Field of View debuts new area mapping technology

By Emily Aasand | June 17, 2015

Field of View, an aerial imaging and mapping provider, has released its GeoSnap Express system—a turnkey imaging solution that helps service providers capture data desired by the agriculture industry. David Dvorak, CEO of Field of View, and his team design and manufacture the systems in North Dakota.

The GeoSnap Express is a camera add-on designed to facilitate imaging missions by managing camera triggering and streamlining the direct georeferencing of captured images. The GeoSnap Express provides unmanned aircraft integrators and operators the control and data logging capabilities they need, in an easy-to-integrate package, for under $2,000, the company said.

The new system incorporates a combined GPS/Inertial Measurement Unit to provide Kalman-filtered, image associated position and attitude data while offering the same camera triggering options.

“It’s very similar to our flagship product,” said Dvorak. “It’s designed to integrate with all the same cameras, but it’s less expensive and it takes off-the-shelf cameras and turn them into ready to go payload systems that could mount on any variety of unmanned aircraft.”

The images logged from the GeoSnap Express system work seamlessly in Field of View’s Geotility mission visualization software. They also upload into Agisoft Photoscan Pro and other stitching and photogrammetry software packages.

Along with the express line of camera add-ons, Field of View also resells a stitching software, Agisoft Photoscan Pro, an introductory geographic information system (GIS) software called Global Mapper, and resells Tetracam multispectral cameras.

“We resell Agisoft Photoscan Pro, which is a stitching software that will take all the individual images and make a single, seamless file,” says Dvorak. “We also sell Global Mapper, which will take that data and generate the normalized difference vegetation index and allow you to see differences in crop performance.”

Since the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration released its small unmanned aircraft systems Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Dvorak said he’s seen an increased demand in business.

“I think the biggest thing the proposed rules provided to the industry was a sigh of relief and just some certainty that yes, this is actually going to happen,” Dvorak said. “Right now there are Section 333 exemptions, so there are ways to start operating commercially, which is making our life easier because more and more people are expanding on that and more and more people are starting to invest in the equipment they need to actually go out and do it.”

“As for our new product,” Dvorak adds, “we’re ready to ship and excited to get this out there and get people mapping.”

 

 

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