Cologne, Germany, Oct. 5, 2010 — Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) introduced today forward motion compensation (FMC) capability for its Trimble Aerial Camera. The new capability compensates for the forward motion of an aircraft during data capture allowing a 2x increase in maximum flight speed and up to a 3 stop decrease in shutter speed compared to aerial cameras without FMC for typical flight altitudes and camera lens.
The announcement was made today at the 2010 Intergeo Conference and trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation, and land management.
The Trimble Aerial Camera is a ruggedized metric camera in 39- and 60-megapixel models for capture of Red Green and Blue (RGB) and Color Infrared (CIR) imagery. Purpose-built for aerial metric photogrammetry and easily integrated either standalone or as part of an aerial laser scanning system, the camera is ideal for project mapping, spot updates, and corridor mapping. Interchangeable lenses provide the flexibility to select the best flight altitude and field of view for each project.
“FMC can significantly increase aerial mapping productivity and also allow operations in a greater range of aircraft,” said Tobias Tölg, of Trimble’s GeoSpatial Division. “Operators of the Trimble Aerial Camera with FMC now have greater flexibility to fly faster and lower, or fly earlier or later in the day in lower light conditions while maintaining image quality.”
The Forward Motion Compensation option will be available in the fourth quarter of 2010 through Trimble’s GeoSpatial sales channel. Current owners of Trimble Aerial Cameras can upgrade to FMC capability.
About Trimble’s GeoSpatial Division
Trimble’s GeoSpatial Division provides mobile mapping, photogrammetry and laser scanning technology to complement Trimble’s Integrated Surveying™, Spatial Imaging, Site Positioning, and Mapping and GIS solutions. The focus is on integrating these technologies into end-to-end solutions that effectively tackle real-world challenges faced by service providers as well as infrastructure managers. Trimble solutions streamline the collection and maintenance of high-accuracy as-built models for aerial and land mobile mapping, transportation, and utilities and energy transmission & distribution industries. As part of the Trimble Connected Site™ solutions, high-accuracy as-built models enable advanced process and workflow integration from the planning phase, through design and construction, to the subsequent maintenance phase—delivering significant improvements in productivity. For more information, visit: www.trimble.com/geospatial.
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. For more information, visit: www.trimble.com.