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“Global trend towards 3D mapping solutions is driving stronger demand”

Nov 2017 | No Comment

says Alexander Wiechert, CEO of Vexcel Imaging in an interview with Coordinates..

What is unique about Ultracam Panther?

The UltraCam Panther is a versatile, portable Mobile Mapping System. It carries complementary sensors to capture full-spherical imagery and video, dense 3D LiDAR point clouds and precise geopositioning information in both indoor and outdoor environments.

The UltraCam Panther’s panoramic head, the systems centerpiece, holds 26 cameras to capture very highresolution still imagery or video with a 360-degree field of view.

A multi-beam rotating LiDAR sensor simultaneously collects precise 3D data and a GPS/INS system, combined with a visual odometry sensor offers a custom-built software solution that delivers uninterrupted accurate trajectory data even in challenging environments where no GNSS signals are present.

How do you think Ultracam Panther would complement other range of products/ solutions from the house of Vexcel Imaging?

The UltraCam Panther is the ideal complement to the aerial UltraCam product family. Vexcel Imaging offers a comprehensive digital aerial camera portfolio that provides a wide range of imaging capabilities from wide-area mapping to nadir and oblique camera systems. On the terrestrial side, the UltraCam Panther can be complemented with the car-based mapping system, UltraCam Mustang. That means, the UltraCam product family lets customers capture the world from all angles: from an aerial, street- and ground-level and an indoor perspective!

What is the cost benefit of using an Ultracam Panther?

The UltraCam Panther offers outstanding flexibility for mapping and virtual reality applications and can be used in a variety of environments. One key factor is also the modular concept of the portable system. Thanks to this modular design, the system can be flexibly adapted to the user’s needs and allows an individual compilation of the components depending on requirements and budget (lowcost to high-end). Users decide for themselves which configurations and elements they need for their jobs. Depending on whether it is for indoor or outdoor photography, elements such as the LiDAR or an orientation module can be integrated.

How do you see growth prospect of 3D mapping solutions in different fields of application?

The global trend towards 3D mapping solutions is driving stronger demand. This requires rich visualization and highlyaccurate geospatial data for e.g. urban planning.

There is also a growing need for accurate terrestrial data for augmented reality and mixed reality applications, both indoors and outdoors. Vexcel Imaging has a history of creating products that address such needs.

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