Sanborn Map Company secures five-year contract for on-call UAS services with El Paso County



Over the next five years, departments and municipalities within El Paso County, Colorado will be able to negotiate task orders and procure UAS services and products from Sanborn Map Company, Inc. (Sanborn), which is a leader in the geospatial industry that delivers mapping services to customers across the world.

After awarding Sanborn this on-call unmanned aircraft services multi-year contract, El Paso County will reportedly use the UAS for a variety of tasks including disaster and emergency response, the mapping of parks, open space and trails, highways and bridges, and inspections for roofs.

Sanborn’s commercial UAS platform features a “full military-grade autopilot with GPS waypoints and laser altimeters that are integrated with its sensor payload, permitting precise sensor control.”

The UAS also has a 15-pound payload capacity, which allows it to use a variety of sophisticated sensors including video, multispectral, and hyperspectral.

According to Sanborn, all work will be completed under FAA appropriate approvals for platform and operator requirements.

Sanborn also says that any work conducted under this contract will be done “in compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations regarding the use of UAS and observe all privacy laws.”

Several commercial UAS data collection projects have already been completed by Sanborn thus far, and in an effort to validate the system’s geospatial data collection capabilities, many test flights have been conducted as well.

These efforts have resulted in “unprecedented data accuracy and resolution.”

A broad portfolio of services is facilitated by Sanborn’s UAS, including engineering-grade digital terrain models exceeding 2-inch accuracy, thermal imaging data, and vibration-free video.

Besides offering UAS flight services, Sanborn also offers a full range of professional image processing and analysis services for all data collected via UAS.

Sanborn’s UAS data is available as a licensed product within its cloud service, which allows customers to store and securely access their data around the clock at a decent price. If customers want to, they can also purchase and host the data on their own servers.