Optech Incorporated and noted camera manufacturer Rollei have entered a technology partnership to develop a new airborne digital camera for exclusive use in the Optech ALTM.

The Optech ALTM Airborne Laser Terrain Mapper is an accurate and versatile airborne LiDAR data acquisition system, offering laser pulse rates as high as 100 kHz, and producing elevation data of unparalleled density and unprecedented low cost per posting.

The Rollei digital camera is a cost efficient solution for the production of superior digital orthophoto products. With a 1/1000 second shutter, four-second cycle time, and built-in light sensor, the Rollei digital camera delivers sharp, crisp images every time. The rugged design and exclusive storage system ensures the Rollei digital camera will meet the demanding needs of airborne surveys.

The new camera will feature complete integration with Optech's Flight Management Software, which orchestrates all major aspects of airborne survey operations, including camera operations, GPS/INS, lidar data, and flight management - into one easy-to-use program.

Source: Optech, March 1, 2005