Recently listed Australian aerial mapper, Aerometrex Limited (ASX: AMX) has added 3D capacity to its cornerstone MetroMap programme.
MetroMap is Aerometrex’s online aerial imagery subscription service that offers high-quality, accurate imagery to geospatial data users and corporate markets via a web browser interface.
It is one of four business units within Aerometrex, the others being LiDAR (laser-based light detecting and ranging), aerial photo contracting and high accuracy 3D modelling.
Managing Director, Mark Deuter, said the inclusion of 3D models into the same web browser interface as the company’s 2D aerial photo presentations is a major technological step forward, providing an improved customer experience and increased efficiency.
This has been enhanced by speed improvements in the 3D viewer which enable the 3D data to be refreshed quickly. A range of measurement tools has also been included for 3D modelled data, including 3D measurement vector and area measurements, and coordinate, height and slope point measurements. Further tools are in development which will continue to enhance the MetroMap product offering.
These facilities provide a basic introduction to the use of 3D modelled data, which can be extended with further applications and tools in dedicated third-party 3D software.
Mr Dueter said these new tools, in addition to the existing product suite, will broaden the addressable market for the company whilst reinforcing Aerometrex as a technical leader in this industry.
Aerometrex has also announced that MetroCam, the company’s new aerial camera system designed by its technical team and built in the United States by a specialist camera manufacturer, is now fully operational. Aerometrex holds provisional patents for the camera system. MetroCam enables highly efficient imagery capture from Aerometrex’s existing fleet of aircraft.
Mr Deuter said the advantage of high-flying cameras is to avoid high-traffic airspace over metropolitan areas, whilst still producing very high-resolution imagery.
Today’s announcements represent two important developments for our MetroMap customers. MetroMap 3D is a convenient and user-friendly way to consume our 3D datasets,” Mr Deuter said.
“The tools even allow users to measure vertical faces of buildings or other 3D features. The ability to switch between 2D and 3D in the same web browser window is a much better user experience.
“We are delighted with the development timescale of MetroCam. To take a camera system from design to production in less than a year is a testament to our development team.
“MetroCam will empower our MetroMap aerial imagery capture program and will enable the Company much more control of this cost and development path. We are confident users will appreciate the additional resolution and excellent image quality.”