Using a powerful online server, high resolution images of hundreds of European cities can now be streamed directly to the desktop. The partnership between two of the UK’s leading geospatial data providers, Bristol-based Blom UK and Leicestershire-based Bluesky, has opened up access to some of the most up-to-date geographic imagery including high resolution vertical photographs and oblique images. Utilizing the BlomURBEX geoserver, images can be viewed on the desktop and even the smallest feature can be digitized and measured.

This announcement builds on an existing relationship between the two companies that has resulted in aerial photographs captured by some of the most prestigious names in the UK survey industry, available to view and download from

“This partnership is another step in our on-going relationship with Bluesky,” commented Dave Fox, executive vice-president of Operations, Blom Group. “It ensures access to some of the most up-to-date and accurate geospatial imagery for a new generation of applications and users.”

Rachel Tidmarsh, managing director of Bluesky International added, “By utilizing the BlomURBEX solution, we can provide a hosted service presenting the power of vertical aerial photography to new markets and introducing oblique images to existing users.” She continued, “This is also an important development as it negates the need for in-house data management which can often be complex and costly.”

The BlomURBEX geoserver opens up access to large volumes of geographic imagery via the Internet. Streaming images at high speed with an easy-to-use interface, users of the hosted service can access nationwide coverage of vertical aerial photography from Bluesky’s own archive as well as stunning oblique images from the BlomOBLIQUE collection of more than 900 European cities and towns. This agreement will also allow Bluesky to resell other products from Blom including Blom3D and BlomMETRO.