UK in lead for maps design and development

Digital technology has transformed itself from folded paper maps into computerised information that can play a crucial role in tackling economic growth, sustainable development and resource management.

This empowers online map searches, as well as satnav and smartphone geolocation services. – The industry also sells its data to all major industry sectors, including oil, transport, telecoms, aviation and agriculture, alongside national and local government and emergency services.

This has claimed to have:
. Help emergency services speed up their responses, which has helped save around 150 lives a year in England.
. companies have saved more than 1bn hours of travel time and 3.5bn litres of fuel each year due to improved navigation.
. savings of between £5.2bn and £14.3bn a year from improved agricultural productivity as a result of better targeted irrigation.

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