Optech, Rollei enter partnership to deliver custom digital camera for ALTM

Toronto, Ontario, March 1, 2005 – Optech Incorporated, the global leader in the development and manufacture of laser-based survey instruments, and noted camera manufacturer Rollei, have entered a technology partnership to develop a new airborne digital camera for exclusive use in the Optech ALTM.

The Optech ALTM Airborne Laser Terrain Mapper is the world’s most accurate and versatile airborne lidar data acquisition system, offering laser pulse rates as high as 100 kHz, and producing elevation data of unparalleled density and unprecedented low cost per posting.

The Rollei digital camera is a cost efficient solution for the production of superior digital orthophoto products.  With a 1/1000 second shutter, four-second cycle time, and built-in light sensor, the Rollei digital camera delivers sharp, crisp images every time. The rugged design and exclusive storage system ensures the Rollei digital camera will meet the demanding needs of airborne surveys.

The new camera will feature complete integration with Optech’s Flight Management Software, which orchestrates all major aspects of airborne survey operations, including camera operations, GPS/INS, lidar data, and flight management – into one easy-to-use program.

“We are pleased to be working with Rollei in developing this new digital camera,” said Don Carswell, President, Optech Incorporated. “This technology partnership helps ensure that we will continue to offer our customers the most versatility and the most features of any airborne lidar data acquisition system available today.”

About Optech
Optech is the world leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of airborne laser terrain mapping systems, and the company’s Airborne Laser Terrain Mapper sets the global standard in airborne lidar survey systems. Optech offers client-driven solutions in airborne terrestrial mapping, hydrographic surveying, laser imaging, space-based atmospheric monitors and spaceborne landing/docking systems.

About Rollei
With its extensive customer service, consistent cooperation with specialized photo dealers and well-targeted brand communication on all levels, Rollei is a modern, future-oriented and highly competitive enterprise. The traditional strength of the Rollei brand remains middle-format cameras and photographic systems for professional users, while the company explores new market segments with a wide assortment of digital cameras and multimedia accessories, such as USB memory sticks and MP3 players.

For further information, please contact:
Jake Jenkins
Director, Terrestrial Survey Division
Optech Incorporated
100 Wildcat Road
Toronto, ON M3J 2Z9
(416) 661-5904   
Joseph V.R. Paiva
Rollei Fototechnic
3925 Harrison
Kansas City, MO 64110
(816) 960-6693