Leica Geosystems GIS & Mapping, LLC announced the first-ever purchase of a Leica ADS40 Airborne Digital Sensor by a private company in continental Europe. Compagnia Generale Ripreseaeree (CGR) S.p.A (Parma, Italy), an aerial imagery, surveying and photogrammetric services provider, enters the digital workflow market with the ADS40 and will use it for remote sensing applications and photogrammetric applications such as color orthophoto production and feature collection. Owning the ADS40 opens new markets for CGR, as they can now produce infrared data of consistent image quality, meaning a variety of datasets can be compared over time without taking various film and development quality into consideration.
CGR can build their current imagery database, as the ADS40 allows for data acquisition in black and white, color and infrared, enabling multiple sales of the data from the same flight to meet different needs. The ADS40’s all-digital workflow requires no chemical film processing or scanning, saving the company time and money associated with these processes. With the ADS40, CGR is able to collect aerial imagery and return from a flight mission ready to process and archive their digital data. The line scanner principle (capturing imagery looking forwards, backwards and downwards from an aircraft) of the ADS40 provides wide area coverage, and simultaneously captures multispectral data with the help of four multispectral lines. It can deliver panchromatic, color and False Color Infrared imagery from one flight mission.