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The DiMAC ULTRALiGHT+ consists of a single camera module that captures a footprint of 8,900 pixels across by 6,700 pixels along the flight line. The system delivers high accuracy and clarity through DiMAC’s patented True Forward Motion Compensation (True FMC). It also features DiMAC’s True Color acquisition and can be configured with a range of lenses and filters. System control and data storage are provided by an unobtrusive IT rack, making overall system size and power requirements among the smallest in the industry. The ULTRALiGHT+ camera module is fully calibrated. The system uses the same proven technology and calibration methodology as other DiMAC products but in a low-cost, scaled-down form factor.

ENVI by ITT Visual Information Solutions

ENVI is a software solution for processing and analyzing satellite and airborne imagery. ENVI software combines the latest image processing and image analysis technology with an intuitive, user-friendly interface to help users extract meaningful information from imagery. It offers a robust suite of advanced image analysis tools and is tightly integrated with ArcGIS from Esri. Additionally, the software can be customized to meet users’ needs.

DiMAC WiDE+ from DiMAC sprl

The DiMAC WiDE+ is a large-format digital aerial camera that captures a footprint of 13,000 pixels across by 8,900 pixels along the flight line by using just two camera modules (CM). It incorporates the core DiMAC benefits of True FMC and True Color acquisition. The two-CM architecture reduces the risk of hardware or image quality problems and minimizes processing for the final color image. The camera includes DiMerge software, which seamlessly combines images from two CMs into a single frame. The result: a geometrically and radiometrically corrected frame that can be used for both photogrammetric and orthophoto applications. An optional configuration enables simultaneous acquisition of color and near-infrared imagery by using additional CMs with NIR filters.

ENVI for ArcGIS Server by ITT Visual Information Solutions

ENVI for ArcGIS Server allows users to author, publish, and distribute ENVI’s advanced image analysis tools and models to an entire organization. Exposing ENVI image analysis capabilities to the Esri ArcGIS Server environment enables users to leverage server class resources to analyze large image scenes and take full advantage of the information in imagery. ENVI for ArcGIS Server is also compatible with ArcGIS Web Mapping, which allows users to create, manage, and distribute ENVI image analysis applications and models over the enterprise to desktop and mobile clients or to Web applications.

DMC PPS CuePac by GeoCue Corp.

DMC PPS CuePac encapsulates the Post-Processing System (PPS) workflow for the Intergraph Digital Mapping Camera (DMC) system. DMC data are brought into GeoCue via ISPM projects that are created by Intergraph’s project planning and reporting software, Z/I Mission. The software allows ad hoc generation of ISPM projects from one or more original ISPM projects and their DMC post-processed imagery. GeoCue drives the DMC PPS main dialog for the creation of a DMC post-processing database, which is created and managed in GeoCue’s warehouse data storage system. Small subsets of images from a PPS database are radiometrically and geometrically processed to use as inputs to the Digital Image Analysis (DIA) application, which allows one or more look-up tables to be created and stored in the GeoCue data management system.

Vr Mapping Software by Cardinal Systems LLC

Vr Mapping Software includes a number of modules. The latest module, VrLiDAR, allows the display and editing of LiDAR point data in 2D and true 3D stereo. The four configurations available in VrLiDAR enable vector, symbol and text to be collected and edited using the extensive VrOne mapping tools, which include more than 200 commands and over 140 mapping applications. The 3D ViewPoint application allows the collection and editing of vector data using LiDAR point clouds without imagery in true 3D stereo. Features include real-time cursor draping to the LiDAR surface; on-demand autocorrelation; and DTM processing and image manipulation such as sampling, tonal balancing, splicing, feathering, simple rectification and orthophoto generation.

Riegl VZ-480 from Riegl GmbH (distributed by Riegl USA)

The Riegl VQ-480 V-Line Airborne Laser Scanner provides high-speed, noncontact data acquisition using a narrow infrared laser beam and a fast line scanning mechanism. High-accuracy laser ranging is based on Riegl’s unique echo digitization and online waveform processing, which allows users to achieve superior measurement results even under adverse atmospheric conditions as well as the evaluation of multiple target echoes. The scanning mechanism is based on a fast-rotating multi-facet polygonal mirror, which provides fully linear, unidirectional and parallel scan lines. Riegl’s RiAcquire, RiProcess and RiWorld software provide seamless processing of data from acquisition to system calibration, georeferencing and

Riegl VMX-250-CS6 from Riegl GmbH (distributed by Riegl USA)

The VMX-250-CS6 Camera System complements the Riegl VMX-250 Mobile Laser Scanning System by supporting up to six individually selectable and fully calibrated digital color cameras. The VMX-250-CS6 is mounted to the roof-mount platform beneath the VMX-250 measuring head. A single cable connects the digital camera system with the measuring head. Riegl’s RiAcquire and RiProcess software provide seamless processing of data from acquisition to system calibration, georeferencing and

Trimble VX Spatial Station from Trimble

The Trimble VX Spatial Station provides 3D scanning capability along with the ability to capture data conventionally with Direct Reflex (DR) and robotic surveying. The system incorporates Trimble VISION technology, which feeds a live instrument-POV video stream to the Trimble VX’s controller. Operators can work in DR mode remotely and avoid difficult or dangerous setups. Trimble VISION also lets operators click on the video image to gather all points needed; gathered points are shown so that repetition is avoided. The Trimble VX tracks and records shots as efficiently as any total station instrument on the market. Users can also add their GNSS receiver to the robotic rod, and the Trimble software will seamlessly integrate the two data streams for maximum flexibility.

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