Microsoft Announces USGS Certification for UltraCamLp

Graz, Austria — June 28, 2011 — Microsoft’s UltraCam Division announces that the UltraCamLp successfully completed the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Sensor Type Certification Process. After a thorough review, USGS found the UltraCamLp “to be designed, manufactured, tested, and supported to the level required to reliably meet the performance claims of the manufacturer when operated within manufacturer’s intended operational parameters.”

The UltraCamLp camera follows in the UltraCam tradition of quality. The UltraCamD was certified by USGS in December 2006, the UltraCamX in July 2008, and the UltraCamXp and UltraCamXp Wide Angle in April 2010.

The UltraCamLp enables smaller companies to use a fully-digital approach to mapping without compromising photogrammetric accuracy or quality. In November 2010, the UltraCamLp digital aerial camera was selected winner of the Technology Innovation category in the 4th Annual MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards competition.

“We are pleased that the UltraCamLp meets the requirements for USGS certification,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “I am proud of the UltraCam team that developed the UltraCamLp camera to help smaller companies successfully transition from film to digital operations.”

About the UltraCamLp
The UltraCamLp combines innovative hardware, electronics and software that result in a light and compact camera system. 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 advanced electronics and a CCD array of just 6 ìm. 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.

About Microsoft’s UltraCam Division
With its operations based in Graz, Austria, and sales and support teams in North America, Microsoft’s Photogrammetry Division 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 the UltraCamLp, UltraCamXp and 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 an automated project-based color balancing module and additional quality control tools.

About Microsoft
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