SMC Purchases ALTM Orion Sensor

Southern Mapping Company (SMC) recently purchased an Airborne Laser Terrain Mapper (ALTM) Orion sensor. This multi-million Rand investment makes SMC the first commercial owner of the world\'s smallest, full-system ALTM Lidar (light detection and ranging) sensor. The Orion was developed by Optech Incorporated, a Canadian company that has been in operation since 1974. The Orion fires 200,000 laser pulses per second, ensuring that highly accurate and dense topographic data can be rapidly acquired. Weighing just 27 kilograms, this device is easily installed in most aircrafts used for aerial mapping and allows for pack-up-and-go mobility between different aircrafts. The modular design... (read more)
2009-08-25 09:15:23

Sensor Fusion for Precision Agriculture

Low-cost Lidar Camera System without GNSS
Precision agriculture has considerably benefited from the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, often combined with active ranging sensors like Lidar to gather information from underneath the crops, but existing systems are relatively expensive for the farming sector. In this project, researchers in Canada have used an integrated sensor orientation method for the local referencing of Lidar measurements. Their approach is based on loosely coupled, image-aided inertial navigation in which the pose of the camera replaces the GNSS measurements. The result is a low-cost solution that is useful for capturing topographic data of inaccessible areas as well as in GNSS-denied environments.... (read more)
2019-06-20 01:50:38

From the Sensor to the Internet

ERDAS partnered with GeoEye for the ERDAS Rocks San Diego event. This well-attended event featured a presentation on GeoEye Imagery Products in ERDAS IMAGINE by Gene Dial, Chief Scientist at GeoEye. Other presentations included ERDAS IMAGINE 2010... IMAGINE the Difference, Point Clouds from Imagery: Model Your World Like Never Before and On-Demand Spatial Analysis. This event was the last stop on the ERDAS Rocks World Tour, which was launched in late October to support the ERDAS 2010 Software Release. The ERDAS Rocks events have provided an opportunity for users to experience the power and excitement of this significant release locally.... (read more)
2010-04-29 02:58:15

GeoCue Launches Lidar/Imagery Fusion Sensor

GeoCue has unveiled its new True View line of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') sensors in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. True View sensors offer surveyors an innovative Lidar and dual oblique mapping camera configuration integrated in a single lightweight payload for use on commercial drone platforms. True View allows for fast and easy automated generation of true 3D colourized point clouds, oblique imagery and orthophotos from a single flight. The first sensor of the product line, the True View 410, was displayed at the reveal along with full workflow processing in the companion True View Evo processing software. The True View... (read more)
2019-07-23 01:45:10

Flight and Sensor Control Management v3.34

Leica Geosystems has launched version 3.34 of its powerful Leica Flight & Sensor Control Management System (FCMS) for all its airborne sensor systems. New features such as automatic generation of bitmaps from DTM data have been added. The package provides easy and highly automated operation of the recently released Leica ALS70 high-performance Airborne LiDAR system as well as of the new Leica RCD30 medium format camera, a 60MP camera to acquire multispectral imagery in RGB and N.   Both, the Leica ALS70 and the Leica RCD30, can be operated either as a standalone installed system or as multi-sensor system ALS70+... (read more)
2011-08-12 11:31:24

Multi-Sensor GPS Evidence Mapping System

Altus Positioning Systems has introduced a GPS-based evidence mapping system for law enforcement. This evidence mapping package includes an ikeGPS multi-sensor data-acquisition system integrated with MapScenes' Evidence Recorder custom software for evidence collection and scene mapping.     The ikeGPS multi-sensor data acquisition platform combines a GPS receiver, laser rangefinder, 3D compass and digital camera in a single ruggedised handheld device, providing a fully integrated low-cost solution for capturing geospatial data on scene. The versatile system permits the user to geolocate objects quickly and easily from a single location with the laser rangefinder and compass, using the recorder's GPS coordinates... (read more)
2011-12-16 11:26:05

SPECIM Launches Full Spectrum Sensor at Intergeo

SPECIM, a leading manufacturer of hyperspectral imaging instruments and systems, introduced AisaFENIX 1K, a full spectrum sensor that cuts the costs of hyperspectral data capture, at Intergeo 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The full spectrum hyperspectral sensor with 1,024 spatial pixels produces readily co-registered VNIR and SWIR data and is developed to take the productivity of hyperspectral imaging to a new level. The sensor is able to produce the same high-quality full spectrum hyperspectral data as its forerunner, AisaFENIX and, at the same time, to reduce the flight costs by 60%, because less flight lines are required.  Petri Nygrén, navigator and... (read more)
2014-10-14 09:13:47

Partnership Results in Hyperspectral Multi-sensor Aircraft

With the successful integration of SPECIM's AisaFENIX, a full spectrum imager, on the DA42 MPP special mission aeroplane, Diamond Aircraft Industries has added first-rate hyperspectral detection capabilities to its range of turnkey survey solutions. Diamond Aircraft Industries, Exogenesis and SPECIM teamed up to unite hyperspectral data capture and multipurpose data analysis options on the advanced DA42 MPP remote sensing platform. Test flights in Wiener Neustadt (Austria) where Diamond Aircraft is based demonstrated the performance of this hyperspectral turnkey solution. According to Diamond Aircraft and SPECIM, the AisaFENIX sensor found all the intended targets with zero false positives, found potential unexploded... (read more)
2014-06-18 08:30:00

Airborne Unmanned Sensor System for UAVs

American researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) are currently working on the development of an airborne testing capability for sensors, communications devices and other airborne payloads. This aerial test bed is called the GTRI Airborne Unmanned Sensor System (GAUSS). GAUSS is based on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made by Griffon Aerospace and modified by GTRI. Developing new sensor technologies that can be effectively employed from the air is a priority today given the rapidly increasing use of unmanned aircraft, commented Michael Brinkmann, a GTRI principal research engineer who is leading the work. If equipped with the right... (read more)
2013-01-22 10:08:25

RSI Announces Distributor Partnership with Sensor Systems

RSI (CO, USA) has announced that effective 6 April 2005 it has entered into an agreement with Sensor Systems Inc. (VA, USA) to become a distributor for Sensor Systems' RemoteView products in the UK, France and Italy. RemoteView is a software application for importing, viewing, reporting and analysing both government and commercial remote sensing data in demanding operational environments. (read more)
2005-06-23 12:00:00
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