Andrew Loveless, a former Ordnance Survey (OS) director and figurehead in the geospatial sector, has joined Gaist’s board.

His appointment will further bolster our capability as we roll out our digital mapping services globally and meet the surge in demand for authoritative accurate, detailed and fresh data about the UK’s highways and road-side assets.

Andrew, our new Chief Revenue Officer, brings a deep knowledge of the digital mapping market gained through three years on the OS board.

Whilst at OS he designed and implemented a successful global growth strategy driving increase in new business across all service lines.

Andrew’s expertise is also utilised on the Geospatial Commission’s Transport Location Data Taskforce. The Taskforce was convened by the Commission to better understand how access to location data can support commercial innovation in mobility services. It brings together businesses and key public sector organisations to explore use cases and consider key questions around them such as which gaps exist in the market for datasets and how investment in them can be incentivised.

Andrew said: ‘These are exciting times in digital roadscape asset management sector’

‘There are a range of suppliers in the market who provide point data solutions. Gaist grabbed my attention with its obsession for providing actionable insight and deterioration and lifecycle modelling to a wide range of stakeholders including local authorities, central government, energy and infrastructure and national providers.’

‘Gaist helps assets owners answer 3 critical questions Where is it, What is it and most importantly what is the condition of it – it is the combination of this capability which drives global interest in Gaist’

Gaist CEO Steve Birdsall said, ‘I am incredibly pleased to announce that Andrew Loveless is joining Gaist in an Executive Director position, his experience of scaling technology firms combined with his experience in the global geospatial business further strengthens Gaist’s talented management team’

‘Gaist has long been on a very exciting journey and I am certain that Andrew will add massive value in guiding the team in growing our customer base and our reputation as leaders in providing insight into the growing data intelligence market.’

Andrew’s board appointment comes as Gaist- which provides the most authoritative roadscape intelligence in the market – scales up services nationally following more than a decade of successful operations at a regional level in the UK and internationally.

During that period the business, which is backed by investment group, BGF, has demonstrated its capabilities in providing HD imagery, change intelligence and analysis about both the highway network and its condition to local authorities, telecoms operators and contractors. It has also supported key Government departments, including the Department for Transport, with intelligence to support management of the country’s vital infrastructure.

Using 360-degree camera surveys, Gaist captures and curate the most up-to-date and highest-definition roadscape datasets in the UK. Covering all ABC & unclassified roads – a total 400,000km – the national data layer will be refreshed at least annually with cities refreshed monthly.

Demand for data about the roads and roadscape is being driven by developments including the roll-out of 5G, which is seeing telecoms operators step-up investment in their networks and the introduction of connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs) which rely on machine-readable digital maps or ‘splines’ to operate. The market for maps for CAVs is predicted to grow to $24.5bn by 2050.

While roads data at a national level is available, the pace of technological change and increasing market demand has made it more challenging for existing suppliers to meet the demand for increased resolution and improved currency cadence which is critical to drive the economy forward.

Many have focused on ‘high value areas’ including major cities – while data on more rural areas may be less frequently refreshed. This can leave uncertainty over its accuracy.

For further information about how Gaist helps to power business performance with its unrivalled roads datasets and analysis, please contact: Jake.Lawson@gaist.co.uk
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