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.
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, 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 UltraCamHawk, 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.
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