Recap 2013 – Geospatial Products: Hardware & Software

Recap 2013 – Geospatial Products: Hardware & Software



A resource on positioning, navigation and beyond
Microsoft UltraCam Osprey digital photogrammetric camera Microsoft’s UltraCam Osprey is a new digital aerial system that combines a high performing photogrammetric nadir camera with oblique image capture capabilities. The specifications of this camera are quite impressive — the photogrammetric nadir part of the camera features an almost 12,000 PAN pixels across the flight strip, a RGB colour cone and a NIR cone (pan-sharpen ratio 1:2). This makes the nadir subsystem a high performing photogrammetric camera that delivers sub-pixel accuracy. Additionally, it hosts RGB Bayer pattern cones that collect forward/backward and left/ right oblique images. The centreline of the wing images are tilted by 45 degrees. Its unique design makes 3D city mapping more efficient and helps build better models with a higher degree of automatisation.
Reaching unprecedented heights
DroneMetrex’s TopoDrone South Australia-based DroneMetrex’s TopoDrone maps at unprecedented 25 mm absolute topographic accuracy in height. So far, no other manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has claimed such an accuracy, neither relative, nor absolute. TopoDrone-100 is a true photogrammetric mapping system which addresses geometric errors (tip, tilt, yaw, forward and lateral motion, blur) from the start and eliminates them right at the point of capturing the data. The TopoDrones are unmatched for mapping accuracy and can be flown autonomously and manually.
A one-stop mobile mapping solution
Leica Pegasus:One Leica Geosystems’ Leica Pegasus:One is a one-stop mobile mapping solution from hardware to postprocessing. Dubbed as an ‘enabling’ solution by the company, Pegasus:One captures calibrated imagery and point cloud data and enables processing, visualisation, and interpretation through a single, user-intuitive software platform. It is vehicle independent and comes self-contained in two Pelican cases — simply fly in, map, and fly out. The simplicity of the GUI along with the detailed access to the point cloud makes this platform ideal for all user levels. Its unique design makes 3D city mapping more efficient and helps build better models with a higher degree of automatisation
The highest pixel camera is here
Image from Chinese Academy of Sciences’ IOE3-Kanban camera

The dream of a 100-megapixel camera has finally been turned into reality. The Institute of Optics and Electronics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ IOE3-Kanban camera features a 100-megapixel charge-coupled device (CCD) chip. It is capable of producing images with 10,240 x 10,240 pixels. Moreover, it is small and light, with its widest part measuring only 19.3 cm. Its high sensitivity and high dynamic range (HDR) features makes it ideal for high-resolution imaging in the fields of aerial mapping, city planning, disaster monitoring and intelligent transportation systems.

Accessible mobile mapping
Trimble MX2 - vehicle-mounted spatial imaging system Trimble’s MX2 mobile spatial imaging data capture system strives to fill the ‘mapping gap’ that has been a hindrance to effective asset inventory and management. It enables surveyors to enter the world of mobile scanning with a manageable path to achieving return on investment and effective cost per collected point, accelerating projects and offering new capabilities to help win competitive tenders. A precise laser scanner, along with an embedded Trimble-Applanix GNSS/Inertial positioning system, allows geospatial professionals to create the point cloud accuracies necessary for many spatial imaging projects.
Scan this: ePrinters for CAD professionals
HP Designjet T920 Hewlett Packard’s two new web-connected e-printers HP Designjet T920 and HP Designjet T1500 are creating waves in the CAD industry. Aimed at transforming HP’s Designjet series into ‘information hubs’, Both units feature 30% smaller footprints. These printers can serve the GIS professionals better as they offer both precision-printing and quality in terms of colour gamut. Designjet T1500, the higher version of the two printers, is loaded with 320 GB hard drive and parallel processing power that enables it to print A1/D size in 21 seconds. The printer can create lines as thin as 0.07 mm which would go a long way to help GIS professionals.
Scanning of underground mines made easy
MDL Void Scanner Mk3 The innovative, on-the-spot Void Scanner Mk3 by Measurement Devices Limited is ideal for underground mine laser surveys. Its improved drive system and faster scan speeds significantly reduce survey times, saves costs, and improves safety for the operators. The real-time acquisition software allows operators to measure, visualise, and compare 360-degree field of view scans of stopes or voids in less than seven minutes from start to finish.
Robotic functionality in total station
Sokkia robotic total station DX-105AC+ Sokkia Corporation’s new robotic total station, DX-105AC+, provides a feature-packed solution for one-person operations. The DX robotic solution sets the standard for design, performance and price at the entry level of the robotic total station market. Its 360-degree prism and MESA data controller with MAGNET v2.0 provides a perfect entry-level robotic package. The new DX Auto Tracking Kit comes on a USB memory stick and can be installed on any standard DX unit. The upgrade can be made easily at any time.
Fast 3D measurements at your fingertips
FARO Focus3D high-speed 3D laser scanner The smallest and lightest laser scanner in the market – Focus3D by FARO is the ideal tool for indoor and outdoor applications. Focus3D X 330 offers extra long-range (330 m) integrated GPS and the possibility to perform scanning even in bright sunlight. Remote scanning as well as almost limitless scan data sharing via SCENE Webshare Cloud make the laser scanning solution truly mobile.
Handheld controller for construction industry
Topcon FC-336 data controller Topcon Positioning Group has announced the new FC-336 data controller designed specifically for the construction industry. The new feature-rich controller is dust and waterproof (IP68 environmental rating, submerged up to a metre or three feet), has a Windows 6.5 operating system and built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, according to Ray Kerwin, director of global planning– survey products. The FC-336 unit also includes languages other than English (Spanish, French and German) and an optional global cellular modem.
First multipurpose oblique/3D sensor
iOne n-Oblique « Visual IntelligenceTapping the rapidly growing oblique and 3D sensing market Visual Intelligence unveiled its iOne n-Oblique sensor. The multi-purpose, high-performance sensor allows data collection companies of all sizes to take advantage of the new revenue opportunities related to oblique and 3D imagery. With the iOne n-Oblique, Visual Intelligence provides a solution which is more productive and more accurate than single-purpose solutions that are being marketed for oblique and 3D use.
Handheld for sub-metre accuracy
CHC LT400HS GNSS handheld receiver CHC unveiled the LT400HS GNSS handheld receiver for survey, construction and GIS professionals. The LT400HS is a 120-channel GPS+GLONASS handheld receiver designed to achieve sub-metre SBAS positioning to centimetre accuracy in RTK networks. Bundled with Carlson’s SurvCE software, the LT400HS is a cost-effective GNSS RTK survey solution for survey and construction professionals.Combined with DigiTerra Explorer Mobile GIS software, the LT400HS GNSS handheld offers feature-rich solution for accurate GIS field data collection and maintenance.


The force that drives smarter decisions
Intergraph Geospatial 2013 Intergraph Geospatial 2013 is the first and only comprehensive solution that connects all geospatial genres, integrating photogrammetry, remote sensing, and GIS into a streamlined system. The united portfolio drives smarter decisions and supports configurable customer workflows. Software maintenance customers can now download their products within this portfolio and exploit the wealth of information contained in multi-source content, share it rapidly (and securely), and deliver it on-demand as reliable and actionable information.
Solution for intelligence community analysts
BAE Systems GXP WebView BAE Systems’ GXP WebView, a lightweight, universal Web-based Electronic Light Table (ELT) allows users to find and exploit mission-critical geospatial data using only a Web browser. Integrated with the GXP Xplorer search capability, WebView provides fast, HTML 5 access to imagery of any format, as well as functionality to modify the image, exploit it, and publish the resulting finished product. It delivers on a long-standing requirement for the intelligence community to rapidly add imagery into intelligence reporting and situational awareness products.
Enhancing information mobility
Bentley Map Mobile The first version of Bentley Map Mobile debuted in 2013. It empowers infrastructure professionals to share Bentley Map geospatial information with field technicians via Android-based mobile devices. With this App, infrastructure professionals can readily share geospatial data with non-GIS specialists in the field, including installation and maintenance teams, construction and engineering technicians, and inspectors. This enhanced information mobility provides these specialists with continuous, realtime access to up-to-date geospatial information.
Accelerating geoint analysis
NVIDIA GeoInt Accelerator platform NVIDIA”s GeoInt Accelerator platform provides defence and homeland security analysts with tools that enable faster processing of high-resolution satellite imagery, facial recognition in surveillance video, combat mission planning using GIS data, and object recognition in video collected by drones. It provides developers the opportunity to unleash the power of GPU computing to quickly combine the variety and volume of data sources at the speed needed for mission support, enabling new levels of performance with minimal investment.
Streamlining design and construction processes
Autodesk BIM 360 Glue Autodesk’s BIM 360 Glue extends the BIM process from design to construction by providing all stakeholders access to project information for model coordination and clash detection via desktop, mobile and Web. With BIM 360 Glue, enhanced cloud-based collaboration and mobile access ensure the participation of the entire project team in the coordination process, minimising the coordination cycles and providing teams with tools to view the designs wherever they are located.
Broaden the reach of your spatial info
Esri ArcGIS Explorer Desktop The Esri ArcGIS Explorer Desktop includes new features and enhancements to make it a more powerful tool in an enterprise GIS, including content sharing via ArcGIS Online, tabular information display and new presentation tools. ArcGIS Explorer Desktop is a free GIS viewer that enables the exploration and visualisation of GIS information. The new version allows users to upload GIS content directly to ArcGIS Online accounts, where anyone with Internet access can see it.


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