Hartley Wintney, UK, February 14, 2011 – Getmapping plc has acquired Geosense Ltd, and its South African subsidiary. The deal was endorsed at an Extraordinary General Meeting of Getmapping’s shareholders on 11th February.
The acquisition will allow Getmapping to continue to grow its UK business and operate on a truly international basis. Geosense has built up a reputation for delivering professional aerial survey, image and map processing services to the UK and African markets.
“This merger will enable Getmapping to put more effort into growing the South African business and expanding its activities across Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition we will start to export the value-added products and services which we have pioneered in the British market, including web sales, data hosting services and web-based GIS,” said Tristram Cary.
Tristram Cary, will remain as Chairman of the Group, focusing on strategic business development. Dave Horner, Martin Tocher and Matt Murphy of Geosense have joined the Getmapping board of Directors, with Dave Horner becoming the new Managing Director.
“This is a very exciting time for Getmapping and I am confident that the new merged company is better placed to grow and prosper than we were as two separate entities,” said Dave Horner. “Geosense has developed an excellent reputation in the South African aerial survey market with significant long term customers such as the Cape Town Municipality and the South African National Mapping Agency. In addition we have started to build up our business in Sub-Saharan Africa from Mozambique to Nigeria. The expanded company offers a true end-to-end aerial survey solution with international reach,” continued Horner.
About Getmapping Plc
Getmapping Plc is a leading provider of aerial photography, digital mapping and web based services. With offices in Hartley Wintney, Hampshire and Cape Town, South Africa, Getmapping was the first company to have up to date nationwide coverage of Britain and pioneered online delivery of aerial photography to business and the public at large. A reseller of professional mapping, oblique photography, height data, OS maps and third party aerial photography, Getmapping services a wide variety of markets including press and media, local authorities, property and construction, environmental consultants and the public. It also provides a number of value added mapping products and services tailored to specific client needs including data hosting, online data delivery and web-based GIS. A pioneer of many online products through its website, Getmapping is the only company currently re-flying the whole of the UK at enhanced 12.5cm resolution.