BERLIN, Germany, Oct. 6, 2014—Leica Geosystems, Aibotix and Headwall Photonics provide as of now an integrated high performance airborne sensor solution utilizing a hyperspectral imager and the Aibot X6 UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle). The Nano-Hyperspec sensor was optimized in terms of size, weight, and power to enable the aerial acquisition of all spectral and spatial data within the scene of interest. A UAV with integrated Headwall sensor has already been successfully flown and will be presented at this year’s INTERGEO in Berlin.
Precision agriculture, forestry, geological research, and environmental monitoring are just a few specific application areas that benefit from this airborne hyperspectral imaging solution. Equipped with the hyperspectral imager, the Aibot X6 can, for example, take pictures of fields or vineyards to determine the chlorophyll content, plant health, invasive species, and thus offer farmers information on the state of the plants and harvest. By means of UAV and hyperspectral imager, farmers can measure before harvest, where the grain is driest and should be mowed first. Or, they determine where the rain has washed more fertilizers and where they must re-fertilize. For geological mapping in the vicinity, for example landfills and open mine sites can be overflown to quickly and efficiently track precious metals or minerals. Environmental monitoring and research to derive contamination of soil or water is determined spectrally from the air quickly using the Aibotix UAV and Nano-Hyperspec sensor.
Enabling a new class of capabilities and performance
The Nano-Hyperspec sensor measures only 76.2mm x 76.2mm x 119.4mm and weighs less than 0.68kg. A key enabling feature is that this sensor is integrated with a high speed data processor and high capacity flash storage. The sensor collects image data across 640 spatial bands and 270 spectral bands with a Visible-Near-Infrared (VNIR) range of 400-1000nm. The field of view is exceptionally wide, meaning that flight swath efficiency is maximized to cover as much territory as possible while the UAV is aloft. Further, it delivers crisp image data not only directly underneath the flight path but off to the edges.
Ideal frame rate, integrated ortho-rectification and datacube
The integrated data storage is 480GB, which will yield more than two hours at a frame-rate collection rate of about 100fps, which is matched to the actual performance of the UAV itself. The direct-attached GPS with IMU yields the ability to generate ortho-rectified imagery data products. Finally, the Nano-Hyperspec comes pre-loaded with an airborne version of its Hyperspec III application software that manages sensor operation, image acquisition, and sensor performance while aloft. Hyperspec III software is designed to work in a complementary fashion with the GPS/IMU as well as incoming LiDAR data to collect spectral data and generate a completely integrated hyperspectral data cube.
Aibotix – Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles
Aibotix GmbH develops and manufactures high quality and intelligent multicopters for applications in the industrial sector. The company's name encloses AI for artificial intelligence and BOTIX for robotics. Aibotix is represented around the globe. With several hundreds of annually produced UAVs, the company belongs to the five largest producers. Thanks to a global network of partners, Aibotix provides customers worldwide with the opportunity to test and purchase its products as well as with personal advice and support.
Aibotix GmbH is part of Hexagon, Sweden. More information at www.aibotix.com
Leica Geosystems – when it has to be right
With close to 200 years of experience pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems products and services are trusted by professionals worldwide to help them capture, analyse, and present spatial information. Leica Geosystems is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyse easily, and visualise and present spatial information.
Those who use Leica Geosystems products every day trust them for their dependability, the value they deliver, and the superior customer support. Based in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, Leica Geosystems is a global company with tens of thousands of customers supported by more than 3,800 employees in 33 countries and hundreds of partners located in more than 120 countries around the world. Leica Geosystems is part of Hexagon, Sweden.
Headwall Photonics – Innovative Spectral Solutions for Remote Sensing
Headwall Photonics is the leading designer and manufacturer of imaging sensors and spectral instrumentation for industrial, commercial, and government markets. Headwall’s high performance spectrometers, spectral engines, and high performance diffractive optics have been selected by OEM and end-user customers around the world for use in critical application environments. As a pioneer in the development of hyperspectral sensors and imaging spectrometers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of patented spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance. Based near Boston in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Headwall also operates a production and integration facility in Diegem, Belgium.
Norcross, Ga., Oct. 6, 2014—Leica Geosystems’ RCD30 Penta Oblique system is now available with new optics. Compared to the previous configuration, which consists of lenses with 50 mm focal length for nadir and 80 mm for oblique images, the camera is now available with 80 mm and 150 mm focal length respectively. In combination with the new 80 MP CCD sensor, the RCD30 now provides data with even more detail. These new features make the RCD30 the only oblique system able to acquire 4-channel RGBN multispectral data with 10 centimeter Ground Sampling Distance (GSD) from an altitude of 3,000 meters.
No other camera on the market today offers these performance parameters. Compared to other systems, users can fly higher and achieve the same high resolution. It is now possible for users to make highly detailed 3D city models in areas that do not allow capturing aerial images at altitudes under 3,000 meters, for example in Moscow.
The new Leica RCD30 Penta Oblique 80/150 is particularly interesting for the Asian market, where demands exist for an even higher resolution than 10 cm GSD. For many other global regions, the systems provide users with significant advantages through higher accuracy, greater flying altitudes and elimination of altitude restrictions.
The RCD30 is also available as a single-head camera with all three focal length options, such as in combination with a LIDAR sensor.
All models are available immediately. Details and ordering information are available from all authorized Leica Geosystems sales partners.
For more information about Leica RCD30 please visit: http://www.leica-geosystems.com/rcd30
LOGAN, Utah, Oct. 1, 2014 – Juniper Systems, rugged handheld computer manufacturer, and Effigis, geomatics solutions provider, have partnered to provide a powerful, yet inexpensive solution to easily capture and post-process GPS data to attain sub-meter accuracy.
EDINBURGH, Scotland, Oct. 1, 2014—Routescene is to launch a new turnkey 3D mobile mapping solution, the Routescene LidarPod, at Intergeo which will save time, achieve more detailed and faster results and address many of the challenges currently facing the surveying industry. It will enable quick, exceptionally accurate, safe and cost effective surveys that previously could not have taken place.
FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 1, 2014—Icaros Inc., a leading provider of advanced aerial remote sensing and 3D visualization solutions, will unveil the IDM 1000 digital oblique mapping system next week at the 2014 InterGEO Conference in Germany. The versatile Icaros Digital Mapper (IDM) 1000 combines a high-accuracy photogrammetric nadir camera with four high-quality oblique sensors in a modular airborne imaging package.