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Nearmap offers oblique perspective of the US

New service aims to help industries plan, design, estimate, communicate and execute their smart city plans

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Sample imagery from the Austin 3-D fly-through using Nearmap technology
Sample imagery from the Austin 3-D fly-through using Nearmap technology

Nearmap, a leading player in the global aerial imagery market, is set to embark on a national survey programme in the US to deliver high-resolution oblique imagery and derivative 3-D products

 

The company already provides cloud-based subscription access to up-to-date 2-D orthomosaic aerial imagery using its patented HyperCamera2 technology. Following delivery of Nearmap’s first production HyperCamera2 units to the US, commercial capture of oblique imagery will get underway.

 

Because this new camera system provides a high degree of overlap from different angles, Nearmap claims it can reconstruct the real world in stunning detail, producing not only high-resolution orthomosaic and oblique imagery, but also surface and terrain models, natural colour point clouds and textured 3-D meshes.

 

“3-D brings a whole new aspect of mapping reality to both commercial and government organisations,” said Rob Newman, CEO and managing director of Nearmap. “This new service will help industries plan, design, estimate, communicate and execute their plans -- everything from major construction projects to solar installations on homes and businesses.”

 

Users will be able to immerse themselves in 3-D textured mesh models, improving analysis and design activities. They can see different elevations and line of sight using the 3-D information. These features become important in many use cases, including airport or utility planning, or to determine the best location for a crane before a construction project.

 

Other applications include smart cities, wireless telecommunications network modelling, solar panel design, tactical resource deployment, real estate development promotion, property valuation and insurance underwriting.

 

“This level of detail and scale of coverage of oblique imagery has never been available as a ready-to-use service for commercial and government needs until now,” added Patrick Quigley, senior vice president and general manager, US, Nearmap.

 

“The HyperCamera2 process maps reality, by capturing the tops, sides and view angles of locations, buildings and objects, providing specific details of what’s exactly on the ground. This gives our customers the aerial imagery services they need for their businesses and projects.”

 

Beginning in April 2017, Nearmap has already surveyed oblique images in Las Vegas; Indianapolis; Austin, Texas; Omaha, Nebraska; Phoenix; Seattle; Denver; Kansas City; Chicago and New York, and continues to add new areas.

 

By the end of this year, Nearmap plans to complete surveying the largest urban areas covering more than half of the US population of some 150 million people.

 

Nearmap imagery will be refreshed up to three times per year in these coverage areas -- with three orthomosaic captures incorporating one oblique capture. Nearmap’s orthomosaic imagery already covers nearly 70 percent of the US population dating back to 2014

 

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