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IMAGEMAPS SUPPORTS ULTRACAM CUSTOMERS THROUGHOUT ASIA

Graz, Austria — 26 June 2014: Imagemaps Pte Ltd, based in Singapore, is the first non-Microsoft calibration and support center in the global UltraCam service network.  With the addition of a Singapore calibration lag and service center, Microsoft's UltraCam business unit is able to field calls for support 24/7 from anywhere in the world.

In the global support network, Microsoft and Imagemaps team members work together to provide a comprehensive knowledge bank and optimum response time to customers who often operate far from their home base.  Depending on the time of day, customers needing support are connected to a team in Graz, Austria; Boulder, Colorado; or Singapore.

Since opening its support centre in mid-2012, Imagemaps has completed 16 camera calibrations and a full range of services for customers all over the Asia Pacific region, including Japan, Australia, Vietnam and the Philippines.  In addition, personnel have travelled to India, China, Australia and Myanmar to provide on-site support.

"We get pleasure in helping our customers get back to work," says Tan Tong Gee, Chief Engineer at the Imagemaps service center.  "Time is of the essence from the moment the camera is dispatched to the calibration lab to the time it arrives back in the country of origin ready again for service."

The business profile of customers range from those with a single camera to large multinational survey companies who have invested millions of dollars in camera systems.  "We are very excited to serve such a diverse range of customers and very proud of the trust they have placed in us." says Bill Love, Director, Imagemaps.

The Imagemaps high precision calibration lab is located in the company's Singapore Science Park facility.  Its unique 10-meter wide calibration frame is particulary useful for working on the new UltraCam Osprey nadir/oblique camera.

Imagemaps has developed a highly efficient process to manage airfreight, import/export, service scheduling and spares inventory to ensure that the cameras are returned in prime condition and with minimum downtime for the owners.  "The whole process involves up to six staff members across the organization, from administration, contracts, sales and support departments," says Lee Hon Chuan, Service Center Manager, Imagemaps.  "Everyone involved has been with the company since the 1990's.  We have vast experience and are able to work together seamlessly to turn cameras around as quickly as possible."

"Imagemaps invested heavily in support infrastructure and certification to attain the high standards required to be part of the global UltraCam support network, including the establishment of a precision large format calibration and service center," says Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director.  "The team has received intense training on everything related to the UltraCam product line, such as software, camera service and calibration, installation and general user support matters, so they are well prepared to handle anything that comes along."

 

About Imagemaps

Imagemaps Pte Ltd is a leading sensor solutions provider in Asia Pacific region with extensive experience in aerial sensing technologies and geospatial solutions.  Its airborne sensor solutions include digital mapping cameras, lidar systems, inertial measurement and positional systems, digital photogrammetry and imaging technology, lidar data processing  workflow management of large multimedia spatial databases. Imagemaps is Microsoft's master sales and support partner responsible for distribution of its aerial mapping products throughout the Asia Pacific, Australasian, and Indian regions.

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 Maps business 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 Eagle digital photogrammetric sensors, and the UltraCam Osprey nadir/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.

 

 

IMAGEMAPS CELEBRATES 5 YEARS OF PRODUCTIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH BEIJING SIWEI   top

10 March 2014—Imagemaps celebrates 5 years of productive partnership with Beijing Siwei, its sales and support partner for UltraCam large format cameras and UltraMap photogrammetric processing software, across greater China.

"Our relationship has grown into an extremely strong partnership over the years" says Bill Love, Imagemaps' director.  "China has been a highly successful market for UltraCam but it hasn't been easy; there have been many challenges along the way" he continued.  "Beijing Siwei can be proud to have sold the first flagship UltraCam Eagle (UCE) camera in China and that was one of the first Eagle sales in the world."

The company also pioneered the market for the UltraCam UCLp - a sophisticated large format camera targeted for mid-size private survey firms.

"Introducing new products requires a great amount of investment and Beijing Siwei have not been afraid to do so" says Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director who heads up the UltraCam business.  "During our association Beijing Siwei founded the UltraCam User Group and has drawn large crowds to the all important and successful 5-star user group meetings hosted in Beijing" added Wiechert.

Imagemaps, based in Singapore, operating one of 3 global UltraCam calibration laboratories, provides training and support to Beijing Siwei technical staff.  "Our goal is to keep Beijing Siwei at the leading edge of knowledge and capability to support the cameras and implement the photogrammetric workflows" says Love.

Together with its camera customers, Beijing Siwei is currently pioneering 3D City modeling across many local and city governments in China. Image acquisition will be performed using the UltraCam Osprey (UCO), Microsoft's new flagship development that continues the company's leading position in the photogrammetric large format camera market and the foundation of 3D modeling in Bing Maps.

 

About Imagemaps

Imagemaps Pte Ltd is a leading sensor solutions provider in Asia Pacific since 1996, with extensive experience in aerial sensing technologies and geospatial solutions.  Our airborne sensor solutions include digital mapping cameras, inertial measurement and positioning systems, digital photogrammetry and imaging processing including project and workflow management. Imagemaps is a division of Credent Technology Asia, a well known geospatial and business process solutions company based in Singapore.

About Beijing Siwei

Beijing Siwei Spatial Data Technology Co., Ltd. (北京四维空间数码科技有限公司)(Beijing Siwei) is a subsidiary of the Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping (中国测绘科学研究院) directly under STATE BUREAU OF SURVEYING & MAPPING. Beijing Siwei was founded in year 2001 and its core business is remote sensing engineering, geospatial data processing and solutions; and system integration and development. The company employs more than 100 staff members and has a subsidiary in Inner Mongolia which specializes in providing professional services in geospatial projects. Beijing Siwei was awarded with National Mapping Grade A Certification by the Chinese Government and is GJB9001A-2001 and ISO 9001 certified.  For more information, go to www.bjsiwei.net.cn

About Microsoft's UltraCam Business Unit

With its operations based in Graz, Austria, and sales and support teams in North America, Microsoft's UltraCam business unit brings more than two decades of photogrammetry expertise to Microsoft's Bing Maps business unit.  The division is responsible for the highly successful line of UltraCam digital aerial mapping systems that include  UltraCamLp, UltraCamXp, UltraCamXp Wide Angle and the new UltraCam Eagle digital photogrammetric sensors.  Rounding out the UltraCam mapping systems offering is the UltraMap workflow software system for processing UltraCam imagery to Level 02 and Level 03 quality data, and with features that include distributed processing with automated load balancing, automated project-based color balancing, and additional quality control tools.

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 UltraCam Calibration and Service Center opens in Singapore top

Graz, Austria — 26 June 2012: Imagemaps, Microsoft's UltraCam sales partner in the Asia Pacific region and the Indian subcontinent, officially opened a calibration and service center for UltraCam digital aerial camera systems on 10 May 2012, following the successful completion of its first full camera service and calibration job in April.  The Singapore operation joins two other calibration and service centers, located in Graz, Austria, and Boulder, Colorado, in providing worldwide support for UltraCam customers.  Although systems are usually serviced at the closest location, having three laboratories provides flexibility to meet required schedules.

Each of the calibration and service centers support UltraCam cameras and the associated sfotware and devices required to complete an aerial survey mission.  The technical staff in Singapore has extensive experience in the geospatial, airborne survey/mapping and IT hardware support industry.  Prior to the start of operations, the Technical Manager (with 21 years of IT service experience) completed intensive camera service training in Graz, followed by onsite expert assistance from Graz in Singapore to instruct the team on software, camera service and calibration, installation and general user support matters.  "The new calibration and service center offers UltraCam customers in this region several advantages, such as shorter shipping distance and a similar time zone.  Singapore is centrally located and has an excellent communication and transportation infrastructure," explained Mr Hon Chuan Lee, Service Center Manager, Imagemaps.  "We are well positioned to offer expedited services and strive to achieve minimal down time for our users."

Preventive maintenance on an annual basis is advised so that users may take advantage of updates to equipment, firmware and software, and benefit from maximum functionality and productivity.  Each lab has a network of calibration targets that is measured to a high degree of accuracy.  These targets are combined with radiometric and other test equipment to create an individual calibration for each camera.

"Microsoft is pleased to be able to provide a calibration and service center in Singapore for its Asia Pacific and Indian customers," stated Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director.  "The implementation teams who support UltraCam systems worldwide are made up of highly trained experts who complete specialized training to support complex systems in a very dynamic airborne environment."

About Microsoft's UltraCam Business Unit

With its operations based in Graz, Austria, and sales and support teams in North America, Microsoft's UltraCam business unit brings more than two decades of photogrammetry expertise  to Microsoft's Bing Maps business unit.  The division is responsible for the highly successful line of UltraCam digital aerial mapping systems that include  UltraCamLp, UltraCamXp, UltraCamXp Wide Angle and the new UltraCam Eagle digital photogrammetric sensors.  Rounding out the UltraCam mapping systems offering is the UltraMap workflow software system for processing UltraCam imagery to Level 02 and Level 03 quality data, and with features that include distributed processing with automated load balancing, automated project-based color balancing, and additional quality control tools.

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 Next Generation UltraCam:  UltraCam Eagle top

 
Milwaukee, WI - May 2, 2011: From its User Group meeting at the ASPRS 2011 conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Microsoft's Photogrammetry division today announced the UltraCam Eagle, a new generation of its award-winning UltraCam digital photogrammetric aerial camera systems.

This latest model is the widely adopted line of UltraCam digital aerial sensors builds on the UltraCam legacy of reliable and economical solutions for producing image data of exceptional quality, but bests traditional "large-format" cameras to set a new "ultra-large" industry standard for across-track image footprint capacity.  The UltraCam Eagle features a PAN image footprint of more than 20,000 pixels across the flight strip.

In addition to the ultra-large image footprint, the UltraCam Eagle includes enhanced electronics for improved frame rate and less noise (72 dB signal-to-noise ratio for high image dynamic) when compared to previous UltraCam systems, and completely new high-resolution, high-performance lenses and state-of-the-art CCD technology (@ 5.2 µm pixel size) for sharp images with a high image dynamic range.  The UltraCam Eagle is the first multi-cone photogrammetric camera to offer exchangeable lens system with 80mm (standard) and 210mm (tele for high altitude flights) and includes new filters with curved characteristics to flatten out vignetting, enabling the lens system to operate at its best Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) performance for maximum image sharpness and contrast.

This newest generation of UltraCam boasts a new housing concept with everything integrated into a modular sensor head, including the new UltraNav embedded flight management and direct georeferencing system from Applanix, and in-flight exchangeable, solid state storage for high reliability and minimal ground time.  Compared to previous UltraCam systems, the smaller physical footprint of the UltraCam system makes it quicker and easier to install, require less aircraft space, and weighs less for more efficient aircraft fuel consumption.

"Microsoft's Photogrammetry team is extremely excited over this new generation of UltraCam aerial sensors," said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director.  "We have improved on every major component of the UltraCam and in essence, the UltraCam Eagle is a completely new camera that pushes the technology envelope for digital aerial acquisition, allowing mapping organizations to take their projects to new heights.  It is the new flagship product for the Microsoft's Photogrammetry division."

In keeping with the UltraCam upgrade path, Microsoft emphasized in its announcement that existing UltraCam customers with previous generation UltraCam systems can receive trade-in credit for those models when upgrading to the UltraCam Eagle and announced that its Photogrammetry subsidiary, Vexcel Imaging, has already contracted with Weser Airborne Sensing, GmbH (Germany), GEOCARD Herten (Germany), and Keystone Aerial Surveys (USA) for UltraCam Eagle systems.  Separate announcements on those sales can be found on the UltraCam web site at www.iFlyUltraCam.com

About Microsoft's UltraCam Business Unit

With its operations based in Graz, Austria, and sales and support teams in North America, Microsoft's UltraCam business unit brings more than two decades of photogrammetry expertise  to Microsoft's Bing Maps business unit.  The division is responsible for the highly successful line of UltraCam digital aerial mapping systems that include  UltraCamLp, UltraCamXp, UltraCamXp Wide Angle and the new UltraCam Eagle digital photogrammetric sensors.  Rounding out the UltraCam mapping systems offering is the UltraMap workflow software system that provides and automated project-based color balancing module and additional quality control tools.  Additional information can be found at www.iFlyUltraCam.com

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 UltraCamXP Wide Angle Camera and UltraMap Software Win Technology Innovation In Photogrammetry Award   Top

Graz, Austria — 1 March 2011: Microsoft Corporation and its subsidiary Vexcel Imaging, GmbH were the winners of the Technology Innovation in Photogrammetry award at the Geospatial World Forum Conference for the company's UltraCamXp Wide Angle digital aerial camera and for the monolithic stitching capability of its UltraMap workflow software. The honor was received on 18 January 2011 in Hyderabad, India, at a ceremony attended by more than 800 delegates.

The UltraCamXp Wide Angle camera, released in September 2009, features a proprietary, high-performance, high-resolution lens system with a shorter focal length than the UltraCamXp. This allows the sensor to deliver the same ground sample distance (GSD) as the UltraCamXp at lower flight altitudes. As an alternative to the UltraCamXp, the UltraCamXp Wide Angle provides small-scale mapping capabilities to customers with lower-flying airplanes. The UltraCamXp Wide Angle successfully completed the USGS Sensor Type Certification Process in April 2010. USGS certifies that the UltraCamXp and UltraCamXp Wide Angle are "capable of providing quality, consistent image data to support civil government programs at the performance level specified in the USGS sensor type certification report."

The Technology Innovation Award also recognized the significant value of the monolithic stitching technique first released in version 2.0 of the UltraMap software in January 2010. The improved stitching algorithm combines both pan and color tie points to compute a more accurate and more robust stitching result, which is particularly effective when used on unstructured terrain.

The objective of giving Excellence/Technology Innovation awards is to recognize, honor and spotlight the best applications or uses of geospatial technologies that are worthy of emulation. The nominations for the awards are sought from across the globe. The winners are selected through an elaborate multilevel assessment process overseen by a panel of seven international judges. Shri. Narendra Modi, Chief Minister, State of Gujarat, India, presented the Excellence and Technology Innovation Awards to the 16 winners.

Sanjay Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, GIS Development said, "GIS Development, as a propagator and promoter of geospatial technologies is very pleased to see the spread of geospatial technologies to such an extent and we feel that such great efforts need to be acknowledged."

"We are honored to receive this award as recognition of our contribution to the geospatial community," said Alexander Wiechert, Business Director of Microsoft and Managing Director for Vexcel Imaging GmbH. "The UltraCam team will continue to focus on developing practical and efficient hardware and software solutions to encourage the use of digital aerial data for a multitude of applications."

About the UltraCamXp Wide Angle

The image format of the UltraCamXp Wide Angle is identical to that of the UltraCamX at 196 megapixels, or 17,310 across track and 11,310 along track panchromatic pixels. The pixel size is 6 µm, and geometric accuracy is better than +/- 2 µm. Post-processing can be started on board and completed on the ground with a laptop or group of PCs for faster turnaround. The Wide Angle model also is fully compatible with the storage (DXp) and computing (CXp) systems of the UltraCamX and UltraCamXp, and is fully supported by the UltraMap 2.1 workflow software system.

About the UltraMap Workflow Software

UltraMap provides a complete and integrated photogrammetric workflow for UltraCam images. The aerial triangulation module is smoothly integrated into the UltraMap workflow, monolithic stitching significantly improves the geometric image accuracy for unstructured terrain, and model-based radiometric correction allows for eliminating hotspots, atmospheric effects, and haze. With version 2.1, an automated project-based color balancing package tremendously minimizes manual labor for adjusting the radiometry. UltraMap fully supports all UltraCam models such as UltraCamX, UltraCamXp, UltraCamL/Lp and UltraCamXp Wide Angle.

About GIS Development Pvt. Ltd.

For more than 13 years, GIS Development, a premier media organization, has worked to promote and propagate the use of geospatial technologies in various areas of development in the community at large. GIS Development provides a platform for advocacy and lobbying for the geospatial industry and creates awareness about geospatial technologies worldwide.

 

 

CAARS Purchases Three Additional UltraCam Aerial Cameras Top

January 2011 —China Aviation Aero Remote Sensing Technology Co., Ltd. (CAARS), has contracted with Vexcel Imaging GmbH, a Microsoft® company, to purchase three UltraCamLp digital aerial camera systems. The transaction was brokered by Vexcel affiliates Imagemaps Pte. Ltd. and Beijing Siwei. 

Adding three UltraCamLp cameras to our UltraCamD and UltraCamXp cameras will help us meet the rapidly growing demand for aerial mapping in China,” stated Mr. Xiang Yu, General Manager, CAARS. “We feel that the UltraCamLp cameras will perfectly complement our existing digital and film-based aerial resources.

The UltraCamLp combines innovative hardware, electronics and software that results in a lighter, more compact camera system, so it is suitable for smaller aircraft and projects requiring a rapid response. However, the camera provides the same high geometric accuracy, broad dynamic range, stereo capabilities, and full metric capabilities as the UltraCamX, UltraCamXp, and UltraCamXp Wide Angle large-format cameras.

CAARS now owns six UltraCam cameras and is Vexcel’s largest customer in the Asia Pacific region,” said Alexander Wiechert, Business Director of Microsoft and Managing Director for Vexcel Imaging GmbH. “By choosing the UltraCamLp cameras, CAARS benefits from compatibility with its existing digital workflow, as well as new flexibility to fit the cameras into smaller aircraft.
 

About China Aviation Aero Remote Sensing Technology Co., Ltd. (CAARS)

CAARS is a subsidiary of China Siwei Surveying & Mapping Technology Corporation (CSMTC) that provides professional surveying, aerial mapping and photogrammetric services. Since its founding in 1992, CAARS has grown into one of the largest aerial mapping companies in China. It has mapped over 50% of China’s terrain and works extensively with the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping. For more information, go to www.zfsw.com.cn or http://en.chinasiwei.com/, or contact by telephone 010-51286377 or email zhsw@zfsw.com.cn.

About Beijing Siwei

Beijing Siwei Spatial Data Technology Co., Ltd. (北京四维空间数码科技有限公司)(Beijing Siwei) is a subsidiary of the Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping (中国测绘科学研究院) directly under STATE BUREAU OF SURVEYING & MAPPING. Beijing Siwei was founded in year 2001 and its core business is remote sensing engineering, geospatial data processing and solutions; and system integration and development. The company employs more than 100 staff members and has a subsidiary in Inner Mongolia which specializes in providing professional services in geospatial projects. Beijing Siwei was awarded with National Mapping Grade A Certification by the Chinese Government and is GJB9001A-2001 and ISO 9001 certified.  For more information, go to www.bjsiwei.net.cn

About the UltraCamLp

The UltraCamLp offers the functionality of a large-format camera in a compact package, setting a new price/performance standard for photogrammetric imaging operations. The camera collects five spectral bands per exposure: red, green, blue and near-infrared data, in addition to the higher-resolution panchromatic data. The UltraCamLp features an image footprint collection capacity of 92 megapixels (11,704 x 7,920 pixels pan), made possible through new electronics and a smaller CCD array of just 6 μm. The system is ideal for smaller large-scale and photogrammetric projects, high-resolution (true) orthophoto production, DSM (digital surface model) production, aerotriangulation, corridor mapping, classification, and lidar integration.

 

 
   
 

 

UltraCamLP Aerial Camera Purchased by Beijing Guoce  Top

January 2011 — Beijing Guoce Spatial Data Technology Co., Ltd., has contracted with Vexcel Imaging GmbH, a Microsoft® company, to purchase an UltraCamLp digital aerial camera system. The transaction was brokered by Vexcel affiliates Imagemaps Pte. Ltd. and Beijing Siwei. 

"After carefully reviewing our options, we selected the UltraCamLp as our first digital aerial camera," stated Mr. Zhang Xiao Chun, General Manager, Beijing Guoce. "We look forward to expanding our aerial mapping services, and our customers will benefit from the high quality data produced by the UltraCamLp."

The UltraCamLp combines innovative hardware, electronics and software that result in a lighter, more compact camera system, so it is suitable for smaller aircraft and projects requiring a rapid response. However, the camera provides the same high geometric accuracy, broad dynamic range, stereo capabilities, and full metric capabilities as the UltraCamX, UltraCamXp, and UltraCamXp Wide Angle large-format cameras.

 "We are pleased to expand our customer base in China with the addition of Beijing Guoce," said Alexander Wiechert, Business Director of Microsoft and Managing Director for Vexcel Imaging GmbH. "The UltraCamLp camera will provide versatility to help meet the ever-increasing demand for aerial mapping data throughout the country."
 

About Beijing Guoce

Beijing Guoce is a medium-size private mapping firm based in Beijing, China, that offers a complete range of mapping and surveying services, and photogrammetric services such as aerial triangulation, digital terrain models, digital elevation models, and orthophotos. Since its founding in 2008, Beijing Guoce has worked primarily with government agencies. For more information, contact Beijing Guoce by telephone 086-10-88212328.

About Beijing Siwei

Beijing Siwei Spatial Data Technology Co., Ltd. (北京四维空间数码科技有限公司)(Beijing Siwei) is a subsidiary of the Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping (中国测绘科学研究院) directly under STATE BUREAU OF SURVEYING & MAPPING. Beijing Siwei was founded in year 2001 and its core business is remote sensing engineering, geospatial data processing and solutions; and system integration and development. The company employs more than 100 staff members and has a subsidiary in Inner Mongolia which specializes in providing professional services in geospatial projects. Beijing Siwei was awarded with National Mapping Grade A Certification by the Chinese Government and is GJB9001A-2001 and ISO 9001 certified.  For more information, go to www.bjsiwei.net.cn

 

 

 
 

 

Microsoft UltraCamL/Lp wins Technology Innovation Award Top

Graz, Austria — November 30, 2010
— Microsoft Corporation's UltraCam L/Lp digital aerial camera was selected winner of the Technology Innovation category in the 4th Annual MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards competition. The award was presented on GIS Day, 17 November, in Kissimmee, Florida, at the MAPPS Fall Policy Conference.

In its application, Microsoft noted that the UltraCamL and its successor the UltraCamLp combine the best elements of both medium- and large-format cameras in order to set a new price/performance standard for photogrammetric imaging operations. The camera system reflects innovation in areas of hardware, electronics and software, developed in response to customer feedback, and offers a revolutionary package that is lighter, more compact, more flexible, and more affordable to smaller mapping organizations.

Christine Grahl, editor of POB Magazine, announced the award. Representing the independent panel of judges, she said, "The UltraCam L/LP project by Vexcel Imaging/Microsoft was highly thought of by the judges. While it was hard comparing the diverse nature of the Technology Innovation projects, the one thing that stood out with Vexcel's submission, beyond the technological hurdles, was the advantages that this new camera could give to the photogrammetric community. The UltraCamL/LP camera is designed to bring digital data acquisition to the smaller mapping firms by offering a camera that is low cost and accurate for mapping purposes."

The UltraCamL/Lp enables smaller companies to use a fully-digital approach to mapping without compromising photogrammetric accuracy or quality and without a million dollar investment. The UltraCamL/Lp now bridges the gap between traditional medium-format imaging sensors and large-format photogrammetric sensors and creates a new class of digital aerial camera which can be used for mapping projects of all sizes by local mapping companies.

The importance and impact of the UltraCamL/Lp is best demonstrated by the reaction of the marketplace. Since May 2009, 16 UltraCamL/Lp cameras have been sold and delivered worldwide, and sales are now accelerating. New operators of the UltraCamL/Lp have reported excellent project results and are highly satisfied with the camera quality, operations, reliability and also with the image quality.

A panel of independent judges evaluated projects submitted by MAPPS members for the awards program. The panel chairman was Robert Burtch PS, CP, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan; joining him were Christine Grahl, editor for POB Magazine, Troy, Michigan; Pamela Lawhead, associate professor at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi; Leonard Gilroy, AICP, director of government reform at Reason Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; and Donn Dears, president of TSAugust.org, a nonprofit think tank conducting research on energy and economic issues, in Geneva, Illinois.

"MAPPS member firms have once again demonstrated the professionalism, innovation and societal benefit that the private geospatial community provides to enhance our quality of life," said MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello. "On a daily basis, MAPPS member firms are providing quality services, data and technology products. The Excellence Awards highlight these achievements and the professionalism MAPPS members strive to provide."

"We are honored to receive this award," said Alexander Wiechert, Business Director of Microsoft and Managing Director for Vexcel Imaging GmbH. "I am proud of the Vexcel Imaging team that developed the UltraCamL and Lp camera to help smaller companies successfully transition from film to digital operations."

 

About the UltraCamLp

The UltraCamLp features the same advanced technical specifications as its predecessor, the UltraCamL, and an even higher image footprint collection capacity of 92 megapixels (11,704 x 7,920 pixels pan).  This image format capability is made possible through new electronics and a smaller CCD array of just 6 µm. The system is ideal for smaller large-scale and photogrammetric projects, high-resolution (true) orthophoto production, DSM (digital surface model) production, aerotriangulation, corridor mapping, and lidar integration.  

About MAPPS

Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United States. The MAPPS membership spans the entire spectrum of the geospatial community, including Member Firms engaged in satellite and airborne remote sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography, LIDAR, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services. MAPPS also includes Associate Member Firms, which are companies that provide hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the United States and other firms from around the world. Independent Consultant Members are sole proprietors engaged in consulting in or to the geospatial profession, or provides a consulting service of interest to the geospatial profession.

 

 
 

 

Imagemaps Sells Vexcel Camera in China Top

November 2010 — Imagemaps is pleased to announce the sale of an UltraCamXP Wide Angle camera to Beijing Siwei Spatial Data Technology Co Ltd. This is the first Vexcel Camera sale for Imagemaps in China. We hope that this will be the start to more Vexcel Camera sales in China. Beijing Siwei will be using this camera in their aerial survey department. As Imagemaps' Vexcel camera reseller in China, Beijing Siwei will also be using this camera as a demo unit to the their customers.
 

About Beijing Siwei

Beijing Siwei Spatial Data Technology Co., Ltd. (北京四维空间数码科技有限公司)(Beijing Siwei) is a subsidiary of the Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping (中国测绘科学研究院) directly under STATE BUREAU OF SURVEYING & MAPPING. Beijing Siwei was founded in year 2001 and its core business is remote sensing engineering, geospatial data processing and solutions; and system integration and development. The company employs more than 100 staff members and has a subsidiary in Inner Mongolia which specializes in providing professional services in geospatial projects. Beijing Siwei was awarded with National Mapping Grade A Certification by the Chinese Government and is GJB9001A-2001 and ISO 9001 certified.  For more information, go to www.bjsiwei.net.cn

About Vexcel Imaging, GmbH

Acquired by Microsoft Corporation in May 2006, Vexcel Imaging GmbH brings more than two decades of photogrammetry expertise to Microsoft’s Bing Maps business unit and is at the heart of the burgeoning Microsoft photogrammetry business. The company’s offerings include its series of UltraCam large- and medium-format digital aerial mapping cameras and related software tools such as the UltraMap 2.1 workflow software.

 

 
 

 

Vexcel Extends Imagemap's Distribution Coverage Top

October 2010 — Imagemaps Pte Ltd is pleased to announce that Vexcel Imaging GmbH, has extended Imagemap's distribution coverage to include India. Imagemaps was appointed exclusive distributor last September 2009, responsible for the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand and ASEAN (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar).

Over the past year, Imagemaps have successfully sold and serviced several Vexcel cameras in the region. Vexcel have recognised Imagemap's expanding sales and service networks and also Imagemap's contribution over the year as a dedicated Vexcel distributor.

With the appointment of Imagemaps to cover India, Imagemaps hopes to further expand its growing presence and clientele base for Vexcel products. Imagemaps will provide value added solutions to promote aerial sensing systems and will promote them through our reseller network in the region.

Imagemaps Pte Ltd's Managing Director, Mr. Bill Love said, "There is a huge potential for the use of Vexcel's aerial sensing camera in India. We are very enthusiastic about this new challenge and will be putting in a lot of resources to increase Vexcel's market share in India."

Currently, Imagemaps have already begun marketing activities in India which includes participation in major events like the upcoming INCA International Congress 10-12 November 2010, Dehradun, India and Geospatial World Forum 18-21 January 2011 Hyderabad , India.

 

About Vexcel Imaging, GmbH

Acquired by Microsoft Corporation in May 2006, Vexcel Imaging GmbH brings more than two decades of photogrammetry expertise to Microsoft’s Bing Maps business unit and is at the heart of the burgeoning Microsoft photogrammetry business. The company’s offerings include its series of UltraCam large- and medium-format digital aerial mapping cameras and related software tools such as the UltraMap 2.1 workflow software.

 

 
 

 

Microsoft’s Vexcel Imaging GmbH Announces Release of UltraMap 2.1 and UltraMap/AT Top

Graz, Austria, July 2010 — Vexcel Imaging GmbH, a Microsoft® company, will roll out version 2.1 of its UltraMap 2.1 and UltraMap/AT photogrammetric software to customers beginning July 19, 2010. These releases continue the tradition of providing a flexible and scalable distributed system for managing and processing vast amounts of UltraCam data.

UltraMap 2.1 and UltraMap/AT 2.1 include many new capabilities to enable customers to process projects even faster and better than previously possible, and with a higher level of automation. Project-based color balancing, 1-click system reports, and level-2 quality visualization are examples of key new capabilities in UltraMap 2.1.

Other key new major features of UltraMap 2.1 include:

  • Framework now offers “One-click” system report generation for any local UltraMap node and the complete UltraMap system.
  • Raw Data Center now offers the option to format a data unit; the option to check unverified raw data on a data unit; generation of Level-2 quality information for each image to be visualized by the UltraMap Viewer; and generation of a Level-2 quality xml file for each image.
  • Radiometry now offers automated quick view generation; fully integrated project-based color balancing based on automatically extracted parameters during AT; clipping visualization; and the option to specify the output range (min/max).
  • Viewer now offers Level-2 quality visualization; text overlays for shot position; and a new viewer with DFI stand-alone support.

UltraMap/AT 2.1 now offers text overlays for ground control points; vector residual overlays; tie point merger; automated blunder removal during bundle adjustment; a detailed AT report; integrated data extraction for project-based color balancing; and PAT-B bundle result export.

UltraMap includes features for managing data download, distributed processing using load balancing and resource management, aerial triangulation, and interactive data visualization for quality control. Use of Microsoft’s Dragonfly technology enables incredibly smooth and high-resolution image browsing and zooming for very large sets of data content. Dragonfly supports multi-channel 16-bit UltraCam imagery for high quality visualization within the complete photogrammetric workflow.

I am proud of the accomplishment this product release represents for the Vexcel Imaging team,” notes Alexander Wiechert, Business Director of Microsoft and Managing Director for Vexcel Imaging GmbH. “It supports our customers’ businesses by enabling easier, faster image processing and more automation than ever before.

 

About Vexcel Imaging, GmbH

Acquired by Microsoft Corporation in May 2006, Vexcel Imaging GmbH brings more than two decades of photogrammetry expertise to Microsoft’s Bing Maps business unit and is at the heart of the burgeoning Microsoft photogrammetry business.  The company’s offerings include its series of UltraCam large- and medium-format digital aerial mapping cameras and related software tools such as the UltraMap 2.1 workflow software.

 

 
 

 

 
 

IMAGEMAPS SELLS ULTRACAMXP TO STRONG ENGINEERING CONSULTING CO., LTD, TAIWAN Top

For Immediate Release 19 Mar 2010 —Imagemaps Pte Ltd is pleased to announce that it has closed a deal with Strong Engineering Consulting Co., Ltd, Taiwan for the purchase of a UltraCamXp large format digital aerial camera system.

The Microsoft UltraCamXp reduces the number of flight lines, saves time, and lowers cost, without sacrificing radiometric performance. The UltracamXp is capable of collecting stereo imagery at a remarkable 1 inch GSD at a flight speed of 110 knots. Post-processing of the data can be started on board, and finished on the ground with a group of PCs for even faster turnaround. As major projects are completed in an impressively short period of time, in relation to the number of pixels collected, this guarantees a highly efficient project execution and completion certainty.

"With the purchase of the UltraCamXp system we will be able to provide large area coverage high radiometric and geometric quality for our customers" said Cheng-Piao Lia, President of Strong Engineering Consulting Co., Ltd.  "We will use the UltraCamXp to provide better service to our existing customers from private companies, corporate organizations and civil industries in area of surveying, designing and other business operations."

"Strong being one of the major aerial mapping service providers in Taiwan, went through a careful selection process to select best price-performance aerial product from all available large format cameras in the world. Their final decision indicates that Microsoft Vexcel mapping solutions is now the mainstream market in the region." said Lee Sze Keong, General Manager of Imagemaps Pte Ltd.


About Strong Engineering Consulting Co., Ltd

Strong Engineering Consulting Co., Ltd was established in 1984. In the past 22 years, we have handled surveying jobs from private companies, corporate organizations and civil industries in works of surveying, designing and other business operations. From traditional geographical surveying, and designing to various types of professional teams in construction planning, testing system designs, GIS system development, professional ocean surveying and analysis.For enquiries , please call +02-22252200 or email to strongco@strongco.com.tw. For more information , please go to www.strongco.com.tw.

 

 

 
 

 

IMAGEMAPS EXPANDS RESELLER NETWORK IN ASIA Top

For Immediate Release 23 Feb 2010—Imagemaps Pte. Ltd., Vexcel Imaging’s sales partner responsible for the People’s Republic of China Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand and ASEAN, has appointed Royal Sky Co., Ltd. and Borsar Sdn. Bhd. as its resellers for Microsoft Vexcel photogrammetric products in the Thailand and State of Sarawak (East Malaysia) markets respectively.

"The appointment of both Royal Sky and Borsar is part of our aim to achieve better market coverage, increase product market share and provide better customer care services for our customers." said Lee Sze Keong, General Manager, Imagemaps Pte Ltd. "Royal Sky's strength is in its aviation related business dealings with Thai Military and Government customers and this makes them a perfect choice to represent us to promote Microsoft Vexcel products in Thailand. Borsar, a previous Vexcel products partner, has a very good track record of successful sales of Ultracam to Sarawak Land and Survey Dept. We would like Borsar to continue its success story by working closely with other potential clients in natural resources, forestry, infrastructure etc in the State of Sarawak."

The expansion of Imagemap's reseller network will help to meet the demand of the Asian market for premium aerial mapping products and extend the availability of Vexcel Imaging’s aerial mapping products that include the UltraCamXp and UltraCamXp Wide Angle large format digital aerial sensors, the UltraCamLp medium format sensor and the UltraMap 2.0 digital workflow software system.

 

About Vexcel Imaging, GmbH

Acquired by Microsoft Corporation in May 2006, Vexcel Imaging GmbH brings 20 years of photogrammetry expertise to Microsoft's Bing Maps business unit and is at the heart of the burgeoning Microsoft Photogrammetry business. The company's offerings include its series of UltraCam digital aerial mapping cameras and related software tools such as the UltraMap 2.0 workflow software.

 

 

 
 

 

IMAGEMAPS APPOINTS FIRST RESELLER IN CHINA Top

For Immediate Release 20 Jan 2010—Imagemaps Pte Ltd is pleased to announce that it has appointed Beijing Siwei Spatial Data Technology Co., Ltd as its first reseller for Vexcel Ultracam products in the China market.

Beijing Siwei is a subsidiary of the Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping under the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping. Beijing Siwei undertakes many major aerial and mapping projects for the Chinese government. With its good connections and relationships with all major aerial survey companies in China, Beijing Siwei is an ideal partner complementing Imagemaps in the territory.

"The appointment of Beijing Siwei Spatial Data Technology Co., Ltd is a start of our aim to achieve better market coverage, increase product market share and provide better customer care services for our customers." said Lee Sze Keong, General Manager, Imagemaps Pte Ltd. "Beijing Siwei is an ideal partner given its experience in the field and its sales and technical support capabilities. We are pleased to have a strong partner like Beijing Siwei and will be organising many exciting marketing and sales activities in 2010 for our customers."

 

About Beijing Siwei

Beijing Siwei Spatial Data Technology Co., Ltd. (北京四维空间数码科技有限公司)(Beijing Siwei) is a subsidiary of the Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping (中国测绘科学研究院) directly under STATE BUREAU OF SURVEYING & MAPPING. Beijing Siwei was founded in year 2001 and its core business is remote sensing engineering, geospatial data processing and solutions; and system integration and development. The company employs more than 100 staff members and has a subsidiary in Inner Mongolia which specializes in providing professional services in geospatial projects. Beijing Siwei was awarded with National Mapping Grade A Certification by the Chinese Government and is GJB9001A-2001 and ISO 9001 certified.  For more information, go to www.bjsiwei.net.cn

About Vexcel Imaging, GmbH

Acquired by Microsoft Corporation in May 2006, Vexcel Imaging GmbH brings 20 years of photogrammetry expertise to Microsoft's Bing Maps business unit and is at the heart of the burgeoning Microsoft Photogrammetry business. The company's offerings include its series of UltraCam digital aerial mapping cameras and related software tools such as the UltraMap 2.0 workflow software.

 

 

 
 

 

Imagemaps Sells First UltraCamXp Wide Angle Sensor to GeoForce Technologies Top

For Immediate Release 5 Jan 2010 — Imagemaps Pte Ltd is pleased to announce that the company has signed a purchase agreement with GeoForce Technologies Co., Ltd. of Taiwan to upgrade an UltraCamD to an UltraCamXp Wide Angle large format digital aerial camera system.

"This is the first unit of the newest UltraCam sold.” said Lee Sze Keong, director of Imagemaps Pte Ltd. "GeoForce Technologies will use the UltraCamXp Wide Angle to serve its existing customers, including agencies, the central government, academic and research institutions, and the telecommunications industry."

"This upgrade to the UltraCamXp Wide Angle was an easy decision for us," said Robert Hsu, President of GeoForce Technologies. "We appreciate the UltraCam heritage, and the UltraCamXp Wide Angle has the right combination of large area coverage and high radiometric and geometric quality for our customers. We are also confident of Imagemaps Pte Ltd expertise and support for this project ."

"We are pleased that GeoForce Technologies is continuing its legacy as an innovative company by selecting the UltraCamXp Wide Angle to support its projects," said Alexander Wiechert, Business Director of Microsoft and Managing Director for Vexcel Imaging GmbH.

The new Microsoft UltraCamXp Wide Angle large format digital aerial camera takes advantage of the same innovative camera concept and image quality as the UltraCamXp but features a new proprietary, digital, high-performance, high-resolution lens system with a shorter focal length. This allows the latest UltraCam sensor to deliver the same ground sample distance (GSD) as the UltraCamXp, but at lower flight altitudes. An alternative to the UltraCamXp and at the same price, the UltraCamXp Wide Angle provides small-scale mapping capabilities to customers with lower-flying airplanes. The UltraCamXp Wide Angle provides the same large image format as the UltraCamXp at 196 megapixels (17,310 across track x 11,310 along track), and a pixel size at 6 µm. It integrates fully with existing UltraCamXp and UltraCamX storage and computing systems and is fully supported by Vexcel Imaging’s UltraMap 2.0 workflow software system.

 

About GeoForce Technologies

GeoForce Technologies Co., Ltd., is a leading provider of high-resolution image solutions in Taiwan. Headquartered in Taipei, with branch offices throughout the country, GeoForce Technologies is the first company in Taiwan to own an aerial digital camera. GeoForce delivers a complete range of aerial photo products and hardware / software solutions along with industry-leading professional services and support. For more information please go to www.geoforce.com.tw.

About Vexcel Imaging, GmbH

Acquired by Microsoft Corporation in May 2006, Vexcel Imaging GmbH brings 20 years of photogrammetry expertise to Microsoft's Bing Maps business unit and is at the heart of the burgeoning Microsoft Photogrammetry business. The company's offerings include its series of UltraCam digital aerial mapping cameras and related software tools such as the UltraMap 2.0 workflow software.

 

 

 
 

 

Microsoft’s Vexcel Imaging GmbH Releases the UltraCamXp Wide Angle Top

Graz, Austria — Vexcel Imaging GmbH announces the release of the UltraCamXp Wide Angle, a new version of the UltraCam large format digital aerial camera system that features a wide-angle lens with a shorter focal length. The UltraCamXp Wide Angle allows lower-flying airplanes to collect data at the same ground sample distance (GSD) as higher-flying planes carrying the UltraCamXp, while delivering comparable image quality.

The large image format of the UltraCamXp Wide Angle is identical to that of the UltraCamXp at 196 megapixels, or 17,310 across track and 11,310 along track panchromatic pixels. The pixel size is 6 µm, and geometric accuracy is better than +/- 2 µm. Post-processing can be started on board and completed on the ground with a laptop or group of PC’s for faster turnaround. The new Wide Angle model also is fully compatible with the storage (DXp) and computing (CXp) systems of the UltraCamX and UltraCamXp, and is fully supported by Vexcel’s UltraMap workflow software system, so existing customers can add an UltraCamXp Wide Angle to their resources without purchasing additional hardware and software. UltraCamD and UltraCamX customers are eligible for upgrade to the UltraCamXp Wide Angle via trade-ins.

The UltraCamXp Wide Angle digital camera is capable of collecting stereo imagery at a 1-inch GSD at a flight speed of 110 knots, a remarkable technical achievement. Photogrammetric and remote sensing applications for imagery collected by the UltraCamXp Wide Angle include large-scale engineering mapping, high-resolution orthophoto production, multi-ray photogrammetry, feature extraction and classification.

"The UltraCamXp Wide Angle offers customers with lower-flying planes exceptional small-scale mapping capabilities,” explained Alexander Wiechert, Business Director of Microsoft and Managing Director for Vexcel Imaging GmbH. “A combination of the largest PAN footprint available and the ability to collect data at a rate of 2.5 Gbits per second means mapping projects can be completed in less time at lower costs."

 

 


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