MGISS raises £600K for geospatial data mapping critical infrastructure

Mobile GIS Services (MGISS) uses satellite data and mapping technologies to help identify potential risks that may affect existing infrastructure.
MGISS raises £600K for geospatial data mapping critical infrastructure

Today geospatial firm Mobile GIS Services (MGISS) announced that it has raised £600,000 from NPIF – Mercia Equity Finance.

Mobile GIS Services (MGISS) uses satellite data and mapping technologies to help operators identify potential risks, such as construction work close to underground cables or power lines or when planning new projects to ensure the work does not affect existing infrastructure.

Current clients include Northumbrian Water Group, Wales and West Utilities and Severn Trent Water, construction firms such as Galliford Try, and bodies such as the National Trust, which uses its systems to map heritage sites and South West Peatland Partnership, which uses them to monitor conservation work.

NPIF is managed by Mercia and is part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

Mercia first backed the company’s CEO, Mike Darracott, a geospatial specialist, in 2014 through another of its funds under management, the North West Fund for Venture Capital, to enable him to set up a consultancy business.

Mike Darracott said:

 “Supply interruptions cost utility companies billions of pounds each year, not only in trying to repair and restore supplies but also in paying compensation to customers. 

Construction work is a key cause of disruption, and the situation will likely worsen if planning laws are relaxed. 

Our systems help them make the most of the available data and proactively identify and tackle potential hazards. The new system will be the most powerful to date and could help companies to dramatically reduce downtime, regulatory fines and their environmental impact.”

Rob Hornby of Mercia said: 

“MGISS has successfully pivoted from being a consultancy firm to a software business and achieved impressive growth in recent years. The company addresses a key concern for utility providers. We are pleased to support the development of this new solution which we believe will have a huge global market.”

Keira Shepperson, Director at British Business Bank, said: “Investment into technology is crucial in creating a hub of innovation and excellence across the North. Working with the European Space Agency, the work of MGISS goes beyond its Liverpool base, demonstrating the reach of NPIF beyond just its geography. We look forward to supporting the business as it continues to grow.”

MGISS is based in Liverpool and employs 14 staff. It expects to create 11 new jobs in the year ahead due to the funding. The latest investment follows three years of growth, which has increased annual recurring revenue by over 300 per cent.

The funding will also support the development of a new and more powerful system that MGISS is working on with the European Space Agency (ESA). It will use high-resolution satellite images provided by the ESA to create an ‘eye in the sky’, enabling utility firms worldwide to oversee key locations while cutting carbon emissions by reducing or removing the need for helicopter ‘flyovers’.

Lead image: Rob Hornby and Mike Darracott. Photo: uncredited.

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