Graz, Austria — July 3, 2012 — Lantmäteriet, the Swedish mapping, cadastral and land registration authority, has
contracted with Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit and subsidiary, Vexcel Imaging GmbH, to purchase an UltraCam Eagle ”ultra-large”
format digital aerial camera system.
“Recent technological developments in communication, visualization, and smart devices are making aerial photography increasingly important for Lantmäteriet in a number of areas,” stated Mr. Bengt Kjellson, Lantmäteriet’s Director General. ”It is the right time to replace our old cameras and take advantage of the progress that has been made in imaging, electronics and photogrammetry.”
“As we see it, the Ultracam Eagle is the best camera on the market in regards to Lantmäteriet’s needs. The integrated “all-in-one” system is simpler, easier to use and less expensive than our previous cameras,” stated Mr. Mikael R. Johansson, Production Manager for Aerial Photography, Lantmäteriet. “We will be able to use air hours more effectively, while improving the quality of our products. We also look forward to less expensive and better technical support from Microsoft.”
The UltraCam Eagle will be used to support Lantmäteriet’s national aerial photography program. The program collects approximately 33% of Sweden, 150,000 km2, each year at 0.5 meter GSD, and some localities and regions at 0.25 meter GSD. In addition, Lantmäteriet will collect imagery of much of Sweden's coastline during 2012 to use in a review of Sweden's maritime borders.
“Microsoft is pleased to provide Lantmäteriet with the most current UltraCam technology available today,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “The system will offer Lantmäteriet the functionality it needs to successfully meet its national mapping requirements.”
About the UltraCam Eagle
With its operations based in Graz, Austria, and sales and support teams in North America and Asia, Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit brings more than two decades of photogrammetry expertise to Microsoft’s Bing Mapsbusiness unit. The division is responsible for the highly successful line of UltraCam digital aerial mapping systems that today include the UltraCam Hawk, UltraCam Falcon, and UltraCam Eagledigital photogrammetric sensors, and the UltraCam Ospreynadir/oblique photogrammetric digital aerial sensor. Also offered is the UltraNav Flight Management and Direct Georeferencing system, designed to maximize the efficiency of UltraCam aerial mapping. Rounding out the UltraCam offerings is the fully integrated UltraMap workflow software system, with features that include high-density 3D point cloud creation, highly accurate and detailed digital surface model (DSM) generation, and ortho mosaicing capabilities based on an automatically generated DSM or traditional DSM.
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