Leading aerial imagery company Nearmap announced today that it is making its high-resolution aerial imaging available free of charge to state, local and county health officials, and government agencies for COVID-19 relief effort planning. Agencies that do not currently have access to an active Nearmap subscription or trial can sign up for this service online or by calling 1-801-292-2321.
“We appreciate the tireless efforts of our health and government officials in setting up testing sites and providing other resources to the public during this unprecedented time,” said Rob Newman, CEO of Nearmap. “Nearmap is pleased to play a part in assisting these agencies as they continue to plan relief efforts nationwide. We hope this service will be a valuable resource in supporting safe, accurate planning while minimizing the amount of time required to be on-site.”
As COVID-19 began spreading and social distancing measures were implemented, Nearmap was contacted by a number of government agencies who are using the company’s up-to-date, high-resolution aerial imagery to identify locations for mobile testing centers, temporary medical facilities, and more.
“We’ve used Nearmap to help create a traffic routing plan for an upcoming mobile test site, said Betsi Chatham, GIS Manager, City of Grapevine Information Technology. “It was nice to have and refer to because of the currency of the imagery.”
As more businesses discovered the value of having clear, current, and up-to-date aerial imagery and reached out for assistance, Nearmap decided to provide services directly to these emergency management agencies free of charge.
“The health and wellbeing of our employees, clients, and partners during this global pandemic is our primary concern and we are committed to doing our part to shorten COVID-19’s impact by helping to ensure the health and safety of the general public however we can,” continued Newman, “It’s important to us to be involved in and find ways to support global relief efforts. We will continue to monitor the situation and adapt our policies as needed and in accordance with government recommendations and updates from global health organizations.”
Upon requesting this free service, emergency response personnel will be able to access Nearmap’s current, up-to-date library of high-resolution imagery for coverage of the cities and/or counties in their jurisdiction. Nearmap captures most major metropolitan areas 3 times a year, making the imagery provided some of the most recent, and broadly available, imagery on the market.
These detailed images can be used to plan emergency response mobilization centers, determine proximity to medical clinics and hospitals, and provide visibility of the site for planning parking, line logistics, and more. Additional aerial imagery use cases and learnings will be presented in a webinar series hosted by Nearmap on April 7th, 14th and May 19th.
Parties interested in acquiring imagery in these difficult times should contact Nearmap immediately by visiting https://view.nearmap.com/gov-offer.html or calling 1-801-292-2321.