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October 12, 2012
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INTERGEO 2012 took place Oct. 9-11 in Hannover, Germany. Which of the new products unveiled at the event is at the top of your wish list? Check out our overview of INTERGEO innovations here, and then vote for your favorites in our online poll.

INTERGEO 2012 took place Oct. 9-11 in Hannover, Germany. With more than 500 exhibitors and an estimated 16,000 visitors, the show highlights some of the latest innovations in geodesy, geoinformation and land management.

Here’s a brief recap of some of the biggest announcements leading up to and into the conference.

RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems launched the LMS-Q78 long-range airborne laser scanner, with an operating flight altitude of up to 10,000 feet at 100 kHz laser pulse repetition rate (PRR). A unique feature includes the automated resolution of range ambiguities, typically occurring at large measurement ranges and high repetition rates.

Trimble introduced new versions of its eCognition image analysis software and Trident Analyst office software. The release brings geospatial analysis technology, developed for remote sensing, into the land mobile mapping and survey domain.

Hemisphere GPS announced the S320 network rover and XF2 handheld data collector. With support for network RTK corrections, the S320 network rover is an integrated solution that eliminates the need for a base station and radio modem.

Also, Hemisphere GPS introduced the Vector VS330 and Vector VS131 GPS compass products that provide heading, position, heave and altitude data. The new Vector products are designed for professional marine applications that demand 3D positioning accuracies.

Trimble introduced a medium-format, directly georeferenced aerial imaging system: the Trimble DSS 500. Capable of producing full-resolution, ortho-rectified imagery in real time with In-FlightOrtho technology, the DSS is designed as a mapping-grade solution for color orthophoto and vertical mapping applications.

The new technology startup, rapidlasso GmbH, made its first trade show appearance at INTERGEO. The creator of LAStools and LASzip is hosted at the booth of the European Space Agency (ESA) as participants of a business incubation program by the ESA Technology Transfer Program and the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport, and Technology.

Trimble introduced a new version of its Inpho software for aerial photogrammetry and laser scanning data production. Inpho 5.5 includes Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) data processing and LPMaster, a new software product specifically designed for the production of Trimble Harrier aerial LiDAR and imaging data.

Pacific Crest introduced the XDL Rover, an advanced, high-speed, wireless data link built to withstand the rigors of GNSS/RTK surveying and precise positioning. The XDL Rover is a lightweight, ruggedized UHF receiver designed for digital radio communications between 403 and 473 MHz in either 12.5 or 25 kHz channels.

Trimble announced the Trimble TX5 3D laser scanner and SCENE software. The Trimble TX5 is a versatile 3D laser scanning solution, capturing existing condition information, retrofit/revamp projects, architectural redesign, clash inspections and design/as-built comparisons.

Spectra Precision introduced new ProMark GNSS receivers. The ProMark 120 and ProMark 220 GNSS receivers, powered by Ashtech, provide surveyors with an expanded set of capabilities and enhancements, and replace the ProMark 100 and ProMark 200.

Trimble introduced its next generation GNSS surveying solution-the Trimble R10. As a small and light receiver, the Trimble R10 combines powerful features and technologies including Trimble HD-GNSS, Trimble SurePoint, Trimble 360 and Trimble xFill to provide increased productivity.

Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) introduced the IP-S2 Compact+, a mobile mapping system designed to accurately measure objects even in adverse weather conditions and enclosed job sites such as tunnels and mines. The Compact+ system is available in two configurations: a three-scanner standard model or a five-scanner system. The three-scanner system gives a 360° vertical field of view. The five-scanner system increases cloud density, minimizes scanning shades and collects 150,000 points per second with a range of 40-50m.

Topcon also unveiled the Vanguard technology. With Universal Tracking technology and 226 channels available, all current and upcoming GNSS constellations can be tracked.

Applanix introduced POS LV 120, the latest version of its positioning and orientation systems for land vehicles. Using commercial Micro-Electro-Mechanical (MEMS) inertial measurement unit (IMU) technology, the Applanix POS LV 120 is a small, lightweight system that provides a solution for continuous positioning and orientation applications.

Leica Geosystems launched the Leica ScanStation P20, which provides three features in a compact terrestrial laser scanner: Onboard Check & Adjust functionality, sub-millimeter range noise at 120 m and modern Waveform Digitizing (WFD) technology delivering 1 million points per second. The scanner uses a combination of angular and range measurements to provide 3D point quality and product reliability.

Leica Geosystems also released the Leica RCD30 Oblique medium format camera. The camera system is specifically designed for high accuracy 3D urban mapping and 3D corridor mapping applications. Based on the Leica RCD30, a 60MP multi-spectral medium format camera, the Leica RCD30 Oblique provides a number of unique photogrammetric design features that offer superior image quality, high accuracy and high flexibility.

Leica Geosystems announced another enhancement to the Leica Zeno GIS family: the Leica Zeno CS25 GNSS tablet computer with full GNSS functionality in an ergonomic and portable device with a large screen. The CS25 GNSS doesn’t require a backpack, pole mount or any additional batteries. A compact L1/L2 antenna is attached on the CS25 GNSS, and for high accuracy data collection, it can connect with an external GNSS Antenna mounted on a pole.

Leica Geosystems announced the next release of its flagship software, Leica Cyclone 8.0. In addition to providing further improvements in office productivity for processing as-built laser scan data, Cyclone 8.0 users can now directly connect point cloud data with other spatial data sources (such as 3D models) and readily share and re-use modeled data.

Optech announced a gyro-stabilized survey solution that incorporates both active and passive Optech airborne sensors in one multi-sensor configuration. The company said this powerful sensor configuration will significantly increase the data collection efficiency, productivity and overall data quality for its airborne survey clients.

Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit introduced the UltraCam Falcon, the latest offering in its line of digital photogrammetric aerial camera systems. Positioned between the UltraCamLp and the ultra-large UltraCam Eagle with respect to image footprint and price, the UltraCam Falcon features a fast frame rate, solid state storage and integration of computers into the sensor. UltraNav, the embedded flight management and direct georeferencing system from Applanix, is also available with the UltraCam Falcon.

Handheld Group launched its new rugged mobile device for field professionals: the Algiz 10X rugged tablet PC. The Algiz 10X can withstand tough weather elements and harsh handling, and has a large, 10.1-inch touchscreen. The tablet also comes with a u-blox GPS receiver and WAAS/EGNOS/MSAS capability, plus Bluetooth 4.0, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n and it is WWAN Gobi 3000-ready with fully integrated modem and antennas for wireless connectivity.

Handheld also launched its Nautiz X1 ultra-rugged smartphone. The full-featured smartphone runs on a 1 GHz dual-core processor and 512 MB of RAM, and comes with 2 GB of onboard storage. It also features Bluetooth, GPS and a 5-megapixel camera, and comes with the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 operating system.

Javad presented on how to protect GNSS and also discussed Lightsquared issues. The company noted that Javad’s J-Shield is on all GNSS now and the Javad Triumph offers a non-interfered signal at a low cost. To view a slide show from the presentation, go to javadgnss.net/spectrum.

Which new product unveiled at INTERGEO 2012 is at the top of your wish list? Vote for your favorites in our online poll below. We’ll give the winning technology in-depth coverage in an upcoming issue of POB.

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