The UltraCam team is out in numbers at the Intergeo 2015 Conference in Stuttgart, Germany. Like most years, we are introducing new product but this year we are announcing THREE new UltraCam camera systems and an updated version of our UltraMap workflow software!
Building on the success of the UltraCam Eagle ultra-large format digital aerial camera system introduced in 2011, we are announcing the UltraCam Eagle Prime that features several enhancements from the UltraCam Eagle:
• Increased PAN frame image footprint of more than 23,000 pixels across the flight strip.
• Maintained maximum frame rate of 1.8s with bigger footprint.
• Expanded storage capacity to 8TB.
• Reduced weight and power consumption.
At the same time, we are adding a 120mm focal length lens to the list of optional interchangeable lens kits available for both the UltraCam Eagle and UltraCam Eagle Prime which already includes 80mm, 100mm and 210mm kits. This extended range of focal lengths allows the UltraCam Eagle to serve as a flexible single system “workhorse” to efficiently serve a wide range of aerial data acquisition applications. It is not taking the market long to react: with the announcement of the UltraCam Eagle Prime we are also announcing three “launching” customers: Aerometrex (Australia), Terra Messflug GmbH(Austria) and Topocart (Brazil).
Next, we are also announcing two new models of the UltraCam Osprey vertical/oblique digital aerial sensor: the UltraCam Osprey Prime II, with an even bigger footprint in both the vertical and oblique modes than the Osprey Prime, and the UltraCam Osprey Lite, an entry-level UltraCam nadir/oblique system. Key features for these systems:
Osprey Prime II
- Higher nadir and oblique collection efficiencies through:
- Increased PAN nadir image size of 13,470 x 8,670 pixels
- Increased RGB oblique image size of 10,300 x 7,700 pixels
- Flexibility through collecting photogrammetry-grade nadir images and oblique images simultaneously with subpixel accuracy and high dynamic range equivalent to other UltraCam cameras
Osprey Prime Lite
- Five RGB Bayer patter 80MP pixel cones for nadir and oblique image collection
- Optional nadir NIR cone for classification
- Entry level oblique camera system
- Seamless UltraMap processing workflow
- Upgradeable to UltraCam Osprey Prime II
This brings us to the announcement and introduction of UltraMap 4.0. I am particularly excited about this update because of the tech preview ability to generate 3D city models, a long awaited algorithm that was developed for Microsoft’s Bing Maps.
Other key features:
- Exceptional quality level of data products through:
- Novel oblique and nadir color balance.
- Increased radiometric quality based on the de-hazing module.
- Flexible radiometric adjustments through interactive user guidance.
- Increased efficiencies and minimized production costs through:
- Virtually unlimited project size support (tested up to 50k trigger events) throughout the whole aerial workflow.
- Full integration of Visual Analytics into the UltraMap Aerial Triangulation module.
Our development team has been at work! If you are at the conference, look for us in booth #F4.080. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see the latest coming from our team.
– Jerry Skaw, Microsoft UltraCam Team