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Microsoft's Vexcel Imaging Develops the UltraCamL for Small Mapping Firms

July 8, 2008

Graz, Austria - At the XXIst International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Congress in Beijing, Vexcel Imaging, GmbH-Microsoft’s Photogrammetry division-announced the UltraCamL, a smaller, lighter version of the UltraCam large format digital aerial camera system designed to better serve the needs of small mapping firms. The UltraCamL, at a lower price point than existing large format systems, offers a competitive solution for mapping companies looking for a cost-effective way to transition from film to digital, without sacrificing image quality.

Up until now, large format digital camera systems were often cost-prohibitive for small companies, but the UltraCamL sets a new standard for this market segment by offering an excellent performance/price ratio and comprehensive photogrammetric capabilities, including aerotriangulation and digital surface model production. The UltraCamL the largest-footprint medium format camera system on the market today, is ideal for smaller aircraft and local projects that require a rapid response. The UltraCamL collects RGB and NIR in parallel. It maintains forward overlap of 80% at 3 inch (7.62 cm) pixels and a short frame interval of 2 seconds. An added feature of the UltraCamL is the ability to integrate with a lidar sensor system in the same aircraft.

Photogrammetric and remote sensing applications for imagery collected by the UltraCamXp include large scale engineering mapping, high-resolution (true) orthophoto production, multi-ray photogrammetry, feature extraction and classification.

The UltraCamL camera system is ideal for smaller large-scale and photogrammetric projects, high-resolution (true) orthophoto production, multi-ray photogrammetry, corridor mapping, and lidar integration. “The UltraCamL provides a new opportunity for small mapping firms to remain competitive,” notes Alexander Wiechert, Business Director of Microsoft and Managing Director for Vexcel Imaging GmbH. “They will be able to enter the market at a price point that fits their budget and offer their customers high-quality photogrammetric digital products and services.”