Just received the following bit of news from our development team in Graz, announcing the release of the newest Camera Operation Software (COS) for the UltraCam aerial sensors. Version 4.1 is the most sophisticated and powerful release so far and the first one which supports all major components of the “UltraCam New Architecture.”
Highlights at a glance:
- New 5.2µ FTF-7046 CCD
- New sensor electronics board with Gigabit Ethernet data transmission
- New computer boards by EKF Systems, based on Intel i7 platform and capable to connect up to 7 sensors to a single board
- New SSD-based Data Unit
- New LED ring on top of the camera to indicate operational information
New touch interface panel (IP-Touch)
The UI has been adapted to be used with the new touch-based interface panel, including a complete new on-screen keyboard. The COS now supports all 3 types of interface panels and can be controlled via keyboard, mouse, softkeys or touch screen.
New data recovery approach
Although only one Data Unit is used for operation, the COS creates real-time recovery data during recording, stored on two additional SSDs within the Data Unit. Allows for restoration of data in case of SSD failures in the office and improves data reliability. The UltraCam Eagle is the first camera to use this feature.
New embedded operating system
The computer boards of the Eagle are running Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 64-bit. The COS itself, as well as all dependent drivers and third parties, have been adapted to support the new operating system and ensure a full 64-bit workflow.
Full support of UltraNav PosTrack
The internal flight management system (FMS), based on Applanix OEM solution, is now handled and integrated into the operation workflow. Additionally, for the default FMS communication there is a second data channel that provides realtime PosTrack data, stored on the Data Unit for later processing.
COS V4.1 is not only released for UltraCam Eagle, but for all cameras from UltraCamX and above (including UltraCamD via upgrade kit). It brings a couple of bug fixes and improved features which apply to all systems, for example:
- Advanced sensor communication and error handling that tries to automatically solve issues without powering the camera down.
- Writing Data Unit identification files for faster and more reliable disk recognition by the Ultramap Raw Data Center module.
- Improved support and manufacturing features.
- Optimizations for UltraCamLp, that allow the camera to constantly capture images with fast intervals of less than 2 seconds without specifying the (now obsolete) “Sensor Mode” in the flight preparation screen.
Some screenshots for your viewing pleasure!
The Main Screen: Which now includes the new UltraCam product logo.
Record Screen: On a test flight mission in Bischofshofen (Salzburg, Austria)
Prepare Screen: New on-screen keyboard for Interface Panel Touch
Information Screen: Advanced information and Error handling
Pretty exciting developments! Camera operators are sure to especially appreciate the new touch screen interface capabilities.
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– Jerry Skaw, Sales & Marketing