Sanborn Merges Modern Technology and Historical Maps to Create CitySets? Product

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Carol Thorpe
Sanborn Public Relations
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Colorado Springs, Colo., June 25, 2003—Sanborn Vice President David Brostuen announced today that the company, a geographic information system (GIS) and photogrammetry industry leader, has launched a new product consisting of highly accurate digital data of central business districts and select commercial areas in the United States.

The product line, called CitySets™, is a series of off-the-shelf digital datasets covering the core downtown areas of 27 major cities. These datasets include:
  • Geographic information that meets 1"=100' National Map Accuracy Standards, including building footprints with building-specific attributes such as addresses, street centerlines and names, select geographic features and landmarks, and links to site-specific photographs
  • Digital, seamless, full-resolution Sanborn fire insurance maps, providing a rich variety of building-level data such as construction class and occupancy type
  • Seamless, color-balanced, digital orthophoto imagery at one-half-foot pixel resolution
  • Building height information—ideal for evaluating a city in three dimensions
Brostuen commented, "CitySets is a truly unique product combining Sanborn's modern geographic and photogrammetric mapping products with our extensive archives of detailed building attribute data to offer unsurpassed information for municipalities. We are excited about the numerous applications of this new product."

For greater functionality, the three-dimensional data sets will be bundled with InterSCOPE Express™ from ITspatial to enable interactive 3-D visualization and query. This software provides interactive real-time 2-D and 3-D displays which link multiple types of data with a single, stand-alone viewer.

"We are highly enthusiastic about Sanborn's CitySets product, powered by InterSCOPE technology," said Chris Nunno, vice president at ITspatial. "This product line will be our first commercial deployment of a pre-packaged third party data set utilizing our powerful 3-D intelligent mapping and visualization engine. The ITspatial/Sanborn partnership was founded on the fact that we combine industry-leading capabilities in high quality, fully attributed geospatial data with the most advanced interactive data visualization engine available."

The CitySets product has numerous applications and can be used to improve homeland security, 9-1-1 emergency response times, urban planning, commercial real estate intelligence, and more.

Readily available, the data sets can be purchased by city or region, complete or a la carte, with or without packaged software. For more information, contact Sanborn at 1-866-SANBORN.

With a rich tradition of mapping dating back to 1866, Sanborn offers a full suite of GIS and photogrammetric mapping services to federal, state, and local governments, as well as private companies. The company's core services include data acquisition, photogrammetric mapping, and data conversion. The company has offices in the United States and abroad. For more information, visit

ITspatial LLC is a technology company providing a platform that links multiple information systems within an interactive mapping environment. Systems integrators and application developers choose InterSCOPE™ for advanced data visualization and interactive 3-D mapping functionality generating on-demand situational awareness. ITspatial supports the InterSCOPE platform with a robust set of professional services to include systems integration, 3-D intelligent map production, custom application development, and GIS and IT consulting services. ITspatial technology is deployed and operational in both government and commercial installations. ITspatial provides solutions in vertical markets including homeland security, emergency operations, defense and intelligence, transportation, and urban planning and economic development.


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