Graz, Austria — June 27, 2013 — Chuo-Kogyo Co., Ltd., a Japanese engineering and surveying firm, has contracted with Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit to purchase the UltraMap DenseMatcher, Ortho Pipeline and Aerial Triangulation software modules. Chuo-Kogyo is already an established Microsoft customer, having purchased an UltraCamX digital camera system four years ago.
“Demand for aerial mapping services is increasing in Japan, so we felt that it was the right time to purchase the UltraMap workflow software,” said Morifumi Koike, CEO of Chuo-Kogyo. ”The aerial triangulation, dense matching and ortho mosaicing capabilities will allow us to meet requirements for new types of projects, and gain efficiencies in our data processing.”
UltraMap workflow software system is the first fully integrated end-to-end photogrammetric workflow system for UltraCam images. Using the new UltraMap modules released in November 2012, UltraCam users can rapidly generate quality data products, from ingest of raw data to delivery of high-density point clouds, DSMs and ortho imagery.
“Microsoft is pleased that our long-term customer Chuo-Kogyo has purchased three modules of our most recent software release,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “Since first made available to the public in 2009, the UltraMap system has continuously evolved to meet the needs of the mapping community.”
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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