Open Tracking partners with Ordnance Survey
20th July 2015
Open Tracking and Open Adventure are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Ordnance Survey (OS) to provide event participants with access to OS's world renowned maps via online and mobile tracking applications.
Since 2010 Open Tracking have provided online tracking services to adventure races, ultra runs and other long distance challenges throughout the UK. Events across the country have been supported by OS via their OpenSpace Pro service, with the API delivering a speedy and high class delivery of online map tiles including 1:50 000 and 1:25 000 scale. To the online viewer this provides a richness of detail and route information that surpasses all others. Everyone is impressed with the quality of OS mapping.
Open Adventure are using OS's 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 mapping as a key resource for their events enabling participants to visualise and navigate their challenges. In addition to the event mapping, OS are providing support and added value with a variety of products including the new OS Maps on-line and mobile service.
Alastair Tinker, Head of Commercial Partnerships for OS Leisure, commented: "We're really pleased to be supporting James and the team over the next few years. The adventure races and tracking services they have developed demonstrate how the detail of OS mapping and services we provide come to the fore in the most demanding of environments. I'm looking forward to developing our relationship and engaging with their participants."
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Open Tracking have used the OS OpenSpace Pro API as a fundamental element, to consistently deliver very large volumes of map tiles during the online tracking of events which may last from a few hours to a week. The API does a great job of bringing together complex technologies to both online and mobile platforms.
The online tracking provides not only a viewing platform to a worldwide audience, but it also plays a very important safety role for event organisers. If there is an emergency the event safety team are able to view the current location and route taken by a competitor. Online tracking combined with OS paper maps allows the efficient deployment of rescue services who can continue to track the competitor until they are located.
OS OpenSpace and OS OpenSpace Pro allow users to build interactive map of OS mapping in scales ranging from the whole of Great Britain down to street level. Accessible products include overview mapping for Great Britain, street-level mapping featuring detailed building property boundaries and accurate road networks, vector based mid-scale mapping and the popular and trusted, outdoor mapping product, OS Landranger Maps (1:50 000 scale), featuring national parks, tracks, paths and fields.
The services, including the free OS OpenSpace API, are available to anyone wanting to develop experimental applications on the web using Ordnance Survey mapping. To support the API OS have also developed a 'map wizard' allowing users to quickly add OS maps to their websites, as well as releasing an SDK which enables developers to access the API and easily create maps for mobile applications.