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

OGC Announces Sensor Alert Service Interoperability Experiment

The Open Geospatial Consortium Inc. (OGC) (MA, USA) will soon begin an Interoperability Experiment to create a draft specification and implementations of a Sensor Alert Service (SAS). The OGC Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) Working Group has recognised that the SWE suite of standards and proposed standards requires an alert and notification mechanism to specify how alert or 'alarm' conditions are defined, detected, and made available to interested users. Therefore, this Interoperability Experiment will create a draft Sensor Alert Service (SAS) specification for consideration by the OGC SWE Working Group. An initial task of the SAS Interoperability Experiment will be to... (read more)
2005-05-18 12:00:00

Velodyne HDL-32E Lidar Sensor

Velodyne Lidar had introduced the HDL-32E to meet the demand for a smaller, lighter, and less expensive product for autonomous vehicle and mobile mapping applications. The HDL-32E will be on display in booth 2416 at the AUVSI show, held from 24th to 26th August 2010 at the Colorado Convention Center, Denver, USA. The HDL-32E extends the core technology developed for the HDL-64E introduced in 2007. The HDL-32E measures just 5.9 inches high by 3.4 inches wide, weighs less than three pounds and is designed to meet stringent military and automotive environmental specifications. It features up to 32 lasers aligned over... (read more)
2010-08-23 12:14:04

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

Optech Announces Multispectral Airborne Lidar Sensor

Optech has announced the latest addition to its line of airborne laser terrain mappers (ALTM), the Optech Titan. The Canada-based company regards the Optech Titan as the launch of a new era in remote sensing, as the mapper offers the possibility of multispectral active imaging of the environment at day and night, allowing new vertical applications and information extraction capabilities for Lidar. In the past, single or dual-wavelength sensors were developed for specific market verticals and application requirements. Optech states the Titan breaks away from this convention by combining three beams with separate wavelengths, increasing the information content that can be... (read more)
2014-12-01 04:25:27

Serving the Global Aerial Sensor Market

Vexcel Imaging GmbH
Changing the way people acquire, analyse, visualise and disseminate geospatial information is the ambition of Vexcel Imaging GmbH, manufacturer of UltraCam and provider of remote-sensing technologies. Based in Graz, Austria, the company was purchased by Microsoft in 2006 and has 45 specialised staff and sales offices worldwide.?<P> Vexcel Imaging GmbH was founded in Austria in 1993 by Dr Franz Leberl, who had previously formed two US corporations: the now 24-year old remote-sensing organisation Vexcel Corporation, and Vexcel Imaging Corporation. The latter focused on photogrammetric technologies, including the UltraScan 5000 precision photogrammetric scanner. A private company, Vexcel Imaging GmbH, was launched... (read more)
2009-05-06 12:00:00

Proposed Sensor Alert Service (SAS) Standard

The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) seeks public comment on a draft Sensor Alert Service (SAS) Standard. The draft OGC Sensor Alert Service standard defines an alert and notification mechanism that specifies how alert or alarm conditions are defined, detected, and made available to interested users. The Sensor Alert Service uses the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) to provide the push-based notification functionality. The focus of SAS is on alerts from sensors and sensor webs, a more narrow scope than a complete Web-wide alerting service. This draft standard can be downloaded from www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/44. Suggested additions, changes, and comments on... (read more)
2007-11-16 09:09:09
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