New Leica CityMapper Configuration for Challenging Digital Twin Creation
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New Leica CityMapper Configuration for Challenging Digital Twin Creation

The new Leica CityMapper-2L configuration from Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, is specifically designed for airborne urban mapping projects at low-altitude operation. Lower flying heights can be required by air traffic control (ATC) restrictions and in areas with low cloud cover. 

The CityMapper-2L features a 71mm focal length at nadir, ideal for 5cm GSD data acquisition at flying heights of 940m AGL. The new lenses offer similar coverage and productivity for a specific GSD as the existing configurations for standard and high flying heights, while significantly expanding the operation envelope. 

“This third lense option complements the existing two configurations. The Leica CityMapper-2 now offers three different focal lengths to support all customer and project needs – from low to high-altitude flights – while capturing data from 2-10cm GSD,” says Ron Roth, product manager at Hexagon’s Geosystems division. “We are pleased to offer our customers full flexibility to accomplish their projects while meeting the requirements of various local flight regulations and weather conditions.” 

Market demands for 3D digital city model creation

The CityMapper-2 is one of the world’s few hybrid airborne sensors combining oblique imaging and a Lidar in one system. The sensor efficiently creates digital twins of cities at the highest productivity levels and provides premium image quality. The system includes two 150MP nadir cameras (RGB and NIR), four 150MP oblique cameras and a 2MHz linear-mode Lidar sensor.  

“With three focal lengths at 71mm, 112mm and 146mm, the CityMapper-2 system can now operate at the highest performance for all flying parameters, from as low as 940 to as high as 1,940m AGL for 5cm GSD,” Roth adds. “As such, the CityMapper-2 meets the diverse and growing market demands for the creation of 3D digital city models.”

All sensor configurations are supported by Leica HxMap, the unified multi-sensor high-performance processing workflow available for all Leica Geosystems airborne sensors. The software suite processes imaging and Lidar data in the same user interface, reducing staff training requirements when processing data from different sensors.

Processing CityMapper-2 data with HxMap offers the foundation to produce all airborne data products for smart decision making in rapidly changing urban environments. 

To learn more about the Leica CityMapper-2, see here.

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