Cape City, April 21, 2011 – Getmapping subsidiary Geosense, in partnership with Precision Surveys has simply accomplished a profitable aerial and floor primarily based acquisition program within the Western Cape targeted totally on the wine producing areas. This system undertaken throughout February and March of this yr captured over 130,000 hectares of vineyards together with farms in CapeTown, Hermanus, Grabouw, Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Piketberg. This system offers Viticulturists  with true color and color infrared orthorectified imagery in addition to a normalised distinction vegetation index (NDVI) map at excessive decision (25cm Floor Sampled Distance). These are used as instruments to evaluate the standard of the vines pre-veraison (previous to ripening).NDVI imageTiming of this system is essential because the maps should be supplied when the fruit remains to be on the vine. Vineyards are usually divided into blocks and are often not uniform. The maps point out the vines vitality and vigour and permit the wine maker to grade the vines into sub-blocks or ‘zonal administration items’. This helps the winemaker to plan the classic, enabling batches of comparable fruit to be harvested and fermented collectively.NDVI maps are additionally used to point potential issues inside blocks and as they’re orthorectified, subject sampling with GPS could be undertaken to find out whether or not the issues highlighted are pest, dietary, water or illness associated.“This has been a really profitable starting to our Precision Farming program right here within the Western Cape, and improvement in different agricultural sectors resembling apple and citrus crops appears to be like very promising” mentioned Matt Murphy Director of Geosense. “Subsequent knowledge seize will present prospects with much more content material and different worth added providers resembling 0.25m contours and irrigation mapping. We intend to make a lot of this program out there in a brand new on-line GIS service for farmers  in the direction of the top of the yr” continued Murphy. -end-About Getmapping PlcGetmapping Plc is a number one supplier of aerial images, digital mapping and internet primarily based providers. With workplaces in Hartley Wintney, Hampshire and Cape City, South Africa, Getmapping was the primary firm to have updated nationwide protection of Britain and pioneered on-line supply of aerial images to enterprise and the general public at giant. A reseller {of professional} mapping, indirect images, top knowledge, OS maps and third get together aerial images, Getmapping providers all kinds of markets together with press and media, native authorities, property and building, environmental consultants and the general public. It additionally offers various worth added mapping services and products tailor-made to particular consumer wants together with knowledge internet hosting, on-line knowledge supply and web-based GIS. A pioneer of many on-line merchandise via its web site, Getmapping is the one firm presently re-flying the entire of the UK at enhanced 12.5cm decision.www.getmapping.com Press contact: Chris KellyT: +44(0) 1252 849436 E: [email protected] Gross sales: Matt MurphyT: +27 (0)21 945 1072 E: [email protected]