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Applanix Airborne Digital Sensor System Receives USGS Manufacturer Certification

RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO – Following an extensive examination and evaluation, the Applanix Airborne Digital Sensor System (DSS) has been granted full manufacturer certification by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO – Following an extensive examination and evaluation, the Applanix Airborne Digital Sensor System (DSS) has been granted full manufacturer certification by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). With this acknowledgment, the USGS recognizes that the Applanix DSS airborne digital camera system successfully meets with manufacturer claims and is capable of providing quality, consistent image data to support civil government mapping and ortho-photography product development. USGS certification is valid for all Applanix DSS camera systems that match the system type evaluated by the USGS during the 2006 site inspection.

"The USGS team certainly appreciates the capabilities of the Applanix system and its ability to support mapping requirements,” stated Gregory L. Stensaas, USGS Manufacturer Certification Team Lead and Remote Sensing Technologies Project Manager for the Geography Discipline. “Applanix staff was very thorough in working through the USGS Manufacturer Certification portion of the USGS Quality Assurance Plan for Aerial Digital Imagery and their professionalism and technical capabilities are commendable.”

The Applanix DSS is a ready-to-use directly georeferenced medium-format airborne camera system that provides digital imaging for aerial surveying and remote sensing applications. A mapping-quality alternative to large-format digital cameras, the DSS is a compact and complete system with competitive advantages for organizations searching for rapid, cost-effective aerial imaging solutions. "The USGS manufacturer certification is an important step for the DSS,” said Joe Hutton, Director of Airborne Products for Applanix. “It provides the official validation to our performance claims; something we have always stood behind and which our customers have long known.”

The DSS 322 is comprised of an integrated POS AV direct georeferencing system, a medium-format True Color and CIR digital imager with a yaw stabilized azimuth mount, a ruggedized data logger and pressurized drive, a built in Flight Management System (FMS), imagery and POS AV data post-processing software. The DSS is designed to generate high-quality color and CIR directly georeferenced digital imagery that produces an accurate and radiometrically consistent product with 0.033 m to 1m Ground Sample Distance (GSD). For more information on Applanix position and orientation solutions for airborne, land vehicle, and marine operations, please visit


Applanix, a wholly owned subsidiary of Trimble Navigation Limited, develops, manufactures, sells and supports precision products that accurately and robustly measure the position and orientation of vehicles operating in dynamic environments. Applanix’ Position and Orientation Systems (POS) are used in a variety of applications, including road profiling, GIS data acquisition, aerial surveying and mapping, railroad track maintenance and seafloor mapping. Established in 1991, Applanix strives to support customers around the world with exceptional service.

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