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SOUTHAMPTON -- Ordnance Survey has entered into a new five-year agreement with Openreach (a part of BT Group) worth over £23 million for the supply of a range of data products, services and value added solutions.

Ordnance Survey’s relationship with BT dates back to the mid 1990’s, when location data and geographical information systems (GIS) were recognised as a key component of the company’s IS and operations strategy. Accurate location data now provides a valuable resource to many areas of the business, from assisting call centre teams in efficiently managing customer calls to underpinning the popular online phone directory. The agreement also enables Openreach to supply Ordnance Survey data to contractors to support a wide range of projects, including engineering and maintenance.

Andrew Loveless, Commercial Director at Ordnance Survey, says: “I am truly delighted that the new agreement means Ordnance Survey can continue to work directly with Openreach. We have always had an excellent relationship and I expect that this new five-year deal will see this develop further. Ordnance Survey is now firmly positioned at the heart of the utility sector and the data and services we provide really adds value to the industry. This is a real success story, demonstrating yet again that the use of location data can deliver real business benefits.”

Under the five year agreement, worth £4.6 million per year, Openreach will access a range of Ordnance Survey’s premium datasets including OS MasterMap Topography Layer, OS MasterMap Integrated Transport Network Layer, OS VectorMap Local and 1:50 000 Scale Colour Raster. The agreement also includes a range of addressing solutions providing an intelligent suite of products to support operational and insight work.

The agreement will see Openreach extending their use of Ordnance Survey’s web mapping service, OS OnDemand. The service enables Openreach, and their engineers, to access detailed and up-to-date data, providing information on road geometry, house numbers, landmarks and building names.

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