Ordnance Survey mapping technique for ambulances
To do this, the ARP has funded a new and improved mobile data system called the National Mobilization App (NMA), which was developed in collaboration with mobile data experts Terrafix and provides the latest detailed maps of Britain’s rural and urban areas. Areas including very precise roads and addressing information. DHSC contracted Terrafix via a Public Sector Geospatial Agreement (PGSA) license to create the application on behalf of the ambulance services.
Importantly, the PSGA license has enabled Terrafix to integrate OS addressing, routes and mapping products such as OS Zoomstack, OS MasterMap Highways Network and AddressBase Plus into the NMA, thus bringing navigation into line with the same OS data sets in every NHS Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system. ) used in emergency control rooms across the country.
Not only does this mean that all NHS services will be able to access and use the same, most reliable addressing and mapping data in Great Britain, but ambulances will no longer need to be taken off the road to download the latest mapping and navigation data. The new service no longer requires manual data upload as map updates can now be broadcast to in-cab technology using dedicated Wi-Fi hubs at key operating locations.
Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) NHS Trust has recently commissioned the service and is now starting to roll it out across a fleet of more than 650 ambulances and rapid response vehicles.
Simon Marsh, Chief Information Officer at YAS NHS Trust and sponsor of the project He said: “YAS is proud to be the first to implement the new solution in our fleet of ambulances and rapid response vehicles. Access to accurate, up-to-date maps is essential for all emergency services, and with ambulances, it can make a huge difference to patient care and response times through improved navigation.
The operating system has a long history of supporting emergency services with official location data. PSGA provides access to operating system data for all emergency services, and has become essential in day-to-day operations across the police, fire, ambulance and coastguard services.
ARP Director Duncan Bray He said: “This is a huge program supported by excellent collaboration, from technology services to data providers. We are delighted to be rolling out the service across the country and making a positive impact across the ambulance services that use it. Ultimately, we want to have a national solution that supports all ambulance services to respond to emergency situations.” emergencies in a fast, safe and efficient manner. Accurate mapping is crucial, and providing access to the latest data will bring significant benefits to everyone.