Shepperton Studios, London, 11 August 2016 – Arithmetica has released a new version of the SphereVision 360 degree imaging software with support for NCTech’s industrial grade iSTAR panoramic camera. SphereVision Project Builder now includes brand new functionality, allowing iSTAR users to capture measurements directly from within a spherical image. With applications including forensic evidence collection, as built surveying, asset management and construction, for example, this new functionality is designed for iSTAR users who want fast data capture within their existing work flow.
The ability to capture measurements from iSTAR 360 degree imaging is in addition to the existing functionality of SphereVision Project Builder. The 360 degree imaging software already allows for the integration of 360 media with maps, plans or layouts, that can used to create an interactive view by linking rich media such as video, audio and documents.
This announcement by Arithmetica, the company behind the SphereVision 360 degree video recording systems and software, follows a partnership agreement with NCTech. The arrangement with the Edinburgh based developer of reality imaging systems sees Arithmetica join the “NCTech Integrated” partner community, and allows for the integration of a new software development kit (SDK) for measurement within the SphereVision Project Builder software suite.
The new NCTech Measurement Module allows users to take measurements from within an iSTAR spherical image by combining a stereo pair of images. The SphereVision integrated module also allows these measurements to be viewed within the SphereVision Project and exported as part of an image file for viewing and sharing, using the free SphereVision Project Viewer.
Mark Senior, Business Development Manager at Arithmetica, commented, “SphereVision Project Builder allows users to create truly immersive and interactive 360 degree environments with integrated documents, plans, and layouts as well as additional visuals and audio. The ability to easily capture and share measurements from iSTAR imagery takes professional applications of 360 imaging to the next level, and we are excited to become one of the first members of the NCTech Integrated partner community.”
Neil Tocher, Chief Technology Officer at NCTech, added, “We have developed the NCTech SDK in response to requests from users who want a faster way to generate measurements from their existing recording systems. Our open strategy makes highly valuable functionality, like the Measurement Module, more universally and synergistically accessible from within third party software, like Arithmetica’s SphereVision.”
For full technical details of the SphereVision integrated Measurement Module, visit http://www.spherevision.com/istar-measurement/ or http://www.nctechimaging.com/downloads-files/MeasurementModule.pdf
SphereVision is Europe’s leading brand for spherical and 360 degree video solutions. 360 video systems are able to record a real-world environment in all directions at the same time, capturing every aspect of the scene in one go. When the video is played back – on a laptop, mobile device or over the Internet, viewers can pan around the image, moving through and exploring the site as if they were there. Footage can be integrated with floor and site plans using the company’s innovative software, and the high-resolution 360 imagery can also be integrated with online mapping.
Arithmetica is an innovator in 360-degree imaging solutions and automated laser scanning data processing software. Located at the world famous Shepperton Studios near London, Arithmetica is the company behind SphereVision and Pointfuse. Arithmetica is an inventive software house that develops groundbreaking software solutions to solve real world scientific, medical and engineering problems. Arithmetica builds on more than thirty years of television and film production to develop software for clients around the world. Arithmetica solutions handle complex data rich information and are simple and easy to use. Arithmetica’s wide-ranging experience and capabilities include: image analysis and computer vision for industrial and biomedical fields, massively parallel computation, multimedia data compression, data mining and machine learning, Monte-Carlo methods, traffic simulation, mathematical optimization used in conceptual aircraft design, statistical estimation, computational fluid dynamics applied to aerofoil optimization, nonlinear variable demand economics models involving millions of variables, finite element electromagnetic analysis, spherical image processing and 360-degree video presentation.
NCTech designs and manufactures leading 360 degree reality imaging systems that automate and streamline the workflow of image documentation and can be used repeatedly, accurately, consistently by anyone anywhere. NCTech’s industrial-grade camera, iSTAR, is a fast, fully automatic, 50 megapixel, 360 degree HDR camera. Fully calibrated for high precision applications such as colourisation of laser scans or extracting photogrammetric measurements, iSTAR has multiple applications: from covert operations and police reporting of crime scenes to 3D laser documentation and asset management for the engineering and heritage sectors. In 2015, the company launched iris360, a non-calibrated camera system, intended for aesthetic panoramic image capture and fully integrated with Google Maps’ new Street View app. NCTech is headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland and is funded by Archangel Investors Ltd and the Scottish Co-Investment Fund. www.nctechimaging.com