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ORTHOSHOP selects Leica ALS70 and RCD30 sensors

Canada: Leica Geosystems Inc. announced that Canada-based ORTHOSHOP Geomatics Ltd. purchased Leica ALS70 LiDAR and Leica RCD30 imaging camera as its first digital airborne sensors. ORTHOSHOP plans to use the sensors in their integrated and stand-alone configurations to serve its existing clients more effectively and expand its business into new markets.
One of the application areas that ORTHOSHOP plans to service with the Leica ALS70 and Leica RCD30 is vegetation monitoring in utility power line corridors. The firm will integrate the two sensors into a single aircraft for simultaneous collection of LiDAR point cloud data and metric quality RGB/NIR imagery.  The Leica ALS70’s waveform digitisation option adds yet another valuable data dimension for vegetation analysis. The combined data sets will provide utilities with all of the information they need to ensure that tree canopies are not encroaching on high-voltage electric lines, in accordance with increasingly stringent North American utility regulations.
“Our objective is to provide our clients with services that define best practice.  The integrated Leica ALS70/RCD30 sensor package, with its industry leading technical capabilities will allow us to do that in utility corridor mapping as well as many other applications,” said ORTHOSHOP CEO George Constantinescu. “In addition, the Leica ALS70 will allow us to collect high-density data at higher than customary aircraft speeds, which will deliver cost benefits to our clients.”
“ORTHOSHOP has a reputation for technical innovation and uncompromising execution, and we are delighted they selected the Leica ALS70 for their needs now and in the future,” said Jean Gardiner, General Manager of the Leica Geospatial Solutions Division. “The unique Point Density Multiplier technology makes our LiDARs the most productive available, and the Leica ALS70-CM can be upgraded to the higher-flying-height ALS70-HP configuration, making it an excellent choice for a growing business.”
Source: www.leica-geosystems.us