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8 December, 2021 - 20:18 By Tony Quested

1Spatial capturing real-world data for land inspection programme

Cambridge’s 1Spatial, a global leader in location software and solutions, has won a £0.6 million multi-year contract with the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) – an executive agency of Defra.

The contract includes £0.4m in software licences over two years, adding to the AIM-quoted group’s growing levels of recurring, high margin software revenue; the balance comprises services revenue.

Existing customer RPA will use the 1Edit mobile application, part of the 1Spatial platform, to enable the collection of accurate and correctly formatted location data by inspectors via mobile devices while out in the field as they work to check compliance with Defra schemes.

This will enable compliance to be checked swiftly, ensuring subsidies are paid to landowners efficiently and without disruption to existing processes.

1Edit will be fully integrated with the RPA’s Land Management and SITI Agri systems. Its flexible design means it can be used both in the field with touch screen tablets and survey devices or as a desktop application in the office. 1Spatial’s patented rules engine, which is core to 1Integrate, is also a common component in 1Edit.

1Spatial has worked with RPA over the past five years to support and develop its land management system, a key control system used as a remote sensing monitoring tool, and to master the land registration data used for subsidy scheme validation and agricultural policy implementation.

Claire Milverton, CEO of 1Spatial, said: “By using our mobile technology, which includes 1Integrate as a core component, RPA can be assured that the location data they are capturing is accurate and compliant with Defra Schemes.

“This is another great example of the quality and breadth of the 1Spatial platform and our ability to expand our customer relationships, layering on additional recurring software revenue.”

Paul Caldwell, chief executive of the RPA, added: “Our land data is a rich source of intelligence and a vital part of our work to administer our schemes and helps us reduce the burden for farmers. We look forward to continuing our relationship with 1Spatial.”

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