the best geospatial data in the world and the Government is keen to leverage this position by developing a more open data infrastructure. As announced in Budget 2017 (alongside the establishment of the Geospatial Commission), the Government is working with Ordnance Survey (OS) to open up OS MasterMap data, which emapsite believes will benefit the business by increasing the appetite in the market for more detailed geospatial information.

emapsite has built an established position in this market and works with many big-name customers e.g. Severn Trent Water, Network Rail, and the Welsh Government. It’s in a good position to benefit from the momentum that is starting to build behind the geospatial data opportunity in the UK.

Posted by Dale Peters at '09:18' - Tagged: startup   data   geospatial   scaleup