Austria: Vexcel Imaging has announced the launch of its Vexcel Data Program (VDP), an imagery service that leverages the company’s advanced UltraCam aerial and terrestrial sensors and UltraMap software technologies. The VDP consists of a library of high-resolution vertical and oblique aerial imagery covering the US.
The VDP is already powering the Geospatial Intelligence Center (GIC), an initiative launched by the National Insurance Crime Bureau to provide its 1,100 members with best-of-breed aerial and terrestrial pre- and post-disaster imagery. The long-term mission of the GIC is to provide all subscribers with street-level imagery and 3D data products, along with derivative products that include high-density point clouds, digital surface models, ortho mosaics, and 3D TINS. Easy access to up-to-date imagery streamlines underwriting, claims and special investigation processes. In doing so, the GIC enables its members to better serve customers while reducing operating costs.
The GIC has offered valuable disaster response support for numerous events, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the Napa/Sonoma and Carr wildfires, the Santa Barbara mudslide, and several Iowa tornadoes. With an installed base of 30+ flyers and over 100 aircraft geographically dispersed across the US, there are aircraft and sensors within a 2-hour mobilization of nearly anywhere in the contiguous states.
All organizations in need of high-resolution vertical and oblique aerial imagery may access the comprehensive coverage of the US via a cloud-based service. The VDP calls for annual coverage of the entire nation with 20 cm GSD vertical imagery, and major metro areas at a higher resolution of 7.5 cm GSD vertical and oblique imagery. Survey-grade (metric/calibrated) oblique data will also be available to facilitate 3D modeling of buildings. To ensure reliable image analysis, consistency will be maintained by collecting data with the same type of sensor at the same resolution and using the same workflow every year. Imagery updates will be conducted by UltraCam customers with years of data acquisition experience using UltraCam sensors, several who participated in the Bing Maps Global Ortho program.
“The Vexcel Data Program leverages decades of experience collecting, processing and analyzing aerial imagery,” said Alexander Wiechert, CEO of Vexcel Imaging. “We feel strongly that access to a comprehensive consistent database of location-based information gives our customers a competitive advantage.”