UltraCam Press Relases

  • Stuttgart, Germany — September 15, 2015  — Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit introduces its latest photogrammetric workflow system, UltraMap v4.0, which includes an extensively updated radiometry module featuring de-hazing available for nadir and now also for oblique imagery. Supporting virtually unlimited project size (tested up to 50K trigger events), the UltraMap v4.0 empowers UltraMap users to process data more efficiently, thereby minimizing production costs. Contact your sales representative to purchase a flexible monthly subscription plan or a lifetime subscription. UltraMap 4.0 will be available in December 2015.  

    The key benefits are: 
    • 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.
    • Ability to generate 3D cities for extended customer offerings offered as a technology preview (using the algorithms developed for Bing Maps!)
    “With UltraMap v4.0, we are going to deliver another big release from our ambitious UltraMap roadmap within a short interval”, said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “The novel radiometry module boosts the overall quality of all UltraCam data products to an exceptional level and further offers an unprecedented, fully-automatic color-alignment for nadir and oblique color images. Once shipped, UltraMap subscribers get immediate access to the full feature set. And: More awesome new features are already waiting down the road!”

    The UltraMap v4.0 software package will be available for delivery to customers by December 2015, followed by full releases of technology previews and more in short intervals. Stop by Booth F4.080 in hall 4 at Intergeo to learn more.
    About UltraMap
    The UltraMap photogrammetric workflow software enables management and processing of vast amounts of digital aerial data produced by the full Microsoft UltraCam digital aerial sensor family. The software is in its fourth release and includes new functionality for the automated processing 3D point clouds, digital surface models (DSMs) and ortho mosaics. The Aerial Triangulation (AT) module provides an interactive workflow with intuitive visualizations while calculating image correspondences to generate precise exterior orientation for huge image blocks. The Dense Matching module creates high-density point clouds, DSMs and an internally-leverage Digital Terrain Model (DTM) from Level-2 images, extrapolating precise exterior orientation data to generate per-pixel height values. The Ortho Pipeline module generates the final ortho mosaic from all available inputs such as Level-2 imagery, AT results, radiometric settings, and the DSM/DTM.
    About Microsoft’s UltraCam Business Unit

    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.

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft(Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

  • Stuttgart, Germany — September 15, 2015  — From the Intergeo conference in Stuttgart, Germany, Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit introduces two new versions of the UltraCam Osprey: The UltraCam Osprey Prime II, with bigger nadir PAN, nadir RGB, nadir NIR and oblique RGB footprints, and the UltraCam Osprey Prime Lite as a new entry-level camera system, both combining a high performing photogrammetric nadir camera with oblique image capture capabilities. The UltraCam Osprey Prime Lite features five RGB color cones in total for nadir and oblique collection and an optional nadir NIR cone can be integrated. It can be easily upgraded to an UltraCam Osprey Prime II if needed. 

    The key benefits of the UltraCam Osprey Prime II are:
    • 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
    The key features of the UltraCam Osprey Prime Lite are:
    • 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
    All third generation UltraCam camera systems are fully supported in the UltraMap workflow software system. The ability to perform aerial triangulation (AT) and dense matching allows for the creation of high accuracy point clouds, digital surface models (DSMs), digital terrain models (DTMs), DSM orthos (true orthos) and DTM orthos (traditional orthos). The cameras are also compatible with the UltraNav direct georeferencing and flight management system.

    “The UltraCam Osprey Prime II is the sensor of choice for the widest range of aerial imaging applications,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “And with the UltraCam Osprey Prime Lite we provide customers who are looking to enter the oblique market with a lower cost, entry-level UltraCam system to simultaneously collect nadir and oblique RGB data, giving them the flexibility to upgrade it to a fully equipped UltraCam Osprey Prime II later on.”

    The new versions of the UltraCam Osprey will be available for delivery to customers in February 2016. An upgrade program is offered for existing UltraCam customers. Stop by Booth #F4.080 in Hall 4 at Intergeo to learn more.
    About Microsoft’s UltraCam Business Unit

    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.

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft(Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

  • Stuttgart, Germany — September 15, 2015  — From the Intergeo conference in Stuttgart, Germany, Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit introduces an updated version of the UltraCam Eagle. This next iteration of the UltraCam Eagle provides UltraCam customers with increased operational efficiencies through an enlarged PAN image footprint, expanded storage capacity, reduced weight and power consumption.  Meanwhile, the UltraCam Eagle Prime still maintains the leading image dynamic of UltraCam with 7,600 grey values.

    To provide an even more flexible and efficient solution, the UltraCam Eagle is available with four different focal lengths—80mm, 100mm, 210mm, and now a 120mm option—making the UltraCam Eagle ideal for a large variety of applications, from lower-altitude engineering applications to high-altitude orthophotography projects.

    The Key benefits are:
    • Improved performance through:
    • 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. 
    • Greater flexibility through:
    • Four different focal lengths: 80mm, 100mm, 120mm. When coupled with the image footprint of the new UltraCam Eagle Prime, the 120mm lens makes the UltraCam an exceptionally efficient camera system for applications for which building lean extent is a key consideration.
    All third generation UltraCam camera systems are fully supported in the UltraMap workflow software system. The ability to perform aerial triangulation (AT) and dense matching allows for the creation of high accuracy point clouds, digital surface models (DSMs), digital terrain models (DTMs), DSM orthos (true orthos) and DTM orthos (traditional orthos). The cameras are also compatible with the UltraNav direct georeferencing and flight management system.

    Given the readily apparent benefits of this new UltraCam, it should come as no surprise that Microsoft already has purchase agreements at product launch for the UltraCam Eagle Prime:
    • Aerometrex: One of Australia’s foremost companies in the field of geospatial data collection, management and distribution, Aerometrex has purchased the UltraCam Eagle Prime along with both the f80mm and f210mm focal length lens kits, the UltraNav 510 direct georeferencing and flight management system, and an UltraMount GSM 4000 gyro-stabilized mount.
    • Terra Messflug GmbH, Austria: a leading enterprise in the field of aerial survey and photogrammetry, Terra Messflug has a longstanding history of employing state-of-the-art technology to ensure premium products for its customers. This includes the UltraCam Eagle that the company purchased in early 2015 and will now upgrade to the UltraCam Eagle Prime, taking advantage of the UltraCam upgrade program that allows upgrades through refurbishment for third generation UltraCam systems.
    • Topocart: Based in Brasilia, Brazil, Topocart provides worldwide services in infrastructure engineering, urban planning, environmental studies, mapping, aerial photogrammetry, geoprocessing, and surveying and geodesy. The company has been operating UltraCam systems since 2009 and has signed on to be among the first to own and operate the new UltraCam Eagle Prime. The UltraCam upgrade program enables Topocart to upgrade its UltraCamXp to the UltraCam Eagle Prime through trade-in.
    “It is a strong statement about this new UltraCam system that we are launching with three customers even prior to announcement,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “Generating product demand begins by building the right product. The enhanced version of the UltraCam Eagle and the new 120mm lens system incorporate hardware changes that greatly augment the system’s capabilities. Given this, and the ability of the customer to exchange the lenses themselves in a clean hangar environment without the need for re-calibration, the UltraCam Eagle provides customers with a highly flexible solution that can be configured for different projects to maximize collection efficiencies.”

    The UltraCam Eagle Prime will be available for delivery to customers in February 2016. Contact your sales representative for further information. Existing UltraCam customers can receive trade-in credit toward upgrading at any time. Stop by Booth #F4.080 in Hall 4 at Intergeo to learn more.
    About Microsoft’s UltraCam Business Unit

    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.

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft(Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

  • Graz, Austria— September 10, 2015  — GeoAir, an aerial mapping company, took vertical and oblique aerial images to upgrade maps for 15 municipalities in the State of Mexico. GeoAir used the Microsoft UltraCam Osprey to take both required types of images at once, which allowed the company to halve costs and improve efficiency while obtaining accurate, high-quality images for the Instituto de Información e Investigación Geográfica, Estadística y Catastral del Estado de México (IGECEM). 

    Find out how the UltraCam Osprey enabled GeoMapa and GeoAir to comply with the IGECEM’s requirement of oblique and vertical images:

    About Microsoft’s UltraCam Business Unit

    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.

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft(Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

    About GeoAir

    Founded in 1994 and based in Cuernavaca, Mexico, GeoAir operates its own fleet of aircraft to collect aerial imagery with photogrammetric digital cameras and a LiDAR scanner. GeoAir was an early adopter of digital aerial technology and has been responsible for mapping all of the major cities in Mexico, as well as the multi-year project to extend the Panama Canal and other projects in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. For more information about the company, go to http://www.geoair.net/or contact Wolfgang Kost at wolf@geoair.net.

  • Case Study: Advance Aviation Group (AAG)

    Graz, Austria— August 11, 2015 — The UltraCam team recently visited Advance Aviation Group (AAG), an airline charter company in Australia. Advance Aviation Group wanted to expand its business by entering the aerial survey market. By choosing the UltraCam Eagle large-format digital camera, AAG has increased its revenue stream by almost a third. The camera has helped AAG attract new clients by enabling the company to capture high-quality images efficiently and to process this data very quickly. The UltraCam also offers AAG a cost-effective upgrade path as the company continues to grow. While there, the UltraCam team interviewed AAG’s Managing Director Alec Mercer, Ripen Sarepo, the CEO of Trans Wonderland Limited and AAG pilot, Richmond Lord. The result is a sixth installment in our series of “I Fly UltraCam” videos and written case studies.

    About Microsoft’s UltraCam Business Unit

    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.

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft(Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

    About Advance Aviation Group (AAG)

    Founded in 1991, Advance Aviation Group is an air charter company headquartered in Australia that provides corporate travel, freight services, and special-purpose charter flights.  For more information go to www.advanceaviation.com.auor contact Alec Mercer at amercer@advanceaviation.com.auor +61 (07) 4987 5566.

  • UltraMap v3.9 with innovative new features now available for Purchase

    Graz, Austria— July 7, 2015 — The recently announced updated version of the Microsoft UltraMap workflow software system is now available for purchase. UltraMap v3.9 enables UltraCam customers to produce richer data products, work more efficiently and cost-effectively, and extend their data offerings to customers. The software augments Microsoft’s industry leadership in imagery workflow and processing with significant customer-requested updates along with innovative new capabilities.

    The key benefits of UltraMap 3.9 include:

    • Higher quality of data products through:
      • Noise reduced point cloud
      • Oblique Aerial Triangulation (AT) support for improved exterior orientation of oblique images
      • Manual Digital Surface Model (DSM) editing tools to fine-tune the quality of DSM and DSM Ortho
    • Increased efficiencies and minimized production costs through:
      • 3D visual analytics for better insight into AT
      • Rapid reprocessing of orthos with radiometry settings
      • UI improvements (shortcuts, additional preferences)
      • Simplified Lvl02 re-processing for images with warnings
    • Extended customer offerings through:
      • Export DSM Ortho contribution mask
      • Improved reporting (Raw Data Center, AT, Radiometry)
    “UltraMap v3.9 underscores Microsoft’s commitment to providing our aerial imaging customers with flexible tools that further improve operational efficiencies and produce data products of the highest quality,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “The enhancements and new capabilities of this release extend our leadership in supporting robust and feature-rich photogrammetric workflow experiences. These recent developments, and those to come, are brought about by an understanding of the customer’s business and our desire to help them by aligning our business model to their needs.”

    In addition to a “lifetime subscription” UltraMap 3.9 is also available through a flexible subscription plan licensing UltraMap modules literally on a monthly basis.
    About UltraMap
    The UltraMap photogrammetric workflow software enables management and processing of vast amounts of digital aerial data produced by Microsoft UltraCam digital aerial sensors. The third-generation software includes new functionality for the automated processing of 3D point clouds, DSMs and ortho mosaics. The AT module provides an interactive workflow while calculating image correspondences to generate precise exterior orientation for an entire image block. The Dense Matching module creates high-density point clouds, DSMs and an internally-leverage Digital Terrain Model (DTM) from Level-2 images, extrapolating precise exterior orientation data to generate per-pixel height values. The Ortho Pipeline module generates the final ortho mosaic from all available inputs such as Level-2 imagery, AT results, radiometric settings, and the DSM/DTM.
    About Microsoft’s UltraCam Business Unit

    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.

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft(Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

  • Changes within Bing Maps – Statement

    Graz, Austria— July 3, 2015 — This week Microsoft announced changes within Bing Maps, in which a part of Bing Maps’ activities and staff will transfer to Uber. These changes do not impact Microsoft’s UltraCam business, which has always operated as a separate entity from the Bing Maps imagery processing operations. Our UltraCam business, including R&D, operations and employees, were not affected by these changes.

    Microsoft remains committed to the UltraCam business and providing the geospatial market with best-in-class aerial acquisition and processing products, combined with industry-leading service and flexibility that aligns with how our customers do business. We are excited about our aggressive product roadmap designed to bring you new UltraCam and UltraMap innovations throughout the next year.

    In closing, I would like to thank you for your continued business. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or your sales rep with any questions or concerns you may have. 

    Kind regards,
    Alexander Wiechert

  • Microsoft UltraMap 3.9: Field Experience + Microsoft Expertise at your fingertips

    Tampa, Florida— May 5, 2015 — At the IGTF/ASPRS 2015 conference in Tampa, Florida, Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit is introducing an updated version of the UltraMap workflow software system to enable UltraCam customers to produce richer data products, work more efficiently and cost-effectively, and extend their data offerings to customers. UltraMap v3.9 augments Microsoft’s industry leadership in imagery workflow and processing with significant customer-requested updates along with innovative new capabilities.     

    The key benefits of UltraMap 3.9 include:
    • Higher quality of data products through:
      • Noise reduced point cloud
      • Oblique Aerial Triangulation (AT) support for improved exterior orientation of oblique images
      • Manual Digital Surface Model (DSM) editing tools to fine-tune the quality of DSM and DSM Ortho
    • Increased efficiencies and minimized production costs through:
      • 3D visual analytics for better insight into AT
      • Rapid reprocessing of orthos with radiometry settings
      • UI improvements (shortcuts, additional preferences)
      • Simplified Lvl02 re-processing for images with warnings
    • Extended customer offerings through:
      • Export DSM Ortho contribution mask
      • Improved reporting (Raw Data Center, AT, Radiometry)
    “UltraMap v3.9 underscores Microsoft’s commitment to providing our aerial imaging customers with tools that further improve operational efficiencies and produce data products of the highest quality,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “The enhancements and new capabilities of this release extend our leadership in supporting robust and feature-rich photogrammetric workflow experiences. Furthermore, these updates increase the flexibility of the UltraMap workflow, a core benefit of our software that was also recently augmented through subscription-based pricing for ‘just-in-time’ processing. These recent developments, and those to come, are brought about by an understanding of the customer’s business and our desire to help them by aligning our business model to their needs.”

    The UltraMap v3.9 will be available for delivery to customers beginning of July 2015. Stop by Booth #308 at IGTF/ASPRS to learn more.
    About UltraMap
    The UltraMap photogrammetric workflow software enables management and processing of vast amounts of digital aerial data produced by Microsoft UltraCam digital aerial sensors. The third-generation software includes new functionality for the automated processing of 3D point clouds, DSMs and ortho mosaics. The AT module provides an interactive workflow while calculating image correspondences to generate precise exterior orientation for an entire image block. The Dense Matching module creates high-density point clouds, DSMs and an internally-leverage Digital Terrain Model (DTM) from Level-2 images, extrapolating precise exterior orientation data to generate per-pixel height values. The Ortho Pipeline module generates the final ortho mosaic from all available inputs such as Level-2 imagery, AT results, radiometric settings, and the DSM/DTM.
    About Microsoft’s UltraCam Business Unit

    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.

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft(Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

  • Keystone Purchases Third UltraCam Falcon with UltraNav

    Graz, Austria— February 19, 2015 — Keystone Aerial Surveys, Inc., a group company of PASCO CORPORATION, has contracted with Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit and subsidiary to purchase an UltraCam Falcon digital aerial camera system with the UltraNav GNSS-Inertial Direct Georeferencing + Flight Management System.

    Keystone is one of the largest providers of high quality aerial imagery in the US. “Our purchase of a third UltraCam Falcon continues Keystone’s evolution to a completely digital acquisition model,” said John Schmitt, President of Keystone Aerial Surveys, Inc. “Due to the Falcon’s ability to capture very precise high resolution images, we offer digital acquisition that meets the requirements of our customers who have traditionally used film products, such as state Departments of Transportation (DOTs).”

    The new UltraCam Falcon will be put into use immediately on the east coast this spring, then moved to Arizona for the summer and fall acquisition seasons. Projects will include all types of corridor mapping, such as highways, pipelines and power line rights of way (ROW).

    The UltraCam Falcon is offered in two image footprint sizes —14,430 or 17,310 pixels across. Keystone selected the wider footprint, which allows it to effectively supplement data acquisition on large area projects normally handled by the UltraCam Eagle. As an additional advantage, UltraNav is an integrated unit that consolidates all navigation and flight planning components into the sensor head for simpler installation.

    “The high quality of the UltraCam Falcon imagery allows Keystone to create unique products that better serve the needs of our customers,” said David Day, Executive Vice President at Keystone Aerial Surveys, Inc. “For example, Keystone’s
    Key-3Dis a photogrammetrically derived colorized point cloud generated using Falcon imagery. It offers an extremely high degree of accuracy in both the horizontal and vertical planes, with minimal displacement of objects as is often seen in conventional 2D products.”

    “Microsoft is focused on providing a suite of UltraCam cameras that offers something for every business, large and small,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “We are pleased that Keystone has added another Falcon to its collection of aerial digital systems.”


    About the UltraCam Falcon

    The UltraCam Falcon features include:
    • PAN, color and NIR data captured in one pass
    • Choice between two image footprint sizes (14,430 pixels across or 17,310 pixels across) and two lens focal lengths (the standard 100mm Pan or wide angle 70mm Pan)
    • Solid-state image storage system that holds approximately 7,500 images (with 14,430 pixel footprint) and 5,200 images (with 17,310 pixel footprint)
    • Maximum frame rate <1.0 | 1.35 seconds per frame
    • Panchromatic physical pixel size: 7.2 μm (6.0 μm)
    • Compatible with UltraNav flight management and direct georeferencing system from Applanix
    About Microsoft’s UltraCam Business Unit

    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.

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft(Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

    About Keystone Aerial Surveys, Inc.

    Keystone Aerial Surveys, Inc., a group company of PASCO CORPORATION, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been providing airborne acquisition services to clients throughout the US for over 50 years. In addition to its three UltraCam Falcon systems, the company operates two UltraCamX, three UltraCam Eagle digital cameras, two LiDAR sensors and ten traditional film mapping cameras. Keystone utilizes 20 aircraft that have been modified and equipped specifically for airborne survey operations. For more information about the company, go to www.kasurveys.com or contact John Schmitt at 215-677-3119 or jschmitt@kasurveys.com.

  • Microsoft Announces Winners of the UltraMap Moment Contest

    Graz, Austria— December 4, 2014 — Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit and subsidiary is proud to announce the winners of the “UltraMap Moment” image contest. In mid-2014, all UltraCam digital aerial mapping system customers were invited to submit their most impressive images captured with any UltraCam system and processed with UltraMap photogrammetric workflow software. Aerial (ortho) photos, point clouds, digital surface models and 3D models of famous landmarks, buildings and regional landscapes were eligible, and winners were selected based on the number of votes received online at contest.iFlyUltraCam.com.

    The 32 images submitted were taken in 12 different countries with a range of UltraCam cameras, from the nadir/oblique UltraCam Osprey to the largest-footprint UltraCam Eagle. The winning entrants included coast lines, buildings and vegetation captured at 8 – 25 cm GSD with RGB, NIR and CIR bands. The high quality and diversity of the images is indicative of the many years of technical development that has gone into the UltraCam and UltraMap product line, and the versatility of our highly experienced UltraCam customers.

    ImageCapture DateCompanyCamera ModelGSDColor
    1. Plane, Brazil2014HiParc Geotecnologia, BrasilUltraCam Lp25cmRGB


    Winning images are on display on the UltraCam website and are being featured in a 2015 calendar to be sent to Microsoft customers and partners. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all of the participants! For more information about future contests, please contact Silke Kemmer at i‑sikemm@microsoft.com.

  • UltraMap Workflow Software Available by Subscription

    Graz, Austria— November 20, 2014 — Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit and subsidiary is offering a new subscription plan for the UltraMap workflow software system, in addition to the existing purchase option. UltraMap consists of a suite of modules that provide highly automated processing capabilities to rapidly generate quality UltraCam aerial data products.

    To meet the needs of customers who could benefit from using specific UltraMap modules for limited periods of time, Microsoft is now offering subscriptions from 3 months to 60 months in duration. Average monthly costs decrease as the length of the subscription increases, and upgrades are automatically included during the contract period. The subscription plan differs from the purchase option in that there are no one-time upfront costs and no annual maintenance fees to obtain upgrades.

    Within the UltraMap suite, the Essentials module is required to convert the raw UltraCam data into radiometrically-corrected and color-balanced image files to be used in further downstream processing and is available for purchase only. The advanced modules available on a purchase or subscription basis include Aerial Triangulation (AT), DenseMatcher and Ortho Pipeline. The AT module uses a least-squares bundle adjustment on overlapping aerial images to generate a precise exterior orientation for an entire image block. DenseMatcher creates high-density point clouds, digital surface models and digital terrain models from level-2 images, and OrthoPipeline generates the final ortho mosaic from all available inputs. A subscription allows the customer to access the modules they need, when they need them.

    “The subscription plan is an example of how Microsoft is restructuring our product line to better align with our customers’ requirements,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “The UltraMap subscription is a cost-effective solution that makes the latest software modules available to everyone.”

    Please contact your sales representative for pricing.


    About UltraMap

    The UltraMap workflow software includes the following features:
    • High-density 3D point cloud generation, with a point density of several hundred points per square meter, derived from an UltraCam photo mission
    • Highly accurate and detailed digital surface model (DSM) generation
    • Filtering of a DSM into a digital terrain model (DTM)
    • Generation of DSMOrtho (orthomosaic based on an automatically generated DSM) and DTMOrtho (traditional ortho mosaic) images
    About Microsoft’s UltraCam Business Unit

    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.

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft(Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

    About GeodesyGroup Inc.

    Since 1986, GeodesyGroup Inc. has operated from its home base located near Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Services include digital aerial imagery and LiDAR acquisition, as well as full processing and delivery of survey, mapping and other value-added products. All data processing is handled in-house at GeodesyGroup’s digital lab. For more information about the company, go to http://geodesygroup.comor contact Patrick Gropp, President, GeodesyGroup Inc. at pat.gropp@geodesygroup.comor 1-403-938-6400.

  • One-Stop Shopping for Pre-Owned UltraCam Cameras

    Graz, Austria— November 18, 2014 — Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit and subsidiary has created a new online marketplace that lists refurbished, pre-owned UltraCam cameras for sale. For customers looking for a low-cost entry point to the award-winning line of digital aerial camera systems, or those adding to an existing pool of digital resources, this is the place for one-stop shopping.

    To ensure that UltraCam cameras being sold on the secondary market meet Microsoft’s operating qualifications, Microsoft is acting as a broker for pre-owned cameras. As part of its responsibilities, Microsoft refurbishes, calibrates and certifies every camera, and includes a one-year warranty. Brokered cameras are also eligible for maintenance contracts. Besides the benefit of acquiring a quality, fully-functioning, manufacturer-certified digital camera to enhance their aerial acquisition services, buyers have the opportunity to save money on combined hardware and UltraMap software purchased through Microsoft.

    In addition to pre-owned cameras offered by the current owners and trade-ins received by Microsoft, there are also brand new 2nd generation cameras available, such as the UltraCamXp and UltraCamLp, which are no longer manufactured but are fully supported under maintenance contracts.

    “Microsoft believes that by providing a centralized marketplace for manufacturer-certified pre-owned UltraCam cameras, we lower the risk for buyers,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “We hope to ensure that every UltraCam experience is a good one.”

    Please refer to Cameras for Sale on the Microsoft website for a listing of available equipment.

    About Microsoft’s UltraCam Business Unit

    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.

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft(Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

  • Microsoft Adds to UltraCam Technical Support in Boulder, Colorado

    Graz, Austria— April 15, 2014 — The Microsoft UltraCam business unit demonstrates its continued commitment to the UltraCam product line and its customers worldwide by announcing the expansion of the technical support team based in Boulder, Colorado.

    Since May 2013, the team has grown from three staff members to a total of nine, which includes a photogrammetrist, implementation engineers, and a logistics technician. The photogrammetrist assists customers with accuracy issues and their transition from analog to digital work flows. Implementation engineers travel offsite to handle repairs and installations, as well as perform routine annual camera service and calibration at the Boulder lab. With cameras arriving from all around the world, the logistics technician is responsible for efficiently shipping and tracking the valuable cameras after work is complete.

    “By adding to our available resources in Boulder, the support team is able to respond more quickly to questions and requests for service and installations,” said Carl Smith, Microsoft Lead Implementation Engineer. ”We expect the team will continue to grow at a rapid pace to keep up with the number of systems being introduced into the field.” 

    “Our Boulder lab supports the entire Microsoft UltraCam commercial product line and internal Microsoft programs,” Smith continued. “Due to the complexity of the technology, we look for candidates from top engineering schools, professionals with military electronics backgrounds and specialists with image processing expertise.”

    Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit has taken a further step to support its customers by setting up three dedicated telephone numbers through which specially trained staff are available for support requests 24/7 from anywhere in the world. Depending on the time of day, customers will be connected to a support team in Graz, Austria; Boulder, Colorado; or Singapore. The goal is to minimize camera downtime by answering questions and quickly shipping spare parts without delay.

    The Graz support team consists of nine support engineers, and Singapore has an additional three support personnel. The Singapore office is operated by ImageMaps, an in-country Microsoft partner. The Graz, Singapore and Boulder facilities are each equipped with a calibration lab and a workshop to repair and check cameras. In addition, United RST and Beijing Siwei provide comprehensive after-sales technical support and repair services for all UltraCam systems in the People’s Republic of China.    

    About Microsoft’s UltraCam Business Unit

    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.

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft(Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

  • Microsoft Announces Version 2 of UltraCam Osprey

    Louisville, Kentucky— March 25, 2014 — From the ASPRS conference in Louisville, Kentucky, Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit introduces an updated version of the UltraCam Osprey, a digital aerial system that combines a high performing photogrammetric nadir camera with oblique image capture capabilities.

    The new version of the
    UltraCam Ospreyhas been redesigned with an 80mm focal length lens to enhance its nadir collection performance at higher altitudes without reducing resolution. The nadir image size is 11,674 * 7,514 pixels, and the camera collects five bands (PAN, RGB, NIR) with subpixel accuracy and high dynamic range equivalent to other Ultracam cameras. The resulting dataset is appropriate for most photogrammetric applications, such as cadastre, infrastructure planning, and DTM or DSM ortho generation.

    The four oblique cameras point forward, backward, left and right and have 120mm focal lengths, increased from 80mm. Each camera is now capable of capturing 60 Megapixels of data. The forward- and backward-looking cameras are redesigned to be single cones instead of two double cones to simplify the hardware and improve reliability. The well balanced oblique footprint provides 4:3 coverage in each oblique direction, enhancing the quality of 3D models built using this imagery. Together the oblique and nadir imagery is highly useful for 3D urban mapping and corridor mapping applications.

    This third generation UltraCam camera builds on the UltraCam Eagletechnology, including a fast lens system (1 frame per 1.8 seconds) and high speed shutters that help to prevent motion blur in extended lighting conditions. The modular housing concept integrates all components into one unit for simplified installation.

    The UltraCam Osprey is fully supported in the UltraMap workflow software system. The ability to perform aerotriangulation (AT) and dense matching allows for the creation of high accuracy point clouds, DSM, DTM, DSMorthos and DTMorthos (traditional orthos). The camera is also compatible with the UltraNav direct georeferencing and flight management system.

    “The second version of the UltraCam Osprey incorporates design changes that greatly augment the system’s capabilities,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “With the rapidly increasing demand for 3D modeling for multiple applications, the Osprey’s improved performance levels make it an attractive choice for many mapping firms.”

    The UltraCam Osprey will be available for delivery to customers in fall 2014. Existing UltraCam customers can receive trade-in credit toward upgrading to an UltraCam Osprey at any time. Stop by Booth #509 at ASPRS to learn more.

    About Microsoft’s UltraCam Business Unit

    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.

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft(Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

  • New Microsoft UltraCam Sales and Support Partner for China Market

    Graz, Austria— November 22, 2013 — From its headquarters in Singapore, Prime Pacific UniTech RS Pte Ltd (PUT) has signed on as Microsoft’s UltraCam sales and support partner for the People’s Republic of China, with United RST providing technical support and repair services within China. Microsoft now has two sales and support partners in China and a calibration and service center in Singapore.

    PUT is providing a variety of sales and marketing management services for Microsoft’s UltraCam line of digital aerial mapping systems to ensure maximum sales coverage in China. To increase awareness, PUT is recruiting and managing value-added sales partners for vertical markets and organizing and sponsoring local marketing events and overseas working trips for clients.

    PUT’s primary in-country partner, United RST, will provide comprehensive after-sales technical support and repair services for all UltraCam  systems in China. The five full-time staff members are fully trained in all aspects of UltraCam hardware and software. United RST is also in the process of setting up an UltraCam calibration and service center in Beijing to primarily serve UltraCam customers in China and nearby countries.

    “Having a sales and support center in Singapore, with technical support in Beijing, offers UltraCam customers in this region the advantages of a shorter shipping distance and a similar time zone,” said Ms. Michelle Gu, Director, Prime Pacific UniTech. “We understand the importance of being responsive to our customers, for everything from basic product questions to expedited repairs.”

    “Microsoft is pleased to add Prime Pacific UniTech as a key partner in the growing Chinese market,” stated Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “Having local experts representing the UltraCam product line allows us to better serve our customers throughout the region.”

    About Microsoft’s UltraCam Business Unit

    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.

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft(Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

    About Prime Pacific UniTech RS Pte Ltd.

    Prime Pacific UniTech (PUT) is a leading sensor and geospatial solutions provider in the Asia Pacific region with headquarters in Singapore. It is in the process of opening offices in Hong Kong and Bangkok and establishing an external consultancy team in the US. PUT’s management team has over 18 years of experience with photogrammetry, geospatial technology and channel sales management. PUT provides innovative consultancy services and technology solutions in its unique areas of expertise, including high-end digital photogrammetry, 3D digital geospatial data acquisition, and business intelligence applications. For more information, please contact SF Shen, Assistant Manager, Sales & Channel, by email sfshen@prime-pacific.comor telephone +65-9616 6881.

    About United RST
    United RST has been involved in the UltraCam business since Oct 2011. The firm provides technical support and repair services in China from its office in Beijing. For more information, please contact Liang Peng, General Manager, by email liangpeng@cnurs.comor telephone + 86-186 0001 3188.
  • Third Generation UltraCam Hawk Announced by Microsoft

    Graz, Austria— October 8, 2013 — At the INTERGEO 2013 conference in Essen, Germany, Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit unveils the UltraCam Hawk, a new base model UltraCam digital aerial system that leverages the third generation UltraCam architecture first introduced to the market in 2011. The UltraCam Hawk is targeted to be available for delivery to customers in early 2014.

    The UltraCam Hawk extends the existing UltraCam product suite to meet varying project requirements and budget restrictions. While the UltraCam Hawk provides smaller mapping companies with an affordable option to expand their aerial services, the system can be upgraded to the larger UltraCam Falcon or Eagle as the company’s needs evolve. Also, the UltraCam Hawk is fully supported in the UltraMap workflow software system and is compatible with the UltraNav direct georeferencing and flight management system.

    The UltraCam Hawk system architecture offers features and benefits that include:
    •  92 mega-pixel (11,704 x 7,920 PAN) image footprint with a 70mm focal length lens, ideal for smaller aircraft and local projects that require a rapid response
    • A system sensor head that integrates the sensor, computing sub-systems, solid-state devices (storage sub-system), and the optional UltraNav direct georeferencing and flight management system, for simple installation and minimal space requirements in the aircraft
    • Advanced electronics for excellent frame rate and the 72 dB signal-to-noise ratio achieves high image dynamic
    • Filters with curved characteristics to flatten out vignetting for operation of lens system at optimal Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) performance for maximum sharpness and contrast
    “This completes our transference of third generation architecture to our product portfolio and results in an unparalleled upgrade path for customers—each camera system can be upgraded to become any of the larger systems through refurbishment, rather than trade-in,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “Just as the Falcon can be upgraded to become an Eagle, the Hawk can be upgraded to become a Falcon or directly to an Eagle.”
    About Microsoft’s UltraCam Business Unit

    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.

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft(Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

  • AEROmetrex Collects 1,000,000th UltraCam Frame

    Graz, Austria— May 2, 2013 — Microsoft customer, AEROmetrex, has achieved the impressive milestone of collecting 1,000,000 frames of UltraCam aerial imagery. As an early adopter of digital mapping technology, AEROmetrex has owned and operated UltraCam digital systems for eight years.

    “The decision to be first in our market with a large-format digital mapping camera was not an easy one in 2005. It was a visionary move by our Director at the time,” said Mark Deuter, Managing Director, AEROmetrex. “We are still flying our UltraCamD and UltraCamX cameras purchased in 2007, and they are performing admirably for us. Our company is growing and we expect to make further UltraCam purchases in the medium-term future.”

    AEROmetrex has found the UltraCam cameras to be very versatile, accurate and reliable, and extremely productive. “We can fly all resolutions from 2.5cm GSD to 90cm GSD with one camera system,” said Deuter. “We can achieve vertical accuracies of 30mm at 95% confidence interval at 2.5cm GSD, then the next day capture thousands of square kilometers of regional imagery. We have used the UltraCams in very difficult working environments, sometimes thousands of kilometers from our home base, in temperatures up to 50°C (122°F) and down to freezing. They just keep working.”

    AEROmetrex is optimistic about the future growth of the company and the opportunities offered by geospatial technology. “I think we have barely begun to explore the full range of applications for accurate, high-resolution imagery and for 3D mapping from aerial imagery. It is an incredibly exciting time to be a photogrammetrist,” said.

    Deuter. “We have seen a wave of new photogrammetric processing technologies since 2009 as well as the mass availability of 3D stereo viewing hardware (TVs, tablets and computer monitors) at affordable prices. Now we really have the ability to display our products in 3D, and it is great to see the rapid uptake and assimilation of this technology by our clients.”

    Deuter continued, “Whether we are dealing with vast regional surveys or cityscape captures, or extremely-high resolution engineering surveys, the ability of imagery to capture the geometry, location, texture, color and form of any object is unparalleled. We look forward to continuing our work using UltraCam cameras and collecting another 1,000,000 frames.”

    “Microsoft has enjoyed our long and successful relationship with AEROmetrex,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “It is a major distinction to have collected 1,000,000 UltraCam frames and a clear reflection of 
    AEROmetrex’s dedication to the geospatial profession.”

    About Microsoft’s UltraCam Business Unit

    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.

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft(Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

    About AEROmetrex
    AEROmetrex is one of Australia’s foremost companies in the field of geospatial data collection, management and distribution. With headquarters located in Kent Town, South Australia, and additional offices in Victoria, Queensland, and Western Australia, AEROmetrex supports projects throughout the country. AEROmetrex serves government agencies at all levels for applications such as urban planning, environment, disaster management, defense, and infrastructure and construction surveys. It also provides geospatial services for the private sector, including mining, resource exploration, real estate, media, insurance, simulation, engineering and surveying. For more information go to www.aerometrex.com.auor contact Mark Deuter at +61 8 8362 9911 or mark.deuter@aerometrex.com.au.
  • UltraCam: 10 Years of Innovation in Aerial Mapping

    Graz, Austria— April 2, 2013 — The Microsoft UltraCam business unit is pleased to announce the 10-year anniversary of the UltraCam digital photogrammetric aerial mapping systems. Since the introduction of the UltraCamD in 2003, numerous and significant technological advancements have contributed to rapid adoption and widespread market acceptance of the product line.

    For anyone who remembers the hardware and software used to create maps ten years ago, it is clear that the profession has been transformed by digital technology. The volume of data that is collected today with large imaging footprints makes flying more efficient and the faster processing allows access to finished products in shorter periods of time. The geographic reach and expertise of digital providers as a result of successful penetration of the aerial market has provided more opportunities for customers to choose the right products for their needs, be it obliques, orthos, or digital terrain models, at a price they can afford.

    In May 2006, Vexcel Imaging, the developer and manufacturer of the UltraCamD, was purchased by Microsoft. At the same time, the second generation UltraCamX was released into the market, which formed the basis for a continuous upgrade path for UltraCam customers. The UltraCamX was followed by the UltraCamXp and the UltraCamL/Lp in 2008. With each new system, customers benefited from better image quality, higher data collection rates, and greater processing efficiency.

    UltraMap 1.0, a workflow software developed to enable managing and processing vast amounts of digital aerial data, was included with purchases of UltraCamXp and UltraCamL/Lp systems and provided to existing UltraCamXp customers after its initial release in March 2009. Today UltraMap workflow software system is in its third release and includes new functionality for the automated processing of 3D point clouds, digital surface models (DSM) and ortho mosaics.

    In 2011 the UltraCam Eagle was introduced with a new modular housing concept and exchangeable lenses in two different focal lengths, an 80mm standard and 210mm tele for high altitude flights, and UltraNav, an integrated flight management and georeferencing system. The UltraCam Falcon, released in 2012, also offers two lens focal lengths, a standard 100mm or wide angle 70mm, and is positioned between the UltraCamLp and the ultra-large UltraCam Eagle with respect to image footprint and price.

    Another unprecedented achievement was announced in 2012 when Bing Maps completed the Global Ortho program. Over a two-year period of time, the entire continental United States and Western Europe was flown at 30-cm resolution with extra-wide-swath UltraCamG cameras, resulting in the first continent-wide dataset of high-resolution ortho mosaics.

    The past ten years have seen significant changes in the aerial mapping market and within the UltraCam product line. The remarkable evolution of this technology has provided new business opportunities for many as applications for digital imagery continue to be developed.

    About Microsoft’s UltraCam Business Unit

    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.

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft(Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

  • Microsoft Introduces New Oblique UltraCam Osprey

    Baltimore, Maryland— March 25, 2013 — From the ASPRS conference in Baltimore, Maryland, Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit introduces the UltraCamOsprey, a new digital aerial system that combines a high performing photogrammetric nadir camera with oblique image capture capabilities.

    This third generation UltraCam camera builds on the UltraCam Eagle technology, including advanced electronics to achieve an exceptional signal/noise ratio; solid state storage of 3.3TB; and a modular housing concept that integrates all components into one unit. To achieve high flight efficiency, the UltraCam Osprey is designed so that the full swath width of the nadir cone (11,674 pixels) can be used, and oblique wing images overlap enough to generate oblique orthos. The 60 MP backward and forward wing images and the 32 MP left and right wing images, combined with a 2.2 second frame rate, ensure adequate coverage. Due to the overlap with the nadir part of the camera, the wing image orientation can be further improved by automated tie point matching.

    The nadir camera collects five bands (PAN, RGB, NIR) with subpixel accuracy and high dynamic range equivalent to other Ultracam cameras. This dataset can be used for most photogrammetric applications, such as cadastre, infrastructure planning, and DTM or DSM ortho generation. The combined oblique and nadir imagery is appropriate for more kinds of applications than a standard oblique camera or a stand-alone photogrammetric camera. The resulting data is very useful for urban mapping and 3-dimensional city modeling.

    The UltraCam Osprey is fully supported in the UltraMap workflow software system. The ability to perform aerotriangulation (AT) and dense matching allows for the creation of high accuracy point clouds, DSM, DTM, DSMorthos and DTMorthos (traditional orthos). The camera is also compatible with the UltraNav direct georeferencing and flight management system.

    “The UltraCam Osprey is the beginning of a new chapter in the development of the UltraCam product line that combines multiple sensors and mature software to achieve richer datasets,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “The versatility of the UltraCam Osprey should open up new opportunities for our customers."

    The UltraCam Osprey will be available for delivery to customers in fall 2013. Existing UltraCam customers can receive trade-in credit toward upgrading to an UltraCam Osprey at any time.

    The UltraCam Falcon features a very fast frame rate, solid state storage, and integration of computers into the sensor. The system captures PAN, color and NIR data all in one pass. At the time of purchase, the buyer selects from two image footprint sizes (14,430 pixels across or 17,310 pixels across) and two lens focal lengths (the standard 100mm Pan or wide angle 70mm Pan). To simplify operations, the UltraCam Falcon is designed as an integrated unit that contains all components in the sensor head, including a solid-state image storage system that holds approximately 7,500 images (with 14,430 pixel footprint) and 5,200 images (with 17,310 pixel footprint). UltraNav, the embedded flight management and direct georeferencing system from Applanix, is also available with the UltraCam Falcon.
    About Microsoft’s UltraCam Business Unit

    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.

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft(Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.