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Picture Perfect Contract for Leicestershire Firm

Infoterra Ltd, a Leicestershire company, is just one of the businesses in the East Midlands to benefit from London’s position as the host city for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

After signing up to CompeteFor, a website that publicises Games-related contract opportunities, the Leicester-based firm won a contract to provide high resolution aerial photography of the main Olympic site.

As a leading provider of geospatial products & services in the UK, one of Infoterra’s areas of expertise is data acquisition and processing. Data is gathered from planes, and then processed, aligned to the national grid reference system and ‘sewn’ together to make a seamless picture. This geographic data is turned into useful business information for a host of purposes such as, flood mapping, land cover & environmental analysis, asset management and planning.

Infoterra, which employs around 100 people at its Leicester office, had already provided national aerial photography to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) via the four-year Pan-Government Agreement, which allows certain government organisations to access over 250,000sq kilometres of photography and height data.

It was earlier this year that the company registered on the CompeteFor site and about 3 months later won a standalone contract to provide a single image of the main site at a resolution of 5cm per pixel. Compared to the standard resolution for aerial photography of 25cm per pixel, this detailed view allows the ODA to not only visualise the site from above but also map and measure between points, allowing it to be used in conjunction with surveys on the ground.

From winning the contract to carrying it out was an extremely quick turnaround – the data was captured after just one week and within a month it had all been processed too.

Andy Wells, director of government services for Infoterra Ltd, said, “We were informed that firms registered on CompeteFor would be given the opportunity to tender for business relating to the London 2012 Games. Registering on the site was easy and we found the process of submitting a proposal very straightforward.

“We are hoping to be involved in similar projects. We receive regular emails informing us of relevant opportunities and have already submitted a tender to update the photography over the next three years, as the site develops.”

Olympic Minister Tessa Jowell recently visited the company’s head office as part of a visit to the East Midlands to see how the Games are benefitting the country. She said, “Infoterra is a perfect example of the vital role that businesses all over the country are playing in delivering the Olympic and Paralympic Games and in return how the benefits of the games are spreading way beyond London.”

As well as allowing businesses across the UK to benefit from London 2012 investment, CompeteFor also provides access to business support services to build skills and capacity to and beyond the London 2012 Games.

For further information on the opportunities that exist in the London 2012 supply chain or to submit a business profile, visit www.competefor.com