Europa Technologies wins Ordnance Survey award for viaEuropa hosted map service

June 20, 2012 -- Europa Technologies has been recognised for its work in rendering OS MasterMap large-scale mapping for Great Britain, as delivered through its viaEuropa hosted map service.

This was acknowledged with the OS MasterMap award for Better Mapping, presented at the British Cartographic Society Annual Symposium in Basingstoke, UK, on Thursday 14 June.

After the presentation by Ordnance Survey, Warren Vick, Founder and Director of Europa Technologies, commented, “We are thrilled to have won this award. Good cartographic design is essential for users to correctly interpret complex visual information. Thank you to Ordnance Survey for continuing to capture and supply world-class data and to the British Cartographic Society for its ongoing efforts to highlight the value of cartography.”

The judges from Ordnance Survey made the following remarks on the entry from Europa Technologies: “The judges felt the use of OS MasterMap as part of a consistently styled zoom stack adds great value for customers of Ordnance Survey’s products via the use of cutting-edge software and techniques. Europa Technologies have applied excellent cartographic design and created a set of web map tiles that maximise the visual elements of OS MasterMap Topography Layer. The consideration for those with colour vision deficiencies is also a great feature of the design, affording accessibility to all users.”

The award comes at a time when Europa Technologies is seeing a significant growth in interest in the viaEuropa hosted map service. Duncan Hill, Business Development Manager, commented, “We are delighted to see that organisations are really starting to see the business benefits of consuming data-as-a-service. As an example of this, the Welsh Government has broadened its use of the service to serve data into additional public-facing applications, including for Marine Conservation Zones (, whilst a leading insurance company is now taking advantage of our HTTPS capability to securely deliver detailed base mapping to its staff. We expect the attractive ROI that the service offers to continue to win new converts in the coming months, particularly whilst public and private sector organisations alike are striving to optimise working practices and deliver savings.”

Editor’s note

viaEuropa is an online service from Europa Technologies for the delivery of high quality digital maps direct to your application. viaEuropa bridges the chasm between raw data delivery and a finished map product ready for deployment, making it ideal for any organisation needing to deliver location intelligent applications whilst saving time, saving money and improving customer service. For more information on viaEuropa from Europa Technologies, visit

Europa Technologies is an award-winning specialist in digital maps and associated services for a wide variety of market sectors and applications. Our resources allow organisations with international interests to better understand their customers, assets and markets, in a geographic context, to gain a competitive or strategic advantage. Mapping products and services from Europa Technologies are used by many Fortune Global 500 companies and several missions of the United Nations. The company has global licence agreements with a number of leading Internet-based service providers including Google. Through deployment via Google Earth and Google Maps alone, our world data products have been seen by over 700 million people, approximately 1 in 10 of the world's entire population. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter at @europatech or on LinkedIn at

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