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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging Announces Leica Photogrammetry Suite 9.2

Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging announces Leica Photogrammetry Suite (LPS) 9.2, streamlining numerous photogrammetry processes to save time and increase productivity.

In this new version, Leica MosaicPro, a component of LPS, quickly mosaics and displays more rasters than ever before, providing enhanced and added tools to simplify the processes. Optimizing efficiency, Leica MosaicPro automatically loads an image and then renders all the surrounding areas. This innovative new feature minimizes load time and decreases overall user management responsibilities. In addition, users may also implement the new undo feature when editing seams during the mosaicking process. This new feature automatically returns a seam to its original state, thereby replacing the previously timely procedure of re-editing a seam when necessary. As a mosaicking alternative, Leica MosaicPro also includes the ability to script mosaicking as a batch process.

This release also features several benefits specific to medium format digital cameras. These enhancements include a new user-friendly interface for camera file information, describing each of the parameters associated with camera files. In addition, LPS 9.2 supports additional camera formats and parameters, including SMAC, AUSTRALIS and ORIMA extended parameters. This enhancement promotes higher accuracy for the images captured by medium format digital cameras.

“Featuring numerous productivity enhancements, LPS 9.2 empowers users to more accurately and effectively complete their time-sensitive geospatial projects,” said Ryan Strynatka, LPS Product Manager, Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging. “This exciting release reflects Leica Geosystems overall strategy of developing the most appropriate technological advancements to meet and anticipate customer needs.”

In addition, LPS 9.2 includes several other performance improvements, providing enhanced memory handling and greater support of larger projects. In the Terrain Editor module, a component of LPS, the new Terrain-Following Cursor mode automatically moves to the surface of the terrain model, simplifying editing and quality control. The Terrain Prep tool, now also a part of ERDAS IMAGINE® Advantage, quickly merges terrain models into a single output. Handling large files very effectively, this enhancement especially benefits LIDAR workflows dealing with dense data.

The new rigorous sensor models supported in LPS 9.2 include ALOS PRISM RPC, ALOS PRISM, EROS-B, GeoEye-1, Worldview-1, THEOS and FORMOSAT. Also noteworthy, LPS Core includes ERDAS IMAGINE Advantage 9.2, expanding the remote sensing and image processing capabilities of this solution.

LPS 9.2 is expected to begin shipping in early 2008.

For more information about Leica Geosystems, please call +1 770 776 3400, toll free +1 866 534 2286, or visit www.gi.leica-geosystems.com.