We are cartographers (map makers) and not merely data collectors like our competition. The software we use to produce our maps is graphically driven not database driven. This means a cartographer hand placed the road names on each street as opposed to computer generated placement. Our process allows us to display ALL street names along with parks, schools, shopping centers, zip codes etc. for large areas at any scale which is not available with our competitors' maps. In addition, our Aero Atlas® maps are not susceptible to satellite interference or electronic malfunction, and map information is not influenced by paid advertisements. These facts combined with over 50 years of working closely with local government set our Aero Atlas® mapping products apart from the rest.
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The first Aero Atlas® map book was produced in 1961 and included Cobb, Clayton, Dekalb, and Fulton counties. As Metro Atlanta expanded to include adjacent outlying counties so did Aero. In addition to our most popular Metro Atlanta Aero Atlas® map book, outlying counties were mapped, and new atlases were published to cover most of North Georgia.
With the passing of Gene Roberts in 1994, production duties were assumed by Gene and Carol’s son, Tom, who along with his sister Paige had been raised in the business. Also during this time, the decision was made to transfer our maps from film into electronic format. This process was done entirely in house and took 6 years to complete. The first electronically produced atlas was released in 2000. As a result of this conversion, additional mapping applications were created, including: the Aero Atlas® Viewer mapping software, custom wall maps, map books, and digital files.
The success of our company through the years is attributed to the loyalty of our wonderful customers and employees and the perseverance and hard work of the Roberts family: Gene, Carol, Paige and Tom.
With the advent of new mapmaking technologies, such as GPS and free internet mapping applications, and the downturn in the economy, the mapping industry has experienced its fair share of difficult times. Aero is the only mapping company of its kind still in business in the state of Georgia. Aero Atlas® map books still account for the majority of our sales every year though wall map production continues to gain ground. While technology will always play a vital role in the future of mapping, we believe that it will never fully replace the need and functionality of a quality paper map.
January 2013 marked the transition of Aero to second generation family ownership under the leadership of Tom Roberts. During this time, company operations moved from our storefront in Marietta to a home based office also located in Cobb County, Georgia. Continuing to grow our map coverage area, we released a custom map book of Gilmer and Fannin Counties for the central North Georgia mountain area in 2014. In response to the need for up-to-date maps by emergency management agencies, we will release custom map books of Polk, Haralson, and Heard Counties in 2015 for the West Georgia area. This will enable the production of wall maps and provide software coverage for these areas as well.
As we look toward the future, we have collected and created detailed maps for fourteen (14) additional North Georgia counties to be released as demand warrants. Today, we remain as we started... a small, local, family owned business. We are grateful to continue what our family began over 50 years ago. We will always strive to provide a quality product that we are proud of. We look forward to serving you today and in the years to come!
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