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Efficient Airport Operations

Current Aerial Views

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) relies on the frequency and functionality of Nearmap imagery to manage its built environment.

“Nearmap provides recent content which helps us keep pace with the frequent changes to our Airport infrastructure.”

Hanson MichaelSenior GIS Analyst, SFO
With nearly 58 million guests traveling through the airport each year, SFO places safety, security, and high-quality service at the top of its priorities.

The Challenge at a glance

Frequent, High-Res Insights

Although SFO was pleased with the imagery from previous providers, turnaround time and frequency wasn’t ideal, and became a top priority as airport infrastructure continued to evolve.
In order to continue providing exceptional service to travelers, airlines and the community, as well as comply to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards, SFO needed up-to-date aerial imagery. That’s when they discovered Nearmap.

The Solution at a glance

Keeping Up with Rapid Change

With imagery dating back to the 1930s, SFO has documented the progression of the airport over many decades. But with Nearmap, the airport could track changes over the span of a few months, instead of years.
“Prior to Nearmap, our imagery was typically on a 12–18-month cycle and the airport was changing at a much faster pace than this. So, for the high-resolution content, Nearmap has been working very well,” said Hanson.

Business Impact

Maintaining Accuracy

When the location of everything – including every painted sign in the movement area of the airport – must be documented, accuracy is crucial.
Nearmap’s frequency, granularity and interoperability is critical to SFO meeting its goals. It’s also able to support the airport’s need to meet imagery compliance obligations from the FAA and helps to maximise the safety of workers and engineers throughout the airport.

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