Urban Robotics Inc., provider of cutting edge software and hardware solutions for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Remote Sensing and Geospatial applications, recently introduced its unparalleled Dense 3D Extraction technology.
The new technology offers a fully automated, highly scalable solution that produces results rapidly from thousands of photos. It is sensor agnostic, can be applied to massive datasets and is scalable for cloud computing.
Dense 3D Extraction and 3D Reconstruction is well suited for applications such as large-scale 3D mapping, contour mapping, watershed analysis, powerline corridor mapping, harvest analysis and pipeline monitoring.
Since 2008, Urban Robotics has been performing fully automated 3D image processing on over a petabyte of data as a standard part of their software pipeline.
In a release, Geoff Peters, CEO of Urban Robotics, said, “Urban Robotics specializes in large-scale 3D extraction using computer vision techniques, converting ordinary 2D imagery into a 3D space, pixel by pixel. Our approach scales to very large numbers of images and does not require special cameras or rigorous calibration. There is great promise that this approach provides a viable alternative to LiDAR.”
Officials said that the technology was recently demonstrated by rapidly generating a massive 2.2B pixel colorized point cloud of Mt St Helens from 128 images.
The approach of Urban Robotics is unique in its ability to scale across large data sets by using proprietary cloud software running over hundreds of cores.
Urban Robotics has announced that it will expand into the commercial market through a new company Urban Robotics Commercial Ventures.
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Edited by Jennifer Russell