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LEICA GEOSYSTEMS GEOSPATIAL IMAGING announced Flight Planning and Evaluation Software (FPES) and the Flight and Sensor Control Management System (FCMS), a planning and a flight management solution to support its aerial sensors, including the Leica ADS40 Airborne Digital Sensor. With an easy-to-use graphical interface, the FPES flight planning module enables flight planning on all common types of geographic and grid systems; interactive flight planning using digital maps and coordinates; and comfortable editing and modifying of flight plans. The evaluation mode features multiple flight evaluation, flexible data export, and data summary and calculation for easy flight reporting and invoicing. FCMS integrates flight and sensor control of the ADS40 tightly into the entire workflow to increase productivity and cut costs. The intuitive operation allows novice users to operate the ADS40 through high automation that minimizes user interaction. The system features integrated tutorial and simulator software; quick and configurable navigation; optimized flight guidance; and remote control from multiple user interfaces.
Also, LEICA GEOSYSTEMS GEOSPATIAL IMAGING released Image Analysis for ESRI ArcGIS V9.1. Image Analysis for ArcGIS is an all-in-one solution for preparing and creating GIS-ready imagery from airborne sensors; extracting information from imagery; and analyzing imagery for the derivation of spatial and non-spatial information. Image Analysis for ArcGIS features include: single frame orthorectification of satellite and frame camera data; color balancing and mosaicking; supervised and unsupervised land cover classification; change detection; various vegetation indices; import and export support for a variety of formats; and raster to vector conversion and vice versa.
In addition, LEICA GEOSYSTEMS GEOSPATIAL IMAGING released Stereo Analyst for ESRI ArcGIS V9.1. This stereo 3D feature collection tool enables users to create and maintain highly accurate GIS data and information. Stereo Analyst for ArcGIS gives multiple users the ability to create, update and store data directly in a geospatial database. Stereo Analyst for ArcGIS features include: the ability to collect feature data as it exists in the real world directly into an ESRI geodatabase; updating of feature data sets with 2D to 3D feature conversion tools; support for oriented stereo data from various satellites; multiple geo-linked windows directly embedded in ArcMap; support for multi-user topological editing of features (versioning) in a geodatabase; support for CAD (DXF, DGN and DWG) formats; and support for multiple ergonomic digitizing devices. (Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging, Norcross, Ga.)(ESRI, Redlands, Calif.)